Making Summer Memories

Saturday, 15 June 2019

As Summer slowly approaches (because it's sill raining most days over here in the UK, isn't British weather just great), so does one of the best season for making memories. The weather's great, the BBQ's are out, and so is the chance to do and visit some really cool places. I don't know about you but I'm one of those people who love filming everything and taking pictures of everything, I'm all about capturing memories to look at in a few years time and reminisce about things I've done or where I've been in the past. It's always nice to look back and see what you've done. I know a lot of people don't understand why I do it and think it's taking away from reality but it's really not, it's just allowing me to save moments for the future and I think doing that is so important.


One of my favourite ways to capture memories in the Summertime is to get real creative with the way I do it. Whether I'm actually going on a nice holiday abroad, a little trip to a different part of the UK or just somewhere local it's always fun to get your creative juices flowing. Next month I'm going to Weymouth with my family and my boyfriend and I'm already planning on what kind of cool places I can go and what kind of cool content I could shoot there. One of the best ways I find shooting things when I'm travelling about to make memories is with a GoPro. 

Latest Deals have a ton of good GoPro and GoPro accessory deals because who doesn't love a good deal. I sure know I'm a major sucker for them. (Aldi and their deals make me buy way too much stuff I don't actually need haha). But anyway, they're such an easier way to capture what you're doing, so many travel vloggers I watch film this way and I have no clue why it took me so long to try one. Also can we just take a minute to appreciate how cool underwater shots look though, definitely some of my favourites. Something I really need to try soon! 

Are you a fan of filming your memories to look back on or do you prefer living in the moment? I think a good balance between the two is so important, I'd go insane without having happy things to look back on (also a lot less blog content lol) so I'm definitely going to be filming and photographing a lot this summer.

Isabelle
xxx

Some Self Hatred Honesty

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

One of the most popular questions I receive would be "why do you always hide your face in pictures?". If you follow me on Instagram you'll notice that most of my fashion pictures only include my body, a recurring theme but not one I originally wanted to go for. I always preach self confidence and that but the reason I can't take your normal fashion influencer pictures is because, well, I don't have any myself. Trust me I would love to be able to have my friends take photos of me in the clothes I post and I know me hiding my face in most of them definitely stumps my growth and stops a lot of brands from wanting to work with me, it disappoints me constantly that I just can't do it but I guess that's life.


I thought I'd include one of the rare pictures of me taken for my Instagram, and even now I hate it and just want to scribble a massive X over my face so no one has to see it. I've tried so many times to do it but in reality I just don't like how I look enough. I don't want anyone's sympathy because nothing anyone says to me will change anything, I just wanted to be honest because at the end of the day that's most of the reason my blog grew. My readers loved my honesty, and there hasn't been any of that over here in a while so here I am, being little old honest me. My face makes me feel like I want to vomit up my tears and drown an entire country in them and as I said I don't want people feeling sorry for me or telling me I'm beautiful because it would be entirely pointless. 

If I want people to take anything from this post, I want it to be that you can follow your dreams even if you feel you aren't made for them or aren't enough. I'd give anything to be able to take pictures like everyone else does, it's something that upsets me a lot, especially given that I am a blogger and a fashion one at that. I go on Instagram and would give anything to be able to post fashion pictures with my face in them but I'm not sure that's ever going to happen. But has it stopped me from becoming a fashion blogger? Hello no. I've worked with some amazing brands over my years of being a blogger and although there are some that will simply never happen, it doesn't change all the good things that have still come of it. I hope one day I can find some beauty in myself and bring myself to do it, life's too short for self hatred.. right?

Isabelle
xxx

A Night Out with Femme Luxe*

Wednesday, 22 May 2019


Like most girls I love an excuse to dress up. Whether it's for a meal and drinks with my friends or my boyfriend I love to be able to get myself all glammed up for a night. It's not something I tend to do often (the perks of living the poor life), but I think the rarity of it just makes it even more fun to do. I'm past the clubbing life now, I'm getting old and I'm in a serious relationship, but it doesn't mean I'm not down for cocktails or getting myself all dressed up for an evening, I just prefer to be at home in bed by 12 with my boyf, call me boring if you have to. Anyway, today I thought I'd share with you my two current favourite night out outfits.





