In the rush (and joy) of these weeks of Christmas and New Years, it’s easy to start wishing for the year to be over already so it can take away with it all the bad things that happened in 2016. A lot of the time we end up forgetting to stop and think back on all the good things that the last twelve months brought us, so in today’s video I wanted to share an exercise that helps you face the holidays with a grateful heart.
My university graduation was this time last year. It should have taken me six semesters to finish my course, but I ended up needing ten. They were the toughest and most rewarding five years of my life and that’s probably why graduation day meant so much to me. I’ve wanted to write about it ever since it happened, because the feelings I experienced that day were unlike anything I’ve ever felt, but I just haven’t found a way to do them justice. I still don’t think I can, at least not in the manner they deserve, but in honour of my graduation anniversary in two days, I figured I should try to put at least some of those feelings into words.
A couple of years ago my mum decided to throw a Thanksgiving lunch even though it’s not really a holiday we celebrate here in Australia or even in Brazil. Before eating, we went around the table and everyone said one thing they were grateful for. I scanned my very long mental list, and while there were many things I could have said, I ended up settling for “I’m thankful for changes, and for knowing that nothing ever stays the same”.
One of the things I’ve loved the most about growing up and into my own skin is developing my personal style. It feels great learning how to portray on the exterior the person I am inside, and this is one of the main reasons why I’m so interested in fashion. Leaving my house in a great outfit, with my hair, nails and makeup done, always makes me happier and more confident. I’d love to say I’m so self-assured in who I am and what my style is that I don’t ever feel like changing to please anyone, but I’m not there yet.
Wearing Giordano plain t-shirt, Forever New boucle jacket, Saba jeans, Wittner boots, Laura Ashley bag from Strandbags, Glassons felt hat, Prada-inspired sunnies from Shades N’ Style, Tiffany & Co. bean necklace and knot earrings, vintage drop necklace, Jolie and Deen hollow triangle ring and origami bird bracelet, The Peach Box twisted nail bangle, Marika King laser cut ring and Limecrime Pink Velvet Velvetine from Lady Petrova.
(Photos by Gabriel Herrok.)
Last Thursday the boyfriend and I celebrated four years together. Going through pictures of our previous anniversaries I noticed that in all of them I wear an uniform of sorts: jeans, boots, a knit and/or a leather jacket. Turns out this year was no exception, because once again we decided to drive to somewhere pretty where we could just be together and appreciate each other’s company. Lavandula Lavender Farm in Daylesford is a beautiful place for a romantic picnic like ours and the weather was simply perfect. Autumn is truly the best… Even though it is no longer lavender season and the only ones I saw were in the many lavender-flavoured foods on offer. Their lavender lemonade was heavenly! I hope to be back soon so I can see the gardens blooming.
I’d planned a completely different outfit beforehand, but I guess it was just one of those days when I needed a more casual, laid-back look… So I changed out of my clothes when I was just about to leave my house. Minus the heels, this is something I actually wear to uni a lot. Either way, I felt really good with what I was wearing, probably because the feeling we were celebrating was way more important than any clothing. I really can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this amazing man! <3