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Student Bloggers | The UK’s Best Blogs to Read for Students

Why Student Bloggers?

Perpetually plugged into the digital sphere, us millennials live our lives through shiny screens, from photoshoots of avocado toast for the ‘gram, to Snapchatting our cheeky weekend escapades (stolen traffic cones included). But there are also many blogs to read that could help give you a break from the social media madness. The UK has seen heaps of social media influencers flock far and wide developing their signature brand through blogs, from the iconic Zoella to Scottish beauty guru Jamie Genevieve. It’s therefore not surprising that student bloggers are becoming increasingly popular. So whether you’re keen for meal ideas on a budget or tips for self-care, here’s a taste of the UK’s seven best student bloggers.

 

7 Blogs to read

Nine Grand Student

Having been one of the first university years ordered to fork out nine grand tuition fees a year, the Nine Grand Student took to blogging to document her years at uni. Studying to be an Actuary in the big smoke, her blog revels in her passion for food and guides readers through delicious nosh on a budget in her Student Survival Menu, including where to shop, debunking the myth of own brands, restaurant reviews and how to use up leftovers (mac n’ cheeseboard, anyone?). It’s a fascinating blog to read in 2019.

 

A Little Button

 

Ever found yourself seriously considering how to clean your ceiling as a procrastination method? If you’re struggling with coursework or motivation, or you’re low-key crapping yourself thinking about moving away from home, A Little Button will guide you through the ups and downs of uni life, from first year to graduation and beyond.

 

Just George J

Hailing from Lincoln and now studying a master’s degree, Just George J entices readers through witty humour and candid chat, documenting his time at uni year by year, including funny anecdotes and fab tips on finding accommodation, preparing for lectures and combatting ‘student worries’.

 

Life of a Glasgow Student  

A student from Burma who documents her time at the University of Glasgow, Life of a Glasgow Student is a comforting read for any overseas students not sure what to expect when traveling across the globe for their studies, including the realities of Fresher’s Week and how to explore your newfound surroundings. This is definitely one of the best blogs to read this year. 

 

Emily Underworld

 

An alternative lifestyle blog that revolves around trendy witchy fashion and the best London haunts for shopping, eating and crafting, Emily Underworld is a funny, spooky hang-out for quirky students.

 

The Jack Experience                                         

Talking, typing and tweeting his way through education, fashion, lifestyle and travel, The Jack Experience encompasses a healthy balance of uni advice from his studies in Durham, including exam self-care tips, and inspiring traveling stories, like his awesome guide to interrailing. You can also check out his popular Youtube channel for hilarious and relatable vlogs.

 

The Healthy Hangover  

Doing pretty much what it says on the can, The Healthy Hangover guides students through how to’s, reviews and recipes on nutritious and mouth-watering hangover grub, including tips on saving money, and recipes like honey and mustard glazed coke gammon and chickpea patties.

If you prefer the less healthy options, be sure to check out That London Duo on Instagram, for a range of tasty delights to get you through your hangover. 

Do you have a fave student blogger that we forgot to mention? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. Or if you’re keen for more student advice, have a peek at our blog.

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Student and Millennial Marketing Strategies

Creative Ways For Fashion Brands to Market To Students in 2020

Limited budget, questionable outfits during 9am lectures and an unlimited thirst for comfy hoodies – it seems that striking the right balance between fashion and accessibility when marketing to students can seem like an impossible task.

So what exactly are the perks of marketing to students for fashion brands and how will doing so increase your sales?

Though staying a la mode may not seem like a top priority for students, research from Topman shows that students believe that being in style is an essential component of navigating their studies, with 75% saying they changed their fashion style upon starting university, and 41% believing that dressing right and keep up with student fashion trends is a must.

Emma Galpin, digital marketing manager at Topman, said: “The misconception about students is that they blow all their student loan on partying, when in fact they prioritise fashion over bar crawls and believe that looking the part is just as important at university as making their grades.

And if there are an estimated 5 million students in the UK according to UCAS, with 535,200 freshers as of 2016  and an average spend of £30 billion – that’s a pretty massive demographic who are dying to get their hands on the latest pair of Topshop boots.

