Birthday

Outfit of the Day (OOTD): My sister’s birthday

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Happy birthday to my sister! And happy birthday to Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge! (Yes I’m a royalty fan – bear with me!)

I remember one year ago, it was a happy distraction from writing my MSc dissertation to watch the live coverage of the Royal Baby’s birth – and I did live in Scotland at the time so it was a huge thing for everyone around! However, Prince George’s birth (not so much my sister’s birthday as I’ve gotten used to that one šŸ˜‰ ) makes me realise how fast one year goes by!

But enough of my Quarter-life crisis-problems (for today)! I’ve seen a few other bloggers do OOTD-posts and (after I found out what that means) I decided my sister’s birthday is a great opportunity to do one of these posts myself. So here’s my outfit for my sister’s birthday tea party:

My tea party outfit

I decided to wear a black Old Navy dress which I bought on my huge American shopping spree (don’t judge!) with my L.K. Bennett Maddox wedges (the updated version of the Greta wedge Kate Middleton wore before and after her wedding), a matching Giorgio Fin clutch which I bought years ago for my high school graduation ball (but didn’t wear then) and 2$ icing-sunglasses also bought in America. I added my butterfly watch, the wishbone bracelet (a birthday present from my best friend), the SIX-ring along with my small Thomas Sabo Glam & Soul earrings (a Christmas present from my sister) which are the things I wear almost daily. The silver bangle and the other ring I got from my mother for Christmas (I know – that was a jewellery-loaded Christmas last year but I don’t complain).

Accessories

Admittedly, I got obsessed with L.K. Bennett after I saw Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wear several pieces by this British brand and ever since I cannot stop admiring their stuff. I already have three pairs of Court Shoes and two clutches by them and I fear there will be more… However, since L.K. Bennett is a luxury brand, the Maddox wedge is the only thing I bought which was not on sale (I just love the style and my mother had a similar pair of shoes when she was young so I think it was genetically determined). They do have sales going on frequently so it’s well worth checking their site regularly. I’m sorry if I got anyone addicted to their stuff too, that was not my goal. I just like to share my obsessions so I would love to hear from equally obsessed people to know that I’m not alone!

Happy celebrations everyone! šŸ˜€

 

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Birthday present to myself

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Wow… it has been a while since I started this blog but a lot has happened in the first few weeks of my 25th year of age that kept me away from blogging on both of my blogs. I’m really sorry, I’ll try to update more frequently from now on!

The biggest news is that I have enjoyed a three-week holiday in America. My friend, who lived in the same student hall in Scotland as I did, had invited me and it has been an amazing trip! I stayed with her and her family in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She took me to the 1862 battlefield which was decorated for Memorial Day and looked absolutely stunning.

Fredericksburg Battlefiled

My friend’s brother’s graduation present was a week long trip to DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida. That also meant that IĀ  got to see an American graduation ceremony which is such a great thing compared to my own BA-graduation – I only picked up my paperwork from a university office. In DisneyWorld I noticed that I am too old for a lot of things – Quarter-life crisis already? – but at the same time it has been a great experience. It wasn’t as huge as I expected it to be – which was a good thing! – but big enough to walk around in a different park each day. I don’t think there’s anything comparable to DisneyWorld here in Europe – although I have never been to DisneyLand in Paris but I can only imagine that this one is a lot smaller. I have to admit that I was really scared before we went there but I have to say that I enjoyed every day we spent there in the end.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse statue at Magic Kingdom

After our trip to Florida – which meant two 14-hour car drives – we did a day-trip to Washington DC and I have to say I am in love with the capital of the United States! It’s huge and the buildings as well as the sights and the landscape are so so pretty! While I didn’t have time to visit everything I wanted to see we walked around quite a bit and I saw the National Mall which hosts the Lincoln Memorial – impressive! -,Ā  the White House, the Capitol and the National Archives. I will have to come back because I really, really want to see the National Gallery of Art which currently has a Mary Cassat and Edgar Degas exhibit on display until the 5th October 2014 – go see it if you happen to be there!

Lincoln Memorial – outside
Lincoln Memorial – inside

I did so much shopping everywhere we went that I was lucky to have taken a second suitcase with me. I know – women and shopping, such a stereotype! I experienced so much in so little time that I still cannot believe that I’ve actually been to the US for the first time in my life. I really hope I have a chance to come back at some point but for now I have to save some money after all that shopping and focus on my PhD as well as work for a while!

Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

As you can see my first few weeks as a 25 year-old haven’t been too bad and there are only a few signs of a Quarter-life crisis but we’ll see how it’ll be without amazing friends who enabled me to have the best vacation/birthday present ever! šŸ˜‰

Happy Birthday!

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Not only is this my 25th birthday today but it is also the birthday of my second blog!

I am Caroline, 25 years old today, a PhD student with a part-time job in the book industry, and I’m from Germany.

Wikipedia describes the Quarter-life crisis as ‘a period of life usually ranging from the late teens to the early thirties, in which a person begins to feel doubtful about their own lives, brought on by the stress of becoming an adult.’

Very true if you ask me. Not only did I finish my Master’s degree five months ago but I also started my PhD in January and my first real job in April. All in all, it has been a very stressful last year and I am looking forward to settling into this new adult lifestyle. Let’s see how I get on!

Hope you will stick around!

Caroline

Happy Birthday!