Thursday, 22 March 2018

TV Characters We All Love To Hate

Every TV show has THAT character. The one who you would hate to be friends with in real life, yet they're the ones who you actually watch the show for. After all, they are the show.

Here are my top ten fave characters that I know I should hate, but I just simply love them:

10. Cook from Skins

This loveable rogue is the one of the love interests of Effy, and all though she ends up being #teamfreddie you as the audience cant help but have a soft spot for good ol' Cook. Despite his hard outer shell, he really is a big softy on the inside.

9. Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders

He's the baddie. But do we care? No we don't. We're routing for gangster Tommy, and his clan the whole way. Plus, as a Brummie, I approve of his accent!

8. Cheryl Blossom from Riverdale

Cheryl can be a bit cold hearted. But honestly we're all here for it. Her clever plans and wicked ways just are the life and soul of Riverdale, and lets face it we all kinda wanna be her.

7. Frank Gallagher from Shameless

This applies for both the UK and US version. Frank is a lazy lazy lazy father who simply isn't doing a lot for himself or others for that matter. Even though we wouldn't be jumping through hoops to have him in our own family, he really is the ultimate storyline behind the show.

6. Ross from Friends

If you know a "Ross" in person, all I'm saying is "Run". He's clingy, he's big headed and in my opinion just annoying in general. Yet his storylines are the best. I'm willing to fight anyone who says "The One With Ross's Tan" isn't the ultimate best episode.

5. Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon is a difficult one. His pedantic ways require a certain type of person to tolerate him, yet the comedy he provides to the show is pure genius (if you'll pardon the pun). But honestly TBBT is a show I love to hate in general.

4. Vod from Fresh Meat

She is the bee's knees and she knows it. The word "cool" was invented by Vod, yet she really uses this to her advantage to be able to do exactly whatever she wants and when because she knows she can.

3. Nathan from Misfits

The ultimate naughty boy. He's got no filter which explains how he gets himself into tricky situations. Is Misfits even Misfits without Nathan?

2. Jay from The Inbetweeners

How he thinks he's getting away with his blatant lies is beyond us. Jay is the sort where you tell him you've been to Tenerife and next thing you know he's been to Elevenerife. The cringe is real, but we can't stop watching.

1. Ned Flanders from The Simpsons

He really knows how to grind Homer's (and our) gears, but he's so innocent bless him. Let's be real, we all know a Ned IRL. 

So here are the top ten characters we all love to hate. The song of the day is Drunk In Love by Beyonce. Let me know if you feel any other characters should be on this list,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Spring Tag

I hate to admit this but Spring is a Season I almost forget about completely! Like my head just gets wrapped around the whole hype of Autumn, and then the festiveness in Winter. That's why by the time it comes to Spring I just take the time to return back to my ordinary day routine and just sort of get on with things without taking much in.

But this year I thought I'd show Spring some recognition and do the Spring tag. I know Winter isn't quite over yet, but I thought I'd get prepared for Spring before I completely forget that it ever happened. So here is the tag:

1. Favourite Spring nail polish?

My nails have been completely neglected since starting university. Like I've seriously had an intervention from a friend who asked WTF even happened to my nails because it's not like me to not have my nails done. But I have no nail polish with me at uni and my broke student ass can't afford to get them done so instead I'll show you a picture of some nails I really like...

How cute are these nails?!

2. What is your must-have lip colour this Spring?

Pumpkin by LimeCrime. Although the name suggests that it might be an Autumn shade, I just feel like it's the perfect Spring shade because it's so bright and cheerful.

3. Show us your favourite spring dress!

LMAO you must be joking if you think I'm able to stroll around the North of England in a dress, I legit have to wrap up like I'm wandering through the Arctic!

How me and the squad dress in Liverpool

4. What is your favourite flower?

I know it's cliche to say Roses, but I love all the different colours and shades that they come in. Also forget-me-nots are the cutest little things ever.

5. Favourite Spring scarf/accessory?

Maybe my school leaver's hoodie? Lol I legit just live in that at the moment.

6. What Spring trends are you most excited about this year?

If leaving the house in your PJs was a spring trend I'd be pretty chuffed about that. But since I don't think that's quite gonna be the trend of 2018 I'd have to say oversized jumpers and tops.

