As I don’t carry a handbag on a daily basis it is generally clean and tidy, and I’m a stickler for clearing out receipts and other bits of rubbish every time I use it. I hate carrying a heavy bag so I am careful not to put too much in it.
The Bag: I am currently wearing (does one wear or use a bag?) a Michael Kors Bedford textured leather shoulder bag with gold hardware. The strap can be worn three different ways…in the crook of the arm, on the shoulder and across the body; the long strap is adjustable and removable. This is a true Mary Poppins bag, a serious amount of stuff can be stored securely inside and with its multitude of inside pockets there is a place for everything! I recently took it on a shopping trip and thought I’d been positively saintly in my purchases…until I emptied this bag out…ooops! It’s great for sneaking purchases into the house that you pull out at a later date and say ‘oh this old thing’! 😉 I can’t find the exact bag online as I bought mine from an outlet store, but there are some examples of the Bedford bags here.
The Purse: My sister bought me this Kate Spade purse for my birthday a couple of years ago and it’s one of the best purses I have ever had! The leather is soft and buttery and there is loads of room for cards, notes, coins and other bits and bobs like stamps and vouchers. I am not looking to change it any time soon! 🙂
The Makeup Bag: I have found the easiest way to store my makeup bits and pieces in my bag is by keeping them all in a small bag. I got this one from Birchbox and in it I keep: blotting papers, Dior nail file, hair grips, Urban Decay De-Slick mattifying face powder, a NARS Audacious lipstick, a Gosh Velvet Touch lip liner pencil, a Burt’s Bees Replenishing Pomegranate lip balm, paracetamol, a tinted lip balm, hand cream, floss harps and a hair band. I change the lipstick and liner depending on what I am wearing that day but the rest is pretty much constant.
The Other Stuff: I think this is all fairly run of the mill stuff…tissues, car keys, house key, shopping trolley token, Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, notebook, receipts from shopping, a pen and DKNY glasses.
So that was a look inside my bag. Are there any products you think I should carry? What essentials do you carry in your bag?