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Essential winter warmers

Winter calls for cold weather and therefore, warm clothes. Do not despair! You may be colder than usual waiting in the club queue line or walking to campus and wondering why you did not wear those thicker socks. However, what is better than snuggling in that comfy winter coat or onesie? This article will take you through essential winter clothing and show what is popular right now.

Not surprisingly, the onesie, perfect for students who cannot afford huge amounts of heating, will head this selection of essential winter clothing for lounging and night-time.» >

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Best style at NYFW

This September, the eyes of the world turned to New York, as NY Fashion Week kicked off once more. As per usual, they predicted and dictated the trends we will be wearing when the sun finally emerges again in spring 2014.

The style sticking around for another season seems to be the highly popular monochrome look, with black and white as permanent a fixture on the runways as it was at NY’s last fashion week.» >

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Having a ball: fashion at freshers

The Fresher’s Ball. What to wear to the biggest event of first term? It’s tricky to decide on that perfect outfit, you’ve spent most of your week in an impressive array of fancy dress: neon, plastered with face paint, sheets fashioned into togas, geek glasses, etc. So the fashion department at Spark* have asked some third years that have previously attended for some advice, and here’s what they said…

Anna Jones, Third Year Archaeology student.» >

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From Salsa to Steampunk: Reading’s most fashionable nightlife

To look for a well dressed, heel-friendly venue in Reading can often be more difficult than it seems. The classiest of which, MIX Cocktail Bar, Pitcher and Piano, Malmaison and the like, will almost certainly never appeal to your student bank balance. And, inevitably, as much as our favourite heels would fit in nicely at the Union, I  feel that Topshop’s finest sling-backs need somewhere a little more welcoming…

Q Bar is up there (especially having held the recent party of the Downton cast), as is Vodka Revs, for our weekly heel-friendly clubbing fix.» >

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Fashion squared: the society meets Spark*

This year Spark*’s Fashion section aims to team up with UoR’s Fashion Society to bring you fantastic in-depth coverage of all things fashion at UoR! What better way to introduce our readers to the society but through interviewing fashion society president and second year law student Hannah Stanford.

Hi Hannah, thanks for agreeing to do this interview! Last year the fashion society ran trips to Birmingham’s Clothes Show Live and the Valentino exhibition at Somerset house.» >

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Advice from RUSU Welfare Officer, Sophie Davies

 “I feel really homesick and no one else seems to be. What do I do?”

Homesickness is incredibly common in the first few weeks of term and there’s certainly no shame in it! I guarantee that as much as they might hide it, even the rowdiest and most confident of your flatmates will have called home at least once this week! Everyone gets homesick at some point but for some people the feeling of uncertainty and anxiety are much more severe and it might not feel like it’s going to get any better.» >

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High street vs online: how do you shop?

In recent years there has been a massive change in the way in which people shop. Traditionally, the only way someone could update their wardrobe was by fighting against the hustle and bustle of the UK high street in order to bag that limited edition Topshop dress. Usually finding that that dream dress only remains in the wrong size. Nowadays shoppers can bag the dress they want with a simple click of a button, ensuring no disappointment and no wasted trip in to town.» >

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Supermarket guide for hungry freshers

 

Doing the weekly shop and feeding yourself can seem like a daunting task when you first arrive at uni.

Here at Spark* we have put together a little guide of the local supermarkets because in the first week, every little helps.

Where they are, when they are open and whether they will go further so you don’t have to by delivering straight to halls – all of your questions will be answered here.» >

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