Guest Post: 7 Essential Things You Will Need To Go Back To School

*Today's post is a guest post by the lovely Gigi from 'Dress Them Up' - You can find her links at the bottom of this post. Please go show her some love and enjoy this post.


Can you believe that Summer is almost gone and that it's once again time to get ready to go back to school? Personally, with five kids in various ages it’s a chore to get everything they will need yearly. However, I have a back to school list that make it all that easier for you to shop whenever your kid is going to sixth grade or to college this year.


1. Backpack

Going back to school would not be complete without a good sturdy backpack. They come in different colours, patterns, and prices. One of my favourite backpacks is this backpack by Vera Bradley or this one by Open Sky both are not only functional but great to look at as well.

If you are not into lugging around heavy books, then why not check out this wheeled backpack from Everest? My oldest child (who is going to middle school) uses one all the time and it has  diffidently saved her from staggering under the weight of all those heavy textbooks.


2. Jackets

It might be really hot right now (I know that the temperature is still hitting 90 degrees in my neck of woods) but once the first cold front comes in you will be thankful that you brought a good jacket. If your kid’s school is anything like my school, the A/C will be cranked up really high, so a thin jacket will come in handy right now.

I trend that I have loved in the last few years, is the bomber jackets. They really make me nostalgic for those old letterman jackets that the jocks in my school used to wear in high school. They come in various colours and patterns, my favourite this season has been this jacket from Charlotte Russé is practically a steal


3. Notebooks

In my opinion, a good set of notebooks are just as essential as a good sturdy backpack.  But who says that your notebooks have to be those old drab composition books and one subject notebooks? As  admitted notebook  junkie, I have everything from a small anime style notebooks  to big notebooks with bright bold colours and patterns.

If you are a serious notebook aficionado like I am, you can get a few custom made notebooks with your name or initials on the top of them like the notebooks from one of my preferred custom made online stationery store ‘Maya Designs’.


4. Athletic Shoes

Athletic shoes are a must-have for every student. Especially, your children will have P.E. or will be involved in sports this upcoming school year. With my kids, they are always rough on their shoes, especially on their athletic shoes., Like most children, they are growing up like weeds, and it’s no wonder that why I replace their athletic shoes yearly.  And even  if your kid is going off to college this year, a good pair of athletic shoes will be handy when they have to run across campus to get to class on time.  

Brands you should definitely check out are brands such as Newton Running (adult shoes only) and Plae . I have been a huge fan of both brands for years  and you totally should give them both a try. .


5. Planner

I am a disorganized mess, and that hasn’t changed at all since I was in school. A good academic planner will keep them organized with their school work, which result in keeping up their grades. Just like notebooks, the planner you buy doesn’t have to be plain solid color planner. You can get them in different shapes, colors and patterns.  And again, if you want to get really fancy you can have them customized like the ones from Plum Paper.


6. Pens

In my opinion, a good set of pens is the most essential item on this list. You can’t get your assignments or homework done without them!  I usually write with those plain Bic or Papermate  pens. However, I found these lovely pens by Etsy shop MagicalKawaii they diffidently would add a bit a pizzazz to their otherwise dull school supplies.


7. Jeans

When shopping for back to school clothes, shopping for new jeans is a must. My kids (especially the girls) have jeans in every colour from dark wash to bright purple. My little boy though sticks with the normal washes. However, jeans are so versatile and is diffidently a staple that everyone from children to adults should have in their closet.

The problem is that they are so many jeans to choose from. However, I really love these jeans from Old Navy and Venus.

This is the end of the seven essential things you need to go back to school. What do you items do you think are essential?  Let me know down in the comments. If you loved this post, you can find me at my blog ‘Dress Them Up’ or on my social media as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  Tumblr, and Instagram.

9 Amazing Swimsuits Perfect For Summer

Today's post is going to be a quick one to show you 9 Amazing Swimsuits Perfect For Summer. These are from various places I've found around and range from cut out swimsuits to fun bikinis. I am going on holiday soon which is what inspired this post as I love finding new swimwear. Let me know in the comments below which one is your favourite and follow for more posts like this.
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Morland's Glastonbury Slippers Review

There is nothing better than getting home from work and putting your slippers on. It's the first thing I do everyday so when the opportunity arose to review a pair of slippers from Morland's I couldn't resist. After seeing the choices on their website I was sold. It was a tough decision to choose my favourite pair but in the end I went with the Sheepskin Seaforth Slippers in snow leopard colour (You can find them HERE

They looked so soft, fluffy and comfortable and boy was I right, they totally were. I put them on my feet and felt like I was in heaven. My feet felt completely snuggled and warm (even if it is summer!) and they are so comfortable and feel totally luxurious. They came with a shoe horn and dust bags for each slipper which are nice little touches. I'm never going to take these off. My mum also loves them and has tried stealing them off me on many occasions (she is a HUGE fan of leopard print). They do many other styles including ballerina pump style and the classic fluffy slipper style (which was my second choice) They even do slippers for men as well as having a collection of outdoor boots.
They also do the same style as I chose in plain colours so if you are not a fan of leopard print you could opt for the simpler colours. 

Have a look on the website HERE and let me know in the comments below which are your favourite pair.

*These were sent to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

This or That? - Rosegal Bodysuits

Long time, no see. I am officially back from an unofficial break which went on longer than I wanted but for my first post back I'm doing a 'This or That?' post where I will compare 2 items and choose my favourite. For the first time doing this post I will be comparing two different bodysuits from Rosegal. These are the dark sequin bodysuit and the pink velvet bodysuit. Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite and enjoy! 

First up we have the pink velvet bodysuit. This is a gorgeous colour (probably one of my all time favourites) and is in this lovely soft velvet material. I'm loving everything pink and velvet at the minute so this definitely isn't the only thing in my wardrobe that has these two details. It has this low cut front which is a little bit lower than I am usually comfortable with but with the right accessories (I'm talking bras and boob protection here) then it could totally work. This bodysuit would be a great piece for nightwear as it is so comfortable to wear to sleep in but also would work as a nice summer or holiday piece.

The second bodysuit is this amazing dark sequin one. It has these oil spill? holographic big sequins which really make it stand out and it would look good paired with a leather skirt for a night out. It is very loose on my boob area so I would definitely need something to tape it down and keep it in place as it also has a super low cut neckline as well. It is made from this nice material and isn't too tight which means it is very comfortable to wear as I sometimes have issues with too tight bodysuits in the bottoms area.

Overall I think my favourite is the.... Pink velvet one as like I said I'm loving everything pink and velvet at the moment and it is also the softest of them both which is something I always look out for in clothes when buying. Which was your favourite of the two? Let me know in the comments below and also let me know what 'This or That?' items you would like to see next.

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Today's post features this gorgeous silver sequin dress and silver choker both from RoseGal.

How beautiful is this dress from RoseGal? It's this gorgeous silver sequin dress that is inspired by the dress that Kendall Jenner wore for her birthday. I definitely think she wore it better of course. I love how pretty it is and how much it stands out, you would definitely get noticed if you went out in this dress! It has these little chain straps which fall down your back too which is a lovely detail. The one thing I do wish about it though is that I would like it to go more in at the waist because it doesn't do a great job of accentuating my waist but other than I love it.

The choker is also from RoseGal and again is in this lovely silver colour with a drop chain part down the middle. If you know anything about me you know that I love chokers of all kinds so this is another plus for my ever growing collection. I feel super dressed up with this choker and I plan to wear it way more often to dress up any outfit. 

Silver Dress: RoseGal*
Silver Choker: RoseGal*

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