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As the nights draw in and Halloween looms, the online gift emporium, Pen Heaven, presents their spooky stationery essentials for all your writing needs.  Dark and versatile, Pen Heaven has hand-picked a fine collection of designs, from pens to journals to let your creative juices flow. Pen Heaven sent me their Sorrento Medium Leather Journal – £14.99 – a simple, classy, and sophisticated journal that fits in my handbag – which is perfect for me as I usually write on-the-go in coffee shops and wherever inspiration hits.  They also sent me the Classic Matt Black Fisher Space Bullet Pen – £28.92 – a…

You don’t need to be an elite athlete, pay a fortune for a Personal Trainer and a gym membership, or be out running a marathon every day to be fit and active; as lockdown taught many of us, it’s perfectly possible to keep fit from the comfort of your own home.  Exercise is an amazing way to improve your physical and mental health. As we’re spending most of our days indoors studying and doing online lectures, a Youtube workout is the perfect filler activity for in-between lectures, or for a quick study-break when we need to get away from our…

Thousands of students across the UK have undertaken the well-established rite of passage – starting their first year at university. But restrictions caused by COVID-19 have made this year a unique and difficult experience for students. When studying at university, we already have to manage the stress of academic work, tight finances and balancing a busy and hectic social life and schedule of extra-curricular activities. The pandemic, and the news of a new circuit-breaker lockdown happening in Wales, adds another layer of pressure to this mix. Priory’s consultant psychiatrist Dr Niall Campbell has outlined steps that undergraduates can take to look after themselves…

This year, supporting the arts has been more difficult than usual; being unable to attend concerts, theatre productions, visiting museums, workshops, galleries and many more. Despite this, there are ways to remotely attend these venues with everything being shifted online.  Some examples of this are;  The website “Bandsintown” is currently live-streaming concerts online, including the music of popular and indie artists. This is a good way to remotely attend a concert and support artists whose concerts have been cancelled due to Covid. Some examples of these are, Harry Styles, Foo Fighters, Hayley Williams and many more.  Some music artists are…

Blue Sky is one of the many hidden gems of Bangor. Tucked away up an alleyway off the High Street, this gorgeous café is committed to delivering some of the best food in North Wales, with the majority of ingredients being locally sourced and organic. Following a post-lockdown eyebrow wax (yes, it did hurt), I decided to pop in to Blue Sky with my laptop to get some work done, and also to try out their menu.  Due to the pandemic, Blue Sky recommends booking a table to allow for social distancing, however I was a walk-in customer and was…

We are approaching Halloween during a global pandemic where people are advised to wear masks, so what could possibly be more topical than the iconic appearance of Plague Doctors? Now, most people are quite familiar with their striking and spooky appearance, but let´s take a look at what they did, some common misconceptions about them, and the history of the Plague Doctor costume! The term “Plague doctor” refers to the physicians that treated victims of the Bubonic Plague (also known as ‘The Plague’, or ‘The Black Death’) during its multiple outbreaks throughout the 14th to 19th centuries. Often regarded as…

With pubs closing earlier, there are undoubtedly more and more people drinking at home or simply heading to the pub a few hours earlier. But boozy nights out (or should I say boozy afternoons out) cause a lot of people to pile on the pounds as they don’t realise just how many calories they are consuming, and how few of these they are actually burning off through exercise.  A free online tool, built by the owners of Alertr.co.uk, aims to do all the work for you, by converting the calories consumed on a ‘big’ night out in Bangor, into a…

Image Credit (left to right): ‘cyclonebill’ (CC 2.0), ‘Takeaway’ (CC 3.0), ‘Pixy’ (CC0) So, the first couple of weeks of uni have passed and everyone is starting to settle back into the routine of feeling stressed beyond belief, particularly those in their final year of study. More than ever, it is important to look after your health in order to keep yourself feeling as fresh as a daisy, by ditching those overpriced takeaway pizzas and ready meals for more nutritious alternatives. Use this ultimate student recipe guide to help you impress your flatmates and cook up a storm in the…

Featured Image Credit: Freda Did you know the average woman goes through approximately 15,000 period products in her lifetime, and it will cost her around £18,000 in total! Your Period, Time of Month, Mother Nature, Aunt Flo, Lady Time, Bloody Mary, Crimson Tide, or whatever it is you call it, is something that many of us girls dread. They can be uncomfortable, expensive, and unpredictable, which is why we never want to be caught short without having a good supply of period products readily available to us. We all have different preferences to the brands and styles we like, but…

Breast Cancer Awareness month takes place every October, with organisations around the world campaigning and highlighting the importance of global breast cancer research and awareness. In the UK, around 55,000 women each year are diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most common cancer in the UK. Almost nine in 10 (87%) women survive breast cancer for five years or more, with one of the main reasons for this being early detection and faster diagnosis of the disease. (Stats from Breast Cancer Now) Here are a few ideas of things you can do to get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness…

According to the Vegan Society, the number of vegans in Great Britain quadrupled between 2014 and 2019. The rise of veganism is showing no sign of slowing down either, as there are more vegans now than ever, and it’s estimated vegans and vegetarians will make up a quarter of the British population in 2025! This year, I have set myself the goal of making the majority of my meals plant-based, and also only using vegan beauty products on my hair, body and skin. My main reason for making this change is to help me live my happiest, healthiest and most…

I think we can all agree that face masks can be a bit annoying, especially if it is warm out or if you’re wearing glasses, but it is just as undeniable that they can also look exceedingly lovely or badass. After all, masks have been used as fashion statements in many subcultures over the years, as well as in countries where wearing masks was already a common thing. Now, there are voices that find the treatment of masks as a cute accessory to be in poor taste when they are meant to protect from a virus many people have suffered…

Photos by (from left): PickPik (CC0), Pxfuel (CC0). Edited using BeFunky Inc. Freshers Week is finally here, and although this year is a bit different to normal, there’s no reason why we still can’t have a good time with our flatmates. Drown your coronavirus-related sorrows with September’s Cocktail of the Month – ‘Pandemic Punch’. This is the perfect pitcher-style drink for a night in with friends, or for those who have a bit of a sweet tooth.  Pandemic Punch – (Inspired by Laura of Seacoast Moms) – makes 1 pitcher jug Photo by Pxfuel (CC0) You will need: 1 bottle…

As many professional meetings, university classes, and even some dates have moved from physical spaces to virtual ones, the way we get ready and make ourselves presentable for these interactions has changed as well. Of course it has; a webcam will always frame us differently than when meeting face-to-face and we tend to communicate and carry ourselves differently, too. Thus, we run the risk of coming across as (literally and figuratively) flatter than we like, and not just because we might wear a nice shirt on top but dirty sweatpants on the bottom (something my friend lovingly called the “fashion…

Photo by Pixabay (CC0) Living alone for the first time is a daunting experience for any student, regardless of where you’re from and what you’re studying. One of the most common anxieties students share about going to university is food related: how will I survive at uni if I don’t know how to cook? Well don’t worry because I’ve got you covered! Before I started at Bangor, I was the worst cook (my parents even stopped me from taking Home Economics classes as part of my GCSE studies because they couldn’t stand the thought of eating any more of my…

Since it became compulsory to wear face masks in shops in the UK, I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve had to run back into the house to get the face mask I forgot! Originally I was never keen on wearing a mask – I found it frustrating how they would smudge my makeup underneath! But of course I would wear them anyway so that I could safely get my nails done, go shopping, and get taxi’s without feeling like I was putting anybody at risk. But whilst on holiday in Madrid recently, I gained a complete new…

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