I saw this on StyledWithJoy and I thought it would be a natural follow up to the Handbag Day post. I did do a “What’s in my makeup bag” post already here but this post is specifically about my handbag contents:
Currently I carry the Coach Parker Leather Zip Shoulder Bag in Mushroom – it’s from the 2009 Parker Resort collection. This was one of few purse purchases I made on complete impulse – I bought it because it wasn’t covered in logos, it’s all leather, has a zipper closure, and has a comfy strap. I also love the colour – it’s pretty seasonless and goes with almost everything without being black. And 6 years later, I’m still using it!
This is what I carry inside:
Wallet: ECCO Bolivar wallet in red – 3 facts about this wallet 1) I eyed it for ages at the store but it wouldn’t go on sale and I told my friend that I saw it online for 30% off – she asked the sales person to honour the discount and they did! 2) it is by far the largest wallet I’ve ever owned – I typically go for French style wallets that’s about half as big… I feel that as I get older, my wallet gets bigger! 3) I switched from my last wallet (a fuchsia number from Fossil) and used this wallet for MONTHS and the SO never noticed. I have a thing against black wallets – all my wallets must be colourful so that I can find them quickly.
2 Phones: Yes I carry 2 phones with me – one is personal and the other is for work. Most people I know has a Blackberry as their work phone while their personal phones are iPhones. I’m the opposite. I’m a diehard Blackberry user – I LOVE the tactile keyboard! The work iPhone is my first experience with iOS and it’s just ok to me. I can’t type on that thing. I like iPhones for the apps but I prefer Blackberry for multi-tasking and its keyboard (it is also a touchscreen).
Work ID badge / security pass: I don’t even know why I have a clip for my badge – I am not one of those people who clip their ID badge on their belts. At my last job I used to wear a lanyard around my neck like a doof but everyone else did it too. If I misplace my badge, I have to pay $25 for a replacement!
Keys: my SO bought me that tassel keychain a few years ago to help me find my keys easier. 🙂 You’ll notice the absence of car keys. We go everywhere by subway or walking. And speaking of which…
Metropass: I get an annual subscription to the monthly Metropass so I get a discount, $129.75 instead of $141.50 per month. Also, it qualifies me for tax deductions. I keep my Metropass in a handy little case I got from Indigo.
Gum: My last pack of Stimorol. We discovered it in Denmark on our trip last year and we’ve been rationing our stash. It tastes great and lasts a long time – I need to find a source to buy this online.
Reusable tote: my favourite kind is from Baggu and I own a whole array of their designs. Our city imposed fees for using plastics bags a while ago (but then reversed it) but most people converted to using reusable totes for groceries and general shopping. I carry these totes even if I’m shopping at Winners or Shoppers Drug Mart.
Pen: My 2-in-1 Lamy Safari is my most treasured writing instrument because they don’t make this style anymore. It contains a pen and a mechanical pencil depending on which way you twist. I use this on a weekly basis for grocery lists, and it has come in handy more than once when travelling and needing to fill in declaration forms and whatnot. I really should look into finding a back-up.
Tissue: I always have a pack of tissue with me – I’m really picky about the type of tissue I keep on me. Usually it’s Tempo Petit which is 4-ply tissue! I got this cute owl pack from a friend as part of my birthday present a few years ago (finally got around to using it!) and it’s only 3-ply! ( 😉 actually anything more than 2-ply is fine with me)
USB: I never know when I need to do some espionage so I always keep this handy (in reality, it’s full of knitting patterns).
Hand cream: I’m not loyal to any brand of hand cream – whatever small tube I happen to have, I will even use hotel body lotion as hand cream. This one I bought on clearance from Rexall – I was drawn to it because it’s all natural and made in France, it’s just ok performance-wise.
Blotting paper: I’ve shown you my blotting paper stash, so it’s no surprise I keep blotting paper in my purse. They’re fantastic to reduce shine and I don’t even need a mirror…
Mirror: But I do keep a mirror in my purse for when I get an eyelash in my eye or there’s dirt on my face. This is from the Body Shop Lily Cole collaboration a few years back. I got this on clearance for $1. I cannot for the life of me figure out what the design is – I think it’s pink and black cow spots?
Lipbalm: I’m back to using my HG, Dr Hauschka lip care stick. The best!
Lip colour: besides a clear lipbalm, I usually carry some sort of coloured lip product. Today it is Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Fig. I rotate my lip colour almost daily.
That’s it. I travel pretty lightly (although my SO wouldn’t agree) – hope you found this somewhat interesting. What about you? What do you carry in your purse? I’d love to see a post!