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1.1 Welcome to 2015

The first day of 2015 and the first (official) day of dressing from a 37 piece capsule wardrobe brought an afternoon of hangover recovery with some of my favourite people. Imagine, rehashing the gossip of the night before, copious amounts of restorative presecco and watching ridiculous videos on YouTube. (more…)

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Carley's room in hall 2014

Introducing the capsule wardrobe

When you enter my space in the hall where I live, it’s impossible not to notice my abundance of clothes. Between the huge antique-style wardrobe, chest of drawers and my overfull and never empty laundry basket, clothes are a big part of my life. But when I realised that I had given away / donated four big bags of clothes last year and yet I still had too many, I figured something needed to change. Enter the capsule wardrobe.

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Field of Light at St Andrews square, Edinburgh

Saying goodbye to 2014

I can’t pretend that I am anything but glad that 2014 is over. Whilst there were a number of good things that happened through the year, my memory has been coloured by my brother’s diagnosis and subsequent brain surgery. I wanted this post to be a recap of the year to remind me that there were good times as well as difficult ones.

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Snapchat with glittery hands and text 'these are the hand of a homosexual'

Fear of ostracism

In my last post, I suggested that there might be more than one reason that I’ve been reluctant to blog recently. It’s something that’s been bothering me for a while, and more than that, something which has felt like an unbreachable wall between myself and some of the people that I’d normally go to with my concerns. I know that quite often, confronting fear is the only way to combat it’s power, and so I’m nervously tapping these words into a screen. (more…)

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University of St Andrews Students' Association - the Rector's Cafe awesome artwork

Changing places

Back in 2009-ish, when I was a student at St Andrews, I was elected into a Position of Responsibility – note the capitals! I joined the Societies Committee of the Students’ Association – otherwise known as ‘the union’. The committee had to look after all 140-odd societies affiliated to the Students’ Association – giving out grants and loans, affiliating new societies, making sure everyone was behaving themselves. However, I was also elected onto the SSC – the Student Services Committee – and that’s where I first heard about the plans for the Union’s redevelopment.

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Heterosexual by default

A couple of weekends ago, I spent a Sunday afternoon with one of my best friends. I’m lucky that my move back to St Andrews has been cushioned by a few very good friends, who have dragged me out to have lunch or drinks or just to force me to leave my office each evening. This particular friend is someone I trust massively and am very close to, and we had a lovely afternoon wandering around in the afternoon sunshine and eating ice cream. (more…)

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