Ever since I can remember I’ve looooooved shopping for school supplies. I remember when I was in elementary school, I would get so excited when we’d finally get our school supplies list because that meant it was time for shopping. I would make my mom take me to at least three different stores (usually Target, OfficeMax and Staples or something of the sort) so I could get the exact colors of two-pocket plastic folders I wanted because god forbid I get paper folders or worse: boring colors. I would also probably require a whole new set of colored pens for the year even though I had plenty back home. Long story short, the whole ordeal was basically If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (remember this?!), but more like If You Give Emma A School Supplies List. But hey, at least I was addicted to pens and not designer purses, right?!
Honestly, I don’t know why I was using past-tense in that last paragraph because let’s be real: I’m a 22-year-old senior in college and I still fucking love school supplies. I’m not kidding when I say I was at Target (shocker, right?) just casually in the office supply aisle (this happens a lot, to be honest) and I spotted a coral spiral Mead notebook and right behind it was a mint one. If you follow this blog, you know that I’ll basically buy anything in coral, and mint is right there as a close second (my roommates make fun of me for this). Anyway, I’m standing there in the Target aisle pondering, is it weird to buy school supplies in the middle of July? And then I thought an even worse thought: What if they’re sold out of these colors by the time I’m ready to buy school supplies in August and then I’ll have the regret of buying it now? I’ll bet you can guess what I did. I bought the damn notebooks.
I also just happened to come across an amazing three-pack of notepads (yet again in my colors!!) in the Target dollar section (this place is like crack cocaine for me). Run to your Target to see if they still have them because they might be gone soon!
But do you know what I love even more than notebooks? PLANNERS. I’ve posted a few times about my planners in the past, here and here. Like I mentioned in the first post, I started way back when with a Lilly Pulitzer Planner. That was great for a while, but then I was ready to upgrade. With the hecticness that college brings, I decided to switch to an Erin Condren Planner. Erin Condrens are great if you have a million things going on and you have the budget to spend a decent amount of money on a nice planner. However, I totally understand if a $55 planner is not in your budget. Especially for college students. I truly loved my Erin Condren, but I did have a few complaints. First was that it was C H U N K Y. I know that’s an odd complaint, but when you’re trying to lug around a ton of textbooks on campus, the last thing you want another big book to add to the stack. Another complaint I had was about the cover. While it’s awesome that you can easily remove covers to change them up, it would always get messed up in my backpack and come off. Although she’s bypassed this flaw by offering the Hardbound LifePlanner, I still wasn’t feelin’ it. I wasn’t sure what I wanted exactly, but I knew it needed to be skinny with a soft, bound (not coiled) cover.
And as if the Target gods were watching down on me from Target heaven, they led me to this beauty. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my new BFF. What first drew me to it was the simple cover. I didn’t want any fancy designs or stupid inspirational quotes. I just wanted my planner to plan, not to “inspire” me. The faux leather makes the planner look extra fancy and the gold lettering is just so… me. The best part? It’s fifteen dollars. That’s right. Just $15. That’s $40 cheaper than my old planner and I could not be happier. It’s not just this planner either. It’s all of the Ashley G for Target collection (including my new pencil pouch shown in the pictures!).
There are a few flaws, obviously, that come with the cheaper price tag for this planner. The paper is pretty thin, but that doesn’t really bother me (I love my no-smear InkJoy Gel Pens and they don’t bleed very much at all!). The weekly pages aren’t lined, which I can’t decide if I like or not. Other than that, this planner is no-BS. No ridiculous amount of notes pages (there are about 12 in the back, which seems like the perfect amount) and no unnecessary sections (other than the basic contact pages). It’s simple and clean, just how I want it.
Now, of course I’ve already started writing in some events in, but how lame is it for me to actually want my syllabi to fill in even more dates?! I know, super lame. Luckilyyyyyy for me, school starts NEXT week. I honestly still can’t believe I’m a senior, and I’ll probably be in denial until the day I walk across that stage.
I’ve been plenty busy with recruitment but I know it’ll be finals time before I know it. I’m trying to soak in my last year of college. I can’t believe it’s finally here! Now tell me about your back to school plans in a comment below! As always, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin’ and Pinterest, cheers bitches 🙂