Monday, 30 December 2013

instaupdate #8

bumper instaupdate today as I haven't done one for the whole of December! You might notice some of my photos are edited diiferently, with pretty text and stuff, that's because I finally got the A Beautiful Mess app. I also got another app this month called Afterlight, which has some really lovely filters and you can use it to make your pics circular etc. Have any of you got any apps you would recommend?
My December highlights:

  • I went to see the wonderful Lewis Watson again at Thekla as he is an old friend of my friend Jack, go check him out.
  • I did my first Christmas fair! It was at uni and nobody was there so I sold nothing. BUT it was good practice & now I make scrunchies!
  • I went to the Bath Xmas blogger meet! This will have its own post soon, I've been putting it off because I was nattering too much on the day and hardly took any pictures!
  • I went on a few good nights out including a night in 'All Hallows Hall', an old church in Easton, which was such a cool venue.
  • I went back to Devon for Christmas and was lucky to receive loads of lovely Christmas presents but unfortunately also a not so lovely Christmas cold.
  • I ATE. A LOT. I made some scrummy homemade carrot and coriander soup and some surprisingly delicious beetroot and goats cheese risotto. I also got an amazing hamper from my mum full of yummy food for uni. And over christmas I ate my weight in brie. 
What have you done this December? Are you excited for the New Year!?

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Monday, 16 December 2013

project : Brandon Flowers style jacket with feather epaulettes

Brandon Flowers, feather jacket, blazer, feather epaulettes,
Brandon Flowers, feather jacket, blazer, feather epaulettes,
Brandon Flowers, feather jacket, blazer, feather epaulettes,
Here's some photos of a fun commission I did last week. My friend wanted to give his brother a more personal present for Christmas this year and as his brother is a big Killers fan he thought he would get him a Brandon Flowers style feather jacket. He bought a load of feathers as well as a beautiful dinner jacket from Asos and I helped, with the help of my trusty glue gun, to put it all together for him. What do you think?

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

pink & sparkling for christmas & new year!

Rosy winter party wear

Just a quick little wishlist post of the things I want to be wearing this winter party season. I have a couple of Christmas parties lined up but I'm still not sure what I am doing for New Years Eve yet. I will, however, be going to the New Years' Day party at Motion in Bristol! Have you got any fun plans?
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

home : Vanessa Conyers Fairytale Ceramics

When I was at Larmer Tree festival this summer Vanessa had a stall in the artist's market and she swapped one of her beautiful handmade ceramic bowls for a headdress that I made (I think I got a pretty good deal!).

If fairies had tea-parties they would get their crockery from Vanessa. My bowl is from the Secret Garden collection and features whimsical woodland creatures with Alice in Wonderland-esque out of proportion flowers on the inside, a lace pattern on the outside and beautiful delicate gold edging. I love it so much so it is purely a decorative piece in my home as I'm far too clumsy. However Vanessa's work can be used practically; imagine having a whole dinner set!


Monday, 9 December 2013

eat : wagamama's winter collection

Yasai Katsu Curry, wagamama, exeter, princesshay, wok fried greens, japanese
My yasai katsu curry with some wok fried greens and Milly tucking in!

As I mentioned in my post about the Princesshay late night shopping event, which I attended a couple of weeks ago, one of my highlights of the night was being treated to a scrummy meal at Wagamama!  It was the perfect opportunity to meet the other bloggers and to sample Wagamama's new winter menu.

First up we all tried the beetroot, carrot and orange 'root juice' which is the new addition to their juice collection and surprisingly tasty. I like beetroot in things like soup but with the orange in this smoothie it was surprisingly refreshing and zesty... and really pretty colours! Beetroot is also really healthy and an amazing source of antioxidants.

I'm a vegetarian and I usually go for the noodle dish 'Yasai Yaki Soba' but I wanted to try something different so I went for a more winter friendly warming curry dish; 'Yasai Katsu Curry'. It features breadcrumbed slices of aubergine, butternut squash and sweet potato. I also had one of the new side dishes 'wok fried greens' which was broccoli and bok choi stir fried in soy sauce and garlic. I tried very hard to eat everything with chopsticks but had to give up quite quickly, it was still as scrummy with a fork though!

Have you been out anywhere to eat lately?

