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Before I dive in here, I just want it to be known that Houston [finally] had a serious temperature drop to the 30s and my baby sister (she's fourteen) and I froze our tails off to get the photos for this post!. She's the real MVP! Alright, on with the show. 🙂 In my Corporate Health Hacks post, I shared a few tips to help stay on track with health and fitness goals while working a 9 to 5. Along with those, I use a number of different tools to help me save time and stress less during the week. Between my full-time job, blogging, mentoring, church activities, and trying to maintain a social life, this girl is busy! I keep a few work week essentials on hand (or in my car) at all times to help me transition from work to play and everything in between.
Day to Night
Whether it's Bible study, a blogging event, or happy hour with my sorority sisters, I often have to be able to "transform" from work to play gear on weeknights. I keep a pair of cute shoes in my car for this reason. In the [extremely long] summertime, it's a pair of wedges or block-heeled sandals. In the [almost nonexistent] autumn and winter months, it's a pair of cute booties. Both are neutral (usually black) and help elevate any outfit in a snap. I also have my gym bag with sneakers and such, too. My mom suggested I keep a total change of clothes in my car as well but, I must admit, I haven't gotten the hang of doing it regularly. It's an excellent tip, though, because you never know when you'll stain or rip an item of clothing or get invited to an event at the last minute. The dress code is business casual at my job and, while some folks walk more on the casual side of it, thanks to a Southern mother who went through finishing school and my attending or facilitating countless etiquette seminars during college, that means a mixture of sheath dresses, pencil skirts, ankle trousers, cardigans, and blouses to me. If I know I won't have time to completely change my outfit for an after-work engagement, I go for something that I can throw a scarf, vest, or jacket over for an evening-ready look. Add a change of shoes and I'm confident in parlaying my office slay to night time. For the visual learners (like me!), I've linked some pieces below to give you an better idea.
Healthy On the Go
I do a number of things to help support my health and keep my vitamins on hand to keep track and remind myself. I was recently Face-timing a girlfriend of mine who's in pharmacy school while I organized my vitamins for the week and she was like "What's going on? Are you sick?!" I explained and we both laughed at how we're doing little things we never would have thought of a couple of years ago. I typically toss vitamins in my overnight bag if I'm heading out of town for the weekend or staying the night at a friend's place. So even when a turn up is on the horizon, I remember to take them! Again, I'm not all the way into adulting land yet. 🙂 If you're toeing the line between kid-at-heart and responsible grownup person, these Centrum MultiGummies are for you! I found them at my local Walmart, which has such a wide variety of vitamins and supplements that I'm usually able to check everything off my list in one stop. As you might know from the number of dessert posts I share, I have a big sweet tooth and they make me feel like I'm indulging and eating candy when I'm really just trying to get in my vitamins and minerals *insert eye roll emoji* like B-vitamins to help support daily energy needs.* Centrum MultiGummies contain three natural flavors: natural Berry, Cherry, and Orange. Another positive is that Centrum MultiGummies are gluten free with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. I appreciate that they don't have to be taken with food or water, which is clutch sometimes...and brings me to my next essential: snacks. I've mentioned before that I tend to snack on simple, minimally-processed stuff like fresh fruit, nuts, etc. These are easy to keep in my bag or car and, when combined with a bottle of water, allow me to take all my vitamins, not just the gummy ones! Some recipes and tips about how I get ready and stay ready for the work week with meal prepping can be found in this post.
What's in My [Makeup] Bag
Another thing that saves the day is my cosmetic bag. It's small enough to switch out from purse to purse but holds all the essentials. I keep travel-sized versions of my go-to products like perfume, mascara, and lip gloss along with hand sanitizer, lip balm, and hand lotion in it and there's still room for a compact, and more! Links to each item are below.
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