BABE VIBES is an interview series all about bad ass babes. Where I chat with millennial gals and guys who are (for the want of a better phrase) ‘killing it’ in their life, whatever that may look like. Intimate questions, career questions, silly and fun questions. We delve deep and get to the nitty gritty. My hope is to offer insights into worlds we may not otherwise see and connect like minded souls with their kin.
Today we have a very special interview for BABE VIBES. She is a dog lover, youtuber, Canadian living in England who moved for love. And her name is Estée. I've been following Estée Lalonde for years and always admired her content and growth that I've seen over the years. I love her authentic, real vibe that comes across in her videos and she is always a ray of light. So its an absolute honour to have her over here for BABE VIBES today. We talk about mental health, her dog Reggie, what her day looks like and of course career. Let's get into it shall we!!
Kicking it off with the most important life question: What is your spirit animal?
I’m a Leo so I’d have to say that my spirit animal is a Lion. Leo’s are said to be very loyal and optimistic so I like to think that I have those traits. We’re also known for not mincing our words which is very true in my case!
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.
I was born and raised in Canada but moved to England when I was 19 after falling in love with my boyfriend Aslan online. Soon after touching down in the UK I started making beauty videos from our tiny little flat in Cambridge…fast forward to today and I’ve now been making weekly lifestyle and beauty videos on my channel ever since! The past two years have been quite momentous for me because 2016 saw the launch of my book ‘Bloom’ and just recently I’ve been working on the release of my podcast ‘The Heart of It’. If 19 year old me knew that I’d be doing all those things AND living in London with Aslan and our adopted greyhound Reggie (who is literally our world) I know I would have been over the moon.
What is the message you want to spread through your youtube channel?
Aslan and I have recently started making video podcasts on my second channel ‘Everyday Estee’. We just film ourselves sitting down and discussing important topics like ‘Brexit’ or ‘DACA’ and try to understand a little bit more about it. I’m really trying to immerse myself more into politics and learn more about what’s going on in the world. I hope that my viewers watch those videos and feel encouraged to learn along with us. I’m absolutely no expert on politics whatsoever and I just want to show people that it’s ok not to know everything, as long as you’re trying your best to understand what other people in this world are going through. But on my beauty channel I like to talk about body positivity and self acceptance as well as my favourite products!
Where does your inspiration come from?
Everywhere! I’m always discovering different podcasts, finding inspirational people on Instagram and flicking through magazines. I ALWAYS have something playing in the background while I’m working on my computer, I like constantly keeping my mind stimulated. You never know where the next idea might come from!
When you are stuck in a rut, what do you do to get out of it?
Take a break! This year I actually took the whole of August off and it was the best thing I’ve ever done! Before the Summer I was feeling somewhat at a loss with my YouTube channel so having that time away from emails and filming was totally essential for me. I ended up picking things back up in the autumn feeling refreshed and inspired to bring lots of exciting new content to my YouTube platform. Sometimes the key to getting out of your rut is to escape your little bubble and soak up the change in atmosphere.
Any practical advice for gals wanting to get into a career like yours?
I think if you just be yourself, work hard and aim big you’ll eventually find yourself where you want to be. I never thought I would get the chance to write a book or record my own podcast but I’ve learned that if you want something badly enough you’ll give it your everything and things will start to happen.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Some days I feel like my feet don’t touch the ground when I’m running around London from meeting to meeting. Other days I’ll find myself glued to my computer screen from morning till’ night. No two days are ever the same but I quite like that. Without fail my mornings will always start with (several) big mugs of tea and a walk with Reggie. Spending an hour outside in the fresh morning air with him is just what I need to set me up for the day.
You recently started a podcast, tell us a little bit about what that process was like?
Starting a podcast was something I've wanted to do for a really long time, but I knew I only had one shot at it. I really wanted it to be something different to what was already being put out into the world and I think my producers at Radio Wolfgang and I truly created something special. On The Heart of It I talk about things that matter to me through the unique perspectives of my guests. There's an episode that will resonate with everyone and I'd love people to give it a shot!
