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2.12.15

Visit The Real Life Quality Street® + Filtered Snaps

Salman Dean Quality Street
Sharing a tin, tub or carton of Quality Street® is a much loved Christmas tradition, as everyone searches for their favourites amongst the brightly coloured wrappers to enjoy the delicious sweets inside. But did you know you can use the Quality Street® wrappers to create the perfect Christmas selfie and festive snaps? Here's how to capture your colourful Quality Street® snaps in 3 easy steps:

STEP 1. 

Enjoy a box of Quality Street® with family and friends, just make sure you keep hold of your favourite coloured wrappers (you’ll need to select a chocolate with a cellophane wrapper, rather than foil).

Salman Dean Quality Street
STEP 2. 

Hold the cellophane sweet wrapper over the camera lens on your phone to create a handy homemade colourful filter.

Salman Dean Quality Street
STEP 3.

Strike a pose for your Quality Street® inspired Christmas photos and share them using the hashtag #QuailtyStreet

Salman Dean Quality Street
Also for one night only, Quality Street® will be coming to life at Westfield’s Southern Terrace with a unique multi-sensory experience, free for everyone to enjoy.

Imagine a world where the streets glow, wrappers fall like snow from the sky, Christmas music rings out and delicious Quality Street® sweets are on hand to enjoy. Put Thursday 3rd December in your diary to pay a visit to Quality Street® for an evening of festive fun.

WHAT

Pay a visit to Quality Street®, the place where favourites meet – bringing family and friends together


WHERE

Westfield White City, Ariel Way, London, W12 7GF – the Wood Lane entrance by Next.


WHEN

4:30pm – 10pm on Thursday 3rd December

This post contains PR samples.

Discover Kenya In 10 photos

Discover Kenya In 10 Photo's
If you're a follower of my blog then you'll know I recently spent 5 weeks in Kenya. I travelled quite extensively and got to see so many things including non-touristy stuff. Kenya itself is so diverse and unique that sometimes you feel like you're in a different place altogether. I've tried to include as many different pictures as I can to summarise this beautiful country. I don't claim to be the best photographer in the world but here's Kenya in 10 photos!

1. INCREDIBLE SCENIC VIEWS
Great Rift Valley
As soon as you leave the hustle and bustle of Nairobi you're met with the most amazing views. Simply driving around Kenya is a sight to see. The lack of buildings in rural areas, the greenery and bumpy roads all add to the feel. This particular view is of the Great Rift Valley.

2. PRETTY PLANTS
Mt Kenya Safari Club Plants
Kenya is surprisingly green and lush. When traveling one of the first giveaways that makes you feel like you're in a foreign land is the plants. They are so unusual and beautiful. Maybe it's just me but they really did stand out. This photo was taken at Mount Kenya Safari Club which has the freshest air ever. So clean and unpolluted.

3. DIVINE TEA & COFFEE (OH & BREAKFAST OF COURSE!)
Southern Sun Mayfair Breakfast
Kenyan tea and coffee is known around the world to be the best and is their biggest export. Many of you drink it every day and don't realise it with places like Starbucks and McDonalds sourcing their tea and coffee from Kenya. 

4. FRIENDLY PEOPLE
Safari Salman Dean
The people of Kenya are what make it so special, they're friendly, welcoming and inquisitive. The fellow pictured with me is John who was our game driver while on safari.

5. COLOURFUL CLOTHING
Mombasa Beach Clothing
No matter where you are in Kenya you will see an abundance of colourful clothing being sold. From vibrant kitenge's (dresses) to traditional leso's, which is basically a cloth that can be tied many ways. Ironically black is my aesthetic but when you're in a sunny country like Kenya you can't help but appreciate colour.

6. CRYSTAL BLUE WATER
Salman Dean Star Fish
The coastal side of Kenya is known to have the bluest water, especially Diani which is in the south coast. With the water being from the Indian Ocean it is of course warm also. I was scared to touch the starfish at first but upon feeling it my fear disappeared. It basically just feels like a rock.

7. GORGEOUS TIDE POOLS
Salman Dean Mombasa
These cool tide pools are a miracle from nature. They form on the beach every day when the tide goes out. Sometimes you'll find little crabs and creatures inside. Although it's not that common because under the sun these little pools warm up really fast.

8. GLAMOUROUS CAMPING

Going on safari and camping is much more glamorous than you would think. Each tent is massive and has running water and electricity, some even have wifi! Every night when you come back from dinner your tent has been attended to by the staff. They add hot water bottles in your bed to make sure you stay warm during the night and they even turn on a mosquito vape to make sure those buggers don't come near you.

