App’s we use to edit photos

We love taking photos what blogger doesn’t right? We snap away all the time our camera roll is full of random snaps mostly consisting of food, coffee, fitness and travel are you surprised? One of our favourite parts of taking photos is editing them afterwards, we have so much fun editing our photos it can really bring the photo to life.

Taking photos can be frustrating and sometimes it just doesn’t go your way, nothing seems to work and your creativity is just not up to scratch. We hate these days and often just end up giving up and starting afresh the following day.

Taking and editing photos can be a long task we set aside days where we just have photoshoot after photoshoot changing outfits as we go constantly snapping away. We will then dedicate time to editing the photos making sure we have enough photos to post on Instagram, we are currently posting two a day.

Sometimes we will post a photo on Instagram, stare and it over and over again and decide no this photo just isn’t right and just doesn’t fit with our theme or it might fit with the theme but it is just a crap photo. People that only run a personal Instagram account don’t always get why we are so selective over the pictures we choose to post but the quality of the photo is so important on Instagram now days.

We only use three apps when editing our photos which we will go into more detail about below:

Instagram- Of course Instagram is going to be one of the apps we use when editing our photos. This is usually the last app we will use just before posting the photo. If we choose to use an Instagram filter we will always choose the filter ‘Aden’. It is by far our favourite filter and makes any photo look completely magical. It’s very rare we use any other filter on Instagram they just don’t match up to Aden.

Afterlight- This was the first app we ever purchased and swore by it for so many years. We do still use it today mainly for cropping, rotating and changing the brightness/contrast of a photo. Although it isn’t our favourite editing app at the moment we still use it on a regular basis and would definitely recommend it.

VSCO- This is the latest app we have started using, at the beginning of October we were completely obsessed with Zoella’s Instagram it was so beautiful and enough to get anyone in the autumn spirit. We saw on Twitter that she used this app so after having downloaded it a few months before and never using it we decided to give it a go. We absolutely love it and it is the app we are currently obsessed with. The only downside to this app is the fact you need an internet connection to use it.

We always try to use the same filter when editing our photos to ensure our photos fit well together on our Instagram grid. Although we don’t follow a strict theme we do like our grid look aesthetically pleasing.

During the autumn months we decided to have a pop of orange in the majority of our photos and always used the VSCO P5 filter on our photos. This filter didn’t fit on all photos so sometimes we went for C1 and Aden on Instagram but we always cross checked the photos to check that they fitted well together- you can see an example of our Instagram below.

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Why you should always set yourself goals

‘If you do not know where you are heading, you will never get there’

We read the above somewhere and it has forever stuck with us because quite frankly it is SO true. Setting yourself goals isn’t necessarily creating a life plan instead it is about giving yourself the creativeness that is required to aim for things you never thought were possible.

To be successful we need to set ourselves courageous and realistic goals. Last year just before Christmas we sat down together and wrote down a list of goals that we thought we could achieve in the next year. We then decided to put them in a sealed envelope and not open them until the following year after we had set ourselves a new set of goals (we are yet to open them yet!).

Why you ask? We wanted to see if the goals we set for next year are less challenging than the goals we set for this year. We honestly cannot remember the goals we wrote down on our list and it will be really interesting to see whether or not we have smashed these goals or not come close. So we will sit down in December 2017 again this year and write ourselves a new set of goals these will then go in another envelope and will not be looked at until December 2018. Once our new set of goals have been written we will open last years goals!

We love setting ourselves yearly goals but day to day we focus on our daily, weekly or monthly goals. If we don’t set and focus on the smaller goals then how are we ever supposed to reach our big yearly goals?  A goal that is big or small to you may be the opposite for someone else. Its so important we don’t compare our goals to anyone elses because everyone is totally different and we will all achieve our goals differently.

Why don’t you give it a go this year?

