I go to the internet for everything – recipes, music, tutorials, reviews and it’s a sad day when something I search yields no relative results… What was that search you ask? Chic commuting.
It’s out there, I know it is. I see woman triumphantly walking to work with their oversized totes going into a day of unknown while still being prepared for virtually anything that may come their way (so maybe it’s out there and no one blogs about it?).
Ok, sooooo there were some results but it was for bike riding commuters… I don’t/am not planning on commuting in such a way #alreadygoinggreenonpublictrans so here’s my attempt at explaining the must haves for a seamless transition from home, to train, to office, to anywhere.
It pains me to think of retiring my ultra chic Botkier bag (it’s literally a working woman’s dream, mixed texture leather in a rich burgundy, perfect profile from every angle) but it’s small… Can’t even hold a pair of heels comfortably therefore, not a commute fit. So my first to do: buy a massive tote and an oversized clutch to stash inside – (clutch I decided on shown- decent size and it has “selfie” on it, couldn’t resist) – Remember: this will be the new representation of you so think quality not quantity.
Which brings us directly to, commuter purse essentials:
Shoes – or keep them at work. I keep 2 pairs of flats and a pair of black heels (boots in the winter and sandals in the summer).
Charger & headphones
Makeup – or consider picking up sample sizes of your favs and keeping the set at the office so you don’t have to worry about trying to make room in your clutch when you go out
- concealer and brush
- powder and brush
- MAC’s fix +
- eye liner and brush
- palette with an array of shades from highlight to dramatic
- lipstick of your choice – non-negotiable
- rich lip balm
- make-up wipes
Wallet – ID, Debit cards, $20 cash, check book
Ponytails, bobby pins
Floss – saved me too many times. It’s a must
Have a place to stash your survival kit over the weekend without risking it not being there on Monday morning. Filing cabinet? Top drawer? Think minimalist with maximum potential. Keep the following things at the office to transition from day to night:
Sassy jacket – no other word to describe it but sassy… think: lace, embellishments, leather, furry, sequins, satin… Not just a normal suit jacket, something you can downplay at the office and vamp-up (by removing a garment?) in the evening
Plain tank – something versatile you can dress up or down
Ban wipes or baby wipes or whatever the hell kind of wipes. I don’t know about you but after a day of office building air and enclosed spaces I feel pretty gross… You can find the ban wipes at Walmart for like $1 for 10
Dry shampoo and hairspray
Curling iron/straightener – you know the one that’s kinda shitty but just can’t throw away. I mean it’s still works…
Your perfume, preferably in roll-on form as to not assault the next person to use the restroom. Also, allergies, just cool it on the spray.
Clear nail polish
Snacks & tea – high protein snacks (nuts, granola bars, trail mix)
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Contact/eye solution – if applicable – and maybe a spare pair of contacts…
† Survivalist tip: alcohol pads (rubbing alcohol) or lemon can act as neutralizer for underarms, do this in a pinch as opposed to washing them.
Last thing… When people invite you to go out after work… YOU BETTA GO! (And maybe we all don’t have the, “no” reflux I’ve developed) But, don’t hesitate, don’t overthink it, just go. Otherwise, you’ll regret it and suffer mad FOMO.
True story: a guy I was kinda feeling (internet intro so we’d never met before) texted me last minute for drinks. I was wearing glasses that day so I declined – that and, of course, needed to seem too busy for last minute drinks. Amiright? (future Coral says, “NO, you are wrong” anyway,) so I tell him some lame errands excuse and agree to resched. Needless to say, it’s been 2 weeks and he hasn’t rescheduled. And sure, we can go into the whole, well clearly it wasn’t meant to be bullshit and whatever other lies we tell ourselves to feel better but let’s be big girls and realize I was a bitch to say no, glasses or no glasses, last minute or week in advance, just say yes.
Happy Commuting Y’all!
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