Thursday, 7 December 2017

A German Christmas

As some of you might know, I am part German and have spent a few of my Christmases in Germany celebrating the occasion with my family. I wanted to share a few German Christmas traditions for anyone that might be interested in learning about it. Obviously each family will celebrate slightly differently, but this is how I gathered it traditionally goes down...



The Christmas celebrations actually begin quite early in Germany, as on the 6th of December it is St Nicholas day. Before they go to sleep, children leave their polished shoes or boots outside their door, and if they've been good St Nicholas fills their boots with gifts (usually chocolates) and if they've been bad their shoes will be filled with coal. 


Yummy!

Since this is the first year I will not be living at home for the 6th of December, my mum has ensured I got a St Nicholas day parcel delivered to my University, what a babe! 



Now in Germany, all the main Christmas celebrations are done on the 24th of December. Traditionally, families go to Church on the afternoon. Then when they come back a room in the house is locked and a bell is rung signalling that Santa has arrived. The children enter the room to see the Christmas tree is lit, and there are presents under the tree.





Germans are hardcore with Christmas decorations, with it being thought that the Christmas tree originated in Germany. I truly feel like every traditional household would be filled with nutcrackers and gingerbread houses throughout the whole of December.


The Birmingham German Market; 
My Favorite Place To Spend December

And I have to finish with my favourite part of Christmas, German markets. Luckily, I grew up in Birmingham which is home to one of the biggest, if not the biggest German Christmas markets in the UK. It honestly isn't even December without walking the streets lit up with lights, walking from stall to stall, scoffing your face with marzipan and gingerbread and drowning in mulled wine. And of course wishing I was still young enough to go on the helter-skelter and carousel. 

So for me all these things make up Christmas. The song of the day is O Tannenbaum, a traditional German tuuuuuune! Let me know some of your festive traditions in the comments below, 

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The Longest Week Everrrrrrrrrr!

I haven't posted something like this in quite a while, and you might be like "Izzy why are you sharing this? I really don't care!" But then I remembered that I actually started this blog as a form of online diary, and that I want to share little life updates so you guys can get to know me better (even if they're small irrelevant updates). 


So in order to be real here on my blog I thought I'd be honest about the shite week I've had at uni. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love being a student and normally I'm having a permanent laugh here. But this week has just been exhausting, and lemme tell you about it:

Assignments, assignments, assignments...


Honestly my mood

Yes that's right, I have three lot's of assignments... all due on the same day. The first one was an essay resubmission so I was actually kindly allowed by my university to have a second go at my first essay. I didn't do too badly the first time round, but I wanted to have a go at bumping the grade up to a 1st. 

The second was a 1500 word essay on social movements for my media course. Oh boy I didn't even know where to start with that one, I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to write about every time I thought of it oops! 

And lastly I have a practical animation assessment for my film course which was conveniently moved forward by a week so it was due the same day everything else was. So when I should have had time to write 1500 words, I'll be spending it in the film studio. 


Sickness has stricken 



I had planned to spend all the days I had off last week locking myself in my room and powering through my uni work. But oh no, my immune system had other plans. I came down with tonsillitis. Ok I don't know if I did for sure, it was a self diagnosis because I have an extreme phobia of the doctors.

I literally spent the whole last week with a burning throat, dealing with sweating from extreme temperature and throwing up my insides (lovely I know!) So I literally didn't leave my bed for 5 days, and had energy for nothing which stressed me out endlessly because I was so aware of the fact I needed to do my uni work. 


Homesickness?!



I'm not the type that normally gets homesick. Seriously, pop me anywhere on the globe and I'll be settled. It wasn't until my mum found out I was ill, and said "aww I wish you were here so I could look after you" that it hit me I'd rather be at home.

Then I literally messaged my mum saying how much I wanted to just come home and lie in my own bed. But there was no way I was up for the train journey home (I'd definitely end up throwing up on every passanger on the carriage) and my parents were too ill to pick me up from Liverpool. So I ended up just accepting the fact I was gonna have to power through.


