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In My Bag...

Whoa! It's been quiet around these parts for the past couple of days. That's sort of unusual for my blog as I tend to find myself "obligated" to post even when I don't really have anything of value to say, but I'm sort of glad I decided to take the weekend "off" from any real responsibilities. It allowed me and Mike some time together, just to hang out, have a "treat yo'self" day a la Tom Haverford, and to get some work done with Honeybean. Granted I am about 3 extra days behind on other things, but it's nice to feel a little bit relaxed! I feel like all of my posts say things like "I'm so busy!" "I promise to get everyone's emails to them asap!" etc etc, because it's always the truth. But sometimes it's nice to just say "nah. Whatever. Tomorrow." and just... stop stressing. So what do bloggers do when they don't really have anything else to show you? (Or at least in my case... haha) Answer: What's in your bag? post! I'm honest. But these posts are also my total guilty pleasure as I'm nosy and like to know what everyone else carries around with them daily.

Mike thinks this is the ugliest purse ever. No lie. I picked it up a few weeks ago at TJ Maxx and was deciding on it and he was just like "Oh god" haha He doesn't think it's atrocious, but it's far from his favorite. I personally think it's adorable and it'd be weird if I didn't because duh, I bought it. Luckily y'all were super supportive in my choice in the Lavender and Turquoise outfit post. (So thanks!) It's a nice size and I can actually keep it clean. (Obvious disclaimer: Uh, everyone cleans out their bag before a post like this right? I think I showed all of my receipts and junk once, and then was so mortified) 

Basically these are things that I need to survive... or something.
* Nicole Lee handbag via TJ Maxx
* Harajuku Lovers makeup bag
* Nine West coral wallet
* Kleenex purse packs
* Smith's Rosebud Salve lip balm
* Trident gum
* My pink Nintendo DS (keeps Toby occupied in the car sometimes)
* Mini Post-It note flags
* The best pen ever!
* Floss + Zyrtec To-Go (life-freaking-saver!)
* "Super Sticky" lint roller (because I look like I'm sprouting dog hair always)
* Random lipsticks (usually one red, one pink) + a lipgloss 

Important things that aren't pictured:
* My Life/Blog notebook (my life basically revolves around the lists I make)
* iPhone 4
* Small yellow notepad that I use when I don't want to "dirty" up notebook pages

And now I'm going to sit here, staring at my blog in disbelief that this is really, and truly the only things in my purse! I feel like that is some sort of personal victory as I'm an "everything including the kitchen sink" type of gal. So there you have it. That's what I carry if you feel so inclined to care! ;)

Are you a neat and tidy gal? Prefer small purses? Or are you my soul sister who basically carries a duffle bag with everything she's bought in the past 6 months inside? I won't judge you! ;)

60 comments:

  1. I always carry my chrome bag, so it feels like I am carrying the world on my back. But it's normally just my laptop, wallet, birth control, gum, chapstick, pens and a small notebook. It also leaves me lots of space for throwing in things from the grocery store or what not when I need to.

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  2. Ohhhh what do boys know about stylish purses?? ;) lol! I think it's adorable! Love the colors. Even the contents inside your bag are cute! I think we have to same lipstick! And we definitely are rockin' the same pink DS... what games are you playing right now??

    :)
    xx

    http://daydreamfrenzy.blogspot.com/

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  3. LOL... I have a bunch of those pens!!! Love 'em!!!! And I am very impressed that is all that is in your purse! Kudos to you, big time!!!! :)

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  4. I'm your soul sister. If I tell my kids to grab something out of my purse, they usually stand frozen and look terrified. Maybe I should do this...it would prove interesting.
    http://wingedwriter.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-good-luck-charm.html

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  5. It's good to take a little time off once in a while. I feel refreshed when I let myself have a day or two away :)

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  6. I actually really like that purse! The colors are great. I've been using one purse for a few years now, a leather satchel I got in London. I try and keep it clean, but I definitely collect a lot of junk and receipts!

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  7. I have to admit, I am a huge duffle bag filled with everything kind of girl. It comes in handy though! If I happen to need something, more likely than not it's probably somewhere in my bag.
    I love yours by the way. I don't think it's ugly at all!
    http://thistalkingbird.blogspot.com

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  8. I love this post!! I understand about being crazy busy and just wanting to take some time for yourself! You deserve it Kaelah!! I love everything in your purse and I just adore that purse! I don't know why Mike isn't to found of it mean its beautiful and bold!!

    I guess i can say I'm your soul sister :p I always have huge purses and just pack them with everything! Rob is always asking me why I carry all this stuff?! I tell him it's just a girl thing. I think I'm going to have to do this post soon as well!!

