A Graduate Guide for the Best Graduation

How crazy is it that it has been nearly a year since my graduation from university? If you have just graduated, the first 6 months after graduation is the probably hardest if you have no plans but things do get better after that!

To be very honest with everyone, about a year before my graduation I had an image of what I wanted to look like on my graduation day and I spent quite a bit of time looking for the perfect dress and shoes to go with it (in hindsight, I should have spent more time revising haha). This might seem like a shallow moment for some people. For me, it was a very important occasion for my personal development and my mum to celebrate my hard work. 

Makeup and styling
One thing I truly regret about my graduation day is not getting up early enough to get ready properly. Since my graduation was at 9 in the morning, I naively thought that an hour would be enough to shower, do my hair and face but I was so wrong. I forgot to leave time to do my mum's hair and makeup and picking up the graduation gown as well. To all your upcoming graduates out there...leave at less 2 hours to get ready so you are not rushing around (unless you are a guy that needs like 10 minutes to get ready). 

On special occasions, always stick for a safe look. DO NOT on any level experiment with a bold 'on-trend' look for that day. A lesson I learnt the hard way...as I look back onto my high school pictures... Honestly, wtf was I thinking and omg why did I think that backcombing my hair was a good idea. My friends even told me my hair looked stupid...but I insisted. 

Anyway, back to the story... for makeup, I went for a very simple and understated look, just concentrated on the achieving a flawless base, light eye makeup, lashes and a slight pop of colour on my lips. For my hair, I just curled it and pinned one side back with hairpins.  

Finding your perfect dress
For me, I imagined myself wearing a white pencil skirt dress or something that has a bit of a figure-hugging shape and reaches my knees, to keep it a bit classy. I saw a couple of dresses from ASOS that I liked but with my student budget, I couldn't afford to buy them both online (ah...being a poor student, what a life). As a way to save money. I usually look for dresses on eBay. Some shops on there will sell new ASOS dresses at a discounted price.  

Getting your perfect shoes
I wanted a pair of shoes that I can walk in... I mean no one wants to trip over when they are walking across the stage (a la Lizzie McGuire). Nude colour shoes for me is always a good idea because they will make elongate the legs. The shoes I went for was also bought on ASOS but it's from Steve Madden line because I have several pairs of Steve Madden and I find them to be very comfortable.

Not forgetting the essentials
Bring a lot of safety pins because that graduation gown is not going to stay on you by itself. I spent the majority of my day adjusting my gown and pulling it up because it kept sliding off... 
However, most importantly remember to cherish every moment and enjoy yourself. 
P.S. How cute was my flower bouquet that my mum made me?

 *Throws your mortarboards in the air like you just don't care*

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  1. Happy one year anniversary of graduating c:
    And I don't think you hair did not look stupid!
    You looked lovely and classy! xx ICE PANDORA

    1. Thank you! Time flies!

      The stupid hair picture will hopefully will never make it onto the internet haha.


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