And if you’re wondering – how the heck do I market my fashion brand to appeal to style-conscious students?

That’s where we come in.

With more than a decade of student marketing experience under our belt, including collaborations with the UK’s biggest fashion and retail brands, such as NIKE, Hollister, Clinique, IOLLA, House of Fraser and Benefit Cosmetics, we know our stuff when it comes to student fashion and spending habits.

From making the most of online audiences to fostering relationships with student press, there are a myriad of ways to increase fashion brand appeal to the student market.

Increase Conversion Rates Through Re-targeted Facebook and Instagram Ads

When it comes to students and online shopping, it’s a match made in heaven.

According to Voxburner, around 28% of young people (aged 16-24) buy the majority of their clothes online and via apps, with students claiming that online shopping is an easier option than shopping in person. I mean, who has time to traipse through town when you’re swamped with essay deadlines?

Student discounts like those from the UNiDAYs app which boasts more than 4.3 million users, as well as online discounts from massive fashion and retail brands like ASOS, offering 10% off to students, and Amazon, offering a FREE Amazon Prime membership for students for the first 6 months, prove that there’s demand from students when it comes to online shopping.

So how do you determine a fashion marketing strategy to appeal to digital student shoppers?

Through re-targeted Facebook ads.

Not convinced?

Statistics show that of all 18-24 year olds in the UK, there are 3.8 million female users and 3.9 million male users – not too shabby an amount of potential customers if you ask me.

That means that if students are online browsing, and haven’t yet committed to purchasing any products (maybe they’re waiting for their student loan to gift them some dolla) – they’ll be re-directed back to the website through Facebook, increasing the likelihood of them completing an order.

So how does it work?

It’s pretty simple. You can re-target visitors back to your website by creating custom audiences with Facebook and targeting lookalike audiences to expand your reach. If they still aren’t convinced – you can target the ads with a slight discount to encourage them to click, a great way of giving students an excuse to shell out on a new backpack or party dress. Check out this handy piece on how to track shopping cart abandonment through re-targeted Facebook ads.

Run Fashion Shows/Events In Student Venues

Face-to-face interaction and event marketing with your target audience will create memorable experiences and show them that you genuinely care about their custom – leading to an increase in brand loyalty and what every business person is looking for – sales.

How do we know?

After ten years of running the biggest and best Freshers’ Festival in the UK, we know the value of experiential and F2F marketing. Here are our reasons why event marketing is a smart choice for winning student and millennial customers.

Putting on fashion shows in student unions with discounted tickets, raffles and competitions is therefore a fab way of directly reaching out to your market and providing a positive experience of your brand as well as increasing brand awareness.

According to Forbes, 60% of millennials said they are loyal to a brand especially if they have built a relationship with them through positive experiences. Research also states that customers who recognise a brand are less likely to pay attention to other brands who they aren’t familiar with. the NSPCC also states that students consider social activity a priority, meaning events are a sure fire way of increasing fashion sales to students.

And since most students are on social media, you can easily run a hashtag for an event to increase your  following and customer base online. It’s a win-win.

Create Style Guides Tailored To Students

Since most students enter university fresh out of high school – many feel like their fashion sense may not be their greatest strength – which is why student fashion style guides are so popular, created by national newspapers like the Telegraph and the Guardian as well as independent publications like The Skinny.

But how do we know that style guides work?

Two-thirds of UK students spend their free time shopping according to the Independent  and so style guides influence student purchasing decisions, by proving that a brand tailors their products to their fashion interests. Research from the Freshers Marketing Report reveals that 87% of 18-24s want brands to entertain, inform and inspire them.

It could be a style guide on casual but of the moment fashion for everyday student living, or a budget friendly guide on outfits fit for nights on the town. Either way, tailoring content via digital or print is a fantastic way of attracting new and existing customers and giving them incentives to shop with you over another brand who doesn’t take the time to consider the student demographic.

Collaborate With Student Websites & Influencers

The Independent conducted research on the top 10 student pass-times, which included reading blogs.