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Sunday, 8 December 2013

moodboard & mixtape : the most wonderful time of the year

I went to the Bath Christmas blogger meet on Saturday which really highlighted the fact that there's only a couple of weeks until Christmas! I have definitely not done all (or any) of my christmas shopping and it still feels like it should be September... aaaaah!

So today, in honour of being a third of the way through my advent calendar, my moodboard is in  festive colours and it also serves as a sort of Christmas wish list (hi mum!)! The 'mixtape' this time is obviously a list of my favourite Christmas tunes, which took me an embarrassingly short time to compile, enjoy!
01. 'White Christmas' - Michael Buble & Shania Twain (cover)
02. 'The Power of Love' - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
03. 'Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year' - Andy Williams
03. 'Carol of the Bells' - Pentatonix (cover)
05. 'Fairytale of New York' - The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
06. '8 Days of Christmas' - Destiny's Child
07. 'Christmas Wrapping' - The Waitresses
What Christmassy activities have you all been getting up to? You can see other moodboard & mixtape posts here.
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Saturday, 7 December 2013

event : late night christmas shopping at princesshay

Last Thursday I went back to Exeter for 'Light Up your Style' which was Princesshay's late night Christmas shopping launch event. Princesshay is a gorgeous shopping area so the event worked really well there and it was nice to come back my home city briefly!

I planned to meet up with Milly from A Sensible Heart and also got to meet Albertine from Dippy Writes and Jodie from A la Jode for the first time. We started the evening at Wagamama where we were treated to a meal (more about that soon!!) and also a little goody bag. We then proceeded to go and indulge ourselves in hot winter pimms and churros as well as exploring the evening events, which included competitions to win outfits and roaming models in outfits from some of the stores.
Left to Right:
Hannah in Primark coat and scarf and her own customised DMs.
Jessica in Jones boots, Wallace coat and her mum's scarf.
Katie with a New Look back and River Island shoes.
Russel with trousers from the Officer's Club and River Island shoes.

We were also official 'style spotters' for the evening and took a few snaps of people wandering about and looking stylish which was fun :) Princesshay will be open until 9 pm every Thursday until the 19th of December for all of your Christmas shopping needs and there will even be carol singers on the 12th!! 

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update: One of my photographs was featured on the Express and Echo site!

Friday, 6 December 2013

eat : pieminister FREE pie night for #cattledrive

Pieminister, Stokes Croft, Bristol, restaurant
I posted last year about visiting Pieminister's shop in St Nicholas's market with my parents but last Tuesday me and my flatmate went to their fancier more restaurant style shop in Stokes Croft for the 'Free Pie' event which was part of Cattle Drive; Pieminister's fundraising campaign for Send a Cow. They are aiming to raise £40,000 and help to kick start 30 farms in Africa.

Hiedi Pie, mash, gravy, pieminister
Hiedi Pie, mash, gravy, pieminister
We were lucky to get there at prime queuing time and only had to wait for ten minutes despite the fact that over 300 people attended the event! We also ended up donating pretty much the full price of our pie anyway so I think the fundraising concept was pretty successful too.

I chose the Heidi Pie (my all time fave) which is goats' cheese, sweet potato, spinach and red onion. Drooool. Jess had the Free Ranger Pie which consists of "free range British chicken and outdoor reared ham hock with leek and west country cheddar". 

You can find out where you can sample these pies here or how to get involved in the campaign here.

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Thursday, 5 December 2013

project: easy business card d.i.y

I'm selling headdresses and other little bits and bobs with my flat mate at a Christmas fair on my uni campus this afternoon and as most of the orders I get in tend to be custom orders I really needed to have some business cards with me. Unfortunately I ran of the business cards I got from and needed some new ones urgently. So armed with a pack of plain business cards I hand wrote my addresses on the back and jazzed up the front by just pritt sticking colourful magazine paper on them! I think they're quite nice for a very quick job.

I've also complied a pinterest board of amazing beautiful business card ideas that I want to make when  I get a bit more time.

Can't wait to show you some pictures from the fair! Fingers crossed we sell something....

