what's. in. my. bag.

Not going to lie, I’ve been wanting to do a “what’s in your bag” themed post for a while now. After seeing College Prepster’s recent blog post sharing the contents of her Kate Spade bag, I knew that it was my turn!  Plus, I thought this would be a fun way for readers to get to know me a little bit better, and in the process, be introduced to a few of my favorite products.  


Although what I carry in my bag changes on a day-to-day basis, what’s pictured above is a pretty accurate depiction of what I can’t leave the house without.

To start things off, I wanted to spotlight my current favorite Kate Spade bag...a black crossbody satchel (complete with a detachable strap) that is ideal for a weekend of running errands and shopping.  While I was initially hesitant of its small size, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much stuff it actually fits.  

  • Kate Spade “Good as Gold” wallet- A must-have for obvious reasons.  
  • Sunglasses of the moment + case (similar)- Since I’m much too clumsy to not carry a sunglass case, this plaid one from Madewell is just perfect.  Not to mention that it actually fits in my KSNY satchel…granted it’s a tight fit.  That in itself is a miracle!
    • Gum- While I don’t chew a lot, it seems like the instances in which I don’t have gum are when I most crave it.  In the end, it’s a good idea to just always have a pack handy!
    • At least two pens, preferably one black (Le Pen) + color (Stabilo)- Whether it’s note taking, agenda making or random doodles, pens are basically my best friend.
    • Her Campus Collegiette sticky notes- Going hand-in-hand with the previous item, sticky notes are great for spontaneous to-do lists and happy little reminders.  (As I recently joined the Her Campus Blogger Network, I just had to include some of their sticky notes! #onceacollegiettealwaysacollegiette)
    • A Band-Aid- Absolutely necessary for when I’m breaking in a new pair of ballet flats. BTW, how cute is this sequined Cynthia Rowley Band-Aid...I’m a tad obsessed.
    • iPod touch- My iPod touch (at least until I get an iPhone) comes in handy most often when I’m updating my social media feeds, checking email, photographing my latest #ootd or capturing other random shots.
    • Earphones- This one is so important!  I can’t tell you how bummed out I am when I forget my earphones at home.  They especially come in handy when studying – whether it’s because I’m having trouble focusing or because the person who sat down next to me forgot that it’s a library. Shhhhh...   
    • Phone in Kate Spade “Live Colorfully” case- Despite living in an age when “being connected” is deemed oh-so-important, I could totally do without a phone.  That said, I reserve mine for important calls and emergencies.  
    • Maybelline New York Baby Lips in Quenched- As I’m a total chapstick/lip balm-kind-of-girl, this one is non-negotiable.  Whether it’s Baby Lips, eos, or Softlips, I always make sure to carry some sort of lip treatment.
    • Twistband- As far as hair ties are concerned, my loyalties lie with Twistband.  Not only do they not dent or damage your hair, but they come in fun prints and colors too!
    • Jane Tran bobby pins- Jane Tran has mastered the art of bobby pins.  As you can see, I’m currently loving the polka dots.
    • Estee Lauder mascara- Travel size mascara samples are the best as they’re great for on-the-go touch-ups.
    • Hand sanitizer- Year-round (especially during the fall and winter months), I rely on hand sanitizer to combat unwanted germs.
    • Loccitane hand cream-  Nothing prevents dry winter skin like Loccitane’s best-selling Shea butter hand cream.  (Pretty soon, I’ll be switching it out for sunscreen.)
    Now that I’ve shared what’s in my bag, what’s in yours?  If you’ve recently done a “what’s in your bag” post, link to it in the comments section!  I’d love to check it out :)  
    xo,

    A

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