It is a universally acknowledged fact in St Andrews that when the semester is finally in full swing it must be time for a ball, enter the Kate Kennedy Club and set the stage for Opening Ball.
Last Christmas, I found myself on a whirlwind trip to Budapest. In the midst of the city my friend and I experienced our first Ruin Bar, Szimpla Kert. It was at once the craziest and most welcoming place I have ever been to. I did not feel alienated by cool hipster vibes, or Chelsea cool crowd. I slipped in easily amongst the students, the hen parties, the work colleagues and the other travellers. No pressure, no fitting in, just fun.
By the time you hit 4th year it’s easy to see the mass of charitable balls and fundraising events as going through the motions, throwing money at a multitude of issues we don’t fully understand. Yet as we reach into the new semester, raising awareness alongside donations is once again coming to the fore. I spoke to Emily Miller, co-founder of the Amina Society, about their endeavours to overcome this detachment with their fledgling society.
Bright blue skies are predicted, you’ve stored up a small amount of energy after freshers to hit the town one more time, but what are you going to wear? Take a moment to glance at your wardrobe. Angrily stomp around the room for a minute. Ponder whether ASOS can deliver in a day if you wish REALLY REALLY hard. Then take a look at this.
Last spring break I stumbled upon an unusual talent. It was a talent that my best friend, and best travelling companion, had been nurturing for a few years. It’s a talent that suspended the regular arguments incurred by traveling. A talent that led us into the heart and soul of the cities we explored together. Hopefully I now have you all itching to know what this magical talent is.The talent was finding the best restaurants in whatever city she found herself in. You’d be surprised the impact good food can have on a trip, especially when travelling with friends. Some of my best memories have been made over the splitting of a custard doughnut in Prague, or sipping an earl grey martini in a mixologist bar in Budapest. In the spirit of autumn, I thought I’d share the love, so here are my top tips to mastering this oh so important talent.
We have our flower crowns at the ready as Starfields draws out the summer for one final festival.
Concrete Catwalk is slowly building up a reputation for some of the most stylish nights out in St. Andrews. This Tuesday played host to ‘White Out’, Concrete Catwalks second event of the year. The event soared very much under my radar, Concrete Catwalk has a unique way of filling their events with their fashionable fans. If you don’t follow their Facebook page or sartorially stalk one of their committee members, you could easily have missed the invite. Luckily at the last minute I spotted the event, spending Tuesday evening dressed up to the nines, ready to welcome spring to sunny Scotland, there seemed no better way to celebrate the end of essay deadlines.
The fashion season in St. Andrews is coming to a close, but the life and soul of the season is still to come: Sitara*! Take full advantage of this last opportunity to embrace the outrageous styles and bright colours you still have stowed away at the back of your wardrobe. For those of you who haven’t quite nailed your outfit combo for this gem of an event, here are a few ideas to get you started.
This may seem an usual topic for a What to Wear. It should be a given that to Oktoberfest you wear Lederhosen or a Dirndl. However, last week I still found myself asking people ‘what the hell do I wear to Oktoberfest?’ I put off ordering my Dirndl till I could be chaperoned by my German friend, so that I didn’t accidentally purchase a Hansel and Gretel monstrosity. Not everyone has the benefit of such German guidance, so I’ve gathered together a little advice on the clothing issue to help you avoid those awkward cultural faux pas’.
Your votes have been counted. The judges final decision cast. We can reveal that the winner of the St. Andrews Fashion Show YDA Award is Elissa Grainger.