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Monday, 2 December 2013

instaupdate #7

Temple Meads train station | Bath in Fashion launch | Boris the campus cat
Robin | Pink headdress | Quote
Cattle Drive | Westworld | Exeter Christmas shopping

So I've had another busy few weeks! I should do these round-ups more often! 
  • The Monday before last I travelled across to Bath to visit my friend Katy and to go to the launch of Bath in Fashion bright and early on the Tuesday morning. 8.30 am was a truly hideous hour for my student body clock but luckily we were treated to really yummy pastries and bucks fizz which perked me up a bit! I met one of my favourite bloggers, Megan from the Briar Rose Blog, who is hosting the #BathXmasMeet this Saturday  and also Sophie the brains behind the floral headdress enterprise Crown and Glory. We learnt about the wide range of events going on in Bath this year... I am most excited about the talk with Meadham Kirchoff which sounds like its going to be amazing.
  • I also visited the lovely city of Winchester to see my family, you can read about it here.
  • Me and my flatmate Jess went to Pieminister in Stokes Croft to enjoy some free pie (well we donated anyway) which I will post more about soon.
  • I got to see the issue of Westworld that I edited in its print version: exciting!
  • Aaaaaaand I went to another blogger event with Milly from A Sensible Heart, this time in Exeter's shopping centre Princesshay, for their late night christmas shopping. More about that soon too.

You can see previous instagram updates here or just follow me on instagram! How have your last few weeks been? Please send me your instagram links!

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

weekend away in winchester.

Last weekend I visited Winchester to see some family friends with my mum and dad. I went into town for a little shopping trip  on the Saturday with my dad and Bella and Rory (above), I used to live nearby when I was about 8 so I'm used to the area and already have some favourite spots.

Most importantly on our agenda in Winchester was book shopping! Firstly we visited my favourite Oxfam bookshop which was where I used to get all of my books and other when I was little. Rory got a copy of the Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchet which is one of my favourites... I wish I was allowed to just read children's fiction! Then we went to The Winchester Bookshop which has three floors full top to bottom with an assortment of books from second hand paperback to century old classics. Aaand as if that wasn't enough we visited Waterstones afterwards because evidently you can never look at quite enough books!


Monday, 25 November 2013

project: silver wrap-around dress d.i.y

When I realised I had nothing to wear for a night out a couple of weeks ago I remembered a project I had seen on my favourite D.I.Y website a pair & a spare. Geneva's version of this cut out dress is a lot more summery; she used a gorgeous bright printed fabric and raffia for the tie strings. I used a long silver skirt that I purchased from a vintage stall at a festival (you have already seen it here). I had already shortened it previously so all I had to do to was use the excess fabric for the wraparound top. I really love the metallic fabric, wish I had some more of it.
You can see above that I may have had a little bit of extra help from a few safety pins! What do you think of the dress? Have you customised any clothing recently?

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

westworld... my editorial debut!

I mentioned a little while ago that I had been given the amazing opportunity to be the arts and fashion editor of my university newspaper WesternEye... when I went to the first meeting and brought my ideas to the table this snowballed into the idea that for the November Issue they would bring back the 'culture' segment of the newspaper, Westworld, rather than just having the typical four page Arts and Fashion segment. It is out across UWE campuses but you can flick through an online version below!

I only co-edited this issue and it was due to the hard work & knowledge of Jill (last year's Art & Fashion editor) as well as some friends I drafted in last minute that the first issue of Westworld this year is out now across UWE campuses! Also, this issue would be nothing without its beautiful and quirky design which is all down to third year graphics student Matt D Woodman.

Please let me know what you all think! I would love any constructive feedback about what you liked or didn't like in this issue. 

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

event : House of Fraser Christmas Press Show

looking glass christmas

Last Thursday I went to a night of many mince pies and even more glasses of mulled wine at the House of Fraser Christmas Press Show in their store in Cabot Circus, Bristol.

We got to try out a few different things that House of Fraser had in store like some nail varnish courtesy of Nails inc (which I've already posted about), hand massages from Molten Brown and perfume from Yves Saint Laurent. We also had a guided tour of their beautiful spa facilities and a talk through the christmas decoration trends that House of Fraser have put together this year. 

I was a fan of the "natural materials and muted hues" of the cutesy 'Woodland Charm' theme but my favourite of these trends was the 'Looking Glass' theme that features a "palette of delicate and sparkling hues".  Above is my little wish list of gifts and decorations along these themes... Some of the tree decorations like the silver sequin butterfly and the feathered rose I think would actually make nice hair accessories!