Both outfits are from Femme Luxe Finery apart from the skort in the top picture. They always have such a large variety of items whether it's for a night out or a night in and my wardrobe is quickly being taken over by them. I can't stop ordering clothes but hey, can you ever have too many? Okay maybe you might say yes if you saw the state of my room, I have so many clothes I don't even know where to store them all! What do you like to wear on a night out? What's your go to store? Be sure to let me know!

Isabelle
xxx

(Outfits gifted from Femme Luxe)


Dressing Up Bodysuits | Blazer Combo

Friday, 17 May 2019

I have a massive thing for bodysuits. Don't ask me why, don't ask me when, I am just obsessed with them. Yeah they're annoying, every time you have to pee you have to undo it and do it back up again, and that's if it even has poppers, if not you have the struggle of pulling it aside and trying not to get your pee on it. TMI? Well you all know I like to be honest and open so what can I say. They also have some pro's though, I mean you don't have to worry about tucking them in or folding them up or any of that malarky, you just put it on and bam, you're sorted. You can dress them up, dress them down, wear them out and wear them in, just so many uses. Anyway I'm rambling on too much, the point is I love them and I thought I'd share my new favourite combo.. dressing bodysuits up with blazers. How classy.




I've had this Pretty Little Thing bodysuit for forever and it's one of my favourites, it goes with almost anything and is super pretty, I just want it in every colour. I couldn't find the exact one on their website but this I Saw It First bodysuit could basically be the same one. This blazer from Miss Selfridge is new, I got it for my birthday but it's quickly become one of my favourite wardrobe staples. I love finding new ways to combine it into my outfits and new styles I can use with it. Not only do I have a bodysuit obsession but I also have a bit of a blazer obsession too. Talk about an addictive personality.

Isabelle
xx

How To Grow Your Instagram With Hashtags

Thursday, 16 May 2019

One of the questions I get asked the most is "so how do you grow your Instagram?". I get asked this on a daily basis and it's so time consuming having to write it all out to send to each person, I thought making a blog post on my top tips would make my life (and yours) a hell of a lot easier! Let's forget all this follow to unfollow fake love bull, sure I'm not the only one who's tired of receiving way too many unfollowers a day because of what I'd say is the most pointless tactic I've ever seen. I was originally going to put them all in one post but then it started getting super long, so I thought I'd do a different post on each topic. I can then go into more detail without you having to read throughout so much in one go. 

grow your instagram, instagram followers

Today I'm going to be explaining hashtags and this is one best explained through pictures to be honest, down below you will find two examples of me using hashtags badly next to the results of me using hashtags well. As you will be able to see, there's a massive difference. I tend to use hashtags quite well in most posts so it was hard to find examples of me using them poorly, but I did the best I could. I'm not saying they're easy though, they're super tricky and you're not going to get amazing results on every post. 


I start with looking at what hashtags other bloggers in my niche are using, I also try to be very specific to the photo I'm posting. Using pointless hashtags really doesn't get you anywhere, the more specific you are to what's in the photo the better the results. I also try not to use too many big hashtags, I'll use a few super popular ones but your post will normally just get lost very quickly among the sheer amount of photos that will be posted every minute. I then use some medium size ones and some smaller sized ones. If you're ever stuck for what hashtags to use, when you type in one hashtag it will come up with recommended ones so I normally go with them, or as I mentioned earlier I use inspiration from people in the same niche as me. 


