Thursday, 12 October 2017

Autumn Tag

I've realised it's been a hot minute since I wrote a tag here on my blog so here you go! I personally love Autumn (let's face it it's the best season next to Winter) and I love writing tags so it's only natural that I'd be sharing the Autumn Tag today!

For Autumn, what is your...

1. Favourite thing about it?


I love the mood. Everyone has just settled into their new year, whether that be a new year at work, school or university. It's such a chill season, known for making you want to drink lots of caffeinated drinks, and sit by the fireplace snuggled up under a blanket. 

2. Favourite drink?


I'm a huge Costa fan, and my go to order at this time of year is a soya mocha. With extra chocolate sprinkles of course!

3. Favourite scent/candle?


Gah this question is really making me miss my candle collection, since I'm not allowed them at uni! I love yankee candles, especially any of them that have cinnamon in them!

4. Best lipstick?


Throughout Autumn or in general? Either way my favourite lipstick is Glastonberry by Charlotte Tilbury!

5. Go to moisturizer?


I actually reviewed it on my other blog (which you can check out here) and it's the Pixi H2O skin drink. It literally is the most hydrating thing you can possibly imagine and it's changed my life, no exaggeration!

6. Go to colours for the eyes?


Anything from the Morphe 350 palette is my absolute dream Autumn shade. Every colour in the palette just work so well together and I love creating new looks with this colour selection.

7. Favourite music or band/singer to listen to?


I love sitting down and listening to chill music. My go to singer has always, and will always be Ed Sheeran, particularly his Divide Album.

8. Favourite outfit to wear?

Fuzzy jumper, treggings and Chelsea boots.

9. Autumn treat?


Gingerbread men. Sainsbury's pack of mini 30 gingerbread men have been my absolute faves lately. I'm ashamed to say how many hundreds of them I have eaten over the last couple of months!

10. Favourite place to be?


In cities, walking along the streets in the evenings. I just love being in cities, especially when it's dark outside, but all the lights are lighting the streets up and autumn leaves are falling all around you.

The song of the day is One by Ed Sheeran. I hope you enjoyed reading my tag answers, and let me know your answers in the comments below,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Things I've Learned Since Being At University

Who'd have ever thought I'd be here, sat in my room in the halls of residence typing a blog post about my university experience? As someone who could never see themselves at university, yet alone enjoying it, I can tell you that I've learned a lot about myself, and in general, from my experience so far. So in case someone out there is interested, this is what I've learned in the week and four days I've been a student in Liverpool:

  • It's actually quite difficult understanding different accents- Like seriously! Even though I've met a couple of people from the West Midlands, there are a lot of Northern Irish people studying at my university, as well as the obvious Scouse. I'm finding myself embarrassingly having to ask people to talk slower, or repeat themselves so I can understand the Northern dialect. And what I find even funnier to get my head around is that people can't understand ME! Like I never knew how obvious my Brummie accent was to non-Midlanders, but people can spot I'm from Birmingham a mile away. Here's me thinking I have a neutral accent that everyone can understand...


  • Organisation and Time Management- Since I've moved out, I don't have my mum to wake me up in the mornings when I over sleep. The scary thing is, it's all up to me. But so far I've done pretty well; I've got all my work done for classes in time, I've made time to cook for myself, do my own washing and most importantly have a social life.

  • How to get on with a range of people- There are such a wide range of personalities and people from all over the country, and even world here. I used to be such a shy person, but I haven't found myself nervous to talk to anyone yet so far. Of course not everyone gets on with everyone, especially when you're living and studying with people 24/7. Luckily, the people on my course and in my flat are absolutely lovely though.

