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How to Layer: Transitioning From Summer to Autumn

By Elizabeth Wigley

That time of the year is back again – you step outside and want to put on a million more layers, but by the time you’ve reached campus you start to hate whoever thought up the concept of clothes.

The answer? Layering. This doesn’t have to mean coats, scarves, hats and gloves, oh no. This is an invitation to wear shirts on t-shirts on bralettes; the possibilities are endless, really. Continue reading How to Layer: Transitioning From Summer to Autumn

Diabetes – Diagnosed at 19

By Elizabeth Wigley

It’s the same with every long-term or chronic illness – you never think it will happen to you. I am a fit, healthy, active 20 year old, so I certainly didn’t think I would ever say the words ‘I have Type 1 Diabetes’.

But that all changed about two months ago. I had suffered from the symptoms for about a month and a half, however it’s likely that my illness had gone undiagnosed for much longer than this. Fortunately, I am not someone to ignore my body acting abnormally, and so I realised I needed to act.

Diabetes was something I learnt about in GSCE Biology, but the main things I remembered about it was that it was likely to occur in older, overweight individuals; had I known that even 18-month olds could have it, I perhaps would have caught it sooner.

On my fourth trip to the doctor my symptoms had not cleared, despite being prescribed antibiotics. My glucose levels were tested only for the first time, which was when they were noted as worryingly high. Seeing the expression on the nurse’s face confirmed to me the results, and I was submitted to A&E that evening.

I had never been in hospital before that week for anything other than my birth, and having a drip in each arm and my blood tested every hour was a real shock to the system. I ended up being in hospital for five days, whereas I was told I may not have to stay even one night.

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on my second day in hospital. The wave of information given to me over that week was overwhelming to say the least, and I found it difficult to absorb it all. My mum remarked that I was handling it surprisingly well, but I think it just hadn’t sunk in yet. When you’re in hospital you’re normally there to get better, and then you go home. But I knew I wouldn’t get better, even when I went home, and I struggled with that.

On leaving hospital with a large carrier bag of medication, consisting of needles, blood-testing kits and insulin pens, I felt like a completely different person. Yes, my original symptoms were gone and I felt a sense of resolution from having an actual diagnosis, but I knew my life was never going to be the same again. Those who know me well will agree that I have a very sweet tooth, and the thought of having juice or chocolate as a ‘treat once a month’ actually upset me (although I am now pretty much eating as I did before my diagnosis).

Two months on I am back at university for my second year, I am injecting myself with insulin and testing my blood glucose levels as if I’ve been doing it my whole life, and I’m doing approximately 10 hours of exercise a week. I was told whilst in hospital that the Diabetes should fit around my lifestyle, not the other way around, and already I feel like I’ve got to a place where that is happening.

I will have this for the rest of my life, but I won’t let my illness change the quality of the life I lead. I would encourage anyone who has Diabetes to not allow it to conquer you, because your life can still be whatever you want it to be.

If you are experiencing any odd symptoms that you think may be a sign of Diabetes it is so important to get them checked out. Even if they are nothing it’s still worth investigating. The help I have received at UEA has been amazing, from my advisor to Student Support Services to the Medical Centre, so I know there are people out there more than willing to help.

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8 Do’s and Don’ts For Your Wardrobe This September

By Elizabeth Wigley

Looking at that massive heap of clothes, shoes and bags can be daunting when deciding what to take with you to university. You may feel like you’re moving millions of miles away and need to pack everything you own – you don’t! Here is a list of do’s and don’t’s when packing for your year at UEA.


 * Bring basics. From your favourite jeans, to a comfy hoodie, to that top you always throw on when you can’t find anything else to wear, you’ll thank yourself for bringing these easy, familiar items of clothing when you’re rushing to that 9am!

* Bring sports/gym clothes. You might not initially be feeling up to doing anything active at uni but you may change your mind after visiting the sports fair, and it’s always good to be prepared.

* Only bring clothes/shoes that you have worn in the past six months. If you bring things you can’t even remember buying, chances are they won’t come out of the wardrobe, which means transporting unnecessary items to and from home.

* Remember that you won’t be living in the middle of nowhere – Norwich has a great variety of shops, so you can always pop into the city to buy something you may have forgotten to bring with you.


* Bring your entire wardrobe! You will just forget what you have and will end up wearing about a third of what you bring.

* Bring your nicest, most expensive shoes. It’s unlikely that you’ll get the opportunity to wear them, so keep them at home for special occasions.

