I’ve got a week left in magical Oxford. It’s paradoxical in a way—I feel like I’ve known the people here forever, but I also feel like this program has gone by so impossibly quickly. I am both looking forward to and dreading the next few days leading up to my departure. It’s going to be a very bittersweet time for all here. We’ll be happy to go home and see our parents, but I will hate leaving all my new friends…
In London with Joey (left) and Caio (right)
Okay, enough of the sappy stuff. This is a style blog isn’t it? On to the style, then.There are many stylish girls and guys at this program. They look like people straight out of trendbooks and fashion magazines with their high-waist shorts, flower crowns and chiffon blouses. However, I’d only apply the term fashionable to a handful. These few mix the trends with their own unique flair; it’s not copied, but very real and original. My two great friends at Oxtrad, Eve and Clemence, fit this bill. Each day they look polished and chic, but even more importantly, they always look like themselves.
Some of my guy friends at the program deserve this title, too. They always look fantastic. They take pride in their hair (and they really don’t appreciate you messing it up :D), and their clothes are tailored (trust me, it makes a huge difference). My friends Nikhil, Caio, Ruben and Tej are brilliant examples of this. Unfortunately, I could only get a good picture of Tej. I am still working on the other three…
This picture is from the night of our Charity Fashion Show. The entire program formed teams which had to buy clothes from charity shops for at least two models with only 20 pounds (that’s about $30US)! My team’s models, Kolin and Milan, were styled by Eve and me in the Gatsby style. Kolin was in a pink shirt and handmade newspaper suspenders and bowtie, and Milan wore a shift dress and my necklace as a headpiece. They even walked down the runway to “Crazy in Love.” We didn’t win (unfortunately), but we had a great time.
I have to wrap this up because I need to work on my portfolio for Politics and Economics (my major class here). We are having a Parliamentary debate on Tuesday for which I need to prepare since I am a Minister of Defence and Foreign Affairs. I am hoping to post at least once more while in Oxford, and I will definitely be covering my trip around the UK following the end of the program.