I don’t read a lot of PR emails, to be honest, but I recently got one about an interesting new company that makes laptop bags specifically for women — and since a) their stuff is pretty cute, and b) we’ve had a lot of recent conversations about women toting laptops around, I thought I’d post this today. I, of course like the dark blue bag the best, as well as what looks like some great internal pockets/organization options for cords, cell phones, and more. The material is described as being “durable, textured, [and] scratch resistant,” so I don’t believe it’s leather, but then I suspect a leather bag would be too heavy. It’s $169 at TheGraceship.com. Graceship Chicago Laptop Bag
If you’re carrying a million bags, how do you look professional? How can you lighten your load and reduce the number of bags you’re carrying? Reader R wonders…
I work in a large corporate environment and recently had a daughter. I’m back at work, but I feel like a bag lady. I’m only 5’3″ and have to carry in my laptop, purse, pump, lunch, and coffee. (Not brave enough to add my gym bag to the mix, although I’d like to.) I feel like the bags overwhelm my frame and generally make me look smaller, younger, and unprofessional. How do others juggle all this STUFF?
Congratulations on your daughter, R! Great question — I can see how this is a problem for new mothers, but also for other people carrying too much stuff. We’ve talked about what your tote bag says about you, as well as how to save your back while commuting, but we haven’t really talked about a) how to lighten your load, and b) how to balance your load (particularly if you’re petite) so it looks more managed.
From my perspective, most of reader R needs to do is to reduce the amount of stuff she carries. Some tips: [Read more…]
I am always interested when I find a working girl’s cult item that I hadn’t known about before — it seems like the Jet Set tote from Michael Michael Kors might be one of them. A few readers sung their praises on the best interview totes thread, it’s highly rated at all of the stores that carry it, and the bag is so popular that it’s available as a special Macbook tote through the Apple Store (which also has some from Cole Haan and Kenneth Cole) and Michael Kors for $299. The non-laptop version of the bag (dimensions: 14.5″ x 6″ x 10.5″) comes in black, white, brown, and a ton of colors at Nordstrom, Zappos, and Piperlime for $189-$278. Jet Set Travel Tote for MacBook Pro
How do you manage your money without getting stressed out with a million accounts? When we talked about automatic investments a few weeks ago, some readers noted that having too many accounts was stressful to them. So let’s talk about some easier ways to manage the money, how to get a bird’s eye view of your holdings, and some tips to make your general financial life easier. [Read more…]