Who doesn’t want to know what’s in another person’s handbag? Being totally honest here, I think the answer is no one. I love watching these videos on YouTube and seeing a glimpse into someone else’s life, so I thought I would share with you what I carry around on a daily basis. What you carry in your handbag can tell you a lot about a person, so looking at what I emptied out, mine tells me that I’m a ‘ready for anything’ kinda gal. If you’re looking for something, chances are I have it in my handbag. I’m only short of bringing spare batteries and pepper spray.
The power of a handbag – it can make or break how you carry yourself. For ten years I used a back pack going to and from school, carrying multiple books, bottles and my lunch. My resemblance wasn’t unlike that of a turtle at times. The right bag fits everything you need without bulging or bursting, or strangling you in the process. It’s a bonus when you find a bag that ticks all of those boxes and looks good on your arm.
Big, small, clutch, shoulder… the list goes on. But one thing stays the same, a good handbag will stay by your side at all times, literally. I’m not one to swap handbags, when I fall in love with a bag, I become committed to it. I use it everyday until it breaks, or looks beaten and deflated. I don’t think I will have to worry about that happening to this Michael Kors bag, though. I picked it up in New York because brands, like most other things, are cheaper in America than in Ireland or the UK. I knew as soon as I saw this bag a few months ago that it was the one. I’ve never owned a designer bag before, so buying this baby was a big deal. But I also knew that I would truly get my value for money with it – I use it every single day. It is scratch proof and water proof, which takes away my two main worries straight away. There’s nothing worse than buying something, but never using it for fear of ruining it. It’s the perfect size to carry everything I need, plus it could fit way more than shown above. Notebooks, text books, a bottle of water, laptop, iPad… you name it. The shoulder strap is perfect for when my hands are full, or when I’m carrying something heavy, and the handles are perfect to hook onto your arm when there’s less inside (or you’re really strong).
I could talk about this handbag for the next three days, but I must refrain. A full review will be up soon, with more pictures and detail. Whatever your taste, a good handbag is essential if you carry everything but the kitchen sink with you on a daily basis – who knows when you’ll need a measuring tape or stapler?!
If you live in Ireland, an umbrella is a handbag essential. You could leave the house with the sun shining, but within 50 minutes it could be lashing rain with thunder on the way. It’s almost guaranteed that if you leave the house without an umbrella, it will rain. Any old umbrella won’t do, something that’s indestructible and has been military tested is best suited to Irish weather conditions. My purse, of course, is always in my handbag. This Marc Jacobs one is perfect for holding all of my cards, most of which remain unused *note to self: use loyalty cards more often*, plus it holds a lot of change, which you need for Dublin Bus. I always keep plasters in my purse too, just incase. Tissues are just a basic, as is my key. I always bring my phone charger with me wherever I go, iPhone batteries get eaten up so quickly, and I think I’d die without my phone *(slight) sarcasm*. A pen, what kind of journalist would I be without a pen? Although I wouldn’t always carry a notebook or diary with me ’cause I can make notes on my phone, a pen comes in pretty handy. I think every girl carries at least one lip product in their handbag. It varies between what I’m wearing that day, but usually I carry a nude, a bright colour and a hydrating chap stick. Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue is pretty amazing. I carry hand sanitiser, because public transport isn’t the most hygienic place, and it’s easy to use on the go. A snack is necessary – I’m hungry nearly all of the time. A cereal bar is usually handiest, and it stops me from wasting money on chocolate bars in news agents (although I still end up doing that anyway). These hair grips from Penneys are the best thing since sliced bread: we all know the spontaneous impulse to tie our hair up and being left stranded because we forgot a grip or bobbin. That’s not a good situation to be in. I bring earphones everywhere, playlists pass the time on buses and you don’t have to make awkward conversation with the person next to you. I keep a painkiller in my handbag just incase a headache strikes, there’s nothing worse than having a headache and there’s nothing you can do about it.
So they are my daily handbag essentials, they vary from time to time but these are the bare minimum things I bring with me, no matter where I’m going. A bottle of water usually finds its way in there, too. My phone isn’t included ’cause it’s usually in my hand.
Apologies for the lighting in these pictures, the sun wasn’t on my side today. I hope you enjoyed reading this, it’s something kind of different to what I’ve posted before. And to any fellow bloggers out there, I tag you all to make this post. Usually I find something that I’ve never thought of carrying with me when I watch these videos or read these posts, so we can share our ideas here – and in turn make our handbags heavier than they already are!
Share a Smile Sundays #2 will be up tomorrow.
Thanks for reading 🙂
*You were born to be real, not to be perfect*