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My name is Margot (Gocha) and I was born in Warsaw, Poland, my better half came from Roseau on beautiful island of Dominica in the Caribbean. Currently together with our children: Ella (3) & Marissa (8) we live in diverse city of Brighton, UK (after almost 10 years spent in London’s Islington and previously working on the cruise ship where we have met back in 1998).

Coffee & Vanilla is a blog dedicated to European & Caribbean cuisine, crafts, home decor, DIY, travel, photography, multiracial hair products, natural cosmetics, healthy lifestyle, lunchboxes  and other aspect of our family life. Most of the pictures on the website are actual dishes / crafts that were made by us, taken with my old Nikon D50. Theme of the blog has been done by my talented husband Michael (the “coffee” in Coffee & Vanilla).

When I’m not blogging, together with my husband we work as freelance photo retouchers & graphic / web designers at our virtual 416 Studios. We sell also our artworks via Redbubble store.

I hope you enjoy you stay on  Coffee & Vanilla!


p.s. Please forgive me not replying to all your comments and emails. I do read all of them and do my best to reply to most of messages but sometimes my day does not have enough hours, so please don’t take my lack of time for ignorance.


Sometimes I write also review, article, add link or post give-away that I was asked to blog about, but it does not mean that I was told what do write… all reviews are my unbiased impressions of the products or services. Some of them can be also read between my other reviews on Amazon website or on our other blog at 416 Studios.  All sponsored in any way articles are disclosed.


All content of this website is copyright of © coffeeandvanilla.com or © 416studios.com – unless stated otherwise. Please contact me before featuring anything from this website to discuss terms or to purchase licence for use of the images, be it in digital or printed versions.

Note to PR Companies

Most of the time I’m happy to blog about samples you send me, visit venues or test products as long as they are related to my blog theme however I do not work for free. I’m a busy person and taking photos, testing or developing recipes, writing featured articles, organizing competitions, building page authority or even growing network of followers do take time so I can’t afford spending it on advertising campaigns with “no budget”… I also do not publish ready articles, review items that I would have to return afterwards, sell “follow” links or write about things I haven’t got a chance to try myself. Please read more on advertising page or request full list of services and pricing.