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25 Dorm Room Essentials from Amazon to Make Your Space Feel Like Home

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Summer break is almost over, meaning it’s time to start shopping for dorm décor. Your bedroom back home is probably decorated from ceiling to floor in your favorite color, with tons of books, plus some posters. Unfortunately, you can’t fit your entire home in a suitcase and take it with you to college. Thankfully, Amazon has your dorm décor covered with affordable appliances, bedding, and wall decorations. 

Whether this is your first time living in a dorm or your fourth semester in one, you know that there’s a lengthy list of dos and don’ts for decorating your dorm. For example, you can’t paint your dorm room. Still, Amazon has plenty of home decorations to make those plain walls a bit more trendy. After all, your room to life with some hanging lights and a colorful cork bulletin board. Of course, you can’t just think about décor when it comes to your dorm room.

Every dorm room needs the essentials (aside from textbooks). Mini fridges, air purifiers, and microwaves make college life simpler. You can store that sandwich you snagged from the dining hall in your mini fridge. Obviously, air purifiers work overtime to make musty rooms smell fresh—and they make your seasonal allergies a bit more bearable. And do we really need to explain why a microwave is handy? No, because everyone knows a microwave in your dorm saves you from a late-night trip to the kitchenette or dining hall.

Apart from wall décor and dorm-safe appliances, your dorm room should feel welcoming. Need a visual or two? Add these 25 dorm room essentials to your carts ASAP. 

Shop Dorm Bedding Essentials

When you think of home, you probably think of your cozy bed. All your favorite pillows, comforters, and colorful blankets are just a few items that make your bed so comfortable. Even if you’re stuck using a bunk bed this academic year, you can still elevate your bedding with a comforter set in your favorite color. Plus, plenty of other comfortable bed essentials are available on Amazon.

The microfiber fabric makes this a comfortable option for any college dorm room. Plus, the tufted design makes this bedding set seem more elegant. 

$53$40


Add a pop of color to your bed with this knitted throw blanket that comes in 16 different colors.

$41$20


Dorm mattresses can be uncomfortable, to say the least. But you don’t need to suffer through a semester (or more) of back pain because of it. Add a gel-infused memory foam mattress to your bed for some additional cushioning. 

$90$80


Who can sleep without a pillow of two? Seriously, if you can sleep without a pillow, we’re only slightly worried about you.

$41$33


 

Shop Dorm Organization and Storage Essentials

Keeping your dorm room tidy is always a struggle. You don’t need to clean it 24/7, but you will want to keep it in tip-top shape. From storage ottomans to closet organizers, Amazon has a handful of organization and storage options that will keep your clutter out of sight.

This bedside attachment gives you a convenient place to put your phone or water bottle while you sleep. So you don’t have to use a bulky end table (if you were lucky enough to get a dorm room without a bunk bed, that is).

$55$43


The perfect organizer to keep your cosmetics, jewelry, hair accessories neat and easy to find. 

$16


This hanging organizer is an essential for your dorm or apartment room closet to stay organized. Plus, it comes with 3 removable drawers that can fit inside the unit or used separately for more storage. 

$30$27
WITH COUPON


Store extra sets of sheets, towels, blankets, and any other items in this collapsible storage ottoman. 

$28$22


Declutter and save space in your dorm room or apartment with this shoe organizer.

$24$13


These drawer organizers will help you keep all your favorite outfits organized. 

$16$15


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Everyone decorates their dorm differently. After all, we all have different styles. Want to lay down a shag rug and call your dorm decorated? Amazon has the rug for the job. If you need your throw pillows to make your dorm livable, Amazon has a throw pillow in virtually every colorway and shape possible. (Say hello to your new favorite flower-shaped throw pillow!)

This crystal table lamp with amp up the ambiance in your dorm (or at least on your desk). Plus, this lamp acts as a charging station for your phone or tablet.

$40$30


Liven up your dorm room with a fluffy shade area rug. Opt for 4 different sizes and 8 color options. 

