Office Gifts & Decor

If you’re like me, then you love a good desk accessory. Turns out, with so many in fun colors and patterns now available, they also make for great gifts for coworkers or any friend with a love for desk or home decor. Because really, why wouldn’t someone want to brighten up their work space?

Today I’m sharing lots of great gift options. I personally have a slight obsession with all things pink, gold and white, but I threw in some other fun picks as well to mix things up. As a Chi Omega, I love when I come across anything with an owl on it like these gold push pins (under $4 for the set!). And since I make about 100 to-do lists a day, these dry erase coasters that look like notepads would be perfect for me, along with this to-do list booklet.

Shop all of the items shown here using the links below – and feel free to grab some for yourself too! For even more of my picks, follow along on Insta (@dailykatyblog). Just sign up for ShopStyle.it, like my pics and you’ll get a shoppable email delivered right to your inbox. Enjoy!

 

Office Gifts & Decor

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Desk / Desk Calendar / Mugs

Stapler / Coasters / Notebook Set

To-Do Notebook / iPhone Case / Vase

Floral Charger / Dry Erase Coasters

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Carry-On Travel Bags

I’ve been taking lots of day trips and long weekend trips this year, both for work and play, and through that I’ve quickly learned the importance of having a good carry-on bag. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite carry-on travel bags right now, all of which are perfect in their own way. Now I’m on the hunt for new rolling suitcases (both carry-on and larger with spinning wheels), so if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

 

1. cinda b Traveling Bowler

This bag (bottom left) quickly became one of my absolute, all-time favorite travel bags as soon as I started using it. I’ve mainly been using it as a carry-on bag when I travel on short trips because it has a zip opening to easily slip over my rolling suitcase handle, so it makes carrying all of my bags much easier. Plus the interior of it is even bigger than it looks and it fits everything I need, from my laptop and magazines to my purse, cosmetics and more, especially since there are lots of pockets. I’ve also used it as an overnight bag – it has an adjustable cross-body strap and also regular handles. And one of the best thing about cinda b bags is the fabric – it’s so durable and comes in tons of fun patterns. I went with Noir (all black) this time, but I love patterns like Neptune (shown on this beach bag). {cindab.com, $129}

2. Hayden-Harnett Ibiza Flight Tote

I discovered Hayden-Harnett last year and now I wish I could have one of everything they make. They have a line of travel bags and accessories that are great for work, weekends and travel. The bag shown in the photos isn’t available anymore, but they have an even better bag, the Ibiza Flight Tote, which comes in black, silvered grey, orchid (pink) and olive. I actually had my eyes on this bag but it wasn’t available when I got my other one! The Ibiza can be worn in up to six different ways thanks to its unique strap/handle and snap system, so you can change it up based on your preferences. {haydenharnett.com, $198}

3. LeSportsac  Voyager Backpack

Backpacks are back in style and I’ll be the first to admit that I love them. In fact, I’ve been using a backpack as my carry-on bag for years and I needed them to come back in style so I could get one that didn’t look like I was back in high school going to class. I love the LeSportsac Voyager Backpack because it’s nice and roomy and easy to get things in and out of. LeSportsac has so many fun prints and patterns that they introduce throughout the year – this one is a floral print called Euphoria. The Voyager has a drawstring closure and lots of of pockets to store your on-the-go essentials. I think this might even make a good beach bag this summer! {lesportsac.com, $118}

4. Baggalini Village Tote

Another great options that slides right over your suitcase handle is the Village Tote from Baggalini, one of their best-selling bags. This bag also has lots of pockets for organization and also has a removable coin purse and a padded front zipper pocket that’s perfect for my Nook or iPad. The Village Tote has a nice shoulder strap so it’s easy to carry and the style is more like a traditional shoulder bag, not quite as big as the cinda b bag above. The fabric is lightweight and water-resistant and while the blue shown here is no longer available, it comes in black, which is perfect for anytime use. {baggalini.com, $94.95}

