Like the fleeting crush on *that boy* in year 10, the summer holidays are whizzing past quicker than a cheetah driving a speedboat. September’s box will ease you into the 9-3 lifestyle though, even on those days when cramps are brewing up a storm in our stomachs and we have to play an hour of hockey. Introducing the only back-to-school prep you’ll need (apart from maybe some cute news shoes and a matching school bag)…

Stabilo Boss Original Pastel Highlighter

No new school year can begin without a pristine set of stationery, and pens don’t come prettier than this pastel highlighter. Stabilo have got this beauty so right and, as exams are unfortunately still a thing (urgh), at least this year you can revise in style.

Minifelts Iron On Patch

Patches are about making a statement, so spread good karma without saying a word, thanks to Minifelts. We all need some positive vibes when we’re stuck in homework hell, amiright? We have a slight feeling your head of year won’t like your blazer jazzed up though, so grab your backpack or favourite jeans and get ready for non-school uniform day.

Bubble T Lip Balm

We love Bubble T’s quirky products and their lip balm is no exception. With added jojoba oil to moisturise your lips, you’ll have soft, smooth smackers in no time… if you can resist licking off the balm, that is. The flavour is so sweet, you’ll want to eat it up, but don’t. It’s probably definitely not very nutritious…

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There are many things the world needs more of – love, peace, peanut butter Magnums, tights that actually stay up – but one thing we have no shortage of whatsoever is motivational quotes. They’re everywhere. On our walls, on our fridges, decorating our notebooks and cluttering up our Instagram feeds. They are the hot air that powers Pinterest like a jet engine.

But of course, they’re not always helpful. There are only so many times you can be told to ‘be a unicorn!’ before you want to smash your phone screen with your non-existent horn – and of all the genuinely cool and inspiring things Audrey Hepburn did in her time on earth, that quote about believing in pink ain’t one of them.

So as your antidote to all the whimsical sunsets, we’ve dug up 13 truly awesome quotes from some truly awesome women. Go kick some ass today – like yourself, not a unicorn.

(The hooves would just be impractical.)

“Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”

Marie M. Daly, the first African-American woman to to earn a PhD in Chemistry

 

“However many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there.”

Nora Ephron, first lady of American screenwriting

 

“If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I’m going.”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at four different Olympic Games.

 

“We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f***ing feminist and wear a f***ing Peter Pan collar. So f***ing what?”

Zooey Deschanel, your fringe icon and all-round comedy babe

 

“Everyone’s got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. That guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it.”

Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, from her book Year of Yes

 

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

JK Rowling, everyone’s favourite dream auntie

 

“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.”

Zelda Fitzgerald, Jazz Age legend, from her Collected Writings

 

“Be brave and fearless [enough] to know that even if you do make a wrong decision, you’re making it for a good reason.”

Adele. You know Adele.

 

“Because you don’t live near a bakery, doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.”

Hedy Lamarr, 1940s movie star and inventor, who developed the radio wave system that led to the modern creation of wi-fi (thanks Hedy!)

 

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Maya Angelou, author, poet and civil rights activist

 

“I say they should enjoy it while they can. You’ll be happy later to have taken pictures of yourself when you looked good. It’s human nature.”

Margaret Atwood, the Booker Prize-winning novellist, on (you guessed it) selfies

 

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai, female education activist and the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner.

What better motivation could you have before double Geography?

Image: Getty

The whole back to school thing is always weird – you’re excited to see all your friends again, but not excited to actually be back in classes. You want this term to be different, but also kinda the same. But no matter how your first week back went, you’ve probably thought some of these things at one point or another.