How to De-Stress over the Holidays

Life can be so hectic and sometimes the only time we allow ourselves to chill at home not doing much other than eating and spending time with family is at Christmas time. We have spoken to endless amounts of people about this prior to writing this post and almost everyone says the same thing- Christmas is the only holiday we spend at home doing nothing and don’t feel guilty for it.

It’s important that we have time to switch off from everyday life and the stresses that can come from it. Take the time to do the things you love but don’t usually prioritise or have time to fit in around your daily routine whether this is baking a cake, going for a run, painting your nails or watching your favourite TV show that you are now 5 seasons behind on.

This shouldn’t be just at Christmas time though, try and schedule a weekend in every now and again where you just spend time doing the things you really want to do. We always talk about how much we LOVE these weekends, we wouldn’t want these kinds of weekends all the time because we wouldn’t appreciate them as much but it is nice when you have been so hectic just to sit at home on a Saturday evening with a glass of wine in hand watching your favourite TV show.

We have set ourselves a challenge to make sure we start to schedule in these weekends, putting our self-care and health as a priority. This is going to be really hard for us because we always love being on the go making the most of our weekends and making them as jam packed as possible, but we know sometimes we end up burning the candle at both ends and it usually results in us becoming poorly which isn’t something we want.

So we urge you to do the same as us, start off with Christmas (if you can and have the time off work). Really allow yourself to switch off from your daily routine, say goodbye to the stressful morning commute, work deadlines and everything anything else that angers you or causes you stress on a daily basis. We can assure you your body and mind will thank you for it and you will feel so much better for it, going back to work in January feeling refreshed with a new optimistic mind that is ready to smash everything that comes your way.

So we are going to help you to start, grab a pen and paper and write down everything you love doing in your spare time that you want to do regularly going forward you can see some of the things that are on our lists below:

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Bake banana loaf- my favourite
Swimming
Catch up on Nashville- best TV show ever
Go for a long walk in the woods
Straightening my hair

Rach
Painting my nails
Reading and finishing a book
Cleanse my skin
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Reading my favourite magazines

Why You Should Start A YouTube Channel Today

We kept putting off starting a YouTube channel for months and months and we really wished we hadn’t. We always look back and laugh at our first vlog we were so formal sitting at Rach’s breakfast bar introducing ourselves, pulling funny facial expressions and using our hands WAY too much. We wouldn’t change it for the world though and we would never make this video private even if we cringe at it every time.


December is the perfect month to start YouTube especially if you want to vlog there is always so much going on around this time and everyone loves watching vlogmas. It will definitely make your first couple of video’s/vlogs fun and festive. We are excited to vlog during vlogmas, unfortunately we won’t be able to do it every day but we will be vlogging as often as we can.


In October we sat and filmed our first sit down video, up until that point we were only doing vlogs. We decided it was about time we sat down and did a chatty video. We were scared it would be super awkward and we wouldn’t know what to say but it wasn’t and we had so much fun. The first two video we filmed was an ‘autumn haul’ and the second one was ‘helpful blogging tips’ that we decided to post on our blogs 2nd birthday.


We don’t have many subscribers at all but you know what that really doesn’t bother us we love filming and we love the fact we can now go back and watch our holidays or fun days out that we have had. Memories that would have otherwise been forgotten have now been captured and are online for us to watch back forever.


The more you vlog or film the more natural it becomes, you become yourself on camera instead of trying to be yourself. We found this quite challenging to begin with but the more we have vlogged the better we have become (we hope).

Hello Blogmas 2017

*Inserts we cannot believe it is already Christmas, how has this year gone to quickly already etc etc etc*

Welcome back to Blogmas 2017 we are so excited to be doing Blogmas again this year, we loved taking part last year and knew straight away we would be doing it again…so that’s bye bye social life hello blog 24/7.

