Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My 7 Workday Essentials

Sometimes getting through the workday can be.. well.. work. Between looking professional, keeping organized, staying hydrated, and rocking your job- today's career girl has a ton on her plate! I have by no means mastered how to get through perfectly, but I do have some essentials that I can't get through my day without.

Workday Essentials
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Trench. This is my favorite work wear item that I own. I absolutely love how versatile this jacket is! The removable liner inside is perfect for this crazy VA weather, and it helps me to transition this jacket through more seasons. It even has a detachable hood!

Bag. I am currently on the hunt for a new work tote. My current choice is a mustard yellow compartmentalized tote from Target. It has been a trooper, but the straps are on the verge of breaking at this point! I love the different pockets and pouches to keep me organized and the size to carry everything from my planner to my laptop! I am going to need to shop around some more, but having a professional looking yet functional bag is key in my day-to-day.

Planner. As I just mentioned, my planner goes everywhere with me. I keep my outlook calendar up-to-date, but I really love carrying around my paper one to access quickly. Everything from dinner plans to dentist appointments to work events go in here to help me remember them! I love Sugar Paper products, and have been using the brown and gold line available at Target for the past 2 years. They are cute, functional, and high-quality!

Wedges. I basically live in the black JCrew wedges. They are just high enough to make me feel professional, yet low enough to keep my feet comfortable. The patent material goes with just about everything in my closet and is super easy to keep clean. Two thumbs up from me!

Wallet. When I first started working, I didn't have an envelope wallet because I rarely carried a purse large enough to fit one. Now that I'm living out of a work bag, having an all-inclusive wallet to throw from bag to purse is a must! It keeps me from forgetting anything, and is easy to grab to take to lunch or into Starbucks without lugging the whole bag.

Travel Mug. Although I have really enjoyed my new routine change regarding my morning coffee, I still take a Tervis to work with me every day (even if it's empty!). I am a fan of the reusable aspect and how cute they are! I am able to get it filled at any coffee shop and they keep drinks the correct temperature- crucial detail!

Water Bottle. To be perfectly honest, I have a hard time staying hydrated throughout the week. I have a scale that measures my weight, BMI, and it also reports my percent water in my body. I have been trying to keep it up in the healthy range- which for women is 45-60% of total weight- and one of the easiest ways to do that is to simply have water with me! I find that if I wait until I'm thirsty to grab some water, I end up drinking less. If it's by my side all day I WILL drink it! I am a fan of Camelbak because I don't have to worry about spilling.

What are your workday essentials? Do you have any secrets to surviving your workday?


  1. Water is my #1! I keep a Nalgene full throughout the day, and the trips to the water cooler are a good break from the computer screens. Those Sugar Paper planners really are the best!

    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

    1. I totally agree! It's important to get up and get away from the computer screen as much as possible during your days.

  2. Before I got my lilly planner, I used that exact Sugar Paper planner! I now use it for blog planning a little. :)

  3. I always bring water, a planner, and a little notebook to just down my daily to do list to work each day. :)

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

    1. I love to-do lists! Having paper on hand to jot those down is a great idea!

  4. great :) love your blog :) have a nice day :)


  5. I can't live without water or coffee.Great essentials.

  6. Awesome items!


  7. Great items!

  8. I adore the Tory Burch bag you have pictured. I've been drooling over that and the Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B bag! I agree that they're key for a working girl!
    -Chelsey // AndEverythingNice

    1. One of my co-workers just got it in black, and it really is as amazing as it looks! Just gotta get over the price tag shock!

  9. Love this! I have been needing a new pair of wedges. I'll have to check out the ones that you posted :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  10. Omgosh I'm soo bad at drinking water too but I recently started bringing a water bottle to work and it has helped a lot!!! Great work essentials!


    1. I think it's the secret to proper hydration. You've gotta have it at your fingertips!

  11. Love this!I too am pretty terrible at drinking water during the day, but it's SO important. A water bottle like this is a great idea. xo

    Lets follow each other!!

  12. My Sugar Planner is my go to notebook and I'm looking for a nice pair of wedges too, if only it was cold enough to wear a trench because I love the look of them!



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