I wore my new vintage playsuit from Loot and got to catch up with some other bloggers who I had previously met at the Harvey Nichols catwalk show in March. We finished up the night with a goody bag filled with samples, vouchers and a beautiful Christmas trend book packed in one of House of Fraser's signature pink bags.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Nails Inc - glittery ruby red

I've never been one for doing much with my nails, I'm a bit too scruffy for that and it always just ends up going everywhere or getting chipped immediately! I'm definitely a sucker for a bit of glitter though so I couldn't resist trying out nails inc's 'Bling it on' at the House of Fraser press day... which I'll talk more about in a later post!

A lovely nail technician called Gemma first painted my nail a very christmassy ruby colour and then dipped it all over in glitter for a festive bauble effect. I've tried the glitter technique myself... but it didn't work quite as well! When I got home I finished off the other nails with 'Hampstead Heath', another nails inc colour... what do you think? Try to ignore my terrible nail painting skills haha! 
nails inc, bling it on, ruby red
I really liked the effect of the glitter and I think its something that wouldn't be as easily noticed if smudged (which is definitely useful to me!). I do think however that a topcoat would be useful as otherwise the glitter comes off quite quickly. The colour they used here was Ruby which is really striking and definitely festive but you can get it in loads and loads of different colours on their website. 

I was also lucky enough to receive a little goody bag with a mini bottle of blue polish, a nail file and some vouchers... so I may be becoming a nail art convert after all!

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

festive feelings - The Bear and The Hare

I know there will still be many people who think that it is far too early for this but I definitely think it's got to that time of year: I've eaten several mince pies already, all the Christmas lights are turned on, it's bloooody freeeezing and the John Lewis ad is here.

The Christmas period has arrived.

Now I don't know about you but if there's one advert that has come to mean Christmas for me (because  obviously advertising and commercialism are what christmas is all about! ha!) it's got to be the John Lewis one and controversially not the classic Christmas Coca Cola truck 'Holidays are coming' thing.

I think I definitely preferred last year's ad 'The Journey' with Gabriele Aplin's beautiful cover of 'The Power of Love' and that beautiful brave snowman... weep. But 'The Bear and The Hare' definitely has its positive points.  Firstly the creative and technical process behind actually making it was astonishing and secondly Lily Allen is back! And covering Keane! And finally, you can actually follow The Bear and The Hare on twitter which is really cool. What do you think of it?

So basically this blog is going to be getting a lot more festive from here on! Am I going to be seeing any of you at the #BathXmasMeet?

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

instaupdate #6

Day of the Dead | Lucie Zara | Molly being scared of Sparklers
Hamlet | Midnight Snack | Donuts at Loot
Pop up Bakery | Cloakroom fun | Headdress 

The weekend before last I had some more halloween fun when I worked on the e-tickets at Boomtown Festival's day of the dead themed bonfire extravaganza. It was a perfect excuse to paint my face again!! The next night I went to see my incredibly talented friend Lucie who had come up to Bristol for the night to sing in the Arts House. It was wonderful, obviously, and she even covered one of my favourite ever Suzanne Vega songs. You should definitely check her out, her name is Lucie Zara and you can find her on Facebook and Soundcloud.

Last week was spent trying to understand Hamlet in order to write what turned out to be another terrible essay this week. But I also spent some time waving sparklers around, having midnight meals and going to vintage store openings. Last weekend I also went to the Trap/Idle Hands/Donuts night at Motion, my fave Bristol venue. This week I've been catching up on more uni work and headdress orders.

What have you all been up to? x

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

the creative initiative #1

When I saw Being Little's blog post last week about starting a kind of weekly creative club I was very keen to join in!

Though I was an art student once upon a time I never ever find time to draw anymore so i thought this challenge would be the perfect opportunity to dust off the pencils and get the creative juices flowing. The theme this week is 'free sketch' so here is a feather that I drew in about three minutes with a biro whilst poorly in my boyfriend's bed today... 
(when my flatmate (who is actually an illustrator) sees it she is going to have an actual heart attack.)

I now feel a little more prepared for next weeks prompt which is 'what did you do today?' Please head over to Being Little's blog and do get involved with the link up!!

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

opening: loot vintage bristol.

So firstly a little bit of news that I haven't shared with you... Last week I found out that my application was successful and I am now the Arts & Fashion editor of WesternEye, my university newspaper!!!  This is obviously super duper exciting and I'll be sure to show you my first issue when it comes out.

