Look Book: Back-to-School Necessities

Who doesn’t love a little back-to-school shopping? Whether you are looking for your new favorite pen, a planner to keep you organized or a stylish new backpack, the SMU Look staff shares their favorite products.

Classroom Essentials


“Ever since I started using these pens, I CANNOT use anything else! They’re amazing and make your writing look so neat.” –Meredith Welborn, Senior Editor

“I love my black velvet pencil case! It’s cute and stylish and perfect for class.” –Hanna Refvik, Social Media Manager

Chic Backpacks

“My favorite back to school item is a mini backpack! I’ve always been a backpack girl because they are so easy, but I always make sure to keep it fun with colors and styles!” –Emily Matthews, Marketing Director

“My favorite back to school item is this Marc Jacobs bookbag because it is so cute and light you don’t even feel like you are carrying it!” –Caroline Kester, Assistant Photo Editor

“My favorite back-to-school accessory is my gold metallic backpack (also sold on Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, etc). It’s so cute, goes with every outfit, and is the perfect size with lots of pockets for organization which I love…it’s also good price!” –Maggie Klimuszko, SMULook.com writer

Organization Station

“My favorite back to school items are my planner and wall calendar. I love starting off the year pretending that I’ll be more organized than the year before!” –Gabby Grubb, Art Director

“My favorite back to school item is my Erin Condren planner. It’s customizable and says my name on the front with a cute pattern. It also comes with fun stickers to make organizing fun and cute.” –Emma Castner, SMULook.com writer

“This black on black planner is a great way to start the academic year, stay organized and professional!” –Jade Taylor

“My must-do is to connect your notes app on your phone to your computer! Use it for your to-do list and notes. Its extremely easy to keep track that way because it is on both of your most-used devices.” –Ali Mikles, Editor-in-Chief

Skincare Products

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“My favorite back to school product is Mario Badescu oil-free moisturizer SPF 30. It’s so unbelievably hot and sunny in Dallas and it’s important to protect your skin while staying moisturized!” –Merrit Stahle, Managing Editor

“I love using the Mario Badescu facial spray as a quick pick me up throughout the day over makeup or on bare skin. It makes you feel refreshed (with little to no effort) when running from class to class” –Brooke Herigon, Assistant Digital Editor

“My favorite product from this summer is the Osea Blemish Balm. It’s an everyday moisturizer that helps so much with blemishes and pimples and helps clear your skin up in such an easy way!! I love it and the price point is perfect!” –Emma Siegel, Sales Assistant

Dorm Design


“My favorite thing in my room is my letter board! They are funny, customizable and take up all that empty wall space.” –Caroline Sheridan, Digital Director

“I love getting cute pajama sets to start off the school year right! They’re fun, comfy, and help get my life organized!” –Anna Grace Godoy, Assistant Art Director

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