* Bring all your winter coats. Remember that you’re starting the uni year in autumn, and so it may not get cold for a while! They will simply take up space in your wardrobe that you might need for other things.

* Bring clothing that requires a lot of care – for example, if something creases very easily or needs to be dry-cleaned, you may not ever wear it due to the effort of maintaining its quality.

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KAOS Fashion Show

By Elizabeth Wigley

The ninth annual KAOS charity fashion show took place on the 6th March this year and it is safe to say that it was a huge success.

The show was incredibly varied, regarding both the brands showcased and the societies featured. The balance of high street brands and student brands was great to see, and it was a fantastic opportunity to see the Spring/Summer 2016 lines from some of our favourite commercial brands.

This took form of the swimwear collection from New Look, and the men and women’s collections from Fat Face, which featured layering, an ideal transition from winter to spring looks.

It was wonderful to see the student and society brands being so well put together, which gave off a professional air. The Indian Society’s top and skirt combinations were beautiful, featuring a red veleur cropped top which really stood out. The gold and cream colour matches were also very complementary, and the dance performance was lovely to watch. The details on the backs of the tunics featured by the Pakistani Society were intricate and detailed, adding elements to the garments which weren’t expected until the models turned to return down the catwalk.

Student brand Sims and Stitches brought bright and vibrant colours to the show, featuring items such as the red maxi dress with a draped shoulder, and a personal favourite of mine was the silk bell-sleeved dress with a peacock feather print.

The denim looks featured in the Gap collection showed refreshing new ways to wear the fabric, being worn as trousers, skirts and outer layers. The look that really stood out was the women’s high-waisted flared jeans, which brought an edgy style to the collection.

The 90s-inspired look from FCUK featured crisp top and trouser combinations, taking us back to monochrome tones and that classic French Connection look.

What I felt really brought the show together were the dance performances from various UEA societies. Royal Dance and the African-Caribbean society wowed us with their incredible put-together routines, and the Indian, Pakistani and Tamil societies invited the audience into their culture, which again was mesmerising.

The whole show succeeded in bringing the students of UEA together and the hard work KAOS put in was evident – here’s to next year’s show!

What To Wear To An Interview

By Elizabeth Wigley

It’s already nearly April and before we know it summer will be upon us, which means summer job hunting! But sometimes, what we wear to a job interview can be just as important as what you say about yourself. Think about it – if you turn up looking untidy and not put together, this may reflect your work ethic.

 It is important to consider the job you are being interviewed for. Of course, if it is waitressing in a cafe you will not be expected to dress very formally, however if you are hoping to intern in an office the dress code will certainly be different.

 Black can often be the go-to colour for a job interview, as it is simple and inoffensive. This is absolutely fine as you can’t really go wrong with it, but remember that your clothes can be a clear representation of your personality. So if you love bright patterns and colours, by all means wear them! But it can be advised that you wear simple tones, with a splash of colour to break up the monochrome. For example, for a formal look a black midi skirt, black boots and a patterned shirt is ideal, as is smart black trousers with a plain top and a coloured blazer.

 Having the right silhouette is a significant aspect of your outfit. A smart, crisp and tidy look appears more professional than if you wear ill-fitted garments. For guys, it cannot be stressed enough how much of a difference it makes if your suit fits you well. Match this with some smart, clean shoes and a nicely-patterned tie and you will look the business. Accessories are also vital to get right. This can be anything from jewellery (a statement necklace can look great with block colours), to the bag you choose to bring to the shoes you wear. DO NOT WEAR HEELS IF YOU CAN’T WALK IN THEM. It can make you look less mature and just a bit silly.

 So remember, don’t overdress for an interview that doesn’t require smart attire, and don’t underdress for a job where formality is key. First impressions count, and sometimes what you wear can speak louder than you do.

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KAOS Fashion Show 2016 – Pre-Show Interview

By Elizabeth Wigley

Kids Action Overseas (KAOS) is a charitable society here at UEA, and their ninth annual fashion show is being held on Sunday 6th March. Ahead of the show, I interviewed some of the committee to get an inside look as to how the show will be run, and what the society aims to achieve through the event.

For those who aren’t aware of KAOS, would you mind giving a brief explanation as to what their aims are?

We are a charitable organisation which raises money for free charities, such as Khandel Light, New Hope Kenya and New Hope Cambodia. We organise these charity events in order to raise money to improve the standard of living for children in these countries who are deprived and can’t fend for themselves.

Does the charity raise money for countries in particular continents or are you internationally-focused?

