15 May 2016

GRADUATION

(Walking Times Square Dress, Tobi. Sandals, Nine West.)

After four years of watching people walk around campus in Harry Potter-esque robes and taking way too many pictures in front of the Albert Park fountain, it was finally our turn this year! I had been looking forward to graduation day for the longest time, not only because it marked the official end to my Engineering degree, but mostly because it meant a reunion with my amazing graduating class and everyone else I left behind in Auckland. Oh, and also because we finally got to don the infamous fluffy hood in a brilliant royal purple, which, in my (potentially bias) opinion, is the best coloured graduation hood you can get.

There were certainly times in the last few years when I was this close to just dropping out and doing something else, because I really didn't think that this was the right path for me. In the end though, I'm so glad that I stuck it out and can now call myself an official Engineer. I definitely couldn't have done it without my fellow ChemMat-ers who shared with me every late night, infuriating assignment and last-minute-hand-in moment, which means our bachelor's certificates are really just the result of a huge group effort.  Even though I'm not using my degree in my current job (yet...), I do already miss some parts of it, despite my apparent hatred of it at the time (graduation goggles perhaps?). Maybe I'll get back into it one day, maybe not; but either way, the last four years has taught me so much, I've made the most amazing life-long friends and I will always remember my student days as some of the best of my life. 

16 April 2016

FORECAST

(Floral top, Mirrou. Buckle shorts, TopShop. Nerro Boots, Lipstik. Sunglasses, eBay. Necklace, Meadowlark.)

We are officially a month and a half into Autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere, but somehow I can still get away with wearing outfits like this in our wet & windy capital. The weather gods have been oh so kind to us, with plenty of sunny days and no sideways rain as of yet. I'm embracing the opportunity to bare some skin in these new TopShop shorts that I picked up a few weeks ago. They are super comfy to wear, but the pleats and buckle belt add some subtle structure as well. I also rediscovered my love for these floral sunglasses that feel right at home paired with this (almost) matching floral top. Here's hoping the good weather sticks around just a little bit longer!

11 April 2016

UNIFORM



(Top, Jacqui E. Pants, TopShop. Shoes, Dotti. Bag, Deadly Ponies. Sunglasses, Glassons. Necklace, Meadowlark. Watch, Fossil.)

I haven’t been restricted in the way I dress for the last six years, and I’m beginning to think that I really took that freedom for granted. The world of working adulthood has now enforced a dress code on life, five days out of seven for the first time since I was 15. Needless to say, my wardrobe was seriously lacking in the business wear department, which translated into a minor (borderline major) shopping spree to fill this void. Although far from complete, I think I’ve managed to wrangle together a pretty decent capsule collection that will suffice until the bank account allows for further expansion.

I am loving these TopShop pants that actually fit me lengthwise without having to be hemmed (thank you petite section) and this vibrant floral number brings some much-needed colour into working attire. I do try to avoid wearing all black to the office, but I have to admit that it does look chic as hell and you feel like a super boss lady despite knowing very little about what you're actually supposed to be doing at work..