"What did you wear in the eighties?" I asked my mum a couple of weeks ago.
I was having a dilemma. I'd been invited to an eighties themed birthday party, and I needed inspiration. I was born in 92', so just shy of an 80's kid myself, and I'd always kinda resented this. It sounds weird, but in my opinion, all of the best stuff was made in the eighties! And don't forget Calvin Harris has "got love for you if you were born in the eighties!"
The music, the movies, the clothes! Wow, the height of pop culture. I adore 80's music, and decided to go with that theme. I toyed with the idea of a 'Salt n Pepper' costume, but my European friends weren't sure, and for that I'd need a partner. I eventually decided to go as Boy George from the Karma Chameleon video, because I love that song and his outfit is epic.
Mum wasn't much help actually, as she didn't have any old 80's clothes she'd been keeping. I mean, she's obviously too current on the fashion scene! I researched on Google and basically had the idea that I was going to wear an oversized shirt with all of the buttons done up, with jeans and 'sneakers'. Anyway, I went to this awesome shop in Covent Garden called Rockit that sells vintage clothes quite cheap. I bought this cool oversized tweed blazer as I figured it would look good with the shirt.
Now, you can probably see from the pictures my hat is colourful ribbons. I made the hat myself, with string and ribbons I bought form a haberdashery shop in Putney. It took me AGES! I swear, you would not think that it would be that hard, but it was. I had to buy textile glue, but it wouldn't stick. So, I bought superglue, but that didn't work either. Eventually I just used the standard scellotape I had floating around in my kitchen draw and it finally worked! So annoying that I went to the shops twice for adhesives, when I had the tape there all along.
Anyway, some of my friends came around to my house first, and we worked on my make-up. Boy George was famous for wearing lots of makeup, so I wanted to do the same. I had bright eyes and far too much blusher, but it was fun trying to get it right. The party was being held in my friend's house. She has like 7 housemates, so her house is huge. It was amazing; everybody had really gone all out to get awesome outfits. We all had shots when we arrived, and there was 80's music playing of course. She also had some really cool decorations for the house, and there were even space hoppers, which we all had lots of fun with.
She had some epic music playing, and the highlight of the night has to be everybody drunk, all dressed up, singing at the top of their voices to Journey - Don't Stop Believin'. What an amazing night, I will definitely remember it as a highlight of my uni experience.
There has been talk of a similar night after Christmas, dedicated to the 90's - OUR DECADE! Now this, I could like. Bring out the Spice Girls and S Club 7!
Before I started my degree I had to do an art foundation course, this was a year long course that is vital if you are thinking about doing art at university.
But whilst I was still in further education nearly all my friends were earning money and travelling around the world on gap years! At first I always thought of my foundation as a replacement for a gap year however I realised this didn't have to be the case! Having been pretty jealous of all my friends adventures I made the decision that I was also going to travel too but not during a gap year but a gap summer! Woo!
After my foundation year I knew I had a long summer until I started my degree in September. SO I took this opportunity to work hard (mostly on random catering shifts) for the first few weeks of this long summer and then spent the rest travelling around Asia for 6 weeks! This was incredible and really helped keep my travelling bug at bay for at least a few years UNTIL THIS YEAR when I decided again I would work hard for the first initial weeks of summer and then spend the rest of the summer travelling to South America (although this time it was a little more expensive than I had intended! eek)
BUT just because you've missed the chance of a gap year doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the long summers in between each year at university, which usually are as long as 10 weeks! Another great thing about travelling in the summers of university is that you will also be travelling with your best friends from university! Its inevitable that you loose touch with home friends even just a little so to travel with the people you are also sharing the best times with at uni is just an amazing thing!
Now, earning the money shouldn't be too horrific! I have three part time jobs which are all very flexible and I never let them get in the way of uni, but I work often enough that I can save the money for things I love doing such as travelling! Also this is the one time in your life where you will be able to be so far into your overdraft with no interest!! ;)
Everyone will leave Uni in a little debt so why not make it because you've travelled the world rather than spending too much clubbing or shopping!
This is a little information about where I like to socialise. In my spare time my favourite things to do are going to comedy clubs and listening to live music, as well as the typical shopping and watching movies.
Outside of Kingston I regularly go to the Vibe Bar in Brick Lane, Proud Camden and the Jazz Café in Camden. These venues have bars, live music and are located near great restaurants. They have many performances by up and coming musicians, open mic nights, competitions... and it's free entry to get in! How can you resist? If like me you love to listen to live music then I would definitely suggest you try these places.
When it comes to comedy shows The indigO2 inside the O2 Arena are always holding events. I recently attended the world superstars of comedy show there and I was in tears from laughter! There are regular comedy shows at Hackney Empire is a great laugh with many celebrity guest appearances - plus there's a chance you can find yourself on TV as many of them are filmed and shown on MTV Base, so if you have any good jokes to tell, don't be shy, get yourself on stage. Jongleurs Comedy Clubs is a great weekend spot with locations all over London including Croydon, Covent Gardens and Picadilly where you can eat, drink, laugh and dance.
I hope you guys enjoy if you decide to visit any of these places and maybe I'll see you there!