Student Room Tips
Just a quick one this evening! Here’s a fun little project I did the other week to help you university students in Halls of Residence (or anyone in a small rented room!) to make your space colourful, happy and set you up for success! Take a look at the awesome video below to see me talk through my ideal student bedroom and how I decorated it for under £100. (My video debut, Eep!) If you liked my new bedroom decorating post last month then I’ll betcha you’ll love this – you might even recognise some of my favourite pieces!
Keep watching to see how 4 other Bloggers including my mate Mat from Buckets and Spades, would decorate their student rooms.
Find out more about the video and the project on the Voucher Codes Most Wanted blog!
Watch the Video
Yay Lunchbox - Urban Outfitters (£8) | Biscuit Pocket Mug - Urban Outfitters (£12) | Aqua Vase - Tesco (£6) | Speech Bubble Chalk Board - Urban Outfitters (£12) | Good Vibes Party Banner - Urban Outfitters (£12) | Ethnic Patterned Cushion - Tesco (£4) | Paris A4 Archival Print - Emma Block (£10) | Reusable Straw Cup - New Look (£3) | Desk Lamp - Wilko (£4) | Catherine Lansfield Bumblebee Bedspread - Tesco (from £10) | Storage Box - Wilko (£2.50)
Liked the video? Take a look at how I styled my own colourful bedroom at home.
Black Patent Loafers
This month, the Take10 girls have been challenged to style up a pair of shoes from British high street darlings, Clarks. Say ‘Clarks’ to anyone who went to primary school in the UK and you’ll likely get recounted nostalgic tales of last-minute back-to-school shoe purchasing; trying reeaal hard to convince your mum that those chunky 2-inch shoes are totes approps for stomping around the school courtyard in. Fast-forward 15 years and you may well find yourself pacing the store again to check those office-ready brogues aren’t pinching.
I think ‘school’ when it comes to dear Clarks so I went for a collegiate style outfit in shorts, preppy collar and tortoiseshell specs. More and more public school stripes are falling into my wardrobe and I’m happily rediscovering my khaki jackets – anyone else super excited for this whole school/varsity/collegiate resurgence this AW?! Bring on the long socks and cheerleader skirts!
See the other Take10 challenges
What I Wore:
Shoes – Clarks / Shorts – River Island (similar) / Bag – River Island / Parka – ASOS / Shirt – ASOS / Jumper – ASOS / Geometric ring - Clarice Price Thomas / Watch – Caravelle / Earrings – ASOS / Glasses – Kite
What the Take10 Girls Wore:
Girl in the Lens / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did / Hifashion /
Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Marmalade / Dearest Deer
A Food Journey to The Deep South
If you’re a right foodie like me (i.e have a constantly growing list of new restaurants you want to try, different friends who you call to try different cuisines with and chow down 3 courses in your cities’ new opening at least once a week) then you’ll probably have noticed the unmissable tidal wave of US BBQ inspired food and all its fusions making their way to a street and Time Out magazine near you. Bodeans, Big Easy, Smokehouse, hell – even KFC have just launched a new pulled chicken range. ”Have you tried that new burger/pulled pork/gourmet hotdog/chicken/street-food pop-up restaurant late-night cafe/bar yet?” No? Where HAVE you been?!
I’m fascinated with this trend. Maybe it’s the effect of working in fashion, but I think it’s pretty interesting that we’ve got to have the latest food craze to go with those new shoes to stay cool these days. Ultimate foodies, The Food People explained that all these American style places have jumped on the BBQ trend so if it’s got pulled meat on the menu then that’s at least 8 hour slow-cook BBQ right there.
This obsession is only going to get bigger. We’ll start seeing not only even more variations of meats and cuts being treated to a bit of the pitt, but as we look for something more artisan, it’ll be the type of wood chips used that will get us picking our meals. Hickory, Pecan or Oak anyone? Or maybe it’s all about the slaw or hush puppies? Then there’s the region. Who knew there could be such a variety of pulled meat sauces? From tomatoey molasses in Kansas to thick mustardy tang in South Carolina, a trip around the deep south will seriously get your tastebuds travelling.
My Fave BBQ London Places
Pulled pork slow cooked in a Caboose in a street food market off Brick Lane. Check out my Calling All Carnivores! post.
I chanced up on this slow cooked pork, beans and slaw at Smokestack in a cool midcentury setting in East London.
If you go to a Street Food festival, there’s no chance you won’t find yourself some BBQ goodness. My burger at Kerb Food Market was topped with pulled pork.
Some other places on my London list: Pitt Cue, The Joint, Red Dog Saloon, Dukes Brew and Cue.
A site all BBQ scoffers should peruse: Thrillist. Have you jumped on the BBQ bandwagon?
Party at the Back
I can’t wait to show you more on my trips to Gothenburg this year (I’ll be whipping up a city guide for you!) But for now, here’s one of my outfits worn during the surprisingly warm days in one of my favourite spots: the courtyard of Vallgatan.
The square hosts Da Matteo (best coffee shop and roastery), the beautiful homeware store Artilleriat and the corner of Grandpa which, if you’re in Sweden, should probably be your no.1 stop shop! More on all those must-visit places later!
As for what a wore; I rarely buy something because I’ve seen someone else wearing it, but seeing this Sparkle and Fade lace cami top on my friend Chloe had me at ‘Hello back!’ Whilst yes, I felt pretty naked all day, it was perfect for wafting around the city in the heat!
Take a look at what else I wore in Gothenburg when visiting the Palm House or see how else I styled these shorts.
Top – Urban Outfitters / Shorts – Esprit / Shoes – Office (similar) / Bracelet – Whistles / Sunglasses – Asos
Colourful Style : What to Wear in Country Gardens
Because we always find ourselves in the situation where we’re visiting a country garden with our girlfriends but don’t know which dress to wear, right? Ok maybe not, but on the rare occasion where you want to look the part amongst the giant daisies and prim box hedges, it’s good to have a dress or two handy. Whether you’ve read a lot of my outfit posts or have just landed on ShinyThoughts (cooey!) then you can probably tell that I don’t really do plain ‘pretty’, so my take on the English flower bed comes with a kick. Quite literally in the form of trainers (do I really wear anything else?!) and some pretty neat ones at that!
Welcome the Flyknit Lunar 2 to my ever expanding Nike hoard. They feel so light, so airy and, as I’ve been describing to anyone who expresses interest, like you’re clutching your foot with a soft hand. That’s how snug they are. Worn with a bit of bling, this floral dress and super bright jacket/duster coat/cardigan thing that I picked up in the blink of an eye in New Look that morning, (best purchase of the month award!) I had myself a bright and sporty answer to Somerset secret garden style!
See what other colourful outfit I wore last time I visited The Kilver Court gardens, and stay tuned to read about what made me and these pretty ladies come down to Somerset for!
Trainers – Nike at JD Sports / Dress – Fashion Union / Jacket – New Look / Necklace – ASOS / Bracelet – Whistles