University is going great. For once I’m feeling on top of things and organised, my flatmates are fab, I’m loving getting back into cheerleading and I am looking forward to Christmas now it’s chilly outside. Soon it’s my birthday and- oh wait, that means Halloween is first. Crisis.

We’ve all been there. You’re having a blast just loving life whilst 31st October creeps up on you ever so slowly, and then BOO! It’s 2 days before Halloween and you have nothing prepared. You could go as a cat again, but that’s just boring isn’t it. And that party you’ve said “Maybe” to on Facebook really wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t bring some spooky snacks or decorations, would it?

Don’t worry, this is me every year. Luckily I have some tips for you and I this year which I’m sure will win you best dressed and best lad for bringing cake. You’re welcome.

How to Ace a Last Minute Halloween Costume and Party

I didn't used to be a scarf person. My love for the long fluffy things started when I found a loop scarf in my two favourite colours to wear - grey and pink. I have since, however,  found more uses for scarves than just looking pretty and keeping you warm. Yes, they are an excellent substitute for a bra.

Most people probably think I chose to wear that lovely scarf to accessorise my outfit or to prevent chills as I do live in the north of Scotland. And although they are partly right, they never know my number one reason (well, until now). I strongly dislike bras. They're restrictive, expensive and uncomfy (and yes, I have been fitted). I don't really need a bra in all honesty, and if nipples were accepted in society I would gladly always go braless and scarf-less. But until that day (#freethenipple) I'll just keeping buying tops that are thick enough to cover my nipps or use my scarf technique which I am happy to share with you all today.

How to Go Braless With a Scarf

October has flown by! My first piece of coursework is due in about 3 weeks (should probably start it eh), on Tuesday I organised Cheerleading's first bake sale of the year for my Fundraiser role, I've now finally joined the gym again and I've had job interviews and set up my very first printer. I highly doubt I'll ever experience a joy greater than that of successfully printing onto an envelope. Exciting things ahead...

I still need to decide on my costume for Halloween and plan on spending an hour or two scouring blogs, vlogs and Pinterest for inspiration - all I know is I want to experiment with face paint and lots of it. Now I have organised most of my work and am settled in to Aberdeen, I am finally feeling a little less stressed. Thus (great word, thus) October's playlist fluctuates between songs I listen to when feeling stressed and down and others I listen to when that stress has gone. I'll let you try and figure out which ones are which.

My October Top 3

  1. She Don't - Ella Mai, Ty Dolla $ign
    1. This month I also discovered Ty Dolla $ign's very own playlist of his top hits and recent tracks and it is a beautiful playlist. So yes I have been obsessing a little this month. I just need someone to share my obsession with - tweet me if it's you xxx
  2. Don't Stop Me Now - MNEK
    1. Now I'm sure you know the original, and probably the McFly cover too, but give MNEK a chance and keep an open mind. Yes it's different, but that's why I love it.
  3. Still Falling For You - Ellie Goulding
    1. Yes I did see Bridget Jones' Baby in the cinema. And no, I haven't seen the first or second Bridget Jones - but they are both next on my list. I honestly haven't laughed out loud at a film in so long so I recommend you all see it and of course listen to this amazing song which features in the film.

October Mixtape 2016

Feel free to follow me on Spotify for more fab tunes such as my And Breathe playlist for when you're feeling pretty low and my Focus playlist for studying and chilling.

October 2016 Mixtape

With every winter comes the annual search for the cosiest, softest, warmest, fluffiest, most dressing-gown or duvet-like jumper or cardigan. And this year I think I have found just that, thanks to Primark.

Photography by Sarah Johnson

4 Tips to Find The Cosiest, Softest, Fluffiest Jumper Ever

Velvet has returned for AW16 in many beautiful forms: crushed, dark, bright, all colours of the spectrum, boots, trousers, jackets - the list is endless.

Although I do love how velvet has been interpreted and presented on the catwalk this year, there's always that 8 year old Christmas dress flashback I get from some items. Please say that's not just me? In an attempt to avoid reliving those childhood memories, I have taken to the crushed velvet pieces now on offer on the highstreet. Since we seem to be going crazy for top-to-toe velvet, I thought I'd give double velvet a go. If double denim is a thing, why not double velvet? What do you think?

Photography by Sarah Johnson

Double Velvet

Hello Aberdeen,

It is good to be back. No more sunny Spain for me, back to the 'deen for university and grey skies. Luckily, I'm a big fan of grey.

University seems like a lot of hard work this year, but it's work I am super excited to do. Part of that includes starting a fashion based blog - oh look, here we are already. Please do expect one outfit shoot per week at least until the New Year (and hopefully I'll be able to continue this after my uni project is over!). Three are already shot, are currently being edited and I am feeling so so inspired and motivated to keep it up. Blogging come at me.

Another part of my course involves creating beautiful content for my year's very own glossy physical 3D magazine. Right now I am overwhelmed with the infinite possibilities for my photoshoot for the magazine. If anyone knows any amazing locations or models in Aberdeen, let me know!

Here's how my first two weeks have been so far back in Aberdeen, thanks to Instagram <3.

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Of course, decorating my room was one of, or quite possibly the most exciting part of moving into a new flat. And the bed is the key component. My grey floral sheets from last year have returned, as has my favourite stripy pink duvet, silk pillowcase, fluffy white cushion and cat cushion. However this year we have the greatly appreciated new addition of a copper pink cushion gifted by my lovely friends Danni and Beth. Thanks guys - the room feels complete with this metallic touch. If you fancy a room tour, give me a wee comment.

It's one thing to be good friends with someone, but to live with them challenges and takes your friendship to a whole other level. Luckily my flatmates, Sarah and Biba, seem to be pretty fab so far. My evidence? These delicious cupcakes bought by Sarah for the flat. However Biba now needs to get her act together doesn't she. The pressure is on.

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Annnnd even though I do love my flatmates, it was fantastic to see all my friends from Edinburgh when they came up to visit me for my flat warming. Everyone had a great night out and I truly appreciate the 60 chicken nuggets bought for the flat the next day. You're welcome back any time guys xxx

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And honestly, what would two weeks in Aberdeen be after a whole four months away without a trip to Rev (for a bev?). Usually a loyal to the Panang Chicken Curry, I branched out and sated my newfound obsession for halloumi with the halloumi and chips dish. Crispy, deep fried, oozing chunks of halloumi that taste like perfection. Try it. Now.

Cheer is already a huge part of my uni year as I have the Fundraiser position in the Committee. Meeting and teaching all the Freshers so far has been a really rewarding experience and I am so excited for the training and competitions to come.

So, Aberdeen, I must say I am really looking forward to this year. I know it'll be intense and hard going at times, but that's all part of the fun.

See you in my next post for pretty outfit photos (finally)!

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