This is my favorite time of year. I love it more than peppermint mocha season. I love it more than sun hitting winter white legs season. I love it more than first wander outside without a jacket season.
It's school supply time.
You all know you feel the same way. There is no thrill like the one of tearing into a new packet of earthy-scented pencils or the excitement of a fresh, clean sheet of notebook paper. I'm an office supply addict, and my obsession just goes full throttle during the first few weeks of the school year. So, without further ado, here are my favorite picks for a successful, stylish school year.
1// THIS tote bag is my favorite for carrying everything I need. It's functional, and has a little more flair than the average backpack (it's lined with the titles of famous banned books!).
2// THESE notebooks are my go-to. Moleskines are a little on the expensive and pretentious side, but their quality can't be beat. The pages are bounded with a thick thread, so you won't be loosing any important notes. There are 16 (the perfect amount) detachable pages at the back as well for pop-quizzes or passing notes.
3// LE PEN. Oh Le Pen. Dream pens. Again, a bit pricey, but they come in every color imaginable, key if you are an obsessive color-coder as I am.
4// A SET of sticky note tabs make finding a needed page in a book or notepad easy as can be. And guess what?! More color coding!
5// THIS HIGHLIGHTER was introduced to me by my European friends during finals week in Ireland. It seems impossible to dry out, the bright color refuses to make pen ink smear and bleed across your page, and they come in every color of the rainbow. I'm converted to the gospel of Stabilo. German engineering at it's finest folks.
6// SOMETHING FUN to stick on your laptop will brighten your study hours. I'm a Totoro fan, so went with the above option, but I've seen everything from Disney Princesses to Iron Man to food to pop culture art online. Whenever I whip out my laptop, however, all mouths instantly drop open and someone invariably asks, "Did you SHARPIE your MacBook?" Luckily, these guys are removable and changeable, unlike permanent marker.
7// THESE make studying a breeze. If memory is not your bag (okay memorizing IS my bag, but I like to use notecards anyway), pick up a set and get to it. This may be the most boring product on the list, but also the most necessary.
There you have it. I could spend another three-to-six hours debating the merits of certain types of glue and which eraser is best for your finger-size-to-palm-width ratio, but I'll spare you the details of my obsession. What are you musts for the new school year? Also-does anyone take notes on their computers? I'm an old fashioned sort of gal, so it's all pen and paper for me, but I'd love to hear what people think about note-taking on a laptop!