It's official: I'm a high school graduate! Last Wednesday, I graduated high school after four long (and stressful) years! But, I wouldn't be where I am today without the friends, teachers, and knowledge my school provided me with! We have a dress code at my graduation, and girls are required to wear white or light colored dresses under our graduation gowns, so shopping for the perfect dress was not easy! White is such a difficult color to find, and I was not settling for a frilly lace dress. After a lot of soul-searching, I decided to wear a dress by Cluny NYC, and I purchased the dress at Neiman Marcus. Cluny is a relatively new designer brand (launched in 2011), but it has already made a name for itself in the fashion world. It is known for it's feminine yet edgy clothing. I fell in love with this gorgeous white dress, and I knew it was perfect for graduation!
My shoes are (obviously) by Tory Burch! They are the Savannah Snakeskin Wedge Sandal (originally $285.00, on sale $199.50). These shoes were perfect for graduation because the heel is only 45mm. I didn't want to wear three or four inch heels to a graduation ceremony, but I also didn't want to lose the amazing posture that heels help me achieve, so this was the perfect compromise! As for my accessories, I am wearing vintage pearl and diamond earrings and five Tiffany & Co. pearl bracelets.
I'm totally a hat person, but even I can't justify wearing these graduation caps. Traditions aside, do these really add anything to the graduation process? I think not. And to make matters worse, at my school, we aren't even allowed to decorate our caps! I'm not one to surrender to the unfashionable ways of conformists, but I really didn't have much of a choice in this situation. So, like all the other graduates, I donned a cap and gown.
My mother helped me get my outfit together. At my school, we have different cords and medals for different achievements. The gold cord signifies being a member of the National Honors Society, the gold and red cords signify being a member of the Spanish Honors Society, and the pink cords signify being a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. The medal is for achieving a 4.0 or higher GPA, and the pin on the medal is for participating in choir for 7 years.
After taking some pictures with my mother and my brother, we headed over to my friend's house so we could take more pre-graduation photos!
And of course, no celebration is complete without some Baked by Melissa!
Next, we headed over to the school for the graduation ceremony! It was supposed to rain, so the school decided to hold the ceremony inside (even though it didn't rain until much later!!) We suffered through an unbearable hour and a half sitting in a hot gym with hundreds of people and no air condition. My school's Chamber Choir performs a song at graduation every year. This year we performed "100 Years" by Five For Fighting.
And then, the ceremony began!
And then, it ended! I received my diploma and was finally free from the chains of high school! Now, or at least for the next two months, I can focus on dedicating more time to blogging, working, Gossip Girl, and eating nutella! But seriously, I have an amazing summer ahead of me, and I can't wait to share it with you! It's been an amazing ride, and I'm so excited for the next four years of my life!