This is only our second year of doing Blogmas, but we already feel way more prepared this year, we did start planning in August after all. We might be crazy but time literally goes so quickly and we knew if we waited any longer we would blink and it would be December 1st. Or it might just be that we are control freaks and like to have everything organised as its one less thing to worry about and after all good things take time and we wanted to make sure we produced good quality and useful posts.

Last year we tried to keep as many of our posts as possible Christmas related, so this year we are mixing things up and we won’t just be sharing Christmas related posts instead it will be a bit of everything. We made this decision because we didn’t want to be repetitive with our posts and we find so many people take part in Blogmas that the Blogesphere can become saturated with Christmas posts.

We have started a YouTube channel (which you can find here) where we will also be Vlogging as much as possible. We won’t be able to take part in Vlogmas as we both have full time jobs in different locations so it wouldn’t really work but we cannot wait to share our weekend adventures with you!

London’s Best Salad

Salad is great and there are so many places to grab a salad in London and we want to show you that salad isn’t boring and where to find the best salad in London.

Now this isn’t going to be an easy task as there are so many places these days to grab a salad and this blog post would be super long. Instead we have decided to find the best chain salad and then the best independent salad.

Pod Food

Pod Food first opened their restaurant in 2005 and now have 24 chains in London so you are bound to find a Pod Food near you. There are many salads to choose from in Pod that will suit all your needs from vegan, vegetarian and clearly identified allergy needs. Pod also do hot food to order from the counter but their range of salads are very impressive. We believe the GYM BOX is the best salad to choose from here, with 429 calories it is your perfect lunchtime meal and also perfect post workout.
The GYM BOX comes with humous, fallafel, brocolli and a veggie salad and tastes amazing.

Squirrel

We found this place on Instagram after an evening of stalking hashtags and just had to visit. Located in South Kensington very close to the Natural History & Science Museum and close to The Albert Hall. This is a lovely part of London with many cute restaurants and cafes and Squirrel is one of them.
You can get breakfast here but the salads are what steal the show. There are lots to choose from, including kale salads, Thai salads and warm grain salads. You can however also make your own salad for £6.95 so it can be tailored to suits your needs and also what your preferences are. All the choices are in the counter for you to see and pick and everything is very fresh. This independent chain is definitely one to visit for one of London’s best salads.

Let us know where you think we should go next to try one of London ‘s best salad.

Brunch Review: Quaglino’s

Quaglino’s is an iconic restaurant located on 16 Bury Street, just a 5 minute walk from Green Park Station. We recently visited qualigios one Saturday afternoon For a birthday celebration as as soon as we stepped foot in the location we fell in love. 
The decor charming, classy and incredbily lavish, one word we would use to descrie it would be ‘plush’. Its the sort of place you walk into and feel special and immedietly like to think can afford to live this life every single day (we wish).
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Our reservation was from 2oclock and we were allocated a two hour time slot for our table but after two hours we were not told to move. As we were in a large group we had the 3 course brunch menu  which cost £29 but smaller parties can opt for the 2 course brunch menu which is £25.
For groups larger than 13 you have to pay a £20 deposit per head which we paid a few weeks beforehand. We also decided to have the bottomless Prosecco which was an additional £20. The staff were very observant and constantly went round topping up our glasses, it’s safe to say none of us walked out sober!
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There were around five options on the menu for each of the courses so it’s likely you are going to find something you like on the menu. I have to say though not all of the courses are your ‘typical’ brunch courses which we kind of liked seeing as we were not seated until 2o’clock.
The quality of the food was impeccable, this so something that couldn’t be faulted. There were clear plates all round and no one complained about anything.
Rachel opted for the London smoked salmon, capers, horseradish, cream and Belinis to start and Annie had the Poached egg & Avocado.
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For main we both had the Fresh rigatoni with sauteed wild mushrooms and oh my gosh this was INCREDIBLE! We wanted to eat it all over again it was just so tasty and not too rich.
For dessert Annie went for the selection of cheeses which was delicious but was a mistake on my behalf because by the time I had made my way through the pasta all I wanted was something sweet. Rach opted for the Raspberry creme brulee which was utteraly divine.
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They had live music playing when we first arrived but this stopped at 3pm. If  we were to return which we definitely will be we would book a table slightly earlier so we could enjoy the music for a longer length of time. The music was incredible and they played such a vast variety of songs which was great.
Overall we would score this brunch a solid 10/10 although slightly pricier than your average weekend brunch and not somewhere I would go every weekend it really did tick all the boxes and would be the perfect place to go if you have an occasion to celebrate.

