I’m a bag lady. There, I said it. I like bags. I’m not discriminatory. I like cheap bags, expensive bags, big bags, small bags, plain bags and adorned bags. I had always been a bit of a bag-hopper, changing purses with my outfit or mood, until a boyfriend bought me the most amazing Coach purse set with a beautiful little bag for going out and essentials and a matching larger satchel for my other necessities. All of a sudden I was freed from cheap purse hell and dropped into a world of classy, gorgeous bags. Of course I can’t afford many, but since then I’ve even bought myself a couple of nice neutral ones to go from season to season.
Something that has always fascinated me is what women carry in their purses. I’ve seen it all, from the Mary Poppins-like bottomless pit to the cash-and-card-only girl. As a student I tend to carry a big, ugly backpack from day-to-day that holds all of my books and school supplies. In addition to that I carry an everyday purse with a variety of necessities inside. Today I’m going to share what I carry in my own bag in hopes that other women will open up and share what they deem important enough to hold space in that oh-so-valuable purse real estate.
Inside my everyday purse you will find:
- Paperback novel (I usually carry whatever I am reading for pleasure).
- Wallet (crammed full of cards, receipts, and coupons)
- Makeup bag
- Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Sex Pot
- Sephora Lip Gloss in Rusted Rose
- Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia
- Maybelline Bab Lips in Peppermint and Cherry
- Smith’s Rosebud Salve
- Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey Douce
- Jergens Cherry-Almond Lotion
- Optical Cleaning Solution (for my glasses)
I have friends (and a grandmother) who can miraculously produce any needed item from the depths of their bags, and others who seem to get by with simply some cash and their keys. I fall somewhere in between. As you can see, my purse itself holds pretty much just the basics, while the makeup bag tucked inside is a catch-all for my lip gloss obsession. I seem to have everything I need when I need it, but would be at a loss if a wardrobe malfunction necessitated a safety-pin.
I’m asking all of my women readers to leave a comment and reveal what they carry in their purses. Are you a simple girl, or high-maintenance? Do you have everything but the kitchen sink in there, or just the basics?