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

Friday, 31 March 2017

My Favourite Shows As A Kid

TV and my childhood went hand in hand. My favourite hobby as a child was honestly sitting in front of the screen, absorbing everything that was shown to me. With that said, it's only natural that I became obsessed with a few programmes, and today I'll be talking about my absolute favourite childhood shows.



The only TV couple I ship

Stupid- This was my ALL time favourite TV programme as a child, and to be honest, some of the sketches from that programme still make me laugh over a decade later. The story line was that there was a "King Stupid" who would watch everyone on the planet on a giant screen, and then he would just decide to ruin people's days by making them behave in stupid and ridiculous ways. My personal favourite characters were Devil Finger and Bendy Wendy! So next time you do something stupid and you wonder why you did it, it may just be King Stupid coming for you ;)



If this doesn't bring back memories, nothing will

Tracey Beaker- Was anyone's childhood complete without watching this teenage girl's adventures in her foster home? Her cheeky pranks and loud personality was definitely something that kept a generation of children captivated on a daily basis.




Don't lie, you can't resist singing along!

Arthur- And I say hey, what a wonderful kind of day. In case you missed all the memes last year, Arthur is an aardvark (who looks more like a hamster lets be honest) who would always entertain us along with his fellow animal friends. 




Mortified- This was all about an Aussie teen who's cringy family would forever be mortifying her. Let's face it, we all know that feeling and this programme was too #relatable!




And this is where the bogies game was invented. Iconic, truly iconic!

Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow- If you're wondering what the purpose of this programme was, I've been trying to figure it out for myself for years! Every weekend, the presenters Dick and Dom would fill our TV screens with absolute nonsense, and we as a nation will forever be thankful for that.

So I hope you've all enjoyed diving into my childhood. The song of the day is Love On The Brain by Rhianna. What TV shows were you absolutely obsessed with as a child? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Weekly Summary: Third Week Of March

It's time for me to share what I've posted on my channel this week, in case you missed it. I hope you enjoy :)

Becoming A Lady

What do I do when I'm bored? I buy myself a title, of course! Not that I actually had to money to spare to waste on rubbish like this. But it's all because of this video, I'm officially called Lady Izzy lmao!

March Shoutouts

And it's that time of the month again where I share 5 channels that I absolutely adore. Everyone I shouted out all put in a crazy amount of effort into their channels and are all genuine youtube friends of mine!

There you are, that's what you might have missed on my channel this week. The song of the day is Hungry Eyes from Dirty Dancing because I'm watching that film right now and gushing over it! I hope you all have a lovely week,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 23 March 2017

My Bucket List Top 5 Places To Visit

Since I'm currently on my gap year (I know, it's not like I ever mention it haha) I'm planning on doing a lot of travelling. But sitting down and actually deciding where to go is giving me the most extreme wanderlust; I just want to go EVERYWHERE!

So this has lead me to dream up 5 places that I just have to visit at some point in my life, whether it be this year or not. They are as follows:

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria




My first stop when I'll be travelling this year will be Bulgaria. And the Rila monastery is my personal top place I want to visit whilst there because, well, look at the pictures! How elegant does it look?


Galway, Ireland




I've only been to Ireland once despite wanting to basically spend my whole entire life in that beautiful country. Dublin honestly stole my heart when I visited it but I really want to travel round the rest of it. And if you've listened to Ed Sheeran's latest album as much as I have, you'll probably want to become a Galway girl too (for no particular reason!)

New York City, New York




I don't even remember a time I haven't wanted to visit the city that never sleeps. If you know me well, you'll know that I adore cities, so I only want to go and visit the most hyped one there is.

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland





My school's Geography class visited this place (I think), and sadly I didn't take Geography so I was one thing. Jealous. It's safe to say I've literally had my mind and heart set on visiting a lagoon in Iceland ever since then. And plus, I'm a Winter addict so I love anything icey haha!

Venice, Italy




When I think of Italy, I just think of Venice. I remember my mum telling me stories of a city that was covered in canals when I was younger, and ever since then I've wanted to see this city for myself. Like I know here in Birmingham we've technically got more canals covering the city, yet for some reason I've always pictured Venice as being slightly more picturesque than good ol' Brum.

So there we are, these are my top 5 places that I want to travel too. The song of the day is Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran, for no particular reason. Where are your top 5 places that you want to visit? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Weekly Summary: Second Week Of March

It's that time of the week again where I share what I've posted on my youtube channel this week, just in case you missed it...

