The Career Girl's Toolkit: Underrated Work Essentials

Wednesday, June 13, 2018



You know about the perfect work bag and the classic wardrobe, (and if you're still looking -- CL's got you covered. Stay tuned.) but here are some completely underrated things to invest in before you start your new job.




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Kindle Paperwhite
One of my best investments to date. I used to be a physical book traditionalist, but then I realized the statement I was really making wasn't "I am a book purist," but "I like to pay for and lug around heavy books because I am stubborn and resistant to positive change." I also had the 2011 model for about seven years before I prematurely retired it for this bad boy, so you can expect a lot of mileage. Pair with the Libby app to seamlessly download and start reading Kindle books from the library.

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Comfortable Emergency Flats
Whether high heels are part of an implied dress code or your personal ethical code, please, please have a backup strategy. Nothing screams "unprepared and underqualified" like a woman who lets impractical shoes fuck with her corporate power walk. By all means, if you can, wear the heels. But tuck a pair of flats into your purse or drawer as a Plan B. These Yosi Samra foldable loafers are a nice alternative to the classic ballet flat.

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Blue Blocker Glasses
Available as computer or prescription glasses, Blue Blocker glasses have clear lenses to filter out HEV blue light and protect against excess UV exposure. I wear this pair by Zenni, which can be customized and start at just $6.95. I've been told I look a bit like an insect with these frames, but that's a personal problem and I think I'd make a cute bug anyways. These are so important if you're spending hours on end staring at a computer screen (especially if you're working with spreadsheets!).

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Glass Meal Prep Containers
If you meal prep your lunches, (1) good on you! (2) it's time to upgrade from the bodybuilding bro plastic meal prep containers to these glass bento boxes. Even plastic containers that claim to be microwave-friendly can still leak harmful materials into your food. These containers have lid-locking technology and despite being heavier, are an environmentally friendlier and safer alternative.

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For more The Career Girl's Toolkit: 
Planning & Organization
What to Wear to Work

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