Girl Boss Tips with Dagne Dover

I write this post as I am recuperating from one. crazy. work. week. Keeping up with a blog on top of working 40 hours a week is extremely difficult, but as fashion and photography are a few of my favorite hobbies I always make time for my creative outlet! By day I work as an Executive Administrative Assistant at a Medicaid program, and by night I am generally in a pajama shirt, sans pants, on my computer blogging my little heart out. This past month I have been preparing binders (13 to be exact) full of documents from the past 2 years of business. The organization I work for is getting audited by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and in all honesty it would be a fun ‘jelly-bean guessing game’ to figure out how many trees I have taken out with all the printing I have been doing. Thankfully everything has been completed as of last Friday, but you know auditors – they will always ask for 13473984 more things while they are there. While organizational skills at work are relative to the influx of paperwork on your desk, I have found a very easy way to keep my personal affairs in order. It’s a simple two words: Dagne Dover.

I bring my Dagne Dover 15″ Onyx Stingray tote bag to work everyday. That is not an exaggeration – it literally has my entire life packed into it. Everything has a compartment for itself: from my laptop, to my work ID badge, to my Nalgene. A coworker of mine recently complimented my bag saying she wished she had one as sturdy and structured as mine – one that stands up tall on its own instead of slouching over. I told her about my DD bag and showed her all of the compartments. She was blown away by the amazing quality of the bag, the organizational options it provides and most importantly the effortless-chic look of the bag, which are perfect for any busy woman on the go! Luckily for her, I teamed up with Dagne Dover and my Style Collective sisters on a GIVEAWAY to win a FREE PURSE! Head over to my Instagram to see how to enter. In addition we have a 20% coupon code off your purchase just in case you don’t win the giveaway – STYLECOLLECTIVE20. Below I am sharing a few tips on how to keep your work bag organized and the essentials you need in your bags – always! Photography by Matthew Wonderly.

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  • “A Place for Everything, Everything in its Place” – You don’t know how many minutes of my life I have spent watching my mother fish around her floppy purse looking for her keys to the house. I’d stand there and tap my foot, frustrated that she couldn’t magically snap her fingers and the keys would appear. My first tip is to always put your main items in the same compartment of your bag every single time so you never misplace them. Put your keys in the left pocket, put your wallet in the zip compartment, and put your train pass in the phone slot behind your phone. This will make everything easy to grab and once you are in a routine of putting things in the same place, you won’t even blink an eye as you go to reach for that item – it will ALWAYS be in the same spot! One of my favorite features of the Dagne Dover bags is the key chain they have. It’s an attachable chain that you connect inside of your purse so one tug brings your keys right to your hand!

 

  • Color is Key – Picking out a color of a purse is one of the hardest things to do while shopping. You want to make sure it’s a color you can wear across many seasons and is easy to match with your outfits. With Fall/Winter coming up, it was a no brainer for me to chose the Onyx Stingray bag by Dagne Dover. One of my favorite things about the Dagne Dover bags are that they have the best solid colors to chose from. I have a black one, a tan one, and a baby blue one. The prints and textures are fun and beautiful as well, but for me I stick with solid colors so matching and having a true everyday bag is easier. My second tip is to choose a neutral color for your everyday purse: black, tan, navy, ivy green, white or brown. These colors are versatile with many outfits and can transition from season to season effortlessly!

 

  • A Bag that Means Business – As we all know, first impressions are everything. From the work outfit we wear to the strength of our handshakes – we are being judged from the exact moment we meet someone. As strong, intelligent and goal-driven women having a bag that reads the same vibes is extremely important. My third tip is to invest in a tote bag that looks as professional as you are! You don’t want to be leaving the office and bump into someone with a saggy, crinkly bag that has makeup explosion stains and that bag of chips from 2 weeks ago in it. A structured bag is not only the perfect accessory for the organized and driven women, but it is also gives a professional and put-together vibe. A Dagne Dover bag will make you look even more professional, and more importantly they will make you feel more professional – instantly boosting your confidence!

