Big news everyone! I had my last day of uni ever yesterday! I’ve endured four long, incredibly trying years of law school… I’ve seriously considered giving up so many times, but I’ve finally made it to the light at the end of the tunnel! Of course, I still have two exams and an assignment to go, but assuming I pass all of those, I’m done! Forever! I haven’t felt this triumphant since my last day of high school (which, coincidentally, was also on October 23).
Reflecting on the last four years, there are obviously times I maybe wish I could have done differently… but at the same time, I respect them for what they are: learning experiences. Many people have told me, “You should have done this…” “You have to do this…” “You can do that unless you do this…” But I wouldn’t trade anything I’ve done; the memories I’ve made, for the world. Maybe I should have done a clerkship, but in the time I would have done it, I went to South America. That was without a doubt, the best time of my life. So no, I wouldn’t go back and change it.
One of my favourite sayings is, “That’s a problem for future me”. Of course, at times, not being proactive is irresponsible. But for the most part, the present is for living in the present. The future is for, well, the future. And I guess that’s what makes it so exhilarating anyway. When I think about what 2015 will hold for me, I actually have no idea, and at least on the career front, it’s all out of my control. The future is full of endless possibilities, unpredictability, and imagination.
♫ ♪ Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Maxim top; Chloé trousers; vintage blazer; ASOS sunglasses and heels; Lack Of Color hat
We all know how great the feeling is when you sing at the top of your lungs to your guilty pleasure songs. So what I like to do is make a special playlist of all the songs I would never (admit to) listen to, and listen to it every Wednesday. It really helps me when I’m struggling to get out of bed, when I’m in the car, or when I’m half asleep.
My favourites are songs that were big parts of my growing up. When I remember my teenage years, I remember a whole bunch of songs, because really, those songs captured specific big moments of my life (or so I thought at the time). It’s so fun thinking back on former crushes, heartache, and juvenile delinquency…
And a must-have on your Hump Day playlist is anything from Taylor Swift.
Christopher Kane safety buckle shoulder bag
Escapism can be a good, wonderful, magical thing, especially on a day when you’re feeling low. When you’re dying for the weekend but you still have a few more days of work left, transporting yourself to a whole new world may be exactly what you need. Sometimes, nothing beats a good book in bed.
I love my literary classics… where the characters go to balls, men court the women, and where there’s Mr Darcy! I may have been at uni all day yesterday, and I may be at uni all day tomorrow, but today, I’m at Darcy’s beautiful grounds at Pemberley… I’m listening to Georgiana play the piano, and the music fills the magnificent halls and runs all the way down to the woods… Just temporarily, I’m living a totally different life, and it’s a wonderful one, where good always triumphs over evil, and the ending is always happy.
The other day I came across Googly Eye Books, the funniest Tumblr ever! I never knew until then how much I wanted to see googly eyes strategically placed over my favourite books…
Today was a prime example of the predicament I always face between seasons… it’s cold and rainy one minute, hot and sunny the next, and then it’s back to cold and rainy. It’s getting harder to trust a weather forecast, so what’s a girl to do? And more importantly, what’s a girl to wear? Here are some of my tips…
Swap dark for light:
Winter whites is still a thing apparently, but your whites, creams and pale greys will always be marks of summer. They instantly freshen an outfit, and when you wear neutrals head-to-toe, you’ve got yourself a crisp transeasonal look. Keep things bold with little hits of black and colour.
People tend to forget that it can still be very cold even when it’s no longer winter. The key to transeasonal layering is to choose pieces that you can easily peel off and on. Ponchos and light knits are always good ideas. And if it can be tied around your waist or over your shoulders when you don’t need it, then it’s just as much a summer accessory as it is a winter warmer.
Keep your ankle boots:
Ankle boots are my best friends pretty much all year round. They’re still useful this time of year because they’re durable, and can get you through the remaining water and mud puddles. They’re also not too heavy.
♫ ♪ Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
Really, the key to transeasonal dressing is versatility.
Museum kimono; ASOS top and boots; Chosen by Tuchuzy pants; Kids necklace; Alexander Wang bag
We all assume on Sunday night when we go to bed, or on Monday morning when we wake up, that the day is going to suck. We may not like Mondays, but according to statistics floating around Instagram and Tumblr, on Mondays there will be over 5,000 weddings, 10,000 childbirths, 42 million hugs, 600 work promotions, 4 multimillion dollar lottery winners, 600 dogs adopted, and 35,000 balloons sold. And that’s only in the United States! Also, the words “I love you” will be said over 9 million times, and I’ve already said it three times this morning.
I don’t know these statistics for any other day of the week, but Monday doesn’t sound too bad! It’s very unlikely that I’ll suddenly be going to a wedding or childbirth, I don’t have a job so I won’t be getting a promotion, no one I know is likely to win the lottery, and my local council says I’m not allowed a third dog. But for all I know, I may get a balloon, lots of hugs, or even an “I love you”. So to me, Monday seems like a pretty good day.
♫ ♪ I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
Vintage dress and necklace; Willow top; ASOS boots
A little girl asked me the other day, “Are you an adult?” When I said yes, she responded with, “Then why do you have a Tigger phone cover?” It’s a good question, really, and it made me think, why do adults suddenly have to be so responsible and polished? And why can’t they appreciate (and cry in) Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks movies?
It’s definitely important that adults learn to be independent and self-sufficient, but I think it’s equally important that they embrace their inner child. I believe that your inner child is the source of your joy and curiosity. It brings fun and laughter into your life, and makes the world more colourful. I don’t think I could truly appreciate life without embracing my inner child.
♫ ♪ When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles
Willow top; Tuchuzy pants; Charlotte Olympia heels; Miu Miu sunglasses; J. Crew necklace