Top 10 Back To School Essentials

Here's How Our CEO Is Gearing Up For The School Year

Here's How Our CEO Is Gearing Up For The School Year

Believe it or not, the time to trade in your beach bags for backpacks has officially arrived, which means it's also time to start prepping that back-to-school checklist. Chances are you've already got one in the works for your kiddos, but what about for yourself? If not, don't fret—Rank & Style is here to help you gear up for the school year with a roundup of 10 back-to-school essentials our CEO, Jamie Chandlee, is buying. As a full-time boss babe and mom of two, Jamie is all about staying organized and stress-free during the season of hectic early mornings, crazy carpool routes, and hours of soccer game cheering—and she looks dang good while doing it, too. From glow-boosting eye masks and morning-coffee must-haves to lunch-box accessories for you and the little ones alike, the CEO-approved back-to-school buys that follow are guaranteed to get you through the upcoming year in style. 

Love our CEO's 10 Back To School Essentials? Check out our 10 Best Kids Backpacks for more top-ranked finds!

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August 7, 2019

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Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bag

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JAMIE SAYS: "These reusable bags can do it all. They are microwave-, dishwasher-, and freezer-safe and can be used to boil veggies on the stovetop. Because of their durable silicone and pinch-lock seal, they're also great for packing snacks for your kids' lunches and to use when traveling." 

LittleHippo Mella Ready to Rise Children's Trainer, Alarm Clock, Night Light and Sleep Sounds Machine

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JAMIE SAYS: "This is genius! Helps my kids stick to a routine and more importantly keeps them in their bed until it’s 'time to wake!'"

Purederm Deluxe Collagen Eye Mask Collagen Pads

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JAMIE SAYS: "Always a staple in my morning routine! With less sleep in the coming weeks, this will be my lifesaver!" 

Yeti Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler w/MagSlider Lid

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JAMIE SAYS: "Morning coffee is a ritual in my house and the Yeti Rambler keeps it warm through school drop-off and morning meetings." 

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer

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Best Dewy

If you’re looking for a product that will give you a fresh, dewy finish, the Wonderglow Face Primer is for you. It’s formulated with collagen-packed peptides and other anti-aging supplements that help create a flawless, poreless complexion—no makeup required.

Here’s a trick we picked up from Sephora; to get your best glow from this primer (even if you’re over 40), apply it before and after putting on your foundation. Once your foundation is set, gently massage a walnut-sized amount of Wonderglow on top for an extra boost of luminosity.

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Cruelty Free

Meartchy Stripe Headbands

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JAMIE SAYS: "Besides my dry shampoo addiction, headbands are my answer to second-day hair. They have saved me from one too many bad hair days. My daughter has jumped on the bandwagon too!" 

Everlane Tread The Trainer

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JAMIE SAYS: "Back to school means I'm constantly on the go. For days I'm running back and forth between the school, office, and home, a pair of sneakers is a must. Lately, I've been into Everlane's new trainer from their Tread collection. They're the perfect mix of style and comfort." 

Clare V. Simple Stripe Suede Tote

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JAMIE SAYS: "The amount of things that I have with me on a given day may shock you. This tote is the perfect size for carrying everything you need and looks great with work or casual wear."

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

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JAMIE SAYS: "This is the most comfortable pair of leggings I own. When the new school year starts back up, you can bet I'll be living in these."

Madewell Denim Jacket

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JAMIE SAYS: "Everything looks better when you throw a denim jacket over it. Perfect with a sundress or my workout leggings, this jacket is essential to my day-to-day." 

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