I try not to get too bogged down with worrying about the nitty gritty of the ‘gram. Trying to stick to a strict theme is not only restrictive but also repressing of your creativity, however if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me then there is a temptation to agonise over ensuring those little squares all slot together like a very sexy game of Jenga. There are a few apps (or tricks!) I use to make life easier for myself, making more time for naps and Gilmore Girls.

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Los Angeles is the kind of city where you can do pretty much anything your heart desires. You want to eat shaved ice (a concept I will ~ never ~ understand) at 3am? Sure! Take your dog for a mani-pedi? You got it! Sip $30 smoothies surrounded by celebs at the Beverly Hills Hotel? Just call the concierge dahhhling. However there is so much more to this SoCal city that doesn’t involve a single swipe of your credit card…

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Whilst blogging as a concept has been around for a while now, the rise of social media influencers is still a relatively new phenomenon. More and more talented individuals are turning their online passion into a career path and it’s truly empowering to witness. As a growing industry, however, it’s still shrouded in a lot of misconception ~ I promise you we don’t just spend all day chilling on our marble-covered laptops playing with freebies and posing for our Olympus Pens (alright, alright – there might be a bit of posing).

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Disneyland isn’t often the first thing that springs to mind when you envisage your trip to California, so you can imagine my absolute delight when I was busy Pinterest-planning our various Los Angeles adventures and stumbled upon a photo of that icon pink castle. When you hear Disney in the context of the USA, you immediately think of Orlando, but as it turns out Anaheim in California is home to the original Disneyland, making it an absolute must if you’re planning a holiday there.

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Having a ‘skin routine’ is one of those things that lets me trick myself into believing that I’m a real life adult with my shit together. The reality is, those teenage days of a quick scrub with a baby wipe and maybe a scoop of my mum’s Clinique moisturiser if I was feeling fancy are gone and waking up with eyes glued together by BarryM (good times, good times) mascara just don’t cut it anymore.

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One of Los Angeles’ most attractive features is the proximity (I do use this word lightly – nowhere in LA is quick to get to) of the city to sprawling California beaches. In the same day you can quite easily peruse the designer stores on Rodeo Drive or look for your favourite star on Hollywood Boulevard and then catch a wave on the Pacific Coast.

Santa Monica and Venice beaches are only a 30 minute walk from one another, connected by a boardwalk well beaten by cyclists, skaters and Cali surfer dudes dragging their boards behind them, though in reality each are very much their own separate worlds; one offering a cool coastal ‘lobster on the pier’ kind of vibe, the other selling medicinal marijuana and pet rocks.

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There are a lot of perks to working from home. Not only do you get to set your own hours, make time for a cheeky bit of Holly and Phil in the morning and wear baggy t-shirts, you also have nobody keeping an eye on you or dictating your work schedule. It can, however be quite isolating and at times I realise that I haven’t actually left the house in several days, aside from the odd trip to Tesco or the gym.

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