Disclaimer: This post was written for The Growing Up Guide.
Even though I love ‘Internet Sensations’ such as Zoella, Tanya Burr and Joe Sugg, there are tonnes of smaller YouTubers out there you should be adding to your ‘watch later’ playlists.
After the v. bleak January, we’re all in need of a little inspiration. So, I’ve complied a list of the vloggers you should be watching to help get your shit together in 2018.
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This morning I was awakened by the sounds of lions roaring after staying overnight in London Zoo! It was the most wonderful experience, I would highly recommend staying at the #GirLionLodge too if you can. Coming home today after spending the past two days with butterflies, tigers, monkeys & penguins (to name a few) just didn't feel the same! @zsllondonzoo
Katie had a pretty tough 2017 but she has come out of it fighting. Her journey with acne and roaccutane has seen her feature in her own documentary for BBC Three: Me, My Spots and I.
She has also taken us along on her newly single adventure with her “Dates with Kate’ series and proved that it’s actually OK to enjoy being an independent single lady – you go girl!
Lydia Elise Millen
Lydia is one of the nicest vloggers on YouTube and her life of YSL handbags and Balmain blazers is completely aspirational. Lydia has worked incredibly hard to get to where she is and it reminds us to work towards the things we want in life, whatever they may be.
Herself and her YouTuber husband, Ali, have recently got married and shared their wedding planning journey on their channels. So if you’re engaged and looking for some wedding inspo then look no further than her channel.
If you’re thinking about mixing-up your style in 2018, then Megan is the YouTuber for you. With bold patterns, colour clashing and lots of flared jeans, the Mancunian’s style is pretty much everyone’s 70s dream. Even if you don’t fancy getting out the glittery boots just yet, Megan teaches you to be braver with your fashion choices – and everyone needs that, right?
She also has two v. cute sausage dogs and her boyf, George Craig, was the frontman of the incredible 00s indie band, One Night Only – do you need anymore reasons to subscribe?!
Lily is the most straight-taking YouTuber in my sub box. Her recent video discussing her own mental health and her struggle with depression highlighted how important it is to talk to others about how you’re feeling. You never know what’s going on in someone else’s life and Lily is the prime example of that. Her battle with her mental health is something that she is trying to overcome and she is an inspiration to everyone.
She also has a m a z i n g style and her cat Arys is the cutest thing we’ve ever seen.
I always thought dominos were something you stacked then pushed over, Hannah tells me I’m wrong and it’s all about lining up numbers or something boring like that. I still prefer my version. When my sister and I were kids we’d spend hours making huge snaking labyrinths of dominos that would spiral all over the house….tbh I’m not sure why I’m telling you all this but I’m too far into this anecdote to go back now.
This family is actual #goals (is that still a thing?). There are no limits to Stef’s creativity and each one of their weekly vlogs is like a mini film, with a story or life lesson to each one. The kind, generous and hilarious nature of Hannah and Stef is definitely something to aspire to, and their charity Christmas single about Capri Suns is an absolute banger.
Oh, and Grayson and Rufus are just adorable.
If you’re still studying then you should 100% add Jess to your sub box. The 23 year old is studying for her masters and her vlogs see her reading, taking trips to the library and everything else that comes with uni life. Watching a ten minute vlog from her can make you want to complete all of your assignments, read your seminar theory and literlly sort your entire life out.
Also, if one of your New Years resolutions for 2018 was to read more, then you NEED to check out her monthly book videos for some of her top picks.
Helen’s channel is relatable to all of us out their attempting to ‘adult’. She has spent the last year renovating her lovely new home and has taken us along for the journey – and all the ups and downs that come with grown-up life.
Subscribe to her channel for everything from real-life vlogs, homeware hauls, DIY furniture and alternative style videos.