Back To School Must Haves!

Seriously, I never thought in a million years that I would miss the back-to-school life, but oh boy do I! August has me craving the back to school shopping and the excitement to see all my college friends! I thought it would be fun to do a little post on some back to school items (or in my case, just items to love this year) that I feel are necessities!

Back To School Must Haves!
1. BAGS! I thinks it’s important to have at least two options for your school bag! For me, I used my North Face backpack for everyday classes. It holds literally everything I could ever need! On days when I may have had a presentation or interview, I always used one of my large Longchamps. It looks professional but still allows you to carry whatever you may need! Also, don’t forget a case for your laptop! You will be carrying it all over and don’t want it to get damages! This is my favorite laptop sleeve from Kate Spade as it has a cute print but also protects my baby!
2. SHOES! The same goes for your shoe collection! Make sure you have a wide assortment of options. For me that was about 55 options but whatever…. I always found myself wearing my trusty riding boots the majority of the time. You can dress them up or wear them with your leggings! Always make sure to have a durable pair of flats around as well, as they are perfect for your business casual needs. And of course, invest in a good pair of sneakers for those days when you are running all over campus or you know… if you do that strange thing called going to the gym!
3. FASHION! Now lets be honest, you’re going to bring everything you own, that’s just a given. But two pieces that I have found extremely helpful all these years is a hat and some form of a button down (my favorite is a chambray shirt!) I love the chambray shirt because you can wear it over your t-shirt to portray a more put together outfit rather than just looking like you fell out of bed (which you did). A hat is a given for those days where your brush or shower just isn’t happening! Try fun colors to really make it more of a statement rather than something you had to throw on! Lastly, get a great pair of sunglasses! Get some that are a more classic shape so you can wear them to multiple occasions!
4. MISCELLANEOUS! As a former college girl who still needs to have every single day planned out, an agenda is a must! My favorites are from Lilly Pulitzer and May Designs for all their bright prints! Headphones are an ultimate must! They will come in handy when you need to tune everything out for that hour you have left before your paper is due! A portable charger will be your life saver at some point in time. You don’t want to be that person who is locked out with a dead phone and can’t find a single person to help (it happens, trust me). And last but not least, a water bottle for everyday of your life because, HYDRATION!
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What’s In My Beach Bag!

It’s officially official, SUMMER TIME IS HERE! Since I live by the beach, I have my beach bag ready to go most days so I can head straight there after work! Thoughout all my years of summer days spent by the ocean, I have put together a pretty perfect collection to make sure it is hassle free!

Just so you know, I’m not one of those people who brings everything they own to the beach… I find that obnoxious and extremely exhausting. Seriously, I don’t want to carry that all out there, let alone carry it all back at the end of the day. So here is what I like to bring to make sure I have a fun and relaxing experience every time!

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Winter Staples!

So…. It’s almost January, which means 2014 is coming to an end! How did this happen? Along with a new year, comes the harshest winter weather ever! Last January I was stuck inside my house for a week do to a random Virginia Blizzard! While I’m definitely hoping for snow, lets say a little prayer that we don’t get that kind of snow again! So since the harsh weather is well on its way, I thought I would share with you all some of my winter essentials that help me though it all! Enjoy!

First up, Hunters! The glossy black are my favorite since they go with EVERYTHING, and can be dressed up or down! Perfect for those days where the mother natures emotions are also up and down!

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Next are the winter accessories, hats, scarves, gloves…. you name, I want a cute version of it!  And if you’re anything like me, you need to buy multiple because they will get lost!

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Blanket Scarf: Sold Out/Gloves + Hat: Old Navy

Warm, Fuzzy Socks are the next necessity I need for the winter! Get some with a fun and bright color or print to keep your spirits up on those dreary days!

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To stay warm, I find it helps to have the perfect thermos! My favorite are from Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer, and Starbucks! They have fun prints and are actually great quality!

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The last on this this are the perfect coats! Coats can be tricky. You want them to be warm + get the job done, but you don’t want them to be bulky! I suggest sticking to a darker pallet, that way they keep in the hear but also appear slimming!

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A Lilly Wedding!

LOVE EVERYTHING LILLY PULITZER!  There’s really nothing better than having 2 of my favorite things, weddings + Lilly Pulitzer, come together! A Lilly themed event would be filled with tons of, color, prints, fun and people who know how to have a great time! Don’t miss out!

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

Due to the fact that it’s pouring here in Virginia, I decided to share a typical outfit I would wear if I were unfortunate enough to be forced out into mother nature. Black rain boots are my favorite because I think they add length to my legs when paired with leggings.  I’m pretty short, so anything helps am I right?  I like to keep things simple but add a pop of color to bring some brightness and cheer to a dreary day.  Pink is always fun and lets you stand out in a sea of black north face rain jackets! What do you like to wear when the weather isn’t at it’s best?
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Summer In Lilly!

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Happy First Day of Summer!  AKA National Wear Your Lilly Day!  Nothing says summer quite like a bright patterns + it’s always difficult picking out the best one to wear!  I went with my newest addition/obsession, my Wiley top in the Spa Blue Get Crackin’ print! What did you wear on this amazingly bright day?

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My Office Must Haves!

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The majority of my time is spent sitting at a desk, whether I’m at work or at home!  I feel it is important to make your office space really reflect YOU or else it will feel like you’re sitting in a boring, prison-box!  I thought that today, I would share with you some of my must have office necessities!

First up, I obviously need an agenda!  The problem with me however, is that I need it to be bright and fun or else I won’t use it…… I know, DRAMA QUEEN!  I’ve always been a big fan of Lilly Pulitzer + Kate Spade agendas because I think they are very feminine and easy on the eyes!  Pictured below is not my current Lilly Agenda, but the one I pre-orded.  I will say that last year I order the smaller version since I’m no longer in college + thought I wouldn’t need much space, boy was I wrong!  ORDER THE LARGE!

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Lilly Pulitzer – Trippin and Sippin Large Agenda

Next, I need something that is going to make my dest feel bright, energetic, and enjoyable to look at!  That can be art or a fun little printable (or both)!  It just makes the space feel more welcome and stylish in my opinion.  If you’re going to sit there all day, you might as well like what you have to look at the entire time!  I get a log of my printable from Shop Dandy and Etsy!  I like to make my own art pieces because it makes me feel creative even if I’m the only one who thinks it look good.

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Shop Dandy – Hey Ya’ll Print  FAVORITE!!

This is actually one I’m trying to recreate right now, so wish me luck!

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My next must have is something that I would like everywhere, all the time, everyday, not just at my dest. FLOWERS!!! My favorite flowers are peonies which is such a basic chick thing to say, but they’re gorgeous so you can’t blame me for loving them!  Flowers give a pop of color and an amazing fragrance that puts you in the best mood!

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Now you couldn’t possibly think that I would forget about my favorite thing in the world, a monogram!  I am all about monograms!  I live by the motto, “If it can be monogrammed, then it will be monogrammed!”  Not going to lie, I think Monograms add a touch of fancy pants to your desk!  I have mine on my coffee mug (not pictured  below) which is another one of my must haves because I need caffeine all day long!

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Last, are fun, little knick knacks that will just brighten up your day!  I collect all my paper clips, pencils, folders from Kate Spade because the are adorable!  I always get positive comments on them!  They’re just everyday, typical things but not boring which is important for me!

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Kate Spade Eraser – $10

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Kate Spade Acrylic Stapler – $28

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Kate Spade File Folder – $16

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Kate Spade Paper Clips – $12