Mellow Youtube Channels

Sunday, 28 May 2017


The other day I shared the kind of Youtube videos I like to watch in the morning. Today on this fine eve I share with you the channels that I like to wind down to at night. I like saving these kind of videos for the evening so I can savour them in a sleepy haze. This might sound strange to some but I have a lot of trouble winding down and watching these calming videos always helps me along the way to the land of nod and anything that will help me sleep right now is thoroughly appreciated. So here are the channels that do just that, I feel sleepy just naming them:

DoddleVloggle ____________________________________________________________________

As many of you know Dodie is queen of calming videos. Her ASMR style, soft microphone and breathy voice just instantly calms you and I tend to watch one or two of her videos once a night. It's fair to say that Dodie is one of my favourite Youtubers and I love how open she is about her life online and I am so pleased and proud for the amount of success and recognition she's getting at the moment. I think if I ever met her I'd have to be like 'YOU HELP ME SLEEP' is that creepy? Maybe not.


Conan Gray ______________________________________________________________________

I recently started watching Conan's videos after researching how to put together an art portfolio and stumbling across his channel. I watched all of his videos in 3 days and I fell in love with his aesthetic and his calming vlogs and music. He kind of shares the same soft aesthetic as Dodie and he's so bloody sweet I just want to hug him (I think that's creepy as well, oh God).



Lucy Moon _______________________________________________________________________

Another one of my faves, I'm a bit obsessed with Lucy's aesthetic and her editing style is very unique and I dig it so much. My favourite kind of videos she makes is her 168 hours series because they are so well edited and so calming. She has a way with words that I just adore and her cinematography and colour grading is beautiful.



A lil' bit shorted than my last list but I don't tend to watch a lot of Youtube at night because, sleep. I've also been enjoying Youtubers liveshows at the moment and kind of listen to them like podcasts while I'm drawing or taking off my makeup, so that's a thing as well. Dan Howell's are always wonderful to watch and listen to because he's very intellectual and I agree with a lot of the things that he talks about. If you have a hard time sleeping or winding down maybe give these videos a go. I hope you enjoyed my lil' list, you probably know who all of these people are already but I think they deserve praise and all the success in the world, some very talented individuals. 

What are your favourite mellow youtube channels? 

                                            





A Day in the Sun

Saturday, 27 May 2017


Seems as I'm currently trying to pack 3 years worth of stuff into a suitcase. I thought I would show you some photos from the other day when I wasn't stressed and crying in a pile of clothes and non-descript junk. My friend Charlotte and I decided to go and spend our day off in the park, we had a posh M&S picnic, sun bathed, read NME and listened to Mac Demarco.  Although I am a milk bottle and a predominantly winter person I do love this kind of weather in little chunks with a big help from factor 1000 sun cream that is. I can just about do a whole afternoon in the sun without my brain melting, which will be good practice for when I go to Italy this year! We also had a barbecue on this day as well, although it was slightly traumatising almost setting my yard on fire and burning our retinas, it was still a wonderful day and a nice way to say goodbye to my Uni pals until graduation.














How do you spend sunny days?

                                            

Digital Footprint

Friday, 26 May 2017



I have recently started to dip my toe into the formidable and treacherous world of dating and dating apps. And it has really made me think about this generation and the difference between dating in an age where the internet wasn't a thing and now; where you literally cannot escape social media. I find it fascinating that you can go on a date and the person could literally find out so much about you from your social media, before you even open your mouth. Fascinating and bloody terrifying. And this is just me and my tiny little blog and social media following, what about the influencers with bigger followings, how do they do the dating thing? How aware do we need to be about our digital footprint?

I've recently taken my instagram off private. I've stopped working as a support worker where my clients could have inappropriately stalked me and being a blogger I like to leave pretty links to my insta on here a lot. But this has also allowed me to be casually stalked by people I'm talking to on dating apps. On Tinder there's an actual place on your profile where you can link your Instagram, no thank you; I don't want creepy boys looking at my pics and judging my theme. Now obviously it's maybe a good idea if you're taking dating seriously and want to show that you're not a cyborg or a catfish, but for someone who is casually dipping their toe into these treacherous and estranged waters, its just too far for now. 

