A busy schedule is something that takes some getting used to. Throughout college, as well as now, in my professional life, I was able to adapt to an on-the-go lifestyle with the help of a few necessities.
Finding the right products and the ones that worked perfectly for me and my life was a process that definitely took some trial and error.
To make it easier on other women, I decided to share my must-haves for a busy life here on Haute Mess! I truly believe that the secret to a happy life is a busy life.
Erin Condren LifePlanner: Staying organized is *so* important–and so much more so when you are always on the go! My LifePlanner helps me keep track of literally everything.
I looove that it has an overview of each month, as well as weekly spreads with room for more details. This setup is essential for me; I won’t ever buy a planner that is not in this format. LifePlanner also comes equipped with tons of useful stickers that help me on top of everything.
The best part? These guys are completely customizable. You will feel like you’re treating yourself when you order your personalized LifePlanner (but you won’t feel guilty because it’s something important that you will use day after day)!
Unlike planners from office supply stores or chains like Target, Erin Condren’s are top-quality, so they will actually last the entire year without getting worn and torn. The thick paper, durable covers and strong spirals are ah-mazing. Prices vary, Erin Condren
Pop & Suki Leather Notebook: When I say that I would be nowhere without my Leather Notebook, I mean it. I cannot do anything work-related without it. From brainstorm and creating lists to writing first drafts, I put it all in my P&S Leather Notebook.
I am really old-fashioned in that I just *have* to have everything written down. It helps me think more clearly and stay more organized in general. Plus, being able to physically cross something off my list is so satisfying and makes the task so much more rewarding. $40, Pop & Suki
Jao Refresher: Fellow Glossier Rep Amy Serrano introduced me to this product a couple months ago, and now I am a changed woman!
I used to be completely against hand sanitizers; not only are they extremely drying on the skin, they kill *all* germs–even the good ones.
But, when I began taking the train to and from work every day (while spending 8 hours in Manhattan in between), I quickly realized that I’d need to swallow my pride and pick one up.
Jao is a lot chicer than Purell, so I don’t mind keeping a larger one at my desk and a smaller one in my bag. Prices vary, Jao
Glossier Balm Dotcom: If you don’t have a bedside Balm, a vanity Balm, a car Balm and a purse Balm, what are you even doing? I’ve talked about this cult-favorite universal skin salve ad nauseam on here, so I am doing my best not to go to in-depth on here.
But, Balm Dotcom is hands-down the best lip balm I have ever used–and I’ve tried pretty much anything. Now, I don’t want to try anything else!
A little goes such a long way with this product, so one tube lasts forever. Plus, it is extremely long-wearing (even through intense workouts), which is a must for me and for anyone else who is super busy on the reg.
It comes in five yummy flavors, plus Original, which is unflavored. The Cherry and Rose flavors have a red and pink tint, respectively, while the Birthday flavor is un-tinted with a subtle holographic shimmer. I love them all. Currently in my bag? Coconut and Mint. $12, Glossier
Micellar wipes: Whether you are taking your makeup off, or you just need to refresh your face on-the-go, micellar wipes are a must!
I use Bioderma’s because that’s a brand I know I can trust. Sensible H2O Wipes are extremely saturated (so just one works wonders); they are spa-quality at an affordable price. $9.90, Beautylish
Facial spray: Soothe tired, irritated and dry skin easily and quickly with a facial spray! There are so many great options on the market.
You guys already know how much I love Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea, as well as Lush’s Tea Tree Water toner. Because they both are available in multiple sizes, there is definitely one that will fit in your purse. Currently, I am keeping the smaller Tea Tree Water in mine because I know it has the power to fight all that NYC pollution and bacteria. $11-$23, Lush
Teeth whitening pen: This product is a godsend, so thank-you, Tarte! Not only is it vegan, it’s bleach-free, so it is gentle on teeth and actually protects the enamel.
Pearly Girl perfect for keeping in your bag post-lunch or post-gym (or post-wine). Don’t be that person brushing your teeth in a public bathroom. $22, Sephora
Glossier You Solid Perfume: We’re not in middle school anymore, so I forbid you all from keeping actual perfume bottles in your bag. Time to invest in a solid perfume like an adult.
Because I’m a Glossier Rep, I am way partial to You Solid; it smells exactly like the original You (only a bit stronger because it’s more concentrated), but it is much more travel-friendly. I love how the waxy formula melts into skin, leaving the clean, warm and sparkling scent behind all day long! $22, Glossier
Portable charger: Don’t get caught waiting for the train, the bus or an Uber without your phone! People hate on smartphones, but in my opinion they are necessary for safety and for life in general in 2018–especially if you rely on public transportation like I do.
I am all for leaving your phone in the hotel when you are on vacay or in your bag when you are out with friends, but during the work day, there is no question that it is an essential. So, invest in a portable charger if you are out of the house all day, every day!
This one from Free People easily slips into my smallest bags. (It’s also gorgeous.) $24, Free People
Sensible shoes: Don’t get me wrong–I love getting dressed up and wearing heels to work as much as the next 20-something. But oftentimes, I trade my heels for a sleek pair of sneakers or my Gucci loafers.
I’ve never been a ballet flats type of gal; I don’t like how they look at all, plus they’re not supportive and they do very little to shield your feet from the elements. That’s why I picked up a timeless pair of black Horsebit loafers from Gucci.
The style I chose can be worn as standard loafers, but the backs can also be folded down so that they become slippers. I love how versatile they are, and I know I will gave them forever.
Umbrella, sunglasses and other practical accessories: For me, accessorizing has always been about practicality, not fashion. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look good while being practical.
To avoid a major wardrobe malfunction (like being soaked to the core during an unsuspected rain shower on the way to work), I always keep an umbrella in my tote–particularly, my Little Brown Umbrella from Bloomingdale’s.
Other notable items? Sunglasses, of course, as well as a water bottle by S’well.
Moon Juice Power Dust: I picked this up during a recent sale at Free People on somewhat of a whim.
Moon Juice Beauty Dust and Sex Dust have been all over social media lately, so I’ve definitely been wanting to give the brand a try. Because I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I decided to go with Power Dust.
Basically, you empty a pouch (or two!) into water, tea or even pancake batter to reap the benefits. Power Dust has an interesting (but not unpleasant) taste. $35, Moon Juice