On a brighter note!


This post is going up on Thursday and all my assignments are being handed in on Friday. Therefore I am almost over all the workload. 

And I've not been all alone here in Liverpool. I have the nicest flatmates who have been asking how I'm doing, and one of them even was kind enough to pick me up another batch of painkillers when she went shopping. Thank you Aisha, not all heroes wear capes ;)

And last but not least, Black Friday was a thing last week. Oops. May have spent like my entire student loan on a pair of boots, but omg omg omg they are so worth it!


These boots just scream "Little Mix" so I needed them!

So that's what's been going on in the never-ending excitement that is "Izzy's Life". The song of the day is Whistle For The Choir by The Fratellis. I hope you all have a good week, what have you been up to? Let me know in the comments!

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Best Hangover Cures

Ah student life! Its taught me so many life lessons; how to do my own laundry, how to manage my finances, independence. Perhaps most importantly though, it's taught me how to manage my hangovers after overdoing it maybe a bit too much the night before! 



In no way am I promoting going out and drinking an excessive amount! I'm just saying sometimes it happens, and if it does here are my personal top hangover cures:

1. Sleep- Izzy has defeated many a hangover by simply sleeping until she no longer has a drop of alcohol left in her system. I don't know about you, but after a drink I can nap for days. So unless I have to get up the next day for something (like a 9am lecture uurggh) I simply wont! 



2. Water- This is probably the most important hangover cure, since all a hangover scientifically is your brain being dehydrated. Ok I know I got a D in A level biology, but trust me on some things. Don't stop drinking water until that pounding in your head goes away. And plus it's good for you anyway, so go drink some water!



3- Possibly vomiting?!- Ok this is something I definitely do not recommend. It's really really really really not healthy drinking to the point that you're gonna be sick, in fact it can be rather dangerous. But something more dangerous is drinking to the point you're gonna chuck up your insides, and then falling asleep. In absolutely no way am I promoting drinking till you're sick (trust me Mum, I can be a good influence sometimes) but if you've got to that stage, better out then in. You'll thank yourself for it in the morning. 



4. Lot's of carbs- Forget what anyone says about being healthy, if it's not a carbohydrate don't bother eating it the morning after. You need something to soak up the drink, and from personal experience carbs are truly the one for that. Make yourself a cheeky slice of toast, a bagel or... pasta?! Or if you've made it out till the early a.m. find the nearest chippy shop. Is it even a night out without it?



5. Keep busy- The amount of long shifts/long days at uni I've lasted through after a night out is actually impressive, even if I do say so myself. I find that if I somehow manage to do things throughout the day, it takes my mind off "oh man my head is killing, make the room stop spinning" vibe I'll otherwise have going on. And then I'll go and crash into bed around 6pm and then sleep the rest of it off!


So I hope you've enjoyed this different sort of blog post. I just thought I'd share my own personal top tips on how to have a good night out, yet still function the next day... kinda! The song of the day is Lust For Life by Lana Del Rey and The Weekend. What are your top hangover cures? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

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

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 2nd Week Of July

Hey guys it's that time of the week again where I share what you might have missed on my channel over the last 7 days...

Simple Summer Makeup Look

Since it's Summer and it's difficult to be able to wear a lot of makeup without it sliding off your face, I decided to create a simple and sweat-proof makeup routine to share. 

Which Decade Do I Belong In?

And as you all probably know, I'm seriously obsessed with the 00's decade so I decided to take a test to see what decade I truly belong in.

So here we go, that's what's been on my channel this week. The song of the day is Love On The Brain by Rihanna. I hope you've all had a lovely week,

Izzy K xxx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Gap Year Guide Part 2: Finance

Hi everyone and welcome to my second edition of my “Gap Year Guide” which will be focused all about how I actually financed my trip.

