Hi guys, I hope you're well! Today I have a really exciting post to share, as yesterday was my graduation day and I can finally call myself an official graduate! I had such an amazing day: my ceremony was in the morning, then we went for late lunch and a walk, then finally catching a train home where we were joined by my brothers and spent the evening chatting over a few bottles of bubbly. It was such a lovely day and I'm so excited to share my pictures with you!
Necklace -Miss Selfridge
Boots - New Look
I'd really struggled to find a graduation dress that suited what I was looking for: at the moment I'm preferring a more structured, fitted silhouette: by no means anything bodycon but something that skims rather than sticks out like the flowing skater shapes I favoured throughout university. I had a false start with a dress that I'd had to wait a long time for which then didn't fit me nicely, then had no luck trawling the shops on my lunch breaks. In a last-minute panic I found this dress on the Topshop website and ordered it on a next-day delivery, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it fit. With a crop-top style shape over an A-line skirt it looks a bit like a co-ord. The only downside is that I hadn't realised it had cutouts on the side, which I didn't think would be ceremony-friendly (I needn't have worried given some people's outfit choices haha) but I made do with layering a lace cami underneath, and the cutouts will look pretty into Christmas party season. Mostly I wanted to go for something fairly simple and classic as I knew these photos will always be ones I look back upon!
The ceremony itself was nerve wracking as I didn't want to trip up on stage, but - hooray - I didn't, and suddenly just like that I'd graduated and it was time for photos, cheesy grins all round! Graduation was such a strange process, and I couldn't stop giggling at the sight of myself looking a bit like Severus Snape in those robes, but hey - it's all part of the process...
A lovely part of graduating, a part that you don't really think about or expect, is that you do sometimes also get presents! Here are a few things that I received upon my graduation, including these beautiful roses from my brother and his girlfriend...
Stackable Rings - Bloody Mary Metal
Personally it is important to me that my jewellery has meaning. Every day I wear almost a full set of rings: some were my mums from when she was young, another from my 18th birthday. However, one ring I wore daily on my index finger didn't really have any sentimental value and so I bought myself a graduation present that meant something to me, that I will wear every single day. These stackable rings have a very personal meaning to me: 'per ardua' is the traditional McIntyre clan motto (my surname) and means 'through adversity,' whilst 'ad astra' means 'to the stars'. These are very meaningful to me, reminding me to face adversity, take the knocks and get through the darker times with the intention and drive to every day work towards being happy, successful and the best I can be.
Daisy Ring - Trollbeads
This graduation present was a hugely welcome surprise: as you might gather from my blog title, I'm very fond of daisies, and this Trollbeads ring is one I have admired from afar for years. Trollbeads' attention to detail is flawless, I love the wavy daisy stem, which fits around the finger, and the delicate romance of the small gap in the petals. When my parents produced this for my graduation present I was just blown away, and it will remind me every day of all the hard work I put into the past three years, and what that is worth. It is so easy to become disheartened just after finishing a degree and going back to the same job title you've always had, I know a lot of graduates (particularly from creative industries) will feel the same having had to do the same. However, receiving something I've always wanted and never thought I'd have as a reward for graduating helps give a sense of validation to all that hard work. It's not all about getting a job to validate all that hard work and gained skill, it wasn't all for nothing, and I know I have to be patient as it would take a lot of luck for everything to fit into place straight away.
My boyfriend later presented me with some lovely floral presents too: a gorgeous bunch of blooms and a beautiful flower necklace. I like that he always surprises me with gifts, nipping into my favourite jewellers and consulting them. He always chooses something I love, but I can never predict what it will be, which makes it all the more exciting.
Emma also created an amazing illustration of the three of us (well, our alter egos) as a graduation present for us. How amazing is this?!
Overall I had an amazing graduation day. I'm so grateful to my friends, family and course mates who have supported me along the way. I'm so proud of everyone on my course, who are a talented and hard working bunch who deserve every success that comes their way. The student chapter of my life has finally, officially closed and I couldn't be happier to start afresh. Who knows what the future will hold?