Friday, September 25, 2009

Who wants to snoop around in my bag?!

A couple of weeks ago, there seemed to an epidemia spreading like the plague within the fashion blog community, where one stylish writer after the other posted entries describing the contents of their handbags in quite intricate detail. I am not sure my readers actually want to take a peek at the (on a good day) disorganized chaos that is the inside of my bag, but decided to follow suit anyway!

I like carrying a different bag every day, so as to match it as well as possible with what I am wearing. Hence, my handbags are constantly put in rotation - and due to all this switching around as well as to being highly disorganized, I discover at least once or twice daily that I forgot to move my Metro card, lipgloss, toothpicks, or something else that I desperately need from yesterday's to today's bag of choice. Blame my absentmindedness!

Today I was toting around my fabulous Deux Lux gold hobo (above left) .... and this is what's in it!

  • iPhone and charger. The first one goes without saying, the second one comes in handy when I'm on set, since I tend to be on my phone a lot and will typically run down the battery before I even have time to blink! I am infamous for always "borrowing" the portable outlets that hair stylists use for their tools on location out in the woods, some park or anywhere else where there is no electricity. What else is an iPhone addicted girl to do?
  • Makeup and a few options of lip gunk. Three different shades of concealer and two different shades of lipgloss, all Maybelline. Some generic compact. Neutrogena SPF 15 lipbalm and Sephora strawberry lipbalm. I love mixing my own preferred color when applying undereye concealer - don't you agree it looks horrible when people just slather on a layer of something that's close to their skin tone, yet not a perfect match? No-no, not me! Currently cheaping out on free stuff from Maybelline... an unexpected job perk from a runway show I walked recently! I can really recommend the lipgloss: it tingles nicely when applied (!) and stays put pretty well throughout the day for being a drugstore brand.
  • The essentials: wallet, Metro card (that I never use - I love walking) and sunglasses. Did I even have to mention those? My wallet is from Kipling and I've had it forever. Isn't it weird that you can be so excited about owning (and rotating) a whole closetful of handbags, but at the same time feel perfectly content owning and using one wallet only? However, I guess it would be too much, and too risky, for someone as messy as me having to keep track of and transfer important stuff like IDs, credit cards and whatnot from wallet to wallet on a daily basis. It's bad enough that I can't even handle moving my hairbrush from Furla to Kate Spade!
  • A good read: currently the Bazaar October issue and a handbook for actors by casting director Paul Russell, that I really should have finished long ago, since I am currently enrolled in a workshop that is based on its contents! Oops.
  • Chewing gum (preferably Wrigley's Spearmint or Orbit Maui Mint), toothpicks, wetnaps and a tissue/napkin. Sometimes I also throw some floss, toothpaste, mouthwash and a toothbrush in there. I am a stickler about having clean teeth and will freak out if I have to eat something without flossing, brushing my teeth, gurgling with mouthwash and chewing a piece of gum afterwards. My boyfriend thinks I'm a freak. He's probably right! Before anyone is wondering where my (obligatory) hand sanitizer is... yeah, I'm wondering the same thing! Most likely left behind in whatever bag I was carrying yesterday.
  • Hairbrush, mirror, comb, elastics and dry shampoo. Anyone else live in a stormy place and have bangs? Have you noticed how your bangs can get super greasy just from having the wind whipping them around all over your face - even though you just washed your hair in the morning and have normal, not oily, skin? It's a mystery. But not to worry! Dry shampoo is your friend. I like "Psssssst!" a lot, but can also recommend Ojon for those who are above getting beauty products at Duane Reade. ;) My current hairbrush is from Ricky's, but I am dying to get a Mason Pearson if I am ever in a position where it does not feel weird to spend $130 on a freaking hairbrush (although I am sure it is well worth every cent)! Finally, as a fun fact, my father bought the little pocket mirror for me in Tokyo when I was about 9.... he probably forgot about it way back, but I still carry it with me every day.
  • iPod. I am well aware that iPhones can double as MP3 players, thus making your iPod redundant. Doesn't matter - I love my little pink friend and would never abandon her! Check out her pink poodle case that I picked up in one of those little stores on North 10th in Williamsburg (I forget which one)!
  • A couple of comp cards and headshots, as well as at least two pens and a little pad of post-its. You never know who you'll meet during the course of the day, or who will call you regarding work or auditions.... or when your pen will go on strike. Needless to say, any opportunity that might arise always comes my way on those days when I forgot to move some or all of this stuff from the bag I used the day before. But like I said... you never know! :D

