Back to School is Back

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
(John Dewey)

This time of the year always inspires me to buy new clothes and office supplies. Growing up, I delighted in finding the perfect outfit for my first day of school. Getting my notebooks, pens and highlighters sorted was a favorite activity. My love for this time of year even influenced my decision to study education in college.

Even though I didn't end up as a teacher, I still think of challenging syllabi, unread books, and that perfect first day of school outfit with excitement. If I were getting ready to start a new school year, the items pictured above would be at the top of my list.

Images: Weekender Tote | Banana Republic | Jcrew | Paper Source | Mod Cloth | Papaya! | Kate Spade