This month’s SB FINDS is dedicated to the moms that read StyleBlueprint as we know life just got super hectic. Before you run back and forth between shops for supplies and clothes, kick off your summer sandals, grab an ice-cold drink, and check out these fabulous back-to-school FINDS. Savor summer as you plan the perfect shopping path for your school-year needs! Birmingham’s local boutiques are teeming with bags, cute clothing and jewelry, gadgets for college and more. Check out some of our favorite back-to-school FINDS!
FjallRaven’s Kanken backpack
This is a classic Swedish backpack, originally designed for Swedish school children in 1978. The super-durable “Kanken” model backpack by FjallRaven comes in many colors and will stand the test of time with its moisture-repellant Vinylon F fabric. Try it and see why it has become a European classic! Find them for $75 each at Alabama Outdoors.
These pencil cases from Pixie Crew at Weezie’s Candy Emporium are sure to be the coolest in the classroom. Each bag comes with hundreds of pixels, allowing kids to let their creativity shine and make their own picture on each bag. Pixels are removable and changeable, so the pencil bag can change as quickly as these kiddos learn! Find them for $14 at Weezie’s Candy Emporium.
Anya Hindmarch purse
This two-tone blue leather purse designed by Anya Hindmarch doubles as a cross-body purse or a handbag with its removable straps. The chic, edgy zipper features are complemented by the designer’s dainty trademark bow. Find it for $275 at Second Hand Rose.
Stephen Joseph quilted backpack
With stylish options that also can withstand a little wear and tear, these brightly colored Stephen Joseph backpacks are great for loading with books during the week — or for filling with toys for weekend adventures. Find these adorable packs for $27.95 each at The Blue Willow.
Work, school, pick-ups, drop-offs, cleaning the house, after-school activities, making dinner — our heads are spinning! Keeping up with all the day’s activities is made so much easier with the Mighty Purse. With more than 10 colors from which to choose, the perfect purse is waiting to keep you and your phone plugged into everything you have going on. Keep yourself charged throughout the day without having to stop and plug into a wall. Find the Mighty Purse for $110 at Marguerite’s Conceits.
If your little one wants dress to impress for the first day of school, Little Lavender is the perfect spot! We’ve found the cutest summer outfits that will leave them feeling cool and confident. And the consignment store offers some adorable back-to-school looks at wallet-friendly prices. Find this fun floral dress for $11.97, the Crewcuts polo shirt for $10.47 and bicycle shorts for $7.77 at Little Lavender.
Nap time is pretty much the best time in the classroom. Let your little ones recharge their batteries — comfortably and fashionably — with these extremely cute seersucker and gingham nap mats by Mint. Your children will be snoozing in style. Find them for $58 each at B. Bayer & Co. Monogramming & Gifts.
Bralettes, tanks & boy shorts
Perfect for tween girls who need to be comfortable for studying, playing, dancing and tumbling, these colorful assorted bralettes and tanks are perfect for layering in the Alabama heat. Plus, girls love how comfortable they are. Stock up on the colorful basics for your hip tween’s back-to-school wardrobe. Find them for $5 each at Snap Girls.
FOR COLLEGE KIDS (& MOMS, TOO!)
The PowerCube is the sleek, modern answer to a surge protector. With different models — some with USB ports as well as traditional power sockets, and varying extension cord lengths — the PowerCube is the perfect item to have in your dorm room or office. Stay plugged in and charged up all day long with this clever doodad that is sure to become a staple of your technological world. Find one that meets your needs, starting at $25, at Dorm Decor.
Caffe Porcellana stove top espresso maker
Love espresso but no time to deal with all the bells and whistles of a fancy machine? Same here! Especially when there’s so much to do to simply getting the kids to school. Check out this portable espresso maker for the stove top. Skip the barista act, and make a quick and easy espresso for yourself. Find it for $35 at The Cook Store.
Coffee is a must when the back-to-school, early-morning rat race is in full swing, and there really isn’t anything better than sipping your morning “cuppa joe” from a uniquely chic mug. These pretty blue mugs will definitely take away the morning blues and they are the perfect accessory to your kitchen (or dorm room)! Find them for $38 each from At Home Furnishings.
Stress-fix soaking salts
Essences of lavender, lavandin and clary sage from organic farms intermingle with essential oils in these stress-relieving, mineral-rich soaking salts by Aveda. The aromas of this organic mixture have been known for centuries to relieve stress, and the salts will exfoliate and soften skin for a completely revitalizing experience. And with the back-to-school whirlwind, we all could use a little stress-fix! Find Aveda’s Stress-Fix soaking salts for $42 at Tonya Jones SalonSpa.
Whether you’re a student heading back to school or a parent heading into the next PTO meeting, you want to look and feel great. And nothing makes you feel your best like a great accessory, such as this thin “Dominique” cuff from Judith Bright; understated yet impactful — just like you! Find it for $288 at Judith Bright.
Kids pour into Sugar in Crestline Village after school for their after-school sugar fix, and what better way to spread the sweetness of shopping local than to sport your favorite candy boutique’s logo? Sugar carries a variety of brightly colored T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts and sweatshirts, so you can show your sweet spot for Sugar year-round! Find them, starting at $20, at Sugar.
Fido might not be heading back to school but he still craves style, which you can provide with a new leash. The Whole Dog Market has plenty of options for whatever your pooch may need — whether he likes hiking at Red Mountain Park or staying stylish in the neighborhood. Find them, starting at $9, at The Whole Dog Market.
There is nothing worse than losing a lunch box, binder or any school supplies in the chaos of the classroom or the playground or the college campus! Luckily, The Scribbler can help with these adorable Sweet Pea Designs ID tags — perfect for personalizing all of the various bags and totes your student has to keep up with. They’re super-cute, stylish and affordable! Get two tags for $18, plus shipping, at The Scribbler.
With all the lunch making, carpool lines, homework help, school volunteering and after-school activities, Mom needs a little rest and relaxation! Treat yourself to a back-to-school spa day at Escape Day Spa, where their signature aromatherapy manicure and pedicure is top-notch. With an aromatic hand and arm exfoliation, your favorite essential oil and a restorative massage, the treatment that is included with a manicure will reduce age spots for a youthful glow. Then, choose from Escape Day Spa’s custom blends of aromatherapy soaks and scrubs — blended with Dead Sea salts, other mineral rich salts and organic essential oils — for a healing and rejuvenating pedicure you won’t soon forget. Book your aromatherapy manicure, starting at $45, and your aromatherapy pedicure, starting at $50, at Escape Day Spa.
Celebrate the back-to-school season in style by shopping local for all the best back-to-school FINDS! It’s going to be a great year!