When I was younger and I would go back-to-school stationery shopping, I would get into WHSmith and immediately need a wee because I was just so excited. I love stationery shopping! New notebooks, pens, folders, paper, diaries- I love it all.
Luckily my Mum is just as much of a stationery geek as I am so jumped at the chance to hit Westfield with me a few weeks ago.
I immediately obsessed over the Kate Spade selection at John Lewis, but managed to limit my purchases to the Kate Spade gold pencil case – it’s filled with pencils, a ruler, sharpener and rubber. Plus it could work as a makeup bag too.
Whilst in John Lewis I also bought a pink and gold dotty notebook and some of these cute little cheerful pencils from Happy Jackson to cheer up early Monday lectures. I’ve got my eye on their little lunch boxes and thermos cups, great for those of you that don’t need stationery but that take snacks/packed lunches with you to work.
Next stop on our shopping spree was to Paperchase where I debated getting some of their chips/burger/fast food stationery before deciding that it might not go down too well on my Dietetics course. Instead I opted for the slightly more classic Raindrops lever arch file and some funky patterned lined paper.
After a quick pit stop for burgers at Shake Shack, we stopped by WHSmith to pick up some more lever arch files, dividers, and pens. I bought the Polka Dot Aqua and Pink lever arch folders, plus a cute owl patterned lever arch that seems to have sold out already!
As well as new stationery, I’ve also been sent a list of recommended text books and they are not cheap. I bought the The Composition of Food from Public Health England for £50 and am waiting until we start to establish whether I need my own copies of the other texts.
Have you heard of S’Well bottles? They are snazzy thermos bottles that keep your drink hot or cold for hours on end – 12 hours for hot drinks and 24 hours for cold drinks. I bought a heart patterned bottle to take to Uni with me for some mid-morning coffee breaks (my hours on a Thursday run straight through from 9am-6pm!!) I think it would also be a convenient and safe way of keeping soup hot in your packed lunch.
My first day at Uni is on Thursday and I’m pretty excited to get started!