Back to School: Five Hallway Essentials

Hey, guys! With school right around the corner, I thought I’d share my school necessities with you! Hope you enjoy!

1. Cute backpack: Everyone knows how important your backpack is to your school experience. It honestly can make or break your year. You want something that’s cute and trendy, but also affordable and roomy. I always like to look for something with pockets to hold my cell phone, wallet and emergency kit. I try to look for something with lots of compartments so that I can keep my books organized. When you get your bag, put your books in it right away to make sure it can hold everything. If not, it’s back to the drawing board! It’s better to have one completely functional bag than two or three cute bags full of books! Stay tuned for a guide on this year’s backpack trends!

acid wash denim backpack

corduroy backpack
2. Sweet (and comfy!) kicks: Chances are that, if you’re in high school, there’s going to be some point in the day when you have to sprint from one side of the school to another just to make it to class on time. Let’s be real here: You really don’t want to make that trek in a pair of impossibly high heels or incredibly tight shoes that give you blisters. So opt for something a little bit more comfortable and manageable. Sure, it’s fun to wear heels to school every once in a while, but when you do, stick to a maximum of two or three inches with a platform, and go for flats the rest of the time. You’ll get to class faster, and your feet will thank you. But don’t feel like you have to do sneakers just to stay comfortable! There are so many different kinds of shoes that you could rock while still sparing your feet the trauma. Find a style that you like and feel comfortable in, then rock them in the hallways!

converse hi tops

combat boot

3. Functional and cool watch: At school, it’s always important that you know the time. You need to know how much time you have left on a test? You want to know how much time you have left of this boooring U.S. history lecture? You want to know how much time you have left to finish your forgotten homework? Check. Your. Watch. I can’t tell you how much wearing a watching to school has helped me. The school’s clocks are always breaking or out of sight, so now I can rely on my own handy dandy watch. And watches can be cute! They’re practical and fashionable. What’s better than that?! I like analog watches, but if you can’t read analog: 1. Learn how to. 2. Go for digital. There are so many cute options, the possibilities are endless!

two tone silicone watch gojane

white wrap watch ws

digital watch f21
4. Adorable wallet: For me, it’s always important to have a wallet on me. I need to have my school I.D. on me at all times, and some money in case there’s a pizza sale or my friends want to make a quick Starbucks run in between school and extracurricular activities. It’s important to me that my wallets are cute, so (ironically), all of mine have animals on them. I have one with a peacock, two with owls and one with an elephant. They make me smile, and they’re great conversation starters. Look for something that matches your own personal style and personality, but also holds your I.D., your cash, your change and, of course, your Panera card and Starbucks gift card!

I'm so fancy hinged wallet rue21

floral wallet target

kitties in space wallet
5. Super cute makeup bag: I’ll be honest, I totally rely on a makeup bag at school. I use it to hold my emergency kit (blog post coming soon!) and need it to be roomy, but also cute! I like something with a zipper and preferably some compartments. I usually either keep it in my locker or in my backpack, but my friends come to me for things that I keep in there, so I want it to be cute! 

studded makeup bag

spotted makeup bag

vs cosmetic bag

If anyone has any other hallway essentials or decides to give mine a try, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email:! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr,, and my Instagram, @tonirose08! Love you guys, thanks for reading! xx

In This Article:

New Look Acid Denim Backpack, $48.35 at Asos

JanSport High Steaks Corduroy Backpack, $40 at Urban Outfitters

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi in Classic Black, $55.00 at Zappos

Wanted Tava Boots in Black, $69.99 at

Two-Tone Silicone Watch in Blue, $14.92 at Go Jane

Bling Wrap Chrono Watch in White, $24.50 at Wet Seal

Water Resistant Digital Watch, $19.80 at Forever 21

I’m So Fancy Hinged Wallet, $9.99 at Rue 21

Mossimo Supply Co. Floral Print Wallet in Blue, $12.99 at Target

Kitties in Space Hinged Wallet, $9.99 at Rue 21

SOHO French Twist Valet Bag, $19.99 at Target

SOHO Spotted Valet Bag, $19.99 at Target

Victoria’s Secret Signature Cosmetic Bag, $18.00 at Victoria’s Secret


Back to School: What Backpack Will You Be Rocking This Year?