Feel free to check out my Instagram @izzyk1998 for more travel pics ;)

If you guys missed my first post (which you can catch up with here) you will know that I traveled around mainly Eastern Europe for a month with my best friend. Now, obviously, for that time period you do have to budget and make the money last for the whole trip. This is how I achieved that. …

The first thing I’ll talk about is my actual saving goal for the holiday. Ideally I wanted to save £3000 to spend on anything related to travelling this year. I knew that I wanted to travel in May, so in September I got a job in a retailer. Since I got paid weekly, I got roughly between £156-180 a week depending on the hours I worked. It’s unrealistic to assume that I wouldn’t need money during the week, so I always made sure I had a bit of money in my current account, just to cover things like buying birthday presents, going out and a cheeky bit of shopping. But I never wanted to have more than £150 in my current account so I wouldn’t go on a crazy shopping spree and blow all my money at once. So every week that I got paid I transferred any money that I had over £150 into my savings account with the intention to spend it on travelling. Needless to say my savings soon built up.

Now I didn’t spend all my savings for travelling at once. We found a good deal on Interrail tickets if we brought them by the end of January (I believe it was January) and got 15% off for booking it at that time. And another way I was able to make the money last was by looking for cheaper alternatives to everything. I’ll be doing a specific post about accommodation, but an example of a cheaper alternative was booking AirBnBs instead of hotels because then half our savings would be gone on accommodation alone.

Another thing me and my friend did before we went travelling was budgeting our money between different accounts. I kept some of my money in my current account with my ordinary debit card since it was linked to my PayPal which is what I used to book AirBnB’s. And then the majority of my savings was transferred to my FX card. I’m so lucky that my friend advised me to get one of these cards, because they have less of a charge when you use them internationally compared to ordinary credit/debit cards. So that’s another way to save money whilst travelling between different countries.

And since it was probably a good idea to have some cash on us when we arrived to each country, we got some exchanged at our local M&S shop. We did this because there’s no minimum money that you have to exchange there. So we went halves on the currency and for the two of us took out:
  •         £100 Bulgarian Lev
  •         £150 Romainan Lei
  •          £100 Hungarian Forint
  •          £100 Croatian Kuna
  •          £150 Euros

So there we are, that’s how I budgeted my travelling for my gap year. The song of the day is It Aint Me by Selena Gomez. I tried to go into as much detail as possible for my gap year guide, but if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask me. Thank you very much for reading,

Izzy K xxx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Gap Year Guide Part 1: Planning

I really don't think I've mentioned it yet (note the sarcasm) but throughout the entire month of May I was travelling around Eastern Europe. In hindsight there was a lot of things I wish I knew before I went travelling. But it's the sort of things you only learn from doing it. So if any of you are thinking of going travelling, here is my advice...


Brasov, Romania

I'm doing this "Gap Year Guide" series in 4 parts, and will be posting them every Thursday. The first part is all about how I planned for my gap year. These are all the things I made sure I had sorted out before I packed my bags and departed from Birmingham airport. 

1. Who I was going with- This was easy since I knew that my best friend Georgie was also on her gap year and we had already agreed that we'd go travelling together!

2. How I was going to finance it- Since September I had a job and I was putting a large portion of my wages into my savings to make sure I had enough to go travelling. I'll be doing a separate post in detail on how I managed my finances for travelling.

3. How long I was travelling for- We set a realistic goal for travelling for a month. Any less than that wouldn't feel worthwhile for a gap year travel experience. But any more than that would be difficult to finance and we probably wouldn't be able to get that much time off work. The exact dates we went away for was 2nd of May until the 1st June.

4. Where I was going to travel to- Me and Georgie both wanted to focus mainly around Eastern Europe so we spent the majority of our time there.

5. How I was going to travel around- We looked it up and realized that interrailing would be the cheapest method of travelling. I'll be doing a more detailed post about our route and how we traveled.

