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Sunday, June 6, 2010


As I've mentioned plenty of times before, I'm graduating high school this year and this past week were both of my graduation celebrations. Grads are quite expensive already, and though I was keen on looking good, I made a conscious decision to try and spend as little as possible on my clothes. Along with the pictures, I'll also be sharing how much I spent.

First up is my commencement. Although I did have to wear a grad gown for the actual ceremony, I wanted to look nice for dinner afterwards.

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My older sister and I


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Dress - Penningtons size 2X, already in my closet but originally purchased for $8
Cardigan - Old Navy size XXL, $30
Shoes - Naturalizer size 11, already in my closet, originally purchased for $80
Turquoise necklace - gift from my grandmother

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This is the beautiful bouquet my sister gave to me right after the commencement

Next up is what I wore the banquet, with dinner, dancing, and a few sub-par speeches. I had a lot of fun, especially dancing and spending time with my friends.

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The skirt was folding because it was quite windy


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I love my new camera's close-up setting

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Dress - Addition-Elle size 2X, $50
Cardigan - Old Navy size XXL, $30
Flats - Payless size 11, $30
Amethyst ring - sent to me by LuShae Jewellery, originally posted about here
Button ring - gifted and handmade by my beautiful, talented girlfriend
Silver bangles - Penningtons, $10
Orchid - given to me for free by a local florist

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This vintage turquoise and amethyst pendant on a silver chain, given to me as a graduation gift by my father, was the most expensive part of my outfit. However, I'm a firm believer that price doesn't matter with regards to gifts, and therefore shouldn't even be mentioned.

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And finally, a photo of some of my friends before the banquet. We went to the legislative ground to take photos because of the beautiful grounds and fountains, and it was fortunately a beautiful day.


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My next post will feature some make-up, including the make-up I wore to grad, but I really don't want to overwhelm you with photos right now.


  1. You look great! I especially love the second outfit. xo


  2. Oh and CONGRATS on graduating!! How could I forget to mention that :)

  3. Omg. You look so beautiful in your grad! :) WOW. How could you think your readers would judge you. Very beautiful.

    Happy Graduation, Sonia! Which Canadian uni are you headed to now? hehehe :P

  4. This is amazing! Congrats on graduating and good luck in the big wide world!!!!


  5. You are so pretty! I cannot believe you only just graduated from high school, you seem so mature and down to earth!!! Congratulations on the accomplishment, and looking so good while doing it!!

  6. Congrats! You look amazing in anything you wear! I adore that button ring! The flowers your sister got you are gorgeous, such amazing colours!

    The close up picture of your hair & make up, lordy, you look breath taking!! I love your hair like that!

  7. congrats!!! you look adorable as always - i can't remember if i commented before, but the fringe looks awesome on you. xo

  8. wow Sonia! you look beautiful! love the dresses and the way you braided your hair with the pretty little flower :) congratulations!!!! :)

  9. Congrats! You look beautiful! I love both your outfits, and i'm loving the flower in your hair.
    You're lucky you had such nice weather! My little sister had grad last weekend and had snow. :(

  10. congrats to you! cute polka dot dress.

  11. Congratulations, you look lovely!

    S x

  12. There are WAY too many things I love about this post:
    That gorgeous button ring,
    The flower in your hair,
    Your hair too (loving the fringe, it REALLY suits you) :)
    And the photograph of you and your friends on the stepping stones of the fountain, that it just so cute. :)
    All in all, it's good to have you back. :)

  13. Thank you all so much! I felt really great, and your comments and compliments are wonderful.

    Gazel, I'm going to the Augustana Campus of the UofA in Camrose

  14. Congrats! I love that black A-E dress! You will get a lot of wear out of it, I'll bet.

  15. Thanks you Alexis! I hope to get a lot of wear out of it, it's beautiful and seems quite versatile.