I have a vast collection of purses, totes, handbags, clutches, etc. My favorite style is the Hobo. When I was in high school I preferred the smallest bag I could find. Now that I am all grown up I prefer larger ones.
I change my purse as often as the mood suits me which could be every other day or once a month. I no longer believe your purse MUST match your shoes and/or other accessories.
A few years ago when I was in New York, the trend was those colossal suitcase looking purses. That’s doing a tad too much for me, but I do like to transport more than lipstick and id.
A larger purse is even more important now that I am a 2X mom. I always have something in there pertaining to one of my children. With my wee one at only 8 months-old, I suppose I should carry a diaper bag. But I don’t! Usually I’ll carry a few items for him in my purse. Plus I don’t want to look like Bertha the Bag lady!
Lately I have had to clean my bag out daily. Receipts have totally hijacked it! I try to stuff receipts in my billfold at the checkout counter but it feels rude making those behind me wait even longer. For awhile I carried a chic pencil pouch that I used as a receipt holder, however, some receipts would not fit and it became too much of a hassle.
I’ve taken to leaving receipts in the bag. I store the bags and if I ever need to take an item back the receipt will be there.
I’ve also tried pairing down what I carry around. That always varies. Sometimes I am a minimalist other times I cram anything I think I’ll need in my bag.
The current bag I am carrying is a pewter colored, slouchy hobo from The Limited. It is roomy and has two deep pockets on each side. I love to use the pockets for my keys and cell phone.
Here’s a look inside!
Checkbook: Yes, I still write them!
Change: At the end of the day the coins go into the children’s banks
Mini notebooks: I am always writing things down
Hairbrush and medium-tooth comb
Sticky note: Information regarding some bcbg boots I want to order
Mini umbrella: Brown sugar does melt when it gets wet!
Pens: 3 just in case…
Recipe: For sugar cookies—sorry Dr. Kelly!
Receipts: Way too many!
Business card holder
Eye glass cleaning cloth: I use it to clean my phone
Baby bottle tops:
Snack: Special K Raspberry Cheesecake bar
Lotion: Forever Sunshine
Breath Mints: Victoria’s Secret
Coupons: The Finish Line and Triaminic
Make-up bag: L’Oreal Colour Juice in Peek-a-boo, MAC Dazzleglass in Like Venus, a needle and thread kit, a Wet-n-Wild eyebrow pencil in dark chocolate, Listerine pocket paks in fresh citrus, 3 Colgate Wisp mini-toothbrushes, 2 eyebrow and eyelash brushes, my lone Guess earring , and two eye shadow brushes by e.l.f.—one for applying and the other for smudging