On Wednesday I was invited to the press preview of Loot, a new vintage shop that has just opened in Bristol. Me and my assistant editor Chaneen got to have a little snoop around as well as indulging ourselves with Krispy Cremes and ciders before it was opened to the general public on Thursday night.

vintage, retro, menswear, loot vintage, bristol, american
vintage, retro, womenswear, loot, bristol

Loot started as the project of Louise Dooley & Richard Emerson (Rocket) (above right) just two years ago with their first store in Leamington and this store, near the Bear Pit in Bristol, will be their second location. We were lucky enough to have a chat with Rocket who said that though they looked into many locations across England, Bristol kept being recommended as the perfect fit; "As a City I feel it has only progressed as the cultural pulse of the UK".

Rather than buying in bulk as many other vintage stores do the clothes are painstakingly hand picked from cities across America and Europe: New York, Texas, Miami, LA, Barcelona, Copenhagen & Berlin. Rocket himself also co-owns a boutique menswear shop and this is shown in the fact that Loot, refreshingly, actually caters more for the boys! Rocket was passionate about his anti-consumerist ethos and what that means for Loot for example unlike many other vintage and retro stores Loot is surprisingly affordable. As a prime example me and Chaneen were shocked to see a Ralph Lauren men's shirt for only £23! 

Another fantastic aspect of their make-do and mend attitude is that they 'rework' items to bring them up to date while still retaining their character (remember me saying how much I loved that in Cow Vintage's store?). For example they will shorten hems, bring in waistlines and add embellishments for you as well as adjusting sizes so your ideal individual piece will fit you. What really appeals to me is that they have a visible area with sewing machines so you actually see the seamstresses at work yourself!

Loot don't want to just stop at the clothes though, Rocket was telling me about many of the other plans in store. They are always keen to push the boundaries in order to integrate with the local community. First as a platform for local artists who will be able to display and sell their work within the store. There are also talks about having local musicians perform in store as 'loot live sessions'. As well as this there are ideas for the 2,500 square feet space to be turned into a yoga studio at night. 
"We believe we can generate a real community scene for people with an interest in fashion, art, music and health.”
Louise & Rocket do have plans to open more shops in different cities but not before 2016, until then they plan to spend their time on our Bristol store and the new website 'gimme the loot' where you can shop by decade and city!

LOOT Vintage Clothing Bristol can be found at 6-9 Haymarket Walk, BS1 3LN.

Monday, 4 November 2013

#freekieron - Urgent call to help free innocent journalist being detained in Russia

The Arctic Sunrise (source: greenpeace)

This is not my normal type of post but it is a really, really important cause so I hope you'll read it. You may have vaguely heard about the 'Artic 30' in the news... It was only when I saw my friends posting on Facebook about it I realised that I had a personal link. One of the detainees is Kieron Bryan who is the son of my English teacher and his wife (Andy and Ann Bryan) who both worked at my secondary school in Devon. 

Kieron is not even an activist. He is a freelance journalist videographer who was employed by Greenpeace to document a protest against an oil rig in the Arctic. On the 18th of September two of the activists were attempting to scale the Prirazlomnaya oil rig (in a protest similar to this). At some point after this Russian authorities boarded the ship and all 30 of the crew were towed to land and at taken to a detention facility. 

By the 29th all had been charged with piracy which carries a minimum ten year sentence in Russia. There was obvious outrage at this sentence: "Pirates do not carry banners and sail around with rainbows painted on their ships. They have guns and explosives."1 This charge has now been reduced to 'hooliganism'. This seems to be pretty unrelated to the previous charge and still carries a five year sentence. Kieron is currently residing in a freezing cold dark prison cell for 23 hours a day only having been able to exchange a few letters with his family and friends.

In one of these few letters home Kieron wrote; "In many ways I'm lucky I don't have children who depend on me, but the fear of losing years of my life and the opportunity to perhaps start a family is terrifying."
Protest (Source: Huffington Post)

A large protest was held outside the Russian embassy directly following the piracy charges which gathered support from celebrities like Dame Vivienne Westwood (above), Jude Law and Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

Following this The National Union of Journalists gathered a petition of journalist's signatures and organised a silent protest last Saturday with the tagline 'Free Kieron, Free Speech: Journalism is not a crime'. As someone working towards a journalism degree this has made me aware of the other issues that this case raises.

