The Dos and Don’ts for a Strong Selfie Game

If you want a popular Instagram account or thousands of likes on your Facebook profile pictures, there’s only one thing for it; making sure your selfie game is strong. I’m not shy when it comes to uploading a selfie or two, so I thought I’d share a few dos and don’ts to help you make sure your selfies are all on point!

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Selfie Dos

Use High Angles

Hold your camera at a high angle and snap from there. This is the most flattering angle as it slims your face – even Kim Kardashian said so when she took a selfie with Ant and Dec at the Brit awards. You can even use selfie tools for this, like one of those new fandangled sticks!

Take a Snap in the Mirror

If you want your outfit in the picture, take a mirror selfie. You might need to mess around with angles a bit to get it just right. I always end up holding my phone at a dodgy angle to get it all in, but it looks so much better!

Double Up

You may have noticed that I like to pretend there are 2 of me on my Instagram page and even sometimes on my blog from time to time. I suppose this is personal preference, but I just like the way it looks. Two is better than one, right? I use an app like Diptic to create this effect, and I’m really anal about making sure it’s symmetrical! I think Charlotte from Geordie Shore even does this sometimes…so there.

Upload the Entire Picture

Instagram can be annoying sometimes, especially if you’ve taken a spectacular selfie and then you have to crop it so it’s square. This could mean cutting out some of your hair and outfit, so what do you do? Download an app like Instasize to fit the whole thing in! With an app like this you’ll never need to crop again, plus, you can get that oh so trendy white border around all of your pictures.

Pick the Best Filter

Another Instagram secret of mine; I don’t use the filters that come with the app. I have a whole separate app called VSCOcam for that. I think these filters look much better on my feed, and they enhance the colours in the pictures nicely. Yes; I have to do a lot of moving from app to app when I take a selfie, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get her selfie out there.

Experiment With Lighting

Nothing annoys me more than when I see a selfie looking all grainy. Why would you take selfies in the dark, girlfriend? Nobody can see your pretty face! Try to take them in natural light or at least where you can get a clear picture.

Have Fun With It

Experiment with your selfie! Have fun – change up your background, pull some funny faces, use a personalised selfie frame – keep things interesting and varied as much as you can.

Selfie Don’ts

  • Please don’t pull that ridiculous duck face that’s all over the place lately (I’m looking at you Kylie Jenner). Just smile. If you want to go for the moody look, then do it, but don’t stick your lips out so much. You’re not fooling anybody honey!
  • Don’t upload a selfie where you can see up your nostrils. This angle is always unflattering and gives a double chin.
  • Don’t neglect to pay attention to your background. Charlotte Crosby recently uploaded a mirror selfie with a pair of her dirty knickers right next to her, in true Charlotte Crosby style. Your background shouldn’t be too distracting, and definitely shouldn’t contain dirty knickers.

Do you have any selfie dos and don’ts you’d like to share? Leave a comment!

Celebrating Christmas in London

No matter how long you’re staying for, there’s going to be plenty for you to enjoy during your festive stay in the city. London is one of the best places in the world to choose for celebrating Christmas, whether you’ll be visiting family or making merry with friends. We’ve put together a few tips on what to expect during your yuletide trip.

Shopping

From last-minute gifts to Boxing Day sales, you’ll have everything you need right on your doorstep. As well as the bustling retail outlets and big brands on offer in Oxford Street and Covent Garden, you’ll discover artisan Christmas fairs, markets and villages aplenty.

If you’re looking for extravagant vintage presents or something truly original, visit the Victorian stalls of Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch. Make sure you pick up plenty of wrapping paper on your travels, though, as you’ll find Christmas gifts galore everywhere you go.

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Food

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy your Christmas dinner, the city won’t close down on the big day. Many restaurants and gastro pubs will have the fires burning throughout Christmas Day, and be happy to prepare – and certainly not burn – extravagant lunches and dinners for you and your guests.

For those lunches and dinners, you’ll have to book in advance, so work out your numbers and budget, and then contact your favorite restaurants to see if they’re serving – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how many open for business on Christmas Day!

Location

Whether you’re exchanging gifts or simply stuffed to the brim with food, you won’t want to spend too much time travelling. Thankfully, Transport for London will be catering for all of your public transport needs over Christmas, but it’s advised that you book any taxis in advance of your travel.

If you’re not staying with friends, book yourself into a city centre hotel to save on travel time. Dorsett Hotel, City of London is ideally located in the heart of the city, and also provides the luxury you’ll yearn for, whether you’ve planned for a hectic or laidback Christmas Day.

Events

London comes alive with festive spirit for the months leading up to Christmas and early into January. There’s plenty to enjoy practically everywhere you go, but there are certain events that we’d particularly recommend for when you get started.

With free entry to the Natural History Museum, you can enjoy its incredible exhibitions on any other day than the 25th,  then skate around its outdoor ice rink as the evening sets in. On Christmas Day itself, a stroll around the quieter streets will show you a side of the city you’ve never seen before, as it twinkles with playful festive charm.

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Landmarks

While you’re walking, why not check out some of London’s most iconic buildings? Without the bustle of the regular tourists, and the busy traffic of day-to-day London life, you’ll hear Big Ben chime clearly, and witness Tower Bridge on its quietest and calmest day of the year.

Strolling across Millennium Bridge, towards St. Paul’s Cathedral, is particularly inspiring. You can experience both the contemporary and classic architecture of the city at once and are immersed in all of the diversity and history of England’s capital. You’ll find that this is what Christmas in London is all about.