7. Favourite spring candle?

For some reason I never seem to light candles in the Spring and I don't know why that is. But I'd have to say "Under The Palms" by Yankee Candle because it legit smells of being on holiday. 

8. Favourite spray/perfume for Spring?

Even though I sound like a year 8 for saying this, I love the Impulse range.

9. What is spring like where you live?

I currently live in Liverpool and it's bloody freezing. Although I did see the Sun for the first time since like moving here, which is actually what inspired me to write this post. 

Can't lie, Liverpool is pretty in the Spring though

10. What is your favourite thing about Spring?

I love that you almost get a sense of a fresh start. Like everything seems to grow and come back to life again and that's what I feel like is happening to me this time of year. 

11. Are you a Spring cleaner?

I'm more a "keep on top of it while you can" sort of cleaner, otherwise my mess just gets out of control. Like Izzy is a mess of a person so I've gotta make sure I stick to my weekly cleaning rota otherwise things get out of hand. 

12. Any plans for Spring break or an upcoming vacation?

During the Easter holidays I have exactly 0 plans which I'm actually looking forward to. I think I might have my first proper time off since starting uni because I spent Christmas working but it will just be nice to relax and just stay on top of my uni work as much as I can. 

So that was the Spring tag I hope you enjoyed reading. The song of the day is Dua Lipa's anthem which is IDGAF. What's your favourite thing about Spring?

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 22 February 2018

My Experience Seeking Help For Anxiety

I was unsure whether to write this post for two reasons. Firstly, I've never actually talked about my personal experiences with anxiety anywhere on the internet before. Secondly, I had a negative experience when it came to seeking help with my anxiety and I didn't want to put people off looking for help if they need it.

However, I feel like it is important to talk about my negative experience, since it identifies a flaw in the system and I feel like it is an important subject to raise awareness for. My experience won't reflect everyone's, and now that I'm in a better place looking back I do feel like I did the right thing by seeking help.

If you've known me in person at any stage of my life you will know that I've always just been a shy person. At the age of 14, this really intensified and with exams approaching I noticed my stress levels were through the roof. I found myself having panic attacks and literally bursting into tears in social situations that required me to talk in front of people. I was isolating myself away out of fear of going out of my comfort zone, I couldn't sleep and my hair was literally falling out due to stress.

You can see in this screenshot from a old video
 how thin my hair got around my hairline

As I said before, I put my feelings and symptoms entirely down to exam stress. And then after leaving school I was still experiencing panic attacks and feeling anxious, even though I was in my "stress free gap year" and technically didn't have anything to worry about. This is when I realized I had a problem.

At the age of 18, after 4 years of feeling like this every day, I decided to take the first steps in seeking help and made a doctor appointment. I told my mum I was doing this, and she really encouraged me to do this because she could see how it was affecting me. I was so nervous to even go and speak to a doctor, because I never actually told anyone out loud how I was feeling.

After a consultation with my doctor, he diagnosed me with anxiety and having a stress disorder. He advised me to make an appointment with a counselor and gave me an information booklet with their details on it. The first thing I had to do was have a phone consultation with this counselor before they decided whether to do sessions in person.

The reason I was looking for help with dealing with my anxiety was because everyday situations were causing me to become extremely distressed. The woman who interviewed me on the phone asked me "are you able to do everyday tasks such as go to work?

I answered that yes I could physically do these tasks, yet they were causing me anxiety to do. She replied "I'm sorry, but I'm really struggling to see why you're making an appointment if it seems like you can do every day tasks".

I know that she didn't mean it to come across rude, but it was just a huge slap in the face to be told by a counselor that you should even be looking for help when it took me 4 years to pluck up the courage to even make an appointment because I felt like I was being silly by doing so in the first place.

Like I know that I could physically perform tasks, like get on a bus to go to work, but I'd rather learn how to cope with my anxiety so that I didn't get panic attacks at the thought alone of getting on public transport. I was looking for a solution to live an every day life, without not only having my anxiety stop me, but not cause me any distress in the meantime.

Luckily, my life circumstances changed. I met new people, I was constantly challenged to go out of my comfort zone in my gap year and I ended up gaining a lot of confidence. This lead me to almost naturally fight my anxiety away. I still have moments where I feel like all I want to do is lock myself away in my room because I feel like I cant do something, but I'm coping a lot better now. I think the most important step I took was admitting that I had a problem, and confessing to people close to me how I felt.