Me when I'm wondering why I keep bumping into the same people,
and then realizing I actually live with people from my uni now

  • I have no money- This is honestly the tragic one! My student loan barely covers shit so I'm basically using all my life savings in the world to buy groceries. Is bread even worth it though?
Me looking in my purse for bus change

  • How to do washing- Even though I've washed my clothes by myself before, I completely forgot how to properly do it when I got here. Like what colours can you mix together, can you put jumpers and bed sheets together? Who knows?! Luckily though, I've sussed how to stick a wash on, as well as how to pay for a wash in the launderette on my campus. 


  • I can actually fall asleep anywhere, anytime- I used to be the fussiest sleeper ever; I wouldn't be able to sleep unless it was silent and pitch black. But now I've just got used to doors slamming, and people shouting outside my window. The only thing I haven't been able to sleep through yet is the fire alarm when people set it off by drunkenly cooking pizza at 5am...


  • I can't hack going out every night- I used to pride myself on being such a party animal and would go out literally every single time someone asked me to. But Thursday in fresher's week I had to tap out, I literally was so knackered. Now I equally appreciate a night in bed watching Netflix and a night hitting the town. Who am I?!


  • I don't care if I look a mess- I never used to think I could leave the house without winged eyeliner. But the states my hangovers have left me in has left me to not care how I look. Like, I'd rather stay in bed until 10 minutes before my lecture starts, than get up to do my contour. But this has left everyone on my course to see the real me... the spotty mess with huge bags under my eyes. 


So since this week and a bit that I've been a student I've literally become a whole new person. I'm still tying to figure out if that's for better or worse. But you know what I'm coping. The song of the day is Africa by Toto because my flat won't stop singing it lol! Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a lovely week!

Izzy K xxx

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Things I'm Wondering About Uni

University season has officially begun. A lot of my friends have started at university this year, and even more have returned to university for their second year. Now my Uni freshers week is a week after most, meaning I don't move to Liverpool until this Saturday. 


Seeing my friends start and settle already has lead me to think about what my personal experience will be like. Here's a list of questions I have running and chasing through my head about beginning this new chapter:
  1. What will my flatmates be like?
  2. What will my lecturers be like?
  3. Will my course be just as I expected it to be?
  4. What aspect of media will actually interest me the most?
  5. Will I realise what I want to do after university?
  6. How will I mangage to budget?
  7. How will I balance uni work, classes, work, social life and youtube?
  8. Will I get homesick since I've never been homesick before?
  9. Will things be different when I come back home, or will nothing have changed?
  10. How often will I get lost on campus on my frist week?
  11. What will my diet be like? (Consisting of mainly pasta and jagerbombs I should imagine!)
  12. How on earth will my flatmates put up with my music taste. They're gonna have no choice but to deal with it!
  13. Will I still stay close with everyone back home?
  14. How many lectures will I turn up hungover to?
  15. Will I do well? I'm such a nerd at heart so I hope I will
  16. How will my appearance change as I start to "find myself"
  17. In which semester will I officially be declared bankrupt?
  18. How will people react to me making youtube videos?
  19. Will I settle?
  20. Will I actually enjoy my entire experience as much as I'm hoping to?
So there we are, that's my #relatablepost about becoming a student. The song of the day is Thunder by Imagine Dragons. Are you starting a new chapter in your life? If so let me know in the comments the questions you have about this new start,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Mystery Blogger Award

Something I absolutely doing on my blog and youtube channel is tag posts and awards. So you can imagine how glad and honored I was when Aleeha and Lucy from www.halesaaw.co.uk nominated me to take part in the Mystery Blogger Award


“Mystery Blogger Award”  is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo in your post
  • List all the rules
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourserlf
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions
  • Share the link to your best/favourite post

5 Questions For Me To Answer:


1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I was obsessed with the idea of running a youtube channel. I had posted a couple of videos, but I didn't have the balls to carry on because I was so awkward on camera. So I thought I'd express my thoughts and have a creative outlet on a platform that didn't require me to talk.

