What’s {in} my bag, baby?

Groovy, you say. A post on a Saturday. How unexpected.

I only come out of my weekend shell to write a post for a very special topic or a very special person. Today, I’m dubbing Roo of Nice Girl Notes that “very special person.”

She wrote my favorite kind of post today. The kind where it’s sort of fun and fluffy – yet you can’t turn away. No matter how hard you try. And here’s why.

We’re all revealing the contents of our bag. (and by bag, I mean purse, handbag, pocketbook but those all sound like old lady terms to me)

And why might we be letting the world peer into our bags? Because for most women, it holds all of their most valuable possessions. And it tells you a little something about them. You’ll see what I mean.

Behold, Fadra’s bag:

The Sak purse

"The Bag"

I have to start with my fabulous bag from The Sak. If you don’t know The Sak, then you don’t know jack. Okay. That was corny but it rhymed. I do actually like their purses but only if I can get a good deal on them from TJMaxx (which I do).

brighton wallet

The gatekeeper

What’s in my wallet? Wouldn’t you like to know? A few plastic apparati for shopping. A driver’s license set to expire. And no cash. But it’s a lovely specimen from Brighton that I purchased from their outlet store (of course).

essential toiletries

The Essential Toiletries

Hand sanitizer. The older I get, the more germophobic I get. Hand lotion, which I always forget to use (hence my dry hands). And eye drops for contacts, which I always forget to use (hence my dry eyes).

The Receipts

The Receipts

You can always find crumpled up receipts in my purse. No biggie. But it troubles me that these receipts are from McDonald’s, Arby’s, Starbucks, Salsa’s, and The Noodle Shop. Apparently, I like to eat. A lot.

The Leftovers

The Leftovers

What you see above are leftovers from BlogHer. A stub from my McDonald’s coupon for a free Angus Steak Wrap. And Starbucks card that may or may not have $5 on it (we’ll definitely find out on Sunday).

Random Cards

Random Cards

You know all those “extra” credit cards or library cards or frequent shopper cards that you don’t use often enough to keep in your wallet but still need them in your purse? Yeah, that’s what these are. But what a nice surprise to find 3 cards peeking out from Dutch Being Me, The Grasshoppa, and Ted Rubin.

Current Blogging Stuff

Current Blogging Stuff

I’m currently at the Type A Mom blogging conference. So my purse is littered with marketing material and a bunch of business cards.

The Odds and Ends

The Odds and Ends

A mirror. A toothpick. A mini tape measure. Starbucks Song of the Week card. A pen my husband made me. And some Advil.

The Holy Grail

The Holy Grail

I’m known far and wide for my lip supplies. Unfortunately, this post came on an off day for me and my supplies are light. My standard every day Lancome lipstick (shade: Visionary), Mary Kay lipstick (pinkish), L’Oreal lipliner, Burt’s Bees lip balm, Burt’s Bees Shimmer stick 1, and Burt’s Bees Shimmer stick 2 (two different shades). I’m not as obsessed with chapstick as some people I know but I do like to keep my lips covered. It’s my trademark. Sort of.

And that concludes your tour of my purse. Thank you for stopping by and we hope to see you back at my purse again.

Want to join in the fun? Roo says you can come along for the ride. Check it out.

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  • Anonymous

    At the moment I don’t even own a purse; my purse is Avery’s diaper bag so if I go somewhere without her I pretty much carry my wallet and shove my keys into my back pocket. I can’t wait til she learns to use the toilet so I can carry a purse again. Just like you I have about 4 tubes of chap stick floating in the diaper bag and at least 3 bottles of hand sanitizer which I use ALL THE TIME. Life is dirty.

    • Anonymous

      It was so freeing the first time I realized I could leave the house without a diaper bag. I even did it early where I had a big enough purse that I could carry a sippy cup and a diaper or two. But it is so much easier when you don’t need extra this and extra that.

  • http://www.randomthoughtsofacitymouse.com/ Citymouse

    This was fun to read and actually made me feel better about the 20 pounds of crap I haul everywhere under the auspices of “my bag”. I’ll have to work on a post and play along!

    • Anonymous

      Remind me – we met at Baltimore Bloggy Boot Camp, right? Did you ever get on Twitter? We need you there! This post actually caught my bag on a light day. Normally it’s full of so much more crap!

  • http://mommythisandthat.com Melisa

    Ooo, this looks like fun. Let’s see if I can find a spare few minutes to take pictures and play along.

    I have finally gotten away from taking a baby bag full of stuff we never touch…always be prepared is my motto. I was ready to go back to my cute purses and a lighter bag and so I’ve simplified.

    Glad I am not the only one with crumpled receipts…from places we stop to eat. Mmm…food.

    • Anonymous

      Just checked your bag, baby. Yours was quite a bit better than mine. But I can appreciate a bargain shopper like me. Quality stuff at cheap prices :)

      And clearly, food is a big part of my life. I *might* need to change that.

  • The Grasshoppa

    I am really enjoying my burts bees but expect the to be able to sample the one you intended to give me …..foot tapping tapping tapping. And thank GAWD my business blog card was one of the ones you DELIBERITLY carry around with you. And I am pretty sure that the last comment about some people being obsessed with lip products was aimed at me. I’m okay with that. I can’t spell diliberatley. I have tried three times. Each time it underlines it telling me that I have spelled diliberately incorrectly. DAMN it. WTH?

  • The Grasshoppa

    I am really enjoying my burts bees but expect the to be able to sample the one you intended to give me …..foot tapping tapping tapping. And thank GAWD my business blog card was one of the ones you DELIBERITLY carry around with you. And I am pretty sure that the last comment about some people being obsessed with lip products was aimed at me. I’m okay with that. I can’t spell diliberatley. I have tried three times. Each time it underlines it telling me that I have spelled diliberately incorrectly. DAMN it. WTH?

    • Anonymous

      Oh! I’m SO sorry! I didn’t realize that the TWO tubes of lip balm weren’t enough. Let me run right out next month and get it for you.

      And yes, I’m glad you picked up on my not-so-subtle jab at you. But I jab only because I relate. My lips are never naked. Deliberately.

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  • Lifewithoutpink

    Oh you don’t want to see what is in my bag. Similar to yours with diapers, wipes, trash from my kids, lots of pens, toys, etc….oh its a mess!

    • Anonymous

      Ooooh. The messier the better! C’mon. Full disclosure is what people eat up. Plus, I’m super nosy ;)

  • Anonymous

    Great post! Fun linky. I think if I opened mine you’d find an extra pair of my daughter’s panties and a dress. :) But otherwise I’d be all over the place. Crayons from a stray restaurant, fruit chews, my glasses case and my contact lenses, eyedrops, and whatever else I can think I’ll be needing on any given day! :)

    • Anonymous

      But THAT’S what make purses so awesome! I forgot to mention my favorite part of having a purse in a family of boys. I get to become their portable suitcase. I carry anything and everything that they don’t want in their hands or their pockets. No wonder my shoulders ache!

  • Roo {NiceGirlNotes}

    I like the mirror… and um, your husband makes pens? That’s a lie. Come on. But really? Okay, that’s pretty cool.

    I would like for you to host “What’s in my Makeup Collection” so I can see how many lipsticks you really own and then call Hoarders on you.

    <3