I've also been thinking about this blog and who reads it. Obviously whenever you post anything on social media you need to be prepared for people to see it, that's the prime reason you post it in the first place (oh those narcissistic tendencies). But I think you kind of forget who is actually going to be looking at it. The other day at work someone told me they read my blog and it really caught me off guard, thinking that this person doesn't really know anything about me outside the workplace but that was a nieve thought. Of course people are going to read it, it's the top line in my instagram bio and I'm glad people are reading it obviously, it's why I write it. But it makes me think about the fact that this person now knows more about me than I do about them and obviously if I do some sufficient stalking I would be able to find out the same amount of information and I'm not scared or offended by it, they're a lovely person (hi there if you're reading). But it just makes you think. 

I don't know how larger bloggers and influencers do it on the daily. It must be so strange to start a Youtube channel and then people from your old school start watching you and remembering who you were like as a person. It must be so bizarre to know that these people have a strange kind of power over you because they know more about you than you know about them. It must be so conflicting and difficult for much more open influencers for example Dodie Clark to open up so much to her audience knowing that there are guaranteed to be acquaintances she met one time in a pub or past relationships, or even future relationships. Dating must be interesting, I recently watched a Lucy Moon video where she perfectly summed up the experiences of going on casual dates and them knowing more about her because of her social media profile and them kind of having a one-up on her because they know more information. They have this idea in their head of you before you even meet them and that must be very scary, I can't even imagine. But obviously people must get past that thought process or larger influencers wouldn't be in relationships. 

I think using these kind of apps like tinder allows you to become much more aware of your own profiles and how you present yourself on social media and with millennials especially I think it's something we need to be extra aware of. Some of our digital footprints are the biggest the internet has ever seen because we have grown up with it. Most of us have had Facebook since we were around 10 or 11 and that profile has built up and up and up, there is piles of data surrounding you and what you used to be like verses what you are now. And I'm not saying this is a bad thing because obviously, every person you're going to date will have some kind of digital footprint, but I think ours are bigger than others and that can be a dynamic that needs to be thought about. I think privatising is a good thing but if you're wanting to promote your blog or channel, you have to be aware that some distant friend's mum might be reading it. And that's fine Janice, read my blog all you like, just don't think you know me more as a person okay?

I think what I'm trying to get across is that in this day and age we are all obviously going to have a larger presence on social media and although it's great to be able to look at who you're going to be meeting on a cute date, they will be doing the same to you. And that's all fine and harmless, if you trust them, it might even be a talking point. But all I'm going to say is if you choose this open internet life, just be aware that it probably isn't just strangers reading your posts. Your digital footprint is bigger than you think. 

How do you feel about your digital footprint?

                                              



Morning & Motivational Youtube Channels

Thursday, 25 May 2017



I've been wanting to write an updated version of my favourite Youtube channels for a while now but instead of just listing them, I thought I'd put them into categories. Because I've been waking up earlier I tend to watch more Youtube in the morning now when I'm having my breakfast and I specifically pick out videos on my subscription feed that I know will give me motivation and inspiration for the upcoming day. This tends to be a mixture of vlogs, chatty, food and informative videos that I can really concentrate on because it's the morning and my head isn't filled with the day before. I thought I would construct a little sectioned list of the kind of videos and new subscriptions I tend to watch in the morning:

Vlogs____________________________________________________________________________

Vlogs are a perfect way for me to get me motivated for the day. I don't know about you but there's something about watching someone else make a nice breakfast and complete their daily to-do list that make me want to really do the same. Along with the obvious vlog channels I've spoken about like Zoella and The Michelaks, I have had some new ones added to my list recently:

Helen Anderson - Helen's vlogs are so well put together and I love the way she edits them with the over contrast and special effects. You can tell she puts a lot of effort into her videos and uploading everyday is such a task but it really pays off. I love to watch these first thing in the morning with a cuppa and a to-do list at hand because she is the queen of organisation!


