Stradivarius Launch on Oxford circus, The event paper Vlog

Last week, I was invited to join Stradivarius on their opening night at the Oxford circus in London.
I got really excited, as I know the brand! Stradivarius is very popular in Europe already, and I was little surprised to hear that they only ‘’just’’ opening a London store! I adore their fashion pieces
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The Autumn trend, Ladbrook platform shoes from Kurt Geiger

Ladbrook platform shoes from Kurt Geiger
As a petite girl, I know that wearing trainers and flat shoes is very comfortable but if you in an event or places that gather more people, you are nearly invisible! I wear high heels very rare because let’s be honest, I simply can’t walk in high heels! The fact that I wear shoes in size 3, doesn’t help much! Especially high heels, as in this size it makes my own heel very high, in an unnatural position which causes me walking like a horse! Literally, my knee first, and then I automatically bend forward-looking rather funny! I usually opt for a medium heel height but then I look like a funny old woman. I dream of a day, that someone will design super high heels that are super comfortable to walk! So that's why I have to look for alternatives of high heels.  When scrolling through a Kurt Geiger shoes, I have instantly spotted the Ladbrook low top trainers. These come in several colour options, including pale pink, but once for a change, I decided to leave the pink ( and perhaps because I don’t need a 10th pair of pink shoes in my wardrobe!) I instantly feel in love!

Ladbrook platform shoes from Kurt Geiger

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Since I was a little girl, I was always dreaming of winning loads of money and become rich! Then, I would imagine myself spending on a big house, a car, and some exotic trip! My family has always been playing the lottery, especially my grandad and my dad. My grandad once won large amount! I remember the bags of sweets! They had arguments with my grandma but she would always give him some pocket money for ‘lotek’ as they used to call it. I would often go with grandad to buy tickets, and help him chose numbers! It brings a smile to my face when I think about it! So many memories!

As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from a tree, I am now following their path! I play every week, and I'm not ashamed of that. I do believe, I will win one day and I put small pocket many once a month,even to play scratch cards and dream of winning 1mln like, the road worker in Manchester! I want a fabulous life, who doesn't?

I was trying my luck in competitions since I remember. Whether these are blogger competitions or just any other social media based. I won many prizes as well. My recent was a huge bag of goodies from The Body Shop once they held their twitter party or Housology Facebook competition where I won a nice designer throw. The one I am constant unlucky is winning a holiday or big money! Ah! I guess I just have to work hard or keep playing!

Two years ago, National Lottery held a competition called Millionaire Lifestyle, where all participants had to upload a video saying why they should win! There were few amazing prizes like a holiday on some exotic island or Helicopter trip over London! I wanted to win so much that I took part! Sadly I didn't win but here you, have a laugh! ;) ps. this was when I had blond hair ;p


As you can see, I am always trying my luck. Recently, I was introduced to Lottoland and given some credits to play online. As a gamer in my blood, I wanted to try. I didn’t understand this at first but as soon as I logged in it become very clear! It’s basically betting against lotteries in other countries, which you normally wouldn’t be able to play as you have to be a resident. With Lottoland, I played the Polish Lottery! I chose my numbers as I would normally online, and placed my bet. It cost pretty much the same as you would normally bet, so around £2 per ticket. It can be costly, so just be careful, as you have the same chance as you would play in that country. It all depends on of the winning numbers!  You can also join EuroMillions syndicates, which is basically more people playing and you have better chances to win. I have played for Tuesday and this Friday, so oh gosh wish me luck!

Also, just a note from myself. All games are games in the end and you have to play responsibly! I have set myself a goal of spending £15-20 tops each month, sometimes I will win more, sometimes I will lose. It’s a luck in the end of the day! You are a responsible adult! I have a very competitive spirit and I am definitely trying! I promised myself I will win big one day!

* collaborative post, I was given a credit to play online and try :) so opinion is entirely my own! I play myself every week but please be responsible!

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TOMMYXGIGI A Special Collection by Gigi Hadid & Tommy Hilfiger

As a blogger, I know how great collaborations can be, but when it comes to collaborations between my favourite designer and a model, this is a mind blowing! (image on top source )

I’m not going to lie, I first spotted Gigi Hadid after she started dating Zayn Malik. Whenever I clicked on social media, it was all over it. I instantly spotted her beauty and personal style. Gigi picks campaigns that are close to her heart, and this really makes her stand out. I really love her confidence and effortless style! 

