Friday, 22 September 2017

How to Save Money as a Student

When I first moved to London for University, I was introduced to the magic of student discount. I will admit, as a spoiled child I never really hunted discounts and bargains when I was young. However, moving to a new (much more expensive) city and having to live on a budget brought me back to reality and showed me just how important saving 10% here and there can be. For anyone who isn’t familiar with London student perks, these are cheaper transport rates and UNiDAYSUNiDAYS is a student haven - clothing, electronics, stationery, you name it, UNiDAYS will probably offer student discount on it. 

Having entered the ‘working professional’ world just over a year ago, today marks a very sad day for me. As per my latest UNiDAYS email, today, four years later, I unfortunately have to say goodbye to my student discount.

However, because my student discount and I have shared some great moments, I thought there would no better way to pay homage to it than share my top tips on saving money as a student for anyone out there still hustling to get through their degree.

1. Make the most of your student discounts 
You might only be a student for three years, but this doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from discounts beyond that. Student emails are usually valid for a few months post-graduation and are the only thing you need to confirm your student status, so make sure you register for any discounts when the new University year starts even after you’ve graduated. Even if your email might deactivate during the year, you will still be registered as a student for discounts. This is how I benefited from student discounts for another year after graduation. 

2. Buy vintage 
I didn’t frequent charity shops in Uni so this is more of a retrospective piece of advice but probably the best one I have to offer. London in particular is great for buying pre-worn clothing that is affordably priced and of good quality. Since I moved to a more residential area that also houses some pretty rich folk, I discovered that my local charity shops are full of fantastic pieces of clothing at really cheap prices. In the last year I have bought an Alexander McQueen scarf, a Chloe and a Givenchy coat at a combined price of 48. However, to find these gems you will have to move outside of Zone 1 and Shoreditch ‘vintage’ shops and reorient yourself towards charity shops. It’s amazing what some people will just give away. Another thing to look out for are 1 charity sales. Shoreditch do loads of them but you have to be prepared to queue for at least 1 hour and, once you’re in, deal with crowds of people looking for a bargain.
  
3. Sell stuff 
If like me, you have a lot of things (clothes, electronics, books, anything) try selling some of them. I’m a notorious hoarder, especially when it comes to clothing, so I used to give away a bin bag of clothing every year. If you’re on a budget though, tryand sell some of that instead. Universities usually have online groups where you can swap or sell items. Equally, you can always try online platforms like eBay or Amazon to reach a wider pool of people. I only started doing this in the last year and it has paid off. By selling some of my clothes and accessories, I have now bought a new camera lens that has been fantastic on my current trip to California. Finally, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of listing items online, try making some money off your University books. I always tried my best to buy pre-owned books from previous generations low and sell them high to the next generation. This might be a longer-terminvestment but it’s a great way to spend less on Uni books (and exercise your negotiating skills).

4. Work, work, work 
It seems obvious but try and work when you’re in University or during the summers. Whilst some courses might not advise or allow you to do this, if yours isn’t one of those, it’s always great to get a couple of hours of work every week. I used to do sampling for a green tea company, which involved serving green tea to people and get paid 11/hour to do that. It might not seem like much, but it adds up. For me, sampling helped pay for my travels after graduation. You can also choose to do more glamorous jobs, there are loads of options for students, from waitressing to being an extra in shows like Made in Chelsea (I know, who would have thought?). The benefits of working as a student are that you can be flexible with your hours and more frivolous with your earned money. I always felt guilty spending my parents’ money, but didn’t get the same feeling spending my own. 

These might seem like basic tips but they have really helped me save money during Uni and beyond that. Most students will be trying to budget and save money, whether it is for travelling, shopping or just paying student loans after graduation, so whatever your reason for that might be, I hope these tips will help you. If you feel like you need an additional hand too, my UK readers can look up more information HERE and for US readers there's a great resource HERE

        I’m still on my journey for saving money though so I’m curious to hear from you too! What are your tips for saving? Let me know.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

All Net Everything

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My love for net started with my yellow bag, this summer's unsung hero accessory, and is continuing with this gorgeous ice blue jacket. On top of everything else, the best thing about this jacket is that it was also knitted by my lovely grandmother. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Back in the Hoodie Game

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I hope you enjoy this post because these are truly some of my favourite photos posted here on the blog. 

