Bring on the Briefcase: Chic and Stylish Briefcases to Complete Your Work Wardrobe
Looking sharp is part of being the best "you" you can be. Along with a put-together wardrobe, a chic and fashionable briefcase shows off your personality and sense of style. Not to mention, it holds all your belongings in an organized manner as you transport your work needs from point A to point B. Here are seven briefcase options you'll love.
Cabrelli Victoria Houndstooth Laptop Rollerbrief
Roll into the office with a rollerbrief that is functional and fashionable. With the Cabrelli Victoria Houndstooth Laptop Rollerbrief, you can either carry your bag the "old fashioned" way or pull it along on wheels. The black and white houndstooth design is classic and cool, matches with any outfit, and is super-roomy for your laptop and other personal belongings. The front pocket is perfect for items you need to access easily, like your keys or compact. On sale now, so snap one up and add some "wow" to the workplace.
Dasein Slim Briefcase with Removable Shoulder Strap
Sleek and smooth, and available in 10 vibrant colors, Dasein Slim Briefcase with Removable Shoulder Strap is elegant and easy, perfect for stashing your business essentials. Filled with lots of useful fully-lined compartments and made with easy-to-clean fabric, the well-structured briefcase is as user-friendly as it is fashion-forward. Carry by the handle or throw over your shoulder and you're off to the office looking put-together and well-prepared.
Scully Squadron School Bag
Leather has never looked better than it does on this school/office bag. Scully Squadron School Bagis rugged and rich-looking, with plenty of room for all the workplace essentials. There is a handle and an adjustable shoulder strap, providing carrying convenience for on-the-go types who like to change it up. The metal hardware accents are classic and add a nice finishing touch to an all-over in-style bag. The rich chocolate brown shade is super-luxe-looking and never goes out of style. Style up your suit and tie with a Scully Squadron on your side.
Timberland Nantasket Briefcase
Canvas and leather make for a winning combo as they pair up to put together this Timberland Nantasket Briefcase. Roomy and well-made, this briefcase is designed to hold office gear neatly, and there is even a padded laptop/tablet sleeve for extra protection for your valuables. The straps are adjustable and removable, and the pockets provide lots of additional storage space for items of all sizes. The navy blue/brown color duo is stylish and simple, perfect for use every day, any season.
J.W. Hulme Co. Portfolio Briefcase
Handmade and handsome, the J.W. Hulme Co. Portfolio Briefcase in graystone canvas is super-sophisticated and ultra-stylish, proving a classic and creative design makes a briefcase brilliant. Solid brass hardware provides the finishing touches that make this briefcase high-end and elegant. The leather trim and handles are of the best quality and the roominess is generous yet compact at the same time. This bag comes in all-leather too - in black, and two shades of brown.
Clava Unisex Tuscan Top Handle Brief
Soft leather is so lovely, making the Clava Unisex Tuscan Top Handle Brief stylish and smooth. Lots of pockets, slots, and compartments are perfect for the uber-organizer who prides themselves on being neat and coordinated. There's a shoulder strap that can be detached when not in use and is adjustable to fit your body. This briefcase comes in three rich colors – café, black, and tan – neutrals that work well with any wardrobe.
Solo Pilot Slim Brief
For the minimalist who doesn't have much to lug to work but still needs a carry-all for the day-to-day, the Solo Pilot Slim Brief is a sensible briefcase that is affordable and attractive. Padded for protecting laptops and tablets, the fabric bag is durable and detailed with classy trimming and handles. The gray/tan combo is neutral and understated so it goes well with any attire. Slim is in, and Solo Pilot is keeping it sleek.
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Every time payday rolls around, I’m on top of the world. Jeff Bezos-level rich - even though I’m anything but. And then somehow the very next day, rent is due.
The cycle continues. The next payday, bills for my apartment. I find myself without a surplus of savings since I just moved and newly-furnished my apartment completely.
Even more terrifying is the looming presence of the holiday season. Halloween’s officially over and before we know it, hello Thanksgiving…and then there’s Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s. It’s insane.
I’ve been feeling very British lately. Not in a Union-Jack-obsessed, “Keep Calm and Carry-On” way. I went through that phase in 2012 with everyone else… no thank you. And it’s not even a surge of patriotism catalyzed by the Queen dying — I’m firmly team Diana and team Meghan.
Now that fall is officially here, the holidays will sweep in and I’ll have to contend with the fact that I won’t be spending them with my family in the UK. I went home to London earlier this year, so there’s not much left in my travel budget for another trip across the pond. A few domestic jaunts might be in my future, but the closest I’ll get to England this winter is watching Love Island and Love, Actually.
So in that spirit, I’ve been filling my days with content from my favorite Brits. I’m listening to all the old British rock bands I grew up listening to, patiently awaiting the new Arctic Monkeys album, and rewatching anything with Michaela Coel in it. I even shipped myself an order of British Baked Beans, so you know it’s dire.
