A photo every hour – Saturday 26th September

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I always liked the idea of a photo every hour, it makes for a more realistic photo diary. It also means you have to think consciously about what you’re going to frame for that hour. I like the honesty it shows, a real insight into someones actual day to day life, be it fun, boring or mundane reality. It’s also actually quite hard, and I probably didn’t do it strictly every hour on the dot…  As my first one, I know some of the photos are not that exciting/great. But I think it’s good practise and hopefully I can improve as I do more of these!

Here is my first photo diary of a Saturday…

11am: my new favourite breakfast. Granola that doesn’t have bloody wheat flakes in it. I’ve cut out gluten again as my IBS has been crappy and i’m going to be put on a strict ‘fodmap’ diet soon by a dietician.

Ingredients: Jordans simply granola (it’s oats, which don’t contain gluten. Though sometimes people who are extremely sensitive to gluten cannot eat oats because they are made in factories with wheat a lot of the time! But for me, they’re ok) / Real greek yogurt – I like FAGE as it’s proper greek. Not ‘greek style’. / Blueberries and raspberries. So good!
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12pm: Walking through Dalston to go to Andy & Eliza’s new house. Spotted a Metal Gear Solid fan. Strong hoody.lamby
12.30pm: LAMBY. Eliza’s toy from baby days!
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A Whitstable weekend

seagull oysters fisherman For the bank holiday weekend me and Henry hopped on the high speed train to Whitstable. It’s only an hour and a bit away from London but feels like somewhere much further. The air is fresh, it’s super pretty and very English. It isn’t tacky at all like a lot of British seaside towns (though I do love tacky…), I’d say it’s much more charming and old fashioned. The whole high street is mainly local shops and it feels like a very creative little place. We stayed in the best little cottage/glorified beach hut(?!) ever. Everything inside was to the best taste; beautiful gold copper lights, House of Hackney pillows, Habitat dining chairs, David Hockney books…
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10 Instagram accounts to follow right now

Instagram is my favourite social network without a doubt. For the visually minded it’s like crack. I can spend hours scrolling without boredom. So much so, that I had to give it a break a couple of months ago as I started to get RSI in my hand…

ANYWAY! I thought it would be nice to share with you 10 Instagram accounts I love right now. Please share your favourites with me too, I love finding amazing new accounts. Enjoy!

1. Symmetry Breakfast

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This account is food porn to the max. Actually, it’s food porn ART. Whoever is behind this account, well, I wish he was my boyfriend. Apparently each breakfast is for him and his boyfriend every morning. And no, it’s not a mirror. It’s all really laid out like that!

Follow here: https://instagram.com/symmetrybreakfast/

2. Fran Meneses

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Fran is an Illustrator and Youtuber now based in London, previously Berlin. I love her sketchbook drawings, and the pastel colours she uses. A lovely illustration/doodle account if you need a bit of inspiration to get drawing yourself!

Follow here: https://instagram.com/frannerd/

3. Sneakers the corgi

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Sneakers is legit my favourite Instagram dog. I mean, I follow at least 10 other corgi’s but she’s my favourite. Just so, damn, cute. THOSE SIDE EYES <3.

Follow here: https://instagram.com/sneakersthecorgi/

4. Ava Szanjna-Hopgood

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Ava is a friend from Yorkshire, also living in London. Her account is mainly a documentation of her adventures in Vegan-ism (is that even a word?!). Past vegetarian, prior drunk burger eater; Ava turned Vegan after reconsidering the ethics behind what she ate. She decided it was going to be her New Years resolution and she stuck to it. She’s maybe the only person I know to keep a resolution. Anyway, it makes for a colourful and fun account and you should follow her too if you like vegetables.

Follow here: https://instagram.com/guacandrolluk/ and her blog here, which is full of amazing recipes!

5. Bunny Bissoux

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Bunny is an illustrator in Japan, originally hailing from the midlands (I believe). She moved to Tokyo a couple of years ago and I’ve followed her for a few years after finding her wonderful illustrations online. Her account is a mixture of crazy colours, cute Japanese shit and her amazingly detailed and hectic artwork.

Follow here: https://instagram.com/bunnybissoux/

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The Great De Beauvoir Bake Off – Victoria sponge cake

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After watching the first episode of the new The Great British Bake Off, I felt an urgent need to make a cake. It seemed as though everybody else in Dalston did too, as the baking supplies isle in the giant Sainsbury’s was looking pretty empty!

As it’s been hot hot hot in London this week, I thought I’d go for a Victoria sponge cake. It feels quite British picnic to me; light, summery and the best season for fresh strawberries. In keeping with GBBO I referenced a Mary Berry recipe, but tweaked it a teeny bit. Here’s how you bake it!

What you need:

The Sponge
4 Eggs
225g self-raising flour
225g caster sugar
225g butter (soft – melt a bit otherwise it will be hard to mix)
2 teaspoons baking powder

The Filling
Strawberry jam
300ml whipping cream
1 tablespoon of caster sugar

To Finish
Icing sugar
Fresh strawberries, sliced

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Summer party poster – Kids sports day illustration

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A couple of weeks ago I designed this poster for a summer party that was ‘kids sports day’ themed. I thoroughly enjoyed drawing a girl doing the egg and spoon race! So many classic childhood memories. What was your favourite childhood sports day event? I am rather partial to a bit of mini bean bag action…