As is probably obvious to everyone by now, I have a tendency to overstuff my handbags.... just take a look again at my total purse content above. All that junk in a medium-sized hobo?! A brilliant solution would (of course) be to acquire a new, roomy tote for the fall! I am wildly in love with all the gorgeous croco, python and lizard skin bags that I see on so many fashionistas' arms right now. Below are some of my current favorites for the season, all of them with lots of room for all that cannot-live-without stuff that I insist on dragging with me everywhere I go.

From left to right, row by row: Betsey Johnson Snake Charmer tote, Michael Kors large python hobo, Perlina Legacy croco shopper tote, Badgley Mischka Laura croco tote, Fendi Giant Chef tote, Furla Aster metal bucket tote, Coach Sabrina large handbag, Jalda Sophia faux croco handbag, Moschino quilt croco shoulder bag.





















OK, I know, I know... the Sabrina is not reptile and the Moschino holds no more than your absolute necessities. But so? Just pair it with a tote and you'll be fine! It comes in lemon yellow too, for those who like to have fun with color!

For a smaller wallet, check out these budget options - below from left to right: Jessica Simpson Jimmy crossbody faux anaconda/cobra bag ($78), Rampage Joelle faux croco satchel ($98), Serena Williams Signature Sophisticated scarf tote with gold metal trim ($75).








Yes, Serena does indeed design handbags, or at least she employs people who do and slaps her name on the final product. This particular bag comes in black, tan and lavender and looks like it would be perfect for lugging your books, fashion mags and other heavy duty on those days when you want to carry a small satchel or hobo for your essentials. That said, I would really like to see what it looks like in real life, not to mention on the inside, before I go ahead and purchase it. Which is easier said than done, since to my knowledge it is only available online!

But oh well, André Leon Talley is reportedly a huge fan of Serena as well as her sister, and if she is good enough for André.... she's certainly good enough for me too! Sold. :D

38 comments:

  1. I overstuff my bag too that's why I prefer huge bags. And I'm a stickler for clean clean clean... always have a hand sanitizer and wet wipes with me.

    You know how I deal with bag changes, I have this bag organizer which makes it easy for me to shift the contents of my bag to the next bag.

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  2. Hmm.. interesting. But what if the two bags look nothing alike? I do it manually and evidently, I suck at it!

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  3. I love seeing what is in other's people's purses!! Fun!

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  4. I love this post !
    http://mimietnini.canalblog.com/

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  5. i carry waaaay too much stuff in my bag, im going to have oh so bad posture when im older :(

    But this is one of the most organised bags ever! mine is filled with food wrappers, old tickets, empty bottles...

    you little organised sugarplum ;)

    sugar
    xoxo

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  6. what a nice funky post !
    the bags... love all of them***

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  7. oh wow, what a cool stuff. the iphone is so great. i love it.

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  8. hello and welcome to my life
    i overstuff my bag waaaaaay too often and my back is paying the price ;)
    thanks for stopping by!

    myglitteringcreation.blogspot.com

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  9. Right, back problems.... I should have mentioned I have my chiropractor on speed dial!

    @Sugar: now I can't wait to see what's in YOUR bag...!

    :D

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  10. Hmmmm...looks like you're prepared and instyle to boot!

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  11. Geez you pack a lot of stuff in your purse! I'm impressed. :) Everything in your purse is fab. I love your ipod cover!!

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  12. I love what's-in-my-handbag posts!

