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Thursday, June 26, 2014

You know how some people obsessively hoard certain things? Some people hoard fashionable things, like necklaces and earrings, or books (if you're my parents, then art and design books are your thing). My not-so-secret obsession? Office supplies.

Yes, it's true. I love pens, pencils, notebooks, paper clips, the works. I'm also relatively old-school when it comes to school (no pun intended). Many of my professors do not allow screens in class, so I don't generally use my laptop or iPad to take notes in most of my classes. It has also been proven multiple times that handwriting the information in class can help you retain information better (I know for me, it certainly does). There are, however, a couple of downsides. For one, my professors move so quickly that I cannot possibly get all the information down in my notes (and I don't have a great memory for dates and names. I'm good with big-picture concepts, so I write down all the details). Despite this, my professors allow (nay, encourage) my obsession with cute office supplies.

Here are some of my favorite office supplies and companies!

1. University of Denver Bookstore

Okay, not that big of a stretch. But I like to get DU notebooks for my favorite classes, to make them look nice. :)

The DU Bookstore also sells notebooks from a company called Woof, which is a buy-one-give-one company. Check them out! Plus, dogs are cute, so I don't mind one on my notebooks. The poly cover is nice too, because notebooks can get super beat up in backpacks and totes.

2. Yoobi

This is a company that I recently heard about through Facebook. Another buy-one-give-one company, they offer more than just notebooks. Look at these insanely cute pens! SO MANY COLORS.

The online site explains the company more, and they are sold right now at Target.

3. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner - 20 count

Color-coding my planner, flashcards, and study guides is a must. Seriously, I get nervous when these things break the color coding. If I can't color-code something in my planner on the go, I will white-out over it and re-write whatever it was. For example, I write everything for Delta Zeta in pink, everything for Team 1864 (I'm a DU Tour Guide!) in red, everything for my History Colorado internship in blue, and everything for my Denver Art Museum internship in green! Special events and things related to Study Abroad are in purple (my favorite color). My to-do lists are usually in whatever pen is handy, probably black ballpoint.

My trusty Staedtler pack has made it through two years in college with me. They come in a nice plastic case, which is perfect for propping up when furiously reviewing French grammar or making an Ancient Near East study guide (people in fuchsia, important structures in turquoise, and intellectual concepts in maroon).

4. May Designs

These notebooks are seriously adorable. They come in so many different cover patterns, fonts, and monogram styles. I have one that I use to keep track of my assignments each week, and then I have them to keep my notes for my internships. Plus a cute one that I ordered kind of on a whim and don't know what to use it for yet. Sometimes, when I'm bored, I go to the website and play around with different notebook designs. I have a sticky note floating around with the different pattern-frame-monogram combinations that I would get on my May Books.
Something else I love about these books? The sticker on the back of the packaging says "People Against Ugly Notebooks." How perfect is that? I just wish they made full-size ones (by which I mean 8.5" x 11"), so I can use them in class.

5. Bic 4-Color Pen

I use this pen a lot in my language classes, especially when trying to memorize certain grammatical structures. It's helpful to write different parts of the sentences in different colors to emphasize certain points. Then, when I'm panicking to remember the concept during my exam, I think about what color I wrote it in and I can remember it. Random, but it usually works.

6. Poppin

This website makes me happy. Simple, beautiful, and colorful. I love the simplicity of their pens, and I love all the fun colors they come in! If I could get one of everything, I totally would.

My wishlist:

1. Tiffany & Co. Pen

I can't rationalize a $200 pen, but gosh is it pretty. The signature robin-egg blue accent, silver tone of the pen is just so quintessentially Tiffany. Maybe someday when I'm rich and famous (ha.).

2. Minnie and Emma Peonies 5" Notepad

I've recently become very into Minnie and Emma, mostly because of one of my favorite bloggers, Carly of The College Prepster. She has a collection at Minnie and Emma, and I AM IN LOVE WITH ALL OF IT. I have too many notepads at the moment, but if someone is just hankering to give me a gift, I will gladly accept this adorable notepad. :) With "Zoe" at the top, of course.

Do you have any office supplies that you can't live without?

Thanks for reading!



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