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

 Carry-On Travel Bags on DailyKaty.com

**While I was provided samples for review, all opinions are my own.**

Early Spring Work Style

It finally feels like spring here in New England, but it’s still been pretty chilly at night. And while I can’t wait for the days where I don’t even need a sweater or jacket at night, I wanted to share a lacey sweater that’s on sale right now for only $22 right now (shop it through the links!). It’s a great piece to add to your work style rotation, especially when it’s that time of year when you’re transitioning from chillier temps to spring. SheInside is a good site for trendy pieces that you don’t want to spend a ton of $ on – and if you shop using the us.sheinside.com site, you can usually get free shipping.

I’ve also had these American Eagle jeggings on repeat and this Hayden-Harnett bag is one of my faves for work (it’s no longer available, but they have similar options now). And then on my face I went with all bareMinerals for this look, including the new Complexion Rescue tinted face cream (my go-to for my speedy work makeup routine) and Pop of Passion lip oil-balm.

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 Shop the look:

Sweater (only $22!)

Necklace (old, linked to similar) / Booties (old, linked to similar)

Jeggings (under $40!) / c/o Bag (old, linked to similar)

c/o Lips, Face, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner & Mascara

Hope you all have a great week! Don’t forget to enter the $300 Target gift card and Spring FabFitFun box giveaways – there’s still time!

xo,

Katy

Friday Faves {April 10, 2015}

Cheers to the weekend, the weather in New England finally starting to feel like spring today. Now time for my Friday Faves…

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1. Home office perfect for city living. Why didn’t I discover this mini desk before I put a not-as-perfect desk into a tiny random room we have that doubles as an office and storage? This desk is both a functional desk and nightstand – great for a spare bedroom. Buy it here in white or chocolate – it’s even on sale. #iwantit {popsugar.com}

2. DIY floral arrangements. Is there anything Blake Lively doesn’t do? She has a trick for creating her own floral arrangements, and all it takes is heading to your local grocery store and picking up a few of their generic, pre-made bouquets. Then you rearrange into prettier bouquets for around the house. {brit.co}

3. Make-ahead Chipotle-style burrito bowls. That says it all, doesn’t it? I’m all about a mexican “bowl” of any type, but mine usually consist of lettuce, taco meat, veggies and the usual toppings. This recipe takes it up a notch but is still pretty easy and can be prepped ahead of time (and it can even be stored in the freezer). You just make chicken, cilantro-lime rice, black beans and corn salsa, then add toppings. {today.com}

4. More habits of organized people. I do a few of these (write everything down… check – I’m a crazy list person)… but I could use some work on others (having a home for everything, having less stuff, etc.). This is a good, realistic list of things that do work if you commit to them. I’m organized when it comes to productivity, but my desk and house certainly don’t look like they belong to an organized person… {refinery29.com}

Friday Faves {August 15, 2014}

Happy Friday! My husband, pup and I are headed off to Provincetown, Cape Cod this morning, but wanted to share some of my favorite links this week. Check them out below, have a great weekend and I’ll be back Sunday night!

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  1. Closet Envy: This amazing closet/office designed for Rach Parcell of Pink Peonies by Alice Lane has everything a girl could want.
  2. Puppy Love: My new favorite Instagram account, BullyInstagram. How can pics of adorable bulldogs not make me happy.
  3. Lauren Conrad: Slight obsession with her in general – probably due to my high school obsession with Laguna Beach… but really, I’m loving her new items from her LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s collection and also this giveaway.
  4. Office Inspiration: Love this home office look from The Everygirl. Can’t wait til I finally get around to updating my home office space.

What were your favorite links this week? Let us know in the comments below!

Working Jams: What Music Should You Listen to on the Job? {Infographic}

This short week following Memorial Day has required some extra productivity at work for me. When I’m not in meetings and I’m trying to cruise through my to do list, I usually throw on my headphones to avoid distractions (and of course, for entertainment). I write quite a bit for work, so I usually find myself listening to low-key music (think Colbie Caillat or country).