It's always best to switch up your hashtag on every post, not only because every post is different but also because if you keep re using the same ones constantly I find it doesn't have the same effect as if you constantly switch it up. There are also plenty of apps which help you find the best hashtags for the topic of your post, if you type Instagram hashtags into the App Store a few good ones come up at the top, they're always worth a try even if it is just for you to get an idea on the kind of ones you should be using! I have done posts on social media and blog tips before which you can find under the category HERE, there's not a massive amount there at the moment but I'm going to be adding a lot more posts like this. Aside from Instagram which I'll be uploading more of, let me know in the comments or on my social media what other tip style posts you'd love to see and you can follow me on Instagram HERE.

Isabelle
xxx



Pixi Beauty Face Mists Collection Review*

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

I have been seeing Pixi Beauty everywhere lately and after following them on Instagram I fell completely in love, so you can imagine my excitement when they offered to send me some of their products. For my first Pixi review I thought I'd start with these gorgeous mists, when I opened them I did a little (okay a massive) happy dance! I'm pretty new to face mists and if you've been following me for a while you will know that I'm a nightmare when it comes to skincare and having a routine. The 4 mists Pixi released cover pretty much everything from setting your makeup, to hydrating your skin, to giving you a glow and to helping your skin look happier and more awake, so here is what I thought of them!



Makeup Fixing Mist

This is hands down my favourite one, I use it religiously. It's infused with rose water and green tea and smells absolutely gorgeous. I know some people aren't a fan of rose water scents but personally I absolutely adore the smell and think this product works perfectly. I use it every day to set my makeup and it's been a complete life saver at prolonging my foundation wear, especially in the hot weather!

Glow Mist

This one is perfect for Summer and anyone who loves a nice dewy look to their makeup. Personally I'm not a massive fan of dewy skin but on days I quite fancy it I love using this and it's a must have if that's your thing.
Vitamin Wakeup Mist

I've always suffered from quite tired and dead looking skin so you can only imagine how much I appreciate this one, it instantly brightens up my skin and helps it look alive. I love to use this both in the morning to make me feel more awake and to make my skin feel less.. eugh, and before my makeup just to add a little extra something.

Hydrating Milky Mist

This is the one I reach for least but I still do love it, if you ever need a burst of hydration this mist has your name written all over it. It really moisturises your skin and leaves it feeling so lovely and soft. 



There's nothing really to complain about when it comes to these, they all do as they say they do and can we just at how cute the packaging for them all are?! They look AMAZING sitting on my dressing table and the makeup fixing mist has secured itself a place in my everyday makeup bag. Have you tried makeup mists, or even better yet Pixi mists? Be sure to let me know down in the comments and if anyone has any Pixi products to recommend I'd love to hear them! Make sure to go follow me on bloglovin HERE, I've received various Pixi PR packages as of late and will deffo be sharing some more of their products soon.

Isabelle
xxx


*This post contains PR samples but all opinions are my own.



Blackpool Day Trip

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Last year I went on a family holiday to The Lake District. After a long drive we arrived in what quickly become one of my favorite places maybe ever. I'm not going to go on about that too much in this post as I'm doing a separate post of my photographs from up there, but during our trip up North we made a day trip to Blackpool too, it was only about an hour and a half from The Lake District and in the warmth was a really nice trip out. 




We went up to the Blackpool Tower, it had AMAZING views and was just breath taking, but my fear of heights had to be a bit annoying. The glass floor up there was so cool but it took me about 15 minutes to even put one foot on there, kids were doing better than I was! I was a bit of a laughing stock but really, can you blame me?

I also managed to drag my Mum to Blackpool Dungeons. I've been to the London Dungeons before when I was little and loved it, so I had to try the one up there too while we were in Blackpool. It was a great experience, had so many funny moments and even freaked me out a little! One part we had to all sit in these seats in the pitch black with sounds and etc, it didn't really scare me like that but then all of a sudden the back of our seats dropped and I literally almost wet myself. I grabbed the hand of the woman next to me by accident with a proper grip, luckily she found it hilarious! Talk about embarrassing though.




