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Living up in Leeds, it often feels like London gets all the attention. All the shiny new openings, the exciting events and all of the praise. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to love about London – but there’s also a lot to love about Leeds! London doorways and murals and shopfronts are ten-a-penny on Instagram – with people making pilgrimages to the floral haven outside Liberty London and the candy-stripe houses of Notting Hill just to get the perfect Instagram snap. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve liked as many photos of Peggy Porschen’s as the next girl, but I think it’s time to give some credit to my own city. We’re not just a gritty city, we’re a pretty city, too – and I’d love to start seeing more of that side of Leeds over on Instagram. 

Siobhan Ferguson launched the #prettycitylondon project many moons ago, and you can see the fruits of her labour over on the @prettycitylondon account; and, of course, it didn’t stop there. There are plenty of people out there who want to share the pretty side of their own cities, and you can see snippets of them over on @theprettycities – but Leeds is sorely lacking in representation. And there’s only one way to fix it…

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Whilst on maternity leave, I’m hoping to get out and about across the city far more than usual so I’m planning to snap my own #prettycityleeds photos but I’d love to get the ball rolling with some help from all of you – I’m sure there are plenty of pretty pictures of Leeds lurking out there, so let’s join them all together and show the world that Leeds is pretty darn, well, pretty! You just have to look up when strolling along Briggate, or pop down a side street in Chapel Allerton or Headingley, or take a walk in Roundhay Park (to name but a few locations) to prove that. So, hashtag your snaps of Leeds and I’ll share my favourites over on Instagram and on this blog. Leeds, I know you’ve got this… 

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20 Foodie Instagrammers to Follow

Thanks to Instagram, taking photos of your food when you’re out and about has become standard practice. No dinner needs to go undocumented, no fresh produce unappreciated, no efforts in the kitchen unrecognised. We’re all guilty of it – but there are some people who have elevated the simple Instagram snap to an artform, making it dangerous to scroll through my feed if I’m feeling peckish. Here are some of my favourite foodie Instagrammers, give them a follow! 

Foodie Instagrams to Follow // Amy Elizabeth

@whipuntilfluffy // @trestledining // @missrachelphipps // @joythebaker

Foodie Instagrams to Follow // Amy Elizabeth

@theboywhobakes // @noisettebakehouse // @minimalistbaker // @ohladycakes

Foodie Instagrams to Follow // Amy Elizabeth @whattocooktonight // @acozykitchen // @acouplecooks // @bragnbutter

Foodie Instagrams to Follow // Amy Elizabeth

@topwithcinnamon // @mollyyeh // @sweethue // @cookrepublic

Foodie Instagrams to Follow // Amy Elizabeth

@sliceofpai // @careynotcarrie // @local_milk // @thefirstmess

Which foodie Instagrammers do you follow?  

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Sticky9 Instagram Magnet Giveaway

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The houses of my parents and my grandparents are filled with photos – of kids, grandkids, friends, holidays, big events and small. Despite taking more photos than ever, my house is severely lacking in said photos – the documentation of life that lifts a house into a home. Although my phone and my hard-drive are absolutely bursting at the seams with photos, there are very few on my walls and shelves. I want to make a concerted effort to turn more of these into tangible things – albums, frames and prints. I love looking through the boxes of photos in my parents and grandparents’ houses and I want my children to be able to do the same.

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So it was fortuitous that Sticky9 got in touch and asked me whether I would like to turn some of my Instagram photos into magnets. These little magnets are so fun – and it takes no time at all to order them. You just plug in your Instagram account, select the photos you want (that’s the hard part!) and off you go! Mine arrived within a couple of days and were up on the fridge in a flash.

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When you live in rental accommodation, it can be hard to personalise the place. We’re very lucky that our landlord is super nice – we can paint and hang pictures to our heart’s content as long as it’s all put back in place when we leave. The carpets are a point of contention (so brown, so gross) but otherwise we can do what we like. If you’re not so lucky, a few fun fridge magnets can make your place a little more homely – and these are great. A pack of 9 magnets costs just £9.99 – but you can get your hands on one for free by entering the giveaway below!

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Good luck! 

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