Friday, July 22, 2011

FBFF: What's in my bag?

Fashion Beauty Friend Friday has a new twist -- it's a visual post with one question. What's in your bag? (hosted by A Pretty Nest). Which is awesome because I've been thinking about posting this for a long time, just hadn't gotten off my duff, spilled the goods, & taken all the pix! So here goes (warning, it's a big bag).

First, the bag itself. I bought this purse last November. I'm a one-bag kinda gal. I love the idea of a different purse to go with different outfits, but I hate moving my stuff from one bag to another. And when you see how much junk I carry around, you'll understand why. Honestly, I need all this stuff & I do use it frequently. I'm not a packrat.

Black leather satchel by Jessica Simpson

Now the stuff, pocket by pocket (this purse has nice, big pockets, something I adore in purses).

The outside pocket, just under the studded flap, holds things I need to grab easily. Meaning, my iPhone & my house keys. Pretty basic.

The phone is in a purple case. The keys have two fobs -- one is a pewter bat (gift from friends) & the other is the logo of the University of California Alumni Association with a special code on the back that supposedly if my keys are lost, they can be dropped in any U.S. mailbox & will be sent back to me. My main house key is a custom pretty pretty pink princess key. Because I'm that silly.

The first interior pocket also has things I grab frequently, just not the "omg super crucial" stuff.

There are a bunch of pens, of course. My iPhone earbuds tuck into a tiny pocket. There's another little pocket for my thumb drive, which is on a purple glittery shoe-shaped fob with my RSA token for work. My sunglasses case is in this big pocket too -- they magnetically clip over my cat-eye glasses.

Next are two pockets combined. The purse has one center zipped pocket where I keep my wallet (& a bunch of random receipts that naturally end up there). And the purse has a final large open pocket behind that.

From the back of this photo -- a small covered notepad with a picture of Marie-Antoinette (gift from a friend), two ChicoBags (super useful for shopping!), my wallet (random purchase from Target), a bat-fabric coffee cup sleeve made for me by my friend Donna, a tiny tin of Altoids, my Moo cards (I'm running out), & my work business cards in a reproduction 1920s case purchased at Harrods in London.

In the back wall of the purse is a little zippered pocket where I keep makeup & meds. This pocket & the very front pocket might get the most use of all!

From back to front -- lipsticks (I wear different ones most days, so by the end of the week, I have a collection in my purse because I forget to take them out), Burt's Bees lip balm, three pill cases for all my medications (one black with fleur-de-lys, a silver round one, & a vintage gold & black one shaped like a pocket watch), vintage silver 1920s mirror, ladybug shaped nail clippers, polka-dot nail file (these come in packs from Sephora), & random hair bands.

Not pictured: a pack of tissues & another pen that both got tucked under a pocket fold!

So what's in your purse? Do you carry a lot or a little?


  1. Love that purse, it's gorgeous ! Thanks for playing along !

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  2. Marie-Eve - Thanks, & sorry I forgot to add a link back (fixed that :-).

  3. I love the contents of the last pocket, those gorgeous pill containers & the cute nail clippers.

  4. Love how you take everything in your bag , mine is a pretty mess too with all that we might or might not need during the day.
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  5. Toria - Yeah, that's my fave pocket too. Hey, if I'm going to need all those meds, might as well make them pretty!

    Dolls Factory - Thanks! I'll check out your blog too.

  6. My summer bags are cotton totes made by my friend Jenn. She made me a few cotton zipper wrist-loop pouches, too. I have a 'go' bag with room for cards, ID, lipstick, and pillbox that I can pull out and take for like going to the club or quick errands. One of the cotton wristlet pouches holds make-up odds & ends and allergy meds, mints, etc, and sits in the main part of the tote bag. Phone goes either in my pocket if i have one, or in the outside pocket of the tote. Loose inside the tote is a folding fan and handkerchief or three. Also often a paperback book and pair of sunglasses. :)

    Wintertime is when I switch to my leather bags, and that's a whole other discussion. ;)

  7. angldst - I think I remember that bag! Very cool. I like the idea of having a wristlet you can remove for quick trips too.

  8. Cool, I have a pocket mirror with the same fleur-de-lis cover.

  9. who woulda thought that a Jessica Simpson bag could be a goth ladies purse. we can find inspiration anywhere I always say.

  10. also, the must-haves in my purse every day are wallet, makeup bag, hair brush, cell phone and kleenex. pens, toothbrush, book or magazine are added as needed. I like more of a structured bag than a hobo style so I don't have to dig around for anything - everything will be in its place.