Grad student style: Conference presentation

Helmut Lang sweatshirt, grey sweater shell, speckled skirt, black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Academic conference outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black sweatshirt, grey shell, speckled skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Academic conference poster presentation outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

A couple of months ago, I attended a very large academic/professional conference with researchers from all over the world and presented my research in a poster session. The conference itself is a long five days with thousands of poster and oral presentations. It's impossible to see everything! I usually get exhausted after only a couple of days. It's not easy to "science" all the time. ;) Still, it's a fun and invigorating environment, and I always enjoy learning a bit about other fields while I'm there (such as planetary science, which is totally what I would have studied if I was better at physics!).

This time, I was only there for a couple of days so I kept my suitcase really light (two tanks, one sweater, one nice sweatshirt, one skirt, one pair of pants, two pairs of shoes, and some accessories). This is the outfit I put together for the day of my poster presentation. It ended up dumping rain, so I actually wore my yellow Hunter rain boots, though I definitely would have worn these ankle boots if the weather had cooperated. It's obviously not ideal to wear bright yellow boots to present in, but the conference is fairly casual, and the attendees wear a wide variety of outfits.

Boots aside, I felt confident and put-together in this outfit. It's full of neutrals, but the speckled skirt and the asymmetrical sweatshirt add some interest. Of course, you'll find most people at conferences with a coffee in their hand. ;) My drink of choice is a chai tea latte, and I thought it was fitting to include it in my outfit shoot. #gradschool

My black Longchamp 'Le Pliage Neo' tote bag is my new best friend for conferences. I can stuff everything I could possibly need inside (fabric poster, computer and charger, notebooks, water, snacks, etc.), plus it doubles as one of my carry-on bags. It's an investment piece for sure, but I highly recommend it if you're looking for a roomy conference (or carry-on) bag!


Helmut Lang sweatshirt / old; similar by Calvin Klein (last seen here)
Grana top c/o / unavailable; similar by J.Crew Factory (review here; use my referral link for 10% off your first purchase)
LOFT skirt / similar by Superdry
LeGale tights / similar by Target
Sam Edelman boots / exact (on sale!)
Moorea Seal earrings / similar by Kate Spade
Longchamp bag / exact

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Apple brie baguette — via Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

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Happy Sunday, friends! How has your weekend been? My boyfriend is in town for the long weekend. Long distance is so hard, but it really makes me appreciate the time we do get to spend together. We've been eating a lot of food but also doing some workouts to balance it out. ;) I ordered some activewear from Grana and love it! Definitely size up, though. I ended up with a small in everything because XS was too tight. I plan to do a review/"around town" post with it once it warms up a bit! (If you're new to the brand, use my referral link for 10% off your first purchase! I'll get a credit.)

And just for fun (inspired by the lovely Alissa), I thought I'd do a little "ask me anything" session! Feel free to ask me anything about blogging, grad school, my life, my boyfriend, my cats, etc. I'll answer some questions (or all, depending on amount received and the content/appropriateness) in an upcoming post (or posts, again depending on amount/content). :) I'll probably close the form below around February 26th!

Or however many questions you want ;)


Camel coat, green plaid flannel shirt, burgundy pants, brown boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel coat with green plaid flannel shirt and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Green plaid flannel shirt outfit with camel coat and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Camel coat outfit with green plaid shirt and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Burgundy pants outfit with camel coat and green plaid — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

A couple of days ago, I was looking through my list of outfit ideas on my phone and realized that I was down to the bottom of my winter outfit barrel. We've still got at least a month more of winter and thus have quite a few more winter outfits to share here on the blog, so now is definitely not the time to be running out of ideas yet somehow it always happens. Winter and summer are my least favorite seasons to dress for, and of course, they're the longest of the four seasons here in Utah. C'est la vie!

In times like these, I turn to my trusty Pinterest inspiration boards to hopefully spark some new ideas. I scrolled by this pin of Taylor Swift from a couple of years ago (maybe three at this point?!) and was inspired to recreate it with my own items. The dark green and burgundy color combination is not one I'd put together normally, so I enjoyed trying something new. The camel coat and brown boots softened the whole look. Do you think Taylor thought about it that much when she got dressed, or do you think she just got dressed and didn't overthink every little detail? Haha... 


ModCloth coat / old; similar by ASOS
Madewell shirt / similar or similar by Jack Wills (last seen here)
Madewell pants / old; similar
Chelsea Crew boots / old; exact from Zulily (last seen here)
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs