When my lovely friend Kat, who blogs over at BeauTwins, initially asked this question, it totally threw me!
What is in my bag??
I’ve got a couple of handbags that I use on a day-to-day basis — my sunshine yellow one and a lovely brown leather slouchy one — but, since having children, they seem to be full of oddments that didn’t used to play a part in my life — let alone make up the contents of my bag!
Women’s bags are funny things aren’t they? Men use wallets — and sometimes a pocket for all the change — but rarely do you see a man carting his worldly possessions around in a giant holdall. There was the emergence of the ‘man-bag’ a few years ago but it didn’t really catch on in a big way.
And why is that?!
Why do such a lot of women feel the need to carry so much stuff around with them??
I’m much better than I used to be. When I worked in London, as well as all my day-to-day essentials, I used to carry around a huge make-up bag, my iPod and my large book of contacts plus a load of ‘just-in-case’ remedies, for fear of getting sick on the job.
And yes, I know our capital city has a pharmacist on (nearly) every corner but if I was shooting in a studio — or on location — I generally wouldn’t be able to just nip out and buy something if illness struck me — or one of the team — down.
I’m definitely one of those ‘all eventualities covered’ kind of gals. Packing for a weekend away is testimony to that.
Anyway. As promised… an
only very slightly edited version of my handbag and it’s contents. I say ‘edited’ as I refrained from including a crumpled up tissue and a half eaten baby biscuit.
So, what’s in my handbag? The things that I cart around with me on a daily basis are…
1. My purse.
Absolutely chocka most of the time with receipts for my business. I bought it from a craft show in Henley and am always losing it in the house/car/my bag.
2. My phone.
Again, due to the fact that I always seem to mislay it, it now has a fluorescent yellow cover. Not sure where I would be without it, my phone is a microcosm of my life.
I love it.
In all it’s many guises, I can officially say I am obsessed with lipstick and rarely leave home without it. This one’s my all time favourite. It’s called Orchidee by Chanel.
Even on the greyest day, a pop of — shiny, matt, sparkly, shimmery, nude or colourful — lipstick will work wonders for your soul. It’s a great mood enhancer and will — literally — manage to put a smile on your face.
A staple item. Whatever the weather, you’ll always find at least one variety of lip-balm in my bag.
5. Dior mirror compact and brushes.
A great little set for touching up and checking that you don’t have spinach between your teeth. Most regularly used in combination with item number 3.
6. Hair clips.
I found three in this bag. Perhaps if I’d emptied out the other bag I use on a frequent basis I’d have found even more. I know I have lots of them but can never seem to find them. I’m thinking that this is perhaps because they’re all rattling around the bottom of various handbags in my wardrobe?
As with lipstick, even on a winter’s day, it’s something I never leave home without. I do not have many vices but expensive sunglasses is most definitely on the list. These are my old Prada ones. One of the nose-pads has broken but I still love them.
In fact, I think I may be due a new pair.
And house keys. And supermarket loyalty-card fobs.
All on the same keyring SO I DO NOT LOSE* THEM. Note the reoccurring theme here.
9. A pair of gloves.
This is a seasonal item. Although I have found gloves in my bag in the middle of summer before, too, but that is down to sheer laziness and not intentional.
10. A pair of baby socks.
This seems to be a staple in my bag these days.
11. Loose coins.
In fact, I’m amazed that there was just one solitary coin in here this time. Very often, when I’m out and about, I sound like I’m rattling a charity tin!
So there we have it.
A big yellow bag full of my worldly possessions. I have revealed ‘what’s in my handbag?’.
Now, what’s in yours?