This month, we sent out our fabulous SB Memphis interns, Middlebury College junior Lizzie Apple and Villanova University freshman Marilyn Jenkins, to scour Memphis for great things to bring to college — or give as a gift for the college bound. You won’t sweat the move-in list with this essential guide for the creative dorm room or apartment; from lavender plants and lint rollers, to pouches and planners, to blemish balms and blue boxes, they’ve got it all covered!
Aromaflage insect-repellent fragrances
Beat the bugs of late summer and early fall with these functionally fragrant Aromaflage products, $30 to $40 at Spruce. A score for those of us who are sweet-skinned mosquito lures, the Aromaflage recipes combine deliciously beneficial mixes of essential oils, vanillin, orange peels and alcohol.
Stiff-n-Stay collar magnets
A great gift for the button-down lover, these powerful collar magnets keep any collar stiff and straight. A pack of eight collar stays is $23; find them at Social.
JJ Winters clutch
This trendy bag is sure to be your go-to for a night out. Small enough to carry around all night yet big enough to hold all of your necessities, this tiny tote is a must-have. Find it at Southern Couture for $85.
Scout Pleasure Chest cooler
Don’t settle for a boring cooler. Instead, liven things up with a Scout Pleasure Chest from RSVP Stationers for $27.95. With a broad selection of patterns from which to choose, this cooler will definitely stand out and is perfect for everything from picnics to parties.
Heading off to school can be stressful but staying organized is easy with one of the adorable planners from Mrs. Post. Ranging from $30 to $60, these agendas offer everything you need — find the perfect one for you.
For the all of the organized ladies, a make-up bag from Crazy Beautiful, $28, is the perfect accessory. This cute pouch is perfect for storing anything and everything, from make-up to pencils. Avoid a frantic search by keeping things neat and tidy.
Bracelets and bangles
Stack up your wrists with these beaded bracelets and lightweight gold bangles from Sachi, $14 to $24 each. They’re simple, summery and small, so they won’t overpower even the littlest wrist!
Dear Mushka necklace
No outfit is complete without a perfect necklace to complement it, and Falling into Place is the perfect place to find that go-with-everything necklace. With a large variety of jewelry from which to choose, everyone is sure to find something they love. Personally, we are obsessed with all of the necklaces by Dear Mushka, $42 each.
Hydrate in style with a fun Mason cup from the Ivory Closet, $24. Available in multiple fun designs, this cup is perfect for taking a beverage on the go. Keep your drinks cold without the sweat!
These timeless shades from Flashback will complement any outfit and have you facing the sun fearlessly. With prices ranging from $15 to $35, a new trendy pair of sunnies are an affordable way to update your look.
Don’t let the rain slow you down! A Kate Spade umbrella from Booksellers at Laurelwood, $38, will protect you from any and all precipitation — with the added bonus of being absolutely adorable.
Avocado Blemish Balm
This Avocado Blemish Balm, $14 at City & State, transforms skin from troubled to glowing. This small package of plant-based love is handcrafted with only local, vegan ingredients.
FOR THE DORM/APARTMENT
Blue glass box
One of Cooper Street’s storefront treasures, Carved Designs, houses handcrafted glassworks. The meaningful, intentional creations of the store’s owner and artist, Cindy Sharpe, make exquisite accent pieces that transform a house into a home.
The scent of lavender soothes both the mind and body; it can be used to combat anxiety, to send a troubled sleeper into a sound slumber and even to settle a queasy stomach. It’s a perfect addition for the bedside table or study desk to create an all-natural calm! Find it at Garden District for $75.
Stash this oversize polka-dot magnifying glass on your desktop for a vintage feel, and when late-night reading makes you cross-eyed, put the glass to use for a vision boost. Squinting through it, you might even feel like Nancy Drew! Find it for $48 from La Maison.
Retractable, refillable F’lint lint roller
Look sharp! This compact and sturdy F’lint lint roller is totally eco-friendly and user-friendly — and fits perfectly in a purse or backpack. We all need one of these! Find them for $7.99 each at Babcock Gifts.
Tibetan prayer flags
Hang these colorful Tibetan prayer flags in your room to shower both your sleeping and your waking in prayerful peace and blessings! Find them at Maggie’s Pharm in Midtown for $6.
Vintage vinyl floorcloths
Place these vintage vinyl floorcloths anywhere you like — the non-skid cloths work both inside and out and they’re an absolute cinch to clean off. They’re gorgeous and effortless — an unmissable dorm or apartment up-style. Prices start at $42 at me & mrs. jones.
Remember the best of what Memphis has to offer with a Letterpress poster, $48, from the Stovall Collection. This adorable poster is the perfect decor for any room and it’s a great way to bring a taste of home with you as you travel.
Bring a taste of Grind City with you wherever you go with these awesome coasters from Bingham & Broad, $29. These adorable coasters tout some serious hometown pride and could make a Grizzlies fan out of anyone.
Enjoy your month!
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