I'm writing this post because I feel like a flaw in the system of treating mental health is a lack of understanding from professionals who treat people. Don't get me wrong, I know there are lot's of amazing people out there who do wonders treating people. Yet I just feel like it can be such an intimidating experience to even ask for help, yet alone being told that you don't fully qualify for treatment. Anyone asking for help to deal with mental health should be treated with care and understanding. There are different levels of mental health illnesses, and anyone dealing with one should feel like they can receive help if they ask for it, not just extreme cases. 

Even though the route of seeking counselling wasn't effective for me when I first tried it, I still encourage people to tell people how they feel and not be ashamed to look for help with mental health. I'm just proud of myself for speaking up about how I felt, because that alone felt like a huge weight off my shoulder.

Thank you for reading, this was the first time that I've spoke about my own personally experiences with mental health on the internet. The song of the day is Human by The Killers. I hope that this has been a useful post to read and if you have any questions, please let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Survival Guide For Moving To A New City

In September I made the life decision to move from Birmingham to Liverpool to start university. I really wanted to move somewhere away from home so I picked Liverpool because it's 2 hours away and I knew a couple of people from the city who really hyped it up. 

There are lots of differences you notice when you go city to city. I'm the sort of person that really likes change and can't stay put in one place for too long, and here are my top tips for moving to a new city...

  • Plan before you actually pack your bags and move- You'll want to make sure you're fully prepared before you get there, so you'll settle easily. Make sure you pop to Ikea before hand to pick up all your homeware essentials.
This was honestly me moving into uni

  • Sort our your admin before you get there- You want to be set up in your new home straight away. Make sure you register for a doctor and dentist, and don't leave that to when you're actually sick. Ask for all important letters (bank statements etc) to be sent to your new address.

  • Visit the area before you actually move- There's be nothing worse than moving to a city and realizing you've been catfished and it's nothing like you saw in the pinterest pictures. You'll want to get to know where all the best restaurants and night life is so you have something to do while your there. And figure out the public transport online before you get there too. Bus prices are something that vary loads city to city, so make sure you know all the best tickets to get for public transport and if it's worth getting a transport pass.

  • Meet up with people you may already know in the city- in the 21st century long distance friendships are common, so it may be likely that you already know someone where you're moving to. There's nothing better than a familiar face to help you get settled.
Why not meet a friend for coffee?

  • Keep busy- whether this be joining a social club, really keeping on top of your studies, getting a job. Making sure you're always doing something and socializing helps beat homesickness. 

  • Take into account the change in weather- I've only moved 2 hours north but let me tell you, it's bloody freezing. So chances are, if you're moving to another part of the country, or even world, you'll have to prepare for the temperature change.
Me walking around Liverpool in the Winter

  • Learn the accent- the scouse accent is definitely one that took me a while to be able to understand. There's nothing more humiliating than trying to buy something in the shop and having to ask the person at the till "what" a million times. 
I do love the Scouse though!

So that's been my top tips for moving away from home. The song of the day is The Voice Within by Christina Aguilera because it's a timeless classic. Thank you for reading,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 1 February 2018

My 4th Blog Birthday

This is up a few days late, but on the 28th of January this blog celebrated it's 4th birthday! I really can't believe that I've posted almost every week for the last 4 years. Honestly struggling to think where the time has gone, I can honestly remember publishing my first post like it was yesterday.

The reason I first decided to make a blog was because I wanted to create content. I've never been a strong writer, I'll admit that, but I've had so much fun running a blog that is filled with my own content. 

When I started my blog I already had a YouTube channel, however I was too camera shy to carry on posting videos. I still wanted to work on something in my spare time, and share my thoughts online somehow. That's when I discovered that many of the YouTubers I was watching at the time also ran blogs on the side, so I thought "I want to try that". I was hooked on writing blog posts ever since then.

My favourite part of having a blog so far definitely has to be getting to know other bloggers. After growing Beau Bloggers as a community I've been following a lot of fellow bloggers. Being a nosey person, I just love seeing everyone else share their life updates. It really feels as though I'm surrounded by incredibly supportive friends.

I have many goals for my blog in the upcoming months. I want to start up a few more series across my two blogs, including an interview series. My blog theme and layout at the moment doesn't quite scream "professional" to me yet so I'm gonna work on switching that up. And I want to branch out on the topics I talk about more too, including mental health topics and what typical student life is like.

