Karishma Visram, 20, who is studying film and media at the University of Central Lancashire, tells us the stories behind two of her favourite fashion items.
MY BIGGEST BARGAIN
“After seeing the film ‘The Last Song’, I became obsessed with the edgy jewellery that Miley Cyrus’ character Ronnie wore and I desperately wanted some just like hers.
“In particular, I had my eye on her rings.
“I searched the Internet thoroughly looking for any clue as to where I could buy this jewellery and even resorted to freezing the music video to the film’s soundtrack in which Miley featured to get a clearer look at the rings and perhaps a brand name.
“After having no luck with this, I resorted to scouring the typical US stores websites such as Target but was unsuccessful in my search.
“I also had a look in Claire’s Accessories, but unlike people going for that grungy rebel look, the rings in Claires were too shiny and blingy.
“In a last ditch attempt to find anything that even slightly resembled Miley’s rings, I sifted through the hundreds of search results that I got on eBay until finally, bingo I found the one.
“It was silver, not too shiny and in an animal shape to resemble nature which gave it an Indie kinda feel.
“Then I checked the price. It was £2.50 – much cheaper than I thought it would be.
“With the purchase of this ring, I was one step closer to completing my edgy jewellery collection as inspired by Miley Cyrus that the 16-year-old me wore with pride.”
MY ULTIMATE SPLURGE
“I wanted pair of All Star Converse sneakers in black a few years ago when they were ‘in’ so I went to the nearest JD sports store and splashed out around £50 for a pair.
“I didn’t really need another pair of shoes but as per usual I thought up a list of reasons as to why getting a pair of Converse would be a good idea.
“I never usually spend this much on shoes but I told myself it would be worth it because I was going to wear these a lot.
“I could wear them at college, when I go out with friends and they would match everything.
“So it made sense. I should buy some black All Star Converse and that’s what I did.
“I have had my Converse for around three years and I am still extremely happy with my purchase.
“They have lasted much longer than I expected them to and they are by far the best and most comfortable shoes I own.
“Sometimes paying that little extra can be well worth it.”