Work Makeup Routine

In this video I basically demonstrated what I pop on my face in 15 minutes that is suitable for where I work. This is essentially my everyday makeup routine, with a slight "work" twist :)

Feeling Grateful And Content

And I don't know about you but I've really had "one of them" lately. Ever in a mood where everything just seems really overwhelming, whether it be good or bad? Well that's my life lately so I wanted to have a reflect on everything that actually is good just to cheer me up haha.

So thank you very much for watching/ reading. The song of the day is The One That Got Away by Katy Perry. I hope you all have a wonderful week,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

What You Might Have Missed On My Channel

Let's just address the elephant in the room... it's been a while since I wrote some proper blog posts. As you may know, I write "weekly summary posts" where I share what I've posted on my youtube channel throughout the week. However, it would be rather cheeky of me to try and get away with titling this post "weekly summary" because it's been a while since I posted anything on this blog.

Without trying make excuses, I have been super busy this last month or so and it's been crazy stressful trying to balance everything in my life. Hence why I'm only just starting to catch up with my blogging. So without further ado, here's what you may have missed on my channel:

Winter Snapshots

On my channel I have a "Snapshots" series where I film little clips throughout each season and stick them all together at the end. The result is a summary of my life over the last few months

Orange & Blue Clash Makeup Look

Let's face it we all know that I'm amazing at makeup tutorials *nervous laughter*. But I've been wearing this look quite often recently including in a video where I actually received quite a few compliments on my look. Hence I decided to recreate a tutorial, just in case anyone wanted to see it.

February Favourites

What did I love throughout February? Find out by watching :)

February Sunday Shoutouts

Every month I shoutout 5 of the wonderful channels who have been supporting me on this youtube journey. Thank you so much for everyone who's been supporting me :)

Superdrug Makeup Haul (Cruelty Free)

Oops I brought makeup again when I really need to cut down. But you know what, I'll justify it by saying it's all an investment in my youtube channel. And even better, all products are cruelty free so no animals were harmed in the making of this video :)

I Got An Old Woman Arrested?!

Yep, pretty much what the title says...

TMI Tag

Want to know all the knitty gritty details of my life? Well now you can!

There you are, my little catch up of videos that I've posted. The song of the day is Eraser by Ed Sheeran, because let's face it his album is slaying. I hope you enjoyed watching/reading,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Annoying Things I've Heard Since Working In Retail

As you guys might know, I've been working in a department store since the start of my gap year. I absolutely adore my job to be honest, I click with the people I work with so much. And most of the customers are extremely sweet and I love doing little personal shops for people.

However, there's the odd few customers who I swear come in just to wind people up! And today just seemed to be the day of complaining customers, so I thought I would share some of the most annoying quotes customers have actually said to me:

  • "I'm looking for a top that was in here last week and it was really nice, do you you still have it" The lady then proceeded to give me no further description of the top, no matter how much I asked, despite the fact it was "nice"
  • "Can I pay 30p in cash, and the rest of it on my card
  • "It's spelt 'G' as in 'Ting'" (Literally WTF?!)
  • "Can I make a complaint to a manager, I brought this top last week and I thought you wear the lacey side at the front, but you actually wear it at the back
  • "Well that's just not good enough" -what everyone says once you explain that an item was the last of the stock in the shop, it's not available in any local shops anymore, and it's sold out both in the warehouse and online. Like it's not as if I can say "oh hang on, let me grab my sewing kit, I'll make you one ;)"
  • Me: "Is there anything I can help you with"
          Customer "yeah there is, I don't like ANY of the clothes in here"

          Me:  ???

With that said I do still genuinely enjoy my job, and it's done my confidence the world of good. I'm honestly so glad that I got a job in this particular shop because the banter is just quality. I hope you've been able to enjoy my little rant. The song of the day is Touch by Little Mix,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 2nd Week Of February

Hey guys you know what's up! It's that time of the week again where I share what I've posted over the last 7 days on my youtube channel.

Things I Don't Get The Hype On

The first video I posted was about all the things that in my opinion are over hyped. Some people will agree with me, others won't and both is fine! Let me know what you think.



Work Evening Routine

The second video I posted is my "Work Evening Routine" all about what I get up to once I've returned home from a long shift. 

