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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Don't give me that "hair past a freckle" response - get a wristwatch already!

Before our UTS press conference a couple of weeks ago, we were asked who had a wristwatch. I thought perhaps half of us would have put our hands up. I love wristwatches - not only are they practical, but they are definitely a great fashion accessory :)

However I was honestly blown away when only about 10 out of 250+ put their hands up, myself included. Being journalists, I would have thought punctuality was a necessity, but I suppose with mobile phones being far more mainstream than they were say 10 years ago, people don't see a need for a wristwatch.

To tell you the truth, my wrist feels naked without one. I'll usually be wearing one unless I'm exercising because I don't want to make my lovely white leather and rose gold watch all yucky (you can see a photo of it in a previous post - What's The Time Mr Wolf?)

I still remember the first watch I had. It had been passed onto me from a family friend, and it had Mickey Mouse in the middle of the face, his arms as the hands of the watch. Pretty cool if you ask me, but as I chewed everything in my sight in those days, I sadly sucked the life (literally) out of the fabric band. Not good.

My Grandma taught me how to tell the time on this this practise clock she'd made herself on the cardboard from a Rice Bubbles packet. Since I was about 7, I've had a watch permanently on my wrist. I can remember the flower-face silver watch I was given one year for Christmas on a stretch-metal band. Its brand was "Girlfriend" (yep, the magazine had it's own brand going) and it was actually genuinely a beautiful watch. A little hard to read perhaps with only two numbers, the 6 and the 12, on display but fancy nonetheless. 

I've also gone through the Swatch watch obsession faze. I wanted nothing more than a Swatch watch and was given one for Christmas in 2007 - after which I discovered my friend Bethany was given the exact same watch and we argued the entire year about who actually got it "first" (technically, I did because of the time difference between here and England) and who "copied" the other person. That watch has seen it's fair wear and tear and now rests in my draw. It was also known as the watch that "ticks really loudly" - particularly annoying to those who sat near me alphabetically in exams or to those sleeping over at my house. It was known to tick at the opposite time to my wall clock which could make sleeping a litttttle difficult at times.

Perhaps that was a load of ramble but I just had to say it. Watches don't have to be boring - the bigger the better! I think they often add the final touch to an outfit and they're very handy when someone asks what the time is (avoids the mad scramble in your bag to find your phone - "Can you ring my phone? I can't seem to find it amongst all this junk.").

If you love jewellery but really aren't into the idea of wearing a watch, there are watches that are disguised as a bangle. The one shown above is from ModCloth.com - the quality doesn't look the greatest but there's a million out there if you look.

Do you wear a watch regularly? I'd love to know why/why not. Make sure you vote in the poll on the righthand sidebar :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The typical (female) uni student

As we delve into the colder months, there is a certain style that radiates amongst a large majority of uni students. I think it’s largely to do with the areas I’m around (hello indie writers and artsy designers), but there certainly is that boho (and for some, slightly hobo) look taking hold of our campus.

Let me explain.

To start things off, we have the leggings. Now don't get me wrong, I actually love printed leggings, but as a mere observation, students are usually flaunting a pair of dusty floral or black/white pattern pair, reminiscent of Ksubi street/grunge styles.

(Source: Golestaneh - Street Style)

Then we have the oversized knitted sweater, usually with a lot of holes to either a) create an effortless style that looks like it’s just been casually thrown on, or b) remind the rest of the world that you are a uni student who is lacking in funds. Or both. Mustard and off-cream are the common colours.


Hair is long and wavy (this makes me jealous), and on occasion, paired with a knitted beret.

And feet… combat boots. All I can think of is Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries when I hear those two words. 


Effortlessly boho or copycat hobo? I’m uncertain but don’t think I didn’t hear about those UTS students sourcing their meals from local dumpsters…

What styles are you finding common at your uni? I’m interested to hear, especially if you're from a different faculty (come on budding scientists!)