These are legitimately some of my favorite posts. To read, to put together. (I’m the nosiest.) I just love knowing what people carry around… personally, I would never carry a clear bag, but OH how I love it when it when someone walks into the subway with one. Receipts? Makeup? Must know.
I have been switching in and out of bags and totes like it’s my job lately. Typically that drives me crazy because I worry that I’m going to forget something. However, with so many switches, I’ve been consolidating (if you can believe it!) what I carry around everyday.
Some of these things would generally be unnecessary, but during the day when there are multiple subway rides involved, you just never know what you’ll need… Here’s what I’ve been carrying around:
First up, while I’ve been switching out my bags regularly, this Kate Spade bag (on sale from Nordstrom!!!) has been a favorite. First, it’s insanely bright. And with the cold weather, I need something to brighten up the day. And it really does fit a ton. Kate Spade gave it to me during fashion week and it’s a great bag that holds a lot, but doesn’t look ginormous. (I fear looking like a bag lady!)
Parker Pen (similar, c/o): I feel like I am always searching for pens and this one looks fancy when I pull it out during a meeting!
iPhone: Of course! My phone is my mobile computer more or less. (If anything, I can get through a long subway ride playing the app Lyne… highly addicting.)
Minimergency Kit: This kit has literally everything under the sun that you could possibly need. Nail polish remover, tiny hair spray, an itty bitty sewing kit, etc. Brilliant. (Replaced this completely!)
Gum/Kind Bar/Good & Plentys: Not a fan of gum in general, but I do like to chew some if I get a nervous stomachache. Just a good thing to kind of have in the bag. These Kind bars (Dark Chocolate Chunk) are absolutely delicious and hit the spot when in a pinch. Sometimes I’m behind schedule and need something to eat just to get me to the next place/meal; these can get thrown around a bit and sit in the bottom of the bag for a few days with no problem. And the Good & Plentys?! Just because 😉
Nest Perfume: I included these in my top 10 beauty products post last week and it really is a must-have for me. I’ve been forgetting to put on my perfume in the morning so I just keep it in my bag and put it on when I remember. It also just smells so fresh and, trust me, sometimes NYC doesn’t smell so fresh…
Business Cards: My mom’s friend gave me this beautiful monogrammed business card case a while ago. I always have it on me!! You never know when you’re going to need to hand one out. (Here’s a post with more details about my business cards!)
Blister Stick: I’ve always used blister sticks (I think I got hooked on them when I was in high school) and to this day, I don’t walk out the door without one. Even if I have a tiny evening clutch, there’s the blister stick. In NYC they’re even more vital… long walks and fashion-y shoes don’t always go together. A little wax goes a long way 😉
Tennis Ball: I take Teddy out all the time and never want to be without a little toy if we find a good space to play. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gotten to the dog park without a ball. Now I just permanently keep one with me.
Wallet: Duh. Mine is actually pretty old from Cole Haan (this one is similarish)… notable things inside? Three library cards (why?), Metro card, cash, Starbucks gold card (thanks Mom), stamps…
Keys: This is actually one of the things that bugs me about NYC… You need a lot of keys. One to get into the building. One to get into your apartment. Mailbox key. PO Box key. House key (I can’t take my Florida key off!!!) I have the cutest little elephant keychain from Elizabeth McKay and tied a ribbon on it so I could pull it out of the bottom of tote bags super easily.
Book: I’m currently reading The Goldfinch. It’s a BIG book, but I always want it with me. You never know when you might have three or thirty minutes of downtime to catch up on a few pages.
Chapstick/Lipstick/Lipgloss: In order of what I wear the most. Always putting on chapstick. Sometimes wearing lipstick. Occasionally going with some lip gloss.
Flashdrive: Maybe it’s the nerd in me, but I keep one (or two) of these handy.
Nail Polish: For chips. I always always always carry it with me. I’ve been in and out of important meetings and I just hate sitting at a conference table and noticing that my blue nails are 90% blue, 10% natural. No thank you!!
Headphones: Saved the most boring for last apparently! I like to listen to favorite playlists when I’m on the go.
What are your everyday must haves for your handbag?