Wednesday, 5 February 2014

What's in my workbag

I've never been a girl scout but somehow I still seem to stick to the motto: Be Prepared, since every time I leave the house it feels like I've brought everything with me that I could possibly need but the kitchen sink. I've even been known to take a spare pair of tights with me to work, just in case you get a pesky ladder, and for me that would just ruin an entire outfit - even if it had been all Chanel! At the same time I absolutely hate lugging big heavy bags around, so I try to keep things at a minimum and for work I think I've got it narrowed down to the bare necessities these days so that my City bag from Zara isn't completely overloaded. It's a wonderful bag with two big compartments and side pockets, a detachable shoulder strap and it's just the right size to fit in everything you need, without having to compromise on style too much. The office bag is a sleek and affordable everyday option that can stand some wear and tear and I absolutely love it and it's served me well, traveling all over the place. Now let's get the boring practical bits out of the way first; I'll of course not leave home without my Blackberry, my Mulberry purse, keys and the all important laptop.

Come rain or come shine I also always bring with me my Gucci sunglasses since I have a habit of using them as a hair accessory, to keep my hair out of my face when I'm not wearing it up. In these electronic times I know I'm going to sound really old fashioned, but I like to have a diary or an organiser that I can easily take with me wherever I go, to write my little lists of things to do or buy and manage my blog schedule and content. There's no better place to go for stationary than Paperchase, where I got this 2014 Diary, and as I am in fact a magpie I use a beautiful amethyst colored Swarovski Crystalline pen for the besquillion notes that I make every single day.

Now, on to the beauty products. There are a few things that I never leave the house without, and you'd find a similar set of products in different varieties in any bag that I carry with me on a particular day. The first product of my every day staple items is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, which is such a lovely aromatic facial spray and just brilliant for refreshing your skin and adding hydration a couple of times a day, to add radiance or to give yourself a three second mini spa treatment to boost your mood when you hit one of those afternoon energy slumps. Next is an Anti Bacterial Gel Pocket from Bath & Body Works and this particular one is in the scent Tuscan Vineyard which is a lovely scent of deep red cherries, fresh mango and dry soft woods. I don't know about you but when my hands feel fresh and protected, I always feel energized and refreshed and these pocket gels are an easy way to quickly freshen up, particularly when your're out and about in crowded, public places e.g. train stations, the tube or airports. I'm completely addicted to these little goodies from Bath & Body Works and have one in every handbag, and here in the UK you can easily find a flavor to your liking either on eBay, or from Bath and Body Shop.

Even though I do use primers and makeup setting spray every day, before applying the best foundation ever (YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation) I do still bring with me powder to work for any emergency oil control since there's nothing worse than doing presentations or important meetings, worrying about a shiny forehead. Truth be told I don't use a lot of powder and I wouldn't spend a fortune on it either, and when you can get an amazing and affordable product like Soap & Glory's One Heck of a Blot, there's really no need. It's a great finely milled powder that blots where needed, that feels light on the skin and that doesn't settle into any creases or fine lines - it's a super little product and it's made me try more from Soap & Glory's lovely makeup range.

Talking about about makeup, I don't actually bring a lot of products with me to work and I'm happy with two products - first of all a mascara, and at the moment one of my favorites is the L'Oréal False Lash Flutter Mascara, affectionately known as the Butterfly effect mascara which is AMAZING at lengthening, volumizing AND fanning out the lashes for a rich and dramatic effect. If you wear a very natural look but still want to emphasize your eyes, this mascara is the one to use since it'll quickly create a stand out look with incredible lashes. 
The second product is something for the lips and my absolute favorite lip product for work is the YSL Glossy Lip Stain in Shade 12 Pink Coral. It has a beautiful long lasting satin finish at the same time as it moisturizes the lips and you'll easily go about 4 hrs without having to retouch your lips. Pink Coral is a lovely natural rose shade which give lots of color without being over powering or distracting, which is always a good look for work, at least if you're in a corporate or traditional office environment.

Last among my daily staple items is a perfume of some sort, which I'll probably spray on a couple of times a day at least, and this particular day I was wearing the Caudalie Figue de Vigne Eau Fraiche which is a beautiful earthy and harmonious scent of juicy ripe figs mixed with sparkling bergamot and green grassy wood aromas. It's a very pure, subtle, soft and aromatic scent, but it still has a lot of character, individualism and body and wearing it makes me feel very confident and relaxed, just what you need for work.

That's what's in my daily work survival kit - except for the laptop my survival kit doesn't actually differ that much from what I'd carry with me in a smaller (or bigger) handbag at the weekend. What do you have in you work bag?

98 comments:

  1. Loved the post. it's great to be always prepared the way I see it. That bag is so damn cute! <3
    I've learnt a few things from you! :)
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  2. Great post! and i love the bag <3

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    1. It's served me really well and still looks as if it's brand new :o). Xx

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  3. Loving your Mulberry Continental wallet - it's at the top of my wish list!
    Josie xoxo
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    1. Ah yes, it's a lovely purse with a cute little bow :o). Xx

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  4. great ! :)

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  5. I love this bag! Your's sounds so nice and organised! I always have my Caudalie Beauty Elixir with me too!

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    1. It's a really great bag and Zara also has a smaller version of it :o). Xx

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  6. One heck of a blot is a must have in my bag! xo

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    1. It's a brilliant powder - just right for me :o). Xx

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  7. It's great to kmow you better through your work bag! and it's a one fabulous bag!

