7 July 2012

What's in my bag

I'm nosy when it comes to what other women carry in their handbags and how they organise themselves (as evidenced here, here and here). Maybe I'm alone in this, but on the off-chance that I'm not I decided to share what's in my handbag.

I have two that I use, switching them depending on what I'm wearing - one in black and one in tan. They are Tilley satchels from Cotton On and I adore them. I knew exactly what I wanted - a bag that wasn't too big, wasn't too small, had various pockets, was easy to get into and had a cross-body strap. These bags are utterly perfect.

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There is a zipped pocket at the back and it's where I keep my phone so it's easy to get to.

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I have an iPhone 3Gs - this is my unlock screen picture and the cover I have on it (from eBay), which I love:

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The front pocket (which has a magnetic closure) has a pouch of tissues:

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There is a zipped pocket behind the tissue pocket and I just have a couple of sweeties in there:

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Inside the main compartment is another zipped pocket. I keep a nut bar in there because I have a phobia about needing food and not having any. When my blood sugar gets low I get really cranky and don't feel well so I always like to have a snack with me.

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The main compartment generally only holds four things:

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Two pouches, my wallet and a pen. Each handbag has a pen, snack and tissues so when I swap bags I only have to transfer the pouches and my wallet.

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Not much to say about my wallet. It's old, the clasp has broken and one of the gems has come off but other than that I really have enjoyed it. But now I need a new one. I am so fussy about wallets though - they can't be too big, they can't have separate openings for the cards and cash (I like them all together), they can't be too expensive and I don't want black wallets as they are harder to spot in your bag.

The first pouch has cupcakes on it (adorable) and cost 99p at Primark (bargain). The Vaseline is handy not only as a lip balm but also to prevent blisters. Rub in onto the spot on your foot that is being irritated and it cuts the friction and saves your foot from blistering.

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The little tin is the perfect size to hold some paracetemol and cough lozenges:

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The second pouch holds my frequently used items. It cost about 89p at Home Bargains.

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As you can see, there is plenty of room in my bag for the pouches, wallet, pen and even a bottle of water - plus I can fit a book in too.

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As for keys, we have these carabiner clips on our car key and house keys and I just clip them to my bag:

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My bags hang on the back of our bedroom door because our bedroom is right next to the garage where we arrive home:

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Where do you store your handbag and what do you keep in it? I'd love to know!


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5 comments:

  1. Love seeing what other ladies have in their bags! I'm a purse item minimalist it's has it's pros and cons. At all times I must have my cell phone (which has a place for my debit card and ID, and lip balm. I've managed to get away with this for a while, but no matter where I go I always end up with a handful of stuff. If I'd only brought a purse..
    I love your idea for switching purses with just those pouches. They have "purse organizers" out there but they are all terrible. I may have to try this!!

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  2. Love it Jen! Your bags are really nice and of course well organised! I was inspired and blogged mine too!! :O

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  3. I have a thing about bags and I just LOVED seeing whats in yours. I have a rotation of bags too, but they are more event based than what im wearing.

    I have an everyday bag which I take to work. It has painkillers, my work keys, ipod, purse and my lunch - its a black and white soft satchel with mickey mouse printed all over it - and i have the matching purse also.

    I also have my pride and joy Harvey's seatbelt bag for Disney Couture, it cost me A LOT from Walt Disney World last September and I LOVE it. It usually has random items in as I only use it when I really need a bag - otherwise I dont carry a bag, my husband has deep pockets, lol

    Heres my baby.... http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/c/0/0/10f/2/AAAADGZMPHMAAAAAAQ8mjA.jpg

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  4. I love seeing what people carry in their bags too.
    My kids are 3 and 14 months so I usually carry a messenger bag from Skip Hop (the blue Jonathan Adler Dash).
    Easy access pockets have pacifiers, tissues, hankies & keys and a spot for garbage. The side pockets get water bottles.
    My pocket has my wallet & cell. The main pocket has side pockets with snacks & a bib, a first aid kit, reusable shopping bag, a change of bottoms in a wet bag for my 3 year old, change of clothes for my 1 year old, disposable diapers, wipes, cloth diaper and wet bag.

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