So there you are, that's everything that I've posted this week if you want to watch. The song of the day is Temperature by Sean Paul because it's just such a good throw back tune. Thank you for watching/ reading,

Izzy K xxx

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Inspirational Blogger Award

Today I'm very excited to share a post that the wonderful Aleeha and Lucy from Halesaaw.com came up with. They were kind enough to nominate me to answer the questions for myself, and I'm very thankful that they did. I hope you enjoy reading!




The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in your posts and make sure to link their blog!
  2. Insert the blog award badge
  3. Copy and paste/write in your own words these rules
  4. Complete the blogger award scrapbook style questions (making sure to include photos where possible!)
  5. Nominate 10 other bloggers who inspire you 

The Questions: 


1. Share a quote to inspire other bloggers

"Raise those hands this is our party. We came here to live life like nobody was watching"



This might be a really cringe and not the usual type of inspirational quote, but it's actually a Macklemore song lyric. I just clicked with that line the moment I first heard it, because I always struggle with worrying what people think about me and it stops me from having a good time. It just reminds me to have fun and that my life is mine only to live, so I shouldn't worry what people think.

2. Share a photo of one of your favourite places that you have visited. What do you love about this place?


Look how cute this street is!

Temple Bar, Dublin is for sure one of the best places I've ever visited in my life. I adored the atmosphere, the people and of course, the accents!

3. Share a link to one of your favourite blogs. What qualities do you love about this blogger?

Obviously I have so so so many blogger friends and it's so insanely hard to pick just one. I love all the babes over at Beau Bloggers, and if you want to check out quality content please head over there.

But since my very first days of blogging I discovered Layla's blog called sprinklesofstyle.co.uk I know for a fact that she's so dedicated to her blog, making sure each one is written and presented to perfection. The hard work she puts into her blog just inspires me to put more effort into mine. 

4. Share a photo of a favourite book/film. Why does this one make it into your top 5?



I think it goes without saying that Harry Potter is my ultimate fave, so that you get to learn something new about me I'll share one of my other favourite films. Son Of Rambow is one of the cutest films going, and it's about two kids in the 80's who enter a film making competition. Everything about it just makes me want to watch it over and over again.

5. Do you have any other hobbies or passions outside of blogging?

I'm obessed with social media in every shape and form. When I'm not planning and writing blog posts, I'm doing the same for youtube videos. 

6. List 5 places on your travel bucket list?

  • New York
  • Iceland
  • Egypt
  • Dubai
  • Ireland (I know I've been to Dublin but I want to see more of it!)
7. Share a link to one of your favourite posts on your blog. Why is it your favourite?

My post "Let's Talk About Mental Health" is one of my favourites because it's the one I'm the most proud of. I received a lot of positive feedback saying that people appreciated me talking about the subject, and it lead me to start to talk about the topic of mental health on my youtube channel.

8. Share a photo of one item that you love. It could be a lipstick, perfume, diary... absolutely anything!


Look at the gorgeous shade that is Glastonberry!

I think it goes without saying that Charlotte Tilbury's lipsticks have been the love of my life lately. So yeaaaaaaaah that's something I love!

9. Share a link to an item which is currently on your wishlist. What do you love so much about this item/why do you want it?

An item that is currently on my wishlist is over the knee boots. Unfortunately I can't actually link this item because I don't know which ones I want in specific. The only ones I've seen so far have not quite been the right style or been too pricey... and we all know I love a good bargain.

10. How long have you been blogging for? Do you want to continue blogging forever?

I have been blogging since the 28th of January 2014 and I can't honestly see a time where I'll stop doing it. Posting honestly makes me beyond happy and I hope it never has to come to an end. 

Now it's time to nominate 10 blogs, and please don't feel like you're forced to write this post if you are nominated. I just thought it would be nice to share your blogs:
Thank you very much for reading and I hope you got to know me a little better. The song of the day is Yeah by Usher because let's face it, it's an anthem. I hope you're all having a lovely week,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Weekly Summary Post: Last Week Of January/1st Week of February

Hey guys it's time for me to share what I've posted on my youtube channel over the past week.

Furry Friend Tag

On Wednesday I finally did a video with my baby, my cat Kitty. Of course, it's only typical that she didn't actually want to be in the video that much. But when the video's not about her, she loves to jump on my lap and be the centre of attention!

Makeup Swap Challenge

Then, I was kindly tagged by Jadiee Gosh to do the "Makeup Swap Challenge" where you can't use a makeup product for the use that it's intended for. The result was urrrm... rather interesting!

I hope that you enjoyed this week's summary post. The song of the day is Cheap Thrills by Sia. How has your week been? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx