Sunday, June 3, 2012

What's in my bag

So I've seen a few bloggers do this and I thought it would be fun.  A peak at what I carry with me in my bag on a day to day basis.  I thought this would be a fun way for you to get to know me a little better.  When I look for a bag or a purse, it needs to hold these items.  Coming soon will be a video review of yet another bag I recently purchased - yes I know, I need Bag Lady Anonymous, but we'll talk more about that in the vlog!  For now - here are my essentials!

1. This is a new item I got when I got my new bag - it's the medium sized pouch from Gussy Sews - such an adorable little pouch and a great way to organize items within your bag.  I'll show you what's inside in a picture further down.

2. Makeup pouch from Target - more on that in second photo.

3. A calendar - I'm so old school, I like to still write down things in a physical calendar as opposed to putting it in my phone.  Call me old fashioned, I don't care.  This one is nice and flat and spans two years.

4. Ice Breakers Duo mints - they are strawberry + mint flavor and they are super tasty!  I always have some kind of mints in my bag, never know when you might want to freshen up, especially after a meal out or something.

5. My wallet - this one is Relic brand purchased several years ago at Kohls.  I love it because it fits a ton and is surprisingly light weight.  I don't want a big heavy wallet weighing down my purse because of back and neck issues.  Also, I love the bottlecap print on this, the Pants Monkey and I like to drink beer, so it feels appropriate!

6. My checkbook - yes in this day and age, who really needs a checkbook?  Hardly anyone takes checks anymore, but I keep mine with me in case of an emergency, you just never know.  This is a simple flat wallet from Target, so it takes up very little space.

7. My keys - unless I'm driving of course!  In the wintertime, my keys often get shoved in my coat pockets instead of my bag, but in the summer they go in the bag.  Love my carabiner from Caribou Coffee!  Holds a  lot of keys, which I have a surprising amount of.

8. My iPhone - big surprise, who doesn't have a cell phone?  I don't know how I lived before I had my iPhone.  The case is a simple pink one from Target, love it, it grips easily and protects the phone well.

And now here is what goes in my Target Beauty bag (free bag I might add - anyone else ever do that sign up and get a free beauty bag from Target deal when they have it?  SO worth it, free samples and a free bag, you can't beat it).

1. Nail clippers - never know when you might need them!

2. Lip gloss - this one from Bath and Body Works, it's a nice color that goes with everything if I need a touch up during the day.

3. Pens - can never have enough and I keep them in here so I can actually find them.  Otherwise I lose them all the time.

4. Business card holder - I don't really give out many business cards, but I carry some in case and I use this to collect other people's cards too.  Networking is fun.

5. Purse hook holder - I cannot live without this guy - hang it off the edge of a table when you're at a restaurant and hang your purse on it.  Then it doesn't have to go on the floor!  Perfect for a germ-a-phobe like me!

Finally, here again is my new pouch from Gussy Sews.  She makes several sizes of these and I love this medium one here.  I put the items you see above plus a little something for my "lady business" if you get my drift, but I didn't want to photograph that.  I'll talk more about the Gussy items in my vlog, but for now, here is the stuff that goes in this pouch.

1. Sunglasses - sometimes.  Most of the time these go on my head or on a table at home.

2. Be Enchanted body spray from Bath and Body Works - never know when you might need to freshen up!

3. Comb - with hair as short as mine this isn't needed often, but occasionally, especially on a windy day or if I get caught in the rain.

4. Chapstick - if I don't want to use lip gloss, I go with basic, plain Chapstick.

So there you have it!  It seems like so much when I write it all down, but thanks to the organization of my pouches, it makes changing from bag to bag pretty easy, which is why I do it fairly often.  Stay tuned for my vlog about my new Gussy items and a little more on what I look for when I am purchasing a new bag!

*Side note, I am not compensated for any items I mentioned today.  All items purchased by me and shared because I enjoy them.*


  1. Beth, I Love what's in your purse posts! I'm planning on doing one soon too! You've got all your stuff organized in pouches, and it makes me feel like a total slob! hahaha.

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  2. Aww yay! I love these sort of posts. I don't carry much in my bag, but I do keep a little "emergency kit" of bandaids, chapstick, scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers. I keep it in one of those pull out plastic pencil cases. Not fancy but it works!

  3. you're not the only one who still keeps a paper planner, i have one too that i'm lost without. even though all of my meetings & home visits go on my outlook calendar at work, i have to write them down too. :) and i've been lucky enough to get one of those target beauty bags each time they're offered and i have this same pouch in my own purse holding floss, nail clippers, etc!

  4. I love the makeup pouch from Target. It's so cute!
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  5. always love a good what's in my bag post. All of your stuff is so organized, i may need to invest in more cute little bags like yours. And it's probably a good idea to carry a checkbook, I don't and had a very irritating day at the DMV when I found out they don't take visa cards, the only card brand i have!

  6. I love how you have all your things organized into little pouches--this is such a good idea! I have a similar little purse hook thing and I agree, I can't live without it!

  7. I have that same Target free cosmetic bag! I also carry a planner with me...nice to know I'm not the only one who likes to write things down :) Thanks for a peek inside your bag, Beth!

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  8. WOW. You have everything. You are definitely the go-to purse gal.

    No way will I ever show anyone the inside of my But I hardly ever write a check or have paper money, and always have peppermints on hand for nausea. Yep, I'm a regular Girl Scout :P


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