Earlier today, I came across a fun infographic from Sonos that helps you determine the best music to listen to at work, depending on your profession and what you do all day. I ended up with ambient as a genre recommendation, but since I’m a “creative cat,” there are no genre restrictions limited. Check it out below and see what you should be listening to!

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What’s your favorite workplace music – and does it align with this infographic? Let us know below!

Erin Condren’s Life Planners {Review & Giveaway}

If you’ve been following DailyKaty, then you already know that one of my goals for 2014 is to stay organized. I’m big on lists, mainly because it feels great to actually cross things off, and there’s no better way to keep lists organized than with a planner. One of my colleagues showed up to a meeting one day with a bright, super-organized planner and I instantly had to have one. As it turns out, the planner was one of Erin Condren‘s Life Planners. Once you check out the website, you’ll instantly see why these planners are so great. To sum it up, these planners are completely personalized, above-and-beyond organized and also bright and stylish.

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There are so many great, practical features that make the Life Planner stand out. I’ve been using it to stay organized at work and can already say that it’s been making a huge difference – both with my productivity and motivation to stay organized. I love how the weekly spreads are divided into morning, day and night so that I can really plan out my day. Check out some of my favorite features below:

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In addition to the features shown above, it comes with goals and to-do lists for every week and month, inspirational quotes , and  stickers for birthdays and other important dates, gift labels, contact pages and more. For a bit extra, you can personalize your planner even more with custom stickers, matching notepads, a pen holder, marker set and elastic bands to hold your place. It’s really up to you, which is one of the best things about Erin Condren. Each planner measures 7.25″ x 9.25″ and has 238 pages, including the tabs.

Erin Condren Life Planners can be purchased on ErinCondren.com, starting at $50. In addition to planners, Erin Condren offers a variety of other equally as awesome products, including jumbo calendars, desk pads, notepads and much, much more!

Giveaway! Now through March 31, 2014, you can enter to win a $25 eGift Card to ErinCondren.com, where you can pick out your very own personalized life planner or product of your choice! Just in case you don’t win the giveaway, you can also get $10 off your order using this link.

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**While I was not compensated for this post, Erin Condren provided me with $25 off in exchange for this review, and will be providing the $25 eGift Card for the giveaway. Additionally, for each purchase made with my referral link, I will receive a $10 credit to ErinCondren.com.

Giveaway: See Jane Work & Choosing an Office Color Scheme

If you read my 2014 New Year’s resolutions post, then you know that one of my main goals is to declutter and stay organized this year. This applies to all aspects of my life, including my work life. With that said, I’m going to be organizing and decorating both my cube at work and my home office (I work from home on Fridays) – and I’ll be sharing tips and products along the way.

First up is a great company that I recently discovered, See Jane Work, which is all about office style and organization. My favorite thing about See Jane Work is that they offer lots of fun, yet practical office products, all of which will make you a little bit happier about being stuck behind your computer for the work day. The founder and creative director, Holly Weiss, also offers tips on how to organize in style, which are super helpful.

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Holly offers great advice on how to choose an office color scheme, so that’s where I decided to start out. I decided to go with blues, pinks/corals, white and gold for my color scheme, and I’m starting it off with See Jane Work’s Hand-Painted Desk Caddy ($30) and matching Desk Tray ($20). The Desk Caddy has three connected compartments that are perfect for storing desktop tools and writing implements, and the Desk Tray is great for displaying your business cards, collecting other’s business cards or storing miscellaneous items that you use frequently, such as lip glosses and hand lotion.

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Read on below for more on how to pick out your office color scheme and enter the Desk Caddy & Tray giveaway!

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

Holly has some great tips on how to choose an office color scheme, which is an important when considering the type of work environment you want to create for yourself. Here are her basic guidelines:

First, consider your objectives for the space and the effect your office color will have on coworkers and clients. For example, researchers found that red caused people to work faster. If that’s the case then shouldn’t everyone paint their office red? Definitely not, those same workers had more errors and higher heart rates. A red office would not be the best choice for a CPA.