$21$20
WITH COUPON


Clip this LED lamp onto the side of your bed or your desk, then you’re ready to start studying (physically at least, mentally is another story).

$19$18
WITH COUPON


Use it as a decorative throw pillow or as a floor pillow for when your friends visit. After all, we all know how sparse seating can be in a dorm room.

$17


Add some fun to your dorm room desk with this armless fuzzy chair.

$280$107


Shop Dorm Appliance Essentials

College dorm rooms are typically tiny, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit a small coffee maker or vacuum in your room. After all, caffeine and clean floors are necessities regardless of where you live on campus. 

Standing at 20 inches tall and 12 inches wide, this mini Cuckoo air purifier is ideal for a dorm room. It helps eliminate allergens, dust, odor and mold up to a distance of 228 square feet.

$100$83


A slim, cordless vacuum cleaner that weighs just at 7.5 pounds. The two-speed brushroll works on both carpet and hard floors. 

$160$148


Stay cool at all times with this Honeywell Air Circulator Fan that is small enough to fit on a desk or night table. 

$20$17


The slim design makes it easy to fit this Keurig coffee maker on your desk, so you can enjoy some fresh coffee all semester.

$80


Hydro Chill technology pulls in hot air through an evaporative air cooling filter and turns it into cool, refreshing air instantly. 

$40$38


The electric blue adds a pop of color to your dorm. Not to mention, this microwave is compact enough to fit on your dresser or desk.

$90$70


Shop Dorm Wall Décor Essentials

So you’ve decorated your bed, floor, desk, and bathroom (if you have one). Now, it’s time to cover your dorm walls in decorations. Nobody likes plain walls or a simple bulletin board, but it’s better than beige dorm walls. Want to change that? Beyond bulletin boards, we have the wall décor to inspire your inner interior decorator below.

Hang these string lights on the dorm wall. They’re easy to install and use in any dorm room.

$17$12
WITH COUPON


These hanging shelves can be used to store and display items around your dorm room or apartment. 

$39$27


Decorate your dorm windows with a printed curtain set. Plus, these work as blackout curtains, so you can easily catch that power nap before your next class.

$31$27


This diamond print bulletin board is a decoration in itself. Continue decorating it with your favorite photos of your friends or some stadium ticket stubs. By the way, this bulletin board comes in 10 different sizes.

$58


 

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Kate Middleton Out-Suited Prince William as They Touched Down in Boston

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“Catherine and I are delighted to be back in the United States and are extremely grateful to Governor Baker and the first lady of Massachusetts for their warm welcome into Boston,” said the heir to the throne. “On this, our first overseas visit since the death of my grandmother, I would like to thank the people of Massachusetts and particularly of Boston for their many tributes paid to the late queen,” he added. “She remembered her 1976 bicentennial visit with great fondness.”

Bicentennial of what, exactly? Oh yeah, that time we ditched the monarchy! AMERICA!!!! The prince added, “To the people of Boston, thank you. I’m so grateful to you for allowing us to host the second year of the Earthshot Prize in your great city. Catherine and I can’t wait to meet many of you in the days ahead.”

The pair looked simply spiffy, both in dark suits, William wearing his over his usual shirt and tie, with Kate Middleton opting for a dark turtleneck beneath her eggplant ensemble.

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Dare I say Kate does suits even better than her husband? I also like the sparkly but not too flashy earrings, because they’re business-appropriate but also, if you met a princess, wouldn’t you want her to be wearing some jewels? I know I would. (This pair also happen to have belonged to Princess Diana, which is cool.)

Kate Middleton, please have some baked beans and tell us what you think!


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The Princess of Wales Greets Boston in a Tartan Dress

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Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, have touched down in Boston for their first visit stateside in eight years. And though they’ve been on U.S. soil for less than a day, Middleton has already turned out two noteworthy looks. 

