Last week was finally the week of my master graduation ceremony! I met all the requirements and submitted everything before August but for some reason we graduate in fall~ Which gave me extra time to plan my look and get excited for it. Get prepared for lots of pics but also lots of text (and a bit of bragging), if you are interested ;)
So enough of the talking, let's just see it then!!!
I got the idea for these white pink and orangy flowers from all the cute Rady stuff I was checking in summer, I was super happy to go to the store and get a bouquet of these and just see how they really look! I love them sooo much!
My family members that came also brought me many lovely flowers and I got the cutest gifts from my brother and his wife, and their kids made drawings on the giftwrap :D Which is very sweet!
When you celebrate with everyone you get pats on your shoulder like "you did a good job", and I normaly deny myself that kind of gratification but if everyone is so supportive and sweet, they gave me the chance to look back and say "wow I really did do something good!" And I am super grateful for that, because it gives me an amazing feeling that I am allowed to really be proud of my accomplishments :3
In this picture you can see my balloons! We had another set of balloons in which the purple balloon was a little lighter! I was so sad the next day the balloons had already fallen on the ground pretty much, but it was super fun for a day! I love balloons a lot :)
On the left behind the glasses and plates you can see a golden paper with some photos on it, I printed some photos of my year in Japan and arranged them around the house according to season. I explained some of it to my family members (not the close ones as they already know but a little more far off family), and showed them for example who my friends were, what my home looked like and just what Kyoto is like really!
These are the macarons, cake and champagne! I was kind of busy as I hosted the party so sadly I don't have cute pics of the cake and champagne but I can tell you the cake was amazing! The macarons and cake came from patisserie Tout in Amsterdam. Their cakes and macarons both just have flavours exploding in your mouth and they aren't stuffy and sweet but refreshing and great for champagne ah....you guys I am so excited about this fooood...
I wanted pictures with my champagne ò.ó because I just thought it matched my look so well~ This is the champagne I request at special occasions that concern me, because I like the taste of it, it's a liiiittle sweet and it is pink so I can totally tolerate this.. This is going to be my last special occasion in a long while, so I wanted a picture!
~*~The rest here is just outfit and head shots :D I know you've already seen all I was wearing but because I looked forward to this look so much I have tons of photos! And I will milk this moment like never before, I am all chat you have no idea~ But let's start with a full body:
Now I remember how big mori hair made my head look..but still cute! The dress is from Dazzy Store, it's kind of in the style of Rady, but it's actually a hostess dress and the most forgiving Japanese piece of clothing I ever owned! My boobs are totally fine in here~
Let's look at my big head and my big old fashioned hair next :3
I now remember how my hair covers most of my neck :o It's a little easier to see in full-body shots but I got a special gift from Rox for my graduation! Because I had told her about my outfit she gave me one of my favourite Princess Apparel bows :3 I hope I can find an occasion to wear this dress again with maybe a jacket and more smooth hair, in that case you can see how amazing this bow matched my dress :D
I don't have layers in my hair, but I made a little bump on the middle of my head with a cute pony tail in an orange butterfly clip on the back of my head! I can't seem to decide whether this bump hairstyle is super 2007 or actually very recent...But I drew my inspiration from the hostess-spreads in a few of the last Koakuma Ageha's from last winter~ I did try to get a bit of a sujimori in this and I poked some ratty old extensions in to keep my own curls from going too flat~ The point was to have mori but not too huge and a little modest and mature...But let's be honest it came out big and a tad OTT~ That's my hair for you, it only really works in the biggest fluffiest looks I'm afraid~
Now for the whole other side of my body...my feet! Beware of creepy feet ahead ;)
I've wanted shoes like this since I was still in high school!!! But I have slightly larger feet and finding cute shoes in Japan is hard for me, especially if it's heels :o The original Pleaser rose platforms do come in my size but I don't have money to pay for those and to be honest I find the Japanese ones more playfull and less erotic~ Luckily Dazzy Store offers these shoes up to size LL which is my size more or less ^^;; The straps are optional, and you can wrap them around your feet in several ways, I think I picked the least flattering way, according to what the pictures look like..but still good :D I just felt amazing to finally have these gorgeous shoes, when will I ever wear them again? I have no idea but I just love them!!
Last summer I purchased some props, a mini-graduation hat, and a sash that sais "graduated". In here we don't wear such hats at graduation. A similar hat is used to indicate (only) professors at official ceremonies (not like graduation ceremonies only very formal occasions), I am no professor but..
That's my degree, with the latin side in front! I had a close up but I felt uncomfortable with my name being all over the thing~ It sais the Faculty of Humanities grants me the degree of Master of Arts in the specialization Asian Studies..something like that. For those interested, my dissertation was about the realities of working mothers in Japan, I can't say I did a great job but good enough I suppose~
I have a few more pictures~
These items were probably meant for high school kids that graduate in summer but I wanted them anyway because I want to feel like a very graduated person! Please don't mind all the weird angles of my hat and the little string thingy, it was poking my eye ;~;
Dress: Dazzy Store
Shoes: Dazzy Store
Necklace: Princess Apparel
Ring: Princess Apparel
Flower Barette: Lattice
Hat and sash props: Xenos
Thank you if you've read this far! For me it was a really meaningful celebration, after a lot of struggle to get my research done ok and in time, I kind of didn't see the point of my efforts. I actually came out feeling more worthless than I did before I started this master~ But I am surrounded by supportive and sweet people that celebrated with me, and just taking one night to remember my efforts over the past 2 years, actually my whole educational trajectory since I was a kid, really helped me to close off this phase of my life. It's hard to start over, looking for work and whatever kind of work that may be, life is full of uncertainties, but I will try to recognise everything I got from my education as assets to me as a person and take only those positive feelings into the next phase!