Wednesday

I started a YouTube channel?!?!

Hiiii - so today I have a really exciting post, with a lil announcement:) Of course, you will already know what it is because it's in the title of the post hahaha but yeah... I started a Youtube channel. If you are a long-term reader of What Lexie Loves, then you may remember a post I did ages back where I said I was starting a channel (http://www.whatlexieloves.com/2015/05/girl-online-ive-started-vlogging.html) and I did for a while, but just never committed to it. Ever since I'd wanted to start a channel again but there was always something holding me back. (The main thing was my irls finding out!) And then the other day I was watching a teen youtuber and I thought 'you know what, I could do that and I *want* to do that' so let me introduce to y'all...

Lexie Madison - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDxApU2B0u69I4RaAu_VlWw


Lexie Madison is the name of my Youtube channel (and by the way there is a long story surrounding the name that I don't want to get into haha but in short I will, in time, change it to What Lexie Loves). It'll be a lifestyle, fashion, beauty and review channel (so kinda similar to the blog, but in some ways a bit more lifestyle-y). Don't worry, I will still be dedicated to this blog as much as before, and it shouldn't affect this blog in any ways, but sorry if I am posting a little bit less whilst I get used to the editing and filming (as it takes quite a long time for me at the moment!!).
 
I posted my first video on Sunday, which was a Teen Gift Guide ft. some of the things on My Birthday Wishlist this year. It would mean so much to me if you guys went over to my channel (here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDxApU2B0u69I4RaAu_VlWw), checked out my video and subscribed:)
 
-- IF I KNOW YOU IN REAL LIFE: If I do know you irl I would really, really appreciate you not telling everyone about my channel, as I've put lots of work into this and I always feel so embarrassed when people find out about that kind of thing, so if lots of people found out and started laughing about how cringe I am (which they would), I'd be so upset. I've tried as best I can to hide the channel, by blocking people on Instagram etc. but I can't hide it well enough so yah... --
 
Anyway - that's my announcement!! I'm so excited to start this new chapter with y'all<3 Do you guys have YouTube channels? I'd love to support each other and maybe collab if you do? Who are your favourite YouTubers?

Xxx

Friday

My Favourite MG Books

Hi everyone!! So quickly, before I get into today's post I just thought I'd say that I'm currently planning a Q+A post and I need a couple more questions, so could y'all comment some down below? You can comment as many as you want, and they can be about anything:) Also, just needed to rant about how Brooklyn 99 has been cancelled after just 5 seasons:((( B99 is the most perfect, funny, wholesome show with lots of much-needed minority representation and it doesn't deserve to be cancelled AGH!! Have you watched it? What are your thoughts? #RenewB99!! But anyway hahahah - so recently, I've reread a couple of old MG books back from when I was 11 or so, and it reminded me just how good some MG books are. Nowadays, I primarily read teen/YA fiction, but occasionally I want an easier read, so I lean towards a book aimed at 8-12 year olds. And so, I thought I'd compile a list of my favourite MG books and share them with y'all in today's blog post...

Time Travelling With A Hamster by Ross Welford

TTWAH was a re-read, but for some reason I enjoyed it so much more the second time round. It's not even like I didn't like it the first time - I really did, but the second time I realised that I love this book! It's funny, but also made me shed a couple of tears at points. The MC I really warmed to, and I loved he grandfather so much. Some points, I have to admit, are a little confusing, but that's only because the book touches on things like The Grandfather Paradox but nothing too majorly confusing for an 9-12 year old (which is who I'd recommend this for). I like that this book really isn't aimed at one gender either - TTWAH definitely appeals to boys and girls alike. Also, I know my little sister has also read a couple other books by Ross and she also really likes them so I might need to check out a couple of his others.
credits: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Travelling-Hamster-Ross-Welford/dp/000815631X

Murder Most Unladylike (series) by Robin Stevens

I feel like I've talked about the Murder Most Unladylike stories so many times on this blog haha, and I can't help but mention them again (I couldn't do a post on my favourite MG books and not include these?!!). I love murder mysteries, but haven't found that there are that many good mysteries for kids (that I know of - if you have any recommendations, let me know). However Robin Stevens' books are an exception to that. There are now 6 books in this series and in my opinion they are all as good as each other, - I don't find them predictable, I love the characters and I think the writing style is perfect for kids and teenagers. Definitely recommend!!

Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

I read this book after my sister recommended it to me on holiday and I had run out of books to read (THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH ROOM IN SUITCASES OK), but I have to admit I was slightly hesitant. It's just it didn't really sound like my kinda thing haha! But I read it anyway, and I'm so glad I did. I've done a full book review on this (which you can read here: http://www.whatlexieloves.com/2017/08/letters-from-lighthouse-by-emma-carroll.html) but I'll summarise the book quickly for those who don't know. LFTL is about Olive, whose older sister Sukie goes missing during an air raid (this book is set during the 1940s) and her journey to try and find where Sukie is. This is actually a very cleverly written plot, with lots of twists and turns. It's a book if you want an easy, but still really interesting, read.

Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis (and any other of her books!)

Again, I have already done a whole post on Gill Lewis - focussing on three of her fabulous books - which you can check out here, (by the way if you do go to check it out, I was much younger when I wrote it - that's why it's not the best post hahahah) but for those of you who haven't read that blog post, I thought I'd include one of her books in this roundup. Scarlet Ibis is a beautiful, touching book about Scarlet and Red - an inseparable sister-brother duo. Their mum is a very troubled woman - who often is drunk and too ill to care for them, so a lot of responsibility falls to Scarlet. But when a tragedy occurs, Scarlet and Red have to be separated and it's all about how they struggle to cope without each other. Whilst this touches on some mature themes, it's handled very very well, so I would still recommend it to 9-13 year olds. I would definitely recommend Scarlet Ibis if you haven't read it (or any other Gill Lewis books!).

