Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Handbag Essentials


I am most definitely a handbag hoarder, I keep way too much crap in my medium sized bag. However, amongst the various crumpled receipts, old gum wrappers and a cheque book I've never ever used, there are the odd few handbag staples that stay the same. 

As I live in the unpredictable land of weather that is the UK, I have to make sure that I have a good solid umbrella for those showery occasions. I've recently replaced my battered pound shop umbrella for something a little jazzier. This cool dude is a Buddhist Monk style brolly that I got from a shop called Pylones in Chester, formally named Octopus. They sell really cool, quirky Homeware like rice bowls, tea towels, dish scrubbers and much much more. I did have a purple doll one a few years ago, but alas, her head may have popped off. 

Then we have the not so pretty and exciting essentials. First up is a good old bottle of water, I try and keep one in my bag at all times in case I feel anxious in a situation. It always makes me feel better to know I have water to hand. Then there's the beauty trinity, body spray (nothing worse than feeling like you smell) a tube of L'Occitane hand cream and some Carex lip balm. I can not stand it if I have dry, scaly hands, the feeling goes through me like chalk on a chalk board. The L'Occitane hand cream is one of the best around and I got mine as a freebie in a magazine! Bargain. I also have very dry lips so I like to keep some sort of lip balm in my bag. I do prefer the tubs rather than the tubes, but my nails are so long these days I find them a little hard to use. 

Finally, we have the tool everyone should have, a pen. At any one time I can have 5-6 pens in my bag and usually 4-5 aren't actually working. You never know when you might need a pen and you usually find that you need one most when you don't have one. 

Picking my essentials has really made me re-evaluate what I carry in my bag, I obviously need my purse as well, but I think I could really do without the piles of receipts. I'm pretty sure I have a good few pairs of 3D glasses in there as well, but sometimes I just like the mystery of a messy bag. 


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  1. I carry way too much in my bag, but a lip balm and hand cream are always essentials for me! The L'Occtaine one looks lovely x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

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    1. It really is, I just wish I stored those things in a little pocket instead of throwing them into my bag haha x

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  2. I also always carry the same essentials... But I always always carry anti-bacterial hand gel also! Can't live without it! And you know what? An umbrella has become a necessity also here in Italy...

    gyudynotesofbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. I usually have my S&G Hand Maid gel in my bag but I've just run out! x

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  3. That umbrella is absolutely adorable!
    I always forget a pen, and I always fall short!
    Great little picks, enough to place into cute small bags to!

    Kelly from | DayDreams & DaisyChains

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    1. Absolutely! They can fit into anything!

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  4. I love that little shop in Chester, it's full of stuff I would never actually need but instantly want as soon as I see it. I too always have a good hand cream and lip balm in my bag. I'm a bit of a balm collector, there's about 3 in each bag haha!

    Kelsey xx

    www.kelseydawnblogs.com

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    1. I know! I really want the oriental rice bowl but I can't justify getting it because I would never use it lol xx

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  5. Just twitted you, I live in London but umbrella didn't cross my mind at all!! lol Lipstick, hand cream & sunglasses xx

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  6. Water, hand cream and lip balm are my handbag essentials as well! I like to keep a compartment in my bag separate for all the little things so they don't get lost or mixed up!

    My filofax and iPhone charging case are the other two things I can't leave the house without!

    Keira | Little Law

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    1. I wish I did that, I am forever losing things into the pit that is my handbag haha

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  7. I love the little handcreams - still gutted that the cocoa butter one was limited edition xx

    Who is She

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    1. I never tried the cocoa butter one, I really want to get more scents though, I love them!

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  8. I love these essentials! A bottle of water is always a must for me, as is a pen. I'm such a nightmare for forgetting things, and yet my bag is always overpacked with stuff I don't need haha

    whatlaurendidtoday.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. I know! I usually forget the things I need but then I've got like 7 pairs of 3D glasses in there haha x

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  9. I've just gotten back into carrying a purse. For the longest time I only carried my wallet! I can't go anywhere without my day planner. I love that umbrella, by the way!

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    1. I have a day planner and never ever use it because my life isn't interesting enough lol

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  10. Too many things! Wallet/purse, name tag for work, some pens and pencils, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, lip balm, painkillers (I'm prone to headaches), Urban Decay concealer chubby pencil, and Listerine breath strips.

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    1. I try to keep painkillers in my bag but I always forget to replace them once there all gone!

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