Surprisingly in all my years of blogging I have never put together a 'What's in my handbag' post and whilst sorting out my bag Sunday evening for the week ahead I decided it was time.
I'm actually one of those annoying people who sorts their bag at the end of each evening. I can't bear carrying around old wrappers and receipts so I have to make sure everything is thrown away and more importantly I like to know everything is ready in the morning as it's safe to say more often than not, I'll be running late!
First we have the bag, my gorgeous Prada tote purchased back in April. At some stage I will be running a series of posts on my handbag where I go into more detail about my collection but let it be said this is definitely a favourite.
And now onto the contents
Yes people I'm old school and do not read books on a kindle or iPad as I'm an active user of my local library. Yes there are books available on Amazon for zero pence but it's not often the case for the specific new releases that I'm looking to read and as I tend to read about 4 books a month its far thriftier to utilise my library. I'm undecided what I think of The Longest Day by Paige Toon at the moment although I didn't want to stop reading and return this to the library at the weekend so it was interesting enough to keep me reading.
I used to post a weekly series; What I'm Reading - is anyone interested in my bringing that back? You can see previous book posts here and let me know in the comments or tweet me @florenceandmary
Such a large can of Batiste Dry Shampoo doesn't usually feature in my handbags contents but in my draw at work. As I was out on Friday evening after work I threw this in my bag to freshen up a little and it has since been returned to its usual home.
There's always a deodorant hanging around in my bag ready for a freshen up when needed. Sure Cool Pink Antiperspirant* in their new compressed can's are perfect. The underground hasn't been pleasant during the Summer and I've found a spritz of this before I jump on the train keeps me fresh and dry for the journey home - now if only other fellow commuters on the underground paid such attention to their deodorising needs!
There was a time when a tinted lip balm was all I'd wear to work. Those days have changed as my lipstick collection testifies but I still keep one to hand as I'm not great at touch ups and find a quick slick of Blistex Lip Brilliance* in Blush is sufficient in case I bump into someone on my way home from work whilst keeping my lips soft.
I hate the feeling of dry hands and have hand creams on my desk, by my sofa, at sinks and of course one in my handbag. L'Occitane Hand Cream is an old favourite of mine and leaves hands moisturised without feeling greasy.
I love what I call a 'mummy's purse' that I can fill comfortably with all the cards we have to carry around these days. Mine was a 'bargain' Prada one from Bicester Village a few months ago - I couldn't believe my luck when I saw they had one in red.
As my nails are so weak since having acrylics removed a nail file is a must about my person. I picked up Leighton Denny's Chrystal Nail File a few months ago and am in love with it.
Never one to resist a bit of animal print and a user of Denman hairbrushes this handy sized brush is perfect for handbags. Along with a hairband which is often used to tie my hair up on particularly hot and sweaty days as I'm about to board a train.
I've always carried a pen in my bag although find they're almost left unused due to making notes on my iPhone. Despite this it's always handy to have at least one and I have too, appropriately a Victoria Line one and another from a recent trip to Kensington Palace.
More animal print in the form of my Oyster card holder a recent purchase from Oasis. I'm particularly fussy about Oyster card holders as I need something with at least one clear side that my staff pass occupies and I have to carry around my office at all times and they're harder to find than you think!
Keeping work and home life separate is a Blackberry for the office and I personally use an iPhone. Is it a pain, sometimes although I find I tend to always have at least one phone with sufficient battery life to make a call!
And finally are my Raybans which have been a necessity during the Summer to avoid squinting and cause extra wrinkles. I have the gold aviators which I picked up in Florida on my holidays last year. They're so wearable and go with everything!
Of course there are a few other things missing, my iPhone as mentioned, usually I'll have thrown in a cereal bar and a packet of crisps for snack times and the obvious missing thing is my make up bag but on a Sunday evening my brushes are drying out and I tend to have a last minute scrabble in the morning deciding what make up to use for that day/week. Let me know if you'd like to see some posts on what I have inside that.
So there you have it, my first what's in my handbag post - I think that's a bloggers stripe awarded don't you!