Sunday, July 7, 2013

What's In My Bag?

This 'tag' is one that I enjoy reading despite knowing 90% of people carry around the same things. I did a post on this last year and I took it down because I wasn't happy with it. Now that I've established a solid collection of things that move house every time I switch between bags, I thought it was time for another round of What's In My Bag? - a lot of things I don't need, that's what.

My bag is an Asha Ring Handle Tote from Colette. Like I mentioned in my wishlist post, I'm eyeing up a Longchamp Le Pliage but at the moment I have other things to put my money towards so a new bag takes a backseat. I really like this bag- for someone who crams it with A4 Uni books, umbrella, jumper, water bottle and a lot of other things many people would deem unnecessary, it's a good size. I always need to have an umbrella on me- Murphy's Law.

 My wallet is yellow eel skin leather from Pratten. It was an 18th birthday gift from my grand-aunt. It's serving me well and I feel horrible for not taking better care of it. Eel skin leather was not made to live in a student's bag. The little elephant coin purse is from Cambodia- a friend brought it back while on a mission trip. I'm trying to put all of my coins in there instead of stretching the coin compartment of my wallet.

I'm still using the Sony Ericsson Aino, which is so old it's still running on Java- the era before Android and iOS. I can access Facebook and read blogs from my phone but I prefer to keep the Internet and regular phone functions separate as it frees me up and I can happily listen to music or talk to people instead of being glued to the phone like a lifeline- the only downside is that I can't use Instagram unless I'm at home with the iPad. It's a good phone nonetheless, and was a gift from my aunt years ago. 

For the hours I spend on public transport weekly, I have a 4th gen iPod Nano (another gift from my aunt) and the Samsung Pebble MP3 player. I haven't treated the iPod very well- I spilled nail polish remover on it when living in Switzerland and it caused a little puddle of moisture to pool under the display screen. The Pebble is my back-up for when I haven't charged my iPod (I bought it a few months before receiving the iPod for Christmas about four years ago). The battery life is much better and it's more convenient to use. 

Current novel that I'm wading through is The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. It's very rich prose that takes teeth-gritting endurance to plough through. Not for the faint-hearted or impatient.

Typo Buffalo diary in Mint- a Moleskine copy, I'm fairly sure. Because I'm weird my diary is a hybrid of a planner and a journal. I like to sketch in notes of what I will do so I stay organised, and events of what I have done/eaten/bought so I can flick through later in the year and remember particular days. I've stopped carrying a pencil case around and have downsized to two pens. My high school self would be appalled. I used to carry a pencil case around like my life depended on it. 

Here's a little peek into my mini on-the-go makeup bag (the Ecotools pouch) that contains mostly the same things all the time. I try to stick to cream products because they don't require brushes, and I keep a streamlined stash of products to conceal and colour as needed if I've left home with no makeup on and feel like doing my makeup on the train or bus.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer
Australis Creme Colour for Cheeks and Lips in Flirtatious Pink
Maybelline Dream Matte powder because the mirror on this is so convenient
Ecotools Mineral Powder Brush
Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick in Torch
CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Brown Blaze (without the rubber smudger because I accidentally stepped on it and it broke off)
Lady Gaga Fame EDP sample from Target, strangely
Palmer's Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Lip Butter
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector. At the moment I've got MAC Viva Glam V and MAC Bare Again rolling around the bottom of the bag too. 

I've got another pouch holding a Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, Pen-Pals stain remover pen, Panadol, hair ties, bobby pins and a little silver pouch with a compact mirror, more hair ties and bobby pins and my keys. Scout's motto: BE PREPARED. 


  1. Cute post.

    Loves, RJ

  2. great post. I like the make up products you carry around, mine are very similar and I also go by the motto of 'be prepared!' although I think I might be a little over prepared my bag is getting heavier and heavier! xx

    1. I'm learning that I need to carry less! I fear for the condition(s) of my bag and shoulder. :P

  3. You carry so many awesome things! ^__^ I always get more and more stuff every time! haha