    I hope you enjoy your day!

    Marja,
    xoxo

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  9. First off I LOVE that purse!!! Totally awesome!!
    I switch off and on between a carry everything I could possibly need purse carrier and a: only my wallet, lip balm, phone + camera purse carrier. It just depends on my mood.

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  10. the contents of your bag are so bright and colorful! i love it!

    drop by allister bee soon!

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  11. I'm glad you and Mike found some down time! It seems like you both have just been going non-stop for a while now!

    I would have to say that I am a soul sister! I seems to carry everything around in my purse. Books, notebooks, cameras, water bottles... everything I can fit. If it wasn't for my back problems I would more than likely have a bigger bag!

    -Madeline Grace
    Just Let the Sparrows Fly

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  12. Soul sisters! I have two school bags that I keep everything in - books, binders, pens, receipts, lip gloss, snack bars, a corkscrew (not even joking) - and one "bar purse" that's just big enough for my wallet, a lip balm, a lipstick. I've tried to pare down but it's always "I might need..." WHAT IF I NEED A CORKSCREW!?

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    1. hahaha the last line totally nailed it! LOVE IT!

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  13. haha I zig zag between a big bag gal or a small bag lady depending on where I'm going! Going to get food? Small bag. Going to a 2 hour long meeting, BIG BAG... girl needs to be entertained... ;)

    <3 Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  14. I have to disagree with Mike. That bag is adorable! What a great TJMaxx find!!

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  15. Wow. Our bags are uncannily similar. Love the Harajuku Lovers case. What's in my bags are my absolute favorite posts.

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  16. Girl, we're Soul sisters!!! I carry WAY too much stuff. tiny notebook, all kinds of lip gloss, two chapsticks, tissue, a broken (as in now in 2 pieces) compact mirror, a billion pens, a pencil, receipts, a "lady things" bag, two lotions, 5 bajillion keys, wallet, photo holder full of business cards and gift cards and rewards cards (even already used ones...), two inhalers, make-up compact, bills I need to pay (which I NEVER forget and pay ONLINE but for some reason HAVE to have in my purse anyway, sunglasses, phone case (yeah not even on my phone!!), two hand sanitizer containers (I think I like pair of things..), bobby pins (which I don't use..but just in case) hair tie, hair clips and so on and so forth.

    What's worse? I use my purses to DEATH so the lining is ripped on the bottom and everything gets into a big messed up tangle. Ugh. So embarrassing!

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    1. hahah YES! oh my stars i ALWAYS rip the lining in mine and everything falls to the inside! totally the story of my life! my not-so-tame bag has everything you listed above. total soul sisters ;P

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  17. Oh, I'm nosy too so I LOVVVEEE these posts! Maybe I'll do one and you can creep around in my bag, too! I personally am a big purse gal, so that I can keep all of my school books and laptop in it.. and my plethora of notebooks, too! Right now I think I have 4 notebooks and a planner! JESUS!

    ps I'm working on those questions, pwomise!

    xoxo Cortnie

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  18. I used to carry EVERYTHING in my purse. I grew attached to side satchel type bags. Then my shoulders started to hurt constantly. So i switched to squat and fat hand bags, but they are just awkward to carry around when you are trying to do anything productive. Plus i packed them with so much crap they always looked like a stuffed tick about to pop. After a year of slowing separating myself off a few things here and there I have finally dedicated to a super small little across the shoulder vintage Etienne Aigner purse only including the following: EOS lipbalm, iPhone 4 S, small crochet coin purse, a few nail polishes (i can't help needing them at all times), two different shades of red lipstick, handful of bobby pins, hair ties, favorite pen, small yellow notepad.

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  19. i'm impressed you carry floss around. i'm terrible at flossing. aiy iyiyiyi. i'm now stressing about all the terrible tooth problems i'm probably going to have at 75. hopefully then tooth implants won't be such a deal or dentures will be totally comfortable. dentures might be cool to creep out grandchildren. anyways, thank you for the post! i love open purse blog posts- vaguely creepy but fun.
    sophie
    princessrhyme.blogspot.com

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  20. as a handbag lover (this girl prefers handbags, not diamonds) I can see the beauty of this bag!

    these are my favorite kind of posts! I alternate: sometimes I'm a haul-around-your-life-in-your-bag kind of gal and other days I only need a small bag (but I stuff that as much as I can so really, what's the point? lol)

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  21. I was just about to complement your pairing down abilities! My purse can go from wallet + lip gloss + keys to an exploding disaster in a heartbeat.

    Also - SUCH a good idea to keep a mini lint roller around! I have got to look out for those next time I'm out.

