About a week ago, I found myself back in the beautiful city of Cape Town for my graduation ceremony. Although this wasn’t my first grad, it was great to be amongst the Vega Class of 2014 to celebrate making through after all our hard work and dedication. But this graduation was certainly unlike my first. This time around, I wasn’t too phased about planning my outfit, getting my hair and nails done or taking picture perfect snaps with all my friends.
The day crept up on me and it literally only dawned on me that I had absolutely nothing to wear to the ceremony that evening. My priorities shifted more towards the fact that I had meetings to attend and the Bacon bar to check out – which you can read all about here. Soon after my morning meetings, my phone started blowing up from all my classmates asking about my whereabouts and what I’d be wearing; that’s when the panic kicked in. Luckily, I’ve been blessed with stylish friends who always have the scoop on where the best bargains are so I made my way to Top Shop to see what their infamous sale had to offer. Missioned to their store at the V&A Waterfront and found the perfect Little Black White Dress – is there even such a thing? Anyway, I instantly fell in love with its cut-out and embroidered detail. But more than anything the price tag made me grab it off the rail without thinking twice.
My dreams of being a “devil in white dress” just got made so thanks Top Shop! I think this will be my recurring graduation theme for years to come (yes, this does mean that I plan on studying further at some stage). Fast-forward to the ceremony, it was truly inspiring and a massive wake up call. The keynote speaker for the evening said something that struck a cord with me:
“So when you are out partying on Long Street, remember that someone is out there working hard, working harder.”
I think many people were surprised to find out that there is more to me than being a liker of the street. Just in case you missed it, my time at Vega bagged me my 2nd degree. But true to form, my mind wandered to the dinner reservations waiting for me halfway through the ceremony. When it eventually came to an end, I had to rush to Mondiall for a celebratory dinner with close friends which also meant that I didn’t get a good chance to take photos with all my classmates. I had always imagined the night of my graduation to be a wild one, however, this did not happen. Instead, I stuck to my dinner plans which saw me munching some of the most delicious food and cocktails while sharing stories and chuckles with my friends.
On our way out, I convinced ex bae to have an impromptu photo shoot in the parking lot; because the fans deserved to see how I slayed that night LOL. The parking lot turned out to be the best place to shoot – fluorescent lighting is actually quite a vibe. So because I didn’t get to show off this stunner of a dress, I’ll probably be rocking it again on one of my birthday outings. Who’s excited?
10 more days till #TwiggyTurns23