Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ramblings: Final Year Thoughts

now playing Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour album

I have yet to come up with a clever enough idea for these basically-purely writing posts, so "ramblings" will have to do for now. Under certain criteria, all blogging is rambling, anyway.

So I have just finished the first week of my final year at university -- unreal. I've only got two more terms before I'm entitled to wear that cap and gown and step into the real world and blah blah blah cliches. It's already sort of settled in that I'm a fourth-year now. How did I get so ... old? I went out the other night with friends and we were all a little shocked at how young the crowd seems--there now seems to be a world of difference between us and the lowly (jk) third- and second-years. I know it's all in my head, but still. It's hard to forget it when you've got people going, "omg, you're almost done!! aren't you excited? are you ready?"

The answer to that is of course, yes, I am beyond excited, and no, I am by no means ready. I veer violently between "I just want to stay in school forever!" (cue dramatics in italics) and "I can't wait to finish and get out of here!" ... The question is, of course, where would I go? Probably to post-graduate school, if only to escape reality for a liiiittle bit longer.

I suppose I've just been trying to take things slowly and just live in the moment and to do the best I can, while I'm still here. I've made it my goal to graduate with Honours, which will definitely require much dedication and focus on my part -- but who knows? Maybe finally, after three years, I've finally realized how high the stakes are. I've got 830am classes this term for what might be the first time ever; usually I manipulate my schedule into nothing earlier than, say, 11am, but I've since realized the benefits of starting the day early, because then there's so much more of it. Also, because I really liked the professor for the earlier time slot, so sacrifices have got to be made.

I like to tell myself that I've become better at rearranging my priorities because I've become more mature--and I really hope that's the case. But hey, fake it 'til you make it, right? If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to achieve it, and if not, you'll find an excuse. Geez, I'm just full of cliches right now.

I had a job interview today (didn't get the job, unfortunately), and it got me thinking how much I dislike interviews. How do you expect to know how well someone will work in your company by following a structured Q-and-A format designed to put the person on the spot (thereby making them uncomfortable)? I wish there were some other way to prove my abilities or something. Obviously, this is something I've got to work on; I probably won't get very far if I'm not able to properly express myself in such situations, but goodness, it's just so much easier through writing.

I've been contemplating where writing can take me, as a career. A degree in English is versatile, yes, but sometimes, it can only get you so far; and as much as I love studying (only half joking), I don't think my 'calling' lies in academia. So I've been reassessing my interests and passions. This blog is definitely one of them, and I'm glad I've recently found the 'mojo' to blog more often. I'd love it if I could actually do something with this blog; but as of yet, things are unclear, and the avenue isn't easy.
I guess I don't know, really, which category I'm in yet -- and this applies to my blog, my life, my career... things are really unsure at the moment. I've been a student for so long that it seems the safest route. Now that things are changing, I'm trying to decide what to hold on to, what to improve or nurture, and what to let go. It's a little terrifying, I guess, but you could also say, it could be pretty fun.

xo, jess[i.e.]
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TUESDAY TEN / 'Back to School' Outfits

Image Credits: from left to right, top to bottom, via Tumblr
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Technically, school started yesterday (for me, anyway) but it isn't too late to do a back to school thing is it? I feel like a 'life update' post is probably in order but everything has been such a whirlwind, what with moving into my new place, starting my final year of university, and just generally getting back into school mode that things haven't quite settled down yet.

Funny, I actually woke up this morning and basically decided to blog straightaway--I guess I've just been away from the blog for too long, haha!  Hope those of you in school are enjoying your first week back! And if not, a little bit of outfit inspo never hurt anybody. ;)

xo, jess[i.e.]
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Playlist: Packing Up, Moving In

Taking a break from the style-inspo/Polyvore collage posts on this last day of August with a Youtube playlist of what I've been listening to lately, pulled straight from my watching history. There's a mix of throwback K-pop, Disney, and Glee songs on there. Yep, you read right--I've just started watching Glee on Netflix, as my 'packing' show. I'm two days away from moving back into my uni town and though it's definitely been hectic, I'm also beyond excited to be back in the thick of things, school, friends, and all that.

I probably won't be blogging again until I'm settled, so I guess see you on the other side! Hope everyone is living up their last few days of summer and/or enjoying their first few days of school! :)

xo, jess[i.e.]
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

1PIECE/2WAYS: A Little Black Dress

How to Wear an LBD

... or really, here are two takes on how I would or could wear an LBD like this bodycon one pictured.

A little black dress is an essential for every girl's closet because it's a piece that can take you anywhere. Girls' night out? Check. Proper work attire? Check. Casual ordinary day wear? Check. Date outfit? Check. It's like a blank canvas that you can accessorize with anything.

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The first outfit is definitely more of a night-time look. The sleeveless blazer keeps it chic, while the metallic heels bring glamour. The outfit could also easily be work-appropriate if I switched out for a more traditional sleeved blazer and nude pumps. Mint, while traditionally a daytime colour, gives the outfit a more relaxed summer vibe, and the coral lipstick finishes off and gives a bold touch to the otherwise neutral colour scheme, finishing the look.

Check out the second look after the jump!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TUESDAY TEN / Dream Designer Bags

TOP10 Designer Handbags
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I don't know about you, but I have a pretty long extensive of things I plan to buy in the future, when I get a real job/win the lottery/marry a billionaire (jk!), etc. Things that fall along the category of definite 'want' rather than 'need'. A designer bag is one of those things -- at the moment, only a fantasy, because who doesn't dream of the high life from time to time?

Here are some of the bags -- and brands -- that have caught my eye...
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