Back To School: Stationery Haul

First things first, THANK YOU SO MUCH for visiting my star post: Ultimate Back To School Post for University Students. The amount of pins on Pinterest is absolutely insane, despite it being 2 years old.

Now, on to what this post is about: stationery. I consider this the best part about going back to school season. Whether or not you’re in school, everybody likes to get their work done with aesthetically pleasing supplies in a nice, clean desk. Some people even become more productive this way, and surprise, surprise, I’m one of those people.

I have been gathering the most aesthetic of my stationery ever since I started university, and this year my pile of things has just grown bigger. Therefore, I thought I’d share this with those people that obsess over stationery just like me.

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1. Muji 0.38mm gel ink pens

Minimalistic, clean, good quality pens that will make your writing look ever so neat. They come in different point sizes: 0.38, 0.5 and 0.7mm. Additionally, you can also find a “smooth writing” version of these pens over here, though these only come in 0.5mm and they are a bit more expensive.

I bought a 10-piece set of these in black through Amazon, you can find the deal here. My first time ever buying them, I bought the 0.5mm pens and I knew I’d never look back. If you can afford them and you want a freakishly neat-looking handwriting, do check them out.

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2. 15-piece set of double-point Zebra Mildliners

I know, I know, why would you need 15 highlighters ever in your life? Easy: color coding and planner/bullet journal creativity. You will never regret this purchase if you do any of those two things. Not only do each of the colors look incredible on any kind of paper, but they also are smooth to use. They do not bleed much, if at all, and you can clip any of the two points’ cap on the other. I absolutely recommend these beautiful, neat and useful highlighters, which you can buy here.

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3. 6 sets of 10 sticky tabbed notes + any other sticky notes

This is my first time buying these, though Amazon has recommended me to purchase them ever since I started ordering stationery. This year, I finally bought them and I know I will love them. I feel like I will be using them for whenever I’m studying and a lot of questions start coming up, or perhaps for when I want to extract the main points of what I’m studying or the exam-type of questions that will be coming out of those particular notes.

Even though they’re currently unavailable, here is the link for you to check them out. The other sticky notes are from a store called Folder, though I can’t find a link to the exact item.

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4. Planner/bullet journal accessories

The moment I saw these washi, I knew they were for me. Scrolling through Amazon recommendations, I also saw these beautiful stickers (there are 15 sheets in the pack) and both articles were for sure going to be in my cart. The washi looks INCREDIBLE, I am very picky about washi ever since last year’s, which I didn’t like and you’ll see soon the difference between the two, and these just look so beautiful and I’m dying to try them out. As a kid, I loved my stickers and when I saw these, they reminded me of that time and they look like the grown up version of the ones I used to like.

Here are the links to the washi and the stickers!

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5. Set of 4 pencil cases

These I had also seen a couple years ago and I wanted to buy them, but I saw another, bigger pencil case that at the time was better for me. They aren’t the biggest of pencil cases yet they’re four, so you can have your pens and whichever other items distributed among them. I’ve already planned a few, promising distributions that I’m dying to try.

Here is the link to the Amazon deal (they’re super cheap)!

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6. Past purchases

6.1. Stabilo pens and highlighters

I’ve been buying these every time I get a chance. No matter which store I step into, if there are Stabilo stationery items, you sure know I’m going to grab a few. They’re of really good quality although I still find them to bleed through paper more than other alternatives.

6.2. Random, small, squared sticky notes + sticky tabs

Can anyone ever get enough sticky notes and tabs? I don’t think so. You love them, I love them, everyone loves them. They’re useful! You can scribble something you really need to get done and stick it anywhere: your bullet journal, your desktop… You can even pin it on your pin board. They even make you feel productive when you take them down, make a ball out of them and throw them in the trash.

6.3. Last year’s Primark clip set

I didn’t really need these but they looked so beautiful and I was in the mood to get some stationery with the back-to-school YouTube hauls and other videos. When I stepped into the stationery aisle when I was hunting for a good pair of jeans at Primark, they were doomed to be in my cart. I would’ve bought even more stuff but my parents’ glare made it clear that I was already going overboard.

6.4. Last year’s Ale-Hop washi tape

Now, they’re beautiful washi and all but they can easily rip and they’re very much transparent on the “white” sections. I was a newbie with the washi world but I saw them and, again, I fell in love with them. I felt happy buying them and using them on my spreads and they don’t even look half bad.


This is all I’ve got for this stationery “haul” post (for now *side-eye*). Make sure to check out my other posts for your back-to-school essentials and tips overall! Stay productive, and as my new washi says, it always seems impossible until it’s done.