We concern ourselves with international countries, for example at Christmas we organised the Christmas Shoebox Appeal where presents were sent to kids in Romania.

What exactly does the money raise do for the children concerned with the charities?

Part of the money raised goes towards increasing education in the areas, so it contributes to building schools for the children, which enables them to get the standard education that they need. Some of the money also goes towards developing the areas they live in, which consequently improves the standards of living.

You are including student brands and society lines in the fashion show as well as well-known high-street names – why do you feel this is important?

UEA is such a diverse place so it’s great to get lots of people from a range of societies involved in the show. We feel it’s important that students can approach us and say they want to showcase their brands and promote what they have created. So, it’s a chance to display the talents of the university whilst raising money at the same time. Also, it’s an opportunity for the societies to promote themselves and encourage people to join.

You are including other societies in the event such as Royal Dance – do you feel this helps to promote your message and distribute your ideas throughout the university?

Yes we try and make the event as diverse as possible, so by having as many performers as we can this means there is something for everyone which all can enjoy. As well as this, by having so many different groups of people getting involved in the event it shows everyone pulling together and working as a team to raise money for these charities.

In what ways can students get involved in raising money for KAOS?

The best thing you can do is come along to the fashion show, have a look at what we do both in terms of the events and what the money raised does for children overseas. Also at this time of year we will be running elections for committee positions so if anyone is interested in getting involved in a deeper sense this is a great opportunity to put yourself forward.

The show is being held this Sunday 6th March at 7pm in the LCR. Come along for a great night to raise money and have some fun! Buy your tickets at the link below, and to find out more about KAOS or to join the society follow the second link included.



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Three Ways To Wear… A Denim Shirt

by Elizabeth Wigley

Every student needs a small number of staple items in their wardrobe. As basic garments, they can be easily adapted to wear with multiple outfits, making them essential wardrobe pieces.

This article focuses on the classic denim shirt. The great thing about denim is the numerous shades it can come in, and then you’ve got texture to consider. If this is a new garment you’re trying out, keep it simple with a plain texture in a light shade, as this provides more options outfit-wise.

With jeans

Don’t be afraid to do double denim if you’re pairing a shirt with black jeans, especially if the shirt is of a light tone. Match this with a grey or white t-shirt and you’re good to go. Feel free to go for a striped top to add an extra element, and what’s so easy about this look is that it can be dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories.

As an under-layer

Although we’re talking about a shirt here, don’t be restricted to wearing it as outerwear. Here I have teamed it with some black denim short dungarees, to make an everyday look that little bit smarter. Some black heeled boots have completed the look, but combat boots or slip on plimsolls will also do the trick.

With a skirt

Matching differently-toned garments can enhance your look, just like this tan skirt. What’s more, the suede texture of the A-line skirt can bring out the details of the garments, taking away any appearance of looking dull and flat. Rolling the sleeves up on the shirt can really change the look, causing the outfit to look less conservative.

Three Ways To Wear… An A-Line Skirt

By Elizabeth Wigley

3 Ways To Wear… An A-Line Skirt

The cold weather can often restrict us in what we wear, and personally the idea of wearing a skirt in winter just really doesn’t appeal to me – I get cold so easily! But wearing a skirt the right way means you can adapt your outfit easily, depending on the weather, the situation and the time of day. An A-line skirt is perfect for wearing in multiple outfits, as they can be both casual and that little bit more formal.

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Teaming an A-line skirt with a polo-neck jumper gives off that sophisticated air you might be looking for. It keeps it fashionable and practical at the same time, as the knitwear keeps you warm when walking to and from lectures. In this particular style, I have paired textures together, as the top is ribbed and the skirt is of a suede material – this can enhance the look as it breaks up the idea of simple block colours.

Mixing Patterns

Wearing more than one pattern together is often not done, as it can be twtw-2fairly risky. I would recommend not wearing more than two patterns in the same outfit as this can appear quite messy and not pulled together. With this outfit, the colours of each individual garment are fairly similar, as are the patterns of straight lines. As a result you would not quite expect this to work, but somehow it does!



The silhouette of an A-line skirt can be ideal for an evening out when yotwtw-3u don’t want to go too fancy. Its angles provide a formal yet fun look and give you freedom to move. Here I have matched it with a patterned crop top to contrast against the bold blackness of the skirt, and I am wearing a light patterned kimono as an outer-layer. This can be worn with or without tights, and some black leather mules have done the trick to make the look classier with a mid-heel.