It’s August, and you know what that means…

Back to school, back to school, to prove to dad that I’m not a—oh, wait, we’re actually not going back to school.

But fret not, twenty-somethings…just because we’re real people now doesn’t mean we can’t get excited for back-to-school season.

While your friends in teaching and grad school are stocking up on highlighters and three-ring binders, you’ve graduated to “grown up” accessories—no Mead 5-Pocket Notebooks or Trapper Keepers here. Check out a few of our “school supplies” to spruce up your desk space:

1. Kate Spade Eat Cake for Breakfast Paperweight, $30,

Kate Spade accessories are everything. This cheeky paperweight is sure to beat the Monday (and Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Thursday) blues.

Kate Spade Paperweight

2. Kate Spade The Short List Small Notepad, $8,

I know there’s a bunch of note-keeping apps out there, but there’s something about writing down tasks with a pen on a piece of paper, and crossing off said task with a strikethrough. And the shorter the list, the faster you’ll be done for happy hour.

Kate Spade The Short List Notepad

3. Bow USB, $50,

Possibly the chicest portable document-saving device that fits in the palm of your hand.

Kate Spade Bow USB Drive

4. Poppin All-Bundled Up Yellow Desktop Set, $51,

Liven up your workspace with color—even when you know you’ll be slugging long hours at work. This set comes in 14 other hues, but yellow is always a safe choice.

Poppin Yellow Desk Set

5. Poppin The Love-At-First-Sight Pool Blue Stapler, $14,

The best significant other.

Poppin Stapler

6. Scotch Chameleon Tape Dispenser, $14.98,

Nothing like a sturdy desktop companion.

Scotch Tape Dispenser

7. Lulu & Georgia Wall Art, $15,

An inspiring quote (like this one by J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons), keeps you motivated.

Lulu & Georgia Wall Art

8. Russell and Hazel Binder Clips, $12 (for a set of 6),

Gold accessories = instant work style cred.

Russell and Hazel Gold Clips

9. Francesca’s Collections Bunny Stapler, $14,

Desk buddy #2.

Francesca's Collections Bunny Stapler

10. Yummy Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens, $10,

Because we’re not ready to grow up juuuust yet.

Gel Pens


At least backpacks are coming back in style…


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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