6. Accommodation- We needed cheap places to stay so in the end we decided to go for AirBnB's. I'll be writing a more detailed post on how we actually sorted our accommodation soon.

7. Making sure I had all the relevant documents- This meant I needed to insure my passport was in date, I had all booking confirmations printed out, I had my European Health Insurance card in case I was ill abroad, my travel insurance, my fx card, my provisional driver's licence and my bank card.

8. Insurance- I sorted out two types of insurance for my travels. First I had my European Health card which you show at the hospitals if you get sick so you don't have to pay upfront there. Thought I'd make the most of this card while I can because... you know #Brexit!

And next I had my travel insurance which I brought through moneysupermarket.com and you can get different types of insurance from there depending on what you need. I managed to get some that covered health and gadgets and it was as follows:
          Provider: Alpha Travel Insurance
          Product: Alpha 100 Longstay MSM
          Cover: Backpackers
          Cost: £22.44
          Destination: Europe
          Period Of cover 02/05/17 to 31/05/17

9. What I needed whilst I was away- I made a list of everything I needed to take while I was away which was:
  • Passport
  • Bank card/ Fx card
  • Provisional driver's licence
  • Interrail tickets
  • Currency
  • E-card 
  • Phone
  • Confirmation emails
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Leggings
  • Jeans
  • Long sleeve tops
  • Raincoat
  • Pj's 
  • Underwear
  • Pads and Tampons
  • Hairbrush
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Rucksack
  • Shoes
  • Medicine (both prescription and paracetamol just in case)
  • Manicure set
  • Plasters
  • Razor 
  • Makeup
  • Umbrella

So there you are, that's the start of my gap year advice. The song of the day is Complicated by Avril Lavigne. I hope you enjoyed reading,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 4th Week Of June

I'm so glad I can post another one of these blog posts because it means I'm actually posting videos on my youtube channel again!
5 Tips To Stay Motivated

The first video I posted this week is my top tips to stay motivated at this time of the year. These are all definitely things I'm trying to get myself to do too. 

June Sunday Shoutouts

And every last Sunday of the month I shoutout 5 of my friends on my channel so that people can appreciate their videos too!

Thank you very much for reading/watching. The song of the day is What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber. I hope you all have a lovely week, 

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

This Or That Summer Tag

If you live in the UK you will know, and have felt the effects, of this gigantic-ass heat wave we're currently enduring. I for one cannot stand the heat or Summer, so I thought there's nothing better than to be inside where it's cooler and simply sit down and type words. Anything else would just require too much effort at this point. So here is a Summer related "This or That" tag!


1.Ocean or Pool?

Can you even beat walking down a beach, feeling the waves crash against your toes, and then swimming out as far into the ocean as possible? Urrrm I don't think you can! 


2. Beach Vacation or Wilderness

I'm gonna be honest, I'm not too into the whole wilderness lifestyle! Beach all the way.


3. Watermelon or Strawberries

Watermelon, because I'm allergic to strawberries and I actually value my life to some extent.


4. Bikini or 1-piece

Bikini because how else would I be able to show off my all time favourite piercing which is my belly piercing?!

5. Lemonade or Iced Tea

This is definitely the hardest question to answer because I honestly have a full blown addiction to both. If it was a proper, sweet but sour, hand made and cool lemonade then that, but if not an iced tea is one of my guilty pleasure.

See what I did there?!

6. Hat or Sunglasses

Neither!

7. Windows Down or AC all the way

AC because that way you don't mess your hair up in the wind lol.

8. Tanning Lotion or Suncream

Suncream because that spf is very very important.

9. Baseball Game or Concert

Deffo a concert. I'm English so I think it's safe to say I'd be very confused at a baseball game.


10. Ice Cream or Popsicle

Ice cream, with lots of sauce and toppings.

Germany's specialty, Spaghetti Eis, is my all time fave ice cream


11. Fireworks or Fireflies

Fireworks have always fascinated me and I could watch firework displays all night long.


