Which is why dressing modestly is such a big deal.

Which is why dressing modestly is such a big deal.



When-was-the-last-time-I-posted? Wednesday
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I know I haven’t been around in forever and a half, but I’ve kind of gotten engaged since disappearing off the face of tumblr, so… at least I have a good excuse? Finding time for mini photo-shoots *and* ring/wedding gown/apartment shopping has been a little tricky, but I was going through my Photo Stream and came across this delightfully nerdy-chic look from sem, taken by my dear sem friend Arianna who did my blog photography last year, and I just had to share! 
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Clip: J. Crew
T-shirt: Target
Skirt: Banana Republic
Watch: Fossil
Shoes: Bp.
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Love and shomer kisses,
Fashionably Frum

When-was-the-last-time-I-posted? Wednesday
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I know I haven’t been around in forever and a half, but I’ve kind of gotten engaged since disappearing off the face of tumblr, so… at least I have a good excuse? Finding time for mini photo-shoots *and* ring/wedding gown/apartment shopping has been a little tricky, but I was going through my Photo Stream and came across this delightfully nerdy-chic look from sem, taken by my dear sem friend Arianna who did my blog photography last year, and I just had to share!
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Clip: J. Crew
T-shirt: Target
Skirt: Banana Republic
Watch: Fossil
Shoes: Bp.
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Love and shomer kisses,
Fashionably Frum


Wonderful Wednesday
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I have no idea why the pattern on my sweater works with the pattern on my scarf. Maybe because the colours are both semi-neutral? I never would have thought to put them together, but I did and it works. Really well, I would say. It turns out that with clothes, as with in life, you have to experiment a little and see what happens. Sometimes the scarf doesn’t match the shirt and you have to take it off — IMMEDIATELY — and other times, it ends up being a great fit. 
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Headband: Anthropologie
Scarf: Marshall’s
Sweater: Anthropologie
Skirt: A shell dress from a frummy store in Toronto
Boots: Anthropologie
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Love and shomer kisses,
Fashionably Frum

Wonderful Wednesday
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I have no idea why the pattern on my sweater works with the pattern on my scarf. Maybe because the colours are both semi-neutral? I never would have thought to put them together, but I did and it works. Really well, I would say. It turns out that with clothes, as with in life, you have to experiment a little and see what happens. Sometimes the scarf doesn’t match the shirt and you have to take it off — IMMEDIATELY — and other times, it ends up being a great fit.
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Headband: Anthropologie
Scarf: Marshall’s
Sweater: Anthropologie
Skirt: A shell dress from a frummy store in Toronto
Boots: Anthropologie
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Love and shomer kisses,
Fashionably Frum


Simple Sunday
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You all know how much I love shell dresses, and mostly because they’re just so easy. Just toss one on with a sweater or another (too-short) dress and you’re ready to head out! Well, after adding a scarf, some tights, shoes and jewelry, doing your hair up in a bun with a few clips and adding a touch of makeup… and they wonder why I’m always late. In all seriousness, though, get some shell dresses. They do take some work out of getting dressed and, when you wake up late and have somewhere to go, anything really does help.
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Hair clips: Forever 21
Scarf: Marshalls
Dress: Anthropologie 
Dress underneath: from H&M
Shoes: Banana Republic
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Love and shomer kisses,
Fashionably Frum

Simple Sunday
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You all know how much I love shell dresses, and mostly because they’re just so easy. Just toss one on with a sweater or another (too-short) dress and you’re ready to head out! Well, after adding a scarf, some tights, shoes and jewelry, doing your hair up in a bun with a few clips and adding a touch of makeup… and they wonder why I’m always late. In all seriousness, though, get some shell dresses. They do take some work out of getting dressed and, when you wake up late and have somewhere to go, anything really does help.
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Hair clips: Forever 21
Scarf: Marshalls
Dress: Anthropologie
Dress underneath: from H&M
Shoes: Banana Republic
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Love and shomer kisses,
Fashionably Frum


Two Tone Tuesday
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It feels kind of silly when everything you’re wearing aside from your scarf and your hair clip are from the same store. But… What can I say? I just loooove Anthro. And their pieces are so eclectic that it doesn’t look like I’m wearing them from head to toe. Right? RIGHT? Well, that’s what I tell myself anyways.