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What I learnt from Olympics 2016

what I learnt from Olympics

After my previous post What I learnt from Blogging Awards, I wanted to also chat about Olympics, as I find it very very inspiring!

This year, The Great Britain best sports talents brought back home a bunch of gold medals from Olympics 2016. I followed the news, and whenever I had a moment, I watched the fight for that little gold disc. Exactly! Why people train so much, spend ours and train so hard, while being on a very strict diet, just for the sake of some gold disc? No, they want to achieve and prove themselves, they can rule the word! As a blogger who won 2 Blogging Awards , I know exactly what it means, despite someone would say it’s a plastic or glass trophy, for me this means a lot.

I always lived my live relaxed and ‘whatever next day will bring’. Once, I am more mature and actually pay attention to my life choices and decisions, I feel more in control. It all started when I made a decision to go to college. With a book of Abigail Ahern ‘’A Girl's Guide to Decorating'' and a letter from a restaurant manager saying ‘’I can speak a little English’’ I went for an interview and my amazing tutor Heather, gave me the chance and accepted me into the course. From a girl who had no clue about decorating, I made myself a promise I will do anything to succeed! And I kept that promise to myself. I went to university and got my first award then, a Dean’s Award for a contribution to an interior design! Imagine my surprise and happiness! This made me realise, that I can do whatever I want as long as I work hard for it! Then, my blog was born! 

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Members of team GB returning home

So, What I learned from Olympics 2016 ?!

Be ProActive
To win and succeed, it’s not just to do well in the game. You have to be prepared in advance and by watching Olympics, I realised that the sportsman  doesn't just do sport. It takes years of physical preparation but also it takes loads of research toward new technologies and equipment. It takes a time to find the right diet that gives the exact amount of nutritious and energy for the sportsman. 

Me:This also reminds me that the same with blogging, it takes time. I daily search for new apps how to schedule, how to improve the layout and learn more and more. It’s not just to seat and write to take pretty pictures. I do go out to events and do networking, and answer tonnes of emails that helps with future collaborations! I am being ProActive!

Be Passionate
If you don’t love what you do, no one will! The best gifs on the internet from Olympics are those with the face of emotions from the sportsman. Whether is a disappointment of loose or the happiness of win, sportsman's are the most passionate in what they doing. I've not seen a face of any contestant who would just ‘’stood there’’ because it pays a lot. They all love what they doing and that’s what makes them succeed! 

Me: This is the same with me and blogging. I just love it! Before, when I started I would accept gifts from brands because I was just happy to get a parcel. I ended up with a writer block because I wasn’t passionate about the item. One day, I man up and packed all the gifts and send them back to brands saying, ‘I am sorry it’s not my style’. 

Be Determined
When you watch the way how sportsman concentrates and push to win it’s so inspiring! They had goals once, and they will do everything to get to the podium. If I find someone who’s name is not well known, and they just won, I instantly research them! I want to know how they did it. I want to read their inspiring biography.  

Me: Seeing people’s story’s who were extremely determined and succeed it’s the biggest motivation to myself. I went myself from nothing to a list of achievements. A real people story means to me more, than a story of a rich girl, who bought herself 15 Chanel bags, photographed them and got 10K followers. 

Thrive for Success.
They are there to win. They not being sent to Olympics game for fun or treatment. This is not a Xfactor were, even less talented people are accepted. This is a game, a game that can be extremely danger but people are there to win. If they wouldn’t be talented or seeing as potential winners, they wouldn’t be sent to take part in it. Simple as that.

Me: Despite that blogging is not a game, I still have goals I have clearly written and I am there to ‘win them’ and I am not talking about blogging awards. Blogging awards were the push factor same as for sportsman to be ‘’accepted’’ and I am now on my own game to win the biggest ‘’trophy’’; be successful in life. 

I get inspired but many aspects of life. it's not just other bloggers or big writers, I take what life is showing and I just learn life. It's funny how I barely watch sport a few years back, but now I look for successful real life stories everywhere! While doing a research for this post a came across this fun test Olympics sport or not, try it! I love Olympics, and I am very much surprised by myself that I didn't watch it before! I've changed so many things, since I am living in UK!

Do you watch Olympics? 