Overall I really loved the day trip out, it was a last minute thing but I'd always wanted to visit Blackpool so it was nice to finally do that. There was so much to do and the Weather was definitely on our side. I'd love to go again some time, I just live so far away so it's not exactly easy. What are your favourite places to visit? I'll be uploading my post from the actual Lake District itself soon, I just have so much to put in it because I really loved it up there. 

Isabelle
xxx

What Does Love Mean to You?

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Everyone has different versions of what love should be or what kind of love they want in their lives. Some settle for less, some aim for more, we all have different ways we want to feel loved and different ways we like to express our love. This post is going to be about what love means to me, it's a different kind of post to what I normally do but I feel like I've got too comfortable in my comfort zone and I need to branch out, so here it is.


Love is something you feel in every part of you, it's knowing that no matter what happens you have someone you know you can always count on. It motivates you, inspires you, makes you want to do or be better. It's being able to call that person at stupid times if you're in desperate need and knowing they will be there for you, knowing that they won't judge you and will accept you no matter what. It's having a hand to hold when life gets hard and knowing they won't let you go. Love isn't easy, it's not all gooey romantic comedy stuff. Love is arguments and tears, but it's also sticking together no matter what gets thrown at you. It's making it work regardless of the trials and tribulations. It's communication. Being able to talk to that person about anything and everything without being scared of what they'll say and without fear of being judged. It's them taking your thoughts and feelings into account because they think of you as one and not as separate. It's about feeling secure in that person rather than constantly worrying about what they're doing or where they're going. It's feeling so comfortable with that person that you can do the weirdest things but they won't think any differently of you. Love is being able to see that person happily and comfortably in your future, it's when everything you want or think about doing one day also involves that person too. Love isn't being selfish, it's sometimes having to do things you wouldn't normally do for that person, it's sacrifices, it's selfless and it's the best feeling in the world.

I was slightly worried about this post because I didn't want to seem super soppy, plus the last time I mentioned relationships on this blog it was a post about being single, and now I've been with my boyfriend for 7 months (the boy deserves a medal if I'm completely honest). I went so long without posting on here and I'm quite disappointed in myself for that, but I'm back with a new style and plenty of ideas. If you enjoyed this post I'd love to know what love means to you! Any tweets or messages with what it means to you would be so nice, even a blog response if people still do those nowadays! I'd love to hear more opinions so be sure to let me know.

Isabelle
xxx

Some Missguided Lovin

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Like most other girls I can't help but love Missguided. Their Bluewater store isn't massively far from me and I love going there and seeing what they have in store. On a recent trip to Bluewater I thought I'd pop in and have a nose and was not disappointed with the range of styles they have in there for Summer. I took as many clothes into the changing rooms as I could physically carry and tried on a few outfits, and today I thought I'd show you my favourite. 




I am OBSESSING over this teal bodysuit, if you follow me on social media you will know I'm a massive fan of bodysuits, but not only that, I think the colour of this is just gorgeous. It goes so well with this white skort which is so convenient, I prefer skorts to skirts and shorts nowadays just because I feel so much more comfortable in them. Do you love Missguided? Where's your favourite place to shop? Be sure to let me know!



Isabelle
xxx


The Plaid Skirt

Monday, 29 April 2019

If there is anything I love it's a plaid skirt. Lately I've been seeing them everywhere and I love how they can be styled in so many different ways. As we come into the Summer season we're slowly starting to get more of an excuse to wear skirts and I am LIVING for it. This outfit is currently one of my favourites so I thought I'd share it with you.


This red plaid skirt I've had for years in my wardrobe, but only recently have I realized my appreciation for it. It's such a flattering style and can be worn so many different ways. This particular one is from Lasula Boutique but I can't link it since it's just that old, but I'll link some similar ones at the bottom of this post that I like. This black crop top is one from Primark which I also can't link, damn Primark for not having an online website yet, but it is a recent purchase.