 

  • Bag Lady – Being a bag lady is NOT a bad thing! In fact I love bag ladies because they are kind of like Mary Poppins and can whip anything out of their purse from Neosporin to an extra tampon. With Dagne Dover’s many compartments I have achieved my bag lady goals into one single purse. Instead of having to cary multiple bags, I can fit everything I need into one bag. I have a hydration station, first aid kit, work supplies, pens, lipsticks and room for more! My 4th tip is to always keep these essentials in your bag: a pen, bandaids, Advil, extra feminine products (for yourself and a sister in need – you always want to be that girl to help someone out!), a small notebook and a shade of lipstick! Embrace the bag lady, you know you want to.

 

In the comments below share your professional and organizational tips!

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84 Comments

  1. barbara.aube@gmail.com
    August 7, 2016 / 2:42 AM

    Wow …very stylish … I need one … and I love to be organized !!!

    • tayloraube
      August 7, 2016 / 3:15 AM

      You would love these bags! Definitely check them out 🙂

    • tayloraube
      August 7, 2016 / 3:15 AM

      Thank you Kait! You seriously are the sweetest <3

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 5:10 PM

      Such an amazing post!

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 5:10 PM

      They are perfect!!!

  2. August 8, 2016 / 2:36 PM

    These pictures are stunning! Keeping things in their place in a bag is a struggle for me, but I know it helps so much! Love how professional this one looks to be!
    Emily
    http://darlingdearestblog.com

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 5:10 PM

      Sounds like you need a Dagne Dover bag 😛 Thanks for stopping by Emily!

  3. August 8, 2016 / 2:40 PM

    Taylor you look like an executive at some major company in this post girl!!! You are SLAYING HARD!! Love the bag and the tips that I can use for sure and the way you dressed for work!! Get it girl!!

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 5:09 PM

      Ruthie you sure know how to make me feel confident and amazing! I can totally see you rocking this look, the skirt would look BOMB on you! Cheers to girl bosses!

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 5:08 PM

      I have the linen Mini tote as well so we are totally twinsies! Thanks so much for your comment Amanda.

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 5:08 PM

      I say pull the trigger! I love mine and use them daily, and also for travel.

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 5:07 PM

      Thank you Anna! It was such a fun collaboration 🙂

  4. August 8, 2016 / 4:36 PM

    Oh girl I am starting to work a full time job again soon – We need to discuss how you balance life! Because I am super nervous and want to make sure the blog still continues to grow and represent me.

    I loved these tips and organization is so so key! Congrats on the new gig. You da best!
    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 3:54 PM

      Honestly I don’t know how I do it, haha! My life is so crazy and sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with my blog, but I always remind myself how much I love it and how rewarding it is. I usually shoot on the weekends and do my flaylays after work. Good luck with the balance, it’s hard but doable!

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 3:53 PM

      Same here! Structured and business-savvy, Dagne Dover has it all!

  5. August 8, 2016 / 9:59 PM

    You are looking so chic and fierce Taylor!! Love your work outfit. This bag sounds like a magical Mary Poppins for sure. I could definitely use some organization in my life haha. Hope you’re doing good!

    Meaghan xx

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 3:53 PM

      You would love this bag Meaghan I swear it matches your style perfectly. Thanks for your sweet comment 🙂

  6. August 9, 2016 / 3:21 PM

    Taylor you are killin this executive look! You look so fierce and that bag sounds amazing! I am an organized person but my bag is always so messy! I need to use your tips! Xo

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 3:53 PM

      Thank you Nicole! It’s hard to stay organized, but once you get in the habit it’s like second nature 🙂

  7. August 9, 2016 / 8:19 PM

    Such great tips! Something I HAVE to do as my hubby always has to wait around for me to find my keys! Also love your bag and outfit! xo

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 9:23 PM

      Tell you hubs that a Dagne purse will solve all of your problems.. maybe a birthday or Christmas present?! 😛

  8. Diana
    August 9, 2016 / 9:16 PM

    Your tips for staying organized are terrific. It’s always easier to be organized with the correct tools. Dagne Dover nails it.
    These photos are to die for. ! Every single one of them is just perfect. You are such a natural beauty. Go get ’em. !!