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  8. OH My Goodness. I am off to tackle my bag! It's full of receipts and flyers and sand from the playground!! Improvement necessary to look like yours.
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    1. :o) - sounds like my wallet after a good day out somewhere :o). Xx

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  9. i love this bag! very nice post!!
    kisses!
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  10. Your bag is full of fantsticthings darling!
    Kisses

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  11. A lot of good products!!!!
    Kisses darling, Happy Wed!!!!

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  12. I'm so jealous of your diary - this is the first year that I haven't bought one, after not writing in mine at all last year, but I still miss having one! And that one is so gorgeous...

    Amy | Bubbles & Blush

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    1. Ah, thank you - there's just something about buying new stationary that is so inspiring :o). Xx

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  13. I'm actually a geek who empties and reorganises her bag every evening so the contents vary but as long as I have my phone, make up stash and purse I'm good to go.

    Victoria
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    1. Isn't it funny how we change the bag but the content remains more or less the same :o). Xx

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  14. i want that ysl! i've heard only the most amazing things about it.

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    1. It's a wonderful product and it feels so luxurious to wear :o) Xx

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  15. That bag is so gorgeous! I feel like I take a weeks worth of stuff with me to school and work every day!

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    1. Thank you so much, it's really practical and stylish - can't beat that combination :o). Xx

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  16. Great products! Really want to try the Caudalie spray!

    Greetings from London,

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    1. Oh, it's lovely - indulgent but lovely :o). Xx

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  17. Wow you have so many items in your bag! haha.. but I LOVE huge bags, so it's a good excuse to have one ;)

    New follower to your blog, hope to see you around mine!


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    1. I think some of it is because I don't want to have a handbag as well as a lap top carrier :o). Xx

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  18. Lovely post!
    xx
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  19. I love your bag, so classy and chic! :) I also use Caudalie's Beauty Elixir a lot ;)
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    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

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    1. That's so lovely of you - thank you!!! :o). Xx

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  20. first of all..LOVE your workbag. and i was totally team black berry until i got an iphone recently. i have to say..i still miss the blackberry for texting - so much easier!
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    1. I can't wait to swap the Blackberry for an iPhone - counting the days - seriously I AM :o). Xx

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  21. I loved this, so interesting to see what people carry around on a daily basis!

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm always curious to see what others have in their bags :o). Xx

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  22. Love the bag so much! I have the mini city bag version :) lovely post! :)

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    1. Hey Almu - thank you so much, that's really lovely of you :o). Xx

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  23. I love your bag and purse! I'm still trying to work out which products I NEED in my bag, I tend to change it up each time I go out!
    Eden from edenroses xx

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    1. I know what you mean... If I really had to cut things down even more I would probably only leave a perfume and lip product :o). Xx

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  24. I really love seeing what everyone has in their purse because it really does show what products are essential for them to have at all times! I used to be a big lover of huge handbags but like you I would bring anything and everything because I simply had the room for it. Then last year I pulled a muscle in my back and ever since if I carry too much in my handbag and it is too heavy it will really hurt my back so I've had to downsize to my cross-body bag which I still love. It does make it much more difficult to have everything you absolutely need on a daily basis though!

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    1. Definitely, unless you have someone to carry it all around for you LOL Xx

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  26. I love that bag, and your wallet is so adorable too! I love all of the colorful things in your bag! xoxo Lauren
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  27. I love this bag and this Swarovski pen - it's so beautiful!

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    1. Got to have a little sparkle to glam up the every day :o). Xx

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  28. Hi Charlotte i like the bag, i need a proper work bag.

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    1. Thank you so much, I highly recommend this - you definitely get your money's worth :o). Xx

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  30. i love your bag! and super adorable wallet and agenda <3

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  31. I love love love your diary, it's so pretty! One Heck of a Blot is my all time favourite powder :D xxx

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    1. Thank you so much - it's a great format too with lots of space on each day for scribbles :o). Xx

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  32. Absolutely love your bag! I'm the worst at being prepared-- anytime I take anything out of my bag it ends up being the one time I needed it!

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    1. :o), ah yes been there and had that problem too :o). Xx

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  33. I have this bag, how amazing is it?! I love looking at what's in peoples bags and I adore your purse! x
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    1. Thank you so much, the bag is a great buy and it wears really well :o). Xx

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  34. I love the bag! Great post! :) x
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    1. I've used it so much - one of the best bag purchases I've made :o). Xx

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  35. So nice and beautiful blog ! I want to invite you to mine ! Maybe you wanna follow each other ? If yes just follow me and let me know ! ;* I will do the same as soon as possible :*

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  36. Nice things!!
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    1. I think I'm addicted to it and can't be without it - especially not when I'm traveling :o). Xx

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  38. love your bag!
    great post
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    1. That's so nice of you - thanks a million :o). Xx

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  39. i really wanna try that caudalie spray. i've heard of nice things about that product. :)

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    1. Oh you should - it's such a lovely clean and aromatic scent :o). Xx

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  40. Cute post! Loved that you have a blackberry... you and I are the only ones holding on to it ;)

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    1. Ah - not for long though. It's never really worked properly for me so I fell out of love with it not long time after I got it and can't wait to change to iPhone :o). Xx

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  41. I have the same bag! I keep thinking that if I take my laptop and my tablet and everything that this bag can fit I won't be able to lift it!
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    1. LOL - so true, there's space for loads of stuff :o). Xx

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  42. Lovely post! I love seeing what people keep in their bags!

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  43. Great post! I purchased my first ever Zara bag recently and I love it. xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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    1. They have a great selection and thanks so much for the lovely comment :o). Xx

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  44. Great post! Gorgeous bag too!
    Claireabella.x

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    1. Thank you so much Claire - that's really lovely of you :o). Xx

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