Like, comment and share if you enjoyed this post and want more like this one! Any suggestion and feedback would be lovely. Have a lovely day and school year, x.

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Learn How To Fail In University

…And get past it.

Hey, all of you cuties! I have been long for a while, I know I said I would be posting more, but as you know, university steals all of one’s time. During this period of time, I have learned I did not know half as much as I thought I did, and people were not going to be there to solve it for me just like they would in high school. Sure, professors have tutoring scheduled during the week, but that doesn’t mean you will get things sorted within the span of an hour.

What I really would like to pass on would be the ability to fail and move past it.

Let’s get into situation here. A test did not go as planned, you have studied thoroughly (or maybe not) and things have piled up, you are stressed and you really need to lay down and cry for a while. Well, here are some simple steps to follow at this point.

1. Cry. Hard.

I know this sounds like a really bad thing to say, but you need to cry it out. Really, it helps to cry and feel like you’re too small for this, like you’re not smart enough, like you just won’t make it any time soon. It helps because you need to let those feelings out. If you can, talk about it with someone who you’re comfortable crying in front of.

2. Organize and clean your living/working space

In order to move on from failure, you will need a clean start – a clean slate. Put on some upbeat music and give your space a thorough cleaning. It will help you get rid of the feeling of failure.

It does not matter how long it takes. I repeat, it does not matter how long it takes for you to finish organizing and cleaning your space. Healing takes time, so use it (wisely). Do not use that time to procrastinate, play video games or whatever.

3. Gather the work that you haven’t passed

Take every single sheet of paper that you have used to study. Even the ones you have scribbled on. Now, organize it by subjects if there are more than one. Take each subject and make it organized enough for you to know where everything is. You will be revising this later, so you might want to make it comfortable for you to look at. If needed, get rid of paper you will not be using or use it to scribble on when you need to.

4. Organize your time

Your time is precious. As I said at the beginning of this post, in university you barely know what’s going on or where your hours go to. I have plenty of posts for you to scroll through and gather whatever you need to in order to organize yourself, whether it’s an agenda, a bullet journal, or anything else you might need.

Now, if you have new subjects, make them a priority. Of course, you don’t want your past mistake to carry on throughout the rest of your studying. After you have set your priorities straight, you will want to schedule the subject(s) you haven’t passed in the spaces you might have available.

5. Get to work

That is it!! Well, not really. Now is when the hard part comes, you need to actually get down to do some actual studying. You have no time to waste, but do not make it your life. You can finish university in a few more years time if that is what it takes. You need to go out moderately, you need to socialize at the same time you study and grow academically. Otherwise, you will not grow as a person altogether.

I hope that this helped all of you that have a problem like this (such as myself). Feel free to like and comment on this post (or any other, for that matter), and follow this blog for more posts like this (whenever I come around to write them).

The Ultimate Back to School Post for University Students

I’m going to start saying I’m sorry for ditching this blog for half a year, but as you may know if you’ve read any other previous post, I’m quite busy usually. I am willing to start a schedule with my posts seeing people usually like them a bit – maybe twice a month updates? We’ll see.

Moving on from that, I’d like to present to you a masterpost for your Back to School necessities. This goes in my own order, a.k.a. what I will be doing myself step by step. You can move them around, diss some and add others if you’d like, too.

1. Music playlists

really like my life to revolve around music. I love sad songs, I love happy songs, I love slow songs, I love dance songs, I love workout playlists and I absolutely adore music overall. It is that bad, apparently. And yes, I’m accenting a lot of words on this paragraph but my love for music is quite huge.

Everyone loves music, so why not gather a few of your favorites on Spotify and stack them into a (probably disorganized) playlist. I haven’t got all that many playlists, because I gather quite a number into one category. If you’d like to check it out, here’s a link to my profile: itsmiralles.

It doesn’t have to be neat and organized since I at least put playlists on shuffle and replay. Just make sure you feel okay with what you’ve added into it.

2. Gym time

Whether your body is slim or thick, everyone needs a moment to do some exercise. I myself don’t go to the gym during the year because I have no time at all to do much, hence why the summer is my time to go to the gym during an hour in the evening five days a week.

You don’t really have to go the gym if you don’t want to, whether you’re uncomfortable with it or you don’t fancy it. But I do want to stress on the importance of taking an hour of your day to walk or cycle or do whatever that keeps you active and happy with yourself. It raises your self-esteem and confidence, plus you can use your music playlists to motivate yourself even more!

