Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Stylish School Supplies

My last blog post was about school bags. You're also going to need some new school supplies to put in your stylish new bag. But why should your supplies for school have to be the same basic yellow No. 2 pencils and plain subject notebooks that everyone else has? Why not let your supplies stand out a little more? Your school tools can be like fashion accessories for you (especially if you have to wear a uniform or are stuck with some kind of dress code that prohibits over-accessorizing). To see what I mean, check out some of my school supply finds below.

To start with, you're definitely going to need some pens and pencils to write with throughout the entire school year.

Hello Kitty Red And Black Stripe Pencil Pack, $2.99, hottopic.com

Invader Zim Gir Pencil Pack, $2.99, hottopic.com

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pencil 5 Pack, $2.99, hottopic.com

BCT Style Wood Pencil #2, $1.79, target.com

14CT Glitter Magic Pencils #2, $5.19, target.com

Papermate Ball Point Pens Assorted Colors, $2.79, cvs.com

Write Bros Ball Point Pens, $3.00, walgreens.com

Paper Mate Write Bros. Stick Ball Point Pen, $3.00, walgreens.com

Once you have your pen and/or pencil, you will also need a notebook for taking notes in class.

Carolina Personal Book 80 Sheets, $1.88, cvs.com

Composition Notebook Wide Ruled 100 Sheets, $2.09, cvs.com

AMPAD Envirotec 100percent Recycled Wirebound Notebooks, $5.49, kmart.com

Mead Pink & Black Notebooks, $7.39, kmart.com

Class Act Notebook Assortment, $5.00, walgreens.com

Continental Accessory Contech Diamond Starlight Notebook, $2.79, walgreens.com

Leap Year Notebook, $3.00, walgreens.com

Notebound 1 Subject Notebook, $2.99, walgreens.com

Penway Composition Book, $1.19, walgreens.com

In addition to a notebook, you may also wish to keep a journal. You can use a journal for writing down homework assignments, dates and details about important things such as exams and deadlines for projects, and making to-do lists. You can keep a journal for non-schoolastic purposes too. If you're into poetry, you can use your journal for writing poems (weather they're for an English class or written in your own free time). If you're a songwriter, you can use your journal for writing new songs. You can even use your journal to write down details about your personal life or your day at school. (CAUTION: If you're going to write about things like crushes or secrets, please make sure you keep your journal out of the sight of other students. You don't want this kind of information to wind up in the wrong hands.)

Au Jardin Journal, $16.00, anthropologie.com

Butterfly Journal, $16.00, anthropologie.com

Ikat Journal, $20.00, anthropologie.com

Woven Spectrum Journal, $16.00, anthropologie.com

Dragonfly Lined Journal, $14.00, target.com

Pink Flowers Journal, $14.99, target.com

SOLO Journal-Giselle, $9.99, target.com

SOLO Journal-Helena, $9.99, target.com

Alexander Giard Journal, $9.95, urbanoutfitters.com

Leap Year Gold Journal, $1.00, walgreens.com

Throughout the semester, you're going to be given tons of papers, handouts, work sheets, tests, ect. Not to mention your class schedule which you'll need on the first day (and if you're like me, you'll want to hang on to that for a while). If you simply just shove all of these papers into your school bag, they will end up getting lost, torn, wrinkled, crushed, unreadable, or otherwise damaged (and if it's something you need to give back to your teacher, this could be a big problem). The solution? Get a cute folder to store all your important papers in and stay organized.

Dots and Hearts Set of 3 BTS Pocket Folders, $3.95, barnesandnoble.com

Vera Bradley Frankly Scarlet Pocket-Set of 4, $12.95, barnesandnoble.com

Vera Bradley Pocket Folders, $13.00, barnesandnoble.com

Class Act Folder, $2.19, walgreens.com

Continental Accessory Contech Diamond Starlight Folder, $2.39, walgreens.com

Leap Year Happy Bunny Folder, $1.99, walgreens.com

Splash Folder, $2.19, walgreens.com

Like folders, binders can also be a great way to keep organized. In fact, you can even put your folder into the rings of your binder if the folder has holes punched in it. You can also put a notebook with holes into the binder rings as well as any handouts that have holes punched in. So not only are binders good for keeping your papers organized, they keep other school supplies organized as well. What else can you use a binder for? If you run out of pages to write on in your notebook, you can get some loose leaf paper and insert it into your binder. This way, you can take notes on the loose leaf paper and not have to worry about your notes getting lost.