Wonder by RJ Palacio

And finally, one of my favourite books... Wonder. If you've been following my blog right since the beginning, then you may know that my first ever blog post was a review of Wonder. http://www.whatlexieloves.com/2013/10/wonder-book-ive-read-over-50-times.html The title over the best was 'The Book I've Read Over 50 Times' and I genuinely have read it over 50 times, that's not even an exaggeration (and my copy of the book proves it; it's so battered and dog-eared *although I prefer the adjective 'well-loved'!!). I still read this book again today, and it never fails to impress me. Wonder is beautiful, heart-warming and such a wholesome book - I cannot explain how much everyone should read this!

So those are my Top 5 Favourite MG Books that I would definitely recommend. Whilst writing this, I thought of lots of other great MG books, so I could always do a Part 2 if you wanted (??). These books are mainly for 8-12 year olds, but every now and again teenagers need an easier, more light-hearted read, so I recommend this list for those times. I'll be back soon with another post (and as I said, it's a Q+A - which I know y'all love, so watch out for that!!)


Saturday

My Top 5 Favourite Teen Bloggers

Hey!! So lately, I've been discovering lots more amazing blogs (particularly through Instagram), which are written by teens. In the past, particularly when I was first starting What Lexie Loves up, I struggled to find other teens and kids with blogs, so for today's post I thought I would share with you a roundup some of my favourite lifestyle, fashion and review blogs written by teens. These are some of the top blogs by under 18 year olds, that I think all teens should follow. Do you know any other awesome Gen-Z bloggers that you would recommend? Let me know, as I'm always on the look out for cool, new child bloggers:) Anyway - let's just get into the post; here are my Top 5 Favourite Teen Bloggers...

Taiya Maddison | http://www.taiyamaddison.com/

Taiya Maddison is one of my all-time favourite teen bloggers, even though I only came across her blog a couple months ago. Her blog is so well-thought out; it has a super cute design, she publishes high-quality and interesting posts really often (I don't know how she does it!!) and her Instagram is ACTUAL GOALS! Taiya's blog is based around lifestyle and fashion, so she writes lots of posts like fashion tips, her early 2000s playlist which she is currently obsessed with (sidenote - SAME, I'm obsessed with my throwback playlist too at the moment, our playlists are literally identical!!) and fashion trends she can't wait to try.

how gorgeous is her feed?!! instagram.com/taiyamaddison
Hot Town Cool Girl | http://hottowncoolgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

Hot Town Cool Girl is this awesome blog by Nabila, a 13 year old from Texas. Nabila is just so lovely ahh and one of my best blogger friends<333 Hot Town Cool Girl is, similar to my blog, a mix of everything and anything, it doesn't really specialise in one niche, but branches out to lots - Nabila does reviews, writes a little poetry, shares all the cool things she's been up to, gives advice and so much more! If you're looking for a new blog to check out (or are parent wanting to give your children a blog to read), I would definitely recommend Hot Town Cool Girl!

Capturing Life On Camera | http://www.capturinglifeoncamera.com/

Natalie, who writes Capturing Life On Camera, is just such a #GIRLBOSS! Her blog and Instagram are literal goals (her design is so cute - minimalistic and aesthetic, and all her posts are well-written and so relevant and useful to me.) And, like Taiya, she posts so regularly, and with gorgeous photos, HOW DO THEY DO IT hahahah?!1!1? Also, Natalie is from NYC, which is just one of the coolest places to live (in my opinion) - I want to visit NY so badly!!


Absolutely Olivia | https://absolutelyolivia.com/

I love Olivia and her blog so much! Firstly, her style is just the coolest!! She's so bold and unique wth her fashion, in such a confident way - she inspires me to go out and rock quirky outfits that I wouldn't normally. Obviously I don't know her in real life, but she just seems like such a sweet and genuine gal! She's also so empowering, particularly when it comes to girl power - she recently did a small project about feminism, which I took part in, and you can check out here. I love her fashion and lifestyle blog so much too, her latest post is a 'How To Find Your (Girl) Squad' and it's got loads of useful friendship tips, which I recommend you checking out, if you're in a toxic friendship right now, or just want to make some new friends.

February Fairy | http://www.februaryfairy.com/

Ok first of all, I just wanted to say I love the name 'February Fairy'; I think it's so cute haha!! February Fairy, written by Ella Marie, is an advice and lifestyle blog "helping girls learn to live fully and embrace their inward beauty". If you're looking for a motivating lifestyle blog, written by a lovely person, then February Fairy is the place to go! Alsooo, Ella's a writer - she completed her goal of 40,000 words for Camp NaNo this month ON HER FIRST TRY (!!) - so she has some posts on writing, with tips and tricks, like this one.

So those were my Top 5 Under-18 bloggers that I recommend. Of course, if you're new to my blog - then I'm also a teenage lifestyle blogger haha, so stick around (haha I couldn't do a post on teen bloggers, and not mention me #shameless #selfpromo!!) If you liked this post, I know of loads of other amazing teenage bloggers so I could do a part 2?? Who are your favourite teens to read?

Xx
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