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What I learnt from Blog Awards

what I learnt from blog awards
Last year, I won two blogging awards and I was shortlisted for a few more. It was a shock and excitement and many emotional stages. I was overwhelmed with the support of everyone around me and I couldn’t believe that I actually won awards! This year, I was shortlisted for Amara Interior Blog Awards in  Best Colour Inspiration Blog. (Yay)

I know that award is one thing and the key to success is another. I don’t blog just for awards. Awards it’s a great proof that your work is recognised but it’s just my ‘’button’’ to push myself to work even harder. When I got shortlisted, I know I am doing things right, that people still feel they want to vote for me, and they still read my blog and believe in me. (Read How I won Amara Interior blog Awards & Cosmopolitan Blog Awards)

what I learnt from blog awards

So, what I learnt from blogging awards? 

1. People were voting for me, which means they do care. This is a reward itself! Knowing that people do love my blog and what I created it’s great. Not everyone feels like clicking into links and vote, despite some of them may take few seconds some people are just not bothered. Most of the blog awards, works that you have to gather enough amount of votes to get through, so seeing that you actually beat some big bloggers makes you go ‘Wowww thank you!
2. Trophy on a shelf, remind me every day that ‘’I did it!’’  It’s crazy how many times, I would happily past the shelf and by looking at the award I would burst into tears and spend an entire hour crying! I am too emotional I know, but these are the happiness tears! I was always doubting myself but my awards gave me so much confidence!
3. To win an award I had to tick many boxes, it’s not just about pretty layout or nice pictures. I have developed your own style, the tone of my voice and inspire people. I’ve spend hours to get the right shots, to edit the photos and work on the post layout. It taught me to keep closer attention to each detail of the blog. Keep my style, and don’t do thing I don’t feel like.
4. Work hard. It also reminds me to keep working hard. If I achieved such a thing like being awarded, this means, there is a whole word by my feet, and I just need to keep going!
5. The blogging community it’s unreal! I made so many blogging friends who support and with whom I chat every day! These people are closer to my heart than many ‘’real’’ friends. I was told recently that I rely too much on online life but I have received more supports from online strangers than from a ‘’real’’ friend that I trusted. They were there when I was my lowest, and they were there when I needed votes!
6. There are real people as well as bloggers out there. I found that many bloggers, tend to keep themselves to bloggers only. There have been many blogging discussions about ‘’some freak is following me’’(example) and bloggers been blocking them because they don’t have a www in a bio. How wrong? Real people tweet, and comment and they are the ones I initially started to blog for! I don’t blog just for other bloggers, I blog for everyone. I learnt that this ‘’freak’’ was the one who voted for me, shared my voting plea and always comment! This ‘’freak’’ also recommended my blog to his friend PR, who contacted me and I did an amazing collaboration! Don't judge people! Let everyone in!
7. Help others. I also noticed some bloggers get ‘’annoyed’’ if a newbie blogger DM them or asked them ‘’how do you work with brands’ or ‘’How do you get followers’’. They tend to just block them forgetting that they didn’t start the blog with a 10K on Twitter or Instagram full of great pictures! I get tonnes of DM asking me for advice, and I always reply. I usually send them helpful links to read or explain briefly. Those who asking me, what app you use, how did I do this etc. knows I am happy to answer any questions. I don’t make a secret of it. I received an amazing help from people when I started and I am giving it back. After all, the ‘’newbies’’ are those who are first to vote when the voting is open.

what I learnt from blog awards

Winning an Award has been a huge part of my blogging and definitely, it is an amazing feeling but I know that the biggest reward is knowing that there people there who like my blog and most of all; read it!

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How to increase the value of your home

You most likely read this post, because you’ve just stuck with your property on the market and you can’t sell it or rent it. You probably watched already all episodes of Phil Spencer; Property Agent but still can’t find an answer. Sometimes, the obvious can’t be seen so here, I hope I will help a little.

As both, an interior designer and renter myself, I know what it takes to create an environment that people walk into a property and instantly feel like home. There are few bits within styling, renovating and finishes that can change the appearance of your home to increase the value before selling or renting. 

