Thursday, October 19, 2017

What's In My Bag

| "Hand me my purse, darling. A girl can't read this sort of thing without her lipstick." -Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's |

Recently I decided it was just about time for me to jump on the blogger bandwagon and create a post on my handbag essentials. I definitely don't feel the need to emulate all the same content on my blog as whatever is currently popular in the blogging community, but this is one trend that I can get behind any day -- not only do I have a severely unhealthy obsession with bags, but I also have very specific necessities that I always make sure to carry around with me wherever I go. Living in New York City has especially taught me what I need to take with me on a day to day basis (as otherwise I will be dying without, you know, actually dying).

And I don't want to be dying. Rule #1 is take Ibuprofen with you literally everywhere. Please. Your feet will thank you.

Aside from that (very major) necessity, I am also always carrying around obvious general everyday items such as my wallet, keys, phone, headphones, and pack of gum (it's gotta be spearmint). As for my personal favorite daily items, I have a handful of recommendations!

First off, how GORGEOUS is this Pailey tote from Ted Baker? It's fairly new in my wardrobe and I am so in love with it. It's big enough to fit lots of little everyday items inside but still structured and chic. Also, it embodies my style (primarily as it is the prettiest shade of pale pink), so it's perfect as an everyday bag!

One of the things that I try to always carry around with me where I can is this little Victoria's Secret clutch with a few roll-on perfumes: these two are Chloe Love Story and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White. These are so convenient as they are thin and lightweight, and they're perfect for a bit of fresh scent while on the go!

I always have hand lotion on me, as dry skin drives me crazy and it's so comforting to me to have little containers of gorgeous-smelling moisturizer when I want it. The main two I carry around are Soap & Glory's The Righteous Butter and Hand Food. These are super cheap and incredible and can be picked up at Walgreens or Target (or, in my case, Duane Reade). I also love this Victoria's Secret Sheer Love hand lotion that I've had for a few years, but I usually prefer to take the smaller ones! Sometimes I will also carry a bottle of nail polish in case mine chips, and as my nails are usually light pink, I like to keep a shade of it in my bag.

It seems to always be a good idea to carry around a small makeup bag with a handful of products useful for touch-ups throughout the day. Some of those products for me are the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, a blush (recently I've been loving Milani's baked blush in Luminoso), mascara, whatever lip color I'm wearing that day, and my staple everyday lip liner, Jordana's Easyliner in Rock N' Rose. Depending on the day, I'll sometimes also carry around a gloss or extra lip color (as it is my favorite part of makeup!).

On the subject of touch-ups, I love using a little spritz of this Mario Badescu Facial Spray with rosewater to hydrate my skin and give it a bit of luminance both when I first do my morning makeup and then again throughout the day. It's not very expensive, so if you're looking for a facial spray for touch-ups or even for just skin care, I recommend trying this out!

Some of my other essentials that are always helpful to keep around include an everyday pair of sunglasses, hand sanitizer, and, again, ibuprofen - it is by far the most important necessity, I swear.

One last item I want to mention is this lovely little planner; I think it's a great idea to carry around a small planner or notebook and a pen just in case there's any need to jot some thoughts down throughout the day. In my case, it helps me to remember things, because I do try to plan out all my blog posts before the upcoming month and I often get ideas randomly!

Thanks for reading! I hope this has provided a bit of pretty inspiration and encouragement to get out of the house during these beautiful colder months! 

xx Erin Nicole


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