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 9:22 PM

      Thank you Diana! You are so kind 🙂

  9. August 9, 2016 / 9:18 PM

    I need to check out these bags. You ladies are starting to convince me that I need one. Hehe. Taylor, you look amazing. I love this professional look on you – your outfit is stunning. Also, loved all the photos. I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing! Xoxo

    • tayloraube
      August 9, 2016 / 9:22 PM

      Gail you NEED a Dagne Dover bag! I swear every woman needs one. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I don’t always get this dolled up for work, but when I do I feel like a total girl boss!

  10. August 10, 2016 / 1:21 AM

    I bet getting audited makes your work week interesting! Way to hang in there girlie. The bag looks so office friendly! And black is such a classic color!
    XO,
    Anna
    http://www.blushingrosestyle.com

    • tayloraube
      August 10, 2016 / 2:24 PM

      Well I can say it hasn’t been TOO crazy! The hardest part is not stealing the doughnuts and coffee that are left out for the auditors, haha! 😛 Thanks for your comments Anna!

  11. August 10, 2016 / 1:32 AM

    Wow that is a great bag. I hear you I work in publishing and work 45-50 hours a week and then maintaining a blog full time on top of that. It is exhausting. But I have recently discovered photography and I love it. I bought an f1.4 50 mm lens and it takes great photos but learning to focus with this lens does take some getting use to. You are in NY? I am too, we should get together for drinks or something. I will check out your photography.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • tayloraube
      August 10, 2016 / 2:23 PM

      The hustle is REAL girl, I totally feel you! I love getting new lenses and that one is a fabulous one to own. Fixed lenses aren’t my favorite because I’m a total zoom person, but the quality of the pictures is priceless! I am not in NY but will be back in September for NYFW, would love to link up!

  12. August 10, 2016 / 8:47 AM

    Thanks for your tips, and i love your share. I love your fashion wear

    • tayloraube
      August 10, 2016 / 2:21 PM

      Thank you so much Lilith!

  13. August 10, 2016 / 12:30 PM

    Taylor! You look SO polished and gorgeous girlfriend! I love the clean lines of this tote, and your tips are perfect! Especially your “A Place For Everything, Everything In It’s Place” tip! I live by that rule in my home, office, and car… but unfortunately my work bag doesn’t always reflect it, lol. Great post idea! And I am loving the animal print on you… simply fabulous!
    X,
    Heather
    http://www.alittlecasual.com

    • tayloraube
      August 10, 2016 / 2:21 PM

      Heather you are so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words. Doesn’t it make life easier to always put things in their place? I understand it’s hard to keep all aspects of life organized, but we all owe it to ourselves to make life that much easier. Total life hack tip right there!

  14. August 10, 2016 / 1:30 PM

    GIRL! YOU SLAY THAT WORK LOOK! This bag looks like everything I need in a day-to night purse, and love the organizational qualities this brand offers! Perfect year-round color too!

    xx | jordan taylor | petiteMODERN

  15. August 10, 2016 / 1:35 PM

    I just absolutely love how this shoot came out! Your outfit is perfect with this tote. 🙂

    • tayloraube
      August 10, 2016 / 2:17 PM

      Thank you babe! Or should I say, queen of the boss babes! 😛

  16. August 10, 2016 / 11:04 PM

    That blouse is the best!

    • tayloraube
      August 11, 2016 / 11:35 AM

      Thank you Camille!

    • tayloraube
      August 11, 2016 / 4:04 PM

      Totally agreed! Thanks for stopping by Jessica!

  17. August 11, 2016 / 3:23 PM

    every single picture is just the bomb! love the leopard printed skirt! xx toby

    • tayloraube
      August 11, 2016 / 4:04 PM

      Thank you so much! I love this skirt so much.

  18. August 12, 2016 / 6:37 PM

    Taylor, thanks so much for sharing these tips! I have a day job as well, and sometimes I find it hard to organize both my time and my bag, lol. I totally agree with you that big totes are the best; however, I am quite petite, so they look kind of bulky on me. I usually keep quite a few personal items at my desk, so that I don’t need to bring lots of things with me. Anyway, I am in love with your bag and entire look here! Have a great weekend, beautiful:)

    Yuliannova

    • tayloraube
      August 12, 2016 / 9:15 PM

      Since you are petite I totally get that! I would not recommend this bag for short or petite girls. The Dagne Dover mini tote is perfect though and I highly recommend it 🙂 Thanks so much Yulia you are so sweet!

