What is next for my blog?

What is next for my blog_

Hey guys!

So as you probably know I have taken some time away from my blog and social media and I have kept myself to myself over the past few months. At this moment in time I do not feel ready to talk about why that was or what I went through to make me do that, however I am sure in time I’ll open up about those things and help others if I can.

What I will say is that around 6 weeks ago my doctor, my family and I decided it was best for me to go back on antidepressants and anxiety medication after some severe things that had happened which meant my mental health started to deteriorate. Mental health is always something I have been very open with on my website and social media because I believe it is nothing to be ashamed of and if my story can help just one other person in their journey then I will feel like it wasn’t wrote for no reason.

I am sure she won’t mind me saying, back at the end of last year I had someone email me quite upset and explained a lot about what they were going through with their partner and they didn’t feel as though they had anyone to talk to but they were directed to my website by a family member of mine and after reading my mental health posts they wanted someone to talk to. Her partner had a mental illness and she didn’t know how to cope with it or how to go about it so wanted my advice. I am in no way an expert in mental illness and I would never say that I am, however I was there to listen to her and help her when she was at a low point and I am so happy now that her and her partner are so much better than ever. Things like that are why I do my blog, because someone felt in their darkest moment that they could email me and that to me is an incredible feeling.

I am starting a few series on my blog over the next few weeks. One will be all about mental health, talking to people about their journey and seeing it from other peoples point of view, not only my own. If you are interested in taking part in this series please do email me at zoesmith-x@hotmail.co.uk and I can give you some more information. Do not worry if you aren’t a confident writer, we can work together to create something you’re happy with. You can also remain anonymous if you wish to do so.

The second series I am creating is all about crime and mysteries. Inspired by Bella Fiori on YouTube, who is incredible by the way and if you haven’t watched her Mystery Monday videos you definitely should do! I love watching her videos about crimes, unsolved and solved, I love reading about crimes and researching, so this series will be all about crimes, criminals and all of those kind of things. It will include, the crimes, theories, suspects, court cases, evidence etc. The criminal posts will be all about what the criminals did, evidence, interviews, court cases, prison sentences etc. I am super excited for this because I love reading these sorts of posts so I will be creating some that has all the information all in one post instead of people having to read 10 posts to understand a crime. If anyone has any ideas of cases/criminals you want me to research and write about do message me on social media and let me know!

Now my head is a lot clearer I am ready to start writing again and I am honestly so excited to get up and running again!



How my life has changed since meeting Ashley Day… A more personal post

How my life has changed since meeting Ashley Day... A more personal post

Hey guys!

Today’s post is a little different, something I wanted to share so I can look back on it personally as well as to show others that anything is possible so never ever give up.

Firstly I’m going to start by explaining some things you may or may not know about the last few years in my life. Back in 2016 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. And throughout the weeks, months and year from then I was in and out of a very very dark place. I had been through so much and seen so much and experienced so much, I just gave up and didn’t see the point in living life really. I barely went out, I barely seen my friends, I just stayed in bed most of the day and most of the night. Then during 2017, again I was in a dark place and I was diagnosed with a third illness, borderline personality disorder. A disorder I had never even heard of until I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist during my visit to Canada. It was not the best trip due to multiple reasons, but the one thing I am grateful for is that precious diagnoses which explained how I was feeling perfectly. The psychiatrist explained that the anxiety and depression were still apparent but they were not the main things I should have been focusing on back home.

When I got home from Canada I ended up going out a lot, spending a lot of time drinking in nightclubs and honestly just drinking to forget I suppose you could say.

Then in December 2017 I was in hospital really unwell with meningitis when I received an Instagram message from a lad I had never spoke to before. It was a simple message but one that made me smile when I was feeling my lowest. I never replied to any Instagram messages because a lot of the ones I received were off lads who only wanted one thing let’s be honest. But for some reason I replied, I remember sitting in the hospital bed doing a little bit of stalking on his profile when he messaged me and all I could think was how hot he looked in his pictures so I ended up replying. From that day I haven’t looked back. The whole time I was in and out of hospital he would message me checking on me and making sure I was okay. First thing Christmas morning he messaged me wishing me a Merry Christmas, the little things he said and did before we had even met meant a lot to me.

