How to Pretend You Have Your Life

by Jessica on December 23, 2015

Written by Becca

Business Card Case Asst. $11.95

Even if you don’t have a business (or a job), you would be well served to always have personalized business cards on hand. A card with your name and email address in a nice font, and even a little motif if you’re feeling fancy, will make the whole networking thing a lot easier. Nothing says you’re a serious, ambitious person like a business card case. You’ll impress potential employers and intimidate the competition.

This case comes in a variety of colors and has the appearance of leather. The inside is lined with black velvet and it closes magnetically with an audible click. However, at $11.95 it is also one of our most affordable styles, perfect for anyone just starting out who’s trying to make a good impression.

*As a side note, make sure your email address isn’t something that’ll get you laughed at. Keep it simple and classy.

 

Tree of Life Boxed Notes $8.99

People always say that writing notes is a dying art. I think we can all agree that there are far more efficient ways of communication these days, which probably accounts for the decrease in hand written notes. Writing notes takes time and thought. But guess what? That’s what makes a hand written note so impressive. When was the last time you received a piece of mail that wasn’t a bill, magazine, or addressed to “current resident?” If someone receives a personal piece of mail from you, they’ll automatically think of you as an organized, thoughtful person.

Our Tree of Life notecards from Peter Pauper Press are a nice ecru and have a gold border. The perfect combination of simple and classy. You’ll get 14 cards with matching envelopes for just $8.99!

 

Orla Kiely Sixties Stem Address Book $16.95

In the age of convenience, it can seem unnecessary to write down people’s phone and address information. However, there’s something much more permanent and personal in the act of putting someone in your address book as opposed to your phone. It tells people that you are invested in your contacts and your life is organized and stable enough for that kind of permanence. They’ll know you won’t be the person who never responds to emails.

This book is compact enough to carry in a purse or bag, or it can stay at home in a desk drawer without taking up too much space. With room in each contact to add name, address, phone number, email address, and notes, this book packs a lot of information into a small space. It is a cloth-bound hardcover and the pattern adds an element of personality, but still looks sophisticated.

 

The Art of Conversation (Change Your Life With Confident Communication) by Judy Apps $17.95

Because, yes, conversation is an art and it’s an important one to master. In the first few minutes of talking to someone, we form a lasting opinion of them, something that can be a hindrance or a help. It should go without saying how important it is to be well-spoken and confident, especially if you’re trying to get your foot in the door.

This book will offer you nuggets of wisdom such as practicing breathing techniques in private before engaging in conversation. Going into a conversational setting prepared can help you come off as confident and knowledgeable. Conversation is where you leave your first, and sometimes last, impression, so make sure it’s a good one!

 

Pilot Metropolitan Rollerball $17.95

One of the most essential items in your “classy” arsenal is a sophisticated looking pen. When you have a pen that looks high end and isn’t disposable, it makes you seem reliable. It’s a status symbol that says you’ve made the commitment to maintain and refill your pen. You’ll suddenly be that person who can be depended upon.

The Pilot Metropolitan has a simple, yet classic look to it. It comes in a variety of colors including black, white, purple, taupe, silver, and even gold! While this particular model of pen comes in a ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pen style, the rollerball is probably your best bet. Like a fountain pen, it has a cap, but doesn’t require the same level of maintenance. At $17.95, the Pilot Metropolitan is the perfect combination of sophistication and affordability.