The first was the smart suit she wore to deplane, which coordinated with her husband’s similarly dapper attire. The second, for a meeting with Boston’s mayor Michelle Wu and an address to the city, is a green tartan dress from Burberry, an Alexander McQueen coat, a Mulberry handbag, and Shyla London earrings. 

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The dress is not only appropriate for the festive season, but also serves as a subtle nod to St. Andrew’s Day, which honors the patron saint of Scotland. (Not coincidentally, the royal couple first met while studying at the University of St Andrews in Fife, and the princess has often worn plaid during visits to the country over the years.) The color felt especially fitting after the couple’s first official event in Boston ended with the mayor lighting the city’s landmarks green. 

The couple is in the U.S. for the second annual Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony on Friday, which will honor five environmentalists selected by a council that includes Prince William and Sir David Attenborough. Addressing a gathered crowd braving the rain, William said, “Catherine and I firmly believe that we all have it in ourselves to achieve great things, and that human beings have the ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve.”

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6 Winter Nail Colors to Try Now, According to the Pros

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Whether a little bit glam or a little bit goth, dark winter nail colors are always a striking signal of the season. Some match their dusk-by-five surroundings with a navy blue or a vampy Bordeaux, while others reflect a certain attitude or emotional expression. For example, a vinyl midnight manicure is a timeless classic in the fashion and music worlds. 

“I started doing my own nails and wearing black and dark blue nails when I was 12 years old,” says Desire frontwoman Megan Louise, who we caught stepping off a flight from Paris after DJing Chanel’s store reopening on Saint Honoré this week. At the time, her mother disapproved, and now, “I still think it makes me feel a bit rebellious going on 37,” says Louise. “The dark nail is your little black dress, after all.” She’s worn Chanel Le Vernis in Rhythm, a celestial blue, for as long as she can remember, and an Hermès polish in Brun Bistre that hasn’t left her mind since she stumbled on it during her European tour. “My Berlin friend Ava Vegas had it on her coffee table, and I just had to try it—the brown metallic color looks really lush and rich, the perfect combo for a moody winter look.” For nail artist Holly Falcone, who keyed NYFW shows for Sandy Liang, Batsheva, and Susan Alexandra this season, the look is a fashion staple. “A dark nail is like a great leather accessory,” says Falcone. “It’s especially chic in the winter and translates through all the different holidays and events winter can bring.” 

Then, there are the optical tricks that dark nails perform. According to New York City editorial pro Jin Soon Choi, cold weather has the potential to “render skin tones toward the cool side of the light spectrum, but some unexpected hues can enhance and bring out your skin’s natural warmth,” she says, frequenting Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Nuit, a deep red, and her own Absolute Black polish for the season. “Darker colors are also always flattering to every nail shape, short or long,” says nail artist Sonya Belakhlef, who works with clients like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michaela Jae Rodriguez, and Natasha Lyonne. They point to the darkwave, Matrix-centric, and emo revival moments happening on runways and red carpets as a proof that it’s more than a seasonal shift. “Fashion is getting ‘edgier’ so dark nails have been in,” says Belakhlef. “But it’s easy to justify it in the winter!” 

Here, the pros share the winter nail colors they’re wearing and using on clients– including the onyx OPI hue that turned up at practically every award show of 2022. 

Deep Reds

“These iconic deep reds never go out of style,” says Soon. “They are the most recognized color in fashion among models and fashionistas.” As proof, at Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2023 show, nail artist Mo Qin used Essie polish in wine-red Wicked on models’s fingers and toes for the runway. “A deep, vampy red is always in for a sultry winter,” says Falcone, who notes that it’s great alone or “used for a moody French manicure.” To play off of changing temperatures, Belakhlef likes Cirque Colors polish in Rothko Red, which “changes to dark oxblood red when cold and bright crimson red when warm.”

