I was never one of those kids who hated going back to school. My extremely bookish and nerdy tendencies meant that I’d completed every single book on the summer reading list and already begun to organize my binders. I’d also spent hundreds in school supplies.
Those tendencies haven’t diminished with age – I still find myself wandering Staples and stocking my closet with back-to-school goodies even though it’s been years since I graced a classroom full-time. So, whether you’re actually headed back to school or just wanting to treat yourself, the items here will put you at the top of your class.
Meet my #1 “boo” – the bkr 1L glass water bottle in, you guessed it, Boo. This massive glass water bottle will help to keep you hydrated in the chicest way possible. Longtime readers will have seen this bubbly bottle’s little sister (500ml) before – I collect them like brightly coloured candies. Dishwasher safe, leak-proof, BPA-free and phthalate-free, these bottles are the ultimate in hydration motivation. For extra credit:
I thought I had the “healthy smile” thing down pat, but if there’s one thing the new school year reminds you, it’s to always keep learning. The pretty little Philips Sonicare Series 2 Plaque Control taught me that my idea of “2 minutes of brushing” was probably closer to 30 seconds. Yikes! The sonic toothbrush removes up to 6x more plaque to help reduce cavities and it has a built-in timer to help ensure you’re brushing for a full 2 minutes. In the weeks I’ve been using it, my teeth look brighter and my gums are so much happier – and I feel way better about brushing properly. Finally. Get it for only $79.99. For extra credit: pair with your favourite whitening toothpaste!
If your mornings are starting even earlier these days, quick & easy beauty products are the way to go. Dior’s brand new Diorblush Cheek Sticks are extremely pigmented and easy to blend, turning your morning cheek game into a dab, blend and go. The only downside? That they waited until fall to release them! The shade above is 765 Cosmopolite Rosewood, the perfect neutral to take you into fall. Extra credit: pair it with the ultimate fall lipstick – Dior Rouge Dior 753 Continental, a plummy red – and Dior Vernis 785 Cosmopolite, the matching polish.
Summer may be the ultimate dewy skin season, but that doesn’t mean your want for a radiant, fresh face disappears in fall. The new Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water is a slippery little post-cleansing product that keeps your skin supple, plump and hydrated all day long. I apply it right after cleansing with my favourite cotton squares and then layer on whatever product my skin needs – serum, moisturizer or both. I’m a huge fan of the Vichy Aqualia line and this just makes me love it even more. Extra credit: Have you tried the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Power Serum? If not – grab it now. Your skin will be glorious.
What would a fall post on LEOPARD is a NEUTRAL be without something leopard! I found this lightweight leopard circle scarf at Danier in Niagara on the long weekend and can’t wait to wear it with everything. I’m still mourning the loss of my beautiful Holt Renfrew x Michael Kors Wild At Heart leopard scarf, but this makes it sting a bit less. Did I mention it’s a circle scarf? Spicing up your look doesn’t get easier than that and it’ll fit in your purse. Extra credit: prepare for winter and pick up the mega-cozy Cambridge infinity leopard scarf from Danier as well! Yes, I bought both.
That’s all for now! Let me know what your back-to-school must-haves are in the comments below. Oh, and if you’re looking for a planner…I ended up buying another one to leave on my desk and oh my gosh I’m obsessed. It’s this one from ban.do, only carried at Indigo. It’s magical, guys.