Friday, 27 June 2014

Hats off to the Graduate.

So kids, I am officially a Fashion Journalism graduate! Wednesday marked the day that I said goodbye to student life, no more lectures, no more late nights before deadline and no more pizza for breakfast... Ok maybe sometimes pizza for breakfast. Maybe. All the time. Although it's scary to think that I am no longer snuggling (or being smothered) under the blanket of education, it's bloody exciting to see where life will be taking me next. 

Anyway, enough of the mushy stuff and on to what I wore for the big day. 

I am a pastel whore and so needed a pastel coloured dress for my graduation quite obviously! This dress ticked all the boxes for me. It was powder blue, one of my favourite colours, pencil shape with a flattering waist band as well as nice detailing at the back. I know it was going to be swamped by my thick black gown which made me sweat like a P-I-G but at least I felt the part underneath the unforgiving black material. If you have a graduation, wedding or occasion to get dressed up then this dress comes in many other colours on the ASOS website, here. I'm so tempted to get every darn colour. 

In terms of accessorising, the dress doesn't need much at all. Let the beauty speak for itself. I decided to go for subtle silver pieces to compliment it. Let's start from the top, down shall we?

Lucky for us UCA kids we got a gloriously sunny day for our graduation, yipee! So I had these Minkpink stunners to help me out with the suns rays. They are reduced to £16 in the ASOS summer sale here, so grab 'em while you can. It's as if fate brought us together.

WARNING: Chubby hands alert.

I look like I've imprisoned my poor fingers in those rings, jeez Louise. 

I only wanted simple jewellery for the day so went for these ASOS every finger fine rings. I know they look like I'm punishing my hands for a heinous crime but I promise they fit and were very comfortable. Super promise! Anyway, attention away from the hands and on to the bag. This metallic beauty is from American Apparel and was the perfect match to my shoes. 

They are beautiful, aren't they? Beautiful but bloody naughty. These deceiving little fellows look like they going to support you with all their straps and chunky heel but oh hell no. Although I didn't fall over on stage, they did make me feel a pain like no other even though I was probably only stood on them for a grand total of about 15 minutes (brought a more sensible pair with me, didn't I?). Don't let that put you off them though, after a couple of glasses of wine I'm sure they'll feel like those beanbag slippers that you heat up in the microwave. Probably wishful thinking, but hey ho!

So here I am, on't River Thames in my graduation cap and gown. I never thought I'd see the day I wore this get-up but god damn, it felt good. Such an amazing day and such an amazing location. The Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre. 

Meet my b-e-a-utiful sister Andrea! She and my mum came up to share the day with me which made it so special and I would just like to thank them for being there and putting up with me throughout the past three years. Actually, the past 22 years. What soldiers they are. My sister's stunning dress is also from ASOS, here. People often tell us we look alike so we thought we'd go for a matching powder blue theme. Cute, huh?

I'll show you a couple of snaps from the ceremony. This is me sauntering across the stage with Beyonce 'Diva' playing in my head... 

As if! I was like a deer in headlights. Look straight ahead. Don't slouch. Smile. But not that creepy smile you're doing now. Don't trip. Stop it with the creepy smile. Don't ankle roll. For the love of God, stop the creepy smile! 

And finally, here is me shaking hands with the amazing Dame Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer and Chancellor of UCA. 

Sorry for the not amazingly clear picture!

All in all, the day was everything I wanted my graduation to be and more. Although there are some family members that I wish could have been there but couldn't be due to being dotted all around the globe, I had an amazing day with my mum, sister, lovely boyfriend and my friends. Although there have been some ups and downs at UCA, I have loved the past three years and this was the perfect ending. Thanks to all the people who helped me get to where I am today, supporting me and believing me. Love you!

If you want to see anymore snaps from the day, follow me on instagram - @soniaflower, or for more OOTD's and fashion stuff follow me on @theglitterden

Until next time! 


Friday, 13 June 2014

Granny feet in Green Park

Happy Friday the 13th one and all. Hope you all have a black cat on standby to stroke into the night whilst you gaze at the full moon in the black sky... 

Anyway, yesterday me and my besty decided to go for a picnic in Green Park. I bloody love London in the summer time and we have just found out our university grades, (we are both officially graduating with 2:1's, yay!) so we thought we'd celebrate and finally relax with some sunshine, green grass and a lot of salami. Salami is our one true love. And olives. And bread. And everything. 

With a belly full of too much deliciousness, I decided to recline on this wonderfully inviting deck chair which happened to match my ASOS playsuit (different prints here and here). Nifty, huh? My affair with the chair was short lived, however as the deckchair policeman soon came around expecting £1.60 per hour of bum to chair contact. Sorry mister, I don't own £1.60. Help me, I'm poor. 

I decided to go incognito and put on my Minkpink sunglasses. 

But it was time to leave and enjoy the sun elsewhere. 

After perusing the area and walking off too many sun-dried tomatoes, we decided to meander down to Queen Lizzie's crib and make a wish in the fountain like true tourists. It's always fun to be a tourist for the day. 

With only a penny to spare, I clutched it in my chubby, clammy hand wondering what I should wish for. An iron perhaps? Looking rather crumpled again, are we? I blame all the strenuous activity of the day, lolling around on a blanket and putting food in my mouth. Tough. 

In the end I made a wish, a rather outrageous wish. I wished for the perfect accessory to my outfit. Something that's comfortable and stylish. Something that is practical and desirable. 

I wished for a deckchair. A bloody deckchair. Or at least £1.60 so I could hire the deckchair of my dreams. I guess I could have fished the dollar out of the water, I spotted a shiny £2 coin in there earlier...

No, I'm not one to mess up people's wishes. That's naughty. Instead I'll show you the back of my playsuit. It's perfect for a lazy day sunning in the park, it's comfortable and you don't have to worry about strap marks on your back. 

Now I'll just sit here and wait for my knight in a high-vis jacket to come along and permit me to relax in the comfort of a deckchair. 

Also, love them or hate them Birkenstocks are my new favourite sandal. I pushed the limits of ugly shoes by rocking a sock and sandal but I'm sure the Queen would give me her approval. Nothing wrong with granny feet when you're in Green Park. 

What do you think of Birkenstocks or socks and sandals? 

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