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  22. Such fun to see a peek of the inside of your bag and I LOVE that Harajuku Lovers makeup bag! :)

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  23. DUFFLEBAG-DUFFLEBAG-DUFFLEBAG! Seriously, right now I'm on the (wo)manhunt for a GIANT professional tote, with my eye on one at Target that's ginormous and black patent leather. I'm doing this BECAUSE right now the only bag I own large enough for all my stuff is either A) a literal duffle bag OR B) this giant green and (previously) white tote from high school that's still hanging on and looks terrible. UGH!

    one-girl-vs-world.blogspot.com

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  24. haha, what? mike's insane- that's such a cute purse! and i love that little makeup bag :)

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  25. i love that purse-- super colorful and cute!
    i've been wanting to do this kind of post but my bag is always such a mess haha!

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  26. I carry all different sizes purses... but I'm a medium sized kinda gal. Any bigger and my stuff feels lost, and any smaller and I can't fit anything. And I change my purse once a week, it's the only way I can change it up and keep it clean. I don't buy into making my purse match my outfit, so I just like to rotate my cute purse collection by changing it every Sunday.

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  27. I didn't know that they still make Smith's Rosebud Salve lip balm. I loved that lip balm.

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  28. HAHA men and hadbags! They will never ever understand it ;D
    I somehow knew that the content of your bag would be just as colourful as your outfits! So cute!

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  29. oh man, I totally agree with the big handbag! Mine are all large or over-sized. I can't do a medium or heaven forbid a small bag lol. My boyfriend jokes that I could take over a small country with my purse! He hates rummaging through it for gum or hand sanitizer, he just looks at me like "yeah right!" when I tell him to go look for stuff.

    My purse contents: Nook Tablet, sketchbook, 3-4 pens, 5-6 lipglosses/lipsticks, eyeliner, hand sanitizer, mirror, digi cam, inhaler, medical bag (with Epi pen, allergy pills, headache/pain meds, floss and lotion), ipod touch, iphone4, ear buds, contacts case, mini collapseable hair brush, gum, mints, mini flashlight, business card case, USB drive and finally my wallet/clutch. And then finally whatever my munchkin decides to throw in there (for awhile there was a foldable potty seat in a ziploc bag during the potty training phase).

    lol... its a ton. but the day I dont pack something is the day I actually need it! It weighs a ton, but I'm so used to it I barely notice now.

    Glad you got a nice relaxing weekend for yourself :)

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  30. Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

    that is an adorable purse! i love it!
    sometimes (often) men don't understand their women's fashion sense haha

    what a good idea to keep a little note pad for ideas for blogs in your purse!

    talk soon wild child
    -Hattie
    Hattitude Artistic Style Blog

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  31. OMG I LOVE THAT BAG! Great choice!

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  32. So cute! Haha love that there's a pink DS hiding in there!
    xo Heather
    http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

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  33. i like big bags, even though my chiropractor keeps telling me to downsize. i do try limit what i put into my bag, and am a bit of a neat freak...but it's so convenient to stuff in an extra jersey or umbrella when the weather is iffy.

    you can look inside my bag here - http://whatjaccididnext.blogspot.com/2011/02/so-this-is-whats-in-my-bag.html

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  34. I'm totes a unnecessarily large purse carrier and lugging everything including the kitchen sink haha Question though, what type/brand pen is that? I work in an office and if that really is the best pen ever, then I must own one! i'm always earching for a really good pen. let me know when you can and thanks for checking out my 'friday favorites' : )

    xxoo
    Ardiana

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    1. you know i have no idea! i stole it from work! shh! haha all of my good pens come from the stash at my bar. if it writes nice, i pocket it ha. i think that's why they order so many new ones so often! i don't remember it having a brand on it but i promise to look tonight!

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  35. GASP! I love that bag!! Everything about it, seriously! I would grab that in a heartbeat. And you defo don't want to see the inside of purse right now, it's a disaster!!

    -Leah
    Superstition Vintage

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  36. Fragrances... Treat-yo-self! Massages... Treat-yo-self! Mimosas... Treat-yo-self!

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  37. That lip balm is pretty! I have a teeeeeny tiny little purse I've been using for many years, and it pretty much only fits my coin purse, keys and iPod inside. Sometimes I even forget I'm wearing it, it's so small... I want to start carrying my camera around with me though, so I've been on the lookout for my first normal-person-sized purse.

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  38. I tend to waver back & forth from the 'tiny purse' to the gigantic purse. I may have started carrying a purse inside my purse...
    'What's in my bag' posts are totally on my guilty pleasure list too. I kind of love seeing what other people haul around.