A few days after Christmas, we finally arranged to meet for the first time. The night before he rang me and we spoke on the phone for the first time and immediately we clicked, we spoke and laughed for hours and ended up falling asleep on the phone. The next day, he was late, which I have now learned is completely normal for him. However we met and we went to Merryhill just to talk, spend time with each other and see if we connected in person just as much as we had over messages and a phone call and we definitely did. We ended up staying with each other for about 9 hours, knowing I had work the next morning didn’t bother me, I just didn’t want to go home so we ended up driving around, going to a 24 hour shop, just so we didn’t have to go home yet. That night I knew I was in love, I never believed in love at first sight but after that night I definitely did because it had happened to me. The next day in work I was so happy, the whole team around me knew something was up and kept pestering me asking me why I was so happy.

Two days later we met again, this time I went to his house and met his parents, who by the way, are so lovely and I feel so grateful to have them as my in-laws to be. Since that day we’ve pretty much been inseparable, me staying at his house almost every day, spending time with each others families and just growing closer and closer together.

Some people may say things have happened quickly and yes I would agree, however I have no worries about how quickly things have happened because I completely, wholeheartedly know that he is the person I am going to marry one day. People always told me that love happens when you least expect it and that when you meet ‘the one’ you just know instantly and I truly do believe that’s the case with Ashley Day. My feelings for him are beyond anything I could have ever imagined, beyond anything I have ever felt for anyone in my life before. Sometimes you think you’re in love and everything is perfect but then when you find the person you’re supposed to spend your life with it is a completely different feeling. We still bicker and sometimes argue but within minutes (sometimes hours if I’m being a bitch), we speak and laugh it off and move forward and I honestly believe that that’s the best thing about being in love. No matter what happens you always kiss and make up and rectify situations.

I am so glad I have found Ashley. As I started this post off with, I have had a terrible few years and I never imagined I would be in the position I am in today. I feel the most content I ever have, I feel the happiest I ever have and I feel ready to live life with Ashley Day by my side. My previous post is all about Borderline Personality Disorder, a disorder I had no idea how to deal with, I know it’s a horrible disorder that makes you feel so horrible sometimes, you react badly to situations and sometimes you’re just in a horrible place, but when Ashley and I first started talking I explained some of the things I had been through and everything I had been diagnosed with and unlike so many people, he didn’t judge me, he understood, he listened and he looked after me better than anyone I had ever known before. As time has gone on, as our relationship has progressed I have told Ashley even more than I had, I’ve told him things I have never told anyone before, I have told him some of the lowest points in my life and not once have I felt judged. He’s helped me, he understood me and most of all he’s took care of me so none of those things could happen again.

I never believed in love at first sight, or you ‘just know’ when you meet ‘the one’ or you can fall wholeheartedly in love with someone within hours/days or you can move quickly into a relationship and it work. But Ashley has made me believe all of those things. I fell in love so quickly, I knew he was the one immediately and even though we’ve moved quickly we are the happiest people in the world with every aspect of our relationship.

We’ve already been through a lot as a couple, thing I won’t go into, but we are so strong because of it all and I am so grateful to everything that has happened because it’s made me fall even more in love with him.

I believe that if you’re happy, you shouldn’t care what anyone has to say about it and that people will always judge you/your relationship, will always have things to say, will always try to drag happy people down because they’re unhappy themselves so enjoy life, move quickly if it feels right, fall in love and be happy because if there is one thing I’ve learned since having meningitis + 3 other severe illnesses and being told by a consultant most people would have died in my situation, life is so short and you never know what is around the corner, so do whatever it is that feels right and makes you happy.

I feel so lucky to have him walk into my life when he did, I now no longer go out drinking every weekend, saving myself money as well as not being ill and having hangovers, I much rather enjoy staying with him, baking, driving and experiencing new things. In the short 3 months we’ve been together we’ve already experienced so much new stuff together and we have so much more planned. This time last year I never would have imagined I would find the person I was going to marry, have children with and spend the rest of my life with, but I’m a million percent sure I have now.

Now, to Ashley. I know you’ll be reading this because you support my work and always take a cheeky read, I see you. I adore you wholeheartedly. I am so grateful for everything you do for me, I am so grateful you care, you support and you never judge me. You will never understand how much that means to me. Thank you for listening to me cry, get angry and feel shitty about my past without judging me, holding me hand, wiping away the tears and ensuring you’ll never let anything like that happen to me again. Thank you for making me understand what love looks like, feels like and is. I am a billion percent sure you’re the person I will spend the rest of my life with, grow old with, make a family with, race granny mobiles with.