3. Printables

Now, back to what you’re here for – school. Everyone needs a way of keeping track of their day, some use agendas, others use bullet journals and others use scrap pieces of paper. Another way of keeping yourself organized during the year and beforehand is a printable.

If you’ve got Tumblr and you follow some “studyblr”s you might have seen some printables going around. You can find some great printables on theorganisedstudentthearialligraphyproject or you can check out mine mariastudying, though there’s only two for now. The printables can make your academic and personal life much easier to keep track of. You can find calendars, productivity challenges, to-do lists; daily, weekly and semester planners,… There are many for you to choose from and you can use as many as you’d like!

4. Motivation

If you’re anything like me, after a week of hard work your motivation drops as if you’d just popped a balloon. How to fix this is quite a personal issue, but these tips may help you.

  • Have a few motivating quotes on your desks, notebooks and agenda/planner/bullet journal, or even write some of your own on your printables if you’ve got some space.
  • Use the Chrome extension Momentum for a lovely picture, quote and more features every day.
  • Use the mobile app Forest to force yourself to keep working hard. I think you can also get the extension for Chrome from the official website.
  • Have at least a full day to relax and pamper yourself each week. Alternatively, you can have a couple hours a day to spend as you please.
  • Join a club or any extracurriculars if you can! It will make your week diverse, but it can also be time-consuming.

5. Get your class schedule and course plan

I’m not really sure how this works in any other country or even in any other university, but in my university we use online resources for pretty much everything. There’s not many ‘books’ per say, but there’s a list of the books where the teachers have developed the presentations from. If you can, get as much material as you can, especially your class schedule and course plan, a.k.a. what the teachers will be evaluating and all the percentages from where your grade is going to come from.

6. Class organization

Using your preferred organization tool (agenda, planner, bullet journal, printables, online resources), organize your semester. You can follow these steps:

  • First off, do a general outline: use your class schedule, give yourself enough space to breathe between working hours. If you have class until 2 in the evening, don’t schedule your studying hours starting at 3 PM. Give yourself a couple of hours, and even more so if you have to drive or take public transportation home.
  • Wait until you have been in class for a couple of weeks to know your schedule much better.
  • Rectify so that you can be as productive as possible. If you can’t handle your schedule, shift it around until you’re comfortable with it. Do this as many times during the year as you need, since in the end, what matters is your mental and physical health.

Whether you follow these steps or not, do give yourself enough space to breathe during the day. It isn’t all about studying!

7. Supplies

I think I made a post about this last year, which I might as well link you to: First Year of College Tips and Lists. But, as a sophomore-to-be student, I’d like to update it a bit. For college, what I personally need and I think you might, too:

Class-wise:

  • Planner / agenda / bullet journal / printables
  • Notebooks or a binder with leaf paper (personally adore the Muji ones)
  • Laptop
  • A backpack with a laptop pocket and good support
  • Black or blue pens (again, personal favorite: Muji 0.38 gel pens)
  • Water bottle
  • A couple snacks and/or money

Extras that you may just have on your desk:

  • Girly kit
  • Diabetes kit (since, you know, kind of a necessity in my case)
  • Sticky notes and flags, mostly to remind myself of doing this or that by sticking them on my computer screen’s borders
  • A bunch of colourful pens and highlighters to make studying a bit easier (personal favorites: staedler and mildliner)
  • A couple of earphones and charger

8. Relax

I can’t stress this one enough. Relaxing, sleeping, watching a TV series, a movie, going outside, staying in reading or doing nothing at all… You need to do these things in order to stay sane during the school year. You can’t spend all of your time studying. You really do need to laugh with friends, to go outside and grab an ice cream or to stay in and talk to your family. You need life experiences that studying alone won’t give you.

Studying is great, but don’t make it your life.


I’d also like to point out a few last things:

  • If you need ideas for outfits, food recipes, hairstyles… What’s Pinterest for? Even for desk organization, make that website your best friend.
  • Join the “studyblr” community I mentioned before on Tumblr. I swear, just seeing others being productive will help you. Plus, there’s enormous support and resources for everyone.
  • Be realistic with your goals througout the year so you don’t loose motivation and waste time. If you have problems with this, half the workload you scheduled for the day. Sure, you won’t be on top of your work, but you will save yourself from flanking completely.
  • Do not let anyone tell you that you’re not worthy or talented enough for anything. You do you and follow your path. It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.

