When the zeros line up on the twenty-four hour clock.

university of liverpool graduation
French Connection blouse: gift (similar here and here). Charity shop pencil skirt: £1.50. Christian Louboutin Nude heels: £75, via charity shop. Links of London necklace: gift. Rotary watch: gift. Chanel "Gabrielle" lipstick. Chanel "Dragon" nail varnish.
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paul mccartney statue cavern club
Charity shop lace blouse: 50p. American Apparel woven skirt: £33. Russell and Bromley flats: 50p, via ebay. Ralph Lauren sunglasses. Rotary watch: gift.
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antony gormley another place crosby
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No, you didn't miss anything, these are just some of the photos I never got round to posting from my graduation. On Friday, it will be a year exactly since we threw our mortar boards into the clear blue sky, and what with all those in the year below sending snapchats and selfies my way, it seemed as relevant a time as ever to write a little throwback, of sorts. I always wonder whether these kind of posts are a little self-indulgent (the last one I wrote was waaay back in October), so feel free to scroll through the photos and move onto a prettier blog, of which I've listed plenty here, or hang around for a while, there might be some lols.

When I graduated, I was a little optimistic, which I can 100% guarantee is how the majority of undergraduates feel when they collect their degrees on stage. The usual things ran through my head about how I'd be employed within a month or so, be saving up to move out, and be livin' the dream in London. In short, I knew fuck all (technical term) about the reality of the job market, and found it pretty tough to come to terms with being one of the 2.51 million (May 2013, the month I left uni) out there who hadn't landed feet first in my chosen career. If you'd have told me that I'd be moving to Germany before the year was up I would have laughed plain in your face, and still to this day I'm a little surprised I did it, particularly considering I wasn't in the best frame of mind and physical condition to deal with the stress and upheaval of moving abroad. But, six months later, I came back with words like Katzenjammer under my belt and a whole load of new friends from all over the world.

Bumping back to reality was a bit of a bummer. Although it was rad to be within walking or train distance of everyone, it was frustrating to come back with no real idea, yet again, of what was about to happen. I completed two weeks of jury service, followed by two weeks interning at Cath Kidston's head office over in Shepherd's Bush, then four weeks at Oasis closer to home in Shoreditch, which has since been extended. Attempting to continue my social life (a what, now?) and not let this blog fall completely by the wayside (which I've come pretty close to many, many times in the past few months, and still wonder now whether perhaps getting eight hours sleep might be of more worth than replying to emails) has proved to be pretty tricky, particularly on an intern's budget, but that steadfast british resilience keeps seeing me through, and my need to be melodramatic quite clearly continues.

It's just a little funny to think of how much has changed in a year, since that landmark-to-me-moment. I've lived in two countries, been in five, met countless amounts of people, published 95 blog posts (including this one), and have 17 sitting in my drafts folder never to see the light of day, bought three stripy tops, been to four festivals, seen arctic monkeys three times, eaten a few litres of hummus, and got one job.

So yeah, sorry this #tbt isn't on a Thursday, but when have I ever done things by the book?

10 comments:

  1. You looked lovely at graduation!
    I've just finished second year and I still have two to go but I do worry quite a bit about not finding myself a job. I guess I'll have to deal with that when it comes.

    Oh, and I can't believe you had a pink accent on your robes. I've got the most horrific green to look forward to!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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  3. I love your pink graduation thingy (no idea what they're called), way cuter than the blue one I'll be donning next week! Plus Arctic monkeys three times in a year is something to be proud of - screw the graduate job! ;)

    Jenessa

    www.jenessalikestowrite.com

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  4. Haha I love this, I've just left uni and graduate in October and I'm really not optimistic even though I'm trying to be! I know I won't get a job straight away or if I do but I'm trying to do everything in that direction! bargain louboutins! xo

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  5. I am in the same position, just graduated and struggling even for internships! Love your Louboutins! x

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  6. Loved this post, I remember reading the original one and I can't believe its been a year! I graduated just two days ago, feeling a little odd right now. I have a job in a bar in Leeds but saving up to travel South America, though that's a long way off yet..I don't think its sunk in really that I'm not going back to uni. Anyway, it sounds like its been a pretty fun year- 3 x Alex Turner sounds perfect xx

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  7. Well done my friend! That's one busy year too.

    Buckets & Spades

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  8. I remember your original graduation post because we both graduated around the same time, it was exactly one year ago for me. I just posted a reflective blog post about graduation too. I forced myself back to uni to do a postgrad and really landed on my feet after that. It's hard for us because there's so much competition out there but remember you are pretty incredible and you sound like you have a lot of experience! Keep your head up!
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  9. Firstly, all I can think is how jealous I am that your sash thing was 1 - pink and 2 - had fur!! Secondly, yeah you're right that real life is a huge bummer but you've had a pretty good year (and yay for the Oasis thing being extended!) and if I do even half as much as you have by next year then I'll be pleased with that!

    Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

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  10. Congratulations on your graduation.

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