2. What is your biggest fear?

Honestly my biggest fear is ironically letting my own fears and anxieties stop me from doing things I love. Now that I'm slowly bursting out of my comfort zone, I'm realizing I've missed out on so much in life (wow getting deep there) because I was too worried about failing or about what people thought of me. So basically my biggest fear is living a safe life, where I'm too scared to actually try new things.

3. What is your favourite colour to wear?

Is it boring if I just say black? Can't go wrong with black skinny jeans... right?! But my favourite colour to wear besides black is a very dark dark navy (so colourful!)

4. What is your favourite memory from your childhood?

One Christmas, I got a little hint that I may be receiving the Nintendo DS Lite. I remember being so genuinely excited for that Christmas, and I just remember being more excited for that then anything. I'm not gonna lie, I loved that thing to pieces, and sometimes even wack it out for a Nintendogs sesh nowadays! 

5. What is your favourite song at the moment?

Despacito who? It's all about Little Mix's version of Reggaeton Lento now! #songoftheday

My Favourite blog post is: Internet Communites!

My Nominees (Sorry it's not 10-20)



I've had so much fun writing this post, so thank you so much Aleeha and Lucy for nominating me for this tag. I hope you've enjoyed reading!

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Gap Year Guide Part 4: Small Things & Actually Being Away

Welcome to the very last edition of my "Gap Year Guide". This chapter will be all about my final top tips and the small little things to cover while you're actually away. I hope you find it helpful if you'll be travelling too :)



My first tip is to pick the person that you'll go travelling with very wisely! These sorts of experiences can really make or break a friendship. I went travelling in May with my best friend, Georgie, and I'm pretty sure she's the only person that can put up with me for a month solid!

Bring a bit of home comfort. Now I can hands down say that I've never actually experienced home sickness. I just kinda live in the moment regardless of where I am. Something that did actually help me was a bar of galaxy chocolate that my friend's mum actually brought us to have a little bit of comfort whilst travelling. (Thank you Gillian and Laura for getting that!) So it was sweet to tuck into a bit of chocie after a long day of travelling. 

Social media is key. Again, this is something that I find really helps with home sickness. Being able to stay in touch with everyone back home really makes you feel like you're not missing out on anything. It also lets people know that you're safe. And if you're family is anything like mine, you'd end up getting a million and one phone calls if you don't constantly post your whereabouts haha!

Know your local embassy. Ok this admittedly is something that I only thought of once I returned home. But it is so important because you never know what might go wrong and you don't want to end up stranded. 

Know the local emergency numbers. You don't want to find yourself in a tricky situation, and then have to quickly google the number for people that can help. FYI: The European emergency number is 112 ;)

Don't keep all your money in one place. This is very important because you never know if you'll forget your purse, or have something nicked. What I did whilst travelling was keep my credit cards in one purse, with a bit of money for the day. And then the rest of my travel money in my bag. That way if one goes missing, you still have some emergency money.

Take photos of all your documents. This includes passports, insurance policies, hotel room conformations. That way you always have a backup, and if you need something replacing whilst away you still have the details of the documents. Also, send these to a family member or friend so they have a copy too. 

Accept that not everything is going to go to plan. This is all you can do really. You might miss a train here and there, or not make it to your hotel on time to check in. Or forget your favourite pair of sunglasses in your last accommodation. But things often have a way of working out. When lost, google maps finds all. And people are generally more helpful than not, so never be afraid to ask if you find yourself out of your depth.

Google the safety of places where you're staying. Generally places, especially touristy places, are safe. However, it doesn't hurt to take precautions and see if there are parts of certain towns that are best to avoid, or find out if places are known for pick-pocketing. It's always fantastic to go out of your comfort zone, but it's also better to be safe than sorry.

Thank you very much for reading my final Gap Year Guide post. The song of the day is Happier by Ed Sheeran. I hope I've covered everything in this series, but if you have any questions please let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Monday, 24 July 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 3rd Week Of July

Hey guys it's that time of the week again where I share what you may have missed on my youtube channel this week.

