intern season: work bag essentials

Babes, intern season is among us, and many of you have told me that YOU are indeed an intern yourselves. If you're interning in Washington, D.C., WELCOME! And if you're in another city: Remember to scope out all of the best happy hours and enjoy yourself. 

When I was interning, I would always freak out about having everything I could need because I was usually going from my internship to happy hours to workouts to a summer course, etc. So I put together a little list of what I always had in my bag as essentials — and what I still carry to this day. Everyone's work bag is a little different, so let me know what's in yours, what you love + what you think is overkill. 


xx phoebe // honestly, though 


« tarte pressed powder mascara + matte lipstick »

I'm a longtime Tarte makeup addict. They're {mostly} vegan, 100% cruelty-free and all-natural. I have wicked sensitive skin, too, and their line has always made my face feel happy instead of irritated. This mascara gets me through any day and helps my lashes look plump + awake without looking too "Friday night" (and hint hint: leave the falsies at home). These lipsticks are also UH-MAZING. I've never, ever found a lip color that actually stays on through Sweetgreen salads and almond lattes. But their quick-drying formula is magical and it's like the only lipstick I'll ever use again. But honestly, though. 

« bobby pins »

Because you never know what's going to happen. I honestly always have a big pack of hair ties + a bobby pin case. They're literally like $3 from CVS or you can DIY it with an old tictac case. 

« reusable water bottle »

I meaaaan, if you don't already have one, you should be buying one ASAP. Plastic water bottles are AWFUL for the environment + there are SO many options for great water bottles that literally fit whatever your lifestyle. Right now, I'm using the Hydy bottle (pictured), and it fits into every cup holder I've come across AND it has a filter that screws in to make drinking easier. 

« Steripod toothbrush protector »

I don't know about you, but I really like brushing my teeth after lunch at work, and I always have my toothbrush with me. It just lets me feel so much cleaner and refreshed (esp. when I'm munching on stuff like kale chips + garlic sauce). But your makeup bag, gym bag, work bag, etc is filled with bacteria. I've seen people (including my man) just throw their toothbrush into their travel bag and be fine with it. So I use the Steripod Protectors because they're small, inexpensive + make taking your toothbrush on-the-go easy. 

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« erin condren planner + notebook »

If you guys don't already know, I'm OBSESSED with Erin Condren planners. And I have a matching notebook (palm print for the summer) to keep track of all of my work to-dos, ideas + projects. And it also looks super badass when you show up to your first meeting ready to take notes and ROCK your interview. 

« protein bars »

...Or just snacks in general. I always (and I mean ALWAYS) have snacks on me because when hangry Phoebe strikes, it's game over. I try (keyword: TRY) to look for options that are high in fiber and low in added sugars and/or ones with chia, which will help you stay fuller longer. Good options? 

  • Rx Bars (if you eat eggs) - super protein packed and people across the internet SWEAR by them. 
  • Chia Warrior Bars - Filled with chia seeds to keep you super full. And they have plant-based protein bars
  • Aloha - A startup from NYC that is all about plant-protein + plant-power (woo!). I LOVE their protein bars + their daily greens for smoothies. 
  • Barnana - Probably the least "healthy," but still amazing. All banana-based snacks like these chocolate-covered banana bites that totally "tame" the hangry Phoebs. 

« sneakers »

Especially important if your commute to your internship includes public transportation and walkingI wear heels almost every day, and I ALWAYS have a pair of sneakers with me to slip on. My faves are Baabuk, a Swiss shoe company that recently entered the US market. Their shoes are wool + these have elastic laces that let you ditch socks (making that sneaker to heels transition 100x easier). P.S. If you use code HONESTLYTHOUGH you'll get a discount. 


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