Taking advantage of student reading habits through student magazines or by collaborating with Influencers and bloggers will increase exposure of your brand to students and allow you to easily access your target demographic directly and likely, at a much lower fee than with more well known press.

Need more convincing?

There are heaps of other perks of advertising through student lead media.

Reaching out to student bloggers and social media influences to run campaigns will also allow your brand to stay up to date with what students are looking for from a fashion perspective but also utilize a fresh audience that you might not otherwise have access to. Giving bloggers the chance to run competitions with your items will give them better online visibility as well legitimizing your products for a student audience. Here are the many benefits of working with social media influencers.

Interested in other ways of marketing to student and millennial audiences? Check out our Playbook or get involved with the UK’s largest freshers events.

 

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B-side’s Top 4 hypebeast pieces and what to style them with!

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There’s no shortage of streetwear labels at the moment in London. London’s streetwear culture has exploded, rivalling streetwear giants from the fashion hubs of New York, Paris and Milan, but B-side’s distinctly East London styling somewhere between the kerb and boutique sets them apart.  With the release of their newest collection, Walé Adeyemi’s designs incorporates the graffiti stylings he’s known for with Neon accents and techwear inspiration. So we here at the Freshers festival are bringing you our favourite pieces with some extra style pairings to inspire a full fit pic, without having to talk to the Student Loans Company for an early instalment.

“MOTION” WINDBREAKER

The MOTION windbreaker incorporates those Techwear cues we mentioned earlier. While that normally means: a function focused; all black; modern day ninja prepared for dystopia. The windbreaker adds its own minimal London fashion flair with its neon armbands for a pop of colour. Its sleek minimalism is timeless, so head here and buy nice not twice.

Style pairing: Yeezy 700 Mauve or Inertia

We’ve cheated a little because this is two options, but hear us out first. The chunky silhouette of Kanye’s yeezy 700 works well in contrast to the MOTION windbreaker’s clean lines, but picking a colourway to cop is always hard. The Yeezy 700 Mauve has neon hits in the same colour palette. However, the Yeezy Inertia has neon but will stand out more with its muted tones on the rest of the shoe. Either way it’s the perfect chunky dad trainer to complement your techwear inspired ‘grams.

WOMENS RAINBOW PRINT HOODIE

Here’s a grail of the collection. The Rainbow Print hoodie’s minimalism makes it an easy item to match with a lot of outfits, but the letterman style is something we can all wear with PRIDE.

Simple, subtle, classic.

Find it here.

Style Pairing: Clear trucker jacket

Top tip for an easy way to make the rainbow accents stand out even more and be festival garms ready. A clear trucker jacket means you can always be repping and ready for English weather. Plus clear clothing is about as fashionista as it gets, and this one from Levi’s won’t leave you pot noodle bound for a semester.

“MILY” CROPPER

An extra one for our Bsideldn ladies now, the MILY cropper is also for the function obsessed techwear types, but it brings our favourite design cue of the whole collection. The back has the word ‘community’ defined in its bold neon accents. Which is an ethos we think everyone can get behind (and its high fashion look helps). Find it here.

Style pairing: Straight leg denim

The MILY has tonnes of fresh street style flair with its asymmetry, neon, and ethos. It’s definitely a statement piece. So if you matched it with a lot of neon on the lower half, you’d potentially look rather 80s. (Yes we know the 80s is always a look.) Yet simple straight leg denim will keep your statement piece exactly that. The statement piece.

OG GRAFF MEDIUM WEIGHT GREEN T-SHIRT

A graphic Tee is a stable of everyone’s wardrobe and the OG GRAFF Tee should be a staple. The graffiti letters spelling out ‘Be who you want’ brings UK streetwear and Bside’s Ethos to the fore with messages we all can love. Instant cop.  

Find it here.

Style pairing: Cargo pants

Again hear us out, the OG GRAFF T-shirt has a solid boxy fit that streetwear has come to love in recent years with the rise of oversized & vintage pieces. So the cargo pant has moved away from a rejected item of handyman or dad clothing. It’s wide leg fit and utilitarian cues have made it hypebeast worthy, with both PALACE and Supreme releasing cargo pants in recent drops.

