What's In My Bag?

Hello lovelies! Today I have a nosey post for you about what's in my handbag. Quite a few other blogs I read have done these kinds of posts, and as I think the contents of someone's handbag can reveal a lot about them I thought I'd share what's in mine.

This is my bag. It was a Primark special and cost a grand total of £8. I bought it just before Christmas after seeing N's nan with it at our Christmas meal with his family and falling in love with it. I know some people might think, "Ooh that's weird, why do you want a bag your fiance's nan has?" but personally I think it's proof that you can be stylish at any age. And trust me, N's nan is as glamorous as they come! But I thought it was a lovely classic ladylike design that would go with loads of different stuff and last for ages. Plus I'm a sucker for anything with bows on it.

I do also have a bright blue Lowe Alpine backpack which is my main work bag, but my Primark one is the bag I use at the weekends, for offsite meetings or if I'm going out in the evening and have more stuff than will fit in my clutch. My main requirement for my bags though is that there's enough space for all my essentials but isn't too bulky or heavy, and these two definitely do that.

So, that's the outside of the bag. Now let's see what's inside! 

  • Purse. This one is from Cath Kidston and cost £26. I like it because it's got lots of pockets for my various loyalty cards, notes and coins, as well as having a lovely classic pattern - I am a sucker for polka dots of all colors and sizes, and the navy blue colour is a bit different.
  • iPod. I listen to podcasts every day on my way to work and when I go to the gym - I find it a great way to educate myself and learn something new. I've got a post on my favourite podcasts in the works so stay tuned for that!
  • Kindle, because I'm the kind of person who get nervous when the cereal packets are taken off the breakfast table and nearly always have a book on the go. At the moment I'm reading The Pickwick Papers for my Charles Dickens challenge - look out for the review soon!
  • Keys, obviously to get into my flat! Keyrings are a satchel (present from my mum), an evil eye charm I bought in Istanbul on my first holiday with N four years ago, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag off of Strictly when they did their first tour, and my Tesco clubcard.
  • Chewing gum, in case I need to freshen my breath before going to a meeting or out after work.
  • Hand mirror, which was a present from my sister when I was her bridesmaid five years ago - how time flies! It's from Monsoon and is great for if I've got meetings or am going out after work and need to do a quick touch-up.
  • Tissues, in case of a sudden sneezing fit or needing to wipe something up in an emergency.
  • Burt's Bees pomegranate lip balm and almond milk beeswax hand cream - these were both presents from my future sister-in-law as part of a bigger Burt's Bees kit she bought me a little while ago. I love the lip balm as it's really moisturising and makes my lips feel lovely and soft, and the hand cream smells gorgeous and is working wonders for my dry hands in the current cold snap!
  • Batiste mini dry shampoo in Cherry, which I use for a quick touch-up post-gym or if I'm going out after work and haven't had time to wash my hair that morning. I love the slightly retro look of the packaging on this and it does do the job of helping my hair feel cleaner and adding some much-needed boost, but the smell isn't my favourite - it's a little bit too artificial for me.
  • Kent 7T comb for sorting out my fringe after a particularly windy walk to work! Also makes a good emergency jumper de-bobbler.
  • Travelcard, for getting around and about.
I do also normally have my umbrella, glasses case and phone in there as well but the brolly and glasses case were still in my backpack from my week at work, and I was using my phone to take the pictures :)

So that's my bag! Well done if you made it to the end of that, go get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit as a reward :) It sounds like an awful lot written down like that but in a way it's quite good to see what I've got. If I had to say how my bag's contents describe me, I'd say organised and practical, with a penchant for quirk and a slight gadget addiction, which I think is pretty accurate!

Have you done a 'what's in my bag?'-style post? What do you think your bag and its contents say about you?


  1. firstly, your bag is super cute!:)i agree with you, your bag is pretty organised!i usually have food in mine too just in case i get a bit peckish hehe!and by food i mean chocolate!:)xx

    1. Thank you! I have to admit though it has to be pretty organised to get everything in as it's not massive - kind of like playing handbag Tetris. But it does all fit!

  2. Your fiance's Nan has excellent taste, the bag looks great. I bought the Batiste dry shampoo in cherry and couldn't stand the smell, you're right it is a bit artificial.

    Raise The Waves

    1. Thanks Mel! I love the vintage feel the bag has to it - I'm a sucker for anything like that. Agree about the Batiste dry shampoo, I love the packaging but don't think I'll be buying it again as they have much nicer smelling ones.

  3. Ooh I love that bag, what a gorgeous bargain xxx


    1. Thanks Jessica! Primark have some great (and cheap) things in at the moment, I went off them for a while but definitely think I'm falling back in love with them again.

  4. I must do one of these posts, I've been meaning to for a while! I love that your fiance's Nan was the original inspiration behind this purchase! I don't think my Nan even knows what/where Primark is bless her!

    1. Let me know if you do a What's In My Bag post - I always love seeing what other people have! #nosey And re: fiance's nan, what can I say, she's a pretty stylish lady :)