True fact: when I was a kid I used to spend at least 80% of my pocket money in WHSmiths. I think a lot of people are like that nowadays, but at the time, admittedly, it was a little weird of me.
I had the largest collection of notebooks and pens that I’ve personally ever seen – in fact I’ve yet to find a worthy rival, except on the shelves of my past shopping havens. Until recently, I had never even actually finished a notebook – usually I’d move onto a newer purchase before I was even half way through.
While I have been curbing the habit of weekly splurges on stationery (and managing to actually finish using the things I buy), I truly believe my penchant for beautiful office supplies will never truly leave me.
Which is why Back to School season has always been one of my favourites of the year (and it comes just before Halloween, another highlight). It’s October by now, but I’m only two weeks into a new Uni course so it still… counts… right?
(More on the new course will come later, keep your eyes peeled if you really care)
The first items on my list of back-to-school essentials are, of course, pens. These beautiful pink and orange gel pens are smooth to write with and simple in design – and the colours really are as bright as they look. Brighter, even! Naturally this post will undoubtedly be an ode to my favourite shops, and I have to say, stepping into Japanese stationery store Muji in London fulfilled a long-held desire of mine. A favourite of practically every blogger I’ve ever followed, I couldn’t leave without a souvenir. And boy, were these pens worth it!
Next on the list is a good notebook, and you don’t get much more on-trend than this wooden/copper/geometric number from Paperchase. This notebook is split up into five massive sections, and there’s hundreds of pages for you to pour your thoughts onto. I think it was only around £6 too, which isn’t too bad!
When you’re going back to school, all dreams of lazing around doing nothing, never really making any solid plans, go right out of the window (unfortunately). So what else is a modern, hard-working gal to do to keep her affairs in order? Get herself a weekly planner, that’s what. This little thing from WHSmiths doesn’t take up too much room, and has a simple design for great at-a-glance planning.
And when you’re a busy bee (like a lot of us these days), you need somewhere chic to keep all of your stray papers, which is where this transparent and white polka dot number comes in. Sturdy and stylish, it’s another winner from WHSmiths.
Now we come to by far one of my favourite (and to an extent, useless) purchases of the past few months – these rose gold clips from Paperchase. I’m a big fan of organisation (nerdiest thing I’ve ever said? A contender, definitely), and these paper clips and bulldog clips have me frantically searching for things to clip together just so I can use them.
I’m starting to sound a bit sad really, aren’t I? Moving swiftly on…
My other half gets a big shout out here for knowing me far too well. When he spotted this marble-covered daily planner in Urban Outfitters, he sighed and brought it straight over to me. “You’re going to have to buy this” he said, and he was right. It’s an organiser’s dream, with sections on every page for to-do lists, a time table for jotting in *important* meetings (like giving your mum a ring), a section for objectives and projects, and even a little space to do a daily doodle. What’s more, is that the writing on the front is rose gold, which just gives it 10,000 more cool points in my book.
He also gave me this little gold notebook, so you can see why I keep him around. Made to look like a block of solid gold, this little notebook would be great for desktop thoughts if I could bring myself to use it. It’s just too pretty. Arrrrghhhh!
Finally we come to this water bottle, purchased from Primark for a mere tuppence (not really, obviously, but it was cheap. Let’s leave it at that). While I usually try and stay away from slogans, I love the bold statement in black that it loudly proclaims: “#NO LIMITS”. This bottle is an entire 2 Litres, so basically one of these a day fulfills your water quota, and it’s important to stay hydrated when working hard. Didn’t you know, it aids concentration? You learn something new every day.
And an honourable mention goes to Oh Comely magazine. If you’re into mags but aren’t a fan of the negativity or shallowness that can sometimes creep into them, Oh Comely is a beautifully designed delight.
What are your desktop essentials? Is anyone out there as sad as I am about stationery (please say yes…)? Tell me your thoughts on back-to-school season – do you love it or hate it?
Until next time!