Back to school season is the busiest for me. While I know many of my readers – and bloggers who I follow – have been getting their kiddies ready for the season, I’ve been busy on the other end of the school life. I work at the university, I teach, and I take courses, too. I have to get myself ready – not just for my professor life, but also for my student life. And this all means that September is the start of everything. These last couple of weeks have been very hectic as I’ve been adapting to my new routine, trying to remember my schedule, and figuring out when to do all the other stuff in my life – friends, family, chores – during the week.
To help me stay organized, here are four of my must-haves for school and work.
I used to buy whatever agenda seemed cute and affordable. For the last couple of years though, I’ve opted for the Moleskine agenda that has the calendar on one side and a notes page on the other. I absolutely adore this set-up. It’s two notebooks in one for me. I’ve gotten rid of my “ideas/to do lists/things to remember” notebook, and simply carry around one sweet Moleskine. I have yet to find a white agenda version, so I’ve opted for red for the second year in a row.
While I’m fairly tech-savvy, I am traditional when it comes to reading materials and taking notes for my MBA classes. As in – I read off of printed paper, and I write notes on paper, too. The way that my MBA courses are set up this term, I am finding it best to gather my readings and notes in binders.
3. Water Bottle
I am trying (again) to cut down on coffee and tea consumption. My water intake has always been really good, but it gets even easier when I have a water bottle on my desk. This one from bkr is rock ‘n roll cool!
4. Tote bag
I normally carry my Timbuk2 El Rio backpack to/from school/work every day, but I sometimes have to alternate my backpack with a tote depending on what my day holds. I have several Longchamp Le Pliage totes, so it’s easy enough to grab one and go.
Round mirrors haven’t ever gone away in the design world, but I haven’t written about them in a long while, so I thought I’d revisit this stylish accessory today.
via The Design Chaser
via Tiffany Leigh Design
via The Stables
via Vanessa Francis
via Kristina Lynne
via Homey Oh My
via Rambling Reno
Here are five round mirrors to consider if you’re in the market for one.
mirror, Wayfair, $149.99 CAD
mirror, Ikea, $99 CAD
mirror, CB2, $299 CAD
mirror, Umbra, $130 CAD
mirror, West Elm, $392.55 CAD
I don’t just like it because of its French name, I like Sur La Table because of its beautiful selection of products. I remember visiting the store for the first time in NYC. We don’t have it here in Canada, but since I’ll be heading to Florida soon, I may try to stop in to the Tampa location one day.
Here’s a round-up of items that I’d add to my endless-budget wish list.
spatula spoon, rectangular terrine, lion’s head bowl, chef’s hat (because it’s so fun!), marble and glass cloche, Rosle balloon whisk, lion salt and pepper shakers, coffee mug, mortar and pestle
I used to avoid stripes at all costs. Now, I embrace them. I have a collection of too many striped tops (but, really, can you ever have too many), and a few classic striped dress. They’re easy to wear, and are good for work and for evening events. And, they come in every price point, so there’s something out there for everyone’s budget. Here are five that have recently caught my eye.
t-shirt dress, $34.99 USD, L.L.Bean
stripe flounce-sleeve dress, $109 USD, Talbots
stripe flutter-sleeve dress, $160 USD, Kate Spade
bell sleeve dress, $192 CAD, via Nordstrom
MDS stripes dress, $245 USD, Club Monaco
Club Monaco releases beautiful collections each season, but its light, airy, and white pieces in the spring/summer collections are particularly beautiful. I rarely get to a Club Monaco store because we don’t have one in the Waterloo region, but when I do, I try to pick up a piece or two that will be a little something special in my wardrobe. This skirt and this skirt, for example, have served me well over the years!
Peibi top, $119 CAD (on sale)
Vidorus scallop tie skirt, $99 CAD (on sale)
coin necklace, $129 CAD (on sale)
Colby scalloped dress, $229 CAD
Isota Lina tote, $285 CAD
Emberlynn sweater, $159.50 CAD
Feed 100 shopper, $38 CAD
Well, I’m not bringing you the sparkling diamonds today, but I am bringing you the geometric diamond pattern in two forms.
DWR diamond quilt, $403.75USD (queen size)
sofa, $1488 USD
We’ve had so much rain these last few days, and my umbrella is working overtime. So, today’s post is inspired by the weather.
cotton umbrella, $70USD
About 10 years ago, I spent a month in Australia. It was as wonderful as you can imagine. While I spent much of my time in Surfers Paradise, I did some traveling along the east coast, too. At the time, I was very much a budget traveler, but if I went back now, I’d love to save up and stay in places like the Byron Beach Abodes.Â I’m only showing you one small bedroom today, but you must have a browse around the various suites and villas. Everything is just beautiful and inviting.
Byron Beach Abodes
Really liking the look of the bedroom? Here’s where you might go to find similar items:
crystal doorknob, striped duvet cover, chair, air plant, shelf, wood picture frames, salvaged wood mirrors, lamp
The anemone is one of the prettiest flowers. They haven’t yet made an appearance at the market, but once they do, you know I’ll be picking some up. They’re lovely, don’t you agree?
anemone sugar flower
As I sit here on a Friday night with a broken washing machine (again), a slightly sore throat, and a pile of marking to get started on, I’ve opted to forget my worries, procrastinate, and finally write my Friday Five post. Oh, adulting is fun sometimes, isn’t it?
My Internet travels have taken me to Williams Sonoma, and the shop has so many pretty items. Have a look at these five.
Peugeot Paris salt and pepper mills
La Cornue stove
white grinding salt
white coral on glass stand
Have a great weekend, everyone!