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Back-to-School Shopping

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In which your inner fashionista learns to rock her wardrobe with savvy combos, pops of color, and oh yes, major attitude.

by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw / all collages made by Kelsey

In the middle of the summer, with pool parties every night and flip-flop tan lines growing more distinct by the day, the coming of school in the fall seems like a long way off. But with each sun-drenched day, the beginning of the school year creeps closer and closer. Even though this means that dealing with homework and overeager frat boys is also edging closer, there’s one thing I’m super-excited about: back-to-school shopping. The stores in the mall fill up with new clothes, sales start popping up, I realize how much I miss wearing sweaters – it almost makes up for the fact that you have to wear these new clothes to, you know, class. Plus, everyone needs an excuse for a new pair of shoes.

If, like me, you’re feeling kind of bummed about summer’s end and going back to class, there’s no better remedy than a little back-to-campus retail therapy. And if you’ll follow a few simple steps, you can shop your way straight to the head of the class.

Step 1: Buy things that you like and that express your personality. You can’t go wrong if you stick with what you know works for you. Instead of stocking up on [ever-changing, quick-passing] trends, though, pay attention to the classics, too. You’ll be able to wear your new clothes for years to come, not just for a season. Casual or classic, change things up by adding new accessories to old outfits.

Casual Back to School

Step 2: Mix it up with creative, edgy fashion combos. If your inner fashionista just won’t quit with her demands for something that really rocks, there are lots of ways to have fun with trends this fall. The good news: This year the most popular trends include pieces that are easy to mix with clothes already in your closet to create classic, more timeless looks.

First, try wearing a monochromatic outfit, or wearing one color all the way down. This can range from wearing different shades of bright yellow from head to toe to layering tank tops from the same color family. This trend is an easy one to shop for, since you probably already have different shades of one color in your closet. Keep an eye out for clothes and accessories in colors or patterns that complement what you already have in your closet, or grab a new spectrum of color to layer and have fun with.


Step 3: Master the art of the monochromatic – with a pop of color, of course. Take a neutral, monochromatic outfit and infuse a pop of neon. In fact, the outfit doesn’t even have to be monochromatic, as long as the neutrals don’t overpower the neon. Wearing this look calls for some major attitude, but no problem there, right?

Neon and Neutral

Step 4: Get back to the future. To make sure you get an ‘A’ in back-to-school fashion, invest in some high-waisted shorts. Whether you go for the vintage, 70’s I-just-stole-these-out-of-my-mom’s-closet look or the more preppy style, they’re sure to earn you major fashion points.

High-Waisted Shorts

Remember, as cute and fashion-forward as you’ll look wearing your new duds, be sure to make them your own and let your natural fabulous style shine through. If you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll look fantastic no matter what.

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Back to School Shopping: The Coolest Backpacks Ever!

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From wearable art to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fantasy, we’ve found something for everyone.

by Guest Blogger Serena Piper

We all know that high school and college are times when what everyone else is doing or wearing has an influence on what you do or wear, even when it comes to backpacks, of all things. The North Face backpacks and stereotypical leather messenger bags are popular choices, but if you’re looking for something more unique, here are the coolest ones I’ve found.

If they seem a little out of your price range, then enter our Summer Snap-off today for a chance to win a $1,000 Back to School shopping spree! Submit up to three of your favorite summer photos, and one of these backpacks could be yours.

1. Buzz Backpacks

If you appreciate design and wearable art, you need to check out the Buzz backpack. These are by far among the nicest looking backpacks around. Shoulder-slung to distribute the weight evenly across your back, they’re made of silk – silk! – and boast plenty of zippered pockets and hidden compartments for pens or a cell phone. They’ll also work for the yoga-goer needing to store a change of clothes, or even as a carry-on for that summer trip to Cancun.

$60 on Athleta.

2. The Meiosis Backpack

via Yanko Design

This unique backpack was designed by Davidi Gilad of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv. Made of mesh fabric overlaid by a grid system of three-dimensional polygons, the Meiosis (in biology, a type of cell division) is perfect for heavy toting and might just satisfy the secret fantasy you still harbor – come on, you can’t hide from us – of being a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. There isn’t an official release date for this bag, unfortunately, but if you’re really interested, keep your eye out!

3. Voltaic Switch Solar Bag

If you’re a total techie and like to carry around your laptop – or your Kindle, your smartphone, whatever – this bad boy might be your match made in heaven. It will charge all of your electronic gadgets using two solar panels that generate power in sunlight. For example, one hour in sunlight will fully charge your cell phone. Can you say eco-friendly?

$129 at Voltaic Systems.

4. Built NY Large Laptop Backpack

Specifically designed to hold any 12–17 inch laptop, the Built NY Laptop Backpack is both water- and stain-resistant. Don’t worry, there’s extra room for a textbook or notebook.

$30 at Amazon.

5. iPhone Wallet

A friend of mine bought one of these when she got her iPhone and she gets compliments on it all the time. The wallet has slots for all your credit cards and cash, and snaps closed so you know everything in it is safe and secure. A lot of different stores have these available and they come in a variety of different colors. Check out Amazon first for the best deals.

Happy Hunting, and enter the Summer Snap-off today!

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Summer Snap-off Is Here!

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How time flies! It’s already back to school season, and here at BookRenter we are rushing around preparing all sorts of cool stuff for you guys. First up is the Summer Snap-off. Upload your favorite summer photos, and you could be the lucky winner of a $1,000 shopping spree. Spice up your closet. Show off your snapshots. Enter today!

The contest runs from July 18 to August 1 at 9:00am. Voting will then begin on August 1 and last until August 12. We can’t wait to see everything you guys have been up to. Enter your photos now for a chance to win a Back to School wardrobe!

…And we’re joining in! Throughout the promotion, we’ll be posting a snapshot of something fun from around the office. Visit often, and guess what it is!

Post what you think it is below to be entered to win a BookRenter t-shirt. Check back at the end of the day for the answer!

Update: Congratulations Mayra you are our first t-shirt winner!

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