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Halloween Post 1

Yes, it’s that time of year again – hope you’ve all started thinking about what you’re wearing for all those Halloween parties you’ve been invited to! If you haven’t, fear not – I’m here today with my top costumes that don’t require too much thought or money.

 

Now, as you all know, I’m not the best at hair or makeup so I can’t really give much advice on these parts of your costume… but I’m great at spending money and/or finding deals. For example, this year I’m going to dress up as a zombie Snow White! So I’m still trying to figure out how to make my hair look big and zombie-ish, I’ve managed to get the majority of my costume all for under £20!

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Tiger onesie, devil, zombie baby, st trinians!

Now you have your stereotypical witch costumes – stick on a black dress, a cape/cloak, carry round a cat/owl/toad and a broomstick, and maybe splash out on a £1 witch’s hat from Poundland.

A vampire is quite similar – a black or red dress (or a suit for men) and a cape, some white face-paint or pale foundation, a lot of black eyeliner, and red lips, maybe with a bit of fake blood dribbling down your chin.

One student fail-safe costume is that of a cowboy or cowgirl. Throw on that checked shirt you have hiding in the back or your wardrobe, skinny jeans or a denim skirt, a pair of boots, and again pick up a hat from your nearest pound shop!

Of course, you can’t forget the onesie craze that gripped the nation – dig out your onesie and wear it – I’m sure you can pull it off!

The devil is another easy option. In most pound shops, you can now get horns and either a tail or pitch-fork in a set so splash out on this! The, girls, wear either a red dress or black dress, or you can wear black trousers and a top or whatever you feel is devilish enough! Men, again either go for the suit or a big oversized red thing. A bit of eyeliner and you’re set!

 

 

The thing to remember is that anything can be made into a zombie. A little creative thinking and you’ll be able to source your costume from your own wardrobe without having to buy much!

 

Hope this post helps some of you this Halloween, tweet me a picture of your costumes or leave a picture in the comments below if you use any of these ideas!

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Day 24 – Seasons

What is your favourite season and why?


Okay so firstly I’m going to apologise because I wrote this actually on the 24th but for whatever reason it never saved as either scheduled or published so now it’s late and I have to try and remember what I put here. Actually, anyone who has me on snapchat (which of course you all should – lifewktkinnes) will have seen me starting work on this post the other day!

Picking a favourite season is hard! I have different reasons for loving all four seasons and so I’m going to list them all below. Isn’t that what the gratitude challenge was about, taking time out to be grateful for things? So without further delay, may I present ‘The Four Seasons, and Why I Love Them’.

 

Spring. The birds start arriving home again, there’s a freshness in the air as everything begins to come back to life, trees begin to bud again and the weather, generally, is getting warmer. Days start getting slightly longer, Easter holidays and all the chocolate that comes with that! I say the weather is generally getting warmer as those two pictures are of the same part of Lisburn Train Station, taken just one week apart in March a few years back. Everyone starts to look towards summer and plan holidays, and lectures end to make way for exams then the summer holidays so there’s always plenty of time to sleep! As long as you revise when you aren’t sleeping of course. I’m particularly looking forward to spring 2017 because Rachel and I are flying off to Lanzarote for a few nights away together!

 

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Beach in Ibiza, photo courtesy of Dad

Ah summer… the hottest time of the year! Unless you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Then summer is essentially just one or two days, and if the temperature goes above 17 degrees for 3 consecutive days we call it a heat wave. But this is the time of the year that we all go crazy for the sun and heat! Girls can walk around in shorts or dresses without worrying about tights, beachwear in your back garden becomes totally acceptable, you can lie around all day and no one will judge you if there’s sun in the sky! Family barbecues and road trips to the coast take up a lot of the holiday, and there’s plenty of time to relax, given that for most university students, summer is 16 weeks long! Unless of course you have resits… but even then it’s a chance to see your university friends any time! The days are long, people generally feel happier anyway, there seems to be a never ending supply of ice cream and ice lollies around, and of course the cocktails come out! Can never say no to a mojito, especially during the summer.

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Ah Autumn… What isn’t there to love? I’ve actually seen quite a few posts over the last week on why people love autumn and the trend seems to be the same.

The colours begin to change to that of a warm fire. Trees everywhere become even more majestic in this stage, before shedding their leaves for us to jump in. There’s a slightly colder feel to the air, you know winter’s coming. Out come the comfy jumpers, the boots, and the jeans. Girls everywhere seem to embrace the fact that legs are now to be hidden for the next few months and the razor can have a bit of a break! Starbucks brings in the autumnal drinks – please don’t hate me but I’m not actually a fan of Starbucks – and everyone everywhere starts carrying a thermos of coffee or tea around. Our thick fluffy scarves make an appearance once again and we embrace our darker eye shadow and lipsticks. All this is before you take into account that schools and universities start back and so it’s the return of routine! An excuse to see your friends daily, what more could you ask for? Well I suppose it does help that my birthday is also in autumn! October hits and the shops fill with a mix of halloween and christmas decorations – what more do you need for a shopping spree? Halloween arrives with the excuse to welcome back your inner child and dress up with as much or as little makeup you want – whatever is scarier! Only a few days later and there’s Bonfire Night – a night that I both love and hate. While the loud bangs and whizzes of the fireworks terrifies me, I adore watching their bright lights illuminate the dark sky. The smell of the toffee apples and candyfloss, as well as writing your name in the air with sparklers… There’s nothing I love more than wrapping up in my thermals, hat, scarf and gloves, and going with friends to watch these spectacular lights, surrounded by little children with faces lit up in wonder. And as November draws to an end, we approach the most wonderful time of the year…
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Winter kicks off with the best celebration of the year. Yes there are exams to contend with, but they don’t overshadow the excitement of Christmas. December 1st, the tree goes up and all the decorations come out of there boxes. Roads and houses are lit up in technicolor and children everywhere begin writing their letters to Santa. Everywhere is playing Christmas music, the air is cold, and there’s a general sense of excitement in shopping centres – hidden well behind the aggravated faces of parents who just want to get their shopping done and get home. Mulled wine and hot chocolates, Christmas Markets attract people of all ages and nationalities as we all prepare to celebrate together. Fires are lit, and families make an effort to see each other and spend time together, even if just to watch Home Alone for the umpteenth time as it’s shown on TV. Children everywhere begin to listen out for Santa and have their eyes peeled for any sign of snow. Christmas day arrives and families around the world try to put any arguments on hold until we all celebrate this time of year – some for religious reasons, others just because of the symbolism of peace, love and giving. Once Christmas ends, we all welcome in the new year with resolutions and parties! Once these are done, however, there’s the realisation that there’s another 358 days until the celebreations come around again and we have two of the longest, darkest, coldest months in our year. While February is technically the shortest month, it does seem to drag a little.

 

 

In conclusion, I would have to say that Autumn is my favourite season! Only because Christmas isn’t a season… Only 87 sleeps!

 

Ktkinnes xx