Work Bag Essentials + Back-To-The-Office Survival Kit

September 23, 2010
It’s back to the grind and I am still trying to adjust to my new job. Trying to get used to the office work wear, pumps (instead of my comfy sandals), having to be stuck in one building for 9 hours straight, office politics. I’ve done my best to fill my work bag with a few little luxuries to brighten the work day but I’ve still been missing quite a few office necessities that I keep forgetting to pack. This problem was miraculously solved today as I received the best package from my sister: The Back To The Office Survival Kit. Cutest thing ever. I now have everything I need to survive the work week.

First up, Inside My Work Bag: I amazed even myself that all this fit inside, but you can see how I was missing quite a few survival necessities

LV Epi Jasmin Purse, LV Damier Azur Alexandra Wallet, Paul & Joe Makeup Bag, Miscellaneous Candies, Chewing Gum, Splenda packets, Red Moleskin Notebook, L’Occitane Hand Cream

Le Metier Marchesa Card, Chanel Rouge Coco, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque, Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, Edward Bess Lipliner + Compact Rouge, Laura Mercier Mini Brushes, Chantecaille Lip Chic, MAC Mini Face Brush, Chanel Powder Foundation, Paul & Joe Lip Lacquer, Lancome Juicy Tube

What came in the mail today, best package ever! All the practical things I need for office survival (instead of the million lipglosses I crammed into my makeup bag):

Close ups of just a few of my favorite things she sent:

(My sister can read my mind, I was thinking about this same thing the other day)

To my dear sister: thanks a million πŸ™‚ All the little notes made my day and brought a smile that washed away all the stress and anxiety from the office. I only wish she lived near me instead of hours and hours away.

Working girls – what are your work-bag essentials? What kinds of things do you do or bring with you to help get you through the week?

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  • packets of ketchup. i hate getting french fries without ketchup. To attest to my handiness, my boss was in DIRE need of ketchup with his breakfast sandwich and lo and behold, I had some and he was happy.

    and Tide to go instant stain remover. Nothing is worse than getting a small stain on a light colored blouse.

    and cuticle scissors: when you get those gross hang nails or a thread that's loose on your skirt, among other random things.

  • LOL Panties – This made me smile. I am a ketchup freak. My friends got me a sticker that says, "I put ketchup on my ketchup." I already have 3 emergency packets in my drawer at work, but I'd never risk putting them in my bag, lol. I also already brought 2 pairs of smal scissors to work with me as well. Cuticle scissors are a good idea though!

    Does Tide to Go really work?

  • OMG!! I so wish I had a sister! you are soo lucky!!

    This is such a great post!
    My work desk pouch contains – wet (disinfectant) tissues, dry tissues, ladies' monthly necessities, for hair – bobby pins, rubber bands & a couple of fancy hair clips for day-night transition, medicine – allergy medication, aspirin, cough drops, diarrhea, band aid. 2 small vials of perfumes (one for day, one for night).

    I love your black LV purse…that might be the perfect work bag for me…is it sturdy? I β€˜killed’ 2 work bags because of the load I carry…am thinking i need a briefcase and a purse but am too lazy to carry 2 bags…

    i carry mint & chocolate in my bag…

  • What a sweet sister you have!

  • that is seriously the most creative (and thoughtful) i've seen in a long time. πŸ™‚


  • The survival kit is SUCH a cute idea – especially the note with the Altoids!

    When I used to work – my most important essentials were for the commute. I'd do my make-up on the tube (I was living in London) – and I always made sure I had a nutrigrain bar and a box of juice. I was paranoid of being stuck underground without my "emergency rations" LOL…Luckily I never did get stuck – but it did happen often enough to other people.

  • I love that!! πŸ™‚ What a great sister you have πŸ™‚

  • I agree! Those are totally essentials! Purell and advil are musts!

  • i love how you added little notes and scatches. so sweet of you! and congrats on the new job! how exciting as well!

  • That was so sweet of your sister! She obviously put a lot of effort into the package!

    My office necessities are lip balm, hand cream, eye drops, antihistamines (for when I get weird hives for no reason – maybe allergic to working??). Oh, and oil blotting sheets. Nothing as glamorous as you!

  • Aww the sweetest sister you have! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for letting us take a look into your makeup bag πŸ™‚ much enjoyed! πŸ™‚

  • Loved the post….

