Let’s be honest, I’m an accessories person. I work for an accessories company and I can never leave the house without something on. So that being said, I have a LOT of handbags. Probably more than any person should own. Part of that is that my job is amazing and I’ve received a lot of free products over the past year but another part of that is I just really like bags. I think they’re a great investment piece especially if you get timeless styles and they really can amp up a look very easily.
The bag I am currently using is actually not Stella & Dot (gasp!). It’s the first time this year I have not carried a Stella & Dot. The reason is that this bag is very special! First of all, it’s a Celine wannabe…it was on sale…it’s leopard…and I got it in Vegas just last week so it’s the latest baby to my collection. We were walking past Aldo and I stopped my mom to show her that bag and the salesperson saw us and beckoned us in to take a closer look. Then she told us it was on sale for $30 and it was sold. I literally carried it out as my new bag from that moment on and we haven’t parted since! (I am so dramatic when it comes to handbags, they’re important!)
I love being nosy and snooping through everyone’s handbag junk so I thought it would be fun to do this together! If you don’t think it’s fun, too bad. I’m doing it anyways.
P.S. I tried to find this bag online, but I couldn’t 😦 so sorry. It was an Aldo accessories store, instead of just a regular Aldo so maybe they had different items?
Here’s the overview. Since I *typically* switch handbags a lot, I try to stay pretty organized. As we go through each piece in my purse, I’ll share some tips on how I stay organized so I can find things easily. There’s nothing worse than digging around trying to find your chapstick and you end up dumping everything out only to find out it’s been in the right pocket all along. Not that I speak from experience or anything…
Alright! Here we go…are you ready for this?
That black and white makeup bag looking thing on the top left is a pouf. It’s actually a Stella & Dot item that I cannot live without now. I literally own about ten of these things and I use almost all of them. I have one for my tech cords for when I travel, one is an emergency makeup bag that I keep in my backpack for school, I use one for jewelry – holding my bracelets and such, the list goes on and on. This one I keep with me at all times. I call it my emergency pouf. It has everything I could possibly need: tissues, Advil, Benadryl, hand sanitizer, mints, gum, band-aids, tampons, hair ties, a comb, chapstick, lotion, and these wisp-y things that are like toothbrushes you can take on the go with you. I love using poufs because they’re compact, keep everything together, and they’re cute! Plus this one tells me that I’m beautiful. How nice is that?
That beautiful metallic thing on the top right is another Stella & Dot item that I don’t know how I lived without before. I use it for when I go to work. At Nordstrom, you’re not allowed to have your handbag with you out on the floor so I put my essentials such as my wallet and phone in this pouch and take it down with me. During my lunch break, I just use it as a clutch. I get so many compliments on it, it’s kind of ridiculous. But I mean, it is a pretty outstanding print if I do say so myself. Oh and this one I got free as well. Not bad, if I do say so myself. This one says “Hello Gorgeous.”
Even though I live in the rainy state of Washington, I always carry a pair of sunglasses with me. These are my favorite, classic Ray Ban Wayfarer. They were a birthday gift from my aunt a few years ago and I rarely ever wear other sunnies. I don’t get the chance to pull them out very often, so that’s why I always have them with me. Ready for a moment’s notice.
Yet another Stella & Dot goodie. This one fits your phone, which means I always know where it is. Also, if I’m just running into the grocery store or a quick errand, I can just take this and I’m good to go. Probably one of my favorite Stella pieces I own. The leopard is unfortunately retired, but we have tons of other prints!
I always keep a powder with me for touch ups. I prefer the mineralize skinfinish powder from MAC but it’s a super soft and can break easily, plus it doesn’t include a sponge applicator, so studio fix it is. It also doubles as a full-coverage foundation, which is what I use on no-fuss days when I don’t feel like doing anything.
Usually I have way more than this, but at minimum I always have a lipstick. This one is rebel, which is my current favorite. I also usually have a nude lipgloss for quick touch ups and a chapstick for when I don’t want to deal with a mirror. This Pixi one is my current obsession. It’s the perfect nude color and it’s so nourishing, I love it.
Isn’t the packaging so cute? I love how compact these are. I always need tissues handy. My nose has a bad habit of running at random times so I’m always prepared.
8) Hello Kitty Mirror
I got this at Sephora a while ago and I love it! It’s so stinking cute. One side is magnified and the other is just a regular mirror. I think having a mirror in your bag is an essential.
My dad got me these for my birthday and I love that they come in a handy case to keep them from tangling or breaking when they’re floating around. These also have a mic in them so they double as a hands free device for my phone. Especially for my long bus ride in the mornings and afternoons to class and home, headphones are a must. Pandora has become my best friend.
So that’s everything in my bag! This is for everyday, obviously. For special occasions or days I feel like mixing it up, I could go anywhere from a clutch, to a crossbody, or even a tote bag even bigger than this Aldo one. One of my favorite flash sale sites put up a handbags guide recently. I love seeing different styles and learning some of the history behind how they came to be. Rue La La does a fantastic job of including all that. They start by explaining different styles and then move into the history of the handbag, which I found particularly interesting to read. I highlighted a few of my favorite new styles below:
This style is called a baguette. Isn’t it cute? I think this is an ideal size for a designer bag, since it’s smaller, the price may be a little more reasonable and you could totally take it out at night and dress it up. I used to have a coach bag that was similar to this size but I sold it off a few years ago. Maybe I’ll reinvest someday?
This satchel is my favorite. I love the structure, I love this it has a long handle, I love the size, I love everything about it. My dream is to own a Birkin someday (that’s not the bag pictured here, but it is included in the style guide. It’s way out of my price range right now, but maybe it’ll be my splurge WAY later on in life after I get a full-time job. A girl can dream at least, right? 🙂
My absolute favorite thing about the Rue La La style guide is at the very end, they include some tips on how to tell designer handbags apart from fakes. They cover Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Dior, and more. I always am skeptical about purchasing anything designer online because there are so many fakes out there and a guide like this is always helpful, so check it out!
Alright. I think this post is long enough, does that make up for my week hiatus? I have some more posts in the works for this week!
In the meantime, what’s the craziest thing in your bag? What are you currently carrying? I think your handbag tells a lot about you. I always love seeing everyone’s 🙂 feel free to share and write a post of your own! Let’s have a giant “what’s in my bag” party! Who’s in?
Till next time!