I’ve also been watching British YouTubers like Grace Beverley — my favorite. Generally, I only go on YouTube to watch Vogue Beauty Secrets and AD Open Door videos. But I’m so glad I stumbled on Grace. Her content is a mix of London lifestyle (what lured me in), relatable entrepreneurship, and mindful productivity. I’m not a hustle-and-grind-girlboss, but as a creative person in a 9-to-5, I need all the help I can get to stay plugged in. So, the video “how to be really really really productive without getting overwhelmed” changed my approach to WFH.
Grace outlines her own productivity method: the to-do table. Instead of making a simple to-do list, she divides her tasks into a table that anyone can follow. As someone who’s survived with to-do lists for years, I recently implemented Grace’s method, and it’s revolutionized my workdays.
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I follow her routine to a tee. Here’s how it works:
Essentially, she divides her daily responsibilities into four categories: quick ticks, tasks, projects, and non-negotiables.
- Quick Ticks: Actions that take less than 5-minutes
- Tasks: To-do’s that take up to 30-minutes. Probably don’t take too much brain energy.
- Projects: Long-term list items. These help guide your priorities, even if you’re not crossing them off in one day.
- Non-negotiables: Pick 3 things each day that you must get done. This is how you’ll truly measure success.
With everything written down and sorted, next address your schedule. Meetings, deadlines, and time blocks — whatever works best for you. Write it down. Then make a pact with yourself to stick to them.
This way of categorization provides a roadmap for prioritizing your day — making you far more productive. Have you ever spent the entire day on small tasks and then suddenly realized you hadn’t moved the needle on any task? Or do you spend way too much time on tasks that aren’t a priority? No more. With your non-negotiables laid out, you know what to laser-focus on and what to dedicate energy towards.
Also, it pays to know your working style. I’m not a morning person. Yet, I have to be up and at ‘em super early. So, first thing in the morning, I march through my Quick Ticks to warm me up. I set a time limit, so I can knock out some easy wins which is totally inspiring. Then I move on to bigger things without lingering on emails or admin. For others, it might be more helpful to tackle the big things with all that early-in-the-day brain power earlier.
Grace has great tips on avoiding overwhelm and burnout. My favorite is taking more intentional breaks rather than scrolling through social media. I call this scrolling “productive” because I’m “coming up with pitches.” Oh, the lies we tell ourselves. It’s more productive in the long run to giving my brain a break with non-screen related stimuli.
Grace’s solution? Set a timer to read a real, an actual book. I’ve never thought of this. It’s a genius way to check off some books on my TBR and kickstart my creativity. After reading a good book, I’m completely inspired to write. So having books near my desk helps me step away from the computer during my lunch break for an actual reset. (And yes, the current books I’m reading are by British authors: Assembly by Natasha Brown, and Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalolu.)
In my pursuit of switching out my WFH set-up and getting my life together, I’ve engineered my workstation for success. With my new WFH essentials and Grace’s productivity technique, I’m revitalized for work — despite the fall blues and my melancholy about the pending holidays.
Here are the things getting me hyped for work and helping me crush my Grace Beverley-inspired to-do tables — no lists in sight:
Pack your bags — Southwest Airlines is having a major sale! Fares are as low as $59 one-way if you book by October 3rd.
This end-of-summer super sale is a game-changer for your travel plans through the end of the year. Summertime travel gets all the glory. But why not take advantage of your long weekends, holidays, and PTO this fall. You’ll be surprised at how much travel you can fit in. Keep the fall/winter season exciting with domestic trips that give you all the excitement without breaking the bank. All thanks to Southwest.
Here’s the breakdown:
Where can you go?
You’ll find discounted tickets to and from most airports. Sale fares apply to cross country travel, and even Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean! Whether you’re visiting a new city or revisiting your last beach vacation, this sale has fares to make your travel dreams come true.
What do the fares cover?
Southwest Airlines has multiple fare tiers, each with various benefits. Wanna Get Away fares start at $59, while Wanna Get Away Plus fares start at $89. You can also find great deals on Anytime fares, which offer priority boarding and express lanes. Then there’s Business Select tickets for a luxe experience at an affordable price point.
Do you have to be a Southwest Rapid Rewards member?
You may think these sale fares are too good to be true. Is there a catch? Do you have to be a Southwest Rapid Rewards member to access them? You’re in luck — anyone can attain these fares for a limited time.
But, insider tip, you should consider signing up for Southwest Rapid Rewards. With a free sign up, you earn points and miles with each trip you take. And with this sale, each dollar you spend on these discounted tix can stretch super far until you eventually earn free travel. The only thing better than a sale is free stuff.
I’ve been browsing the Southwest Airlines site, checking out flights and dreaming.