Dots and Stars 3-Ring Binder With Dividers, $6.95, barnesandnoble.com

Gray Black Dragon 3-Ring Binder With Dividers, $6.95, barnesandnoble.com

Wacky Birds 3-Ring Binder With Dividers, $6.95, barnesandnoble.com

Avery Binder 1-Inch, $4.54, cvs.com

Hello Kitty Oops Three-Ring Binder, $8.99, hottopic.com

Naruto Fight Three-Ring Binder, $8.99, hottopic.com

Aurora Products Bamboo Round Ring Binder, $6.99, kmart.com

Aurora Products Elements Eco-Friendly Round Ring Binder, $3.79, kmart.com

Faux Leather 3-Ring Binder, $29.99, target.com

Simone Legno for Target 1" Binder, $3.99, target.com

If you're taking any art classes this semester, you should have a sketchbook or pad for this class. If you aren't taking an art class but still enjoy drawing or painting, you can use one of these sketchbooks or sketch pads during your own free time.

New Yorker Sketch Book, $19.95, barnesandnoble.com

Sketches, Sketches Pratt Spiral Sketchbook, $12.95, barnesandnoble.com

Wire Bound Sketch Book with Paintbrush Icons, $12.95, barnesandnoble.com

Mead Sketch Pad, $3.49, cvs.com

Mead Sketch Porfolio with Sketch & Store Pockets, $4.89, cvs.com

Invader Zim Gir Monkey Sketchbook, $10.99, hottopic.com

Naruto Shippuden 3-D Art Paper Book, $10.99, hottopic.com

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Small Sketchbook, $4.99, hottopic.com

Sophie Sierra Sketchbook, $18.99, target.com

Paper Jam Sketch Pad, $4.19, walgreens.com

Once you have your sketch pad/book picked out, you're going to need something to sketch with, whether it's markers, colored pencils, paint, etc.

ELMERS/XACTO Vibrant-Paint Brush Pens, $14.49, kmart.com

Prismacolor Verithin Art Pencils, $6.79, kmart.com

Rose Art Paint Brushes, $1.59, kmart.com

Faber-Castell Jumbo Grip Colored Pencils 12 Pk., $17.99, target.com

Oil Pastel Sticks 36-pk., $13.99, target.com

Chalk Marker 6-Color Set, $17.99, target.com

RoseArt Watercolors, $1.99, target.com

3-D Crystal Lacquer 6-pk Color Set, $10.99, target.com

Brush Markers 12-pc. Set, $25.18, target.com

Last but definitely not least, you're going to need highlighters. Whenever I have an exam, I always find it helps me if I highlight what is important in my textbook. Not only does it help me accumulate what I need to know, but it also helps me memorize information that will be on the test (I tend to remember better when I highlight as I read for some reason). If you're like this too, take a look at some of the vibrant highlighters below.

Paper Mate Highlighters Assorted Fluorescent Colors, $2.09, cvs.com

Sharpie Accent Highlighter Retractable, $2.23, cvs.com

HI-LITER Pen-Style Highlighters, $4.49, kmart.com

HI-LITER Retractable Highlighers, $5.49, kmart.com

Sharpie Accent Liquid Pen Style Highlighters, $11.99, kmart.com

Sharpie Accent Mini Four-Color Fluorescent Set, $4.49, kmart.com

Sharpie Accent Pocket Style Highlighters, $3.09, kmart.com

Bic Brite Liner Fluorescent Highlighters, $3.29, walgreens.com

Post-It Flag Highlighter, $5.29, walgreens.com

Liquid Ink Highlighters, $3.19, walgreens.com

I hope you enjoy packing up your new stylish school bag with the new stylish school supplies I found for you. If there are any other types of school tools you need that I didn't post here, let me know. E-mail me at Charmed42787@gmail.com or write to me on myspace.