12. Flip Flops or Bare Feet

Bare feet, the sound flip flops make just annoy me too much!

13. Water Balloons or Squirt Guns
Squirt Guns because they're refillable so you can use them for as long as you want to have a water fight for.

Thank you very much for reading my first summer post of the year. The song of the day is Do It Again by Pia Mia because it's one of my ultimate Summer jams. What have you been loving this Summer, let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 3rd Week Of June

Well it's been a little while since I wrote one of these posts hasn't it...

You may know that I'm now back from my month of travelling around Europe and I've finally posted another video on my youtube channel. So if you want to check out my adventures and what I got up to while I was away then please check it out below:

Spring Snapshots (2017)

I still can't believe that I'm back after an entire month and I wish I was back interrailing around the continent. Nevertheless, I'm glad I have these video clips to be able to cherish the moments and that I'm back to my regular uploading schedule.

The song of the day is Love Me Or Leave Me by Little Mix because it happens to be what I'm listening to at the moment. I hope you've all had an amazing month,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Back To Life, Back To Reality

Sooooo it's been a little while since I posted on my lil' blog, and as my fingers are touching my keyboard I've realised how much I've missed my little bubble of the internet which is my blog. Needless to say I hope to be sticking to my regular blogging schedule again.

Where have I been you might be wondering? I think I mentioned it a couple of times but me and my best friend traveled all around Eastern Europe for a month which was an incredible life experience that will stay with me forever. 

I've posted a couple of photos of the trip on my instagram @izzyk1998. But I'm hoping to post a montage of my travels on my youtube channel (Izzy K) as soon as I get my new laptop to edit on. And my blog post will be filled with gap year related posts from now on so watch out for those!

But for now it's back to the reality that is life. I'm going to miss sitting in a little apartment, eating dry cereal with Georgie whilst watching conspiracy theories and looking at beautiful views out the window. But hey ho, I can't really complain being back because it's wonderful seeing everyone again. And now I'm sooooo motivated to get on the grind and spend every day being crazy productive. Don't know why, but I'm just in one of those moods now.

Thank you for reading my little update post, and now I can guarantee that I'll be a lot more active on my social media accounts including my blog. The song of the day is We Don't Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth because that was the tune of the holiday. I hope you've all had a lovely month, and I can't wait to catch up with everyone and everything that I've missed!

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 2nd Week Of April

Yo yo yo it's a very sleep deprived Izzy here typing this since I have no organization and I always write posts the minute before they need to go up. Let's take a look at the videos you may have missed on my channel this week...

The Cruelty Free Tag

Look at my cute little baby Kitty in the thumbnail. She loves me I promise! But yeah you might know that I'm a cruelty free youtuber so I talked all about the makeup I love that doesn't harm animals

10 Things I'd Save In A Fire

And then I finally uploaded the video that Liv Rook kindly tagged me in. I enjoyed talking about 10 things that I'd save in a fire.

So with all that said it's time to finish the is post. The song of the day is Accidentally In Love by Counting Crows. I hope you all have a lovely week :)

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Weekly Summary: 1st Week Of April

Hey guys it's officially April. I hope none of you got caught out being the April fool, and if you did then I hope watching what I posted on my channel this week will cheer you up.

March Favourites

First up we have my march favourites. I of course do my signature lip syncing to my favourite songs, as well as talk about the beauty products that I've been loving. Also, did I mention that I'm wearing a top that is a montage of Evan Peters. Basically the coolest thing ever!

How Brummie Am I?

Next up I did a video dedicated to my accent. In case you didn't know, I'm from south Birmingham and I've always wondered whether I'm a true brummie or not. Hence, I did a quiz to determine whether I am or not!

I hope you've enjoyed watching/reading. The song of the day is No Scrubs by TLC. What have you been up to this week? 

Izzy K xxx