My friend and I have this belief, this core value that we do not betray. We go by this golden rule of investment: “Always spend more money on the following things. They are an investment and you should not buy cheap shoes, bed linen, or jeans.” The idea is engrained in our spending habits and we have saved ourselves a lot of money and discomfort by investing into good shoes, bed linen and jeans. Investing a bit more money into…

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Today I came across this: “Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We tend to complicate the process.” And it really struck me. We really do tend to completely complicate our own lives, and we really do make it harder for ourselves than it needs to be. This tweet had me thinking about how I make life harder for myself than it needs to be, including hoarding bits and…

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World-renowned fashion designer Christian Louboutin, infamous for his high-market handbags and red-soled shoes, created the collection mid 2013 in his studio in Paris when he realised and identified a need for a range of nude shoes that would fulfill their original intended purpose in elongating women’s legs, but for multiple skin tones. This need had not previously been addressed as an issue that could be resolved through design, and Louboutin was determined to find a design solution to meet the…

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Kindness. What a simple and beautiful concept. Today I was reminded of the joy such a simple act of compassion can, and does, bring to an individual. I was reminded of its capability when I was suddenly thrown in the path of an enormous and terrifying arachnid hanging from a ceiling outside our lecture theatre, waiting for its next victim. A lovely girl from my course – who was a stranger to me – very bravely pushed me out of…

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This week a lovely fellow student gave a presentation by the name of Claire – on the topic of the royal family. It was wonderfully presented and provided an unbiased and interesting account of the royals’ popularity and influence over the past several decades, and questioned their future relevance, power and influence. The presentation made me think about my stance on the family, and whether or not they SHOULD remain relevant. I mean, they are a well-educated group of peoples…

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