gold brocade coats and dissertation completion

So, I handed in my dissertation at 415pm on Monday, 16 August 2010. Exhilarated like anything, because. . I am officially not a student any longer! Well, at least till the Doctorate starts in 2011. I am officially done with Cambridge (academically) too, and now it's time to hunt for the next place to stay in, visa extensions, work, etcetera etcetera etcetera. Amen. Immensely proud of my masterpiece (since I am convinced by what I wrote), I decided to play a bit and present them as part of this post, having edited it about twenty times since I handed in my first draft and spending eight hours collating+arranging nine pages of references (which is quick, by the way). Spanning fifty years of developments in an unexplored field, I felt like an information archaeologist cum information architect, piecing together information that was barely available into 20000 words finally whittled down into 17539, running around the UK conducting interviews with radicals and prisoners. Quite an experience, and the next step is to hunt for a publisher since my supervisor thinks it should turn into a book. Well, at least something to remember my stint here by. In the meantime I have been busy for the past few days and finally managed to do a 16-hour sleepfest last night. The blogroll's also been updated, to those whom I mentioned I'd link.

These are my only shots in front of the Institute, where I studied at. Taken on the day Kris and I went to hand in our applications + the day D moved back to the UK for good :) . Speaking of photographs, it's funny how I was mourning 'no more Lulu to take photographs for me' (she's the one who trained me to become the full-fledged camwhore that I am) and out of the plane, scuttled into the medical room at Heathrow (I swear they are mean to us foreign students) I met K! A freelance photographer! Also going to Cambridge! Staying in a college almost next to mine, this marked the beginning of a very unlikely friendship between a girl like me (let's not get into details) and a pastor. But life is strange. Oh, the photos of the building itself were taken from my classmate Richard. He takes the most amazing shots of places, and I take the ugliest photographs of anything. Ever. Like I told K-- who was beyond-stunned at my lack of photographic capability and who doubled over in laughter at one shot that I took of her that looked like a decapitated head-- the only thing that has ever stressed me in Cambridge is taking photographs of her. Haha. (And the last shot is just because. . I love the coat).

Photos of me by Kris Chong; photos of the Institute by Richard Yang.

Bebé gold brocade coat; Marble Ink handbag; bag chain from Celine; vintage & Diva rings; Primark socks; Bally boots.


  1. Congrats on completing your dissertation. How exciting. Absolutely LOVE the gold brocade coat. So gorgeous.

    *Found you through following the CoachPoppy thing.

  2. Congrats on completing it! Criminology sounds like an interesting field - I have a friend who studied that here.

    I love your coat too, the fabric is gorgeous.
    The OTK socks & boots look great too :)

  3. Congrats on completing it!
    Love your coat and your boots and those overknee socks!

  4. congrats on such a huge accomplishment and milestone! :)

    love the brocade coat..the color and texture are amazing.

  5. Congrats on completing your dissertation! I agree with style-haus, what an accomplishment.

    You look amazing too!

  6. Congratulations! It must be such a relief to have handed everything in! And to be looking so stylish whilst doing it too. Love the coat.
    Christina x

  7. Congratulations! What a huge milestone. And that coat... goodness, I love it! It's the perfect piece to celebrate your day in!

  8. just the world dissertation gives me a headache! what an achievement though, congrats!

    definitely loving the coat, suites you well.

  9. Love these photos! Your jacket is amazing! :D
    Congrats on finishing your paper, such an accomplishment!!

  10. Love that jacket. Its amazing, and looks perfect on you. Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. You are so kind.

  11. Hi there-much congratulations on your hard work now accomplished my dear and your gold coat looks stunning x

  12. Congrats! Such an amazing accomplishment. Killer coat! This is my first visit to your blog and I just wanted to say hello.

  13. congrats on being finished!! =D what a relief huh? anyway this coat is freaking stunning! looks great on you!

  14. Congratulations! That is a big deal! Love the coat...fab for celebrating.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for adding me to your blog roll. I'm following you right back with bloglovin'

  15. thanks all. . it's definitely been a milestone accomplished and will definitely be wearing the gold coat loads. :)

  16. i swear brocade is a fabric sent from the heavens

  17. HI DEAR once again, how are you? So I must say so far (from the previous pages) to this post with the gorgeous Gold Brocade Coat (which I love) THIS IS MY MOST FAVORITE POST OF YOURS. It is beautifully & enthusiastically written. I love how you have described moments of your life, from the start of your experience at this awesome university you are part of and love (Cambridge - of which you should be extremely proud of), to mentions of special university friends and a small "spill" about your boyfriend and your guys' relationship, I loved the post. And your man should be happy & proud to have such a beautiful, stylish, smart, witty, highly-educated woman by his side. Also - this based on my own relationship with my loving husband - opposites attract.

    The photos and the stories are beautiful. I am proud of you and of having found you here. This to me is another social networking which links us to beautiful people with beautiful tastes in clothes and other styles of life, arts & cultures, from anywhere in the world (like yourself.) I am an Albanian living in US by the way, so we have that in common too (a foreigner in a foreign country.)

    Once again my name is Ada, what's yours? (If you'd like e-mail me:

    P.S. I am sure you're NOT a horrible photographer, you can't be!!


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