Hello, beautiful followers!
Happy August! I don’t know about all of you, but the beginning of August brings one word to my mind: School. Gross, right?
However, there are ways we can make school preparation and the school year a bit more glamorous, pretty, and fun.
First off, I want to say a huge congratulations and an even bigger thank you to XOXOAHY for helping me out with my BTS series this year. She sent in the best application ever and I’m super excited to be working with her over the next four weeks.
With these BTS posts, you can look forward to one post per week for the first four weeks of August. The posts will include preparation tips (hence, the title “Be A Prep”), a fashion post, a beauty post, and a post all about good study habits and keeping you organized for when your new school year is in session.
Some of you might start school in mid-to-end August, some of you might start in September. However, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your newest year of school.
In this post, you’ll read up on school supplies you’ll need (both budget friendly and not), and ways to prepare yourself for the new school year and when to do so.
Preparing for school is one of the more fun things that your dreaded first day back entails. Buying pretty notebooks, pens, and pencils, will not only make you excited to use your new tools, but they will also make your boring school day more fun and pretty, too.
Agenda – Angendas are not only pretty to look at, but they’re ridiculously helpful when used correctly. Agendas are super useful when you realize that you need just a little bit more organization in your life. I recommend purchasing a pretty agenda by either Lilly Pulitzer or Jonathon Adler. You could also purchase a less expensive (but still super pretty) planner from Bloom Planners.
Pens – Some classes, like math, won’t let you use pens. Others will let you use pens for your notes, just not for tests. Either way, you need to carry around at least one in your purse. You could splurge on a pretty pen by Lilly Pulitzer, or you could buy a pack of colorful pens from Target for fun note-taking.
Pencils - Pencils are a necessity no matter what school you attend or what class you’re in. I prefer mechanical pencils, like these inexpensive ones from Target, but this year, I also bought a pack of ten pretty Lilly Pulitzer pencils.
Highlighters - Studying is so much more fun, and not to mention easier to focus on, when you highlight the important things in pretty colors! I purchased this pack of Lilly Pulitzer highlighters ( I purchased these from GlitzyGlam, Elle and Blair’s website, but I can’t seem to find them on their site anymore. I may have ordered the last ones), which are a highlighter/pen duo. I also recommend Vera Bradley highlighters ( I love the Summer 2009 patterns!), and these from Target.
Pencil Case - Pencil cases are very important to me! I usually carry a pretty, relatively expensive purse to school, and I for sure don’t want the inside lining of it ruined by ink marks and pencil stains. If you guessed that I ordered something Lilly Pulitzer again, you’re correct. I ordered the Lilly Pulitzer pencil pouch in Dirty Shirley for this school year. You can also purchase a pretty and monogrammed pencil case from Etsy!
Notebooks - Of course, you have to carry a pretty notebook to each class! These notebooks from Etsy are not only inexpensive, but also monogrammed! Etsy also has a ton of other shops that can make you a pretty and personalized notebook. If you’re wanting something a little less expensive, try this notebook from Target.
Calculator - Having a calculator for you math classes is extremely important. I know there are some teachers that don’t allow use of them, however it’s better to be safe than sorry. Just make sure you buy a calculator that fits your level of math. For instance, if you’re in basic algebra then a basic scientific calculator is fine. Try the TI-30XIIS. If you’re in geometry through calculus, you’ll definitely need a high level graphing calculator. Try the TI-83 Plus or higher. You can get these kinds at any office supplies store such as Target or Office Max.
Binder Cover – Binder covers are a necessity to make your boring binders pretty! I recommend buying colorful binders and either making your own insert on using any photo editing application, or buying pretty downloadable inserts from Etsy. These are also pretty!
Binder Dividers – Some binders that come with these and others don’t. Dividers are so great to have so that your binder doesn’t contain one big stack of papers. I typically label my dividers as “Notes”, “Handouts”, “Graded Quizzes/Tests”, and leave the last one or two to be determined based on the specific class. If it’s for a science class then I’d label one divider section as “Labs”, if it’s for Language Arts I’d label one divider as “Essays/Reports”, and so on. You can find these at any store that sells school supplies like Target, Staples, Office Depot, etc.
Totes and backpacks – Some people prefer a backpack (Check out VS or Charlotte Russe) or a tote bag (Once again, check out VS). I, personally, prefer to carry one purse and to carry my binders and books in my arms.
Locker Accessories – No one wants a plain old boring locker. So be sure to pick up a few things to spice it up. I purchased this Locker Chandelier last year and all of my friends absolutely loved it. It’s not only a cute decoration, but it also works as an actual light for your locker. Locker shelves are also great because they give you so much more space in your locker for all of your stuff. A few other good accessories would be magnetic locker bins, mirrors, or photo magnets. They even have locker rugs at places like Target or Claire’s. How amazing is that?!
