I get asked a lot about my “office essentials” so I thought I would write up a little blog post with all of my BOSS BABE FAVS for my office, why I love them and where you can get them, too!
From tools to get take amazing pictures, to getting organized, to protecting your tech and just making your office look cute there’s going to be something for everyone in this post!
Let’s start with the big ticket item first. LIGHTING. If you’re in any business where you use social media as a tool photography is likely going to be playing a role in your success. We use our imagery on social media as a way to tell a story, to showcase our brand and to deliver a message. And I’ll tell you what – a bright, clean, clear, colorful image will give you one leg up in having that message received well by your audience. Dimly lit, blurry, dreary pictures are typically not received as well and your message may be lost as someone scrolls right past your carefully crafted caption because the imagery was so lackluster. We don’t want that happening, do we Boss Babes? We want your imagery to compliment your caption and have the most eyes on what you’re sharing!
THE DIVA LIGHT
This baby right here is basically the best selfie lighting you can get. You install a cell phone or camera tripod adaptor into top of the light (there is a little bracket to screw your adaptor onto) and you just switch the light on! There is a little dimmable button on it as well that allows you to adjust the lighting to lighter or brighter to get the best possible lighting. LINK TO BUY
I’ve had a lot of people ask me if there are cheaper alternatives to this one because yes, the price tag can feel a bit daunting (although I still believe it to be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.) I did some research and found this one that is an “off brand” and a bit cheaper with the same concept and also found this one that is even cheaper, albeit a bit smaller of a ring, as well.
If you’re on the go and you still want some awesome lighting for your pictures here are a couple of other options!
MORE LIGHTING OPTIONS
This one right here is awesome! It has a little stand so you can literally pop your phone into it and it props up anywhere. It also has three different modes “white, warm yellow, and warm white.” The price is also totally affordable too which is a major added bonus. LINK TO BUY
If you want something that you can throw in your purse and take on the go with you (without the bigger stand of the one above) this clip-on light is definitely something to consider. I have this one as well and it’s a pretty powerful little light! LINK TO BUY
So now you’ve got the lighting down but you want a clear background to take your pictures on – you know, the real profesh looking selfies? I have this super awesome pop-up background that I use for all my “headshot” type of selfies. It is white on one side and black on the other and pops-up an folds down really easily! There are tons of other backdrop systems that are just way too tedious to put together and take down and unless you’re a photographer it’s not really something you want to mess with. LINK TO BUY
So you’ve got the backdrop for your selfies but what about foodie or product pictures that you want to stage for a flat lay? A common photo hack is laying your items on a piece of scrapbook paper that emulates a hard surface (w0od, granite, marble, etc.) LINK TO BUY
Another option if you want to get a little crafty is to buy a piece of foam board from the craft store and cover it in marble contact paper! LINK TO BUY
Or you can invest in an actual piece of marble in the form of a large cutting board which is what I did and it’s worked out great. Multi-purpose here too since you can actually use it for food prep and not just for pictures. LINK TO BUY
So there are situations where you need a portable tripod and I’ve tried many but this one is by far my favorite! The legs are retractable so you can expand them out if you need them tall or fold them in if you want them smaller. It’s also collapsable which makes transport easy if you’re bringing it on the go with you. LINK TO BUY
I also really love this tiny tripod to stick in my purse! It plugs right into the lightning port on your phone for added stabilization! You can move it around to get the perfect grip wherever you’re placing it. LINK TO BUY
CASES AND COVERS
Phone cases and laptop covers are designed to protect your electronics but let’s be serious there is a cute factor involved too, right?
For a phone case I’ve become obsessed with Loopy Cases lately because of how much easier it is to hold my phone while typing e-mails, texts, taking pictures and even just carrying it around. They come in a variety of cute colors (and a clear case is coming in the Spring, too!) LINK TO BUY These are the two I have (and love) and they even have an option for lefties!
And what about Laptop cases? I’m kind of in a “pink and marble” phase right now (I guess kind of obvious) and this is my most recent MacBook case that I just LOVE.
PLANNERS + CALENDARS
Having a planner is a huge part of every BOSS BABE’s office arsenal. There are a million and one options to choose from: Erin Condren, Day Designer, Passion Planner, etc. the list goes on! But if there is one thing I’ve learned about planners – you don’t need a crazy expensive one to get the job done, in fact I prefer the $20 ones!
Like this spotted gold one! LINK TO BUY
Or this navy stripe one! LINK TO BUY
Or this pretty little floral! LINK TO BUY
How about a cute little desk calendar? Keep track of the day and look cute doing it. LINK TO BUY
THE CUTE STUFF
Alright so those are the essentials, but what about some cute stuff to make your desk and office happy?
ORGANIZATION makes my heart happy. I love little post-its and to-do lists and being able to clip them somewhere visible (and cute) to make sure I’m staying on track and getting them done is essential! LINK TO BUY You can also get the cute little wire baskets and shelving as add-ons to spice it up too!
And another cute way to stay organized with all the papers, notebooks, pens + pencils + markers on your desk! LINK TO BUY
Cutest paper-clip set I’ve ever seen! LINK TO BUY
And… my favorite pen set ever. LINK TO BUY
How about the epic letter board? From positive affirmations, to cutesy quotes and notes to yourself this thing is definitely one of my office favorites. LINK TO BUY
And because every BOSS BABE needs a pink chair with a BOSS BABE PILLOW… 😉 LINK TO BUY
So BOSS BABES I hope you got some great ideas to up your home office game! If you think of things I didn’t include, but need to add – let me know!