Sometimes you need to reward yourself with a brand new something rather.
I decided that landing a new full time job, after months of searching, is one of those things that needs to be rewarded. My hard work paid off and I wanted to celebrate and congratulate myself. So a new handbag was just the thing.
I needed something that was corporate like but big enough to carry all my belongings. And I stumbled upon a fabulous bag at Equip:
This bag perfectly matches my corporate capsule wardrobe colour scheme so I know I will work perfectly. But then there is the dreaded transferring over of items from the existing bag to the new one.
I am known to have a large handbag. My boyfriend can’t understand why I need to carry so much around with me all the time. But when you constantly catch public transport like myself, you are bound to carry a fair bit of junk around. Contrary to what my boyfriend believes,
most all of it is actually very useful.
When I transferred things over to my new handbag I also decided to organize my bag a bit better. Not with one if those handbag organiser inserts though. I do have one and it is
fairly useful only semi useful – I still lost everything throughout my bag. I decided that it would be better to place things in small pencil cases to make it easier in transferring and finding items in my bag.
I grouped items into specific groups:
Health Bag: the blue army print zip bag
This blue army print zip bag from Napoleon Perdis stored most of my handbag items. It’s mainly for health related items such as:
- Pain killers: You never know when pain will strike, so keep them in your bag. It can stop a nasty headache or keep period pain away, so definitely a useful item to keep in your bag.
- Bandaids: Anything from a paper cut to blisters can be fixed with a little plastic strip! I keep the whole packet in my bag because you never know how many you’ll need!
- Hand sanitiser: perfect little handbag item, especially if you’re out and about during the day.
- Tissues: obviously good for when you sneeze but what about other sticky situations, or blotting lipstick?
- Wet wipes: Perfect for getting rid of sticky fingers or wiping something off your dress because you didn’t see it when you sat down… (yep, that’s happened to me before!)
- Antibacterial wipes: these are mainly for removing makeup so I generally use them to get rid of my bright lipstick when I go in between jobs. There are also good to wipe over your neck and body when you need to freshen up on a hot day.
There’s also a few other items I like to place in this bag to make them easier to find. These items are:
- Nail kit: A nail kit usually has things like a nail file, nail clippers, tweezers and small scissors. It’s amazing how useful this kit can be. For example, there’s been so many times that I’ve broken or chipped a nail when out and about or at work. Having a nail file and clippers on hands helps you get the nail back into shape and stop it from scratching yourself or someone else. The scissors are great for when you find a loose thread in clothing. You don’t want to pull on this thread to get rid of it because you could damage your clothes or risk the entire hem coming apart. So a quick snip will help fix it temporarily.
- Roll on deodorant: good for quick fixes during the day to keep you fresh.
- Perfume spray: A lot of girls keep their perfume in their handbag. I rather keep a cheaper scent of a similar smell. Only because you don’t want your favourite signature scent breaking and spilling through your entire bag. I use The Body Shop scents in either strawberry, vanilla or grapefruit.
- Hand cream: Our hands go through a lot. And they age a lot faster than we realise. To keep your hands happy (and looking young) lather them up with a nourishing hand cream. My current favourite is the hand cream that matches my perfume, Dot by Marc Jacobs.
This little pencil case bag contains some of my lady products and a change of underwear. I also like to keep panty liners in here too.
I used to carry around a full makeup bag with me but I no longer do that. Occassionally I might throw in it if I’m doing my makeup on the way to work, but at the moment it hasn’t been necessary to do that. I’m going to put in my travel size mascara from Napoleon Perdis and possible a bronzer & brush for touch ups throughout the day. At the moment the items I’m carrying in there are:
- Lipgloss, lip liner and lipsticks: I like to have a variety of choices and they normally end up all throughout my bag so putting them together in a pencil case makes sense to me. Makes it’s easy to touch up throughout the day or completely change my look for day to night.
- Compact mirror: this also lives in the pencil case for obvious reasons. These are perfect for when you’re on the go. You can check your teeth after a meal to make sure you don’t go walking around with a piece of food stuck in there all day. You can touch up your makeup if you need to. You can fix your hair. It seems obvious as to why you would pack it, but so many people don’t think about carrying this simple item
- Paw paw cream: I love paw law cream because it’s the perfect on the go lip balm. Another pencil case accessory
This clear bag is for all my hair related items. I often loose or break hair accessories in my bag, so this case makes it easy to store and easy to see what I have put in there. I normally have a travel size hairspray in there, but not at the moment. Currently I have:
- Hair tie and bobby pins. You never know when you might need these.
- Small comb and travel brush: great for touching up hair but I sometimes do my hair on the bus in the morning so it’s helpful to have these in my handbag.
There’s also a few little other bits and pieces I keep in my handbag:
- Sunglasses and case: You should be wearing sunglasses all wear round to protect your eyes, so don’t ever forget a pair of fabulous shades! But if you carry lots of things around like I do, then sooner or later your sunnies might get a little destroyed. Make sure you have a hard sunglasses case so you don’t get caught out with broken shades.
- Shopping bag: I have a small one that rolls up perfectly and fits so snug into my bag you might think that it’s not even there! After all, I’m an environmentally friendly girl 😉
- Umbrella: People think it’s silly of me to have an umbrella in my bag, but when a freak storm hits, you will be thanking your lucky stars this was in your bag.
- Pen and notepad: You never know when you need to write something down.
- Phone: Well duh. Basically everyone has a smartphone these days so they are useful on so many levels. Unfortunately I’ve got my little black temporary phone until I get my iphone replaced…
- Ipad: because I don’t have my phone, and because I like to blog on the to, I bring my iPad with me everywhere now. It’s also helping me discover the many places of free wifi!
- Wallet: These days I only keep my essential cards in there, my ID and a couple of rewards program’s I actually use.
- Mini torch: ok this might seem a bit strange BUT when you get home late at night you might need it. Plus it makes it harder to loose my keys… (I actually used it tonight to get inside my house after work late at night!)
- Keys: I have my keys attached to the mini torch to ensure it is always easy to find the in my bag. But I also try to put the keys into the little zip pocket in my handbag.
- Healthy snacks: I like to keep protein bars and gluten free muesli bars in my bag for the times when I’m hungry but want to go buy something unhealthy. Not only does it stop me from binging in bad food,but I also saves me money too!
- Travel cutlery kit: I try not to buy lunch and try to take my own with me. But I often forget my knife and fork… luckily I keep this little kit with me! It’s also great for when you grab a quick yoghurt-on-the-go…
- Water bottle: Although not pictured, I always carry a water bottle around with me. It is so important to keep hydrated so I always keep a bottle in my bag. I’m constantly sipping on water and it keeps me feeling fresh. Plus I don’t have to worry about stopping at the shops and buying the expensive mineral water.
Hope you enjoyed my post on the contents of my handbag. What’s in your handbag? What do you consider handbag essentials?