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