  • Wow, how sweet is your sister?! Can I have her please? πŸ˜‰

    I don't work, so don't have an office survival kit, but I do keep a few things in my handbag like plasters, Vaseline, Nivea hand cream, hairband, blush brush, pressed powder, lipgloss/lipstick, nailfile. You know, just the essentials. πŸ˜‰

  • thank you for sharing. i love seeing 'what's in your makeup bag' =))) so much chanel. hearts!

  • AWWWWWWWW! Best sister ever! (And I can say that, because I don't have one.)

  • I LOVED this post! Makes me wish I had a sister! Her notes were soooo cute.

    And YES, Tide to Go is fantastic! I always have that in my purse. I have most of your same emergency essentials in my purse, not for going to work, but because I have 3 kiddos and you never know when you'll need a Scooby Doo bandaid.

    Which Rouge Coco is that?

  • Tide to Go is AMAZING. it works, but i have to use a tiny bit of water for it to do its magic sometimes. I don't think it would work with difficult fabrics like satin or velvet.

    but otherwise omg it's awesome. do some spot tests πŸ™‚

  • What a great gift! I have worked in offices for so many years and you are well-prepared with those items. πŸ™‚ Maybe a mini-sewing kit if you don't already have one. They sure come in handy for loose hems/buttons!

  • Your sister is so thoughtful!! Loved reading this post! πŸ˜€ How have you been?? Hope the transition from school to work goes smoothly for you! πŸ™‚ I don't really have a work survival kit but to add to your brilliant kit, I keep a Dr. Scholl's anti-friction stick in my bag to help with uncomfortable shoes and shoe bites!

  • Beyond adorable!!

    I keep: body spray, advil, clean socks, pair of flats, travel sized hair gel, bobby pins, hair ties, feminine products!

  • Congrats on the new job, that's awesome!! What a sweet sister! You are lucky to have her. Hmmm, work place essentials?

    Pocket tissues
    Blotting papers
    Nail clippers & nail file
    Lip balm
    Hand sanitizer
    A bit of extra change for the pop machine
    And for some reason I have a bag of popcorn in my desk!

  • Man, I'm with Karla! Best sister EVER! (I don't have one, either LOL)

    Can't add much, since I don't work outside of the home, but CAN say that, as others have already mentioned, this is one of the best, most unique blog posts, complete with the inclusion of your sister's notes & sketches. ADORE πŸ™‚

  • Eileen

    Oh, Sabrina! You and your sister are total delights :-). The kit really had me smiling. During my 40 years working at a high school, I acquired all kinds of things which I organized into "kits". Kits for me, kits for students, kits for colleagues, kits for my kits! I had a first aide kit, a beauty kit, an emergency kit, an "I forgot it at home kit", a "It's that time of the month kit", even a "You never know when you'll need it" kit for all the things I couldn't quite categorize but just knew someone would need some day. I'm definitely not a pack rat, but I took to heart the motto, "Be prepared!"

    I hope work is going well for you. You've got a legion of fans who are all wishing you well.

  • You have an awesome sister! You are so fortunate. I carry the basics. I have a small purse, but I keep almost everything your sis sent to you and a hairbrush in my office. Hope the new job works well for you ((hugs))

  • vancouver2chic

    Great post! thanks! Do you know where you sis got those mini LM brushes? I have never seen them at the local LM counters here, but I do see them on ebay…not sure whether the ebay ones are authentic though!

  • This actually made me cry. I wish I had a sibling or a friend, even, that would do something like this for me. Your sister is so unbelievably thoughtful and kind (and I LOVE her cute little drawings!).

    I hope the job is going well! xox

  • So adorable – this post makes me love my sisters even more. I just like to make sure i have emergency money stashed somewhere in case i forget my wallet (its happened)and in that same pocket emergency lipstick or gloss and travel aspirin. Mints or gum would be a bonus because I have ordered that garlic lunch more times than I care to admit.

  • Kam

    Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed seeing your survival package and thought the idea was wonderful and caring.

  • What an adorable, thoughtful care package from your sister! Lucky girl. πŸ™‚

  • That is just the sweetest thing ever for your sis to send to you. I am no envious of anything other than the fact you have such a wonderful sibling who obviously adore you to bits.

    You are one lucky woman Sabrina – loving husband and fab sister… even a never ending bag full of the world's HG beauty products wouldn't I would trade for if I had what you had πŸ™‚

    Congrats on being so lucky