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  39. my purse is a hot mess compared to this. that 1st pic of the purse doesn't do it justice. I thought it was SO tiny! Then i clicked the link to your outfit post with the same purse and BAM! It's so much bigger! I like it, it looks like a smiley face to me, hah

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  40. I love this! It's such a nice way to get a glimpse into someone's life. Can I say that seeing that pink lipstick precariously perched on top of other lipsticks on your nice, white comforter makes me a little nervous. HAHA!

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  41. Looks a lot like mine haha. Men will never understand how we truly do need giant purses with our life buried in them.

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  42. i feel like i change my purse almost daily. since i work in a 'professional' type office i can't really get away with wearing a suit and not having a matching purse. which really stinks cause i end up only transferring over the essentials and always find that i missed something. usually it's just the wallet, lipstick/chapstick, tissues, both cell phones and my earphones.

    life spelled jen

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  43. I also like to check out all the possible sneak peaks about everyones lives - also the purses and whats in them.
    For sure I am the second tipe. Once my boyfriend even found small package of yeast in my bag!

    cushylove.blogspot.com

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  44. I had to downsize to a smaller purse because I could never find anything in my old one! Well...I mean, I could always find a spare M&M, peanut or receipt floating around, but never my phone or my dayplanner, haha.

    PS. Love the Harajuku Lovers bag!

    -Lindsey
    Et tu, tutu?

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  45. I'm a small-purse person. Working as a consultant and traveling so much means I've gotten better at downsizing all the shite I carry. Often I just have my wallet, keys and a cell phone! And chapstick, of course ;)

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  46. I have been made fun of since I was like, 14, for carrying a "suitcase" everywhere I go (before big purses were cool, I think? Haha). For a period of around 6 months last year I carried the tiniest purse ever with almost nothing in it just to prove that I CAN do it.. but then I realized I was missing out on a lot of photo opportunities by carrying a bag that was actually smaller than my DSLR and I sized back up to suitcase status. ;) People aren't laughing when I have something in there that they need though! Like lotion.. hair spray.. or a cookie! :D

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  47. oh gosh i've never been a small purse girl! the funny thing is that i don't really carry a lot of things in my enormous bags haha . . . wallet, planner, makeup bag, pens, body spray, gum & thats really about it! so at least my shoulder isn't cramping up and i still get to carry fabulous, huge purses!

    what shade/brand of pink lipstick is that from your bag? i love it!

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  48. I think this is one of the best 'What's in my bag' posts I have ever seen :)xx

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  49. Oh girl. The things I've deemed important enough to carry on a regular basis are shocking even to me. I often look in my purse and wonder, "What the heck is that doing in there?" A jar of peanut butter, one of those silly drop-down spider gags from Halloween, abandoned grocery lists I've found in a shopping cart ... I've transitioned into the land of bag lady. I stand by the "always be prepared" mentality, so my bag always weighs about 20 pounds. Sometimes I even carry a tiny purse full of key essentials within my gigantic purse of junk - I call it my getaway purse in case I need to walk comfortably somewhere.

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  50. Your purse is adorable!

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca

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  51. LOVE your bag!!

    I am a purse addict and normally gravitate toward 'big' bags (like on the verge of suitcase size..lol)but recently bought 2 smaller satchel/cross body type bags and have been enjoying them very much. I realize now I don't need to carry everything but the kitchen sink with me and even the boyfriend commented (without any prompting from me) that he likes when I carry smaller bags. When the BF even notices my purse choice it MUST mean it's a good change :)

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  52. I just did a "What's in my bag" too. Everything in yours is so colorful! I love it. :D I'd love it if you checked mine out too.

    http://www.cosmeticsbycortney.com

    I also vlogged about it here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r3e1BPwGXg

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  53. This is so cool to see since I'm nosy too! Haha. I tend to carry around a lot of things but it's less noticeable since I keep them in several pockets and extra bags. For example, my main bag or purse has: wallet, keys in one pocket; water bottle in another pocket; notebook, book, sweater in main pocket; phone, iPod, and separate bag in front pocket; and in the separate bag I have all the "little things" like pens, chapstick, gum, etc - this just tends to work best for me! :]]]

    -Z
    zplustheworld.tumblr.com

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  54. I love these posts, you have the cutest bag! I have nothing interesting in my bag, mostly rubbish!

    www.kindoflovely.com

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  55. I love love that trident gum!!

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  56. I carry everything!!!!! Even when it's "clean" there's still a million things in there. At least it all comes in handy!

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  57. I carry everything!!!!! Even when my purse is "clean" there's still tons of stuff in there. At least it all comes in handy!

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