what's. in. my. cambridge. satchel. bag.

I don’t know about you, but I have a slight obsession with “what’s in my bag” posts. Call me nosey, but I love seeing the random odds and ends that people tote around on the daily — or to fashion week. Today, I’m super excited to be sharing my Cambridge Satchel essentials. It just may be one of my favorite posts ever, simply because it was so fun to photograph! Depending on my #BOTD (bag of the day), what I carry (and which bag I use) varies. For instance, if I’m heading to a coffee shop for a work sesh, then I know to use a larger tote that fits my laptop. Or if I’m out running errands, a pint-sized bag will almost always do. Take a peek below and be sure to share a link to your #whatsinmybag post in the comments below!

1. The 13 Inch Classic Satchel (Cambridge Satchel) // I was so stoked when I was able to snag this classic Cambridge Satchel bag (with original tags!) in the gently used section at Duo last winter. It’s not something I use every day, but it’s a nice change of pace when a crossbody bag is too small and a tote is too big. Ya know?! 
2. Ban.do Sparkly Hair Clip (similar) // This is legit my favorite hair clip ever. I love having it on hand for those days (let’s be honest — most days) when my hair isn't cooperating. 
3. Kate Spade Tortoiseshell Sunnies (similar) // While I have several pairs of sunnies that I like to throw into the rotation (like this budget-friendly mirrored pair I recently snagged at Nordstrom), I always come back to this timeless tortoiseshell pair from Kate Spade. Take note: It’s not pictured, but I like to store it in a case like this (different pattern but same style) to keep the scuffs away. 
4. Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara (Clinique) // I’ve been using Clinique for years, and I just recently tried out this chubby lash fattening mascara. Long story short: I love it and will definitely be making a repurchase soon. When used alongside a lengthening mascara (and an eyelash curler) it does wonders. 
5. Silicone Tennis Balls iPhone Case (Kate Spade) // TBH, I never want to give up this phone simply because the case is too cute. Period.
6. Color Block Pen (Poketo) // Don’t get me wrong, penciling in functions in an iCal is great, but there’s something to be said about taking notes by hand in an agenda or notebook. Hence the need for an ink pen that brightens your day. 
7. Ampersand for Blue Sky Bookbound Notebook (Target) // Looking for a budget-friendly notebook that’s functional and stylish? Right this way! I’m obsessed with this classy notebook by Blue Sky. Every time I use it, the Parisian chic aesthetic reminds me of Garance Dore. Pssst: It’s only $6.
8. Flavored Balm Dotcom (Glossier) // Minty fresh moisturized lips? Yes, please! If you haven’t already read my review of Glossier’s mint balm dotcom, you can do so here
9. Clare Vivier Striped Zip Wallet (similar) // This one’s an oldie but a goodie. Come summertime, I swap out my kelly green Kate Spade wallet for this striped zip wallet by Clare Vivier. Doesn’t it just scream Fourth of July?
10. Polka Dot Twistband (similar) // I like to keep at least one hair tie tucked away in my bag (or sunglass case) for ponytails, side braids and the occasional bun/top knot. 
11. Fruit Stripe Gum // Hello, ‘90s kids! Sure, the flavor may not last long, but nothing beats that initial surge of fruity goodness. 

What are your bag essentials? Leave a comment below!



  1. That phone case has me swooning! And I love the bag as well!! xx

  2. I adore your bag! I need hand sanitizer, sunglasses and my phone, wherever I go!

  3. I love Cambridge satchels - I have 2 now and use them for every occasion! I always have my mirror, phone and today's shade of lipstick in mine!

    If you're interested in knowing how long the satchels last or about the new push lock satchel, I've discussed them on my blog: https://zelanderann.wordpress.com/


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