the graduate




I promise I haven't abandanoned my blog! My life's been incredibly full-on the last couple months and I just haven't found the time (or motivation) to update. I'm halfway through with the first semester of my master's, and it's been a killer, to put it lightly. All I can say is, I'm newly inspired to look for my first graduate job, I think I'm finally done with school for good!

In other news, I graduated! I am now a holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree. t's so hard not to be a little bit cynical about it, but I can't still can't help but feel proud; my entire educational career has pretty much led up to this point.

There are a few things they don't tell you about the cap and gown, like the four arm holes in the gown. Why?! I'm already stressed about not looking like a fool at graduation, and now I'm supposed to worry about whether I've got my arms through the right arm holes? And a tip about the cap -- get the right size! When I was getting fitted for my cap, the guy asked me if it fit...well, I wasn't exactly an expert of graduation cap fit; it wasn't falling off at that exact moment, so I said yes. That wasn't my finest moment. For the rest of the day, every time I moved my head even the slightest inch, I could feel the cap start to slide off; that's why I'm holding onto it (for dear life) in most of these photos. The walk on stage went by like a blur because I was so preoccupied with what felt like balancing a plate on my head. I shook hands with the Vice Chancellor and had no idea what he said to me, the whole experience was such a blank, all because of the stupid cap! In the end though, everything turned out fine, my hat didn't fall off, and I get a mildly interesting anecdote from my graduation -- can't complain about that. :)

first



I started uni again last week, and maybe it has to do with the fact that I'm starting a whole new degree, but I'd been feeling very blasé and unmotivated about the prospect of endless readings and assignments for the rest of the semester. On my first day of class, I couldn't find the room to one of my seminars, so I just skipped it. That was extremely smart of me. But this week I've started to get back into the rhythm of things -- I'm currently on top of all my readings, I'm finding my subjects a lot more fascinating than I'd expected, and I already have some idea of how I want to go about my first assignment. We'll see how long my studiousness lasts (to be frank, it'll probably taper off by the next couple weeks), but for now I'm kind of enjoying it.

River Island top
Lee shorts
thrifted Wittner sandals

a cautionary tale



Having not been blogging regularly all summer, I find myself paralyzed when I actually make an attempt to post. I've started this entry half a dozen different ways, and everytime I've deleted it because it's almost as if I've forgotten that people don't actually care about the words I write, just the pictures. On the bright side, that means I've given myself license to ramble!

I wore this outfit to see The Hobbit one evening with a couple of friends, right before my very first overnight shift at work. I'm clearly amazing at prioritizing. The prospect of being up all night terrified me a little, and I downed an ungodly amount of coffee in an effort to steel myself against inevitably sleepiness. I found out later from a coworker that this is a very very bad idea as the caffeine will prevent you from being able to sleep afterwards, which is even worse if you're working two or three or four overnights in a row. Needless to say, staying up for the next 24 hours taught me my lesson, and since then I've never used caffeine to help me stay awake at work.

Temt top
American Apparel skirt
Oasis shoes

nautical skirt



One of my birthday presents was a brand new lens -- I'm well on my way to becoming a real fashion blogger with my 50mm f/1.8 lens, haha. Now all I need is the photographer boyfriend and I'm all set! But to be serious, it really is the quintessential portrait lens, everything comes out gorgeous and dreamy, it's kind of easy to pretend that I live in some sort of fairytale for a few minutes each day.

Seamless topic change... I made this skirt! It's probably my absolute proudest achievement to date (oh god, I lead such an exciting life, don't I?) -- I ordered the fabric off Etsy and the moment it arrived I spent the rest of the day feverishly sewing it together. I don't own a sewing machine so I did everything by hand -- it took a dozen hours and was truly a labor of love, but I'm ecstatic with the way it turned out; it fits perfectly and is exactly the kind of thing I want to wear all the time. These pictures were taken about three weeks ago, and I've probably worn this skirt about half a dozen times already.

I still don't have internet at my house yet, so updating might be a bit sporadic, but there are many more posts on the way!

Modcloth top
Topshop belt
handmade skirt
Nine West shoes

red polka dots




I've been a bit absent lately, I know -- that's because we've moved! The past couple of weeks have been filled with nonstop working and packing, and finally everything's done. Well, just about... we're still waiting for internet, but we should be connected by the first of the month. I'm so excited to show you my new room, new house, and new neighborhood! :)

A few updates on my life lately:

I turned 21 a couple weeks ago and received some absolutely beautiful presents, which I'll be sharing on the blog soon. I've always felt disappointingly same-ish every birthday, but maybe because 21 is the last 'milestone' birthday, I do feel a little more mature. It's like I've accepted that I'm not a child anymore.

I also joined the (not very exclusive) iPhone club as a congrats-on-your-employment! gift to myself, and what was the first app I downloaded? Instagram, of course. :) I'm @notwithoutincident, and I'd love for you to follow along.

I've been working a lot these past few months, saving up for what's promising to be the holiday of a so-far lifetime. That's all I'm saying for the moment, I don't want to jinx it :)

Talk more later!

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And so continues the summer of museums! This time we visited the Museum of Australian Currency Notes. A couple of inconveniently-timed moves earlier in my life meant that my formal education was completely devoid of Australian history, so this exhibit was especially helpful in filling in some of my knowledge gaps.

A few snaps of the exhibit...

black & blue




Angie took these at the train station coming back from IKEA. Haven't you heard -- that's where the cool kids hang out! Well, we're just in it for the meatballs. :)

With working around four days a week, I've gotten really used to not wearing bright lipstick on a regular basis, to the point where when I go to put it on, it feels weird and overdone. Which is for the best, I suppose, now that we're in the midst of summmer and I'd rather not have bright pink melting off my lips. Even so, I'm still taking time to get used to photos of me without my lipstick -- at the moment I feel like in these shots I look weird and underdone, ha. ;D

the justice & police museum



Woo, more museums! I seriously have about another few museum posts lined up, so sorry if you hate museums, ha, but there's going to be a copule more being posted.

The Justice & Police Museum was converted from an old jail/courthouse/police station, and tells the story of the Australian prison system during the last couple centuries. The pictures above are of a temporary exhibit of Australian celebrities painted in classic crime poses (ie. from vintage book covers and movie posters).

And below are Angie and I posing in the actual courthouse where they sentenced people.


Below, I'm wearing an Avocado cardigan, Zara top, American Apparel skirt, and Topshop loafer flats.


The Museum has an extensive database of information about convicts -- mugshots, what crime they committed, weapons, etc.


Below is us in an actual cell. I'm kind of hoping they had some sort of mattress, because that wooden bed thing was rough.


Some more pictures of the museum section.


The death mask of the (in)famous Pyjama Girl, a murder victim found in a set of Chinese silk pajamas.


The mask and muzzle-thing was a punishment for convicts who broke rules -- it was a way of dehumanizing you and heightening your anonymity so that others wouldn't empathize with you.


And a few last shots of us before we finished for the day...