2013-01-15

It's in the Bag

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Oh those 'what's in your bag?' posts...

They fascinate me because it feels like you are getting a little peak into someone's private life. Growing up my mom's purse was jam packed with what was needed to run our household. It was also completely fascinating and... strictly off limits. So getting a look into what people carry around always feels like I am doing something sneaky.
But every time I look at a purse post, I always wonder... where is the junk? And why is everything in your purse perfect and new? Doesn't that stuff get beat up?
So I gathered a few of my day-to-day purses (yes, I switch them up a lot), emptied them all on my bed and tried to put together a fair representation of what I carry in my bag. I always have my wallet, at least one lipgloss and my iPhone with me but the other stuff is not always a guarantee.
Of course, if I really need something, it's probably in another purse...

To be fair, looking at this post, my purse content seems a little lacklustre. I think my purse could use a sparkly notepad or fancy mints to jazz it up... For real.

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1. My Jess Rizzuti purse (c/o here). Other purses in the rotation include my Roots bag and this thrifted bag.
2. Sunglasses. Two pairs (Moschino and Betsey Johnson). Not because I need options, though it's not a bad idea, but because there is usually a pair lost in an inside pocket somewhere for an indefinite amount of time.
3. My iPhone with an Iconemisis (c/o here) cover. I love the cover but it's super slippery, so I can't use it if I am drinking wine.
4. Vintage tooled leather wallet. I believe this was stolen from Kendi's donate pile when I was there two years ago. I've used it since and if definitely has wear. I guess that as much as I am constantly switching purses, I'm the opposite about ever switching up wallets. I like to wait until stuff starts falling out...
5. My Roots toque. Because roots (for my naturally (?) blonde hair) and cold ears need to be covered.
6. A smattering of lip products. I always have a Bath and Body Works lipgloss on me and probably a nearly empty tube of it lying around too. And then a bunch of lipsticks that naturally accumulate in the deep pockets of my purse. 
7. Tylenol. Because sometimes my head hurts.
8. Anti-bacterial gel. This kinda just hangs out in my purse. The only time I really use it is after I go thrifting...
9. Gum. It might be full, it might be empty. 
10. Tampons or pads. Though, like I said, when I actually need these products they are undoubtedly in another purse. 
11. JUNK. This is the part that I feel gets left out of every purse post. Unless I am the only one with crap in their purse. In this case, my junk pile includes a stub of a Winners gift card (long gone sadly), a couple Shopper's Drugmart receipts, a pay stub... you know, the usual suspects. Sometimes I'm a little embarrassed at how long random crap stays in my purse. Sometimes I'm a little embarrassed that the pile of randomness is actually much bigger than what is shown here.
But most of the time, I know that letting my purse serve as a junk collector is perfectly normal... 
 

14 comments :

briannelee said...

I am the same with my wallets. I use them until they fall apart. However I have about 75 purses I rotate b/w ;)

D said...

Haha I only carry one purse with one wallet, and it is usually about 80% receipts in there. At least until I get annoyed trying to find my keys!

Lauren said...

Yes! Finally someone who admits they carry receipts and other garbage around in their purse - I always have a pile of receipts and gum wrappers stuck at the bottom of my purse. It also seems that I never actually end up needing the receipts I save...

Jennifer said...

Your bag is kept much neater than mine!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Melissa Swanson said...

Oh man, your bag looks pretty clean compared to mine too. The bag I use regularly is big, which is a bad thing, because there is so much more room to store junk! I need to make a transition to a smaller purse, I think.

Unknown said...

I love this post... so honest!
I always have receipts and cards and other junk laying around my purse and a bunch of extra junk like stuff I need to toss in the garbage but there was no garbage can nearby when I needed it. I always bring a big bag when shopping so I can avoid getting plastic bags :)
After that is all makeup and my wallet. My phone goes always in my pocket becuase I never hear it when in my purse... LOL

Lindsey said...

love all the lipsticks/chapsticks :)

Tracy said...

I love seeing what other people carry with them,a little bit like looking in someones medicine cabinet or closet!

Meredith said...

Thank you!! My purse is always filled yet I only carry my phone, wallet, and keys. The rest is all receipts that I'm too afraid/lazy to throw out.

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Elizabeth said...

Love that you posted this, junk included!
I always read other 'purse posts' and can't help but wonder "How heavy is your bag?! a pretty notebeook AND a pretty journal?! That has to weigh a ton." Happy to see that's not happening here!

Cats Pjyamas said...

I totally agree about purse posts (alliteration?)being a sneaky peak into someones personal life. I like them too. The personal is special.

This one time in class we had to pull out all the cards in our wallets as a way of showing what clubs/catagories we belonged too. I had like 7 coffee stamp cards.

Kat asecondglance said...

Yesterday I heard thirdhand that a woman (coworker of a coworker) who got to escort the Queen (of England), said that her handbag contains.....cigarettes!!! Might be a false rumour I'm not spreading but that blew me away. No pun intended....And a google search seems to validate the rumour.

I had a giggle at #2 on your list...

manda said...

I dig what's-in-your-bag posts too, and I commend you for including the junk, because... everyone has junk in their bags, no?
have you seen iampacked.com? I'm fascinated with it as I have a love/hate relationship with packing for trips :)

ps your wallet is lovely!