Has Monday come already? The weekend seems to fly by at lightning speed when we spend it with the people we love. Last week I settled back in at home in Seattle after my trip abroad. I attended law school orientation and did my best to get my life in order before heading to Lake Chelan for the weekend. Give me sunshine and a few friends and I’m happy. Add in a boat and I’m pretty much in heaven (:
Though I took a summer course, today is the first official day of my One L year. The first day of school has always been a big deal for me. From elementary to high school I obsessed over the first day of school. I meticulously packed by backpack with all of my new school supplies and packed myself a special lunch for the first day. I wrote down my schedule in my planner, always nervous I would show up in the wrong classroom or make some sort of fatal blunder!
My first day of school outfit was an even bigger ordeal. I would start back to school clothes shopping in early August, I didn’t buy clothes much throughout the year so my parents and grandparents would take me on one huge shopping spree to stock up for the new school year. I remember laying awake dreaming about back to school shopping as a preteen…I should have known then I was bound to be a shopping addict! I would carefully unpack my shopping haul and model my new outfits for my family. Fashion shows were an important event in my household. I made my Mom (and occasionally my Dad) sit on the couch while I modeled each new look before asking my Mom to help me pick the best outfit for the first day. The first day was the MOST important, obviously, but I would plan out my outfits in advance for the first week or so. I considered all of my new school clothes SACRED and refused to wear them or cut off the tags before the school year began. Looking back, I see my clothing rituals as weird borderline obsessive but at the time it was a tradition that made me comfortable.
Though I certainly haven’t outgrown my love of clothes (or planning) I like to think I am slightly less high strung when it comes to the first day of school. Laying in bed last night I naturally couldn’t shake the first day jitters, even at 25 I worry about showing up in the wrong room or spilling coffee on myself before class. If we’re being 100% honest (and hey have you ever known me not to be?) I did spend a little time pondering what I should wear for the first day. Law school might not be New York Fashion Week but I think Elle Woods would want me to dress the part and make her proud.
What are your plans this lovely August week? Did you remember to buy glasses for the Eclipse today? Truthfully I haven’t thought much about the natural phenomena but I feel like the Eclipse on my first day as a full time, serious law student is a good omen-it just makes the day feel extra special. Despite a really thought provoking orientation dedicated to discussing racial injustice, friends from summer quarter and a cute first day outfit, I’m still nervous. Do you have any tips for shaking off the natural anxiety that comes with the start of something new?
The photos from this post were taken in July with photographer, Nathan Peppin. We had such a fun time frolicking around Lakewood Estates aiming for the perfect shots (was he frolicking too or was that just me? ha). I picked up this gorgeous high-low dress from a small boutique called, Rove, in Calistoga when I visited my family for the month of May.
P.S. Have you read all of the Taylor Swift gossip going around? I’m DESPERATELY, crazily, crossing my fingers and PRAYING we will have a set of new Taylor songs to sing along to this Fall. When you primarily listen to Taylor Swift and the occasional Disney song (sorry not sorry) three years is too long to wait for Taylor’s 6th album.