Thursday, March 17, 2011

ABD!

ABD

ABD

Works Cited
blouse: h&m
pants: gap
blazer: target
heels: macy's
finger-bang: borrowed from contador

Well, my big old oral exam was this morning and I passed with distinction (as you may have heard on twitter where I couldn't contain my excitement). So many of you sent me sweet well-wishes and good luck this week; I cannot tell you how much it helped me stay calm and positive when I was super nervous.
This is what I wore for the exam--it's not the world's most blog-able outfit, but it's worth documenting because these academic milestones can be tricky to dress for. I went for simplicity and professionalism--blazer and blouse and heels for height--but mostly I wanted to be dressed so that I didn't think at all about what I was wearing and could focus completely on what I was saying. Now I am just bursting with excitement and happiness to be finished with this academic challenge and onto the next. Only one thing remains to decide--how best to look celebratory in a photo:

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A. Wring one's hands victoriously; B. leap up and down like a maniac; or B. the Contador "finger-bang." Your thoughts?

72 comments:

Bridget said...

AHH WAY TO GO!!! I abd'd in December, and it was SUCH a great day. :D

kileen said...

yay!! congrats on passing the oral exam! this is a great easy chic outfit and i love all your celebratory poses!

cute & little

Penny said...

Million congrats! and the outfit is as professional as it should!

S. said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and hope you and C. are having a wonderful celebration!

PS: HEART your nod to el Pistolero, even though my heart belongs to Andy Schleck. :)

caffeinerd said...

I vote B. and I'm wishing you a MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS! You rock.

LPC said...

Congrats! And photo #2 is a classic:).

Jameil said...

B for bang baby bang ya did it!! CONGRATS! So awesome! :)

Katie, Interrobangs Anonymous said...

It's the best feeling, isn't it? I vote for picture B...although the classiness of the finger bang never will go out of style, will it?

ssm said...

Congratulations!

The Woollen Typist said...

CONGRATULATIONS!
BBBBB all the way. Conveys the excitement the most.

xx:)

Shakespeare's Feminine Ending said...

Congrats, Tania! I'm raising my Guinness to you right now as I type this. (Hard to type and drink at the same time!)

Job and Rachael said...

Yay! Congrats! :D You are pretty much adorable!! The A pic looks particularly scholarly ;)

Emily said...

Congratulations! I remember it being tough to figure out how to dress for my thesis defense. Well done on this outfit (and on passing your exam, obviously!).

www.academiasartorial.blogspot.com

five tomatoes said...

Congratulations! :)

The Postcolonial Rabbit said...

Woohoo!!! congratulations! For my viva I had to wear a Harry Potter-esque gown plus black and white/ribbon tie and a cap, all very quaint and I appreciated the guesswork being taken out of it. But congratulations, it's such an incredible achievement and nothing beats that post-viva feeling!

I bought a Paul and Joe Sister dress with squirrels and deer on it as my celebration, so I suggest the bicycle dress would be an excellent way to mark such a milestone :) x

Nodakademic said...

B is definitely the right choice! Congrats on this huge milestone!! I'm ABD myself--as of a few months ago.

NodToStyle said...

wow, congratulations!!! my bro is finishing up his doctorate and it seems to be one hurdle after another...definitely B :)

Renee said...

i pick B!

but i'm guessing your oral exam wasn't as easy as choosing a, b, or c....
congrats!

U U N A said...

congrats! that's awesome. and feel free to send your good luck vibes to this direction. hhhuge final tomorrow. and the bang bang picture for sure. just because it's fun to say (=

Looks and Books said...

Congratulations! That is seriously awesome. And what a great day to celebrate! I'd say B. best sums up the joy of being finished, for sure.

Healthy and Homemade said...

Nice job hun!! Photo B is just too cute, you look beyond thrilled =)

Shaye said...

Re: the term "finger-bang" - I realize you've borrowed the phrase, but to quote The Princess Bride, You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

At least, that's NOT what it meant when I was in middle school, lo these many years ago!

But in all seriousness, congratulations on passing so beautifully! And I vote B for the celebratory pic anyway. :)

Sweet Laundry said...

Congratulations! I pick A!

Justine said...

Congrats! :)
Either A or C

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La Historiadora de Moda said...

B!

But instead of a C option you should have given us A B D. Congratulations, Tania!

Kathleen said...

Congrats on becoming ABD!

larheel said...

Congrats!! I'm torn between B and C, but I love the joy in all of them!

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Vanessa said...

Congrats! Oh, and definitely "A." You look super smart and modest at the same time ;o)

bettec said...

"but mostly I wanted to be dressed so that I didn't think at all about what I was wearing"

I wish I read your post before I wrote on Monday. I wore my red tights and thought everyone was staring at me because my last name starts with B and I was sitting in the front row. :(

Anyway... congrats! It must be a wonderful feeling. :)

bettec
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My Heart Blogged said...