I know this is a more personal post than I’ve posted before, but I was feeling soppy due to everything I’ve been through in the last twelve months and I’m so grateful how much he’s helped me through in a short time and I felt the need to share it. For girls and boys alike, never settle for anything less than someone who will look after you, never judge you, support your mental wellness and never leave you when things get rough. If your partner needs support, support them. If they need help with their mental well-being then help them, guide them and support them because it is so much easier to overcome when you have someone by your side pushing you and making you believe that it’s possible.

For anyone feeling low or suffering from a mental illness or disorder or who just feels like love isn’t for them, trust me I felt all of those things throughout most of 2017, but I now have someone in my life who’s changed everything for me, who’s made me the happiest I can ever remember. Never give up on yourself, on love or on your partner. Life is so short, make memories, be happy and never hold a grudge because you’ll never move forward and find happiness if you do.

I feel like I have rambled on enough now, but I just wanted to let out some feelings because it’s been almost a year since I was in the worst place ever and now I’m in the best place ever and I just wanted to share it and show the world how special Ashley Day is to me.

Thank you for reading and see you all in a more back to normal post very soon!


My Weight Loss Story + Advice and Tips!

My Weight Loss Story + Advice and Tips!

Hey guys!

Long time no see and then I write three posts in one day, sorry! This post is going to be all about how I lost 6 stone in 6 months and then sort of maintained it. If you have seen my previous post from earlier today you’ll have seen I recently had a miscarriage which as you can imagine wasn’t easy. So not only did I gain weight, I was also eating too much one day, not enough the next and my weight was very up and down the whole time.

I was also travelling a lot for my blogging work as well as various different shows and events so on the road the easiest option is a takeaway or some sort of meal out so again my weight fluctuated. However I am now back down to my original goal and I am so proud of myself  for achieving it.

So let’s go back to September 2016… 

I was sent a cute little sports bra and underwear set from Pretty Little Thing and I had to take some photos. I took this photo…


And when I took it, immediately I hated it. I thought I looked absolutely disgusting and that was the moment I decided I needed to do something about my body. I wasn’t happy and I needed to change that.

Moving onto December 2016. I finally starting feeling a little happier with the way I was looking now…


Let’s fast forward to April 2017, where I was now living back at home with my mom and dad after a very messy break up and having to leave our joint home..


Now moving forward to August 2017, at this point I was in Canada and I was still unaware that I was actually carrying a baby of around 3 months or so, but I was starting to become very unhappy with my weight again..


And now finally… September 2017. 2 weeks after miscarrying and I have been working tirelessly to make sure I could get back down to my goal weight where I was in April..

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And now for all of those together so you can compare…


So how did I do it? Well, surprisingly it was easier than I thought it would be. Originally I did actually try the shake challenge where you didn’t eat breakfast or lunch or snacks, just a milkshake and then food on the evening, but I couldn’t do that, it was too hard. So instead I tried different things that would suit me and work for me at the same time.

This is not sponsored, but I did receive some Protein World Slender Blend so I started using that as a meal replacement for breakfast as since leaving college I haven’t actually had breakfast, which I know is bad for me, but I just never wanted breakfast. That was my first step, actually having the protein shake as a meal to start my day off well. 

Other than that change I never went on a diet as such, instead I changed my lifestyle rather than dieting because personally to me that’s pointless because once you go off the diet and eat regularly you’re going to put the weight back on. 

The main changes I made are as following: 

  • Keeping snacking to a minimum. 1 chocolate bar or packet of crisps per 3 days.
  • Only 2 fizzy drinks per week, only drinking water/squash/juice.
  • No eating past 6:30, including snacks.
  • Smaller portions overall.

People always seem to think I made dramatic changes, when in fact I barely did anything, I just cut down on things I had previously over indulged on. Don’t get me wrong I still love to go McDonald’s and get 20 chicken nuggets all to myself every now and then, I mean who doesn’t? But I now know my limits, I know when to stop, I know when I have over indulged that week and when I can or can’t treat myself.

I’ll be honest I did go through a stage where I basically didn’t eat and it was making me lethargic and I just didn’t really want to do anything. But I soon realised that is the worst thing to do. Starving yourself is worse than over indulging. I now find that since I have started eating healthier and looking after myself and my body more I am generally a happier person and I am also more active, more lively and I am not half as tired as I used to be. I still absolutely love my sleep don’t get me wrong but I am so much more awake and willing to do things now.

It isn’t something that will happen overnight and everybody is different so you need to work out a way that works for you. For some people that may be a diet, for some it may be the shake challenge, for others it may be like me where I changed my whole lifestyle and eating habits. It took me a long while to work out a way that would work for me, so don’t give up trying new things.

