Happy September: What I love about fall

Um, everything is from Zara except for the shoes, they’re Anne Klein
Knock Knock… September’s here! With the coming of this month, Summer is fading. The temperatures are finally back to bare-able, and rain and fog have returned. I’ve placed my umbrella next to the door and have my ankle boots on display under the coat hanger that carries my trench. Fall is coming, and I can feel it in the cooler air. 
Fall is my favorite season when it comes to style-blogging. You get to play with layers, wear blazers, the color pallete is the best of the year, you get to pose with cups of steaming coffee and even wear an occasional scarf again. As I’m a bit tired of my summer wardrobe, I decided to grab back to a few of my favorite pieces from last fall, like this peplum top and statement necklace from Zara, and wear them for an evening walk in the woods. I’m still on vacation, meaning that I actually wore my jammies all day and just wore this only for that short walk. Another thing to love about fall: cosy jammies and fleece blankets. I’ll leave the hot cocoa for the winter season. 
This fall will be one of many changes as well. I’m starting a chapter in my life no one used to believe in. You’ll barely get your bachelors, they said. And then my three years in college flew by like they were only a short few months. Not once did I fail a course, even though I had a two hour commute to school everyday and was away from home more than 12 hours of the day. I even manged to keep a blog running while doing it. I’ll be honest, getting up at 3am to repeat the material on the day of an exam did drain my spirits, but never did I give up. This June, I graduated. Not with honor, but with pride. My bachelor paper got a good grade, more than the goal I had set, and my internship gave me the courage I needed to make a decision that everyone warned me not to make: I’m going for a masters. I’m only the first in my family to take this step. Other than a few friends, I have no one to tell me what to expect, how hard it’s going to be, how much I’ll have to work, what parties to go to or what bars to hang at until 3 in the morning. I’m on my own. Only 21 days from now and then I’ll see what this monstrous university they warned us for is really going to be like. Maybe I’ll fail, it’s okay if I do, I have a safety net in the form of my bachelors degree, but I want to take my chances.
My post on what I love about fall turned into this. I hope I didn’t scare you there. I had a lot of psychology and writing classes during my Social Work training. I can’t help it, haha.

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  1. 2 September 2013 / 19:05

    Beautiful shots! Love the outfit <3 Alex


  2. 2 September 2013 / 19:47

    Zalige outfit, dat shirtje is echt heel mooi! staat je goed! 🙂

  3. 2 September 2013 / 20:01

    Een heel erg mooie blogpost 🙂 Je outfit is prachtig en staat je wederom perfect!

    En echt sterk van je hoe je hebt doorgezet voor je bachelor! Zo bewijs je maar eens dat alles mogelijk is, als je het maar hard genoeg wilt! Ik ga volgend jaar naar m'n derde jaar en heb ook schrik voor m'n bachelor. Maar ik ga schrijven rond het fenomeen fashion bloggers dus hopelijk haal ik daar ook een 16 mee 😉

    Ik begin over een maand ook aan een heel nieuw hoofdstuk, en ik hoop dat het voor ons beiden geweldig uitdraait 🙂 Alvast veel succes met je master gewenst!

    XO Imke

  4. 2 September 2013 / 20:51

    First off, I love you in this peplum shirt. It does amazing things for your body and looks very chic.

    Second- I cannot believe people would have told you that you could not handle or do college. Good on you for proving them wrong!

  5. 2 September 2013 / 22:51

    Well, we are opposites right now, I am not ready to give up summer fashion or weather at all.
    But you look totally ready in your dark colors and leopard flats.
    Chic on the Cheap

  6. 2 September 2013 / 23:22

    I love fall too for fashion- this look is super cute!! Your experience is similar to a lot of people I know. High school isn't for everyone, at least taking further education allows you to customize your education a bit more. Plus, in high school you're figuring out all these other things about yourself that you, hopefully, know by university. I'm sure you'll do fabulous, you seem to have control of everything 🙂

  7. 3 September 2013 / 08:12

    You go Nikki! Laat niemand je ooit vertellen wat je wel of niet kan 😉 Ik wens je heel veel succes aan de universiteit (van antwerpen?)!
    Naomi, x

  8. 3 September 2013 / 08:41

    Really inspiring 🙂 good luck at uni!

  9. 3 September 2013 / 08:56

    Love that top, especially paired with that statement necklace. But even more I love your story of how much you've grown and how excited you are for your masters.

    I hope you have a fun time in university and you learn a lot. You are very dedicated to complete a masters degree – after I got my degree I couldn't imagine staying on for a masters!

    Away From The Blue

  10. 3 September 2013 / 10:50

    WOW. I can't believe someone would have the nerve to say that to you. Be so very proud. I have no doubt that you can do it! You are stronger, and smarter than you think.

