I think when heading back to school one of the hardest things to buy is your backpack, am I right? You basically wear this bag every single day, with the possible exception of weekends and Summer holidays. I personally wanted my bag to be slightly more stylish with utility and function when I’ll be carrying a laptop and a note folder, along with items like my wallet, makeup bag, pencil case, etc etc. phew that s*** get’s heavy! In high school and college I wore my Large Longchamp tote from the Le Pilage line. This bag is so worth the price. That’s 5 years of straight wear with heavy stuff inside not to mention I wore this bag in the Summer months as well to the beach, grocery shopping, travelling and more. I am a huge fan of the Le pilage line. It’s durable and when your bag gets a little dirty, which it will with that much wear, it’s the easiest thing to clean. Now that I’ve gone on a passion rant about the bag I wore, let’s talk about the other bags I’ve linked. Jansport is your classic backpack. It carries everything, also durable and easy to clean and that’s a serious must in a school bag. The Marc Jacobs tote reminds me of the Le Pilage. They’re also super comfortable because it’s part of their nylon line. I see these bags at Winners/Marshalls and Saks Off Fifth all the time so a discount is def doable. For Herschel I wanted to link something else besides the classic back pack. This tote is super stylish and has loads of utility for school when you’re carrying a laptop along with the kitchen sink everyday. Last but not least I have been craving buying the Swedish brand Fjallraven Bags. They’re water resistant and super durable, definitely meant to be used and abused; thus perfect for school. They were made for children going to school in the 70’s, and now has quickly become an iconic bag. I am no longer in school, though I may go back in order to actually get an internship at a magazine, so this bag for me would be great for travel in every form.
Some advice to you when shopping for a bag these coming weeks:
Look for neutral colours and fabrics that are forgiving when your pen explodes or your hummus gets everywhere.
Look at design, not just for looks but for utility and functionality-you’re most likely carrying a laptop along with your entire desk from home inside that bag everyday for months1
Invest in price and quality-you wear it almost 365 days of the year so think of it as $1 per day-is it worth it?
Man do I miss school. Savour it, take risks, intern as much as possible as it will help you figure out exactly what you want to do, make connections and network (these people will come back to help or haunt you aha) and have fun! Get good grades obviously but also enjoy it. These years go by quick and trust me life gets real different just a few months after school officially ends. I wish I had read these sentences before I started College; and as much as I loved my then bf at the time I wish I was single. I would have had more time to focus on myself. So a tip, if you know they aren’t the one, be single; it will help you.
Value Village top, Levi’s shorts, H&M shoes, Value Village bag, Marc Jacobs sunglasses
This whole outfit is very “thrifty”. Either from value Village or on heavy sale, or found a discount store. I love a good deal! I like to invest in key pieces that will last me forever but when it comes to “trends” finding them at a deal is important. I’ve been really into this gingham trend lately and found this top at VV boutique and I was so surprised to find this piece there. It’s definitely an at home made piece, no tags or branding which made me want to buy it even more. I’m really into the floral detailing, it reminds me of something you would find on the Revolve website. Through blogging lately I’ve noticed how much of my wardrobe is either from VV or thrifted of which I love. I think all together this entire outfit cost less than $50! Win.
Getting up and “throwing something on” can sometimes turn into an outfit I’m obsessed with. I love pairing things together that you normally wouldn’t. When I bought these lace “lingerie” inspired shorts my intentions were to wear them as you see in the pictures. A loose vintage tee and some worked in chucks or vans to offset the girly lace.
On this particular day it was a pretty late start. Working in the service industry killed my sleep habits but it allows my bf and I to go have brunch and have the back patio all to ourselves to listen to the birds and just chill out. So I guess you win some you lose some.
H&M kimono, DIY sweater (Halloween Costume), Joe Fresh jeans, PUMA shoes, Marc Jacobs Sunglasses
I recently saw on Instagram a girl wearing a kimono over a sweater and I was instantly inspired. I love mixing elements of my closet to create looks that wouldn’t necessarily make sense if you wrote them down, but put them on and somehow this casual dressy mix really works; ie the kimono sweater combo. Of course depending on your lifestyle, job etc it’s not as easy to wear a sweater to work, but I would say this is perfect weekend wear. Off to brunch? Don’t want to look like a total slob but you’ve worked hard all week and feel lazy? Well girl keep that sweater on and find a cute kimono to layer on top for some added class and style. Your outfit will go from couch potato to breakfast hash brown appropriate in a second.
Honestly I think Kimonos are a super cool way to dress up any outfit and are super handy to have in your closet. I wear mine when I’m going out with jeans and a plain tank top and it’s given me that confidence I need to feel going out ‘apro-pros’. Getting a legit kimono can be harder to come by, I suggest vintage shopping and shelling out the extra bucks for something legit and unique. If you aren’t a savvy vintage hunter then stores like Anthropologie,Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Zara always have items like this as they’re hot on the trend game always. I’ve linked these store above with some of my fave kimonos I spotted on their site.