handbag essentials + Larabar giveaway!

If you ask a girl what she carries in her handbag/purse, you’re basically asking her what her OMG CANNOT LIVE WITHOUTs are. Because God forbid we get stuck somewhere without our Dior nail polish or mini lint roller. Emergencies happen, people.

Here’s my daily out-and-about handbag (which gets gutted and minimized to fit things into my clutch when I go out at night, of course). It’s a vegan leather tote from Urban Outfitters with some fun chain detailing on the side.


GML's Handbag Essentials


And now, for the contents. I’m going to omit my wallet and small makeup bag because, well…self explanatory.


GML's Handbag Essentials


1) CamelBak
Gotta stay hydrated!

2) Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara
I’ve sworn by this mascara for years. If I don’t have time to put makeup on before leaving the house I’ll grab this on the way out. A quick application is all you need to feel put together!

3) mints
I can be a bit of a chewing gum fiend, but I’m trying to do better by my teeth and switch to mints most of the time. These Mentos mints are really good (except they do make a pretty obnoxious clanging noise when carried around).

4) hand lotion
How most people feel about finger nails on a chalkboard is how I feel about having dry hands. It makes me cringe just thinking about it! (I know, I’m a weirdo.) So hand lotion is something I carry around with me all the time. This one is Tocca – it smells great and applies well – doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy.

5) rollerball perfume
Whoever invented rollerballs is a saint. Unfortunately they don’t make my favorite fragrance (Armani Emporio for her) in a rollerball, but a few years ago I found Boyfriend, which is a great woodsy and cozy scent. (if you’re like me and NOT a fan of floral scents, I definitely recommend both of those fragrances.)

6) compact
I’m a big believer that every girl should own a compact. You know – especially on those all over the place days – quick glances to make sure your makeup isn’t smudged or that your salad from lunch didn’t set up camp in your teeth is imperative. I got this cute little striped compact from Forever 21.

7) Baby Lips
Lips must be moisturized at all times! I love this stuff – it goes on light and smooth and smells/tastes great. My favorite is the Peach Kiss.

8) Monster headphones
I got these Monster headphones to review last year and I use them ALL the time. They’re so much more comfortable than ear buds, and the sound quality is way better too. I always have them on hand for when I go to the gym, take the subway, or just walking around the city.

9) sunnies
If I’m outside, I’m in sunglasses (seriously – the only time I’m not is when it’s raining), so I’m always on the hunt for fun new sunglasses. I got these mirrored shades from a surf shop in Stone Harbor NJ, made by Sunscape.

10) hand sanitizing wipes
Some call it being a germaphobe, I call it “do you have ANY idea what’s on those subway poles?” These are supposedly better than liquid hand sanitizer, according to momma G.

11) Larabars
For the days that I’m out and about for meetings/work projects, I always make sure to have a snack on hand because I’ll never know if/when I’ll be able to stop for lunch. Larabars have been a favorite of mine for years – they’re not only delicious, but they have just a few simple ingredients (unlike so many bars on the market). Not to mention they’re so easy to just grab and throw in my bag before running out the door. My favorite flavors are Coconut Cream Pie and Banana Bread.


Want to get some Larabars to throw in your own bag? Enter below to win a sampler pack of 10 Larabars!


There are THREE ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment below saying which Larabar flavor you’d most like to try

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3) Share the giveaway on your Facebook page tagging Girl Meets Life


***You can enter once, twice, or ALL THREE times, but be sure to leave a comment for each entry in order for them to be counted accordingly.***

Giveaway ends on Monday August 25th at 4pm EST. Open to US residents only, must be 18 years or older. Winner will be contacted via email.


Please note I have not been compensated for promoting any of these products (with the exception of receiving the free headphones and Larabars). I just love ‘em!

7 ways to {really} seize the day.

7 Ways to Really Seize the Day

Phrases like “seize the day” and “live in the moment” seem to have become some of the most cliché sayings out there. I find that to be really unfortunate, though, because there’s truth there that carries a lot of weight…truth that can actually change your entire life.

I think the reason so little of us

read more… 7 ways to {really} seize the day.

snapshots | 8.14.14.

Bea Arthur ice cream cone from Big Gay Ice Cream, NYC


1 || Bea Arthur ice cream cone from Big Gay Ice Cream 2 || overallin’ 3 || Misfit Conference 4 || fresh watermelon juice/mimosas at Bubby’s 5 || cheers 6 || LA or whatever 7 || Speakable plug, because I can 8 ||

read more… snapshots | 8.14.14.

GML’s {end of} summer 2014 playlist.


Yeah yeah, I’m a little late in the game as summer is almost over. But this playlist can be enjoyed well into next season

Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately!

What’s been on your summer playlist?

read more… GML’s {end of} summer 2014 playlist.

on knowing your identity.

(…can you tell this is going to be a bit of a kumbaya post? Okay, great.)


The process of fundamentally knowing who you are is one that seems to haunt the lives of most twenty-somethings. We’re told that this is the decade of “self discovery” and “making your future a reality.” That seems

read more… on knowing your identity.

chocolate covered coconut bars + how to make healthy desserts that actually taste good.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Bars

While I was away last month we had a little family reunion of sorts. My whole dad’s side of the family came over for a day of fishing/hanging out at the shore house.

As usual, we had a huge spread of delicious food – meatballs, lasagna, salads, appetizers, and of course desserts. I always try

read more… chocolate covered coconut bars + how to make healthy desserts that actually taste good.

what i learned from my blogging (and some social media) break.

Taking an entire month off from blogging after doing it nearly every day for four years was not easy. But, the reasons it was so difficult were the exact reasons why I knew I needed the break.

I’ve made it no secret that I can sometimes have a love/hate relationship with blogging (I’ve addressed it

read more… what i learned from my blogging (and some social media) break.

i’m back! + life updates.

Montauk beach



(insert a zillion celebratory emojis)

I’ve got to say I’m really, REALLY happy to be back. I definitely loved the time off, but over the past week or so I found myself counting down the days to return to GML. That was actually what I hoped would happen, so…mission accomplished.

I’m putting together a

read more… i’m back! + life updates.

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