This time last year I was so so unhappy with my body and the way I looked, I’m still not 100% happy now but I am so so much happier than I was. It takes time and it’s hard work but if you want something bad enough you can make it happen and the most rewarding thing ever is looking at those pictures above and seeing the progress you have made. 

My top tips: 

  • Find a way which works for you – Don’t just do what people say.
  • Do not cut out meals unless having a meal replacement like a protein shake etc.
  • Regularly take progress photos so when you’re having a bad day you can see how far you have already came.
  • Set yourself a REALISTIC target from the get-go. For example if you’re 12 stone no’By August 2018 I will be down to 10 stone’ or ‘By December 2018 I’ll have dropped 2 dress sizes’. It doesn’t matter what the target is, as long as it gives you something to work for.
  • If you don’t reach your target, don’t give up. Set a new target and keep going. Sometimes it happens quicker for some people than others.
  • Do not compare yourself or your journey with others. Some people will lose weight quicker than others, some people are naturally skinny and won’t put weight on. It doesn’t matter what other people look like or are doing, focus on you and what you want to achieve.

I really hope this post gives a little bit of help or advice to people. I’ve had so many questions about it all so I thought it would just be easier to pop it all into one post so everybody can read it. I am in no way, shape or form an expert, I am just passing on what I have learnt from my own experiences. 

Thank you for reading!


Technic Makeup


Hey Lovelies!

When I first started blogging I never imagined brands would want to work with me, however I have been so incredibly lucky to work with some incredible brands and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I have been given. Today I bring to you Technic Makeup! I absolutely love this brand. They do incredible makeup for super good prices so when they asked me to partner with them for a few posts I had to snap up the opportunity! So today I bring you a post about all of the products I have been lucky enough to be sent. Today’s post is a haul and first impressions, I will also be doing a full review post once I have used the products a couple of times.


So the first thing I was sent was this gorgeous highlighter. One picture is without the flash, the other with the flash.

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When I received this I was so happy, it is such a gorgeous colour and I cannot wait to use it! I really hope this lives up to my expectations because I have heard so many incredible things.

The next product is this blush strobe kit.

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All four of these colours look so nice so I honestly can’t wait to use it!

The next product is the bronze strobe kit.

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If I’m honest I am a little sceptical of this product as I prefer a matte bronzer however I am willing to give it a try and see if I like it.

The next product is this Mega Sultry 2 eyeshadow palette.

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This palette is a mixture of matte and shimmery colours and they are all incredibly gorgeous. This is the sort of palette I would normally go for so I definitely can’t wait to try it out. Really really hoping it is pigmented because if it is it may well become my favourite palette!

The next product I am ridiculously excited to have been given and it is the colour fix cream corrector palette.

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I have heard so many incredible things about this palette so when I got sent it I was super excited! I really can’t wait to try it out and see if it is as good as everybody has been saying it is.

The next two products are two brushes. A Pro Blending Brush and a Pro Face Brush.

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These brushes are so soft, they don’t lose hairs when you pull on them which is what some cheaper brushes do, so I can’t wait to try them out.

The next product I have received is this Soft Focus Transparent Loose Powder.


I love a good translucent powder so hopefully this is a good one to add to my collection.

The next product is this Superfine Matte Blusher.

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It looks like two really nice colours, I don’t actually own a matte powder blush only a liquid matte blush to I can’t wait to try it out.

The next product is lipstick with added vitamin E.


I very rarely wear red lipstick unless I am on a night out so I can’t wait to actually try this out and see if I can make it work.

The final product I received is this Brow Tamer Brow Kit.

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I have been using the same brow kit for probably 18 months or so, so I am set in my ways a little bit. However I am willing to try this brow kit because who knows, it could become my favourite! You can never try out too many brow kits!

I am super excited to try all of these products as I absolutely love the Technic Mega Mattes palette so hopefully they’re all just as incredible as that palette.

I want to take this time to say a massive thank you to the guys over at Technic for being so lovely and sending me these products to try. I definitely recommend their brand their products if you’re looking for cheaper makeup that is good.

You can follow Technic at the following accounts:  


Thank you for reading and I will see you all in my next post. If you haven’t already please go and checkout my new Facebook page where I will be updating followers on future giveaways and exciting brand collaborations: https://www.facebook.com/zoelouisesmithxblog/

I have also been using Snapchat a lot recently with behind the scene photos and videos so you can also check them out by adding zoelouisesmithx.

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Disclaimer: I was sent these products for review however this post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.