  11. 3 September 2013 / 16:51

    I am amazingly proud of you, and so inspired!
    I hope your time at the University is wonderful, whether you finish or not. I'm so proud that you made it this far despite how hard it was to get there. And a 2 hour commute everyday? That's crazy.
    I'm definitely inspired to keep after my dreams, even when it gets tough. And to not let other people's opinions shape my view of who I am.
    Thanks 🙂


  12. 4 September 2013 / 02:03

    oh my goodness, Nikki, this is so adorable. I love your flats. You look amazing. Another fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo


  13. 4 September 2013 / 18:52

    YOU GO GIIIIIIIIRL! 🙂 Ga voor die master! 🙂

    Leuke outfit en mooie tekst 🙂

  14. 4 September 2013 / 21:00

    Je outfit is heel schattig, pretty pretty :)! Veel succes met je masters studie. Zeker de moed niet opgeven ook al lijken de cursussen immens, het zal je sowieso wel lukken. Als je iets wil bereiken dan lukt het je ook, no doubt! Zie dat je niet vastgenageld zit aan je bureau maar af en toe 't stad eens gaat verkennen 😉 een mix van alles is het beste! Ik begon altijd vanaf november echt in gang te schieten :). Geniet van het studentenleven, ik ga het allesinds super hard missen :)!
    Sabrina, x.

  15. 4 September 2013 / 22:00

    Goed bezig!!! Mooie ketting!

  16. 5 September 2013 / 03:55

    can't believe you are going back to school, i couldn't do it, you are awesome.
    and i love love love that top!


  17. 5 September 2013 / 21:15

    Leuke outfit!! Hele gave ketting!

  18. 6 September 2013 / 10:50

    Zo zie je maar dat leerkrachten niet altijd gelijk hebben met leerlingen inschatten. Bij mij vonden ze het raar dat iemand die zo verlegen was als mij iets met communicatie ging studeren, maar ik heb het toch gewoon gedaan 🙂
    En leuke outfit, ik hou ook van de herfstkleuren 😉

  19. 6 September 2013 / 16:13

    How inspiring! Good for you for going after a Master's…not everyone can do it. School is tough (I don't care what anyone says). You're always "on" even when you're "off" and it takes a lot of effort…and even courage. You have so much conviction so it's incredibly inspiring to read and follow along!

  20. 6 September 2013 / 20:16

    Hello Nikki!
    First, this is an amazing outfit, and I love the lighting on your hair in those pictures!
    As to what you wrote.. I'm sorry to hear you had such a dreadful high school experience. Teachers are supposed to encourage students, not bring them down. I'm very happy that you found yourself in university, did not fail, and are on the path of success. You have excellent capacities, so put them to use, and don't let anyone make you doubt of it!

  21. 7 September 2013 / 16:30

    This post is so wonderful, darling! I really love that you value your education so much and want to push yourself to be the best you can be. I cannot believe the dedication you had to wake up at 3 AM! I'm so proud of you! You are an inspiration.
    P.S. Love your whole outfit!

    Xo, Hannah


  22. 8 September 2013 / 17:45

    Nikki! The texture on your shirt is awesome 🙂

    Congrats on moving onto the next step of your educational career. 2 hour commute is insane. That's true dedication! Best wishes for your future endeavors.

  23. 8 September 2013 / 19:40

    Super mooie outfit, ik ben echt jaloers op je haarkleur!


  24. 10 September 2013 / 12:54

    YOu look fabulous and this top with peplum fits you perfectly well)
    Lovely snapshots as well, such a pictresque place you have chosen for this photoshooting)
    Have a fabulous time!


  25. 12 September 2013 / 03:36

    I'm so sorry to hear how much you struggled throughout high school :/ Good for you for showing up your teachers!! And getting your Master's on top of it? Good for you girl! Go for your dreams 🙂

    Killer outfit by the way. Those pants are the reason they're number one on my fall wishlist.

    Exploring My Style

  26. 12 September 2013 / 18:41

    ik vind het heel inspirerend om zoiets te lezen, wat ben jij ambitieus! proficiat dat je al zoveel hebt bereikt in je leven! 😀 die ketting vind ik heel mooi trouwens in combi met die top! en joepie herfst, ook mijn favo seizoen!
    xo Charlotte – aliceroxy

  27. 13 September 2013 / 22:11

    that's so wonderful! you go girl! good luck with the continuation of school!

  28. 17 September 2013 / 18:57

    herkenbaar verhaal! ben uit pure misserie regentaat gaan studeren, dacht dat ik het niet ging halen! heb daarna 7 jaar lesgegeven en ben toen gaan verder studeren aan de KUL! daar hebben ze ontdekt dat ik dyslexie heb! ben aan de universiteit geslaagd met onderscheiding, eat that high school teachers! het was hard, bikkelhard, had zelfs geen sociaal leven meer en blokte me kapot! grootste uitdaging, statistiek, gelukkig is me dat altijd gelukt! good luck girl en motivatie is de grootste drijfveer, geloof me

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