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. 

Enjoy! 

xx phoebe // honestly, though 


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« 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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Erin Condren baaaasically is the queen of planners

TL;DR: I was obsessed with Erin Condren planners before they were a thing, and now I'm STILL obsessed. The ENTIRE line celebrates every day + organization, and honestly, though, makes you feel accomplished just for writing down your schedule.

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If you haven't heard of Erin Condren before, then here's your chance to catch up with the rest of the world. Because Erin Condren straight-up revolutionized the planner industry IMHO. 

The online boutique started in 2005 and Erin Condren herself sold her paper-stuff HANDMADE — like, Etsy before Etsy was a thing. It was a paper company, but the brand + woman are famous for their Erin Condren LifePlanners™, spiral-bound notebooks that swear to keep you organized, positive + give you the freedom to customize your life however you want — all year long. 

I remember in the final years of high school, I bought one and immediately knew that my life had changed.And year after year, I've always returned.

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Anyways, a few weeks ago, I headed downtown to see some of the latest + greatest products from Erin Condren — and I'm in love! They've jumped on the pin trend, and I'm now forever rocking this "stay gold" pin. And expanding beyond planners, Erin Condren has a whole line of stickers, notepads, clutches + more. 

Like Lilly Pulitzer, Erin Condren can be very, er, colorful + preppy. But, unlike many preppy brands, Erin Condren has expanded their brand to be something that every girl can embrace. 

From a marble + palm tree loving chick like me to a floral loving, J.Crew wearing girl like The College Prepster, there's something for everyone.

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One of my favorite things about the Erin Condren LifePlanner is how easy it is to customize them to make them yours. The actual planner comes with tons of mini flags + stickers. As for their giant sticker collection, I'm LOVING these + these because they're perfect little flags for reminders each week. 

I absolutely love being able to customize my planner however I like, including changing my covers depending on the season. YES, allllll of the planners have personalized, INTERCHANGABLE covers! Currently, I have the millennial pink marble cover. But I also ordered a palm leaf + pineapple one because #SummerVibes.  

Something else I love is the notes sections within each week (#VerticalLife). It's a little place for me to add my to-dos and reminders...and groceries...

Honestly, though, one of my absolutely favorite things about Erin Condren is that I don't feel excluded from the planner world just because I'm more into palm trees + marble than gingham and J.Crew preppy. There really is something for everyone.

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And honestly, though, if you don't get a planner you HAVE to get the notepads or pins. 

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