Back to School: Stylish & Practical

As you all may know, I am a recent college graduate so this is my first August that will not be spent preparing for the back to school madness. It is such a weird feeling especially since I still live nearby my old college and am watching staff prepare for a new semester. Today, I thought I’d show all of my college and high school readers (or those who just love stationary, décor and stylish accessories) the items that are not only going to make them feel super stylish but also the items that you just need (*cough* shower shoes) to make the year a great one. Some of these items are things that I did not originally think I would use or choose but I now know are lifesavers.

A printer was a must have for me– if we didn’t have one in our dorm, we had to pay to use the ones on campus and A) that really adds up when writing dozens of papers and B) You don’t want to be that student who’s late to class because the campus printer wasn’t working. The Five Star notebooks are one of the practical items I was referring to. I’m not going to say there aren’t cuter notebooks out there but I would say you won’t find any better quality ones. I ONLY used these in college (+ they have built in folders so you don’t even have to buy any)

Printed Desk Accessories, Set of 3: Magazine Caddy, Divided Tray and Cup, Metallic Gold Geo

HP Deskjet 2549 Printer

Five Star Wide Ruled Wirebound 1 Subject Notebook • Five Star

Threshold® Olson Collection Task Lamp (Includes CFL bulb) – ThresholdTM • Threshold

Agent18 Macbook Air 11″ Sleeve

Kate Spade New York 13″ Neoprene Laptop Sleeve • Kate Spade

Having a comfortable and cozy dorm is a must. I always slipped into my slippers as soon as I walked in the door. The jewelry organizer is something that would have been SO useful for me that I didn’t have.

Faux Fur-Accented Cable-Knit Slippers • Isaac Mizrahi

UGG Andi • UGG

UGG Australia Dakota Exotic Scales Genuine Sheepskin Suede UGGpure(TM) Wool Slipper • UGG

H&M – Soft Throw • H&M

Nordstrom at Home ‘Feather Stripe’ Throw Blanket

Quilted Velvet Jewelry Roll • PBteen

Storage. Need I say more? Another practical MUST HAVE are drawer liners and these from World Market are even scented!

I Think I Canvas Khaki Cube Bin • Baby Essentials

I Think I Canvas Grey Wide Drawer • Baby Essentials

I Think I Canvas Grey Wide Hanging Organizer • Baby Essentials

Stripes Around the Cube Bin (Pink) • Baby Essentials

I Think I Canvas Khaki Wide Hanging Organizer • Baby Essentials

Citrus Blossom Scented Drawer Liner Paper, 6-Pack

To add to the cozy effect, I highly recommend a rug. The tile in my dorm was always freezing and so bare looking. Lastly, sheets and a pretty comforter of course (in Twin XL for the perfect fit)

Con-Tact® Grip Ultra Shelf and Drawer Liner in White • Contact

Threshold® Mesa Area Rug – Threshold • Threshold

Threshold® ThresholdTM Diamond Area Rug • Threshold

bluebellgray Wisteria Mint Twin/Twin XL Comforter Set

Dorm Essentials Microfiber Twin XL Sheet Set • Jessica Sanders

Martha Stewart Collection Chambray 200 Thread Count Cotton Percale Twin XL Sheet Set

First of all, I wish I had seen this beautiful Kate Spade bedding on sale when I was in school. Also, a towel wrap and shower shoes are necessities. I like that these shower shoes are thick… (trust me, you want no part of your feet touching the ground) This Keurig is the one that I currently own and I’m in love with it!

Faux Fur Butterfly Chair

kate spade new york Harbour Stripe Picnic Green Twin/Twin XL Comforter Set • Kate Spade

Whim by Martha Stewart Collection Desert Flower 4-Pc. Twin/Twin XL Comforter Set

Xhilaration® Floral Tile Warm Bath Wrap Multi-Colored XhilarationTM • Xhilaration

Fuchsia Ooriginal Sandal – Women

Keurig K250 2.0 Compact Brewer • Keurig

A mattress pad is something I’d recommend splurging on because you can’t be too careful. A shower caddy that is made of fabric that can be hung was so useful so that I didn’t have to set my stuff on the ground of the community showers. Of course everyone needs a flamingo laundry hamper and cute mugs right?

Anti Bed Bug Mattress Protector • Urban Outfitters

Dot & Bo Feather-Light Laundry Hamper • Dot & Bo

Shower Mesh Caddy, Watermelon Geo Rings

Purseonality Moscow Mule Mug

Fringe Saturday Mug • Fringe

Express slant but first coffee ceramic mug • Express

Rain boots and a rain jacket. I had NO idea how regularly I’d be using these. They basically became my uniform (especially during spring semester) so I’d splurge on nice ones.

Kate Spade New York Gold Stripe Thermal Mug • Kate Spade

RED Valentino Triple-Bow Rubber Rain Boot, Light Pink • RED Valentino

Joules ‘Welly’ Print Rain Boot (Women) • Joules

Hunter Original Gloss • Hunter

Columbia PourationTM Jacket • Columbia

Kate Spade New York ‘monterrey’ Bracelet Watch, 38mm • Kate Spade

A wristlet is a must have (+ this one is a steal) because you’ll want to carry as little of your belongings as possible since you’ll likely be weighed down with books and a computer (but you’ll constantly be needing your campus ID & keys) Oh and by the way, DO NOT BUY YOUR BOOKS FROM THE CAMPUS BOOKSTORE…Amazon is your new BFF 😉

Kate Spade New York ‘gramercy Grand’ Bracelet Watch, 38mm • Kate Spade

Kate Spade New York Medium 17-Month Agenda • Kate Spade

Lilly Pulitzer ® 17-Month Pocket Agenda • Lilly Pulitzer

Frends – Layla Leather And Rose Gold-tone Headphones – Copper

Merona® Women’s Faux Leather Zip Wristlet Pouch • Merona

The North Face ‘Jester’ Backpack • The North Face

Totally swooning over these stylish backpacks– this Neiman Marcus one is on MAJOR SALE and I think I need it.

Neiman Marcus Classic Studded Faux-Leather Backpack, Blush Pink • Neiman Marcus

rag & bone ‘Mini Pilot’ Leather Backpack • Rag & Bone



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