Thank you to anyone that has supported my blog over the last 4 years! The song of the day is Too Big For Your Boots by Stormzy because what a tune! Thank you so much for reading,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 25 January 2018

How The YouTube Partner Policy Has Affected Me

If you enjoy watching the content of smaller YouTubers, or are in fact one yourself, then it is likely you have heard about the changes that YouTube is now implementing to it's partnership programme. Being a YouTube partner has many perks, the main one being that you have the opportunity to monetize your videos and get ad revenue as long as your videos meet YouTube's guidelines. 

The other week I got a lovely little email off YouTube themselves saying the following:

"Under the new eligibility requirements announced today, your YouTube channel, Izzy K, is no longer eligible for monetization because it doesn’t meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. As a result, your channel will lose access to all monetization tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program on February 20, 2018 unless you surpass this threshold in the next 30 days. Accordingly, this email serves as 30 days notice that your YouTube Partner Program terms are terminated."

Basically this is saying I am no longer eligible to be a YouTube partner. Don't get me wrong, I did get a little amount of money from making videos, but it was not a huge amount. To be honest, it really won't make a difference to me money wise whether or not I get paid from my videos. And that's what's annoying me. Bigger YouTubers are saying we're only complaining because we're no longer being paid when it's not even about that. It's the principle of it. 

This new policy is basically saying we don't get a chance because we don't have a large following. The amount of smaller YouTubers I watch that make genuinely amazing and creative content, wake up in the early mornings and stay up to the early hours to make sure they get a weekly video up is unreal. And then they go to work or college or school or university and work hard on so many levels. And why shouldn't they get a chance to access the money they could potentially make from these videos? It's gonna be so much harder for these people to make a name for themselves with these new changes. 

The thing that disheartened me the most is I feel like one of my biggest accomplishments are being taken away from me. When I was 17 I received an email from a company saying they had seen my videos and would love me to be part of their partnership team. I won't mention the name of the company because they haven't actually released of statement of how this change will affect my future with them, but I'm scared it will because I'll no longer be making any money for them so what's the point of keeping me on?

Joining this team was such a huge step for my channel because it's the first time my family actually acknowledged that the silly videos I was filming in my room actually had some sort of purpose. After receiving this email, my parents wanted to know what I was actually signing up to, and they watched my videos and started to support my hobby. They were genuinely proud that a professional company had seen some potential in the work that I was doing.

And if I have this partnership completely taken away from me I just feel like my hard work will be taken away from me. But on the bright side this has just motivated me to put more time and effort into my channel, and it most certainly hasn't discouraged me from making videos. And hey, I can basically post what I want without chance of being demonetized so there's that!

The song of the day is Better Have My Money by Rhianna just because I feel like it's relevant haha. Have you been affected by these changes? If so let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Goals For 2018

Ok its 3 weeks into the year so I'm a bit behind on posting this one. I posted a New Years Resolution video on my YouTube channel with a few general goals I have for 2018. But the more I thought about it the more I wanted to set specific goals that I could work on to achieve this year.

I don't want to sound like I'm all about the numbers at any point. I'm beyond grateful to any single person who takes their time to engage with the content I create. However, I just love the idea of expanding the community that I'm a part of. By having physical goals in place, I know I will be motivated to work harder to achieve them. So here are my goals...


Reach 500 followers on Bloglovin

Be more active in the blogging community 

Change blog layout to make it look more professional


100k channel views

2k subscribers

Earn partnership back

Go to more YouTube events and meet up with YouTube friends

Film more collabs


Keep going to all my lectures (even when hungover!)

Stay on top of assignments and portfolios 

Finish the year with a good grade (2:1 but preferably 1st)

Go out more. Both during the day and at Night


Get a job

Get work experience that relates to media or film

Go to a festival (this would be really out of my comfort zone)

Work on being a nicer and more honest person

Keep on top of Pilates and Yoga

Go to the gym at least once a week

Learn new recipes and cook more

Pass my driving test

Change up my hair more

Don't beg for recognition of people if they clearly couldn't care less

Explore more. Like I barely know Liverpool and I've lived here 6 months

That's what I'm hoping I'll achieve in 2018. The song of the day is Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks. Have you set any goals this year? If so what are they?

Izzy K xxx