Once you’ve figured out your objectives you need to decide on a color or colors. This should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway – test a color before you commit. Whether it’s a storage box or a paint color, live with it for a few weeks before you make a final decision. Also consider color combinations for balance and experiment with different color tones to achieve the desired effect.

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

Pink has a relaxing effect which is surprising considering it’s just a lighter shade of red. Nonetheless it can help with anxiety or aggressive behavior. It also looks great with green so if you’re feeling a little uptight, a green and pink color scheme could do wonders for you.

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

Blue has a calming effect. It can slightly lower blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. For balance and style combine blue with orange. Some shades of blue like turquoise are said to promote communication.

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

Green is soothing and relaxing so if you’re prone to anxiety at work, a predominately green office could be helpful. (It does curb the appetite, so if your office is a restaurant, green isn’t the color for you.)

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

Yellow is considered a memorable color. Is this why basic sticky notes come in yellow? Yellow is also a good color for concentration and self-esteem, perfect for a study area. When choosing a shade of yellow try to avoid the school bus look by selecting muted shades or simply balance with grey.

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

Red, like Orange and Yellow, has a stimulating effect. Studies have proven high cortical arousal in red rooms. It increases the heart rate and blood pressure, not a good choice if you suffer from high blood pressure. The color red is also associated with vitality, energy and ambition.

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

Violet or purple is considered to be the most versatile color. It promotes peace, wisdom, intuition and artistry. (I hope they have plans to paint all the walls in Washington D.C. violet!) Some say it can even help with headaches. No scientific tests have confirmed this, but if you suffer from headaches at work it’s worth trying.

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

Black is associated with strength and confidence. That’s why your black suit makes you feel powerful.

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Orange is stimulating and can reduce fatigue. It has a warming effect that can work wonders in a room that is perpetually cold. It can also stimulate your appetite so I’ll be avoiding orange walls in my office.

Choosing an Office Color Scheme

White is a combination of all colors so while an all white room can be sterile, it can soften and illuminate other colors in the spectrum. If you have floor to ceiling windows in your office (I’m jealous) white walls can balance the colors coming in from the outdoors.

Choosing colors is still more of an art than a science. Studies seem conflicting and the results are complicated. In one study participants heart rates were lower in a multi-colored room than they were in a grey room. This seems to conflict with the evidence that red increases heart rates, but could provide scientific evidence that Jonathan Adler is on to something. The good thing is that color is easy to change. If you invest in neutral basics and accessorize with color you can make adjustments till you find the color scheme that’s right for you.

Now through Monday, March 3, 2014, you can enter to win your own Hand-Painted Desk Caddy & Tray. Enter below!

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**While I was not compensated for this post, See Jane Work provided me with samples for review and to give away. The tips on choosing an office color scheme were written by See Jane Work’s founder, Holly Bohn Weiss. All opinions are my own.

Giveaway: May Books from May Designs

Every New Year, I find myself on the hunt for the perfect daily planner, specifically one that will keep me organized but is also fun and personal. I also love a good notebook, mainly because I am the queen of “to do” lists and Post-Its. Without them, I’d never get anything done.

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This brings me to May Designs, an awesome company that was started by Mica May, a logo designer that describes herself as a “notebook junkie,” who began designing them for herself after she just couldn’t find the perfect one. Her friends and clients loved what she came up with, started making requests, and May Designs was born.

There are lots of different types of May Books – everything from planners and notebooks to address books and wedding diaries. The first step to picking out a May Book is to decide on a pattern, which I think is the hardest part because there are so many great ones to choose from (chevrons, polka dots, ikats and more – all in fun, vibrant colors). Here are some of the patterns to choose from – and be sure to select which one you like best at the bottom of this post to enter the giveaway!

