23 November 2013

Graduation [22.11.13]

I am so thankful to God for getting me through this degree! It is officially official I am a Marketing Graduate. Wow!! 

Many don't know but my degree took me 5 years due to going on placement and failing 3/8 modules in second year. I had to redo all 3 modules and split my final year into 2 years in order to not have an overload of work to do. I didn't graduate with my 08 class but He has worked it ALL out for my good!! It was a VERY VERY stretching time! No one likes failure and so I can testify of Gods amazing mercy and grace in completing this course & not living in disappointment. Be encouraged! God is STILL Good! He really kept and pruned me in that season!!!

Key lesson learnt in this one: 

Just because you fail at something or a module does NOT make YOU a failure. God's word over you is truth regardless of the current reality.  

I got my hair done in Big Box Braids. I wanted the front to be full, but did not expect it to be this full
As my hair is so thick, the box braids came out a lot bigger. It took me a while to get used to it, but I REALLY like it now. Details about the braids are at the end of this post. 

Finished doing the face, wearing the vest top under my shirt. 

First time doing a red lip. 

Used my necklace to complement the overall look. 
I really like shirts and neck accessories. 

Red was my colour for the day. I don't know how but Red 
has become such a favorite for me. I used to REALLY dislike red growing up. 

Outfit breakdown is at the end of this blog post. For this skirt I actually wore another skirt underneath to work as a slip, as it is ever so slightly see through in the light. The extra layer of skirt, gave it a thicker look overall. 

My Family... Older sister and Mum.

Pulled the hair back, as I think it looked better. 

Me and Papa! 

Graduation hat with braids. 
 I am so glad I didn't get a weave in the end,--as I was going to, yet the braids were a lot more 
practical for me and styling etc. 

Graduation hat with braids. 

Surprise visit from brother Seye. The shock on my face when I saw him. So grateful for His support! 

Obviously!! My brother Irich! Enriched with the word! 
LOVE this guy! #forme

The Familia. This isn't even all of them, but I couldn't have everyone there unfortunately. Currently missing my step parents and 6 more siblings. :) 

3rd hair style of the day, after returning the gown and cap. 
I didn't want to return it you know...I liked it on :( 


Failing those modules in second year, did affect me in a negative way at first, because I just could not believe it. I found out while I was in my placement and I was so devastated. I thought about how embarrassing it was to say I failed and really didn't know if there was any point continuing on the degree...especially as I had a strong desire to Style and also God had begun to show me, that I would be doing something with styling in life.

I went through the tears, and through feeling like I let my parents down, got left behind--as everyone in my 08 year graduated and celebrated and I was still doing coursework for final year! Nevertheless, God really helped to get me out of that nasty hole of feeling sorry for myself and feeling like a complete failure. I had support around me and godly counsel that really helped to uplift my spirit. I had to repent- turn away from feeling sorry for myself, and acting as if, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me' was not real and active. I had to stop myself through God's grace and word, from speaking against myself and my life, and to trust Him. Yes I did not do well second year, but I can get back up and try again. The mishap did not have to define me at all! Failing those modules REALLY taught me the different between who I am and what I do/produce, which is something I blogged about here. < Have a read.

God used many different things to encourage me in that season and I am so glad He did and I surrounded to Him. I am so so so so grateful that I am a graduate now. It still has not sunk in yet, but I hope and pray that my life brings ultimate glory to God. I am excited for the doors He will open for me and the ones He will shut that are not for me. 

I love Him and really do believe that, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11) I am not disappointed nor ashamed. I am overwhelmed by His goodness towards me and for working things out for my good. It would have been GREAT if, I didn't fail, but God has used what was not a great outcome, for my good. He has taught me much about long suffering-- that segment of fruit, got WORKED  in meeee. I was such a quitter when I started Uni, but since this long season, I have grown to be more determined in the things God has put on my heart to do. 

'And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.'  ~ Romans 8:28 #ImALivingTestimony

With love,
Nash Amber 

Outfit details:
I was on a VERY tight budget of £25 and happened to purchase the main items the day before the Graduation. So unlike me to do things so last minute like so, however on this occasion, that is what happened. I mixed and matched items I already had in my wardrobe with the new items.  

I opted for a 2 piece rather than a dress, because I know I can work with the 2 pieces in the future, with a lot more ease rather than a dress. I managed to put this look together with 3 recent pieces from Primark, for £22. I was SO impressed with the overall look. What I saw in my head, worked well in the end. 

