People of Cuba 

Even though London is getting (slightly) warmer these days, I have found myself wishing I was back in Cuba many times this week, which made me think of all the pictures I'd taken on that trip. I thought I would focus on what really shook me about this country; the people. I'm not sure if I'all ever visit a place with such an incredible variety of people, almost always in a good mood, disregarding of the turmoil their country is going through. So, today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite portraits I took and love <3

((*disclaimer* All pictures are taken by me unless stated, and if they are not mine I will link to where I found them. Therefore, please do not steal them and claim them as your own without giving credit.))

its a spring thing... things to do this spring

Nothing beats that incredible moment when you're walking home and you pass a cherry blossom tree and a breeze blows and loads of perfect pink petals fall all over your jumper (no coat needed anymore!)

So clearly thats probably my favourite thing about spring, but of course, living in London in spring, there's so much more going on! Here's some ideas as to what you can do in London in spring!

(Literal) Spring Clean - It's finally time to start putting away all that winter stuff and start making space for short sleeved shirts and shorts! I recommend that everyone does this since it's so satisfying to have a nice organised room with only the things you actually need. While doing this, I noticed that I had a lot of things that I didn't need or use very often. This led to the creation of my friend and I's depop shop @honeytrap! Check it out if you want xx

Park Picnic - To me, the first picnic of the year means it is officially spring and this always puts me in a good mood. Some of the best places in London I can recommend are Kensington Roof Gardens, Regent's Park and Chelsea Physic Gardens. Get yourself some strawberries, cream, ice tea and you're all set.

Wear more Br!gHt colours - Take advantage of the fact that all the flowers are starting to bloom and put on some colour! (I say this because I barely ever wear anything but black ahah) Go for a nice bold  yellow or pink ;)

Eat Cool Ice cream - Ever since summer last year, there have been 3 places I've been dying to go to as soon as the sun comes out... those 3 places are Milk Train Café (aamazzing ice cream in a cloud of candy floss), Soft Serve Society (aesthetic af ice cream) and Yolkin' (heavenly macaroons ice cream sandwiches) All of these... one tube ride away. Worries me a bit how excited I am just to eat ice cream... 

Exhibitions! - Take advantage of the fact that you don't need to wrap up just to go outside and that the sun is out to go and see some exhibitions. You may surprise yourself... there is some pretty cool stuff going on in London, make the most of it. Here are some that I want to go to this spring:

> Josef Albers - Sunny Side Up
> American Dream: Pop to Present 
> David Hockney at the Tate Britain 
and I recently saw Robert Rauschenberg and loved it so definitely recommend 100%.

Markets - yes yes yes please markets thank you very much. In the spring and summer, there are very few places you can be in London where you won't have a market near you. I love this since markets are perfect for finding unique little things that no one else has. Some of my personal faves:

> Primrose Hill Market
> Portobello
> Brixton Market
> Borough Market (if you go get yourself a duck sandwich ((you will not regret it)))

I hope this post has made you feel spring inspired! Get outside and enjoy the sun while it lasts ;)

x Sofia 

and just to make spring even better... this is a collab with some of my favourite bloggers out there <3 check out all their posts >>>>

How to make the most of any holiday

Get off that phone.
As I have said before, my trip to Cuba really enlightened me about how much time we spend on our phones on holiday, whether it's checking social media, playing games or editing pictures. I've found that phones take away that little moment of beautiful boredom I used to experience before I got swept into this world of social media and technology. What I mean by those moments is where you have nothing to do, but you are in a beautiful place, or with people you love, and instead of looking around, smiling and appreciating, you go on your phone. So, next time you're on holiday (or just life in general) try and notice those moments, put your phone away and just appreciate.

But.... take lots of pictures
However, in my opinion, some moments need to be captured, and I'm always the person you'll see walking around with a camera, since of course I love photography and feel that some pictures can instantly take you back into a moment of time, so they're great to have and treasure. Try taking pictures of quirky things, stu
ff you would never photograph. You might surprise yourself, great pictures take risks.

Try new things, specialties, different sports
Especially when it comes to food and sports, I 100% recommend trying things outside your comfort zone; whether it's spicy food or surfing, these are the kind of authentic things you may only be able to experience in that particular place you're staying... so take advantage of that! (Even if your mouth is on fire afterwards)

Talk to the people, learn their stories
What better way to learn about a place than to speak to the people who live there? Strike conversations with strangers, ask about how they've grown up, what it's like living here and what they recommend doing- they'll always give the best suggestions, and often their stories are quite inspiring.

Listen to a short amount of music so that those songs will always bring you back to that moment - Ok, for this one I honestly don't know if I'm the only one, but on holiday I like to listen to a few songs on repeat while there, and I find that when I get back to London and I listen to those songs my brain automatically associates them with whichever place I was at, and it instantly transports me back to incredible memories of that holiday.

Make the most of the time you have, do as much as you can - wake up early, go for walks, try things, see every museum you can or visit as many high streets as you can. Whatever your holiday aspirations may be, cherish the time you have where you are and make the most of your time. Don't waste those precious moments because you'll regret it when you're sitting in a classroom again wishing you could go back.

Family and friends- bring friends and make new ones. Or, spend time with your family and appreciate having them around.