Those are our top 5 pieces from B-side’s newest collection, but with a brand of 20 years they definitely have more pieces worth checking out here and to help your money go further use the code the code FreshersFestival15 at check out for 15% off!

Do you think we missed out an important piece? Or our pairing’s ill advised? (Cargo pants are the future). Tell us and B-side on Twitter or Instagram.

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13 streetwear brands every Londoner should know about

London’s streetwear culture has exploded in recent years, with highly popular  brands like Palace Skateboards, Lazy Oaf and Goodhood rivalling streetwear giants from the fashion hubs of New York, Paris and Milan. There’s no shortage of streetwear labels at the moment in London, so here’s a mix of some of London’s established, up and coming and exciting new streetwear brands.

Grind London

Grind London SS18. Photo from grindlondon.com
Grind London SS18. Photo from grindlondon.com

Grind London has evolved from its grassroots origins into a respected streetwear name, both in the UK and worldwide. Created in 2008 by  Youssef Metwali and his friend Barney Burton, the menswear label represents different pieces of the London subcultures that Youssef and Barney belonged to as teens. Their collections can be described as a mix of off-duty basics, sporty ‘road ready’ staples with a distinctive British flair that often follows a theme, like the FW18 and SS18 ‘Wellness’ collection.

SHOP GRIND LONDON

 

For Mass Consumption

Photo from formassconsumption.com
Photo from formassconsumption.com

For Mass Consumption is a fairly new kid on the streetwear block. Inspired by London’s skateboard scene, FMC’s collections include oversized tees, cozy sweaters, colourful hoodies and muted jackets, all paired with classic 90s and early 2000s streetwear must haves like bum bags, bucket hats and dad caps. The brand also uses African fabrics that are transformed into trousers, bags and hats which creates an altogether unique skater look. FMC doesn’t shy away from a bit of humour either, like the LEGO inspired ‘LOGO’ collection. The clothes are pretty affordable too.

SHOP FOR MASS CONSUMPTION

 

Dream But Do Not Sleep

SS18 Drop 1 Lookbook from dreambutdonotsleep.com. Photo by Max Birtles.
SS18 Drop 1 Lookbook. Photographed by Max Birtles. dreambutdonotsleep.com

British streetwear brand Dream But Do Not Sleep defines itself by one mantra, ‘strictly positive vibes’. This is captured in the label’s love of cheery embroidered slogans and bold graphics which are inspired by founder Max Birtles’ appreciation of 80s LA and Miami fashion. DBDNS still represents UK streetwear fashion though as it also draws much of its playful style from the UK raver scenes and established UK streetwear brands like Lazy Oaf.

SHOP DREAM BUT DO NOT SLEEP

 

Ronning

Ronning SS18. Photo from ronning.co.uk
Ronning SS18. Photo from ronning.co.uk

In 2018, YouTube personality turned streetwear enthusiast Magnus Ronning launched Ronning, a streetwear brand dedicated to minimalist Scandinavian fashion. Its very first collection dropped in April 2018, featuring a selection of staple jumpers, comfy sweatshirts, bold pocket T-shirts, straight fitting beige trousers and stone bermuda shorts among other pieces. What makes the label stand out is its emphasis on using its own unique cuts rather than designing from blanks, meaning an overall higher quality of fabrics. Since Ronning dropped its first collection earlier this year, the brand has already sold out its pre-orders. Impressive.  

SHOP RONNING

 

Alma de Ace

Alma de Ace Capsule 3. Photo from almadeace.com
Alma de Ace Capsule 3. Photographed by Justo Babi. Photo from almadeace.com

Lifestyle clothing brand Alma de Ace originates from the Latin meaning ‘soul of unity’. The brand unifies various fabrics from Portugal and Madrid to bring a pop of colour to each piece, ‘regardless of season’. Alma de Ace’s signature look is their two-tone colours, inspired by founder Sebastian Agace’s year abroad in Madrid where he introduced a popular exclusive edition of his line. After the success of his capsule collection in Madrid, he flew back to the UK where he set up shop in London’s fashion hub of Shoreditch. Alma de Ace continues to draw its inspiration from London’s ever changing fashion scene and prides itself on sourcing good quality, highly stitched fabrics straight from Portugal.