I’m not a fan of tracksuits, especially when the option of yoga pants exists. However, I have recently rediscovered the appeal of wearing hoodies.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A French Night Out

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For anyone who knows me, it will come as no surprise that I like to mainly sport casual looks. I would pick flats over heels most days, although I think heels look better 90% of the time, I’m the biggest fan of comfortable pieces and I like to stick to my basics. However, on the other hand, I love dressing up every once in a while and looking like I actively put effort into my outfits. Therefore...

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

How To Style Pyjamas During The Day

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I enjoy few things more than rolling out of bed straight into the office in the mornings. A pyjama might not be the first thing one would wear as a daytime outfit, but it can most definitely be that. Keep reading to see how a pyjama can be worn to run errands at the weekend, make waffles in the morning or even jet ski in California.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Underrated HOT Accessory of the Summer

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I think it’s safe to say the straw bag wins the prize of summer’s most popular accessory. Unless you have been living under a rock or don't have an Instagram account (which in today's world is pretty much living under a rock) you will already be aware of the fact that everyone who thinks they’re anyone owns a straw bag in some shape or form. 

Although I totally get the appeal of a straw bag (I mean let's be real, it maintains the illusion that you're walking on the beach in the South of France even if you are actually just dragging yourself to work on a rainy Monday morning in London and Harper's Bazaar has written about it) I think that a massive contender to the title has been overlooked.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

I Hope You Can't See My Nipples

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When I was young I used to be fascinated by anything new in stores. Whenever Zara brought out a fresh collection, I instantly had to buy something to have a shiny, new piece in my wardrobe.

For the last year however, I have been gravitating more and more towards hand me downs and vintage clothing.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Normand Flair

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The past few weeks have been pretty hectic. I don't say that in a bad way though, as they have consisted of my birthday, the start of summer, travelling and some exciting things at work. With all the running around though, I have had little time to get inspired. In a way, I find it funny because by just living my life, I haven't had time to take a breath and think of my blog or the outfits I want to wear and shoot, I have just been wearing whatever I want to and went on with my days. 

Two weekends ago however, I took a short weekend trip to beautiful Normandy and completely fell in love. The perfect little getaway, less than an hour away from London, Normandy completely charmed me and made me feel refreshed. Here I featured a few photos kindly taken by a lovely friend, just before we stuffed our faces with an amazing dinner. In the end, I ditched the heels and put my flat sandals on, there was no point in being pretentious there. 

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Feeling new and refreshed, I am now in the search for some inspiration. What are your best ways of fighting an inspiration lull? 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Why The Right Pair of White Jeans Is The Most Elusive Piece of Clothing Out There

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It’s been over a year since I have been looking for the ‘just right’ pair of white jeans. I have trawled both the high street and the high end hoping I would come across a high waisted, straight, butt-hugging pair of sleeves for my legs with no avail. It seems likely that in a year I would find that pair somewhere, right?

Wrong.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Gucci or Hot Dogs?

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There's nothing better than Spring knocking your way, especially when you can wear your Gucci lookalike shoes from New Look (similar on sale HERE). 

Potentially the best dupes I've seen in a while, alongside the Ego version of the Gucci Princetown loafers, these New Look mules look exactly like the Gucci ones that filled our news feeds a few months ago. 

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As these are such trend pieces, I couldn't get myself to spend £400 on them quite yet so I was happy to score this lookalike bargain in an ASOS sale in February. The sun came out at the perfect time last week too, as having had these for 3 months already I was starting to itch to wear them out. Also, before you judge me for my poor choice in shoe sizes I know it might look like it in the photo above, but these mules are not too small for me, I just have wide feet and forgot to tuck them in far enough in the shoes. Please don't judge and see below. 


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However, this outfit also works well with Converse and it wouldn't be me if I didn't showcase a casual version of it. A pair of Gucci loafers would go really well too but Ego haven't come out with the black version with no fur yet.... 

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Monday, 15 May 2017

The Easiest DIY You'll Ever Come Across

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The other week, whilst browsing Amazon for a flower brooch inspired by this Man Repeller post, I came across a very different pair of daisy hair clips/brooches that straight away inspired me to write this post.
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