  19. August 14, 2016 / 12:08 PM

    Hi Taylor… I had to stop by and throw in my two cents here. First I’d like to say it’s amazing to get to know you outside of iger. I too work a full time job as a supply chain specialist on top of blogging and writing books. But I love what I do and enjoy meeting others who can understand the lifestyle. You look amazing and your tips are right on point. I carry more black bags and neutral colors such as silver, gold, and blush pink so I can have one to go with every outfit. Thanks for sharing and I’ll see you on Insta!

    Hugs
    KaSonndra
    http://livewellbefabulous.com

    • tayloraube
      August 15, 2016 / 6:29 PM

      I’m glad I have another girl boss to lean on! It’s so hard balancing a blog and work, but it’s comforting to know other women do it too! We should start a support group or something HAH! Much needed because sometimes I swear I’m going crazy. But it’s so worth it!

  20. August 14, 2016 / 11:00 PM

    I so love your office ootd! That bag truly sounds amazing and I think it would be well worth the investment. Thanks for all the awesome tips lady! Also, just wanted to let you know how much of a total girl boss you are for crushing at both blog and work!!!
    xoxo,
    Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

    • tayloraube
      August 15, 2016 / 6:28 PM

      Thank you Jenna! I think a Dagne Dover would be perfect for a gal like you 🙂

  21. August 17, 2016 / 5:33 AM

    Every one needs a great sturdy tote to carry all their important essential. Especially when you are constantly on the go. What strikes me about this bag its such a great price point and it will help keep you organize.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    xo,Jackie
    stylemydreans.com

    • tayloraube
      August 17, 2016 / 5:16 PM

      Such great points! I agree, the bags are definitely worth the price. My coworkers I mentioned in this post brought her new Dagne Dover in today and she couldn’t be more pleased!

    • tayloraube
      August 22, 2016 / 6:34 PM

      Christie! Thanks for the love – DD is the best!

    • tayloraube
      August 22, 2016 / 6:34 PM

      Thank you so much!

    • tayloraube
      August 27, 2016 / 5:56 PM

      Thank you! I am slowly getting into leopard print. I like it in small doses! And with this DVF skirt I couldn’t help myself, it’s so fierce.

  22. August 28, 2016 / 9:41 PM

    Such an amazing post! I love the pictures and the tips you shared 🙂

    What about following each other?

    Caro x

    http://nilooorac.com/

    • tayloraube
      August 29, 2016 / 1:59 PM

      Thank you so much Carolin! I’d love to connect on social media.

    • tayloraube
      August 29, 2016 / 2:00 PM

      Same here, but this skirt is to die for!

    • tayloraube
      August 29, 2016 / 4:40 PM

      Thank you so much babe 🙂

    • tayloraube
      August 29, 2016 / 4:38 PM

      Thank you!

    • tayloraube
      August 29, 2016 / 10:20 PM

      Thank you so much love!

    • tayloraube
      August 30, 2016 / 11:49 AM

      Thank you Maryam, it’s my favorite to wear to work!

  23. August 30, 2016 / 7:57 AM

    Loved your tips and I so want that bag, beautiful pics too 🙂 xx

    • tayloraube
      August 30, 2016 / 11:49 AM

      Thank you so much! You would love these bags!

    • tayloraube
      August 30, 2016 / 4:14 PM

      Thank you so much! I’d love to connect 🙂

    • tayloraube
      August 31, 2016 / 11:42 AM

      Thank you sweetie!

  24. Nichole
    March 29, 2017 / 2:15 PM

    Is no one else’s Dagne Dover slouching to one side after using it a while??

    • tayloraube
      March 30, 2017 / 11:33 AM

      Mine hasn’t slouched! I just make sure it’s always propped up and/or leaning against something so it’s always straight. I’ve had mine for about 3 years and it’s still standing tall without slouching!

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