Sunday Summary #27

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1.Graduating! 2.Roof of the McEwan Hall where my graduation was held 3.View from the restaurant for graduation dinner 4.Posing in my gown & hood 5.Cocktails at Tigerlily 6.Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter 7.Getting ready for the grad ball 8.My dog when he was a puppy, awwww!

So this week I officially became a graduate of the University of Edinburgh! My graduation ceremony was held on Thursday morning so unfortunately it was a bit rainy and I did’t get the chance to take many photos as I didn’t want to get wet standing outside for ages. (Sorry the photo’s a bit rubbish, had to steal it off Facebook!) The ceremony itself was pretty boring but I’m glad I went anyway as it’s not something you get to do every day! My parents used my graduation as an excuse for a wee holiday and have been here all week, and my brother and grandparents joined us for the day of my graduation. In the evening we all went out for a meal at Oloroso for lovely food, lots of cocktails and a stunning view of Edinburgh. Typical that by the evening it was sunny, yet it was raining all morning!

I’ve had sooo many meals out this week, I love it when my parents come to visit! As well as Oloroso, we went to The Grainstore, Wildfire and Passorn, all of which I’d really recommend if you’re in Edinburgh. Especially Passorn, it’s just 2 minutes away from my flat and has the best Thai food EVER. I also went to the graduation ball on Friday and had a really nice meal there, before drinking far too much wine, playing blackjack and dancing to 80s tunes all night. I’ll do a proper post about it with my outfit and such in a couple of days!

I can’t believe university is over now, I’ve honestly had the best time here and wouldn’t change a thing. If you’re thinking of going to university when you leave school then DO IT, it’s probably the best decision you’ll ever make! It has gone by so fast but I’ve enjoyed every minute, I can hardly believe it’s been four years since I turned up at my halls as a shy, quiet 17 year old. Big love to all my friends who have made it so amazing. ♥

Good luck to any of you who have graduations coming up soon!

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • Raz says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I've heard graduation can be a bit of a boring day but I'm quite looking forward to mine. A bit scared! You look really lovely 🙂

  • Ani. says:

    Congrats on graduating. I'm always so jealous when I see people's graduation ceremonies and capes – we don't do that sort of thing in Germany!

  • Caroline says:

    Congratulations on your graduation! I totally agree on uni, it's a great experience!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  • jennie says:

    Huge congratulations on your graduation lovely! <3 xoxo

  • Kfedland says:

    n'aww you look so purdy here Gillian! Massive congratulations on graduating..! whooop.
    How cute is little doggy as a puppy.. I want!x

  • Charlotte says:

    congrats on graduating! I graduate this friday, leaving Uni feels so bizzare, I'm indenail that it's actually over!

  • This makes me wish I'd gone to Edinburgh Uni! I remember looking round at an open day because Edinburgh is my favourite city, but for some reason I never actually got round to applying although I do love where I study now (: Best of luck now you've graduated, and I'll definitely keep those restaurants in mind on my next visit. xx

  • Caroline says:

    congrats on graduating! university was so much fun, i can't imagine not going. kinda wish i'd done an MA! xx

  • Jenna Suth says:

    Congratulations! McEwan Hall looks amazing and I can't wait to graduate there next year. Bit more classy than Usher Hall like the Napier ones 😛 Also, no better place than Tigerlily for cocktails xx

  • Chelseyxlou says:

    Congratulations on graduating 🙂 it's just over two weeks until my graduation and I can't wait. Got a dress and everything sorted now and I'm just hoping that the weather stays dry for it, fingers crossed. It feels strange not going to uni any more or not having any books to read or assessments to write! xo

  • Rachael says:

    Congrats on graduating! I agree that the ceremonies are a little dull – that's why I was a little put off doing it all again for my MA graduation but I'm glad i did.

  • daisychain says:

    Congratulations lovely! xo

  • Congratulations on graduating! I graduate on the 20th and can't wait! I definitely agree about uni…the best four years for me too!

    Sophie x

  • Lauren says:

    Congratulations! I completely agree, I'm in my final year next year and I don't want to leave it's been the best time of my life xx

  • Gem says:

    aaw looking very smart in your robes 🙂 That cocktail looks fab xx

  • congrats on graduating x

    Natali xox

  • Alyse says:

    Facebook or not, I really like that first photo, especially your expression! Congratulations on finishing university (I think I've said this in a previous post already). Your graduation is at such a fancy place! x

  • Josie says:

    Congrats on graduating! I'm glad you had a great week with your parents too xxx

  • Maria says:


    Maria xxx

  • Hannah says:

    I was just scrolling through your posts and I realised that I totally saw you at the ball! I remember thinking how much I loved your dress 🙂 It was a fabulous evening, wasn't it? I'm so sad to be leaving Edinburgh!

    • gillian says:

      oh really, that's awesome! don't think i've ever been 'recognised' in real life before haha!
      aw i know, i've applied to do a masters here so think i'm gonna stick around for at least another year. can't bear to leave yet! x

  • Stefany says:

    Yayy congrats! You look lovely in these pics xx

  • Huuuuge congrats! 😀 I really want to go on holiday to Edinburgh, it always sounds amazing when you talk about places to go 🙂 I've just finished my first year of uni and am really enjoying it!

  • Lacey says:

    Congrats!!! 🙂 You looked beautiful!

  • Emsipop says:

    BIG congratulations!! And well done =D
    Glad you are having a lovely time with the parents. I'd love to visit Edinburgh.

  • Jaz xo says:

    Congrats lovely! You look lovely too xo

  • Congrats on graduating, you look really pretty. How was the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie?


    • gillian says:

      thanks doll!
      i really enjoyed the movie, i thought i might be put off because of the huge historical inaccuracies (haha) but i actually loved it. would definitely recommend! x

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