Like, comment and share if you enjoyed this post and want more like this one! I really do love writing inspirational posts, because I get motivated myself. Any suggestion and feedback would be lovely. Have a lovely day and school year, x.

Tricks for being more organized in college

Before I start this post, I have to highlight on the chaos college is for a freshman such as myself (hence my MIA). Now, as I’m in the middle of the exam season, I would like to think this calls for a good studying post that will also have a few beauty tips for when you’re stressed.

1. Stay motivated!

This is super important!! Write down your set of timely goals (both short-term and long-term), print out motivating quotes and hang them in your work-space, write down what makes your classes interesting so you’ll never want to drop them… Anything that you know will help you when you’re feeling like you don’t know why you even got in that class in the first place.

2. Keep a planner and/or a bullet journal!

You really want to keep all your important dates and to-do lists close wherever you go. Whatever system you’re going to use, stick to it and make yourself love it since, really, you’re doing this for yourself and it’s your future. Plan your weeks and months wisely, setting some free time, too. Plan every and anything your little heart desires.

I keep both, honestly. The bullet journal is more of a daily to-do list and the planner is to plan revisions, exams, non-college related events…

3. Keep your syllabi (and modify it to fit your schedule)!

When you get your syllabi, don’t just ignore them since they’re going to be very helpful. You want to know what’s due when, but you really don’t want five separate papers, do you? That’s too much. You can organize them by date, so you won’t miss any of them! Also, keep little reminders in your planner for the assignments since you’re never too safe.

4. Good habits!

I know it’s really hard to keep up with school and be healthy, but you want to stay fit and fresh for your working hours! Remember to:

  • Drink at least 1.5 liters of water a day.
  • Eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables everyday.
  • Shower, wash your face and give yourself a cream massage every morning/evening.
  • Have your space clean and organized (this also great motivation!).
  • Stock your backpack every night or, if you have time, when you wake up.
    I am diabetic, so I have to have a few extra things with me that I can’t go outside without so I have my backpack school-ready in the evening when I’ve finished working and add in my kit, two juice boxes and a water bottle before I leave.
  • Keep a decent amount of money, your ID and any medical cards in your wallet in case of emergencies.
  • Make your bed when you get up and open a window for 5-10 minutes to keep your room fresh and uncluttered.
  • Plan your outfit the evening prior.
  • Do some exercise! You should at least take a 30-minute walk a day.
  • Sleep 7-8 hours a day! This is soooo important, I can’t stress this enough. I’ve been having bad grades despite my hard work because I didn’t sleep enough and had to take medicine for the terrible headaches I was getting.
  • Disconnect from the internet for 2-4 hours a day at least. Take some time to talk to your relatives and friends without using the internet, whether it’s a call or a visit!

5. Decide your note-taking system!

Whether you want to take notes on your laptop/tablet or on a notebook, you should decide what method you’re going to use for the whole semester. Be comfortable with it, try out a few and see which is your favorite!

I like to write the date in the top right corner and have a little flag in the top middle with the class’ name abbreviation I’m going to take that moment. If I’m taking more notes that day, I’ll have another flag in the middle and so on.

6. Try to stay productive!

You need to find a time in the day that you’re most comfortable working and stick to it. Use the Pomodoro technique if you feel that’s what works for you. BUT do not ever feel like you’re being obliged to do this. You shouldn’t feel bad working or like you’re being pressured into it. In that case, take a break for the day and do whatever makes you feel much better.

7. Set up email filters!

As college students, we get at least 10 emails daily and that’s way too stressful when you have only 4 filters, like on Gmail. You can set up filters and tabs so you won’t lose track of what’s important! There’s a WikiHow on this, right here.

8. Use website blocking apps!

It is fairly easy to go from the Wikipedia page of what you’re trying to work on to Twitter or Tumblr. Set up a website blocking app, such as SelfControl, and have a good working time without any distractions.

9. Back up your work!

As a Computer Science major, I know how important this is. A separate hard drive, such as a pendrive or even an external hard disk, is very important for you to keep your hard work safe and sound. You don’t want your 6-page essay to disappear, do you?

10. Correlating to the last one… Save your work if the program doesn’t do it automatically!

Again, you wouldn’t want to have your work disappearing, it is very hard to keep yourself from crying when this happens and you end up being unmotivated to start over. I know this first hand, I had a 4-page maths assignment with formulas and drawings almost finished when the program froze and closed without saving my work. It was heartbreaking to start again, but you got to do what you got to do.

11. On a higher note… Colorcode!

It is so much fun to pick a pretty color for each class and, the best of all, you’re staying organized. What could be better than that?

