What's In My Handbag? | 2018

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As I recently received a new handbag for Christmas, which I've been using on a day-to-day basis, I thought I was due for a "What's in my Bag" update. I've posted two of these in the past, one in 2015 and one in 2017.

Handbag: My handbag is by Kate Spade. It's a rich, wine-coloured medium sized bag with two short straps and one detachable shoulder strap. I always like having a long shoulder strap on handbags, as I find it easier to manage when I'm out shopping. The outside of the bag has a perforated floral print, with a zip-top closure, and the interior has two slide pockets and one zippered pocket.

Purse: My purse actually is the matching wallet for my handbag. My parents gifted it to me for Christmas, as they knew my boyfriend had bought me the handbag. It folds down the centre and has a button closure. It is extremely functional. It has 13 credit card slots, as well as a window slot, 4 slots for cash, and a zipper on the back for loose change. Inside the purse, I've got the essentials - my credit card, debit card, driver's license, OHIP health insurance card, Social Insurance card, and CAA card - as well as some rewards cards, like my DocuPet card, Scene rewards cards, Starbucks card, and Air Miles card. I've also got my student ID card tucked into one of my cash slots.

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Glasses: I've got two pairs of glasses in my purse. My proper glasses, which are Ralph Lauren and are kept inside a hard case, and my sunglasses, which are prescription Ray Ban and are kept in a softer case.

Coffee cosy: The idea of a coffee cosy may sound so odd/useless to some people (including my dad haha) but I frankly think it's terribly cute. In case you don't know, coffee cosies are little knitted sleeves you put around your coffee cup so you don't have to directly hold a scalding cup. Mine's created by Catherine Mason and it says, "I Drink Coffee Like A Gilmore" - a very true statement.

Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizer is essential, especially during the winter cold/flu season. I always keep a small bottle of Purell hand sanitizer in my bag. I always make sure to apply some when I'm out and about, especially when I'm about to eat anything.

Gum: I've currently got two types of gum in my bag haha. I've got a pack of Excel White Bubblemint gum, which has been a favourite of mine for a long time (it was even included in my 2015 handbag post). I also have a pack of 5 Spearmint gum in there, as I find that chewing super-minty gum can help calm down my anxiety.

Lipstick: I literally always have at the very least one tube of lipstick in my bag. Sometimes I've got like 6 in there at a time haha. Currently, I've got the L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive in Blake's Red and a mini tube of Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit.

Keychain: Before, I kept so many things dangling on my keychain, it was a mess haha. Now I've only got a few things: my key fob (no key, as my car is push-to-start), my two house keys, and a cute matching accessory of Minnie Mouse, which my boyfriend has the Mickey Mouse one of. All of these things are hanging on the end bit of my university lanyard.

What have you got in your handbag?

Felicia x

What I Got For Christmas (+ Life Update)

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Hello everybody! Merry Christmas to you! I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday with your family and your loved ones. I love to read other people's 'What I Got for Christmas' posts. I don't know about you, but there's something so lovely about hearing people so excited to share what they were gifted. I know that some people find these posts to be braggy, but I don't think that at all. I love haul posts, and why should these kind of posts be any different? I def don't want to come off as a 'show off' or anything. I am genuinely so grateful for everything that everyone gifted me. I have the most generous, kind, giving family and boyfriend ever - not to brag or anything haha. If you're as nosy as I am about what others receive for Christmas, then keep reading to hear about some of the things I was gifted this holiday season!

Kate Spade Cameron Street Perforated Large Lanemy boyfriend gifted me this beautiful red-wine-coloured Kate Spade purse. I'm in love! It's the perfect size for day-to-day outings (shopping, going out for coffee, etc.) and I love that it has a shoulder strap. I especially love the perforated rose decal on the purse's exterior. My parents also gifted me the matching wallet so now I feel very put together when I'm out and about!

Soap and Glory The Righteous ButterI mentioned my love for The Righteous Butter back in my September Favourites post. I won't go too much into this one since I've already done so in my favourites post. My parents slipped this into my stocking this year and I was so jazzed when I found it in there! Haha. I already have a tub of this, but I asked for another so that I wouldn't run out anytime soon.

Funko PopsI got a ton of Funko Pops this Christmas. I've been making a list of them that I want to collect for months now and I've already got a whole set-up planned out in my head, so I'm glad to finally have some to get started with! I received Belle (Beauty and the Beast 2017), Maui (Moana),Dale Cooper (Twin Peaks), Lorelai Gilmore(Gilmore Girls), Rory Gilmore(Gilmore Girls), and Sookie St. James(Gilmore Girls). I have a lot of organizing to do!

Juniper BooksIf you've never heard of Juniper Books before, you're missing out. Juniper sells custom books and collections - essentially hardcover books with beautiful front covers and dust jackets. I fell in love with them earlier this year and received a bunch from my boyfriend for my birthday. But this holiday, my parents bought me three Charles Dickens books - Great Expectations, Bleak House, and A Tale of Two Cities from the Make Your Own Literary Classics set.

Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem SkinI am very very very excited to use this product! I have heard really good things about this face mask and Origins as a brand. You may know through previous posts that I have been having some pretty substantial issues with my skin as of late.... in short, my skin and I are not simpatico at the moment. Hopefully, this mask comes to the rescue!

Too Faced Peach Blur Translucent Smoothing Finishing PowderI just love Too Faced's peach products. Don't we all? The Sweet Peach palette is something I constantly reach for in my makeup drawer, and now I'm excited to add this powder to my collection. I've already used this a couple of times and I absolutely love it.

I cannot describe how grateful I am for everything I received this year. My parents have always been very generous with their gift-giving and I am so glad that I'm old enough to give back to them every Christmas season - with gifts bigger than 'DIY soup in a jar' (yup, my parents received that about 11 years ago - be jelly).

On another note, I thought I'd quickly update all of you on what's going on in my little world. Posts are going to be more disorganized for the next couple weeks as I am currently on vacay with my parents and my boyfriend in Orlando, Florida! I'm trying to write out some posts while I have a free moment, but obviously, it's been go-go-go ever since we touched down in Orlando on Christmas and I can't keep up like I usually can. I will write up some posts on what I've gotten up to and hopefully upload those soon... It's moments like these that make me wonder if I should start posting again on my YouTube channel.....

I'll def see you guys before the New Year but until then, have a wonderful holiday break!

P.S. I'd love to hear what you guys got for Christmas! Lemme know in the comments :)

Felicia x

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