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Are you ready for the most wonderful time of the year? Ok maybe not quite yet, it is not Christmas – it’s back to school shopping season! Sure, it may seem like an annual chore for some, but hear me out: back to school shopping is for everyone, not just students.

Think about it. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new office supplies, a fresh set of workout clothes, or even a stylish backpack for your daily commute. And with so many stores and online retailers offering deals and discounts, there are fun things to find everywhere.

Plus, there’s something satisfying about starting the fall season with a fresh set of pens, notebooks, and other supplies. It’s a chance to get organized and set new goals for the coming months.

Embrace it! Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or just someone looking for an excuse to shop, there’s something for everyone. Here are my picks for back to school shopping. Happy shopping!

The Official Bullet Journal

I started Bullet journaling at the start of 2023 and it is the most consistent I have ever been. It deserves a post of its own! Bullet journaling is great because it is a customizable and efficient way to organize your life and track your goals and habits. It also allows us to take pen to paper in a world where we are so used to screen. This is the one I use and I love the light pink color. If you are curious about what bullet journaling is there is also a book about it.

Le Pen

What is better than writing with a good pen? Back to school time is a perfect time to refill your pen supply. I started using these when I worked at a Stationary Store in Boston and I have been hooked ever since. They come in fun colors too!

Wander Beauty Baggage

More school work leads to tired eyes, I have tried a myriad of under eye patches for my puffy under eyes. These were recommended to me by one my awesome clients and they are so far my favorite and I will tell you why. They don’t slip! A lot of them work well, but these ones allow you to multitask in the morning without them slipping down your face. The price point is also pretty great comparatively.

Adidas Originals

Everyone needs a pair of shoes for back to school. This year I am going old school with Adidas Originals. They are super cute, comfy and I will wear them again. They are also on trend AGAIN, I had ones similar in the 90’s. You can wear with denim, leggings or with a blazer.


I am not afraid to admit that I have more leggings than any other type of clothing. Part of being a Pilates Instructor. I have all brands and have favorites. I am always looking for a good alternative to some of the pricer options. I was so pleasantly surprised by these leggings, they are butter soft, flattering and wash well. I liked them so much I got another pair. Fun to try out some fun colors.

Bobby’s Pick

My favorite part of doing these post is asking my husband Bobby what his pick is. It is always something I would never pick and ends up being pretty cool. Thinking of cool Fall nights entertaining outside, he came up with these cool torches that will lead to a cool vibe and keep the bugs away!

There you have it, our back-to-school shopping haul! Let me know which ones you get or if you have any favorites of your own!

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Carrie is a Massachusetts-based Pilates and Wellness professional who believes in training smart and enjoying all that life has to offer.