Isobel Rose


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Feeling like you fit in online

For ages, years even, I felt quite out of the ‘inner blogging circle’; an eager but somewhat lost participant desperate to fit in. I’ve been blogging now for eight years but I’ve never felt worthy or cool enough to approach the big boys, partly due to my fairly small and somewhat stagnant following and partly due to my character. I’ve never been the most confident or naturally outgoing person.

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5 things you can do today to broaden your horizons

Forming and sticking to habits and routines is part of our nature. As humans, we find safety in familiarity and, although that once served as a survival tactic way-back-when, we still tend to stick to what we know. These days, however, many of us still seem to cling to the familiar, rarely ever venturing out of our comfort zone in order to experience something new. The trouble with that is that we often miss out on so much that life has to offer. I think it’s time we change that. Don’t you?

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The ebb and flow of blogging.

So here I sit, cider in hand, a sick puppy peeping at me from her bed in front of the TV and me with my beloved laptop, finally getting around to writing something on my neglected blog. The same old thing keeps coming back to me  - 'What if no one wants to read what I have to say? What if it's not compelling enough? What if, after 6 long years tapping away on my keyboard, it's finally time for my curtain call? 

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Frivolous but fab: BKR

I grew up on bottled water in Hong Kong because tap water, at least when we first got there, was over treated and tasted like the shallow end of your local swimming pool - not nice. However, when I moved back to the UK for university, I just couldn’t get back into drinking the British tap water. I know it sounds stupid and trivial, and that’s because it is, but I would find myself avoiding it to the point that I would get seriously dehydrated almost daily. I came up with the excuse that I could buy bottled water as my one ‘thing’ - I hardly drink alcohol, I don’t smoke, so I can treat myself to bottled water.

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A look at my Kindle library

Growing up, I only really read during the summer holidays. Being forced to read a huge pile of novels for school every year meant that for the most part, reading was more of a chore than a pleasure. University wasn't much better; having studied languages, politics and literature wrapped up into one meant that I had more reading than I could manage most of the time, so again reading for the fun of it was pushed into the background.

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3 products to make your life that bit easier

I like a good shortcut - who doesn’t? Present me with a handy hack or a time-efficient tool and I will absorb it into my lifestyle quicker than you can sputter the words ‘lazy bugger’. As a lover of both technology and efficiency alike, I’ve managed to find a few products that have been working hard to make my life infinitely better, and I thought I’d share some of those with you lot today (and you say I never treat you!!)

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Non-beauty favourites: June 2017

June has been ALL about Melodrama by Lorde for me. In an age where we can pick and choose individual songs to our heart’s content, I preordered her WHOLE album. I think this is the first time I’ve ever done this - I loved Pure Heroine and the pre-released singles from Melodrama so much that I blindly offered up my money, and boy, did Lorde deliver. I can just tell that I’ll be playing Melodrama for years to come.

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3 ways you can use your 'My Little Box' bags

I've always been a bit of a hoarder. Not one of those yoghurt lid collectors that end up drowning in their own filth, but the kind of person that often says to themselves 'I might need that' and adds yet another trinket to their endless pile of bits and bobs. Surprisingly, that means that I have rather a lot of items lying around that may not be all that useful.

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It's been a while...

My, my, my, it's certainly been a while, hasn't it? I'll spare you the boring ramble about how I lost all motivation and inspiration and then Christmas happened and then meh. That's all you need to know - thrilling, non? As I'm growing as a human being my opinions and preferences are changing with me and I've finally figured out that I can no longer blog like I did 5 years ago, it simply doesn't make sense anymore.

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If I got offered a book deal…

As is quite common these days in the vlogging/blogging community, book deals are being handed out left and right to anyone who publishers consider to have a vast enough audience. Estée Lalonde, Zoella, FleurDeForce, Deliciously Ella - I could go on for days listing the latest ‘internet celebrities’ to sign their own deal.

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Mid year reflections.

Every year I set myself a 'bucket list' of sorts - fifty goals varying in difficulty, commitment and theme to help me to make the most out of the twelve months that lie ahead. It's been a while since I've visited 2016's list, which happens to be neatly squashed into the last few pages of my (sadly underused) diary, so I thought it was time today to revisit and reevaluate to see how much I've been able to accomplish in the last eight months. 

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