When you’ve found something you love — a brand, a makeup look, that skirt you wear every other day — it just seems right. It’s tried. It’s true. And you still get a ton of compliments. Yes, it’s nice to change things up, but if you’ve found a style that you love — and you’re comfortable in — then just go with it! No matter how hard your roommates laugh when you bring home yet ANOTHER bag from Anthropologie. What’s you’re signature brand/piece/look?
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Polka dot hair bow: Anthropologie
Flower clip: Forever 21
Scarf: Holt Renfrew
Blazer: Anthropologie
Skirt: Anthropologie
Boots: Anthropologie
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Love and shomer kisses,
Fashionably Frum


Holy Thursday
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It seems like this is the season for sparkle. And oxblood red pieces will soon be taking over my closet. And my dresser. And probably my floor… I am so onboard with these trends! And after a trip to the mall yesterday and a quick stop at the nail salon today, I am ready to work it! Happily, oxblood goes delightfully with gold hues — although, few colours don’t. And, while I’m sure the stores (and the streets of New York) are adorned in sparkle for …that other holiday… shimmering metallics are the perfect fit for Chanukkah! The point of Chanukkah (or one of its points) is to bring more light (ie holiness) into the world. So, do some mitzvos to bring down some holy light and do them while dressed in enlightening, modest attire!
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Headband: Anthropologie
Scarf: Holt Renfrew
Top: Anthropologie
Skirt: A Frummy Store
Nail polish: OPI
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Love, shomer kisses and a happy Chanukkah,
Fashionably Frum


Funky Friday
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Wondering where the long, sunny days have gone? Me too! So I brought some sunshine into today’s outfit with this comfy mustard yellow skirt, paired with green tights, a patterned top and a soft black cardigan to add a little bit of warmth. Top it off with a pop of pink and you’re good to go!
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Hair piece: Anthropologie
Earrings: Kate Spade
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Top: DKNY
Skirt: A frummy store in LA
Shoes: Kenneth Cole REACTION
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Love and shomer kisses and a good shabbos,
Fashionably Frum


You see, words are clothing for thoughts. As fine clothes bring out a person’s inner beauty, so well-spoken words bring out your inner thoughts. They emerge from your personal world into the revealed world. So too, your words of prayer provide the same sort of clothing for G‑d’s presence.
The Baal Shem Tov (Tzava’at Harivash 108)

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Fail Big

I went to a yoga class today and, having had a busy day in the midst of midterms, I was kind of distracted and thus messing up all over the place. Then we were in a somewhat balance-y pose and I completely fell over. Which is fine, it happens, but for some reason I had the strangest response to this. Sure I picked myself up and got back into the pose, but I was so embarassed that I felt I had to apologize. I apologized. To the yoga teacher. To the whole class. Sorry. I’m sorry for losing my balance. And the teacher, a fun, sassy kinda gal who hadn’t seemed thrilled with all my falling all over the place up until this point also had an unexpected respond. She said: “It’s good when people fall over, it means they really went for it.”

And I think she got that right. You only fall over, you only fail, when you try in the first place. And the harder you try, the harder you might fall. And I think we can agree that it’s better to try and then fall on your face than to just sit there doing nothing.

That said, if you try for too much at once, then you’re probably being overzealous and the fall from that attempt might hurt you more than it helps you. Example: I was in a beginners class, doing a beginners level pose. Taking an advanced class right now wouldn’t be pushing myself to greater heights, it would be setting myself up to fall off a cliff.

So, as my rabbi in seminary said last year when we were working on really big projects, don’t be afraid to fail big. Try it out, see what happens. But, as I’m saying right now, from experience, try not to set yourself up to fail TOO big. As always, find that middle ground, people, find that middle ground.

*Outfits of the day are on hiatus this week, due to said midterms. With help from above we’ll be back to our regular programming next week