First author

I haven't really updated you on grad school since I completed my Master's degree (officially) in May. Last year, I decided to stick around after my Master's to work towards a Ph.D. in the same field (atmospheric sciences). Ph.D. work is coming along slowly but surely. I just scheduled my general examination, which is basically just me writing and then giving a presentation on my proposed research to my committee members. My advisor wants me to have a paper submitted before then, and I'm hoping I can get it done in the next month or so. I just need to...keep...writing...! The first paper I wrote is comprised of the majority of my Master's research, and I'm excited to say that as of late July, I'm officially a published author! It's kind of weird to see my name on an academic, peer-reviewed journal article, and it's super weird that I'm listed first. (My advisor likes his students to be first author as much as possible when it's our own research. Apparently, it looks a lot better when we defend our theses/dissertations. It does make sense... I mean, how can your committee deny your graduation when you have a bunch of first-author papers?!) It took a long time (over a year) to get it published with all the editing I had to do, but I did it! And it's done! Now to write four more papers before I defend my dissertation...haha. No pressure.

Now onto the outfit! I wore this top and necklace combination a couple of weeks ago and immediately knew I wanted to wear it again in a "blog outfit". Apparently, my green shorts are perfect for pairing with particular top/necklace combinations, as the last time I featured them, I wore my striped tee and rectangle necklace. I love how this top picks up the light blue in the necklace. It has been SO hot here lately, so of course the linen was necessary (apologies for the wrinkles). I'm kind of jealous of all of you in the Midwest and East Coast and your high temperatures in the 70s and 80s. I am glad that the wildfire smoke we've had to deal with is finally gone, though!

Blue sleeveless shirt, green shorts, tan sandals, statement necklace -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue linen shirt, green shorts, statement necklace -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blue sleeveless shirt, green shorts, tan sandals, statement necklace -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Light blue linen shirt + statement necklace -- Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Uniqlo shirt (similar from Talbots) / J.Crew Factory shorts / Madewell sandals (similar from ASOS) / Moorea Seal necklace (old; last seen here) / LOFT sunglasses