Everyone knows that when it comes to school, a backpack is absolutely necessary. You use it to carry around everything from your binders to gym clothes to makeup. Sure, it should be functional, but who said your backpack doesn’t have to be cute, too? Here are some ideas for awesome backpacks that will bring you some attention- the good kind, of course!

Spray Paint

Anyone who’s gone to school knows that JanSport is the backpack brand. Since their founding in 1967, their backpacks have been viewed as some of the roomiest and best functioning bags. Last year, I carried a teal JanSport bag around school, and it successfully held four binders, a few notebooks, a textbook and more. This year, however, why not mix up the classic JanSport look with a cool, colorful print? It’s trendier and more eye-catching, but still functional and school appropriate, not to mention inexpensive. Plus, they offer two different sizes- both of which have easily accessible pockets and comfy arm straps. What’s not to love about that?

big spray paint backpack

spray paint backpack
Comic Strip

Make a statement with a backpack covered in stand-out expressions and comic-like art. For those of you with a sense of humor or a hip-hop kind of style, this back pack will add more punch to your outfits. The vibrant reds, oranges and yellows will draw someone’s eye in a good way! It’s easily accessible with an outer and inner pocket and adjustable straps, so it’s just as functional as it is eye-catching. My only complaint? The white background. I wouldn’t recommend this style to someone who throws their backpack everywhere or is likely to get it dirty. If you’re not one of those people, go for it! And carry around a Tide to Go stick just to be safe!

comic bag

My favorite pattern is by far stripes. So, when I saw this Betseyville backpack online, I fell in love. (Unfortunately I already have a backpack that I’m in love with, which you can see here.) Not only is it striped, but it’s also sparkly and studded. It comes in two different color choices- black or grey- but both are eye-catching and super functional. It has a cell phone pocket on either side of the face and a zipped one on the inside. I personally prefer the black bag because the studs stand out more against the black, orange, purple and green stripes, but the choice is entirely yours.

black striped backpack

grey striped backpack

Polka dots are the epitome of sweet and ladylike looks, but this bag puts a twist on the polished pattern. The shape and fake leather plaque on the front make this bag resemble those of Diamond Supply Co., which are about four times the price of this bag at Zumiez. In the Zumiez catalog, the Diamond Supply Co. bags are featured in the guy’s section, but this backpack from Forever 21 is a more feminine take on the style. The black and white polka dots are classic, but the tan pleather accents provide some contrast. What a great way to keep school classy and fresh!

polka dot backpack

Messenger Bag

The last backpack I’d like to show you doesn’t actually go on your back. I generally find these bags more comfortable, but they can get pretty heavy if you carry too many books. Messenger bags are great if you don’t want to carry a humongous bag on your back, and they’re even better when they’re fashionable! I like this one a lot because it’s a bright color and has buttons on the front. Even though the buttons aren’t functional, they remind me of a double-breasted coat, which I think is really preppy and classic. I also like that there are five different color options. The mix of bright color and classic style makes it really trendy and fresh for school, not to mention the fact that it’s big enough to double as a laptop case!

messenger bag

messenger bag 2

So, now I’d like to hear your feedback. Which bag would you like to rock this year?

If anyone has any ideas for other back to school articles or decides to try one of these cool bags, let me know in the comments below or send a picture to my email:! Also don’t forget to follow my Tumblr:! Love you guys xx

In This Article:

JanSport Big Student Spray Can Backpack, $44.99 at Kohl’s

JanSport SuperBreak Spray Can Backpack, $34.99 at Kohl’s

Cool Comic Graphic Backpack, $24.80 at Forever 21

Betseyville Mixed-Media Striped Backpack in Black or Grey, $49.00 at J.C. Penney

Classic Polka Dot Backpack, $24.80 at Forever 21

OGIO Midtown 15-in. Laptop Messenger Bag in Emerald or Tide, $66.49 at Kohl’s