I Saw It First Wishlist

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Wishlists are something I don't understand why I've never done. If there is anything I'm good at it's wishing I had things I don't (the perks of living the poor life). I spend a fair bit of time going through clothing websites just adding things to my wishlist even though I know perfectly well that I'm never going to be able to afford them, judge away, but it's just nice to dream. I spend way more time than I care to admit doing this but I know for a fact that it's a thing a lot of other girls tend to do too. I thought since I'm trying to post more fashion related posts on this blog (if you follow my instagram you will notice it's entirely fashion and style now), a wishlist would be an easy way to start transitioning into more of these style posts. So here I present to you, a wishlist for one of my favourite shops right now I Saw It First.


I'm only doing six items because I didn't want to overload this post, so I went through my wish list and picked the top 6 items that I most desperately wanted. Who wants to place bets on whether I'll ever actually get to own any of them? Starting off with these three, I love this Pinstripe Blazer Playsuit. It's so different to something I'd normally wear but I think it looks so classic, also I think playsuits are just so convenient. They also have it in a Nude colour but I just think the darker one looks so much nicer. Next up we have this Red Tartan Mini Skirt, I'm loving skirts like these lately and I Saw It First have a great selection of them on their website, I'm just a sucker for red so naturally I was drawn to this one. Lastly here we have this Grey Check Overcoat, it's a blazer style which is why I think I love it so much, I happen to be completely obsessed with blazers lately. I like the colour and I think this would be nice for date night's to slightly dress down your outfit, I've already imagined so many outfits with this coat in my head.


The final three, I think this White Lace Dress is so pretty. It's not something you can wear often as it is very dressy but it'd be really nice for dinner or drinks or if you're going somewhere nice. I'm not sure if it's the kind of dress that would suit me but I'd be willing to give it a go. Secondly we have these High Waisted Shorts which are perfect as we go into the Summer season, which should hopefully happen soon if the weather decides to get it's ass in gear and keep up the hot weather for more than a few days. Last of all we have this Khaki Shirt Dress, it may not be the most summery colour but they do happen to have about 10 different colours, this one just happens to be my fsvourite. I think this dress is so flattering and versatile, it can be worn both dressed up and dressed down and in so many different ways.

I thought I'd leave it there but I'm definitely interested in doing another wishlist in the future. If you're interested in following my fashion instagram be sure to go find it HERE. I've got a few new posts planned so be sure to watch this space for more posts soon. 

Isabelle
xxx



Finding Affordable Broadband

Thursday, 28 March 2019

In this day and age the internet is everywhere, it plays such an important part in most peoples lives. As a blogger it definitely plays a huge part in mine, I couldn’t do what I do without it so it’s safe to say that I spend a fairly large portion of my time using it. Where I use the internet so much, finding broadband that is adequate to my needs has been a bit of a struggle, especially when it comes to finding it at a reasonable price. I tend to use a ton of apps and programmes all at once so fast internet speed is a necessity to help me get everything done. Waiting around for web pages or images to upload can be a nightmare sometimes and is very frustrating for not only myself, but many others.



We’ve all been there, you’ve seen a really good deal online and you think “is it worth it though? Is it too good to be true?”. We live in an era of YouTube and Netflix, we constantly stream content and we expect it instantaneously. We don’t want to wait forever for a video to buffer or an app to download, we want it now and we want it cheap. Unfortunately, most of the time what we want isn’t as easy to get as we wish it was. There are loads of  companies out there that tie you in to a long contract, with the promise of receiving super fast internet alongside good rates, next thing you know six months later they’ve doubled the price and now you’re stuck with them. To avoid this you really have two options, you can spend hours reading through pages and pages of confusing jargon (which just causes more stress) or you can use a trusted comparison site. There are plenty of good broadband deals scattered over the internet, but finding them is never that easy. You've got to know what you're looking for though, if you want speed, you want Fibre. It's so much faster than standard internet and most of the time it's not too much more expensive. Be careful though, just because it says you can get fibre it doesn't mean that it's gauranteed to be faster, check what speeds are available in your area; Fibre can range from 30mbps to 264mbps, it all depends on how good the connection is in your area, so use an online speed checker before you tie yourself in to a contract!