SHOP ALMA DE ACE

 

ATIKA London

Photo from atikalondon.co.uk
ATIKA London Lookbook. Photographed by EALMO. Photo from atikalondon.co.uk

Formerly known as BLITZ London, ATIKA London is a popular location for Shoreditch shoppers who love vintage garb. If you’ve ever stepped inside ATIKA, you may be familiar with its retro pieces, edgy apparel, high end brands and sportswear labels ranging anywhere from the late 70’s to the early 2000’s. The shop’s rebranding in April 2018 came just in time for the start of the store’s expansion and the increasing popularity of its own brand, REMIX by ATIKA which features reworked vintage pieces that you can find in TOPSHOP Oxford Circus.

SHOP ATIKA LONDON

 

NICCE

Photo from nicceclothing.com
NICCE SS18. Photo from nicceclothing.com

Athleisure meets streetwear label NICCE are known for combining functionality with style. Established in 2013 by founder & creative director Mitchel Galvin-Farnol, the brand emerged as a way to meet the demand for clean, no-fuss contemporary streetwear, which was inspired by Mitchel’s time abroad in Ibiza. Taking his Balearic influence back to London and fusing it with the city’s diverse culture, NICCE has created something unique and appealing to many streetwear lovers.   

SHOP NICCE CLOTHING

 

Satta 

Satta SS18. Photo by Lola Paprocka & Pani Paul. sattalivity.com
Satta SS18. Photo by Lola Paprocka & Pani Paul. Photo from sattalivity.com

Drawing from his experience in landscaping and woodworking, founder Joe Lauder wanted to create a brand that epitomised the functionality, simplicity and sustainability of traditional workwear. Thus the lifestyle brand Satta was born. Satta, meaning ‘existence and being’ in Sanskrit, reflects connectedness with nature as a lifestyle. By committing itself to small-scale production, sustainability and locally sourced materials, Satta fulfils its ethos of living a simple life. Their designs favour utility, comfort and earth toned fabrics and take some inspiration from skateboarding cultures of the late 60s, so you can expect to buy locally sourced, handcrafted skate decks at their shop if you fancy.

SHOP SATTA LIVITY

 

Lazy Oaf

Lazy Oaf Summer 2018 Collection. Photo by James Rees. lazyoaf.com
Lazy Oaf Summer 2018 Collection. Photo by James Rees. Photo from lazyoaf.com

Over the last seventeen years, Lazy Oaf has become a strong presence in London’s streetwear scene and beyond. Founder Gemma Shiel created the label back in 2001 when she was fresh out of university and began selling her hand printed tees at Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch. Since then, Lazy Oaf has grown into a well known brand, with its own flagship store in Soho and over 250 stockists worldwide. Plus, it was done with no outside investment. Lazy Oaf describes its brand ethos as not taking itself too seriously and ‘keeping it weird’ at all times, so you can expect unusual cuts, eccentric patterns and designs with comedic graphics anywhere from their hats to their shoes.

SHOP LAZY OAF

 

Thames London

Thames London SS18 Lookbook. Photographed by Michael James Fox. Photo from thames-london.com
Thames London SS18 Lookbook. Photographed by Michael James Fox. Photo from thames-london.com

Thames London is the culmination of founder Blondey McCoy’s endless artistic inspirations. From galleries, to the books he’s read and his travelling experiences, Thames is more an expression of Blondey’s art than a label. Blondey dates the birth of Thames London back to his skateboarding days in South Bank at age 14, where he met the crew of streetwear brand Palace who later went on to collaborate with him. Thames has exploded in popularity since then, having collaborated with big names like Fred Perry, Stephen Webster and Damien Hirst. The ‘art meets skateboard culture’ aesthetic of Thames is evident in its imaginative sketches and graphics that are transformed into prints all over polos, ringer tees, shorts and trousers. The label is doesn’t shy away from bright colours either, with lots of pale pinks, cool blues and vibrant oranges on bombers and cozy sweats.