1. I’m going to wake up half an hour earlier so I can do yoga before school.

2. Oh, but it’s so warm under my duvet.

3. I’m just going to snooze my alarm once.

4. Fine, twice.

5. Three times is my absolute maximum.

6. Crap, now I’m late.

7. The fourth snooze may have been a mistake.

8. Oh well, surely sleeping is more relaxing than bending my body in weird directions and trying not to fart.

9. Has school always started this early?

10. Oww, Caroline got one of those Bardot fringes I want.

11. So did Stacey.

12. And Hannah.

13. Maybe I don’t want one now that everyone has one.

14. Nah, I definitely still want one.

15. The thing I miss most about holidays is having constant access to the fridge.

16. This term, I’m not going to eat my lunch at morning break.

17. Fine, I will today but only because I’m starving. Tomorrow, I’ll definitely save my lunch until lunch time.

18. I’m so tired. I’m used to my daily nap.

19. You should be able to nap at school like you can in pre-school.

20. Woah. There’s something different about Sam – is it the clothes? The skin? The hair?

21. Who cares – Sam is now officially HOT.

22. Ohmigod. Sam just smiled at me so I don’t even care that it’s lunch time and all I have left is a measly apple and a muesli bar.

23. Damnit. Katie got the same backpack as me for Christmas. Now we’re going to look weird when we walk next to each other.

24. I hope she doesn’t think I copied her.

25. Maybe she copied me.

26. HOME TIME! I’m getting into my pyjamas immediately and turning on Netflix.

27. Urgh, I forgot I had homework to do.

28. What sort of evil teacher gives people homework the first week back?! Aren’t we suffering enough?

29. Maybe I’ll do some yoga instead.

30. *PARP*

31. That fart was so loud our neighbours might have heard it.

32. Yep, I was right, sleep is definitely more relaxing.

Are you bready for this?

Who hasn’t opened their lunch after a particularly gruelling double maths, their stomach growling, their mouth already drooling, only to reveal a limp Marmite sarnie or a lacklustre tuna roll?

Well, no longer. This back-to-school season we’re bringing you droolsome sandwich inspiration that will feed your creativity and your stomachs.

There will be crumbs.

1) Egg, bacon and avocado bagel

Hungry betches bagel
Image: @hungrybetches

This account has so many delicious sandwiches that looking through them all is somewhere in between a dream come true and a really bizarre form of torture. This bad boy is one of those beautiful sandwiches that is appropriate at any time of day. Egg, bacon, avocado, cheese. Load it up and chow down for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

2) Spaghetti and cheese

Spaghetti sandwich
Image: @eatlifetothefullest

We understand that this might be a divisive sandwich. To some people, the idea of piling spaghetti into a sandwich will be revolting. To those people we say, “Rubbish, this is obviously the best idea anyone has had since putting tiny cactuses in tiny vases and selling them for £12.”

3) Med-style chickpeas and salad

Mediterranean sandwich
Image: @zenanzaatar

A little something for all the vegetarians and vegans out there… This Mediterranean-style chickpea sandwich with red onion, tomato, cucumber, mashed avocado and vegan tzatziki looks like something out of Pret’s technicolour dreams – but with a little forward-planning, it could be right there in your rucksack.

4) Avocado and literally everything

Avocado sandwiches
Image: @thelittleflowerpetal

Avocado is your basic bae. It goes with everything – so why stop at feta or eggs? Chicken? Sure. Fruit? Too easy. Marmite? Why not. You’re young, go wild.

5) Tomato, pesto and mozzarella hot dog

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Image: @spoonuniversity

Sausage sandwiches are the people’s sandwich. They are the sandwiches of football games and summer holidays. But here’s a food truck taking the sausage sandwich to a whole new level, with tomato, pesto, mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. Someone hand us a napkin.

6) Cookie ice cream sandwich

Cookie ice cream sandwich
Image: @buffbake

And of course, a cookie sandwich filled with ice cream and choc chips. Because your dessert stomach is still rumbling, right?

It’s really important to get a good night’s sleep, especially if you’ve got school the next day. Sleep makes you happy and alert so you can concentrate on important things like Beyonce’s new video or what chocolate bar you want for an after-school snack (I’m all about Kinder Buenos, FYI).

Thing is, it’s hard to relax when there’s friends to text, books to read and Snapchat filters to try. If you’re having trouble switching off your brain, this relaxing bedtime routine should have you drifting off in no time. Sweet dreams!

