Starfields 2017: Reviewed

The St Andrews Fashion Show’s annual Starfields concert is rarely unsuccessful and despite the usual groans of weather and pricing, this year’s event can be added to a long list of FS’s successes. As usual, if alcohol and a group of young adults are congregated in a festival-style event, people will always have a good time–even if it’s in a tiny town in Scotland in the middle of September.

What to Wear: Starfields 2017

Notably St Andrews’ “last hurrah” for the summer before reality sets in and we all have to get to work, Starfields is a great opportunity to get down to some class house music and get one last use out of that Hawaiian shirt.  Put on by the committee of the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show, known affectionately as FS, it’s a combination of music festival and booze-fueled garden party with plenty of glitter to go around – but not quite Glasto or Burning Man. So: what on earth do you wear? If you’re struggling with outfit inspiration and you don’t want to resort to chucking on your gap-year trousers (you know the ones) and a crop top last minute, look no further. Here are a few ideas for what to wear to Starfields.

Kate Kennedy Charity May Ball: Reviewed

If there is one thing that St Andrews is known for across the nation, it is that we, the students, love lavish events and attend them regularly. We convey this illusory image that the price does not matter – we are willing to pay for it – but I know that that is not the truth for a majority of students. In fact, we want to guarantee that our money is going towards something great and, when the Kate Kennedy committee proposes an event that starts at £45, we want the reassurance that skimping on cheaper meals for the next few weeks will be worth it. It is safe to say, however, that the KK knows what they are doing. On the eve of May Dip this year, the Kinkell Byre hosted – handily – one of the most entertaining nights of the year.

St Andrews Charity Polo Tournament: Reviewed

As we are now well into the season of spring, the St Andrews Polo Club held their annual Charity Polo Match this past Saturday. The event, held on Errol Park Estate, was a perfect escape from the bubble and a good way to celebrate the end of coursework deadlines. I have not been to a polo match before; however, after hearing great things of the last few tournaments I thought I would give it a shot. I can honestly say I have never been to or experienced an event like it.

A Conversation with the Dementia Friendly St Andrews Society

Discussing the topic of ‘mental health’ can often be uncomfortable for many people, with decades of stigma and preconceived notions attached.  Dementia in particular can seem like an issue that is a bit removed from university life, as it rarely affects our demographic.  In an effort to demystify dementia and contextualise it within the community of St Andrews, we sat down with Chloe Stenson, founder of the Dementia Friendly St Andrews Society to find out a little more about their work and their upcoming fashion show: Wardrobe Stories.

Sitara* Reviewed

St Andrews would not be the same without all its social events, and the spring semester is notably packed with them.  By the time April rolled around, I was already exhausted from attending the other fashion shows in February.  Seeking some respite from deadlines in the form of a night out, I was looking to round out my St Andrews fashion experience with the multi-coloured jewel in the crown that is Sitara*.  Having never been, I was not sure what to expect, but I can happily say that it did not disappoint.

WTW: Sitara*

Arguably the most vibrant show of St Andrews’ fashion season, Sitara* is back this Friday, and with it comes the challenge of finding something to wear to yet another social event.  Their 2017 theme is “This is my Rang”, focusing on the diversity and vivacity of South Asian culture through fashion and performance.  With colour as the conceptual focus of the show, Sitara* is the perfect opportunity for you to bring forth your most effervescent formal wear and dance the night away to the fusion tunes of DJ Josef Bamba.  If the past few fashion shows seem to have exhausted you of outfit inspiration, here are a few ideas to help you look your best:

Music is Love Presents: Ryan O’Reilly and the O’ Pears

Have you ever heard a song that just immediately externalises all the small insecure thoughts you’ve ever had in the most cathartic way? Or the perfect song to listen to as you drive through all the country roads out of St Andrews? Ryan O’Reilly’s ‘Boats against the current’ has long been one of my favourite songs to bring me instant peace and quiet and, I guess I’ll just admit it, a good cry. His new EP ‘Northern Light’s’ filled with beautiful, lyrical and honest songs is one of my go to albums when I need to relax after a big deadline.

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