SHOP THAMES LONDON

 

B-Side By Walé

B-Side Collection. Photo by b-sidebywale.com
B-Side Collection. Photo by b-sidebywale.com

You can call B-Side By Walé a veteran in the streetwear game. Having been around since 1995, the independent brand from East London has long built its reputation as one of the London’s most established streetwear labels. B-Side was founded by Walé Adeyemi, a fashion designer and former creative director of New Era whose impressive list of clients include Beyonce, Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Alicia Keys, Usher and Missy Elliott to name a few. B-Side’s clothes feature pieces with a strong aesthetic of splashy colours, graffiti lettering, classic headwear and stylish accessories for both men and women.  

SHOP B-SIDE

 

VI BLVCK 

Photo from blvck.clothing
Photo from blvck.clothing

Launched in 2016 by self-taught designer Stefan Williams, VI BLACK (pronounced “6 Black”) is an urban streetwear brand which aims to make its clothes accessible to all with its affordable price tag. BLVCK takes its inspiration from Stefan’s appreciation for hip hop culture as a kid and streetwear brands like 10 Deep, Supreme, Blvck Scvle and Crookes & Castle, which culminates in the brand’s laid back style.  

SHOP BLVCK CLOTHING

 

Shopfloorwhore

Shopfloorwhore SS18. Photo by Maximilian Hetherington on shopfloorwhore.com
Shopfloorwhore SS18. Photo by Maximilian Hetherington on shopfloorwhore.com

Shopfloorwhore was originally launched as a bespoke headwear brand by Siobhan Hogan in 2012. Since then, the label has ventured into designing women’s wear including accessories, t-shirts, coats, jackets and more. Reminiscent of the late 80’s and early 90s club kid era, Shopfloorwhore doesn’t shy away from adventurous designs, loud colours, frills, furs, sequins and anything that may turn some heads while walking down the streets of London.

SHOP SHOPFLOORWHORE

 

Interested in the top 5 shoes to wear this Summer 2019? Check out our new guide here:

http://www.freshersfestival.com/top-5-trainers-for-summer-2019/

 

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Scotland’s 6 Best Millennial Bloggers & Vloggers

Home to the likes of J.K Rowling, Irvine Welsh and Robert Louis Stevenson, Scotland is a pioneer in the wizardry of the wordsmith and the landscape of global literature.

And since the digital age has brought with it the Kindle, iBooks and heaps of online access to poetry and short story archives, it’s time to turn to the writers governing the tummies, shoe collections and minds of the nation’s young folk.

So whether you’re keen on recipes and nutritional advice or ways to style your beard, we give you Scotland’s six of our favourite (and in our opinion best) millennial bloggers and vloggers.

Scottish Food Blogger

Girl Versus Food

 

Offering detailed and relatable reviews, tasty recipes and commentary on Scotland’s food and drink scene, Girl Versus Food encapsulates the nation’s love for a good munch, passionately exploring eateries and events from the perspective of a self-proclaimed former fussy eater. A great read if you’re unsure about forking out a chunk of your SAAS to visit a new local restaurant and want some trusted opinions.

Lifestyle Blogger

Little Blog of Horrors  

Having been featured widely across the press since the blog’s birth seven years ago, Little Blog of Horrors is an endearing and inspiring celebration of fashion, beauty and lifestyle in Scotland, with must-try DIY’s, travel features, fashion advice and make-up and tattoo tips, peppered with anecdotes and a heavy dose of banter.

 Scottish Makeup Influencer

Jamie Genevieve 

As a full time Social Media Influencer, with nearly half a million subscribers on YouTube and over 800 thousand followers on Instagram, Jamie is a leading beauty icon around the world, focussing on make-up tutorials and skin care advice with a Scottish twang.

Scottish Music Blog

Rave Child

Founded by Iain Dawson, Rave Child dissects the nation’s music scene to uncover raw talent beneath the mainstream surface, with live reviews and gig recommendations. The ideal read for discovering fresh talent and keeping up with the unique and eclectic corners of Scotland’s soundscapes.