Regardless of your views on Greenpeace and their peaceful protests, Kieron was just a hired journalist and not a pirate or a hooligan. If you would like to get involved and spread the word about this injustice I've put links to the various campaign pages and the petition below. 

Please get liking, sharing, tweeting and signing. 

campaign links:
twitter • facebookwebsite • petition • donate

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

instaupdate #5

Graffiti on Nelson Street | Meadow at Tokyo Dub | Squirell outside my house
Happy Daze | Amazing food | Chai tea & Cookie
New headdresses | Swans in Cambridge | Me in Cambridge
Great Expectations | Zombie Bride | Halloween pre-drinks

Busy busy past month! Ended September with Tokyo Dub festival and the next weekend went to Happy Daze at Lakota which is a crazily mentally decorated night and fancy dress, so obviously I was a fan! I also visited Cambridge to see my best buddy who goes to uni there which was really nice, its such a beautiful place. We explored a lot and did a load of weird Cambridge things like fancy dinners and even a Whinnie the Pooh society meeting. I got some lovely new colours of feathers in for my little shop. Had some amazing dinners cooked for me by the boy. And went to see The Great Expectations at the theatre with the Girl guide group I'm volunteering with.

Best night out by far was the Halloween Wonka Vision... where I went as some kind of vampire/superhero made up thing (you can kind of see bottom right corner!). Before that we traipsed through Bristol for the zombie walk, I used my trusty old zombie bride dress once again. 

Have any of you got any fun Halloween plans? Would love to see your outfits!

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Monday, 28 October 2013

home : ten top tips to make your new uni room more homely

home wish list

I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful flat this year so for the first time ever I've been interested in all sorts of interior bits and bobs to spruce it up with... so I thought I would start a 'home' series to share all these thoughts with you!

As a student moving away from the 'rents and into your own home has lots of advantages… however you're probably looking to make your student halls or house share a little less like a student hovel and a bit more like a student home. Unfortunately the pictures above are more like a dream wish list rather than realistic purchases, with my budget at least, but here are a few more affordable tips to make your box room less bland.
  1. Colourful wall hangings and cosy rugs make all the difference in white rooms with bland carpets. You can get bright ethnic throws and mats for inexpensive prices at local markets.
  2. As your bed will probably take up most of your bedroom, attractive bedding is essential. Matalan have an affordable selection and they're also reversible so you can have a bit of a change mid-week. Don't forget cushions and blankets too so you can ride out those hangovers in comfort!
  3. A blow up mattress, sleeping bag and spare duvet will come in handy if you have friends from home to stay… or even if you have a movie night in the kitchen.
  4. Photographs are another great way to bring colour to your space as well as being a nice reminder of home. There are loads of online photo printing services, like Snapfish and Photobox, from which you can get your first 50 prints for free. 
  5. If you prefer posters instead there are usually interesting designs available for free in flyer packs across cities...(really nice ones if you're lucky enough to live in Bristol like me!) Be careful with pins and blu-tack though because most student accommodation will take a hefty amount of your deposit for marks on the wall. Use white-tack or picture frames instead, or hang them on string with pegs.
  6. Cork boards can be an easy way to display pictures too. Along with magnetic whiteboards, they are also useful for keeping notes and reminders organised.
  7. Good lighting is an important aspect of making your room cosy. Most halls have nasty fluorescent lights so fairy lights, lava lamps and candles (if you're allowed them in your accommodation) will give the place more atmosphere. Mirrors are also good for reflecting light and making your room feel larger.
  8. When you're in a small space with a lot of stuff, storage solutions are crucial. Ikea does some drawer organisers which are be especially useful for art students with a lot of equipment. Wilkos is a great choice for boxes or baskets that you can either put on shelves or under your bed as well as desk and file organisers. If you want to spend a little more, Paperchase has a more decorative selection of file boxes and stationery sorters.
  9. You're unlikely to have much outside space (or any at all) so easy to maintain houseplants or cactuses can bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Look out for sales at garden centres or try Wilkos or Ikea.
  10. Finally, life may seem peachy with your new BFFs (best flatmates forever) but it might not always be that way… Invest in a cute mini fridge for your room to hide your treats/booze in and definitely get yourself a pair of earplugs!
Are any of you living in student accommodation? I'd love to hear your tips!

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