uni essentials

Although I finished high school over a year ago, the idea of back to school shopping never gets old. There's just something about stationery shops that makes me feel like a kid in a candy store, and it usually takes all my willpower not to wipe the shelves clean! Sadly, these days I don't have much use for pretty pens and notebooks anymore since using my laptop is way more convenient. Those were the days, when I'd stress over wrapping and avoiding bubbles on my exercise books... Anyway, last week marked the start of uni for me, but being the disorganised person I am I didn't have time to gather all my stuff until now. So to get into the spirit of things, here are some items that wouldn't look out of place in my uni bag!







1. Samsung Galaxy SII - Well, I think this one's a given! Even though I'm hankering for an upgrade soon, I don't think I'd be able to function right without my phone on me at all times.

2. Keep Cup - This year I endeavour to save money and avoid overpriced hot drinks, so here's the first step in keeping that resolution. This was actually a freebie from uni and made an entire day of pretending to be a first year worth it, haha! Hey, I need to take advantage of my youth while it lasts...

3. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey - The non-existent label on this stain is pretty much a testament to how often I wear it! No matter how many other lip products I buy, this one will always stand out as my favourite for everyday wear.

4. Oroton wallet - The size of this makes it perfect for everyday purchases, as well as a whole lot of hoarding (purikura pictures, loyalty cards... you name it). I should probably stop that, considering the snap closure doesn't even work anymore.

5. Gifted pencil case - I'm obsessed with the print on this pencil case, and have mended it too many times to count! Despite this it still doesn't seem to be holding together, so I'm probably doing something wrong...

6. Sticky notes - Let's be honest here, half the enjoyment to be gained from studying is in coordinating the crap out of your notes with colourful tags.

7. Keys - The Stitch keyring was actually a prize from one of those Japanese capsule machines, and lo and behold! It actually contains a secret pen, which I'm sure will never come in handy.

8, 9. kikki.K notebook and cover - These two actually came together, but I ended up removing the cover to house my diary. It took me so long to decide on one for 2014 that I figured I should just settle for the free planner my uni gives out, which I wasn't that fond of. However, with the different cover on it now has a whole new lease on life!

10. Lavievert laptop case - Yeah yeah, I couldn't resist matching my notebook to my laptop case when I had the chance. It's nothing special, but does a good job of protecting my Macbook and being a pseudo document holder!





Aaand here's the bag that houses it all and more. Ideally my perfect uni bag would be a black leather backpack that has no embellishments and enough space for my laptop, but nope! It doesn't seem to exist, so I may have to take up leatherwork to make it happen. Anyway, this baby was the last one left in Sportsgirl so I took it as a sign. At least, it'll do well to replace the ratty leather backpack that I used all throughout last year!





I'd ask if anyone else is back at school, uni and the like, but I know for a fact that the answer would be yes! It's always weirded me out how holidays work differently outside the southern hemisphere, especially where opposite seasons are involved. I mean, how is it not confusing to start a new school year in September? It just makes no sense to my Australian brain. Anyway, I hope you're all enjoying your week so far!

21 comments:

  1. Ha I definitely remember doing the whole covering and contacting my books thing! I like your laptop case/diary cover. I baredly buy stationery these days since I also use my laptop more and more.

    I totally agree that it's weird to start a school year in September, like how would you refer to the next school year? "Next year"? But it might not be the next actual year!

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    1. Just thinking about it makes me confused... Plus there's the all-important question, how do you even plan your school year if it's split between different diaries?!

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  2. I love your planner! Shopping for essentials can be fun -- I also love the stationary items and I am a sticky note addict!

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  3. I loveeee going for stationery shopping :D lovelove the new
    glitter pens, new fresh notebook and all the stuff to fancy
    up your notebooks/diaries :')
    I need to get that rubber cup which is really a great tip
    saving money! Xx

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  4. Oh, I had no idea that the school doesn't start in September in your part of the world... Until now I used to believe that everywhere in the world it starts in September/October. But yeah, it makes sense!

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  5. I'm really loving your cases <333

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  6. Love your notebook, it's so neat!

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  7. I love Stitch with a secret. Although a September start totally makes sense in England because it gives us some time off in summer to soak up some Vitamin D from the precious little sun we get!

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    1. Lilo and Stitch is really an underrated movie, don't you think? That kind of makes sense; I guess I take it for granted that we get an extended break during Christmas in Australia!

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  8. nice post! :)
    love your bag <3

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  9. I agree, my phone is needed for everything. Even if I don't carry my laptop with me, my phone has access to dropbox with all my school files! Everything else in your school bag is so visually appealing. It makes me happy! The kikki.K notebook cover and your laptop top bag is simple and are a perfect match for each other. The keep cup looks really cute too haha.

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    1. Haha, I wish it were this visually appealing all the time! I have to agree, Dropbox is seriously a lifesaver for organising my files :)

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  10. I love your bag! Haha over here in England, we start the school year in september, after the summer holidays, which seems to make sense :P

    http://kaleidoscopexhearts.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Oh my gosh that backpack is perfect, I love this post.

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  12. I totally love back to school shopping. There's something that is just so rejuvenating about fresh school supplies :) Love your planner too. The colors are just gorgeous!

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    1. I totally agree, there's something so motivating about buying new school things (even if the feeling's temporary)!

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  13. Really like your agenda! Great style

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  14. Love your essentials, Mani! The planner and laptop case go so well together. Now I'm missing college!

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  16. Loving the items in your uni essentials post and loving the stitch keychain!!

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  17. I really love your bag! And the cute keyring ;)

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