August! It’s the finale of summer. It’s time to start thinking about going back to school and getting organized for the new school year. From gear, to fashion, to things for your home, we’ve got you covered. This month’s SB FINDS will give you a little bit of everything you need for this month. Enjoy!
Let your Louisville pride shine in style with local artist Gretchen Leachman’s fleur de lis post earrings. These bright gold posts — emblazoned with the seal of our hometown — are a great yet subtle piece for your fall collection. Explore Gretchen Leachman’s entire collection and these posts for $28 at Revelry Boutique Gallery on East Market Street.
Go Cards! Go Cats! Either way, sport your team pride with M.E. Modern Elegance’s gold- and silver-plated necklaces, retailing at $57 and $52, respectively. Engraved with either “Cards” or “Cats” and the coordinates of Louisville or Lexington, these necklaces make the perfect gift to start the new school year. By the way, we’re only about 30 days away from tailgate season!
Never be late for school or practice again with this beautiful navy watch from TOKYObay. Forget depending on your phone to tell time. Experience the soft leather and classic style of this large-faced watch, available at Scout on Market for $188.
Not just any bobby pin will do, especially when you are trying to pin your hair back with a little style. These cute hair pins look like jewelry and are sold in sets of three at Fresh Boutique for $8.75.
You know you are going to need them, so go ahead and buy your rain boots now for fall. The perpetually in-style Hunter rain boots are a classic staple found in the short ($138) and long ($143) variety. Be sure to buy the rubber buffer for $12 to keep them looking new. Available at Monkee’s of Louisville.
We all love our sneakers, right? These light teal leather sneakers at Collections are a must have. You could wear them every day, and we promise they will match everything in your wardrobe — or at least give you a pop of color. Find them for $138.
Umbrellas and wine seem like an unlikely combination. That is, until Vinrella showed us how fashion meets function with their sleek umbrellas shaped like a wine bottle. Found at Celebrations for a reasonable $25, these contemporary umbrellas fit snugly in a compact carrying case so nothing else gets wet once you’ve escaped the rain. Stick it back in your backpack until you have to go outside again. Your rainy days just got a whole lot more glamorous.
These trendy S’well water bottles range from neon brights to posh wood styles, and are the perfect answer to your busy back-to-school lifestyle. S’well bottles keep water cold for 24 hours without sweating and are completely insulated. Find them for $35 to $45 at Circe + Swag.
While you, technically, could put anything in this pouch, it is the perfect size for a laptop, which definitely needs protecting from wear and tear. These are made by the Anchal Project and are hand-sewn from vintage saris by women in India. These pouches are sold for $52 at Anchal online; Anchal products also are sold at Revelry Boutique Gallery.
Where’s my charger? They all look the same, right? Not anymore! Get your chargers customized and monogrammed at Cartwheels so that you always know which one is yours. They’re $35 each and come in a variety of colors and styles.
Plush and adorned with friendly animals, these Stephen Joseph quilted backpacks are sure to make your child’s first day of school just a little bit cuter. Find these adorable backpacks for $26 each at Animal Crackers.
The Lilly Pulitzer agenda is a hot-ticket item, often sold out before school starts. Why? Because it is an organizational dream and comes in two different sizes — large is $35; small is $30 — and both can fit in your purse or backpack with ease. Find them at Apricot Lane.
FOR YOUR DORM ROOM
Summer’s over but capture the memories to reminisce all year long. Showcase your favorite summer memory in one of the many charming frames from Dolfinger’s. Pick up this bright 4-by-6-inch frame for $50.
It’s cozy, furry, soft and definitely perfect for your bed. This sheepskin pillow from Lee W. Robinson Company will be the finishing touch for any cozy bedroom. Available for $80.50.
Need somewhere to stow your keys, lanyard or anything else that you cannot afford to misplace? These hanging wire wall baskets from Urban Farmhouse Market are a great excuse for organization. Buy one for $20 — or a whole bunch for all of your little things that need a space to call home.
Bring the outdoors inside with these grow kits from Urban Agriculture Company. Each one comes with one pack of organic seeds, one balanced bag of organic soil and one container to hold a growing plant. The containers are made from 100 percent recycled tea bags, allowing for perfectly drained and aerated soil. Pick from sweet pea, zinnia, chives, parsley and marigold. Sold at Digs, each bag is $18.
In case you need a reminder of home, or simply wish to tell your new friends where you’re from, hang one of these hand-stenciled wooden signs in your room. Currently, there are signs for Clifton, Crescent Hill and Cherokee Park for $39.99 at eyedia, design it again.
Similar to the neighborhood signs above, this pillow is sure to make you Kentucky proud — and will help you show your pride without saying a word. These are available at Work the Metal for $58 each.
These fun dishes at Fleur de Lis will make you enjoy your ramen noodles and cereal all the more. Better than eating off plastic — especially for people being green — these ceramic plates have blue and white polka dots hand-painted on them. Bowls and plates are $32 each.
SOMETHING FOR MOM AND DAD
The Carry On Cocktail Kit
Listen, we all need a cocktail after this summer and all the back-to-school hoopla. Check out The Carry On Cocktail Kit, which are available in Gin and Tonic and Champagne Cocktail. Just add alcohol to the pre-mixed and -measured ingredients, and life is good again! Sold at Blu Boutique for $12 each (alcohol not included).
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