Carrie Hope Fletcher - The theatre has always interested me and Carrie's behind the scenes vlogs are so interesting. To hear about the ins and outs of a very complex career and her day to day routine of getting into character and getting ready is so cool. Watching Carrie's career excel makes me much more motivated to get out of bed and excel at my own dream career one day. 

 

Keira Rose - Although Kiera's vlogs are basically WIEIAD's, her videography skills show a much more unique and diverse way to document the food she ate and you get little snippets of her home life and what she gets up to during the day. Kiera has quickly become one of my favourite Youtubers and I love how she inserts her personality and humour into every one of her vlogs.





Chatty___________________________________________________________________________

I love a good chatty video in the morning. Especially when I've got a bit of time and I can eat my breakfast and sort out what I'm doing that day with a nice one way conversation, this is not weird to me at all. I think being mostly an introvert I like chatty videos because they allow me to just sit back and listen and not join in. I also like to watch these kind of videos when I'm getting ready for the day and putting on my make up. The queens of chat in my subscription feed are:

Louise Pentland - Obviously we all know Louise and her incredibly grounding and laid back style. I love her vlogs equally but I have really been enjoying watching her storytime series, where she just sits infront of the camera and recalls a funny event that happened. They are always side splitting and so cringy in the best possible way.




Bethany Austin - Yep, the blogosphere's very own Curly&Wordy has gone into Youtube and I am loving her content! I think she's bringing a new take on the blogging and video style and linking the two, she talks the same way as you'd read her blog and the topics she has covered so far are very interesting and I'm ever so excited for more content in the same calming and grounding aesthetic. 




Simply-Kenna - I've been watching Kenna for a while now and I love how much her channel and content has grown. Her 'coffee with Kenna' videos make me feel so relaxed and I love to hear her opinions on things from anime to her sexuality which I find so interesting and it's so wonderful to see an Ace influencer thriving from just being herself. 

 

Food_____________________________________________________________________________

There isn't a better time to watch food videos than the morning or afternoon when you've got some actual food in front of you. Although I am vegan I tend to watch other cooking based channels quite a lot and just fast forward the meaty parts, they have to be entertaining though. Although Cam & Nina are still king and queen of the vegan recipe vlogs I have been watching a few new people recently:

Honey Bunch of Onion Tops - I found Phoebe through The Mustards and was extremely appealed by her fast and snappy morning content. Her recipes all look super easy and simple and so filling and I love the angles she uses and the way she edits. Perfect videos for making you hungry in the morning.


Sorted Food - Although they're a mostly carnivorous channel, I still love their banter. I like the challenges they do and I am thoroughly enjoying Fridge Cam at the moment. They make food fun and easy and I have picked up so many techniques from them especially how to cut fruit and veg in a fast and safe way. They also have done a few vegan recipes in the past and I like that they acknowledge us as a community. Please do a vegan week for Fridge Cam it would make my life!



Haley Blais - My bae Haley Blais. Her videos are perfect for any time of the day really but I love watching her WIEIAD vids in the morning. Her take on a realistic vegan diet is hilarious but yet still informative and I just love her humour and the way she edits her videos. Be friends with me please Haley. 






Informative ______________________________________________________________________

As I said before I tend to have more headspace in the morning, meaning that I enjoy watching informative videos I really need to concentrate on at this time of day. I like to watch science or psychology based videos, or videos where people express opinions or facts about important things. Sometimes I like to watch videos where a certain issue is addressed and then I can think about the issue and what I can do about it for the rest of the day. I love learning and what better time to do it than in the morning:

Sarah Hawkinson - My psychology BFF (I wish). I love her psychology videos so much and although I already know most of the stuff because we share the same degree, it's interesting to know her opinions on it and she's just so damn good at explaining things! I love her articulation and how she makes psychology accessible to everybody.


Hannah Witton - I love Hannah and her content and I love watching her more informative videos in the morning especially if it's around that certain time of the month. The Hormone Diaries is one of the best 'series' on youtube in my opinion and really, really important. I too came off the pill along with Hannah and I love watching her journey and it's very reassuring to know we share some of the same symptoms. 