5 Comedy Sketches You Need To Watch

Who loves a good ol' bit of stand-up comedy? I certainly do and I wanted to share my all time favourite sketches because I think it would be a shame if people didn't know about them!

Summer Glow Makeup Look

The second video I posted this week is a Glowy Summer look because you guys probably know I have a highlighter addiction. If it were up to me, I'd wear highlighter and shimmery products all over my face.

Thank you very much for watching/reading. The song of the day is New Rules by Dua Lipa. I hope you all have a lovely week :)

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Gap Year Guide Part 3: Route, Transport & Accommodation

Hello and welcome to my 3rd post in my "Gap Year Guide" which will be focusing on where I actually went, and how I actually got around Europe for a month. 

Feel free to check out my Insta for more travel photos ;)

Route:


Me and Georgie wanted to cover as many cities and countries as possible in a month, so we decided to go pretty much straight across Europe and hit as many countries as we could. Our route was as follows:
  • Sofia, Bulgaria: 2nd-5th May
  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 5th-6th May
  • Bucharest, Romania: 6th- 9th May
  • Brasov, Romania: 9th- 11th May
  • Budapest, Hungary: 12th- 14th May
  • Zagreb, Croatia: 15th-17th May
  • Split, Croatia: 17th- 19th May
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia: 19th-22nd May
  • Bled, Slovenia: 22nd-24th May
  • Vienna, Austria: 24th- 26th May
  • Berlin, Germany: 26th-28th May
  • Brussels, Belgium: 28th- 30th May
  • Paris, France: 30th-31st May
  • Dover, England: 31st May

Transport:


We only wanted to fly once on our travels, so we decided to fly out from Birmingham Airport to Sofia Airport. The company we flew with was EasyJet.

We then wanted to find the easiest way to travel between countries, and concluded that Interrail tickets were the cheapest way to do that. The ticket I brought was a youth ticket where you could travel for 15 days within the period of a month. We found that most countries where we used our ticket understood what it was. The only trouble we had was in Bulgaria, where we found that the language barrier was the strongest. However, the ticket was accepted in every country we went to. On their website you can fill in your route, but I would recommend checking if you have to reserve a train seat because on most trains you do. There is a hidden cost of reserving train tickets though, so watch out for that!

Then for the journey home we decided to get the ferry from Calais to Dover and we booked this using Directferries.com for £30 each. Then using National Express, we booked our coaches from Dover Ferry Port to Birmingham Airport. 

And for transport around the actual cities we used either tram, or underground lines. Or, if it was available in that country, we used Uber. 

Accommodation:


For our first night, we wanted to stop somewhere close to the airport since we arrived in the middle of the night. So we booked a room in the Ibis hotel which was opposite the airport.

The only other time we booked a hotel was in Budapest where we booked the Hotel Griff. We needed somewhere that was close to the train station, since we had a very early morning train. To be honest, the reviews of this 3 star hotel kinda put us off stopping there, but it wasn't a terrible place to stop and it did the job.

The rest of our accommodation we booked on AirBnB. In case you didn't know, this is a way to book different types of accommodation, rented out by different people from all over the world. A lot of people are scared at the thought of this, but from my experience I can definitely say it's a reliable way to book apartments. All the hosts we had were lovely and helpful, and we were very comfortable in every place we stayed. 

We booked the first week of accommodation before we left England so we certainly had places to stop when we got there. Then we'd always make sure we'd have the week ahead's accommodation booked in advance. But the reason we didn't book it all at once was because we didn't want to have a last minute change, and have to cancel or change all our accommodation. So once we knew for sure where we were going, we'd book the most reasonably priced AirBnB we could find.

So there you are, that's how me and Georgie traveled around Europe for a month. The song of the day is Beat Again by JLS. As always, I tried to go into as much detail as I could for this post, but if you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask in the comments. Thank you for reading,

Izzy K xxx