My sister graduated with a First Class Honors degree the other day at Leeds University.
It was a strange day, everyone was floating around in their big black gowns, I felt like I was on the set of Harry Potter! The sun was shining for the majority of the day too, making it even better, and everyone’s families were there, suited and booted and looking so proud – it was verrrryy cute.
The day before I’d been to the beach with my friends and at around 5 in the evening I got a phone call from my dad saying that we were going to Leeds that evening instead of the following morning. I rushed home, franticly threw a few things into a suitcase and we headed off.
We stayed at Headingley Stadium which was pretty cool, our rooms over looked the cricket ground.
The ceremony was fun. Everyone looked so serious and fancy in their gowns even the professors were swishing around, the whole pompousness was ace. I must admit though, I was jealous of some of their hats. I mean dayum, as if they can only wear them at important uni events!
We ate at the Slug and Lettuce for tea and if you haven’t been there I totally think you should go. The food is to die for, I’d recommend the cookie explosion for dessert. Heavenly.
In the evening we went to a little jazz bar and hung out there for a while. There was this band playing and everyone was having an awesome time, was a good vibe to round off the day.
My dress was from Lipsy, my sunglasses from Topshop and my shoes were from Dune…
I had a nightmare finding comfy shoes for the graduation. First I bought some from New Look and within the first five minutes of wearing them they had totally torn my ankles apart. They skipped right past the blister stage and just sliced into my ankles making them bleed. Soooo I had to go and buy some more,I pretty much tried on every sandal in town and they either rubbed on the cuts already made or didn’t fit. Then the last pair I tried on were the ones I got. Me and my sister had literally given up but on the way out of town we spotted these and they are soo comfy and real leather, and with them being in the sale, I couldn’t not get them!
Hat – MissSelfridge
T-shirt – TopShop
Kimono – NewLook
Shorts – Primark
Watch – Gift
Necklaces – Gifts
Not to mention the Bowie phone case, a Christmas present from my Aunty!
I want to be 5 again. Wouldn’t it be great to be that age, when nothing mattered, you got to play with toy dinosaurs and beanie babies all day. There was no concept of time. Tea would be made and you’d be called in from the back garden to come and eat it only then to return to playing pretend. I feel I was much more creative in my mind back then than I am now. I may know more, but fun isn’t the same kind of fun. Stories are ruined. Magic that was once there is now lost and things don’t seem to have that sunny hazy glow to them any more.
It’s quite sad, and I don’t understand it really. The saying ‘’the good old days’’, I’ve never got it until now. Of course there will be more good days to come, but I doubt they’ll ever be as good as all of the special moment I had as a child. My childhood seems to be packed with sunny memories.
Where has the sun gone?
I’m sure it must have rained but I can’t remember those days. They say the brain only remembers the good memories and maybe that’s what’s happening here …
The only rainy memory I have is that of a thunderstorm. Me and my sister were sat by our pond in the pouring rain, counting the moths at the window and watching the lightening light up the sky.
We used to make potions out of leaves, water, mud and grass. We invented Whizzers (when really, they were just water balloons). We’d have BBQs and stay out in the back garden until 10 o’ clock … YES!! 10 o’ clock!
Everything was innocent and charming … Where has time gone? I can’t seem to keep up with it these days. It’s only a few months until I’ll be leaving home and moving to University, not to mention I’m 18 a week tomorrow. Everything is so scary and everything is going by so fast.
Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and revisit those halcyon days.
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The other day I was sat on the bus in my own little world when the smell of freshly cut grass came in through the windows. To me this smell represents the beginning of Spring! The air is still crisp but the sun is starting to sine through the clouds and if you stand in its rays you feel their warmth on your back.
I’m so excited for summer this year. It’s going to be one long holiday and there are rumors that it may be hotter than last year which would be awesome!
As spring prepares us for the summer season I thought I’d put together a list of five feel good songs to accompany this transition.
The Temples | Shelter Song
Coming into their own over the past few months, The Temples are definitely not going anywhere soon. I couldn’t write this list without them featuring on it. They make my 6 o’ clock starts less painful as I currently have them set as my alarm. I have high hopes for them this summer and can’t wait to see what they have in store ….
The Tribes | Dancehall
Sadly The Tribes are no longer together, but this doesn’t mean we can no longer enjoy them. I absolutely love this song off their album Wish To Scream and I wish that they were still around!!
David Bowie | Modern Love
An oldie but goodie. I started getting into David Bowie last summer so all of his songs remind me of the hazy mornings going to college where’d he’d keep me company on the long bus rides. I chose Modern Love as I have a fond memory of running for the bus to the beat of this track and feeling extremely embarrassed – Thank God for headphones!
The Heartbreaks | Delay Delay
The Heartbreaks are one of my favorite summery bands. I’ve chosen a song from their old album as I feel as though their new album is more serious. Each song from their old album could be a single – not to mention they remind me of Kendal Calling last year.
King Charles | Bam Bam
This man is amazing. His mustache is great and his hair is to die for! His songs are on a very thin line of really summery awesomeness and ridiculously cheesy, but never the less Bam Bam has made it onto my list of feel good songs – and that’s exactly what it is!
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