Pumpkin Party

It would appear that we have gone a little pumpkin crazy this year, we have been hunting the shelves for all things pumpkin related since about September. Homesense has literally been our saviour we have found so many cool props and food related items in there we just keep going back for more. Honestly you could spend a small fortune in there its crazy how much they have on sale, we cannot imagine what it must be like in America.

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It took us a little longer than most to get into the autumn spirit as we were still moarning summer but one weekend we went out and purchased some pumpkins and decided to go on a pumpkin photoshoot lets be honest what else was going to get us in the autumnal mood.

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As you would have seen from our previous posts we have made pumpkin pie (first time making it) which we absolutely loved, pumpkin pancakes because who doesn’t love pumpkin shaped pancakes, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Balls which were da bomb and Pumpkin and Rosemary Muffins which tasted bloomin amazing and we will definitely be baking these again. We also opted for some healthy treats including ghostly bananas and spooky organges! 

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Last year we really decided to embrace all of the holidays we celebrate, last year we really went to town with some of our content but this year we are going to up our game and create lots of autumn/fall content because after all it is one of our favourite seasons and the colours are just amazing, especially with pops of burnt orange.

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For our American friends out there please make us jealous and tell us about all the amazing pumpkin related products you can buy! One year we would love to fly to America for Halloween/fall we can imagine it is so much fun!

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Happy 2nd Birthday

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY TWO BRITS!

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This is probably going to be one of the hardest blog posts we have ever written. So much has happened in the past two years we just don’t know where to start. As we write this blog post sat covered in cake mixture and icing we are thinking back to how far we have come especially in the past year.

For us although we started our blog and brand two years ago, we didn’t fall in love with our blog until August 2016. It’s true what they say though when you fall you fall hard, we fell head over heels in love and from that moment on wards we knew there was no turning back. We worked our butts off re branding our blog, arranging photoshoots, writing posts and spending every Friday evening baking in the kitchen. We wanted to share the best content we could and since then we have continued to improve our content (we hope!).

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We went from occasionally posting and not really having a set direction to posting something at least once a week. We knew the direction we were heading in and we knew we wanted to focus on fitness, food and travel. Although many bloggers only have one topic and there has been several discussions about what is right and wrong we couldn’t choose between the three of them because we love each of them equally and that is what blogging is primarily all about- blogging about things you love.

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We have to admit it isn’t always easy we both have full time jobs (you can read our post all about blogging with a full time job), which means we can’t spend every hour of the day on our blog. Instead we work all through the evening, wake up early to get a couple of hours in and also work solidly at the weekends to ensure we meet deadlines and continue to produce good quality content.

In August this year we finally made the decision to change our name to Two Brits. You wouldn’t believe the number of conversations we had about changing our name but one day when our domain was expiring we decided to bite the bullet and just go for it. We are so glad that we changed our name and everything has worked out for the best and another bonus is the fact we are no longer being asked who the ‘Third Brit’ is!

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Since we first started out blog we now run an Instagram account where we have over 7,600 followers which is just craaaaazy. We have also started a YouTube Channel which is our next challenge as we currently dont have many subscribers and we are finding it so hard to gain more.

So here’s to the next year, we are so excited to see what it has in store for Two Brits! We absolutely love blogging as a pair and we wouldn’t have it any other way, we love the fact we can share these moments with eachother and reflect on everything we have acheived.