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Désir

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Nuit 1947

Essie Nail Polish in Wicked

Cirque Colors Nail Polish in Rothko Red

Absolute Blacks

Pushing red carpet ensembles to the very edge, OPI’s GelColor in Black Onyx was 2022’s award season winner. The shade was seen on Olivia Rodrigo and Addison Rae at the Grammys, Laverne Cox at the Academy Awards, Lil Nas X at the VMAs, and Lizzo at the Emmys. Falcone describes the short onyx nail as “a clean look with a slightly rebellious edge” and likes an ultra-glossy finish with a top coat like Orly’s Shining Armor quick-dry formula “so the black looks creamy and shiny, rather than dull.” Soon notes that black nails work for everyone—like a tailored suit. “They are so rich that they starkly contrast with many skin tones much like a black wardrobe does,” she says.

OPI GelColor in Black Onyx

Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in Crystal Black

JINsoon Nail Polish in Absolute Black

Ciaté Plant Pots Natural Strengthening Nail Polish in Unrestricted Glam

Midnight Blues

Navy and night-sky blues are the choice of new romantics—like Louise’s favorite Chanel polish in Rhythm, a shade the musician is unabashedly obsessed with. Belakhlef describes Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Bleu Encre as “the dark and intense blue of the receding night at the break of dawn.” And for the season, Falcone points out that “midnight blues always reflect the cold weather and are somewhat expected for winter,” she says. But in the spirit of adding a touch of heat, she pays close attention to the undertones. “I like a royal blue with a slight warm undertone to it, so the look isn’t so chilly,” adds Falcone.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Polish in Rhythm

Hermès Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Bleu Encre

Tenoverten Nail Color in Commerce

Glassy Evergreens

Mossy evergreen nails are what Falcone describes as “midnight greens” that look best in intensely pigmented shades with a glassy finish. (Interestingly, Mignights queen Taylor Swift has been wearing the hue on and off stage for years). “Midnight greens are perfect for the cold weather,” she says. “It’s actually really earthy, like the forest outside a winter cabin.” For wet-look shine, Orly’s Glosser topcoat creates a protective barrier with a salon finish at home. 

Static Nails Liquid Glass Nail Polish in Billiard Room

Paintbox Nail Lacquer in Like Wild

Manicurist Paris Green Nail Polish in Green Poison

Miniluxe Pure Polish in Evergreen

Chocolate Browns

The cocoa shade of Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Brun Bistre that drew in Louise and fellow musician Ava Vegas is setting the tone. “Richly pigmented chocolate metallic shimmer is the perfect nail color to evoke the coziness of the season,” says Belakhlef. They describe Orly’s metallic Stop the Clock lacquer as “a perfect luxurious neutral for those looking to add some interest without straying too far from the classics.” And for those that prefer a sparkle-free finish, there’s power in its depth. “I love a grayish brown as a dark neutral shade for the winter,” says Falcone. “It’s like a dark taupe that reads neutral and is flattering when we lose our summer tans.”

Hermès Les Mains Hermès Nail Enamel in Brun Bistre

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Nail Color in Farida

Orly Nail Lacquer in Stop The Clock

Le Chat Dare To Wear Nail Lacquer in Fabulous Boot Camp

Metallic Charcoals

There’s something a bit Sci-Fi about the metallic charcoal nail that feels particularly relevant this season. New York-based label KAIMIN (known for collaborations with artists like Björk, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and BlackPink) tapped nail artist Junko Uyama for holographic slate nails. They tipped off its Meta Couture collection of augmented reality and IRL fashion that debuted last month. Then, for something a bit glam, there’s the glittery gunmetal Twilight Tones shade of OPI that artist Eri Ishizu painted on Lizzo for this year’s BET awards. Belakhlef calls a “near-black holo a must” and calls KBShimmer’s Stark Raven Mad a favorite. “In the light, the linear holo comes through, adding a pop of rainbow goodness,” they promise. 

OPI Gel Nail Polish in Twilight Tones

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in I’m Coming Out

Côte Nail Polish in No.95 Shimmery Slate Grey

KBShimmer Holographic Polish in Stark Raven Mad



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