I think having a good, professional-looking bag is really important. It’s hard enough to get people to take you seriously at this age so a smart, polished look is essential. I use my bag as the finishing touch on my look, it has to be the right size – large enough I’m obviously not just carrying a glorified makeup case, but not so large I look messy or disorganized. My current work bag is a black laptop case that doubles as a file case, so any important papers I have to take to and from the office stay neat and unwrinkled.
I do actually keep my makeup kit in there though. I tend to apply it on the train while I’m drinking my coffee and rereading my notes for the day. You could say I’m a bit of a perfectionist but I think it’s better to be over- than under-prepared. Actually, I don’t think there’s any such thing as being over-prepared, but I know that’s a matter of opinion. I’ve also got a comb in here, and a manicure kit as well as well, in case I break a nail; it doesn’t take much to make you look like a slob, and I refuse to let a hangnail or windswept hair give clients a poor impression of me or the company.
Depending on the day I might have an entire lunch packed in here, though I sometimes have business lunches or eat with the other girls from my floor instead. I do always bring a tub of almonds and another of cut up fruit though, I find if I don’t bring snacks with me I’ll end up caving in and buying myself a chocolate bar or crisps from the vending machine down the hall and I try not to eat junk like that. I’ve also got a water bottle to remind me to keep hydrated during the day and to avoid drinking too much coffee.
One thing I really like about this bag is that is has sections. My laptop goes into one section and papers go into the other side, as well as anything else I’m carrying that day. My phone goes into another slot, and my wallet and keys into a zipped pocket, just to make it even more difficult if anyone tries to pick-pocket me during the commute.
There’s also a novel in here. I’m not going to tell you what it is because I’m a little embarrassed by my reading choices. It’s just that at the end of the day you really want to just relax and zone out, don’t you? So my trashy romance of the day and I always spend some quality time together on the way home.