Monday, September 27, 2010

First Day of School


Ahh, it seems like just yesterday I was standing in front of my parents front door wearing my first day of school outfit (picked out 2 weeks prior), backpack (stuffed to the brim with new school supplies) and holding my action figure lunch box (don't ask!) smiling the "mom, c'mon! I gotta catch the bus and get to school early to set up my cubby/desk/locker so hurry up and take the pictures, pleeeeeeeaseeee" (yes, I am a huge dork!).

Well not much has changed 15+ years later. I picked out my outfit a week prior, packed my school bag (backpack now replaced by a chic leather purse but I forgot to pose with it) days before, had my lunch and snacks waiting in the fridge, and counted out bus and subway fare. I got up super early since I didn't know how long it would take me for my commute (my classes start earlier this year), got ready with half an hour to spare and decided to leave and get there early to 'organize everything'. D wished me luck and was out the door with Keppie to take her to 'doggie day care' before heading off to work himself.

I go to school at a Women's Learning Institute in Manhattan. This year my course of study is very Gemara intensive. We have Gemara every morning for 3 1/2 hours. Most of that is study time with our study partner (chavrusa). We decipher the ancient original texts in Hebrew and Aramaic (which involves us banging our heads against figurative brick walls sometimes) and try to understand what the commentary says and how the arguments are developed and (hopefully) resolved. The afternoons vary with studying Jewish Law 2x a week and studying Biblical Exegesis 2x a week for 3 1/2 hours. It is very challenging and I love it.

I wanted to make a good impression on the first day so I decided to dress up a bit. I actually wore this outfit for Shabbos earlier this summer, but since I can't take pictures from sundown Friday to sundown on Saturday, I don't often document my Shabbos wear. I love this paisley blouse and since it's a busy pattern I decided to pair it with a simple black pencil skirt. To add polish to the ensemble I added the wide leather woven belt. Keeping with the brown accessories I layered these 2 necklaces and wore my menswear-inspired oxfords.

To all my Jewish friends celebrating Succos, have a chag sameach (a joyous holiday)! To my other friends, have a Happy Fall!


Black undershirt: Elzee (in Brooklyn)

Blouse: J.CREW

Skirt: Target

Belt: J.CREW

Necklaces: Thrifted

Shoes: J.CREW

Ring: Impressions

Do you ever pick out special outfits ahead of time?


mrs.marcus said...

You look great! I love the way you mix brown and black.

Batya said...

Fantastic. I love to mix looks. On Shabbat I wore a Hagara (Israeli designer skirt) a cardigan I picked up on the 1/2 price of sale price at Lord & Taylors and some scarves to match from Machane yehuda.

Valencia said...

I just love your style!! You look so awesome! I would be honored if you would link up to Feminine Fridays sometime. I think my readers could benefit from seeing modern modest fashion women like yourself. You don't have to link up each week, just when you remember to.

à la Modest said...

I just love the print on your top!

Modestly Fashioned said...

@mrs. marcus - i used to think that black and brown were a big no-no together! now i see that done right, they are the best of friends:)

@batya - that sounds like amazing combo!

@Valencia - thanks so much! I would be happy to link up to Feminine Fridays...always looking for more great blogs!

@alamodest - me too; it's got a brocade-ish quality that i love:)