Back to school means stationery, which means Paperchase!

bettygirls Lauren and Lily went and looked at all the things they liked in Paperchase 2016, before choosing their back-to-school picks.

Lily chose a binder from the gold spot kraft range, some washi tape covered in tiny stars, and two pens.

Lauren chose a multi-list book, some stamps, and some giant paperclips.

The Paralympics have started, Drake and Rhianna have matching tats, Zoella has launched a new homewares line and schools across the country have reopened their doors/claws… so it’s been a busy week all round.

Here’s what we’ve been doing, loving and obsessing over this week.

Has Hiddleswift gone down in flames? 

Huge news: Hiddleswift might have come to a swift end. After their three month round the world romance that took them to more places than most people go on their entire gap year, a source told Us magazine that she was the one to put the brakes on their publicity stu– sorry, we mean ‘relationship.’

The source explained that “Tom wanted the relationship to be more public than she was comfortable with. Taylor knew the backlash that comes with public displays of affection but Tom didn’t listen to her concerns when she brought them up.”

Tom, don’t say she didn’t, say she didn’t warn ya.

The most offensive inoffensive shoes

Over 70 students from a school in Kent have been sent home this week for “inappropriate” uniform. The principal of Hartsdown Academy said that some students had arrived in tracksuits and “skin-tight” clothes – the horror!! One student was sent home two days in a row, once for not having her blazer and the second time for having the wrong shoes.

Mr Tate argued that following the uniform rules leads to better behaviour and grades. Because everyone knows that wearing the wrong black brogues is a stepping stone to a life of violent crime.

Ps. these are the shoes in question. We know, we know.

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Baby, I love your style

Drake’s been making headlines all over this place this week. Firstly, he and Rihanna made their maybe-not-sure-it’s-possible relationship official (and permanent) with matching dolphin tattoos, then his song One Dance was named the Song of the Summer by Spotify.

Instagram account @drakeonacake totally called it.

Drake on a cake

Why didn’t we think of this?

Genius 16-year-old Beau Jessup has made £48,000 from a website she created to give Chinese babies English names.

Beau came up with the idea after her family took a trip to China and she was asked to name a family friend’s newborn baby (it’s common for Chinese babies to have an English name as well as a Chinese one). In China, parents pick their child’s name based on the characteristics they hope their baby will possess, so Beau took that idea and translated it into English. The service costs 60p a pop, she’s named over 200,000 babies so far, and given us all new career goals too. 

special name

Catching Zs with Zoella

Zoella has is launching her brand new homeware range, and betty was invited along! There’s rose gold and copper aplenty, there’s pom-poms and pastels galore. Want a ‘Z’ shaped light? She’s got twenty. OR MAYBE MOOOOOORRRRRREEEEEE.

Zoella's Apartment

Has someone turned up the heat?

You may have noticed that it’s been freakishly hot outside. Which, no big deal, but we totally predicted.

The tardy heatwave has had some of us lusting after summer holidays and others lusting after weather that will let us play with our winter wardrobes again. But don’t worry, we’re got you covered either way with our six autumn buys you can start wearing now – watch this space tomorrow. 

Image of gold heal, rust sateen V neck cami, Asos oversized scarf with print and sleeveless dress

Inspiration and perspiration

The end of the Olympics left a big, five ringed hole in our hearts (and our TV schedules).

Luckily, the Paralympics kicked off this week, so we can go back to obsessing over medal tallies and swimming times. More than 4,300 athletes from 159 nations, and two incredible refugees, have made their way to Rio to change people’s perceptions of what is possible. We’ll be cheering them on all the way.

Paralympics opening ceremony

Slipping on your school uniform can feel like the final nail in the coffin of you summer holidays. No more lazy summer afternoons in the garden, no more waking up at 10am and staying in your pyjamas all morning, no more spontaneous trips to the seaside. Even if you never actually did a spontaneous trip to the seaside – too late, now you can’t.

But while your uniform is unavoidable, there are ways to brighten up your school wardrobe (and escape the wrath of teachers too). From fun brooches to sparkly phone cases, we’ve scoured the internet to find 9 things that will keep that summer feelin’ alive a little bit longer.