Leena Norms - Although I like to watch Lena's videos in the evening as well because they calm me. I like to watch her more informative videos in the morning so I can stew over the issues and take it all in, I love her political videos the most and I love how ballsy she is with what she says and her opinions, I think we could all learn a lot from Leena.



So those are my go-to Youtube channels I watch in the morning. It differs obviously depending what mood I'm in and how much time I have, but I think being presented by this kind of stimulus at the beginning of the day can be really beneficial because obviously your mind is going to be much more open and prepared for the day.

There will be a second post in this series coming soon and I hope it has given you some insight into what channels to watch in the morning, obviously it's down to personal preference though and that's the cool thing about Youtube; you can watch anything at any time of the day.

 Are there any specific channels or types of videos you like to watch in the morning? 


                                                   

Ethical Fashion

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


I've been wanting to write this post for a while but I wanted to become more informed first. I've always been aware that some high street stores aren't great with their ethics and where the materials come from but before delving into this issue I didn't know it was as bad as it actually was. That's why I've decided to make a change (alright Michael Jackson).

From a young age we are conditioned to think that clothes are important, that what we wear signifies some form of class or currency. I remember becoming interested in fashion in the middle of secondary school. My wardrobe expanded and there were many, many visits to Primark (sorry mum). Although I was a self proclaimed hipster (ew) I was still dressing in cheap clothes because everyone else was and well; they were cheap, I didn't know any different.  And that's the trouble, I recently watched the very famous documentary called 'The True Cost' and they said that the reason clothes are becoming so cheap is because of the high demand for it, from angsty teenagers who shop in Primark in a desperate attempt to become popular. And why is this? Because of the media. Advertisement for fashion is very manipulative, making us think that if we buy this specific item of clothing we will have more worth than if we don't. It persuades us to put all of our identity into the clothes we wear and more specifically; the brands we buy them from.

Compared to the 4 fashion seasons that we began with, fast fashion has created an extra 52 micro seasons in which brands must keep up with the demand for clothing that is still 'on trend'. Because of this, brands seek cheaper ways to make the clothes sacrificing the health and safety of their workers; if you haven't seen or read about the Rana Plaza disaster in which 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, go and read about it, it's important to be aware that these things happen because it was thoroughly neglected from the news headlines. Fast fashion also has a huge impact on the environment and according to  Greenpeace's research; the chemicals used to treat and dye clothes are polluting rivers and the clothing industry takes up 3% of global production of C02 emissions, that's not too far behind from animal agriculture.  

Now, as all of you may know I am a vegan and have been for a year and a half now. I have been focusing all of my education and energy into veganism and the lifestyle that I have chosen to lead but whilst I was doing this, I wasn't noticing something as equally wrong with the world standing right in front of me. Now I have settled into my vegan lifestyle and am comfortable with my choices and what I consume, I need to sort out where my clothes come from. That's the next step for me. After reading amazing blogposts from Bethany and Grace who are much more educated on this topic as they have been living an ethical fashion lifestyle for a while now, I would encourage you to go and read their posts too. The moment it hit me that I need to change my fashion choices is when I put on a jumper from H&M after reading Bethany's post about the same topic. The jumper reads 'Feminism; The Radical Notion that Women are People'. I just stared at myself in the mirror wearing this jumper and feeling disgusted with the company that made it and to be honest a little at myself for buying and wearing it. That jumper was probably made by a woman that had all her rights taken away, how dare they promote feminism when their brand don't allow pregnant women maternity leave so they have to give birth in the corridor, how dare they create this facade that they actually care about women and then employ young girls and place them in unsafe environments.
How. Fucking. Dare. They.
I was so angry and then, I decided to make a change.

I decided from there and then that I would only shop ethically from now on. Be it from ethical clothing brands, vintage swap shops and charity shops. Similar to going cruelty free I will be keeping the clothes I already own until I grow out of them or have no use for them and then they will be given to charity. I already completed the 333 minimalism challenge, so after a little change around I am happy with my wardrobe for now.  But I will be trying my absolute best to shop ethically from now on, I know it will be a transition of learning and education similar to veganism and I might get it wrong, but at least I'm trying and at least I've finally opened my eyes into the mistreatment and sheer hypocrisy and how far brands will go to makesure they're still on top and we're all still brainwashed. There's a whole psychological theory around this about higher powers becoming desensitised and things and I could write another post about that if you wanted me to?