9. BREATH TAKING NATURE
Salman Dean Lake Nivasha
This particular photo was taken at Lake Nivasha where you are guaranteed to see lots of happy hippos! It's also every bird watchers dream as there so hundreds of species in the area. Overall it's a picturesque place for anyone who loves nature.

10. WILDLIFE
Salman Dean Lion Safari
Last but not least, I couldn't do a post on Kenya and not go into detail about the wildlife. If you ever get the chance in your life to go on safari it's the most amazing thing ever! In Kenya however once you leave the city and are driving through the more rural areas don't be surprised if you see a monkey, ostrich or even an elephant crossing the road. One of my stand out moments on safari was watching a cheetah feeding her cubs. When infants cheetah's can only drink blood so it was quite the scene to see it smeared all over their faces.


1.12.15

8 Useful Tools, Apps & Websites For Bloggers

I have to admit i'm not particularly good at juggling my personal life and the blog at the same time. I focus really hard on one and end up neglecting the other. However recently I've been using some useful tools and apps which have made things so much easier! Some of these apps are directly linked to blogging although others can be used for pretty much anything else.

Hemingway Editor

If writing isn't your strong point then this tool will be your new best friend. The Hemingway Editor app highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its logic. It also highlights when you can use a shorter word in place. Personally I can become very repetitive when writing. When I copy and paste my article in the Hemingway Editor it flags up all the areas I can improve hopefully making it easier for you guys to read. I mean at the end of the day it is a computer algorithm so don't take it to heart if all of your work is highlighted. As long as its easy to read you'll be fine. 

Ifttt.com

This is a really useful tool with the potential to do anything. Ifttt connects with various social media platforms and other tools that allow you to set automated actions. For example every time I post a picture on Instagram it automatically posts to my Twitter (without an ugly link) and to Pinterest. You can set it to save Instagram pictures you like to your Dropbox as well as any screen shots you take. There are so many ways you could go with, it's definitely worth playing around with.

UnrollMe

I'm sure everyone has experienced an overwhelming crazy inbox with random emails from things you subscribed to years ago. UnrollMe scans through your email and brings up a list of things you are subscribed to. You can then go through and remove any unwanted subscriptions. I'm sure we've all ticked that dreadful box and been spammed with loads of crazy emails. Groupon is the worst for me! Not only does this help declutter your inbox but it's fast too. I would recommend you do this every few months. It makes things so much more efficient in the long run.

Hootsuite

What kind of post would this be if I didn't mention Hootsuite. If you don't already know Hootsuite is a tool that helps you schedule social media posts. Scheduled posts aren't really my style however it is really handy when you need to post a link to one of your blog posts. With my busy lifestyle I always used to forget to push my blog posts via social media. There's no point in writing amazing content if it isn't reaching people. Also what I've recently started doing is pushing old posts by scheduling them in. Its a great way of reviving older content. 

Queue+

Similar to Hootsuite, Queue+ schedules posts however it's only for Tumblr. I'm a massive fan of Tumblr and I'm obsessed! Not only with the amazing inspiration but also growing my own following. The main way to do that with Tumblr is consistent posting. Queue+ goes through who you follow and allows you to select what you want to repost and automatically schedules the best time to repost it. That way it looks like you are reposting throughout the day. A really useful tool overall and I've noticed my followers are going up slowly.

Bloglovin

If you're a blogger then you need to be all over Bloglovin. If you don't already know it's a blogroll feed that allows you to follow people and be followed. When you follow someone their posts will appear in your feed. Similar to Instagram but instead of it being a photo it's a blog post. This is a great way to raise awareness of your blog and get traffic. For me personally it's also about keeping up to date with my favourite blogs and staying inspired to write better content. I have the app on my phone which makes it easy for me to do some light reading of my favourite bloggers before bed!

Facetune

Facetune is a popular photo editing app that I use for everything! The app is meant to be used to edit blemishes and and dark circles but I don't use it for that. I'm not a fan of using it on my face as I think that overly airbrushed look can look quite contrived however I'm not shy to get rid of a blemish or two either haha. Sometimes there can be specks of dust or unwanted marks that you want to edit out which is what I mainly use it for. Also I'm obsessed with the whitening feature it can really make a picture look 10 times cleaner. The app does cost £2.99 but it's worth it especially for how much you'll use it.

Dropbox

I feel like everyone uses Dropbox or a similar cloud service these days. I obviously use it to back up really import things but I also find it easy to transfer pictures with. Especially when I want to Instagram something I just use the Dropbox app on my phone and I can download the image I want in seconds. I also use Dropbox to share images and files with brands that I'm working with when the file sizes are to large to attach in an email.

Well thats it guys. If you know of any other apps or tools that make blogging easy for you, please comment below! I would love to find more ways to make things easier.
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