Space cadet

Space Patches

You could pop these on your blazer or on your bag or on your jumper (they would look truly awesome on your jumper, until you get told to take them off). Perfect for anyone who has their head in the clouds.

Space Brooches, The Hambledon, £7.50

Undercover hair ties

Green Badzees

The brilliance of Bandzee is that they’re hair bands that are pretty enough to be worn as bracelets. So if you come across any eagle eyed teachers, you can just pop your hair in a ponytail. Crisis averted.

School Green, Bandzee, £5.95

Booby trap

Booby Pins

Yeah, yeah, they’re boobs. And it might be a little hard to get away with these at school. But why not give one to your bestie and keep the other for yourself? To onlookers, they’ll just look like a cute round pin but you two will know their true meaning. #BosomBuddies.

Boob Pins, CoucouSuzette, £11.42

Scarf-ace

Excellent Headscarf

This can be worn as a bandana, a headscarf or an actual scarf. The possibilities are endless.

Black Chain Animal Print Bandana, New Look, £7.99

Cover up

Coke Phone Case
You might not be allowed your phone out in class, but with this cover your teacher won’t even be able to tell. Well, they will. But look how pretty! Ahhh.
Anyone suddenly thirsty? See, distraction works wonders.

Coke iPhone Case, Skinny Dip, £16

Spot the difference

Spotty Socks

They’re navy, kinda. And everyone knows that navy is king of the sensible, totally school-appropriate colours. Right?

Dalea Dot Socks Classic Navy, The Hambledon, £7

Bird watch

Flamingo Key Ring

If you’re at an extra-strict school with drab regulation school bags, this little guy might be able to brighten up your day. And minimise the chance of walking off with some other kid’s lunch.

Flamingo Luggage Tag, Skinny Dip, £6

Put a ring on it

Tassel

Or maybe this glam tassel is more your style? Soothing to stroke in long assemblies, like a small pet.

Embellished Tassel Key Ring, & Other Stories, £7

Pup these in
Dog earrings

Adorable but discreet, you can probably even get away with these studs at school. Breaking uniform rules? Not a sausage.

Sid Sausage Dog Studs, Oliver Bonas, £9.50

Hair that looks great and takes less than 20 minutes to do is #goals, and in this video Danielle from Tangle Angel takes us through three different back to school hairstyles you can do really quickly in the morning.

The three easy school hairstyles are a half-up style that twists the hair into a bow, two cute buns for curly hair, and a twisted ponytail.

Look out for a similar video for afro hair in the next few weeks, and if you try any of these styles then post a picture on Instagram and tag @bettycollective so we can see it!

School is officially back in session.

For the Hermiones of this world, this is amazing news. For everyone else, the disappointment is similar to when you remember that JK has said that she’ll never write another book about Harry *sob*.

Either way, to help you keep that summer holiday feeling alive a little while longer, we’ve put together a playlist of our favourite holiday tunes.

DNCE – Toothbrush

Baby, you don’t have to rush. When school goes back and the homework starts mounting up again it can be hard to hold onto that summer feeling. Thank god for Friday night sleepovers.

 

Madonna – Holiday

The lyrics say it all:

“If we took a holiday/ Took some time to celebrate/ Just one day out of life/ It would be, it would be so nice.” It WOULD be nice, wouldn’t it? Nicer than GCSE algebra.

 

Maggie Rogers –  Alaska

Maggie Rogers’ voice sounds like what we imagine a woodland elf might sound like. Let her beautiful voice sooth your back to school woes.  

 

Metronomy – Night Owl

This might be the weirdest video clip in the world but this song is perfect for the bus ride to school and reflecting on how many new freckles you picked up this summer. 

 

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling

We know you’ve all heard it a thousand times but don’t tell us it doesn’t want to make you get up and dance. Ok, but you’re lying. Holidays might be over but JT isn’t going anywhere, which is a pretty good thing to dance about.

 

Closer – Chainsmokers ft Halsey

Arguably the song of the summer. We have had this song on repeat for the last few days and haven’t been able to resist the nodding dog head-bop that goes along with it.

