I went for quite a simple look, wearing a white shift dress with nude slingback heels, a black clutch and of course the gorgeous Essie Fiji on my nails. I also kept the jewellery pretty simple, wearing a pair of silver earrings, my mum's ring and my Thomas Sabo bracelet. My best friend and I went for spray tans a couple of days before as her graduation was also on the same day but at a different uni. I had two coats of the classic St Tropez tan, I was originally going to go for the dark shade like my friend but I was a little unsure about how dark it would look against the white! If you're looking for a good spray tan before a big event I can't recommend St Tropez enough, no hint of orange and I think (and hope!) it looks very natural.
It's the nicest feeling having people being so proud of you. I know there were times when my parents thought I wouldn't make it which made the day extra special knowing that I got there in the end. A speech was made in the ceremony which was so lovely yet also so emotional. She emphasised how much you should never give up on your dreams and that failure is always acceptable as long as you try *vows to remember this* but if you don't try then nothing will ever happen. Wise words there guys, take note! It finally hit me that this is the end of student life and now it's time to face the (scary!) adult world. It was reassuring that there were many others there in the same boat as me though, not 100% sure what career path to follow or what to do next really. All my life I've known what's coming next and it's pretty scary not knowing!
Either way, I've graduated from Newcastle University and I couldn't be happier with that. Uni has taught me so many things about life and changed me so much as a person, bit of a cliché I know but it is so true! It's even given me the confidence to start and come out about this blog and write this blog post, to not care what people are saying about you behind your back is something I've only recently realised is so important. There were countless amounts of times in first year I considered dropping out and the amount of times I cried, god I dread to think...I've lost friends who I thought would be in my life forever but I've gained true and much much better ones. So if you're currently at uni and you're going through a hard time, remember that it won't last forever and before you know it you'll also be graduating, so definitely try to make the most of it because it goes by far too quick! After the ceremony there was a champagne reception with food, followed by lots of talks about the future and emotional goodbyes. Of course as a major food lover, the day wouldn't have been complete without an amazing meal to top it all off. I can't even describe how delicious the roasted goats cheese in a balsamic and pine nut dressing was, all I can say is yummmm.
Have you graduated recently? Or have you got it coming up? I hope you have the best day! I'm away for the next week so there won't be any blog posts but I will be doing one all about my trip to Greece when I'm back,
x x x