dress: ASOS (loving this one too!) // cardigan & scarf: Target // flats: thrifted (similar)

Photos by Briley Noel

I wore this outfit a couple of weeks ago to speak on a panel at my alma mater about civic engagement. Before you graduate from St. Edward's, you have to complete a capstone project, which includes a civic engagement component. When I was a student, I just wanted to be done with the paper so I could move on with my summer. Civic engagement? That sounds so involved. What I didn't realize until later is that being involved is exactly what it's about, and it's an exciting and fulfilling experience. 

I got to hang out with my favorite professor, who is also my life mentor and probably my most adored human, plus two of my best pals. Being on campus, even as an alumni, always feels special. I felt so much a part of something bigger in my time at St. Edward's, and I have incredible passion and connection still to the school. Each tree, the walkways, the super old buildings and the ones that were built while I was attending, and the "secret" spots I pretended were exclusively mine all feel like they're covered in a layer of magic and warm fuzzies.

Since I've started collaborating with Briley, we've been venturing back to our beautiful campus to capture my outfits. Every time, it's like, okay, which building do we want to photograph this time? We joked that I should do a series of St. Ed's inspired posts with each of the different buildings. This is our brand new science building, so it's been build since I've graduated. It's so pretty, y'all! Lots of big windows letting in natural light, modern details, and seating I would have utilized so hard for chilling and studying between classes.

Do you feel connected to your campus (current or former)? Is there somewhere else that gives you those warm fuzzy feelings?

// cardigan previously worn here, here, here, and here

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  1. I still work on my old campus, so it's obviously still a part of my every day life. There have been a ton of changes over the past 5-8 years though, so there are multiple buildings (including a science center, like you!) that I never wandered the halls of. In fact, I had a meeting in the science center last week and got completely lost hahah

  2. Visiting campus is easily one of my favorite things to do; it helps me reconnect with myself in really important ways. I feel like I found myself at St. Ed's through my four years, and when I'm feeling a little lost, it's the best place to return to for a little perspective. It's been home, and it will always be home. I'm trying to plan a visit back sometime this spring; it's been way too long since I've enjoyed campus and saw my favorite people there.

  3. You're so adorable! And props to you for giving back to your alma mater! You are such a wonderful role model and inspiration for these fresh faced college kids!


  4. Great outfit and photo shoot!! The pictures with the chair and green wall look downright magazine-worthy.

    How cool that you were asked back as a panelist! I graduated in 2012, and for the first year out, I visited quite a bit. I now live far away, but I'm sure I'll still feel a strong connection to the campus when I visit in the spring, especially since a lot of my important people (professors and friends) are still there.

  5. Something about the orange and lime looks so 70s! I love it on you! You seriously look flawless in these pictures. It hasn't been a year since I've been out of school, but is already miss campus. It's where I met my hubby, so it'll always hold a special place in my heart. I wish it weren't so far away, or I'd be visiting it like you.

  6. I love these bright colors and how you match the walls on campus, totally cute! It's always fun to go on photo adventures and to plan your outfits according to the environment-becca and I do this all the time & I'm glad to know we're not the only ones :) ha.

    I'm glad to hear about your connection with your alma mater! I attended three different colleges (community college, transferred to university to finish my bachelors, and then another uni for my masters) but mostly feel connected to the first college I attended, the community college. That is where I made the most friends and fell in love with working in higher ed (which is where I am now!) I was invited back there in June as the keynote speaker for their graduation/leadership ceremony. It definitely holds a special place in my heart that the other colleges I attended can't beat.

    I had never heard of St. Edwards University until your post about it, but just checked it out and it looks like they have a masters program very similar to the one I attended, so I like it already! :)

  7. Lady, you are THE CUTEST! I adore these photos. The colors are so lovely and you look so happy I just want to hug you! Also, yes, Katie is right! We totally do this all the time.

    I'm glad to hear you have such a great connection with your school! I never really got that feeling when I was in school, which is perhaps part of why I never finished a Bachelor's Degree. It's great that you're able to participate even after you've graduated- I bet you're panel helped inspire a lot of people!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  8. Um...You literally could not be more adorable in these photos! I love your spirit! It sounds like you had an amazing time at school and that is awesome. It is so important to make good friends with professors I have found!

  9. Fun! Did you mean to match the interior? Haha it's perfect!

    Thanks for linking up to Beautiful You!

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly


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