Lunchbox - One downside of school is school lunches. Ew. Bringing your own lunch from home is a much more healthy and filling option. I recommend carrying a lunch bag from Vera Bradley or a pretty and personalized one from Etsy.
Umbrella - It sounds odd, but always keep an umbrella with you! Either in your car, locker, or tote/gym bag. Rainy days will sneak up on you! I recommend a pretty umbrella by Lilly Pulitzer.
Prep Yourself: One Month Before
♔ Begin shopping. You don’t want to be out in the crowds, shopping for your first-day outfit and your new fall wardrobe one week before school begins. For one, that’s super stressful, and two, there will be tons of other people doing exactly what you’re doing, and chances are, you won’t be able to find the perfect outfit because of your stress and the fact that someone else might have gotten to it first. I recommend doing your big BTS shopping weeks in advance. Of course, mini shopping sprees are perfect for any time of the year, though (;
♔ Whiten your teeth. I recommend Crest Whitestrips. They’re seriously ah-mazing! You only need to use this whitening treatment once or twice per week to see dramatic, gorgeous results.
♔ Get your eyebrows done. You’ll want to get something like this done a couple of weeks before school starts for multiple reasons. For one, the redness left after waxing can last up to a week or a week and a half, and you don’t want to take any risks. Another, is that after you get your brows done, they sometimes won’t hold makeup for even longer than after the redness fades. Don’t take any risks and just keep up with your brows well after waxing!
♔ Get back in good habits. Begin cleaning your skin at least twice per day again, begin keeping your room clean, and begin making your bed every morning. If you start doing these things now, you’ll have already formed a habit of them when school comes back around.
♔ Begin experimenting. If you’re learning how to curl your hair or perfect winged eyeliner, now is the time to work on it!
♔ Go back. As un-fun as this is, now is the time to go back and review any concept that you didn’t understand last year. Most of the things you learn will be built upon, so it’s really important for your future grades to make sure you understood everything in science and math last year.
One Week Before
♔ pack up. With one week left of summer, you’ll want to go ahead and pack up all of your gym clothes in your gym bag and you’ll also want to go ahead and pack up your purse. You don’t want to be stuck staying up late the night before the first day-or even the morning of the first day doing it!
♔ Do your last minute shopping. This is the last week that you have to buy any last minute school supplies, clothing items, or that bracelet that you know would match perfectly with the outfit you’re planning. Only use this time to buy a few last minute things-not your whole BTS wardrobe.
♔ Get in contact with your friends. You can brainstorm cute outfit ideas together or just talk out any nerves that you may have. If you plan to carpool on the first day, figure out all of the details including who’s driving and what time. If one of you knows what’s for lunch on the first day, then notify the other so that he/she knows whether to pack a lunch or not.
The Day Before
♔ Paint your nails. You don’t want to have Plain Jane nails on the first day of school, but you also don’t need to rush to paint them on the morning of your first day. So it’s definitely a good idea to paint them the day before. Choose a cute color or cute design to wear. Make sure to put a clear coat on top to keep them from chipping!
♔ Lay out your outfit. Put everything for your outfit in the same place: your clothes, shoes, and accessories. It’ll save you the trouble from having to search through your drawers, closet, and jewelry armoire in the morning. Trust me, you do not want the stress of having to find them last minute.
♔ Relax. Don’t get yourself worked up the day before you go back to school. Spend the majority of the day relaxing and knowing that it’s your last day of summer and you need to enjoy it. Buy a latte, watch a movie, lay out with your girls, but make sure you enjoy what you do.
♔ Set a time. Set a time to go to bed and a time to wake up and stick to them both! Even though you’re either nervous, excited about, or dreading the first day, you still really need a full eight hours of sleep-especially since you’re so not used to getting up so early anymore! Also, set a time to wake up and stick to it. Don’t hit snooze! For the first day, you need all possible prep time.
♔ Make a playlist. Make a playlist on either your iPhone, computer, or iPod or music to play in the morning to wake you up and get you moving, happy, and excited.
♔ Food. If you’re packing your lunch, be sure to stock your lunch box the night before to avoid rushing around to get it done in the morning.
We hope you absolutely adored the first segment of our Back-To-School series! This was a comment-for-comment post, so if you leave me some love I’ll return the favor!
Hopefully you’re just as excited for the rest of it as we are. In BTS posts to come, you can expect videos from the both of us on our everyday makeup, what’s in my bag videos, and more!
In the Polyvore group The Clique Committee, there is a contest up. The winner of the contest (which is to submit your ideal or real first-day outfit) will get their set featured in our fashion post, along with a shout out for their blog(s). If you’re interested in that, click here!
See you all next week!