Must-Have Apps for Your Smartphone: The U.S. Edition

As someone who appreciates all things vintage and nostalgic it took me awhile to come around to the iPhone. But now that I have welcomed the 21st century, my budgeting, shopping, and studying have all become digital and more focused thanks to these apps…

Don’t Break the Bank: Easy Budget Tips

Budgets are as necessary as they are unwanted at times. If you are feeling the aftermath of spring break (my bank account is rocking thirty one dollars at time of writing) or are just looking for a few fundamental budgeting ideas, we have some key tips. 

The Secret Boutique

In my time at St Andrews, I haven’t found a chai latte I like better than Costa’s or a place that makes a better salad than Zest. I support both small town brands and massive corporations. However, having lived mainly in towns that require approximately ten minutes to walk from one end to the other, I love to see small businesses flourish. While Starbucks commercializes ‘the personal touch’ (they have not once spelt my name right) the small business delivers it from the moment you walk into the door. It could be a greeting from the owner, the extra help from workers who take time to listen, the unique gifts, or – for the fashionistas – avoiding the H&M look-alike conundrum.

A Homemade Christmas: How to Cut Back on Gift Shopping

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with exams looming, we need to get our gifts-buying out of the way swiftly. I, for one, am a true shopper and Christmas is just one huge pile of shopping bags becoming apparent in my bedroom. I love the search for anything Christmassy, and matching presents to people like a manical sorting hat is just part of the fun!

Demijohn: Edinburgh’s Liquid Deli

Stepping into Edinburgh’s Demijohn is like stepping into an apothecary’s store. With bottles piled high to the ceiling, filled with a rainbow of liquids, there is something magical and olde-worlde about selecting a liqueur of choice and watching it being hand-poured into a glass bottle with a cork stopper. It’s like being in an old-fashioned sweet shop, but for adults.