 

Stooshe – Let it go

Nope, we’re not talking about the one sung by Elsa. The perfect song for when you’re getting ready for school or dancing around the field with your friends. 

 

Destiny’s Child – Survivor

You might be back at school, but like Queen Bey says, you’re a survivor. You’ve totally got this, girl.

Image: Getty

Choosing a school bag is a bit like choosing a chemistry partner (or a chemistry partner, if you know what we mean).

You want them to be reliable and strong, but also look good on your shoulder and cute in photographs.

They need to give you all the space you need, but also open up whenever you need that too.

You need to be able to trust them to hold on to your most valuable things, and not kick up a fuss if they have to sit on the floor for a bit.

So here’s a roundup of the bags we’re crushing on. Cue heart eyes.

The Party Animal

ASOS bag

The life of the party. It’s a bag that will turn heads in the street and make all your friends swoon.

ASOS structured metallic shopper bag, ASOS, £22

 

The Safe Bet

H_M with ties

Timeless and reliable. This is the bag you marry/do a perfect A* chemistry project with.

Shopper with ties, H&M, £14.99

 

The Sweet One

New Look backpack

Adorable and comfy. If it had thumbs, it would always text to make sure you got home ok.

Pink leather-look backpack, New Look, £19.99

The Traveller

 

Hollister

 

This bag is colourful and exciting and it’s in for the long haul. This bag will stay with you wherever you want to go.

Printed nylon backpack, Hollister, £29 

 

The Deep One

Boohoo bag

This bag has depth. Sure, sometimes things will get lost at the bottom, but on the plus side it’s willing to take on all of your emotional baggage.

Contrast panel snake effect shopper bag, Boohoo, £6

The Chiller

H_M Shopper

This bag is super relaxed, it’s happy to do whatever you want. It’ll happily eat cereal for dinner and wear pyjamas all day. Though if you crave an organised treasure trove of compartments, this probably isn’t for you.

Shopper, H&M, £14.99

 

The Fling

Paperchase bag

This is the bag that probably won’t last forever, but is so fun you don’t really care.

Cosmetics shopper bag, Paperchase, £6.50

Image: Katie Edmunds

We love notebooks. You love notebooks. Everyone loves notebooks. Notebooks are like the lipbalms of stationery. You rarely actually finish them but you’re always happy to receive them, and you can never, ever have too many.

Which is why, when we discovered Papier, we let them enter our hearts and empty our wallets.

Papier are a London-based company that have partnered with amazing illustrators and designers to create a collection of notebooks (and, brace yourself, they also have greetings cards) that you can personalise. And the best news of all, their gorgeous notebooks are all £12.99. No exceptions.

Fruity Lady

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Everyone has a Fruity Lady friend in their life. The friend who dances in the supermarket and gets obsessive about fancy dress parties. This is the perfect gift for the Fruity Lady in your life (even if that’s you).

Fruity Lady notebook, Papier, £12.99

Orange triangle

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We are pretty sure that this was designed with the betty team in mind. It’s colourful and fun and the pinks and oranges will remind us what summer looks like, even when we’re in the deepest days of February.

Orange triangle notebook, Papier, £12.99

Bear

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This is a bear holding a sign that says yay. This notebook is appropriate for pretty much any human, on pretty much every occasion. It fulfills the dream notebook trifecta of being adorable, uplifting and having an animal holding a sign.

Bear notebook, Papier, £12.99 

Maureen

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Leaves are officially in, and this print is mighty cool for something named after your auntie. For those of you who are saying, ‘But what about the pineapple?’ don’t panic. There is room for both and Papier have you covered. Thanks, Maureen.

Maureen notebook, Papier, £12.99

 Spring Dahlias

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Spring is a time for joy and baby animals. It’s a time for pretty flowers and new life and pretty blank notebooks. Spring literally could not be further away in the calendar year… but with this notebook, you can carry it in your hand all year round.

Spring dahlias notebook, Papier, £12.99

 

Image: Katie Edmunds/Papier