I'm all for b. You look so darn excited.
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GoodFrameofMind said...

1. AHH! Congrats!
2. For sure A.!

e. of academichic said...

Congratulations! This is a huge milestone. Doesn't it feel AMAZING?! I love B.

- E

Jessica said...

yay tania! i'm so happy for you and proud of you! (and welcome to the club!)

i vote for option B... =))

Jessica
Surely Sonsy

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Quals (as they were called at my school) were the hardest part of my PhD. Your defense will be a breeze compared to it!!!
I vote for A, B, and C in a row, over and over!

Dee

thewonderfulblog said...

Woohoo! Congratulations!!!

megannielsen said...

my thoughts = you are soooo awesome and i'm sooooo proud of you!!!! YAY FOR TANIA!!! (I'm doing double gun hands right after i finish typing this!)

kelsey williams said...

Congrats, T! That is amazing. So, what's next for you? Are you all done with tests? :)

Christine said...

Congrats!!! You look great too! BONUS #winning
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Molly said...

Outfit perfection.

And while I think "B" looks the most celebratory, certainly "C" is the most original and entertaining!!


Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

N said...

Congrats! Such an accomplishment :)

I love C, but you got some major air on B!!

Sasha said...

Absolutely pose B.

And congrats!!!

Also, are your Gap pants new? They look an awful lot like the slim crop pants (http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=7609540224004&cid=57240) that I'm planning to buy with the give & get discount.

academichic said...

Yay, congratulations!! Welcome to the world of ABD'ness :) And my vote's for pictures A or C, so awesome! :)

S.

wildchild said...

haha good for you!

Rosiecat said...

Congratulations, you brilliant PhD candidate! I'm so happy for you. I had a feeling you'd make us proud :-)

Evelina said...

Congrats! I love the 'A' picture. :)

eitchy said...

Congrats on a job well done! Your outfit look great for the occasion and I vote B for celebration.

northwest is best said...

Congratulations! Your outfit is super appropriate too. I bet it helped give you confidence.

Annelise said...

Congrats!! Now just to write that pesky dissertation...

Kat said...

Many congrats on being ABD! Now go OWN that Dis!

Kat
gingerandthegeek.com/kitty-corner

Courtney Erin said...

Congrats! I remember the hellish nightmare that was orals - nothing tops the high of passing that exam (and double congrats on passing with distinction)!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

tasty moog said...

woot!

all of the above!

Laurelann said...

Congratulations! You look marvelously academic and chic at the same time. Also, go with the finger-bang. Always the finger-bang.

Great giveaway going on!
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FutureLint said...

Yay! Congrats! You look adorable and HAPPY!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

Congrats! Now for that dissertation! When you finish that, I think you should attempt a back-flip.

Lori said...

Woo-hoo!!! What a big accomplishment. Congratulations!! :)

Amber K. said...

CONGRATS! I'd pick B, but I do love picture A. :)

Katie W... said...

Definitely B!!! COngratulations!

Kerry Scott said...

Congratulations!!

Emily S. said...

Congratulations!! I'm delighted for you but not surprised in the least-- it's easy to tell you're a real smarty pants, and that's one of the many reasons why we all love you.

myedit said...

A combination of a,b and c would be fine way to celebrate! Congratulations on this milestone! Keep being... fabulous!

Brooke said...

congratulations!!! hope you have a great weekend to celebrate :)
p.s. i totally did the peep-toes with tights yesterday :)

Nancy said...

Congratulations!! You must be so excited! ABD is a fine place to be! :)

Notabene said...

Congrats!! Feels good, doesn't it? Be sure to take a few days to relax, celebrate, and enjoy your accomplishment before heading back to work!

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Strawberry said...

Tania! It's Nicolle from CJH!!! Found you in a blogroll of a blog I follow...I was like "Hey...I know that girl!" :D

Becky said...

Congratulations times a zillion! Well done on your momentous academic achievement!!!

Nicola said...

finger bang all the way. :)

Louise said...

Congratulations! Oral exams can be so tricky that it always feel awesome to pass. :)

NotaBene said...

Congratulations! The outfit strikes just the right balance, I think! Being ABD is great-you have the freedom to think, write and read things you want, and the confidence of your committee's support.

Martina Lynne :: The Life Academic said...

Huge, exciting, fabulous congratulations. You're a great role model for those of us who haven't made it there yet. Well done!

Melanie said...

Wooo! Congrats. :) I think the level of accomplishment/excitement should dictate the "best celebratory photo"... In this case definitely B!

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Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

HUGE congrats!! Welcome to the other side of graduate school - it's a good place to be.

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