My graduation ceremony for my Masters degree was on Wednesday. This is my second time graduating, so I at least knew what to expect this time. Last year I was really nervous but this year I thought I had it a bit better in hand - until one of my tutors commented on how nervous I'd looked just before going on stage.
In contrast to last year, there was no time to mingle after the ceremony, and therefore no time to take photos once I'd returned my gown. It was freezing outside (I'm sure I looked a sight sliding around on the ice in my stilettos) but we managed to get one or two snaps afterwards when I went out for lunch with my parents.
It's such a shame I didn't manage to get a full-length photo of the outfit (without the gown) where I'm standing up, as this dress really deserves it. It's a slinky little late 50s number, which was given to me for my birthday by my cool auntie (we all have one, right?); it used to be a favourite of hers so I guess we're keeping it in the family. She also gave me the late 50s shoes which only just fit me, but match very well. I'm also wearing a new bolero from Collectif (seems to be sold out now, sorry!) because I wanted something to help keep the cold weather at bay.
My lipstick is American Beauty by Bésame which I really love, and my jewellery is marcasite. The necklace and earrings were a graduation present from my parents which my mum chose partially because she loves her own marcasite jewellery, and partially for its vintage credentials (although this jewellery is new, not vintage). The bracelet is borrowed from my mum, who coincidentally also chose to wear marcasite jewellery with her outfit as she has more than one set.
As for what's next - who knows, but I'm aiming high!