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Lifestyle: Back To School & Dorm Room Essentials

We're almost halfway through August which means back to school is around the corner and prep is in full swing! Even after being out of school for a few years, there's still something about this time of year that signifies fresh starts and makes us miss that back to school feeling! So for this week's blog, we've dedicated it to all the students we know and love, with Shelby, Amanda & Jill's 15 picks of must have items for back to school and for your new dorm or apartment!

Shelby's Picks

Diffuser 

Ever since I picked up my first diffuser, I wondered how I ever lived without them. Talk about transforming a space... I add lavender essential oil for an instantly relaxing space that also smells amazing. This one from Saje is not only great but it looks amazing! 

Agenda 

For obvious reasons, an agenda is an essential when away at school to help keep track of all of your assignments, not to mention your class schedule! I love this option from Ban.Do at Indigo! Super cute and comes with some fun stickers to brighten your day during study season...

iPhone Smart Battery Case 

I recently purchased this and it would have been a lifesaver at university. It keeps your iPhone battery charged for twice as long, ensuring you're never left with a phone at 1%...a.k.a. worst nightmare! 

Slippers 

If there's one thing from this list that you need, it's definitely comfortable, warm shoes that you can easily slip on to go to class, to and from the dining hall in your dorm, or just to walk around your floor. I love these mukluks for around the dorm and even for up at the cottage! 

Terrarium

Last but not least, I loved having plants in my dorm room to bring some life into my space! I love terrariums because they not only look nice, but they're easy to keep alive if you go away for a couple of days over the weekend. Find a cool vase and make your own or head to a florist for plenty of cute options in all sizes! I love this option for West Elm:

 

Amanda's Picks

Hangers 

It sounds silly but finding the right hangers that take up the least amount of a space is crucial to bring to your dorm because your closet space is usually really limited especially if you have a roommate. My favourite hangers would have to be the fabric hangers by Joy Mangano at Bed Bath & Beyond. They're great because they are super thin, taking up little to no space. Also because of the fabric on the hangers, your clothes stay put...even those silk camisoles! Multi-purpose hangers are another great option for maximizing space in your closet. 

Laptop and iPhone case

It's always fun to accessorize your laptop and iPhone, also to differentiate your computer between your classmates and roommates. Uniqfind.com is one of my favourite sites for ordering unique and cool computer cases and phone cases with interesting and fun designs. You can match everything from your phone, to your laptop and iPad all in the same design, without breaking the bank! 

Bedside Rug

It's always nice to personalize and accessorize your space with a few decor pieces. A fun way to quickly jazz up a dorm room is to add a rug beside your bed or just outside your closet to make it a little more cozy or even to add a pop of colour. IKEA has some amazing options, but definitely don't overlook Wayfair.com, HomeSense, West Elm, CB2, and Structube. If you have already have some bright accent pieces in your room, you can always go with a neutral rug which will make your dorm room space appear much larger than it is!

Candles

My favourite accessory for any room is candles! From the colours, to the scents they can jazz up any room and make it smell amazing! My favourite candles are from Bath and Body Works. They have the best selection, ranging from any type of scent and the prices are great. From summer fresh to cozy holiday candles, you can add these to your dorm room to give it a more homey and cozier feel. 

Himalyan Salt Lamp

Last but not least, investing in a small light for beside your bed makes a huge difference when you're sharing a space with a roommate. A perfect light I've found that gives right amount of light, is small and at the same time relaxing is a Himalayan salt lamp. Plus, there are so many benefits. 

 

Jill's Picks  

New Pair of Jeans 

Fall shopping and back to school go hand in hand. For back to school I think everyone should get a new pair of classic denim jeans. I'm currently loving our new AG Farrah High Rise Skinny Jeans in Black Storm. The frayed bottom gives a classic pair of black jeans an edge. Perfect with sneakers or booties! 

A new go-to comfy knit 

With the colder weather coming I always reach for the same comfy sweater to bundle up in. Our new Velvet Imena sweater is a fancy take on the classic sweatshirt. It's super soft and comfy, you'll never want to take it off! 

 

Denim Shirt 

Another classic piece I think everyone needs in their closet is a denim Button Down like the  Rails Carter button down in a Light Vintage wash. Layer with a knit cardigan over top or wear unbuttoned with a camisole underneath for a dress up look, this shirt is a must! 

 

 

Cozy Blanket 

One item I loved when I was in first year of university is a cozy blanket. I love this throw from West Elm. I love using throws to add a pop of colour! 

 

Travel Mug 

I absolutely love this travel mug by Contigo. They are perfect for keeping your coffee or tea hot for hours while you're making your way from class to class. I also love how there is a lock button to prevent spilling anything on your notes or electronics.

 


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