What's In My Handbag? | 2017

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I can't believe that it's been two full years since I last uploaded a "what's in my bag" post! So much has changed since 2015. Especially since there have been a ton of changes in my lifestyle since I was sixteen/seventeen years old. I think that now is as good as time as any to do a refresher post!

The Bag

Currently, I am using a black Kate Spade bowling-style bag. I bought it a couple years ago in a massive Fourth of July sale at Kate Spade and I still use it often. It's got gold hardware and a long strap, as well as two shorter straps at the top. I typically use the longer strap as I can just toss it over my shoulder and go on my way without being restricted in movement or anything. It carries quite a bit, which is a lot coming from me because I am typically a big handbag kinda gal and this one leans more to the smaller side in my opinion. It has three interior pockets, one with a zipper and two without, which is perfect for me. Although I usually like to have dividers in my purses so that I can separate stuff into sections, I quite like the open space of this as I'm able to fit a ton more things inside. 

Contents

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Being an English major, it's probably no surprise to anyone that I always (and I do mean always) have a book in my handbag. As of late, that book has been The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides. I basically pull this out whenever I'm alone in a waiting room, or on public transportation, or anything like that. I also like to carry around this mini journal with a pen, so that if I have anything I need to jot down like blog post ideas or novel ideas, I can get it down on paper before I forget!

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One of the biggest changes from my 2015 post to this one is that I now have to carry around glasses! About a year ago, I was persuaded by my boyfriend to go and have an eye exam for the first time in many, many years which resulted in me getting glasses. Then, last fall, I got my g1 license - and later, my g2 - which states that it's illegal for me to drive without my prescription glasses... Sooo now I have to carry around my eyeglasses and my prescription sunglasses. 

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I also like to carry around a little makeup bag full of beauty and hygiene related products. Wherever I go, I must have my Blistex Lip Medex lip balm which I've been using regularly since 2015. It's a life saver, honestly. My lips would not forgive me if I didn't apply this balm as often as I do. I also carry like 3 lipsticks with me at any given time (because, you know, one is just not enough). Currently, I have the NYX Lip Lingerie, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour, and the L'Oreal Matte Liquid Lipstick in my bag. Lastly, I bring a hand lotion such as my current Bath & Body Works Paris Amour lotion and a hand sanitizer. 

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Last, but certainly not least, is my wallet. Again, Kate Spade and black with gold embellishments. The inside is very cluttered (hence why it's not pictured), but it is separated into 3 sections, with a zippered pouch in the middle. Currently, inside my wallet are: receipts, some cash, my credit card, my debit card, a Cineplex Scene Rewards card, my CAA membership card, a coupon for McDonalds McFlurries, change, my student ID and bus pass, my Presto Go pass, my driver's license, my Ontario Health Insurance card, my Starbucks card, and a polaroid photo of my boyfriend.

What do you carry in your handbag?

Felicia x

The Anatomy of a Handbag

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A handbag is a woman's best friend, but it's also a woman's worst enemy. Think of a handbag like a toolbox. It has everything you need right there at your fingertips. But, if you have too many useless bolts and screwdrivers, it will become a cluttered disaster. You know what I'm saying: the Cluttered Handbag from Hell. Trust me, we've all been there.

Recently, I decided to clean out my own handbag and organize with only what I think is a "necessity". So, here's a quick peek into my bag, to give you an idea of what you should really have in your bag.

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The Handbag: My handbag is a medium-sized top handle purse from Louis Vuitton. It's a zip-up, all black with gold hardware. It also has a black, removable shoulder strap in case you aren't a fan of top handles. For me, it's the perfect size because it fits nicely on my shoulder - though, I mostly hold it on my arm (bent-elbow style). The interior is light brown and, like the exterior, has a pattern of the LV logo. It's spacious and has two compartments - one larger, one smaller - for a cell phone or other small items, like pens or lip glosses.

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Make-up Bag: It is always a good idea to keep a small bag of your crucial make-up products tucked in your bag, just in case of emergency. In my bag, I've included:

- Covergirl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast mascara

- Lip Medex Blistex lip balm

- Geurlain lipstick in 143 Rouge Automatique

- SolTerre lotion (aka hotel hand lotion)

- travel sized container of Tums Freshers

- a small container of Aleve pills

- a few bobby pins

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Gum & Mints: I always like to keep a package of gum and a bottle of mint Tic Tacs in my purse, just in case I feel a little less than minty and I need to freshen up my breath. Currently, my favourite gum is Excel White in Bubblemint flavour. It's a great mix of mint and bubblegum.

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Wallet: I think it goes without saying that you should keep your wallet in your purse. A lot of people don't think of carrying their wallet around with them everywhere, especially if they aren't going to shop anywhere or if they don't have a driver's license (obviously you have to bring your driver's license everywhere if you're driving). But it's just a good idea to keep your wallet on you in case you run into trouble and have an emergency on your hands. In my wallet, I usually keep about $30 in cash, my debit card, my OHIP card (which, as a citizen of Ontario, is crucial for me to recieve any kind of medical attention), my student I.D. card, my Starbucks rewards card and any reward cards I have for any stores (i.e. American Eagle's 'aerewards' card).

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Sunglasses: It is so important for everyone to wear sunglasses outside. The sun does so much damage to your eyes and especially in the summer, you should take care of your eyes with a cute pair of sunnies. It's also probably a good idea to keep your sunglasses in a case in your purse, so that your sunglasses don't get crushed by everything else.

Hopefully this little blog post helped some of you out! If anyone thinks of any other helpful tips or anything else that should be included, just let everyone else know! Thanks for readng, Happy handbag organizing!!