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After you pick the cover design, you get to customize it even further with the background shape, typographic style, monogram color and monogram text. I liked how the selection tool gave recommendations for the best monogram colors based on the cover design I picked. And then the final step is to select the type of book, and again, there are lots of different options! Here are all of the types of May Books offered:

  • 2014 Monthly Agenda: Months + Weeks (Jan to Dec)
  • 2014 Monthly Agenda: Months + Dots (Jan to Dec)
  • Weekly Agenda: Non-dated Weeks (40 weeks only)
  • Address Book
  • Budget Journal
  • Meal Planner
  • Calorie + Exercise Journal
  • Kids Coloring Book
  • Kids Handwriting Book
  • Wedding Diary
  • Bump Diary
  • Baby Diary
  • Lines
  • Dot Grid
  • Graph
  • Blank

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It was honestly so hard to pick out my first May Book because there are so many designs and types. I ultimately went with “Mermaid Orange” for the design, and then used my initials with the “Classic Monogram.” For the inside, I opted for what is probably the most standard option, the 2014 Monthly Agenda with Months and Weeks, mainly because I wanted to use it as a planner for DailyKaty. As you’ll see, this option has calendars for each month, then weekly spreads that you can use for planning out each specific day. Check it out below!

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This week, May Designs launched a few limited edition patterns with Stella & Dot, which I’m loving. Too bad they weren’t available when I picked mine out… might have to buy one now! Below is one of the Stella & Dot patterns:

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Each May Book is 5×8” in size and come standard with 80 pages, with some of the agendas having additional pages. They come with soft canvas covers and are all individually stitched down the spine for an eco-friendly binding solution. May Books range from $14-$22, depending on the type of book (prices start at $14 for a plain notebook, then add $5 for a monogram, and another $3 to customize the inside pages). You can check out May Designs on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram – and of course at MayDesigns.com.

If you love a good notebook or planner as much as I do, enter the giveaway below for a chance to win one for yourself! The giveaway is open now through February 17, 2014.

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**While I was not compensated for this post, May Designs provided me with a free May Book for review, and will also be providing the giveaway prize. All opinions are my own.

Hailo Turns 1, Offers Cupcakes & Rides to Bostonians

In case you haven’t heard about Hailo yet, it’s a great taxi service that allows you to order cabs from your smartphone and actually see where they are. Hailo is available in several different cities, Boston being one of them. Here are a few great things about Hailo:

  • It’s easy. I HATE hailing cabs, and with Hailo, I can get a Boston taxi easily with the Hailo app.
  • No need for cash. Another thing I hate about cabs is the need to have cash (which you technically don’t need in Boston, but cab drivers still prefer it). With Hailo, you automatically pay with your debit or credit card that’s on file with your account.
  • It’s safe. Hailo works with Boston’s licensed and trustworthy taxi drivers, and approves each driver individually.

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To celebrate Hailo’s 1-year anniversary in Boston, the company is saying “thank you” to Bostonians in a few different ways:

Free Kickass Cupcake

Today, November 13, Hailo will be at the following locations, where you can get FREE Kickass Cupcakes when you show your Hailo app.

  1. Brookline, Coolidge Corner Courtyard Marriott, 11AM-12:30PM
  2. Cambridge, Tech Square, 1PM-3:15PM
  3. Boston, Dewey Square, 3:30PM-5:30PM

Two Free Hailo rides

Take a ride to the Kickass Cupcakes truck, or anywhere you need to go today (11/13) and Thursday (11/14), with two $15 credits! Use codes HAILODAY1 and HAILODAY2 to take advantage. Some of Hailo’s drivers will have a special surprise waiting for you in their cabs too (not sure what it is, but sounds fun!).

HAILO arrives in Brookline!

Today, Hailo has also announced the launch of Hailo in Brookline. Brookline taxi drivers are now available to come to you with just two taps of your smartphone.

London Taxi Cab in Boston

This week, there will be a special Hailo-wrapped London taxi cab rolling through Boston’s streets. Share your pictures on Twitter with #HAILODAY and tag  @HailoBoston.

I might just have to take a Hailo home today or tomorrow – just because. You can download the Hailo app here. Enjoy!