One of the first things you notice when meeting Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado is her style and the speed at which she operates. Her conversations are engaging dialogues punctuated with laughter and, before you know it, you’ve covered multiple business topics, learned a few tips for managing your day and possibly shared a few of your deepest secrets — which may be a nod to the blending of her Southern roots with the fast pace of her current residence in Silicon Valley.
One would assume a busy day and effective time management is par for the course for the Global Head of Strategy and Business Development at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., the specialty retailer that encompasses heritage and emerging brands such as Pottery Barn and West Elm. Yet with all of the work she manages between launching a new brand and leading the largest acquisition in her company’s history, Varnado shares that she leans on a few key — and stylish — products from Williams-Sonoma Inc’s Mark & Graham brand to maintain her style as she quickly moves from workday meetings to date nights with her husband and weekend brunches with her friends.
We sat down with Varnado as she shared her favorite daily accessories and travel items from Mark & Graham, which allow her to monogram each item for an additional element of style and personalization.
VARNADO’S DAILY PURSE: THE BUILD YOUR BAG
This Italian leather bag allows Varnado to easily switch out the straps — which she admits to having actually done during a brunch at Summit21 — to better fit her outfit or the event. "I keep more than one strap in the purse at all times," Varnado says as she displays the purse with the Whipstitch Navy strap. This is her go-to strap; it is clean and easy for the office and after-work events. For an elevated look, she dresses the purse up or down with the Leather Chain and Whipstitch straps, respectively. Customizable options are endless with an array of Build Your Bag accessories including new keychain tassels.
THE ULTIMATE WORK NOTEBOOK: THE CLASSIC JOURNAL
Varnado’s favorite work tool is her Leather Refillable Journal, stylized with her initials. Varnado loves that the journal is refillable so that she can use it for years, but is also smaller than a traditional notebook so it fits into her purse easily as she goes from work to community meetings. "I purchased the notebook in camel for myself and in navy with gold monogramming for my husband," Varnado shared, noting the gender versatility of the notebook.
A SIGHT FOR STYLISH EYES: THE DUAL GLASSES CASE
"Yes, I prefer to wear glasses," Anddria confesses with a smile and a sigh. For her weekend look, Varnado keeps both her prescription glasses and sunglasses in the single case that hosts dual compartments hinged to accommodate both eyepieces.
STAYING CHARGED: THE GOLD CHARGING BRACELET
In addition to coffee, tea and green juices, Varnado often charges up in a different way with Mark & Graham’s monogrammed charging bracelet for her iPhone. Varnado notes that portable chargers have taken off as we rely on our phones for more activities, but she loves that this bracelet doubles as a stylish accessory with function. “It’s a great party trick at meetings,” Varnado adds as she displays how she uncuffs her bracelet to seamlessly charge her phone.
ON THE GO, OUT OF CITY: DAILY CONVERTIBLE BACKPACK
When she travels, Varnado packs up her purse and switches to the Daily Convertible Backpack, which lets her go handsfree when needed by converting the soft leather bag to a backpack and using the back zippered opening to slip easily over her luggage handle. Adding to its function, it includes a padded sleeve for laptops. When she arrives at her destination, Varnado converts the strap with a few pulls to wear on her shoulder for a more formal approach when necessary.
One day, five products for function and style. Be sure to visit Mark & Graham for more monogrammed accessories.
For more tips towards fine-tuning your life and space, stay tuned for more of our series with Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
For more with Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado, you can follow her at @AnddriaLVS on Twitter and Instagram.
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