12. Keep separate binders, folders, notebooks, etc. for your classes!

This really depends on your preferences. You could even have one big notebook and have little post-it flags with the colors you set for each class separating them. It really depends on how you understand yourself and your notes.

13. Keep your desk really organized with these few tips!

  • If you take it out and you’re done using it, put it back where it was! It’s easy to do and you can keep your desk mess-free.
  • Keep your staplers, hole-punchers, rulers, extra pens, etc. in your drawers instead of on top of your desk.
  • Label your chords and use a binder clip at the edge of your desk to store the ends.
  • Instead of having loose papers all over your desk, use a white board to write down any ideas or reminders that may come up to you.

14. Stay on top of your work!

If you have some spare time, take it to read through or to start taking notes on the book/powerpoint that you’re going to be working on the next day in class.

15. BURNOUT DAY!

You think this is a myth? Well, it isn’t. Burnout is real and you should really set a day to have it all for yourself. Maybe this can be your cleaning day, pamper day or watching movies day (or maybe all of them at once?).

I, for instance, use Sundays to take a break. I clean out my room, give myself some pampering and watch a couple movies. In case I have some important work unfinished, I will take some time in the morning to finish that.

How to: Use a Planner as a College Student

Being unable to move after a surgery even in your own home makes you surf the web like a pro. I’ve searched a lot of stuff in the last hour and that includes the college tags on Pinterest. I cannot being to say how much Pinterest makes life ten times easier. So, today I am still hung up on the planner I talked about on my last post from Kate Spade. This woman is a queen and deserves a freaking monument made in her honor. The “I AM VERY BUSY” planners make my heart ache as well as the one I mentioned I’m going to buy.

You’d think I’ve used a planner before, but I haven’t. I used journals back at school and I’d jot down every piece of homework I had to do. I’m not very consistent on that so I’d miss out on a lot of those when I started to lose motivation. To start off using a planner, I’m going to set some steps that I’ll make sure to follow as much as I can. On a little side note, remember you’re not obliged to do this ever but being organized will help you out in life so making a tiny weeny of effort now will pay off. Routines are built within three weeks so let’s get down to it.

Step 1: Find the one

Go through your favorite store’s planners, see if one fits what you’re looking for. If they don’t, surf the web and find it! If it’s a bit into the pricey side, try to gather enough money and get it before your college starts. You want to find one that includes more or less from this August to December next year (these are the 17-month planners!). Make sure you’ll be able to start from the moment you arrive there, guys!

As I said on my previous post, you’re going to have to be very aware of your email and syllabus. This is going to be very important for the next steps so make sure to be very conscious about both things at all times.

Step 2: Fill it in

Once your planner has arrived and you’re jumping around in your room all happy, you should grab your syllabus and write down everything listed on the due dates. I recommend color-coding. Why, you’d ask, or how am I going to keep it up.

Well color-coding makes everything easier to scan through. You can write a legend and add it into your planner with a simple DIY so you can move it around as you go.


  1. Grab a piece of paper or cardboard and cut it so it fits your planner as you want it to.
  2. Punch some holes into it after measuring the spaces to meet your journal’s and cut slits in the middle so you can slip it into the book.
  3. Write down the color-code you like best (you can get some inspo on Pinterest or on Tumblr’s studyblr community!).
  4. Slip it in!


Step 3: Make the most out of it

Whether your planner has a meal list, shopping list, to-do list, or any other extras, make the most out of it! You bought it, so use it! I know that if I want to, I’ll keep it up. So, keep yourself motivated, enjoy those colors and stickers you’re using on your lovely planner. Add in your doctor’s appointments, your workout schedule, your blog/online/writing/creative duties, some friends outing, important occasions like your family’s and friends’ birthday… It will be part of your life, because it actually holds all your life! You’ll definitely love it. You can even add the books you’re interested in purchasing and reading! Just make it work for you and make it comfortable.

If a planner is not your ideal thing, go for a wall-calendar or use an online planner or calendar, such as Google Calendar or One Note. I’m currently using the latter for to-do lists and it really does help. Though, I’m one of those people that like to cross out something on a paper and feel a huge satisfaction out of it.

Also, if you lose motivation for it, go through Pinterest and some blogs and you’ll definitely want to pick your planner back up! Or even check on this blog, I’ll definitely have some stuff gathered for you to fall in love with your agenda once again.

Comment down below if you’ve got any planners and tell me how you use them! I’d love to see your creativity with these. Have a great day!