What’s in Her Bag: Sydney Sullivan

Sydney Sullivan, member of the Social Stylate team, reveals her work bag essentials. Whether working on websites, meeting with clients, or putting an email blast together, every day is different. To be prepared for a full day of running around, it’s important to pack a bag with all the right work day essentials. Here’s a peak in Sydney’s daily bag.

what's in her bag: sydney sullivan

The Tote: This large tote bag by DVF is perfect for me because it fits my laptop, camera and much more. Plus, it can get heavy so I love the different size handles. It’s also super durable and water-proof.

Lipgloss: Everywhere I go, I keep a Fresh lipgloss with me. Houppette has a large variety of them and this summer I currently love the red shade.

To Do List Planner: I am a list maker and I love the “Today’s To Do List” by Bloom Daily Planners. Not only are they from Delaware but they did a wonderful job with the layout of this planner that includes sections like what to buy, exercise and how many glasses of water you drank!

Daily Calendar: The Lilly Pulitzer large agendas are a game changer because they’re bright, cheerful, and have a monthly and weekly view. I’m a Florida girl at hear and I love the prints. Each year, I get mine from the Wilmington Country Store.

Card Case: A few years ago, one of our co-founders, Lauren, ordered these card cases for our team. They’re made from real leather and have our logo with our initials stamped on them. There are two pockets, which is perfect for your cards and the other people’s cards.

Snack Bar: Since every day is so different, sometimes I don’t eat lunch until the afternoon. I keep snack bars in my bag for those days and I try to get the ones that aren’t full of sugar. Janssen’s always has great options with healthy, energy boosting ingredients.

Key Chain: I love this tassel keychain from Marshall’s because it’s stylish and functional. I’m less likely to lose it because I can clip it on to my bag or the inside pocket.

Sunglasses: This pair is from Christina’s Unique Accessories and More and I love them. They were approximately $15 and came with a cute case.

Coin Purse: We often drive to places where we park at meters and so I try to keep a coin purse with me at all times. I love this one I found at a vintage store.


5 Ways to Get Out of a Creative Rut

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Creative ruts are the worst and sometimes they can seem impossible to get out of. If you’re in an industry where creativity rules supreme then you know what we’re talking about. For those who can’t relate, know that it restricts productivity, which is not ideal when you’re making a name for yourself while building your business. Whether your creative rut is related to work or not, we wanted to put forth our top 5 ways to get your groove back:

1. Meet with peers. Getting together with friends in your industry is a great opportunity to bounce ideas off one another. There’s also the added benefit to hear how others overcame any problems you might currently be experiencing. It’s amazing how these conversations will spark curiosity, build your confidence and strengthen your spirit.

2. Create some space for your thoughts. This can involve anything from taking a walk to looking out the window to playing with your dog. In other words, it simply means to do something else other than stewing in your dry spell.

3. Establish order around you. By cleaning your workspace, desk or changing some decor around, you can get out of the rut. There’s something about nesting that lets your mind to wander for a bit. Once order has been established a sense of motivation almost always kicks in.

4. Make time to explore. It’s important to carve out time in your routine to do or try something new. For instance, look at other people’s work or portfolios in or close to your field. Trying something new or seeing new things will push your boundaries and enhance your abilities to think about things with a new perspective.

5. Embrace failures. Even successful people have failures. They learn from them and move on quickly. Holding on to mistakes only weighs your thoughts and feelings down while limiting new ones from forming. Plus, if you’re not making mistakes then you’re not trying!