You know what I don’t understand? Those “What’s In Her Purse?” features in magazines. Because they’re never real! Nobody carries fancy aromatherapy candles and hardcover novels in their purse. Especially not in those tiny cross-body bags that the magazines always show. And where are all the CVS receipts and hair ties and Advil? Perhaps they’re Photoshopped out.
So here’s a semi-accurate representation of what I keep in my tote daily. Depending on the day, I may take out the planner if I’m feeling daring and/or unproductive, or add a light cardigan if I think I might be cold. Because I don’t like being cold.
1 // Lip balm — My lips are always dry. Always. This brand is medicated, so it soothes while it softens.
2 // Tervis tumbler — These cups are great for hot or cold beverages. Invest in a lid so you can carry yours around with you.
3 // Waterproof mascara — I’m allergic to every season, so my eyes often water. No I’m not sad. To avoid the dreaded raccoon eye, I always keep a tube of this mascara in my bag.
4 // Pens — I always keep several pens in my bag for jotting things down or lending out to friends. But you’d better give it back. I get irrationally frustrated when I lose my pens.
5 // Hair elastics — Because you never know when you, or a friend, might need one.
6 // The Lilly Agenda — Also known as my life in a book.
7 // Hand lotion — Warm Vanilla Sugar Bath & Body Works lotion is my weakness. It smells incredible, and it’s smelled the same for like… forever. It’s comforting and nostalgic, plus it works wonders on dry skin.
8 // Earbuds — I need these for my research job, but they’re also great for the gym and when I don’t want anyone to talk to me. I keep a pair in my purse at all times to avoid forgetting them at home.
What is always in YOUR purse? And you’d better not say scented candles.