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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Autumn Nights and Winter Days

It’s been a record-breaking summer but temperatures are now back down, and it’s impossible to ignore the onset of autumn and winter. It’s going to be a series of long, dark months until the spring signals a return to warm days, so it’s well worth having a think now about how you’re going to add some style and variety to your wardrobe as well as making sure it’s doing that basic job of keeping you warm and dry. It’s not just practical, if you’re not an autumn person, or even prone to Season Affective Disorder then looking for bright sides in this dark season is a vital way to endure the winter.

Autumn can be a tricky season, as while it can throw cold night and freezing rain at you to rival the worst winter has to offer, at it’s most temperate it can remind you of balmy summer days long into October. It means you never quite know what’s coming next, and you could leave the house dressed perfectly for a cold, clear morning only to suffer when the afternoon gets hot and muggy.

The key is planning, and layering – building up an outfit out of lots of different layers which work in combination, so whether you’re buttoned up under a heavy coat, and stripped down to a t-shirt, your outfit is helping you express yourself and fitting your image to the occasion as well as protecting you from the rigours of the weather.

You’ll certainly need at least a couple of luxury cashmere sweaters – they’re a byword for fashion and quality (as long as you make sure you choose good cashmere) but they’re also the softest, most comfortable garments you could imagine. That means that, with care, you can use them as formal business attire on cold miserable days when you need to feel comfortable as well as look professional and in less formal setting when you’re lounging around the house on rainy Sunday afternoons in September.

Another key thing you’ll need in your wardrobe is a good coat. Your winter coat is an eloquent piece of clothing, so choose carefully: a duffel coat carries a very different of associations to a classic mac, for example, both of which have more vintage overtones than a more modern cut and style of coat. Think about the sort of person you want to be this winter and pick a coat to help you make that first impression!

Christmas In Sheffield as a student

For many students, the build up to Christmas is the first time to see and participate in some Christmas traditions that are different to what you do at home. Here are a few unique (and some slightly more universal) ideas of what you can do over the holiday period in Sheffield.

If you are in Sheffield Hallam university accommodation, then it can be nice to get together and make a Christmas meal together. This can be a really nice way to get together with those you might not see in your accommodation as much. You can either create a fund which everyone chips into for a big shop, or perhaps try a potluck where everyone brings their own dish, and just hope one of you brought the turkey. You can also guarantee all the key dishes are accounted for assigning them out to your guests.

If you didn’t manage to check out the Peak District before winter struck, it’s still not too late! The Peak District is packed full of lovely winter pub walks. These can be a nice excuse to do your drinking outside of the city under the disguise of a nice healthy stroll. You can also fill up your flask with liquids of your choice to go red deer spotting in the Derbyshire dales, and pretend they’re reindeer for an additional festive rush.

If a walk in the Peak District seems a bit daunting, you can instead visit some of the parks throughout the city (Weston park is a personal recommendation), which are especially worth checking out when it snows. Be careful, because snowball fights can escalate quickly! Many of the parks will have local Christmas events on throughout the period as well, if you’re looking for something more civil.

The city centre also has plenty to offer over the Christmas period. With some of the bars pulling out all the stops. Explore for yourself to find a scattering of rooftop bars equipped with log fires to keep you warm as you try and forget about how early it’s getting dark. Or you can go and watch the city lights being turned on! The event is accompanied by a Christmas market full of  food and unique gifts, perfect for Christmas shopping (or Christmas dining depending on your preference). There’s something for all in Sheffield throughout Christmas and it’s a great time to start some new Christmas traditions.