Let’s be honest. It will cost you some money. You have to invest a bit, to get off it more. You can do a few more changes to your home, but you will attract more tenants with no worry at all. Even if you decide to sell the property, it will look much better and increase the value.
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How to find a client or a professionals in Manchester with Bidvine

find your interior design client on mobile

Recently, I started my own adventure as an interior designer and full-time blogger. I spilt little beans in my post Girlboss, How to turn your passion into an income. I’m currently working on my portfolio, as well as professionals database like painters, tilers etc. Also, as a full-time blogger, I often need a proper quality photos. I've learned how to take photographs to make my own styling photos, but for my fashion posts, I do need a professional photographer. 
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How to sleep your way to a better health

pastel pink linen bed sheets
Not getting enough sleep can make an awful impact on your mental wellbeing, and your body starts to suffer. Sometimes, it’s our fault for staying late while browsing on your computer, not eating healthy or just lacking a simple bed routine.  There are few things you can do to improve your sleep quality so you can sleep your way to a better health.
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Girls guide to the property ladder while you rent

girls guide to a property ladder while you rent
When I moved to the UK and rented my first room, I wasn’t in slightest thinking of a way to become a homeowner. Because How? I was working as a waitress with a weekly salary that was perfectly covering my rent and basic food. If I got extra tips, this went to clothes and basic needs(read. parties!) Yes, I was a free spirit, a late teenager and not an adult yet. It didn’t even cross my mind, that perhaps I should be saving for my future. I was living the day by day. I met my boyfriend and we moved together. I focused on my education, blowing every single penny on a transport, books and other educational needs. Once I have finished my University, we moved to Manchester where we rent an apartment close to city centre. Living year after a year, the idea of a own home start growing in my head. Then I became the adulter adult; as fellow blogger used to say. Having a huge debt from University, it wasn’t very helpful with the idea of saving. My rescue was IKEA Live Lagom to pay off my debt, but more about this on my next post. Once, I actually managed to pay the debt off, I am now on the urge to save up for the deposit. I started researching and looking for ideas how to achieve this goal. (Image on the right Image Source )

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It's time to think of others, Breaking Barriers in design and life

When I went college to study interior design, I thought I will be designing beautiful and creative spaces only. It makes me laugh now, how little I knew about the world. As I was learning how to draw a space plan, make mood boards or sourcing the right furniture, I also gained awareness about other aspects than just beautiful interiors. It took a challenge as my final project in college to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also that can be stylish. The idea came after I saw an elderly lady struggling to get to the shop. While I sat at the station waiting for my train, I started thinking what is her house like. While researching, I realised there was a limitation within stylish products available for people with limited mobility. Of course, some would say that these people need a functional space more than just a pretty one but why they can’t have a both? Why there is such a thing like a generalisation of who need a stylish space and who doesn’t? (image on top source)

I took the challenge and designed a bathroom for a person like that. It was only a college project so it was never built, but it really helped me to understand people's needs. Also, I gained a distinction from my course and thanks to this project, I was accepted to a University. 

Today, I really want to talk about these who really need us. I have the skills that I can use to help when it comes to design, but there are multiple ways that you can help without the designing skills. 

I was always thinking of other people more than about myself. I always wanted to help and I will be looking for ways how I can do it. Whether is a gaining more knowledge about how to design a space for people with limited mobility or other disabilities or in general or how to help people in any other ways.
Photography Lubos Houska source

A campaign by Bathroom Solutions called Bathroom Solutions called #BreakingBarriers helps an elderly people learn new skills and break the stigma of seeing an elderly people as those who are no longer able to learn anything. Yes, they can! On their website, people can find new information about tailored courses and activities that elderly people can take part in. Bathroom Solutions encourage to try new skills and share their videos but also to take the leap and you can help others too. You can find loads of information on how to start a blog, taking photographs or even learn a new language, so share the page away! I find this campaign really positive and so encouraging. Older people deserve our respect and we shouldn’t look at them as people who are sick or unable to work. They worked hard all their lives to help us have many things these days, so it’s a time say thank you and help them as well. We need to give it back.

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We can’t put people into boxes and limit them from decent life standards. Just because someone is older or have limited mobility, doesn’t mean we can just avoid them and let them ‘be’. These people went through a lot of a hard time and these are the ones, who need now functional space or a quality of a life. 

I can help design a space, and you can help to spread the awareness. How does it sound?

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Interior trade Shows and Events guide in the UK's top destinations 2016-2017

I don’t know how about you, but I keep forgetting when all important events are happening unless I get an email reminder but sometimes still it will get buried under tonnes of press releases, newsletters and quite important emails in my inbox. I have it my diary of course, but I never actually have time to sit down and properly list all exhibitions I want to attend.

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