    And I had to laugh out loud at your Fit Flops comment. I so agree, they really aren't stylish! And don't worry, I did get sneakers, too, and I will start jogging! These will probably be used while hanging around the house - we have lots of stairs! - or visiting neighbours or times where I wear normal flip flops. Now that I've bought them, I have to try to get *some* use out of them! ;)

    xx Leia

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  13. I LOVE your purse. I'm a purse fiend. My current one is shiny royal blue. It's beautiful! Plus you have an iPhone. My boyfriend has one. I have the Instinct, Sprint's version of it, but it's not the same. Next summer my contract is up and I'm switching to AT&T...unless AT&T were to lose the contract with Apple next year when it's up.

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  14. You will love the iPhone! I am addicted to mine! :)

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  15. haha! purse contents rock!! wow?! andre is a fan of the sisters?! cooollll....

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  16. He is tight with Venus, and from what I've heard he is a Serena fan too. :)

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  17. I do the same thing (swtich bags every day). I can't tell you how many times i ususally leave something ultra important in the previous one :X whoops!

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  18. sett den här smarta handväsksinsatsen?
    http://www.smartasaker.se/default.aspx?main=ShowProduct.aspx&prodid=597

    inte provat dock...

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  19. What a lovely post! I love it :)
    Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog!!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Xoxo
    Giovanna
    www.bohomarket.blogspot.com

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  20. I have an obsession with peeking into people's handbags - though it's incredibly rude to simply ask someone if you can rummage through their purses; therefore, I love when people simply proffer the opportunity - much like you have here. Oh, we are two of a kind - we keep everything but the kitchen sink in our handbags! :)

    I'm kind of in love with that Serena Williams Signature Sophisticated Scarf Tote with Gold Metal Trim - I love the cognac color, very pretty. :)

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  21. @kristin: Tack! Kan vara nagot for en slarvmaja som jag! :)

    @Erika: I know, isn't it a great bag!? I am a little wary of buying bags online though, as you can't really check out the quality and actual looks of it before it's too late...!

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  22. Love all the bags in your collage, and the contents are very streamlined, darling! Bravo for carrying a different bag every day!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  23. Thank you! I am trying my best! xoxox

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  24. hahaha!you are right I did too:)
    I tend to carry a lot of stuff and some of it unneccesary..
    great post!

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  25. I have a strawberry Lip Balm like that!!

    I love it!!

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  26. It's pretty cool bc it actually does say a lot about a girl!

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  27. Love peeking in other girl's purses! I'm actually one of the few small-handbag lovers, because I know the minute I use a large one, I'll be toting more stuff about. Love the fact you prefer to walk rather than take the subway. I'm the same. It's such a great way to get yourself moving and enjoy the city at the same time! Have a lovely weekend :)

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  28. LOVE a bag peek! Great insight and I overstuff my bag too!

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  29. i only have to say amen about the iphone thing. i also take my charger everywhere lol

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  30. You have skills. I don't know how you fit so much in your purse! hahah. Great post, I always find these so interesting!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    girlwiththebowtie.blogspot.com

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  31. well good for you for changing your bag so often! i bought a beautiful Givenchy purse last September and have barely changed my purse since...i can't seem to part with it even for a day!!
    xox

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  32. i can't get enough of the pics. the bags are so great. i also love to change mine to the outfit

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  33. @ Mademoiselle Frou-Frou: well, that is definitely understandable!!

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  34. It's so smart to carry around a charger! I should do that.

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  35. You're working those bags hard girl..... WOW! :O)

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  36. Such a beautiful bag you have! I'm so unorganized with mines because I would need many separate pockets. I carry so much stuff with me I can't survive with little bags.. Now I'm dreaming about a Gucci one!!!

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  37. cute post! i love "whats in your bag" posts!

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  38. Great Posting...I just discovered your blog and had fun browsing through so many of your postings. Keep up the great work.

    Besos,

    Maury
    http://heightsoffashion.typepad.com/

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