Long August days tend to quickly turn from relaxing to crazy as the new school year takes flight. Don’t stress about getting all the new back-to-school gear — whether for yourself, your children or for the college kids in your life. We can save you time and make your shopping list a little bit easier. Here are 19 great back-to-school FINDS at local Nashville shops. Get out and grab them before the back-to-school craze kicks in!
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
Send your favorite college girl back to school in style! MODA has a wonderful selection of fall fashions, like this adorable J Brand denim romper for $298. This outfit will withstand the heat and, by pairing it with booties and a cardigan, can work for colder climates. It’s a bit pricey but the transitional factor makes it worth the splurge.
Head to Hemline to pick up these great Karlie denim pants, $110, and Stillwater flow top, $144 — a perfect summer-to-fall look. Pairing these pieces with a comfortable pair of sneakers is great for running from class to class or from work to the hook-up line.
Now that you can’t bring purses into SEC football games, you need to find the right clutch to hold all of your goods, and Habit has the perfect solution! This clutch has room for a phone, keys and ID and comes at the reasonable cost of $58. Find it in multiple colors and monogram it with your school’s logo or your initials.
Head to SOCA to shop their selection of bags and bid farewell to big, chunky backpacks. Good luck resisting these leather backpacks, $72.50, which are the perfect size. Available in two different colors, the bags allow you to carry everything you need, in style.
Grab this wonderful Bubo Daydreamer tote at Batch Nashville for $220. It is perfect for carrying all the things your day holds and also can be used as a work or school bag. It’s even large enough to hold your laptop. Fashion meets function at its finest.
Perfect golf skort
August is National Golf Month, so why not celebrate? Book a getaway to a beautiful course, grab your friends for a few rounds and hit the range — and look cute in a VK Sports skort, $90. It’s perfect for everything, from competing in a heated round of golf to running around town.
FOR THE GUYS
If your young man needs new specs for the school year, these “Woody” glasses from Barton Perreira are a perfect fit. The sleek design paired with neutral colors make them a favorite. Get them for $350.
Men’s messenger bag
This messenger bag from Fabu is ideal for either work or school. It’s stylish and can hold everything your young man needs. An investment at $200, find this handsome bag at Fabu.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Say goodbye to days of waking up with bed-head and unfortunate sleep lines. With these Slip pillowcases, you will get the beauty rest you deserve. Head to Cosmetic Market or Private Edition to pick up either a king size for $99 or queen for $79. Added bonus: They prevent face creases, too!
Reduce the time in your nightly routine by removing makeup quickly with these makeup wipes from Daniel Cole Collection, $7. Paraben- and alcohol-free, the wipes do such a good job that you won’t wake with raccoon eyes.
FOR THE KIDS
For the wee ones heading to Mother’s Day Out, stop by Magpies’s: Baby & Children’s Shoppe to get some great items for the new year. These backpacks are a fun, convenient way to pack all the necessities. The ice cream pack is $36, and the mint seersucker is $20; both can be personalized at the shop for $12. While there, stop next door to their sister shop, Magpie’s: The Girls Shoppe.
When your kids are spending the day at school, you have the preeminent opportunity to stick your nose in a good read. These books from BookManBookWoman are a satisfying break— After You, $16; The Girl on the Train, $16; Our Souls at Night, $15; and Circling the Sun, $16.
National parks coloring book
Anderson Design Group is celebrating national parks and their 100 years of service with a new coloring book. With 64 pages to color, this book is great for park lovers and those looking for a little zen. Find this at Spirit of Nashville for $19.95.
Star Catchers journal
As you jump into fall, reach for the stars. Use Hester & Cook’s “Star Catchers” journal to keep up with your ever-growing to-do list, or to take notes during meetings or classes. You can find this double-ring journal with 50 lined pages at Hester & Cook for $22.
FOR THE HOME
This chair-and-desk combo is a fantastic addition to a dorm room with little space or any study corner in your home. For $148, it can be all yours. Its vintage look and simple color allows it to blend into any space, while still standing out. Head to Oak Nashville to grab this FIND!
There’s nothing better than those little notes that Mom tucked into your lunch box. Step those notes up a notch with some adorable notepad paper from The Paper Place. We love this one for $14.75.
Decorate your space with a piece of your favorite city! Grab one of these beautiful Wink Wink Paper Co. prints from Music City Marketplace for $36. Have the print framed or use a simple, wood hanger to add simple and nostalgic decoration to any part of your home — or dorm room.
Yummy peanut butter
Savory Spice Shop doesn’t only have your favorite spices, it also carries some of the best local peanut butter around! This brown sugar cinnamon peanut butter from Nut Butter Nation, $8.75, is a must have to get in back-to-school mode. Make this peanut butter one of your pantry’s staples and use it to update your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or grab a spoon and dig in for a savory snack!
The weather will stay warm a while longer, so don’t pack up your grill just yet! Head to Galena Garlic Company to snag a pouch of this yummy Coffee BBQUE Rub for $7. Try a few flavors for yourself and pick up some extra, as these make great hostess gifts!
Olive and Sinclair turns their chocolate into choco-salami that changes seasonally. Currently, they offer a selection of blackberry brown butter brioche Chocuterie™, for $17.99, which is perfect for warm summer days. Pair this chocolate with a glass of wine and unwind after a long, successful summer. Each log serves 2 – 6 people, so you can share or keep it all to yourself.
Enjoy the dwindling days of summer!