 Men’s Fashion and Lifestyle YouTuber

Man for Himself

 

Since fashion blogs for men aren’t as prevalent as those run by female fashionistas, Man for Himself is a refreshing take on male fashion, showcasing advice on grooming and style, from accessories footwear and fragrances to outfits and even underwear. Robin James, the voice behind the blog, offers YouTube videos with discussions on fashion and grooming as well as exploring issues in the millennial zeitgeist.

Scottish Fashion PR & Lifestyle Blogger

Foreveryours Betty 

With vibrant tangerine branding and even brighter hair, Foreveryours Betty covers city guides, fashion and beauty tips and even valuable advice on women in business. Her down-to-earth, can-do attitude is both inspiring and humbling.

Do you have a fave millennial blogger? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. Or if you’re keen to meet other like-minded folks keen on digital reads, grab a ticket to this year’s Freshers’ Festival.

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Top 10 Independent Fashion Boutiques in Glasgow

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed trendsetter, or an art student looking for inspiration, Glasgow is home to a myriad of hidden gems that each play their part in weaving the fabric of the nation’s fashion. You could be partial to the odd vintage get-up or keen on budget-friendly couture, but wherever your passion lies, our dear green city is sure to satisfy with the latest styles from across the globe. So to help you stay a la mode this summer, we’ve hand selected the top ten independent fashion boutiques in Glasgow.

 

Pampas

Huddled in the heart of the city’s famously stylish West End, Pampas boasts contemporary womenswear with diverse pieces from our own turf in Britain as well as an array of luxury international brands including Bella Freud, Pinko and Religion.

78/80 Hyndland Road Glasgow G12 9UT

 

Solo

A pioneer of Glasgow’s independent fashion outlets, Solo has been dressing the city in its finest since 1984. The store is home to casual wear, sporting cute jumpers, t-shirts and blouses as well as chic work wear, maxi dresses and party frocks.

181 Hyndland Road, Glasgow, G12 9HT

 

Glorious Clothing

Neighbour to a number of the West End’s independent shops, including Valhalla’s Goat and Mixed Up Records, Glorious Clothing is a small vintage shop specialising in styles from the 1940s onwards, including one of a kind fur coats, heels and ties. Perfect if you’re looking for a unique piece at an affordable price.

496 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 9B

 

Zu Zu

Adorning the Southside with the latest trends and elite designs, Zu Zu is a petite find that champions distinctive European brands such as Masai Clothing, Sandwich and Bohemia. The ideal choice for high quality yet durable clothing.

 146 Busby Rd, Clarkston, Glasgow G76 8BH

 

Cruise

No matter your age or gender, Cruise is equipped with designer brands and tailored ensembles for a wide range of styles as well as offering gorgeous accessories, from bags and belts to fragrances and jewelry.

180 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DN

 

Eco Chic Boutique

Eco Chic Boutique does what it says on the label – showcasing eco, vintage and handmade garments from local designers and crafters with an emphasis on organic products and environmentally friendly materials.

45 High Street, Glasgow, G1 1LX

 

Parrucche

If you’re looking for something a little different, or keen for a makeover, Parrucche’s niche is boutique wigs and luxury hair products for men, women and trans people. Featuring inspiring stories from their customers, Parrucche invites Glasgow to explore cosmetics and headwear with their experienced consultants.

41 Virginia Street, Glasgow G1 1TS

 

Fat Buddha

With an edgy and eclectic mix, reflecting on youth trends, spray paint, gadgets and footwear, Fat Buddha offers some of the most dynamic and versatile menswear in the city.

81 Queen St, Glasgow G1 3DA

 

Wish Frockstorock

Off to a graduate ball or Christmas party at the union? Wish Frockstorock features elegant prom dresses, gowns and bespoke pieces for all types of events.

266 Clyde St, Glasgow G1 4JH

 

Pink Poodle

A popular boutique close to Byers Road, Pink Poodle focuses on 50s style to contemporary clothing, eccentric jewelry with modern, minimal design and quirky gifts and accessories. Its vibrant prints and boho garb are a firm favourite among Glasgow Uni students.