How nervous were you to release that first episode about protesting and what helped you work through that fear?
Super nervous! Discussing political stuff is something I hadn't done before my podcast, but I was getting frustrated by seeing so many people with huge platforms ignoring what was going on in the world. The Heart of It is a real passion project for me and when you’ve been working on something behind the scenes for so long it’s always so nerve wracking when the time comes to reveal it! Since the release I’ve received SO much amazing feedback from my listeners and I can’t even begin to describe how amazing that feels. I’m now dying to get stuck into season 2.
Speaking of fear, what keeps you up at night?
Hmm, whenever I'm awake in the middle of the night it's rarely because of a nightmare. It's usually because I cannot switch my brain off! I'd really love to keep on trying to create boundaries between my work and personal life.
What is your ideal day off look like?
My home is my happy place so I would love nothing more than to spend a day lounging on the sofa in my pjs with a book in one hand and a mug of tea in the other. I might even place a cheeky pizza order. Bliss!
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive) who would they be?
This probably isn't the answer you're looking for but since I live so far away from my family I would choose my mom, my grandma and my brother. I always wish we had more time.
Can you give us a peek into your creative process?
I can’t unleash my creative mind until I’ve got a tidy space, I’m a little obsessive in that way. Fresh pjs are also a necessity. I also think it's really important to tie up any loose ends that are stressing you out before you can really be creative.
You’ve spoken about your past with mental health before if you were able to go back and give advice to yourself at your darkest time what would you say?
I think I would tell myself that I am strong and that I need to be brave and ask someone for help. I remember when I finally told someone about my mental health it felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I was strong already, but sharing my problem gave me room to grow even stronger. I think if I’d have known that I would have sought help much sooner than I did.
What do you think helped you get out of that dark spot?
For me the key to getting better was finally admitting that I needed help. After a pretty major breakdown I bit the bullet and made myself an appointment to see a doctor. I used to think that medication was an admission to failure but now that I’ve come to terms with my mental health I realise that it actually takes a very strong person to admit that they can’t fight their fight alone. Not to say that medication is the answer for everyone but it’s definitely the right thing for me and my mental health right now.
What is the best piece of advice you've received?
Let’s spend some time talking about Reggie! What is one of the best lessons he has taught you?
We’ve always had dogs in our family but I think Reggie has taught me a different kind of love. He helps to keep me grounded and brings me so much comfort without even knowing it! I think that makes him even more special. I truly can’t imagine our lives without him. He’s our everything! We adopted him when he was 6 and since he had a bit of a weird past it was really rewarding to see him come out of his shell.
How did you decide to adopt rather than buying through a breeder?
Aslan and I always knew that we wanted to adopt a dog and getting a puppy was something we never really considered. There are so many wonderful doggies out there who are desperate for a loving home, so adopting just seemed like the natural thing to do. Reggie had a strange existence of racing, living in kennels and not having much affection before he came to us, so we really wanted to give him the life that he deserved and show him a level of love that he’d never experienced before. I know puppies are cute but I would always urge someone to consider adopting an adult dog first, it’s the best decision we’ve ever made.
If Reggie could speak, what do you think he would say to you?
Hopefully he would tell us that he’s happy and he loves us! He would probably also ask for a spoon of peanut butter. He’s always lurking around his treat cupboard!
We are coming up to 2018 (wow how did that happen) what is one thing you hope to achieve in the coming year?
Now that we’ve released the finale episode of season one of The Heart of It I’m really looking forward to sinking my teeth into season two. Recording the The Heart of It is such a rewarding process for me and I relish the opportunity to connect with people that I might not have had the chance to speak to if it wasn’t for the podcast. It really is a journey of discovery and I’m super excited to get the ball rolling and get back in people’s ears. If you fancy tuning in then just search for ‘The Heart of It’ on iTunes, Audiboom, Stitcher, Spotify and anywhere you usually listen to podcasts. You can also listen on the Radio Wolfgang site.
Tell us about a moment in your week where you felt on top of the world.
When I got into bed at 7:30 the other night. I’m not even ashamed to say it.
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