Although I could not be there in person considering the fact that I’m still a teenager and I’m still broke, London fashion week has been one amazing event. Following each show by stalking every designer’s website, E! News’s coverage and an array of incredibly lucky fashion bloggers, I feel as though I were in the front row alongside the likes of Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani. Needless to say that accompanying the feature shows throughout the week for the upcoming season was a series of new trends. Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, you can be sure you’ll be accounted for, so take notes!
(As seen at Mary Katrantzou)
(As seen at Marchesa)
(As seen at Temperley)
(As seen at Bora Aksu)
- Thomas Anderson
GIG GUIDE: TITLE TRACK BIGSOUND LAUNCH PARTY
The Brightside, Fortitude Valley, QLD - Tuesday, September 9 - 8PM
Deep Sea Arcade
The Love Junkies
Moses Gunn Collective
After being in lockdown for the most gruelling 9 weeks of my life, I’ve come to realise one thing that has helped me through the multiplicity of assignments and exams: learning to adapt to my surroundings.
While achieving the very best in school may not be the goal for everyone (one may just want to finish their assessments and leave, which is, of course, totally fine), but if there are three things I want this year, they would be: to get accepted into university, receive a scholarship and achieve the highest marks possible for all, if not most of my subjects.
Does “The Pressures of School” written by every school student ever sound familiar to you? Of course it does. Crumbling under the stack of papers and research has happened to the best of us, and if you don’t pick yourself up immediately after having a breakdown (guilty as charged), you can fall behind. Fast.
This doesn’t just apply to the conventions of school; the pressure to succeed and achieve is evident in every aspect of life – whether it’s your job, your personal life, or even in your social groups – but in this particular context; school is love, school is life.
Being prepared comes in handy when you’re hit in the face with about twelve things at once and you only have six weeks to do it. Be willing to absolutely immerse yourself in the work you’re about to do, work extra hours and put 100% of your effort, love and time into the finished product. It’s just like riding a bike for the first time - if you wear a helmet and kneepads, you can just dust yourself off if you happen to fall.
The one thing you have to remember when you’re under pressure is: everything will be OK in the end. Keep the bigger picture in mind and don’t set the bar so high that your happiness depends on your successes. So what if you didn’t get an A+ on that exam? You managed to achieve the best you could, and that’s all that really matters! With a positive calm mindset, you will learn to thrive and rise above (also, if you don’t hold too many expectations, receiving a kickass mark back when you least expect it can totally make your day). If you’re sure about yourself, you spend more time focusing on executing every task you’re doing and spend less time worrying about if you’re going to get there. Believe in yourself before you take the leap into the unknown.
Do everything with passion and absolute avidity. Conveying your zeal for the task at hand through your work enables you to unleash the best content out of you. Play to your own advantage and ace what you are enthusiastic about, because in the end, if your work is filled with passion and wholehearted love, you will come out on top. Always.
Slowing down on the last hurdle seems easy, but why stop there? Why lose momentum on the last lap? Work tirelessly until the last available seconds you have and spend those last seconds perfecting every single component required. Keep going and continue to reach for the top, because it will be worth it in the end, I promise!
Time is your friend. It is never the enemy, and it never will be. Time is neither a pessimist nor an optimist; it is a realist, and it will always tell you the truth. Learn to work with the time you have and create an effective game plan to allocate your time in order to get what you need done. Effective time management and efficiency is one of the most critical factors in achieving what you want. Whenever you complain about not having enough time, just remember you have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce. Does Beyonce ever whine about not having enough time? No, she gets shit done, and so can you.
What the last 9 weeks has taught me is to thrive in whatever situation I have to face; whether it’s writing an extra 1000 words for my final art practical or memorising an entire essay for an exam the next morning. Take the time to strengthen and refine your skills and utilise them to your advantage. Always remember:
You are always stronger and more tactful than you think. You always have the potential to smash whatever you set your mind to, and you are always more powerful than you assume. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing what you’ve accomplished has been the product of solid, authentic hard work; regardless of what the outcome may be.
- Angel Nikijuluw