For now though I would highly encourage you to begin educating yourself. Read Bethany and Sophie's posts and watch The True Cost and then head over to Fashion Revolution and see what you can do to help. There is also a very useful Fashion Transparency PDF file that you can download and it shows you which brands are the most ethically conscious or trying to be at least.

 I feel extremely passionate about this but you must understand I've been under their spell for years and have a lot of learning to do. But I know it will all be for the best and I'll be able to sleep better at night knowing I'm not contributing towards this hideous industry and hoping to bring awareness so we can change it. I want you to come on this journey with me, you wont regret it. Those leggings from Primark can wait. Speaking of leggings I'm finding it really hard to find certain staples such as; underwear, tights, leggings etc and it would be so helpful for my already ethically aware pals to point me in the direction of a good brand that does good staple garments that are ethical, thanks in advance!

Will you join the fashion revolution?

                                               

A Not So Blue Monday

Monday, 22 May 2017


Hello pals! Dammit, I was doing so well with May Everyday but then a huge horrible bout of PMS arrived and I lost my creative streak completely. I hate being like this when I'm on my period and I know that the only thing that will fix it is to stop anything creative I'm doing and just wallow in a slump and eat food and maybe cry. I'm back now though and what a week of socialising I've had, here are the things that have made me particularly happy this week:

Finishing Uni______________________________________________________________________

On Thursday I completed my last presentation and therefore my last ever assessment for Uni. I should have finished a few weeks ago but I had to take up an extension for crisis reasons. It feels so weird to be finished and if you want to read about my thoughts in full, waffly detail; I wrote a post a few days a go about it. It has a mini existential crisis about my identity as a student inside it as well, which I left in for the lols.  

Forest Gump______________________________________________________________________

During this year I am trying to tick off the films-I-should-have-seen-but-actually-haven't list. And Forest Gump was high on up there, I don't know why I've never watched it before, it just went under my radar I guess. I enjoyed it thoroughly and now understand a lot more references in other films and just in life in general, I have been enlightened with the classic Gump impersonation and not that people were just doing a really ridiculous Southern accent. I already knew the ending which ruined it a bit for me but I was surprised how clever it is and the scenes where they inserted him into chat shows with the likes of John Lennon and things is so clever for the time it was made. I also shed a little tear throughout, I was told it's a given. "Life is like a box of chocolates" and all that, see I can join in now!

Harry Styles Carpool Karaoke______________________________________________________

I didn't know I needed this in my life until it was here. I've become a little obsessed with the likes of Mr Styles for the main reason that his new album is amazing and so much different than I thought it would be. I love his new sound and his new look and just everything he's doing at the moment. I'm also debating whether to bite the bullet and go and see him on tour, hmm. He's been doing a lot of press recently and in some interviews I think you can tell that he doesn't really want to be there but when he hosted the Late Late Show his and James' chemistry together is just electric and so hilarious. The carpool karaoke was everything I wanted it to be and more and those harmonies! I love silly videos like this with your faves in that make your day instantly better. I'm thinking of doing a full album review soon, let me know if it's something you're interested in reading.


Listening to // Paramore - After Laughter _____________________________________________

Wow, May's been an amazing month for music and I can't wait to write about it fully. But can I just say this bloody album is everything I wanted it to be and more. I love the classic style of upbeat tunes and down trodden lyrics and Paramore are queens at this. I love listening to this album in the shower, walking to work, getting out of bed. Just all the time really. My favourite tracks at the moment are Rose Coloured Boy and Forgiveness, but it's so hard to choose. It's that kind of album where you only intend to listen to one song, but end up listening to the rest of the album any way. Low key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather,  Love it!

We're nearly at the finishing line, no more breaks now. 
How was your Monday?

                                           






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