Welcome! Do you feel that cool breeze in the air? Do you smell that burning of apple and pumpkin scented candles? I mean it’s basically fall out there. Even though fall doesn’t really start until September 22 (I’m actually very excited for this day for a few reasons this year but that’s another post), we’ve had such a mild summer here that I feel like I can declare it fall.
Which means back to school supplies! Unless of course you’re like me and have suddenly realized you graduated university a year and a half ago and technically have no need for new school supplies. But this brings me to two points 1. You can buy them for yourself all year long when you’re an adult and 2. Why not use September as a nice excuse to buy some new stationary? I know I’m going to.
So this is the “back to life” must haves. If you are heading back to school feel free to pick up a few of these things to freshen up your life as well, these are great things for all. Without much further babbling – here are some of the things that I’m going to order online or dip into stores to pick up (if I don’t already have them)
1. Limited Edition Moleskines
I’ve written about my love of Moleskines before (okay a lot: here here here and here). Essentially they’re the best notebook ever – and I should know I’ve tried them all. But I try not to buy the same colour or pattern twice which has led me to hunt down some special limited edition ones. I’ve found Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and even the Beatles. Independent book shops always stock them so go hunting for the best ones but I’ve linked a few different options for you.
2. A new planner
Your calendar might not start in September anymore – but a lot of planners still do. So why not take this chance and pick up a new one. Also a lot of them sell out this time of year so when December rolls around you won’t be able to pick it up anyways.
I know everyone gets excited about the big planners but I find those difficult to bring with me and often these medium ones have more than enough space to fill it in with all you need.
3. Stock up on cute cards
You’re going to need them and sometimes in rushing around to get the perfect gift or if you’re leaving you might completely forget to pick up some cards. It’s a good idea to have a stack on hand (maybe a few different types in case you’re giving out multiple thank you cards at once – you still want people to feel special).
4. Lunches book
I have a job where I have to be very prepared to bring my own lunch. I often have work to do right up until 1 and then an interview at 1:30 so I squeeze in thirty min at my desk, sometimes less. Lately my lunches have been feeling lackluster and uninspired. I needed new ideas – enter this book. It was actually what I needed and now I’ve been working my way through it, even using some of it for dinners. Bringing your lunch is such a great way to save money but it doesn’t have to be sad.
5. Water cup – rather than water bottle
A couple of months ago I realized my all-purpose water bottle that I loved so dearly didn’t need it to be quite so all purpose. I could leave it at home and bring it with me hiking, on trips or to the gym. But maybe it was time to look at something more stationary for my desk at work? (I actually have a Beauty and the Beast themed up for my desk at home – yep I’m very adult).
These are my two favourites but the Starbucks one I actually own because it’s so large and means I don’t have to get up a thousand times a day to fill my water cup (I drink a lot of water). It comes in many different colours in store though so you might want to check it out next time you pop in for a latte.
6. Some books you’re excited about reading
I’ve been trying to build back up my reading habits, like many people I’ve found them lackluster after university but wanted to regain my love of reading. Enter goodreads – I do really well with a challenge. I am trying to read 25 books this year, but I’m also accepting that sometimes I’m going to buy a book I’m really excited about and then not like it, and you know what? It’s okay to stop reading it.
Pick up some books you’re excited about and drop those you’re over. Here are some I recommend:
7. New phone case
8. Subscription to your favourite newspaper or magazine
Why not right? You’ve probably talked about it for ages but never get around to it. Now is the time friends, subscribe and feel smarter this fall.
What do you like to buy in September to get your life back together?
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