There are seasons were we have to totally be resourceful, I am practicing away at present. Remember: We will not become Proverbs 31 for Him by default. It is good to practice not living beyond our means and I'm trying to live this one out! By His grace I shall pass the tests to come! 

~ Braids - 5 packs of expressions, cut 3 times and feathered.
~ Necklace - From my jewelry collection
~ Blazer - H&M [Purchased a while back]
~ Blouse - Primark [£9]
~ Skirt - Primark [£3]
~ Heels - Primark [£10]


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Juella. God bless you. :)

  2. Hi Nash,

    Thank you so much for this post. You looked amazing. Your hair is fab and I can't believe your outfit was that cheap. I initially looked at the pictures thinking "Lord This girl looks like a million dollars". It's refreshing to see that.

    The real reason I am writing this comment isn't to let you know how amazing you look because I doubt that matters to you. I want to thank you for sharing your story. Honestly. I want to thank you for obeying God in writing this. Obeying him to share this post. It must have been hard because I'm sure A LOT of people do not know that you were going through this. I'm sure you tried to keep it a secret without lying. I'm sure you were ashamed. Sharing this would make you vulnerable, Im sure you thought that too. In fact sharing this has strengthened you. Not sharing this would have made you selfish.

    Why? Because i NEEDED this. I am going through the exact same thing. I cried reading your entry. I wept uncontrollably. I didn't know that other people went through this. Thank you so much. Thank you Jesus. I was on the verge of giving up. Reading this was a message from Daddy God, I'm going to stop feeling sorry for myself and LEARN from it all. Thank you Nash. God Bless you. Keep sharing the depths of your heart. We need it.

    1. Hey,

      Wow! Thank you for leaving a comment. God really did grace me and help me to get over the shame so that I could share with you all. I am so blown away by your comment and what it has done for you, in encouraging you. I had no idea it would do that, as I was writing, but that is the beauty of Christ. He knows the depths of what we are going through, and what to get to us, in the perfect time. You are so welcome, honestly, and Amen to His blessings.

      God bless you too, I hope my posts continue to be helpful to you. Cling to His truth & promises, He has GREAT plans towards you. Believe Him.

  3. Well Done Miss Nash Amber you are an inspiration and with hard work comes success.

    1. Miss IISTA!

      Thank you so so much for your comment. Oh yes! with hard work comes success.
      I hope you are well!

  4. Well done babe!

    This is truly an amazing testimony and God has been glorified through this aspect of your life!
    Long suffering is definitely something that God has been developing within me, and whether we like the process or not, it is vital in helping to shape and mould the characteristics that God requires in us as His children.

    Keep surrendering and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in your life for the glory of God's name!

    You looked gorgeous btw :)


    1. Amen! Thank you Miss. :)
      Long suffering... mmm mmm mmm. What a segment!

  5. Girllllll don't you look fine!!!! Won't he do it!! I would never have guessed that the total of the outfit would come in at such a cheap price. I totally praise God for you because we literally have the same testimony where degrees are concerned, and it's amazing to see God come through. (This is Tosin, I can't remember my log in details loool so I had to come as anonymous)

    1. Tosin <3,

      It was so lovely to connect with you during this season, and to have the Lord use us to encourage each other even. You are a blessing and I appreciate you. Congratulations to you too, and I am sure you looked absolutely wonderful.

      haha, I can't believe you forgot your log in details, but hope you retrieve them back soon. Stay blessed.

  6. Hi Nash, I am Tijesunimi. My comment here isn't really about your physical looks and nice hair. I am writing in respect to your experience while in school especially the challenges you went through as I am just seeing this. seriously I can imagine how it was then because when I was in school too I had such experience which made me attend two (2) summer schools but guess what in my last two sessions in the University, When I went for summer schools, my friends and siblings were home resting and enjoying. I felt bad myself, bored, lonely and all you can think of. I felt I had disappointed my parents because of the huge tuition and upkeep they were responsible for. I had my best results which really moved me up unto another high level. That was in 2012 and I didn't have to spillover. I even graduated at an early stage in my life (early twenties). Now it's history just has yours is too. My experience made me know that "Delay is not denial". Thank you dear for sharing this with us. It is motivating to know that failures aren't a limit to achieving greatness. What God says about a man, woman inclusive matters alot but we have a part to play too.
    Please kindly check your emails, I sent you a message. Thank you. CHEERS!!