So you’ve made it through the funky August-September transition hopefully without too many sleepless nights. That morning alarm is still sounding pretty shrill, but you’re up and ready to buckle down to new routines, and meet your busy days with gusto. The following chaos is starting to feel relatively organized:
a) you’re back at work
b) you’re back at school
c) the kids are back at school
d) all of the above!
All that juggling and constantly having to be in two places at once means that now more than ever your bed is the one place that is a constant. An oasis. A retreat. A place that is entirely your own. Crisp cool mornings and golden autumn light nudge you towards putting some changes into place to adjust to the new season. Maybe you’re even a little excited to layer up, get warm duvets out from the back of your closet, and pull on your favourite sweater.
Whatever this season may hold for you, you can always fall back into your bedface sheets and wake up on the right side of September. Below, our September essentials list is packed full of items and ideas to help smooth the way.
1. Rifle Paper Co
Beautify your workspace with Rifle Paper Co’s effortlessly elegant calendars and notebooks. Originally a stationery company, they are fast expanding into home decor and countless coveted accessories. Stock up on staples or indulge in a range of organizing supplies. Rifle Paper Co has been knocking it out of the park with whimsical, recognizable designs that pop with colour and style. Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a notebook you actually want to look at!
bedface pick: Tapestry Memoir Notebook
Rifle Paper Co’s recognizable illustrated floral print is striking and chic, without feeling fussy. Linen covers and gold accents provide quality detailing while lay flat binding allows for practical multi purpose use.
Buy it here.
2. Muji Pens
The reassuring simplicity of Muji pens is well-loved the world over. Priding themselves on quality and affordability, Muji employs a minimalist aesthetic that rounds off your desk with satisfying order. Take smooth utilitarian notes or unleash your inner creative with their range of colours.
bedface pick: Smooth Writing Gel Pen Set
Fresh stationery deserves pens that glide across the page to produce smooth inky fresh lines. Reduce waste by taking care of this sturdy pen and stocking up on ink refills.
3. Herschel Supply Co.
Vancouver’s own Herschel Supply Co. has cemented itself at the forefront of West Coast style must-haves with their seriously cool backpacks and bags. Their rustic nostalgia meets sophisticated quality makes for infinitely enviable, wearable designs. Whether you’re a city slicker, forest dweller, or world traveller the sheer range of styles, sizes, and designs means that there is something beyond the classic model for everyone.
bedface pick: Little America Backpack
This effortlessly trendy backpack features charming leather straps and capacity to carry more than your usual everyday bag.
Buy it here.
4. Insecta Shoes
"OUR MISSION IS TO MAKE SHOES AND ACCESSORIES WITH A MEANINGFUL VISUAL, SOCIAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT."
Insecta is a vegan and environmentally sustainable shoe and accessories company from Brazil. Their styles are unisex, and designed to go beyond the mainstream "fast fashion" mentality. We've chosen the Lunação Oxford for it's casual-cool feel - dress these up or down!
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5. Warby Parker
Need a new pair of shades that fit your face properly? Looking for designer eyewear at non-designer prices? Warby Parker has methodically shaken up traditional industry to sell directly to you and nix the astronomical prices of chic glasses. Check out their stunning frames collection that you’ll be sure to see cropping up in top fashion magazines. They even sell a monocle if you’re feeling extra fancy!
Chelsea Eyeglasses in Mauve Crystal Fade (women)
Flattering rounded lens and a subtle colour add a sophisticated twist to the timeless style.
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Percey Wide in Striped Sassafras
Traditional tortoiseshell frames are bookish and suave.
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Avoid those ‘I left the house without my headphones and now everything is terrible’ days by snapping up the perfect pair for you. Skullcandy's wireless in-ear and over-ear headphones keep you connected to what you want to be listening to regardless if you’re rocking out at the gym, ignoring fellow commuters, taking an important call, catching up on your fave podcast, or relaxing at home with some ocean sounds.
bedface pick: Grand Wireless Headphones in black/chrome
This slick stainless steel look features necessities such as long lasting batteries, built in microphone/remote, and of course the added independence of a wireless model.
7. bedface + Haven
As the days get shorter and shorter, ensure that your beloved bed is all decked out for those well earned and much needed zzzzz’s. Shake out the cobwebs and take pride in making up your bed with comfort and pizzazz.
bedface pick: Haven + bedface Campus Bundles
Comprised of high quality 100% Percale cotton, with these sheets you'll be drifted off to snoozetown in no time - even if your dorm roomie snores. We like the Nighttime Navy colour option - add a little flair with patterned pillows and throw blankets.
Ahhh, now that's a match made in Haven.
Buy it here.
This fabulous app allows you to choose and access exercise classes and studios that work best with your schedule. That way, you’re not locked into that yoga class you keep being late for or stuck with a boring one-note gym membership. ClassPass knows that choice and flexibility allow people to save the intensity for their workout, not the stress of finding one! With fast fans in our Vancouver office and dozens of locations throughout North America and the world, it’s not hard to see why so many people are jumping at the opportunity to harness the awesome programming that already exists in their city.
bedface pick: Base Plan
At $55 a month for 5 classes this is a stellar deal. Visit the same studio up to 2 times in a cycle and work your way through hundreds of classes in anything from yoga to spinning to crossfit to bootcamp. Take a peek at your city to see details of what’s on offer.
9. Juice Truck
Get your vitamin kick in the most delicious way with Juice Truck, Vancouver’s original cold-pressed juice company. In addition to the landmark Gastown truck, they now have a physical storefront and online-store to provide you with many more opportunities to jumpstart your day. Their lengthy, drool-worthy menu will keep you energized when you’re too busy to grab a proper meal or you just really need to stave off scurvy (sorry Mom).
bedface pick: The Tumeric
This citrusy, sweet and spicy concoction is packed with ingredients to keep you thriving. Mood and immune system boosting effects make it a must have as we head into greyer days and (yikes) flu season.
Who needs an excuse for tea time? But it must be said, there is something gloriously cozy about curling up with a hot cup as the weather changes. DavidsTea are renown for their dozens of variations and exciting new flavours. This year’s fall collection is no different, with the yummiest combinations. Grab a cup as you bustle out the door or jazz up your morning routine with cute tea accessories!
bedface pick: Pumpkin Chai Black Tea
This is a moment when we wished screens had a scratch and sniff function because this beautifully aromatic tea smells as good as it looks and tastes. Get in on the pumpkin craze and transport yourself into your ultimate autumn fantasy with this fan favourite.
There we have it, the ultimate list of Back To School - September essentials.
We're gonna get through this together!