Not only does using a comparison site save you a lot of time and effort, it can also reduce a lot of your confusion as to which deal suits your needs best and does so within your budget. No one wants to pay more than they have to for what they want, and why should they, so having them all easily explained to you in one place just makes it so much easier to find a deal that suits you. So if you’re looking for an easy and quick way to find broadband deals, a comparison site will always be the best option to go for, after all, who doesn’t like making their own life that little bit easier?

What To Do When The World's Against You.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

I'm sure we all know the feeling of when you just can't help but think the world and everyone in it is completely against you, it's a natural human thought we will all have a few times in our lives. However some people will feel it a lot more than others and it can really get you down if you let it take over your mindset too much which is a straight up cause for trouble. I mean I know perfectly well that the world isn't against me and it's all just in my imagination, but when everything you could possibly think of is going wrong it can definitely get you down and make you feel like everything isn't worth it, and right now I know this feeling too well. I don't want to feel like I do, no one does, so today I thought I'd share a few ways to help you out when you're feeling like this, but remember that you aren't alone.


Sometimes giving up feels like a good idea. Sometimes loads of small things can go wrong but once you add everything up into one it creates a much bigger picture, and not exactly a positive one at that. I'm not going to share every puzzle piece that goes on in my life because not only is it personal but there's no point, this is a common feeling and everyone has their own reasons as to why they feel the way that they do, so my job here is to help you overcome it just like i'm trying to. 

Take care of yourself. This is hands down the most important thing I could possibly think of, it may seem like nothing but it really is so vital. Make sure you're getting enough sleep at night (around 8 hours is recommended), and I don't mean going to bed at weird times and waking up in the middle of the afternoon, try to sleep at a reasonable time so you can wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. I know it's hard but trust me it's so worth it! Get enough exercise, eat healthily to a certain extent (trust me I'm not making you give up pizza or ice cream here don't worry, but just don't go too over the top with it!) They may seem so small and pointless but they really aren't, taking care of yourself and your body is key. Drink more water, do something you love whether it's watching a certain TV show, reading a book or seeing someone that makes you happy, just do things you enjoy and that you love to do and try to realise that self care is so so so important!

There's a quote that I've recently remembered by the one and only Winston Churchill - "If you're going through hell, keep going" and I feel like we could all learn something from it! When life gets tough it's easy to give up, I mean sometimes I feel like i'm just constantly trying and never getting anywhere and it's really off putting, I have moments when I just think I give up. I'm done, What's the point? If i'm never getting anywhere and just walking into the same old wall every time then really what is the damn point? But at the end of the day what is giving up going to do? I know it feels like keeping going isn't working but what are you going to get out of giving up? Okay yeah I'll admit it's the easiest and less painful option but it's the wrong one. No one said life was easy and I'm sure by now we all know it isn't, but giving up is never the answer. I live by this quote now and I think about it every single day when I want to give up (so a daily basis hah) but it really does help. One day all of these bad things will be over and all of the good stuff will feel so much better and you'll be thankful that you carried on trying, even if it felt like hell.

I know this was kind of short but do these things and I promise you that you will feel better, I know these won't take all of your problems away but they may be able to help you realise that the world isn't against you, there's no such thing. Moving on, I'm not far off 1.6k on bloglovin, so if you're interested in seeing my upcoming posts then be sure to follow me HERE! Soon I'll be adding a bit more variety to this blog with some beauty and fashion posts, along with some book reviews and etc, so be sure to look out for them. This will still be a lifestyle based place don't worry, but every now and then I think it'd be fun to mix it up a bit and throw in some other styled posts. Tweet me letting me know what you think because I'd love to hear your thoughts and don't forget to comment down below! Do you ever feel like the world's against you? How do you get through it? It'd be super interesting to read though anyones comments on this subject and to see if anyone has any advice they can add!

Isabelle
xxx