Back To School Essentials For Shopaholic Mums

One of the things I loved most as a teen, going back to school in September was the shopping for all my new school supplies. And that really hasn’t changed much.

I think it’s totally reasonable now that I’m a mum to treat myself to my own back to work/life/school run essentials too, especially after enduring the summer holidays, dreaded uniform shop and living in comfortable clothes and sliders for most of August.

An update on the wardrobe which coincides perfectly with the new Autumn and Winter lines appearing in shops makes my day. And so I have shared some of my favourite-finds available in stores now.

Just like the kids, I am always in need of a new coat, bag and shoe combo when September arrives. I love the green colour of this coat from Zara and it would look great with a few of their scarves too as the weather turns colder.

I have also been eyeing this bag all summer, each time I have headed into Debenhams for school shirts and supplies – It has been shouting my name, and now it is in the sale, winner! And then the shoes, or trainers…I love these so much, comfortable enough to make the school run in, and still stylish enough for work.

ZARA textured weave coat £79.99

Emerald coat with a notched lapel collar, long sleeves and front patch pockets. Featuring double-breasted button fastening in the front.

textured weave coat £79.99

KENDALL + KYLIE Black ‘Ashley’ backpack Now £56.00

Was £70.00 This backpack from Kendall + Kylie is perfect for your everyday look. Secured with a popper and drawstring fastening, this companion includes a spacious interior for your essentials, adjustable back straps and a star motif in a silver hue.


DUNE embellished slip-on trainer £80.00

Update your casual look with the Emerald Leopard trainer by Dune London. Featuring a striking leopard design embellished with sparkling studs.


With any new bag, you need new accessories, too right? I’m sure that’s a saying to live by. And this Bando planner is perfect, it’s a 13-month planner, with dates running from August 2018 – September 2019. If you are a meal prep fan then this lovely lunch box might be just what you are looking for. Also loving this new Kate Spade phone case and pompom hat from Barbour.

KOKESHI bento box £18.95

A ‘bento’ is a Japanese lunch box. This cute as a button, practical and stylish pick is perfect for your lunchtime meals.

Bento Lunch Box

BANDO 13-month planner £32.00

Hardback, elasticated strap, I Am Very Busy ‘ slogan, stickers, internal slip pocket, a 13-month format that covers August 2018 to August 2019

Bando Diary

KATE SPADE hello iPhone case £55

kate spade

BARBOUR Bridport pom beanie Hat £27.95

Designed with a chunky cable knit structure, the faux fur pompom adds a playful touch, while the ribbed detail ensures a comfortable wear.

Barbour Hat

And let’s not forget to update our makeup look for the new season, autumn is my favourite time for make-up. I love the colours.

I have been looking for a green eyeshadow palette for some time and have struggled to find one. But this Natasha Denona palette, sold exclusively at Selfridges is perfect. Worn with my go to Estee Lauder double wear, Armani lipstick and brown KIKO mascara, I think I am ready for the Autumn term now.

ESTEE LAUDER double wear foundation £33.50

This long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity and nonstop activity. It feels lightweight and comfortable and won’t change colour, smudge or come off on clothes.

ARMANI ecstasy shine lipstick £30

Ecstasy shine is the new, moisturising lip cream from Giorgio Armani Beauty Colours like a lipstick, moisturises like a balm with the shine of a gloss. The clearest shiny colour in the most comfortable creamy texture.

1 Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Shine Lip Cream

KIKO smart colour mascara: £5.90

Thanks to its creamy yet light texture, it is easy to apply to even the shortest lashes and releases an intense, highly-pigmented colour. Available in different shades and finishes (full shade, metal or pearly) for a flawless but fun look.

NATASHA DENONA eyeshadow palette £205.50

This Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette features 28 shadows in complementary green and brown that can be either worn alone or blended.  Perfect for creating a whole host of looks for Autumn.

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow

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