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Last year I graduated from my Master’s Degree in Design and Media Management….this is my official first year out of “school” since…well, pre-school.  However, one of the most requested questions I get all the time is about “what to wear to school”…and I get all sentimental thinking about what “back-to-school” felt like, a year to start from scratch.

I really encourage you to start the School-Year with with a huge boost of confidence, and a designer smile. Reason why I want to talk about a few essentials that will get your ready, it might be a colorful backpack or a fun hairstyle…dare to try something new and just have fun while feeling like a new YOU.

I absolutely love a fun colorful backpack. Get one that reflects your personality; one with polka-dots if you are retro…maybe a tribal backpack if you love color…or a clear one if you are edgy.  Make sure they are comfortable enough to fit your books and/or your computer/ipad.
I remember when I was little, I would sit with my mom a week before school to personalize all my notebooks and books. Nowadays there are so many cute notebooks to choose from and at great prices. Again, look for ones that fit your personality…or buy basic ones and start DIY-ing them! You can even plan a date with your friends and spend the whole afternoon having a blast customizing them.

3. Fun-Phone Cases
I know you shouldn’t be on your phone during class, BUT this is the perfect excuse to get a new case that matches the vibe of all your new supplies. I’m in my 20s and my iPhone case is a Shell-phone.

You should get your eyes checked once a year. When I was in 10th grade I realized I couldn’t see the blackboard as good as I should. Now I go every year to update my recipe and get a new pair of cute glasses. My favorite shape are oversized or cat-eye…what about yours?

Your best accessory is your smile…the more you smile, the more confident you will feel (there are scientific studies on this, it’s true!). If you want to start the school year with a whiter, brighter smile, I recommend you using Colgate Optic White High Impact White.

 I always have this toothpaste and the Optic White toothbrush + Built In Whitening pen in my makeup bag to brush my teeth after lunch or dinner.

We often forget that makeup expires and back-to-school is the perfect time to throw away that old lipstick...and of course, buy a new color. I’m not saying you should wear a lot of make up to school, save that for a romantic date during the weekend.  Your makeup bag should have bb cream, mascara, concealer, blush, and a tinted lip-balm.

Water bottles should be switched yearly (thanks new school year for the reminder) and it will help you stay hydrated throughout the day without having to go to the water fountains in-between classes.

8. New Hairstyles
My school was very strict when it came to makeup- they would make us wipe it off. They even had nail polish remover in case you had anything that wasn’t neutral. If your school is as mine…dare to play with hairstyles. Dare yourself to even wear a different hairstyle every day of the week.

Monday: fishtail braid
Tuesday: side dutch braid.
Wednesday: sleek ponytail
Thursday:   Crown braid
Friday: Soft waves.

9. Emergency kit:
Get a small makeup pouch and get ready with some basics that might save your life or a friends. Include: tampons and panty liners, deodorant, hair ties and bobby pins, nail file, sewing kit, anti-bacterial, and a hair brush. My recommendation is to get these in travel sizes so they fit the small pouch.

10. Killer jeans:
Jeans are the most versatile item for the school year. Get a new pair that makes you feel amazing that will work with many tops in your closet.

What are some of your back-to-school essentials?

FTC: This post was sponsored by Optic White and Walmart. All opinions are my own.

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