September, to me, is a clean slate from which to start afresh. It’s the start of a new school term, University year and work-wise, I approach it with renewed ambition and all that jazz. September and autumn always mark a shiny new start for me and I love refreshing the ol’ wardrobe, handbag essentials, stationery stash and bookmarks bar ready for it.
Style-wise, this season I’m investing heavily in the duster coat. Get ready because you’re going to see these on every blog, shop, magazine and style maven in the vicinity. I really like this Warehouse windowpane check offering, this New Look one and this more indulgent jersey Topshop one.
I’m imagining it teamed with a roll neck cropped jumper, high waisted jeans and peeptoe heeled boots, but I like to be over-prepared like that. I’m also seriously obsessed with trainers for some bizarre reason and am pretty likely to invest in the adidas by Stella McCartney Stella Boost II ones. So pretty. And because this is Michelle and Daisybutter, I’m coveting the Saint Laurent Monogramme Sac Université leather shoulder bag. Because I obviously need another bag.
Bringing things back down to Earth, if we’re talking practical clothing and all that, these Topshop Jamie jeans are going to see you through sleepy Monday mornings and I’m-ready-for-gin Friday afternoons at Uni. I’m also obsessed with metallic shoes for slipping in a bold statement without really making too much effort (c’mon, stick feet in, walk out of the door…!) so these Topshop TIKA2 sparkle slip ons go straight in the mix. This season hallmarks the crisp white shirt which is good news for err’one. *insert hand clapping emoji here* I really like this Warehouse update. And for another I-didn’t-see-that-coming point, you probe need some tailored joggers in your profesh closet. Wear it with this H&M sweatshirt, heels, flats, Converse, you name it.
It has been oft-documented that I, Michelle Chai, am a bag lady. New season, NEW BAGZ. I’m an advocate for getting a new (school)bag once September rolls round: last year it was my Mulberry Bayswater Shoulder, this year it’s looking like a Saint Laurent Monogramme Sac Université leather shoulder bag. But for the purpose of this post and school/Uni recommendations, I would totes recommend giving Primark a browse (Sophie Hulme-alikes alert!), Topshop for their leather backpacks and bucket bags that I own about 5 of, and also H&M for a quick fix.
Stationery nerds, assemble. You need just three new bits of stationery once you’ve outgrown buying all of WHSmith with your Mum for school. A new diary (Mochi Things will have you covered), new pens and pencils (mine are from The Lovely Things run by Melissa) and some too-cute-to-stick Post-its. Some of my favourite online destinations for these include: Mochi Things, The Magic Notebook and YesStyle.
Sites to Bookmark Now
Finally, a post from an Internet obsessive wouldn’t be complete without some sites and blogs to bookmark ready for any downtime from dissertation hell (I won’t sugar coat your situation, final years), meeting disasters and Typically Bad Days. But some classics in my bookmark bar include Man Repeller, Preserve (Blake Lively’s new lifestyle site), Chapter Friday, Shasummerwine and Blogger’s Bookshelf. Oh and add me on Instagram while you’re there – promise I’ll be adding more holiday snaps soon!
September essentials – done. Let’s do this, new month.