Live in the moment, don't always plan things - now don't get me wrong, I'm all for planning. In fact if I could I would probably plan all my holidays to the minute, but lately, I've been noticing how much nicer it is to just go with the flow and adapt to whatever is going on in the moment. This allows for new opportunities to arise :)

If you're somewhere hot... get a tan !! Or at least that what I always aim for, but wear sun screen of course!! 

Hope you enjoyed this post and you find this useful!Where was the last place you went on holiday and how did you make the most of it?

x Sofia

January Favourites 2017

First favourites of 2017... wow where the hell does the time go?? This month has been cold and filled with studying and more boring stuff but here we go... me (hopefully) brightening up your day with my January favourites. 

aesthetics amirite...?

All The Bright Places

Ok.. so this book. Perfection. I was honestly not emotionally prepared for all the feels in this book. Not gonna give anything away because I have no intention of spoiling one of the best books I've read in a long time. I kid you not I brought this with me wherever I went and read it in any spare moment I had, which is probably why I finished it way too soon. Like a lot of people who have read this, the ending disappointed me a little, but I also like it because it doesn't give you a fake happy ending, its real and bittersweet.

Sephora Face Masks

Does anything even need to be said about these? Pearl face mask that brightens and Algae face mask that detoxes... perfect perfect combo of perfect perfect masks.

Becca Champagne Pop

My love that I will hold close to my heart forever and ever; Becca's Champagne Pop. This is the most incredible highlighter I think I will ever lay my eyes on and has been an absolute staple this month (and the 4 months before that) in any makeup look I've attempted (trying to get that winter glowww.) It's subtle, yet noticeable. 

Iced Pumpkin Cookie Candle

Imagine heaven in a candle. That is exactly what this is. If this candle had been pumpkin cookie alone I know it would have been incredible, but the fact that its iced just gives it an extra sweetness and richness that I think is hard to beat. You'll also notice that this was in my christmas wishlist and damnn did it live up to its expectations.


And finally... Scrapbooking. I've found out that there is so much pleasure in cutting, writing and sticking things in a book. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they don't... who cares? Its extremely cathartic and I find its a much better use of time then just lying in bed on my phone. My recent post on my 2017 Resolutions is an outcome of this scrapbooking obsession that is arriving.

Hope you enjoyed this post! 
How's your January been?
x Sofia

2017 Resolutions

nooww.. you may be wondering why the title of this post isn't 'New Year's Resolutions' instead its '2017 Resolutions', this is because I've firmly come to the conclusion that I should stop calling them 'New Year's Resolutions' because that's what they become, things you promise you'll do all year and end up giving up a few weeks later. No, this year I'm determined. And, to showcase my determination/put my scrapbooking to some kind of use, I made little pages in my notebook with each of my resolutions. I found this so so much fun and they ended up being 'goals for life' instead of 2017, but, hey ho we'll go with it.

So, this is the cover of my favvee little notebook (from Tiger) and I've just stuck some glitz letters on it for some extra pow ;)

Just in case you can't read what's written, it says 'wear more colour' which I've been struggling with in winter but I'm sure by the time summer rolls around this will be much easier.

Ok so, being strong, both mentally and physically has always been a goal of mine, and this is the year where I'm really going to crack down and figure out what makes me weak and work on how to strengthen it. 

Probably my favourite of them all... This past year has really made me realise how much meeting new people and cultures can add to your life, whether it's a tube ride away or on the other side of the world. Learning and understanding different views and the way people think in other places has really inspired me to travel and learn more about these cultures.

This one really has been in my mind for a long, long time. I think that's because this is the one I struggle with the most, as it just seems like its built into my nature to look around and wonder if anyone is judging me. But no, 2017 Sofia will not care (hopefully, still working on it)

I've always admired people who are always smiling. I feel like everyone needs to have that one person in their life who seems like they're always happy, and the few times when they're sad, they don't try and spread it, instead try and find the humour and see the bright side. I want to be one of these people.

and well this one is fairly obvious. 2016 really was the year I properly discovered my passion for blogging and I'm so glad I stuck with it through the good and the bad and keep enjoying my wonderful corner of the internet.

blogger + aesthetic photos = my idea of perfection 
(currently wishing I could take aesthetic photos like Morgs or Esme...)

Apparently this is one of the most popular resolutions in the world... cray cray. Anyways this year its more about trying new, healthier good food (aka expanding my horizons or whatever) so that its easier to make more dishes..

If you've ever had a conversation with me, then this has probably been mentioned. I always feel I'm not 'intellectual' enough and even though this is half a joke, I will make an effort to 'become more intellectual', whatever that means.

This year, Cuba enlightened me. Not in the spiritual sense, but it did make me realise how much more calming it is to be on holiday and not have to worry about social media or what small unimportant thing is going on in the world. Obviously, Cuba was an extreme example because that was forced, but even though I know it will be very hard, I'm going to try really hard to lose this habit I've got of constantly feeling like showing people what I'm doing.

Self explanatory, but I do think that this is one of the best things that you can do for yourself as a person... meet new people which leads to experiencing new things.

So, I hope you enjoyed reading about what I'm gonna spend this year focusing on! Now... I'm really curious, how are your resolutions going? Hopefully all good x let me know in the comments!

x Sofia

((little sidenote... blog genius and friend of mine Esme posted a similar post which inspired me! Go check it out here))