Call me sad, but I love what you call 'back to school' shopping. I love rooting round all of the stationary shops, the textbook shops, Cath Kidston - the kids range in there is perfect btw - and places like that to find what I would call 'the perfect school bag' and the perfect products to go inside it. And here it is!
My school bag is a once pretty but now tatty holdall from Mango, which i picked up in the summer sales. As it's quite big, I can fit my A4 textbooks in there as well as two ring binders on a good day (on a bad day I'm lucky if I can fit in my lunch and necessities like perfume and Company magazine) and personally, I really like it. Although it's probably breaking from carrying so much weight, I think it'll hold out till the end of the school year which is pretty impressive I guess. I'm also a fan of bags that have a zipped pocket in to hold the things which you don't want flying about, so I was happy to find this bag had a zipped pocket too. Yay!
My pencil case is one I was kindly gifted by Smiggle, an Australian brand that I'd probably liken to Paperchase, but maybe a bit more bright and more for younger people. I was impressed to find out that it was good quality, even after having a bit of a bashing against all my text books and the like, AND that it could fit all my junk in - (and some of the other pretty awesome stuff Smiggle sent me too.) My package included lollypop rubbers, a calculator, a 3D ruler, gel pens and a pair of blue sports headphones (with review coming soon!) And as exam season is fast approaching, I seem to be using every product all the time, especially the gel pens! I don't know why, but everything seems clearer in my head when written in a bright pink sparkly pen - and this is definitely needed, especially as Henry VIII is so difficult!
Smiggle open their first UK store on the 20th February at Westfield Stratford, London, and if you get down there for 11am there'll be free gifts, demonstrations and a hell of a lot of fun! I sure as hell would be getting the first train down if I didn't live so far away, but if you're like me and live a million miles away from London (ok maybe I'm slightly exaggerating,) Smiggle are opening plenty of other stores throughout March, notably in Reading, Brighton and Kingston. Smiggle and the seaside? This makes Livi one happy bunny. And if you live a gazillion miles away from any of those destinations (I make it sound like a holiday,) you can also visit their online store here.
What's in your back to school bag?
Love Olivia x
(The Smiggle products were gifted to me but all opinions are my own, you can read my full disclaimer policy here)