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The working woman's must-haves

Working WomanWhether you are reading this article because you are one, or because you know one, the modern-day working woman means business - it's important to not just act the part, but also to look the part! If you are a working woman or want some inspiration, here are some essentials to help you overcome everything work life can throw at you.

Does anyone have a pen?

Lamy Logo Fountain PenHow often do you ask someone for a pen? It always happens, just as you think of something to jot down, you can’t find one! That’s why it’s important to be organised and fully supplied at all times. What’s that, you use your iPad for note taking? That’s fine, but what will you do when the battery dies? You can never go wrong with the basics. Trust us on this one, it’s better to be the stylish, prepared business woman than the dishevelled, disorganised one! But with so many beautiful pens on the market, which one should you choose? The Lamy Pens should be your new best friend, and depending on your preference, there is a choice of ballpoint, rollerball or fountain which all come in a variety of designs to suit both your writing and personal style. At Fiore, we absolutely love a fountain pen and the Lamy Logo Fountain Pen is not only stylish, it is stunning to write with. This is the pen to use when you start a new notebook, or write a card to someone!

Get yourself organised!

Whether you want to call it your organiser, diary or planner, the bottom line is that it is an essential part of your tool kit. No joke! Forgetting to turn up to a meeting or double booking yourself can make you look unprofessional, which is something you can definitely avoid if you get yourself a good organiser. Our advice would be to make sure that it is made from a good quality material that is not only durable but also nice to look at. We recommend you go for a diary that allows you to make notes and add bits to it if necessary; this is why we love the MyWallit A5 Agenda with Tab, as it has plenty of room for all of the above and will definitely not get lost in your bag given the bold colours it is available in.

The luggage

Ok, now we’re getting serious – we’re talking about the all-important ‘everyday’ bag, overnight bag and purse. We understand that you won’t need the overnight bag on a daily basis, but ensuring that you have it at the ready will reduce any last-minute panics.

Tumble and Hide ArbiaYour everyday handbag is essentially the Wonder Woman of bags. Think about a bag’s size, shape, colour and material for starters, because these will be scrutinised on a regular basis throughout your day-to-day life. Can you fit all of your essentials in it? How heavy is it? Does it look good? Does it suit your work attire? Does it have pockets for you to easily store things like pens, your phone and rail tickets? Think about these things now, and your bag will last much longer. If you’re on-the-go a lot, depending on the look you’re going for, the Tumble and Hide Arbia is great. With several compartments, zipped pockets and a leather design, it’s a brilliant choice. For a simpler option that can be bought in an array of colours, the Luella Grab Bag is perfect.

The overnight bag is definitely an essential, but don’t forget, it can be used for work and play so it will still get a lot of use! There’s a chance you will be carrying this around for a day or two, so think about the bulk factor as well as how pretty it looks. It’s a good idea to get a bag with handles and a shoulder strap so that you can move it around with ease. Hopefully, you will be a pro at packing so there will be less heaving than we’re suggesting! Things to consider? Pockets are a wonder when it comes to separating your dirty washing from your fresh clean clothes, not forgetting that space is an all important point – is it big enough? And finally, how heavy is it before you have even started packing? If it’s a little bit on the heavy side, it’s probably not the best pick if public transport plays a large role in your trip! Think about all of the factors that make up a decent overnighter and head straight for the one that ticks all of the boxes. The Tessa Large Bowling Bag is the perfect accessory for this scenario, especially as it is spacious, smart and lightweight.

The purse is slightly more controversial these days given that so many phone cases include card and cash holders. Nevertheless, it is really important to keep a purse on you for your loose change as well as other cards that you carry. The Tula Violet Ultra Violet Large Flapover Matinee Purse is ideal as it is big enough to store your cards, receipts, cash and anything else that can fit in!

So there you have it! It’s time to think with your head as well as your heart when it comes to shopping to ensure that you get the accessory that is right for the job at hand as well as the season in place. 

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