WHAT'S IN MY BAG?

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation (travel size, full size 

here

) // Benefit They're Real! Mascara (travel size, full size 

here

) // 

Tide to Go

 Mini //

Jan Tran

 Bobby Pins // Nail clippers // Advil Liqui-Gels // 

Ray-Ban

 Wayfarer Sunglasses // 

Sephora

 Pop-up Travel Brush // Altoids Smalls // 

Coola

 Liplux // 

EOS

 Sweet Mint Balm // 

Hobo

 Lucy Wallet (on sale!) // Aquage Finishing Spray (travel size, full size 

here

) // Jean-Jacques Clear Face/Body Lotion // 

Versace

 Bright Crystal Rollerball

I am almost always carting around a small suitcase sized bag, and often get asked what the heck I have in there that weighs so much (and takes up so much space), so I thought I'd do a post on what I hide in my bag. My purse is a place for my essentials. I don't know how men function without them really since my wallet in itself is the size of a small clutch. Don't get me wrong - when I do need to downsize, I am an expert at doing so, but my every day bag is a whole other story.

  • I carry my life in my purse. I could probably live a full weekend off the products I keep in there (minus the food part). There are a few essentials missing from the photo above though, that I always have on hand:
    • my iPhone
    • my iPad
    • Quest or a ThinkThin protein bar
    • various other chap sticks and lip products ( I have an addiction, but the two shown are my favorite), which even have their own little holder
    • my check book
    • As you can see, I'm big on using sample sized products for the purse. Foundation and mascara are a must - you can never be too prepared, and the fact that these travel sized versions fit in almost any purse is perfect.
    • I snagged the Clear Face/Body Lotion at the Boulders Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix, AZ, and fell in love with it. I cannot find it anywhere now, so I use this quite sparingly. It has the most unbelievable scent, but I believe it was unfortunately discontinued.
    • If you like hairspray, you have to try the Aquage Finishing Spray (or pretty much any of their products for that matter). The scent they use could be a perfume. It is out of this world.
    • I have a confession: I have over 4 pairs of Ray-Bans. This is the reason I can constantly keep one pair in my purse for emergencies.

This is my current go-to every day bag I grabbed from J.Crew on sale. They just came out with the same

bag

 in some gorgeous fall colors. Also, check out some of my other favorite large every day bags 

here

here

 and 

here

!

Ps- J.Crew is offering an extra 30% off their sale right now with code SHOP30.