Bloggers IRL, living the stereotype and loving it

Think brunch and a tube ride to Holland Park just for the outfit photos. 

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I’m not even sure where i “met” Lauren, in blogging terms we go way back, i looked back on my first ever blog instagram photos the other day and there was Lauren, the only blogger in my 12 likes. Although she’s practically my first port of call when i want some blogging help; (she’s the only reason i have a domain if I’m honest) unfortunately she lives in Scotland and i live in London. Meaning opportunities to have a bloggers day out are few and far between. That was until Lauren came to London last week and we found ourselves on a photo taking, brunch eating, bloggers bonanza.  

We took loads of photos, mostly of each other and although these will be all over my Instagram, i thought it would be a sin to not include them in some type of blog post. So although i’m a fan of detailed posts that help people in some type of way, here’s one from a day where i just wanted to share the photos, because why not. 

We’re bloggers, we didn’t have lunch we specifically met at 11 so we could make it for a brunch menu, obviously. We brunched at Daylesford in Marylebone, which is like a cross between an organic farm shop and a restaurant – i like it because it makes me feel like everything i’m eating is healthy, regardless as to whether it actually is or not. I had two poached eggs with a side of smoked salmon, probably one of my favourite combinations other than eggs and avocado of course..

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At one point the waitress came over to ask how our food was, and she realised we hadn’t even started it yet because we were taking too many photos.. bloggers.. 

After brunch we jumped on the tube to Holland Park because there’s no better place for some stereotypical outfit shots, also everywhere else in London is always busy, but Holland Park streets are suspiciously quiet which means you get far fewer weird looks. 

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Props to Lauren for making me look half decent, and insuring that i’ll have some photos for my Instagram that aren’t just of lipsticks for the next 3 weeks. I really wanted to get a photo to illustrate how beautiful my new phone case is from Richmond and Finch, they sent me this tropical leaves case and honestly I’m obsessed – you’ve probably seen it in the background of many an instagram already. This is the highest quality case i’ve ever owned and the prettiest, also can we talk about how the branding on the bottom is in rose gold to match my phone?

If you want to get your own hands on a Richmond and Finch case you can get 20% off using the code Mariajblogs20. Also i feel like i need to point out i’m not being paid to say that, are disclaimers for things that aren’t an ad but sound like one a thing now? Idk man i just really like my phone case.. 

My look:

I also took some photos of Lauren and she looks gorgeous so i couldn’t not include them right?? 

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Richmond and finch phone cases blogger photographers mariajblogs mariajcouk

I got on the floor for this one, i’ll go to all lengths for an instagram even if it isn’t my own.. 

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Lauren literally looks like a professional model and i’m pretty pleased that i took these photos, it’s funny what can come out of “idk look like you’re walking” “ooo i don’t know this photo is being taken, give me candid, wow”. Honestly anyone who walked past must’ve been so confused but we got some serious #ootd looks, we did it for the gram. 

Lauren’s look: 

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I’m pretty stuck in my ways when it comes to photos on my blog, iPhone photos don’t usually make the cut, but we finished the day with a selfie so i had to include it.

The most stereotypical bloggers day out? Check! I had such a lovely day with Lauren and i always find it the most motivating thing to spend time with other bloggers.

Who needs a professional photographer when you have blogger friends? – Maria x




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  1. May 15, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Aww I love this post! What a lovely and yummy day out! πŸ™‚ I love planning days when you know you can take blog photos and have someone awesome to help. I'm lucky I have Kelly, we love days like these! πŸ™‚ Also, both your outfits are gorgeous and your photos are goals. You both look beautiful!

    Lucy xx

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:20 am

      You're so lucky to have each other for photos, i'd love that! Thank you so much that's so kind x

  2. May 15, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely day and you both look gorgeous! Blogger meet ups are the best. X


    • May 17, 2017 / 11:22 am

      It's so gorgeous isn't it, it's like having a new phone! hahah exactly! Always thinking about the gram! x

  3. May 15, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Absolutely love this! Tbh it sounds like the perfect day out and you should have absolutely no shame in embracing that stereotype – let's face it who wouldn't want a day like that! I really need to start making some blogger friends who can take me out to lovely places in London (thanks for the tip on location btw – I still get so self-conscious about loads of weird looks!) and to take incredible photos like these with (it's currently my mum who still doesn't always get the 'natural look' and is still telling me to smile into the camera like I'm 12! Haha!)

    I'm glad you had such a lovely day!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Aw thank you so much for reading, omg i know what you mean about the mum thing i'm like no mum i want to look candid omg! hahah x

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:26 am

      aw thank you so much lovely, it's that pink jacket you recognised again ahahah! x

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:27 am

      aw thank you we did, yeah it's so lovely to spend time with like minded people! x

  4. May 15, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I love your descriptions of the poses… 'ooh look like you're walking' 'look candid" hahaha. Great post and very honest I love that, nice not to always be so serious as a blogger πŸ™‚ xx

    • May 17, 2017 / 11:28 am

      hahaha that's always the way it happens! The best photos come from not being serious and just seeing what happens! x

    • May 18, 2017 / 4:49 pm

      Aw thank you! Bloggers make the best friends! x

  5. May 18, 2017 / 11:43 am

    You're both gorgeous!
    and I'm so jealous that you had a 'blogger day' cause I don't have any bloggers around me to have this experience. Sounds like a great day πŸ™‚

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

    • May 18, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      aw thats a shame, hopefully you'll find a blogger near you soon to have a lovely day out with!x

  6. May 19, 2017 / 12:17 am

    Super cute post and both of you look lovely, xo.


  7. May 23, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    I am loving this post! You two are so glam too! I wish we had more blogger friendly places around here, nobody seems to 'get it!'

    Zoe |

    • May 24, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      I get what you mean, other people don't understand our world haha! Thank you, i wouldn't call myself glam but that's lovely to hear! x

  8. June 5, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Who cares if it's stereotypical, this seems like such a fun day! There's nothing better than brunch and of course you gotta squeeze those ootd pics in there πŸ˜‰

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • June 18, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      Yeah i don't think there's anything wrong doing the stereotypical blogger stuff, it's great fun! x

    • June 18, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      aw i'm sure theres one in your area! Twitter is the best place to find another blogger near you x

  9. July 11, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Great post. This is how we all envisage blogging when in actual fact most of the time we are sat at a mac editing and posting! Love it 😊

    • July 13, 2017 / 9:53 am

      hahaha true! It's fun to do the other stuff sometimes too! x

    • July 13, 2017 / 9:53 am

      Aw thank you so much, i'm so happy you enjoyed it! x

  10. August 27, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Two beautiful bloggers! Nailing all the clichΓ©s and with style!!! I sometimes prefer hanging out with bloggers so I can feel less apologetic about all my "blogger quirks" haha!
    If you are ever around London needing a blogger pal, I'd happlily be your photographer/avo buddy πŸ˜€

    Eb x


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