Lifestyle and Career

Back to University and Gap Year Reflection

I have recently started my first year at university after taking a gap year. This time last year I had just started my first year at a different university, after taking a gap year after deferring from that university. Confused yet? 
I may not have had the linear path that many school leavers take, and now at nearly 20, I’m a fresher yet again. A perfect time to, when I’m not snowed under with coursework, reflect on the last few years of studying, working, interning and travelling, and how they have benefitted or costed me in many ways. This post is aimed at those in their final year of school stressing about university, those who are at university and unhappy, or those that consider themselves inferior for not having a degree. I hope it helps!


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An Ode to The Gentlewoman

Welcome to my new monthly blog series, ‘An Ode to…’ where I will be shamelessly confessing my love as a proud fashion nerd to my favourite publications, whether that be books, magazines, journals, zines, look books, websites, or of course blogs, in an attempt to inform and inspire, but also just because I’m a gushing super-fan of far too many things and they need an outlet. 

Firstly I’ve decided to dedicate a post to The Gentlewoman magazine, and more importantly, Penny Martin, its Editor-in-Chief and founder. I first came across this wonderful publication whilst researching for a project during my fashion management course at Robert Gordon University, and after attending the PaisleyMake Design Festival a few weeks ago, I was inspired to delve deep yet again into the world of The Gentlewoman after an incredible talk by Penny Martin herself at Paisley Abbey.


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Boxsmall Edinburgh


Last week the boy and I were invited to go and check out Boxsmall Family Festival on the rooftop of Waverley Mall (with the best views of the Edinburgh skyline you can get!) to enjoy a complimentary round of mini-golf and a delicious meal from one of the many traders at the Box Small market

The wonderful mini-festival, which includes a 9-hole golf course, extensive food and drinks market, giant bungee trampolines and zorbing, as well as stalls by local artists and makers, plus loads of relaxed seating areas to catch some last minute summer sun, is only here until the 28th (Sunday!) so check it out as soon as possible; its hard to miss, being slap bang on Princes street right next to the train station! Located on the roof terrace of Waverley Mall, the Box Small cubes give shoppers and traders a breathtaking view of the Edinburgh city skyline, with access directly from Princes Street. You can even enjoy a fruity cider in the Rekorderlig garden or some gelato from the pop-up sundae bar (we tried the chocolate ice-cream and it was delicious!).


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Tuk Tuk Vegan Treats


Today’s post is long awaited and delayed, so for that I apologise! I have been preparing for the move to my new flat, new course at university, and being a busy bee at work, but I am so passionate about dedicating my time to this blog! I am super grateful for anyone that continues to support and engage with Urbanity as it continues to grow!

I divulge. Basically, this post is a delight to write because a couple of weeks back I was surprised with a wonderful invitation to try out the vegan menu at Tuk Tuk, an Indian Street Food style restaurant  in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Lucie (from Tetris and Cheesecakes), Emma (from Edinbug) and I dined on a feast of meat/egg/dairy free dishes at Tuk Tuk, and here is my review! You can also read Emma’s post here, accompanied by her wonderful food photography skills that sadly I don’t possess! 


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Blow Shawlands Launch and other Glasgow Adventures


I’ve just returned from a wee day trip to one of my favourite cities, Glasgow, which ended in the most fabulous way- the launch party of the brand new Blow on Kilmarnock road, the second branch to open after Blow Finnieston back in 2014.  

What is Blow? It’s a Colour Asylum/Hair Salon/Training Academy/Cult Blogger Hang-out/Selfie Spot/ Braid Bar/ Coffee and Cocktail Club/ Blow Dry Heaven/ Rainbow and Glitter Paradise.  Yup.

I’ve booked myself in for later this summer for a cut and colour treatment using their exclusive, cruelty-free, vibrant vegan hair dye product range, Manic Panic, and I’ll be sure to show you the results!

Why not check it out for yourself at or follow their Instagram @blowcolourasylum for some unique hair creations. Read on to see my snaps of their fabulous new store, which have given me some serious interiors envy, and inspiration for decorating my new flat!


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