5-21 Cresswell Lane Glasgow G12 8AA

 

Have we missed any of your fave boutiques? Give us a shout on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to keep an eye out for the city’s best retailers at Freshers’ Fest this year.

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Freshers’ Festival returns: bigger and fresher than ever!

The dawn of the biggest and best student party is upon us! The annual Freshers’ Festival is back, bursting to the brim with a magnificent medley of freebies, competition prizes, job opportunities, delicious food and drink, music and entertainment!

Some of you will remember a few of last year’s highlights: mouth-watering free grub and booze, the best DJs from clubs across Scotland, insane giveaways and prizes, free samples from the biggest Scottish fashion brands, live art and model scouting, advice from Scotland’s best bloggers, free pizza and mean karaoke! Since thousands of you graced the plains of Glasgow’s SECC last year, soaking up the fresh vibes and leaving laden with freebies and new friends, we’ve decided to up our game this year and bring the festival to George Square, to give you the chance to bathe in the bustle of some outdoor festival magic!

Whether you’re a college, uni or school student who’s looking to chill in the big city whilst meeting like-minded folk, Freshers’ Festival welcomes you all with open arms (and free Papa John’s pizza, of course). The two-day long event will run from 21st – 22nd September at George Square, and in the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with VIP goodies, giveaways and competitions on our social media channels. This year’s festival will see Scotland’s most popular clubs, eateries, venues, entertainment centers and employers as well as exclusive offers on accommodation and events! From discounts and freebies to employment, volunteering and networking opportunities, the Freshers’ Festival is the ideal way to kick-off the academic year in style.

So keep your eyes and social media accounts peeled for info on exhibitors, spotlight events and exclusive competitions. Feel free to drop us a line too and join the chat over on Twitter @freshersfest

 

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From all the exhibitors: THANK YOU!

Over the next week, we’ll be taking a look back at the highlights of Freshers’ Festival 2014. But before we get all nostalgic, the exhibitors have one last thing to say to everyone who came along and helped to make this the best year yet:

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Top Notch Topshop Freshers Discounts!

Oh goody! We love a good bargain, which is why we’re so excited that Topshop are offering all you lucky Freshers’ Festival attendees with an exclusive 20% discount from Topshop or Topman at Glasgow’s Argyle Street store. Yaldi!

We all know that there are few things more satisfying than starting a new academic year kitted out in lashings of new garments, right? So since you’re having to buy all those course books and a shedload of new stationery, why should your wardrobe miss out on all the fun?

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That’s why Topshop has provided the perfect excuse to treat yourself with this awesome offer, giving you that extra helping hand to stock up on your Autumn/Winter attire. The discount will be valid during the two days of the event only on all items purchased in store. Simply present your student card upon purchase to benefit from this spectacular offer.

What’s more, we’ll have free buses pulling up at Argylle street every 30 mins during the day to make sure that you get from A to B; be sure to pop into Topshop to make the most of that 20% discount and keep the Freshers’ Festival spirit going!

We hope that you’ve got your alarm clocks set and your browser open to start bookmarking all those new outfits you’ve had your eye on for the year ahead. Have a top time!

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H&M Fashion Blogger Challenge

Ahead of our exclusive Freshers Festival Shopping Event at St Enoch Centre, we asked fashionista and style blogger Sheri Scott, aka Betty Swollocks to get as many outfits from H&M for just £30. Needless to say, we’re pretty impressed with the purchases:

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Fox jumper £5.99,  Bear jumper £5.99, Fluffy jumper £9.99,  Bead necklace £4, Brown eyeshadow pallet £3.99. Total £29.96.

Enjoy top discounts from your favourite retailers at St Enoch Centre on the 19th September, 12noon-9pm plus live DJs, free makeovers, free food and shopping spree competitions. What’s more you can win a £50 Topshop voucher simply by sending us a pic of your fav outfit!

 

How To Get To SECC
Free buses running from the city centre all day, check website for more details.
TRAIN: low level train from Central Station to Exhibition Centre (every 10 mins from Platform 17).
WALK: 10 min walk from city centre
TAXI: average journey £5
CAR: paid visitor parking available at SECC