This post was promised a little while ago if any of you follow the blog on Facebook or Vine but it's taken a while to get round to putting it up. It's just a little peek at the things that I'll often pack into my hefty work bag on a day to day basis when heading off to meetings or events. Some bits and pieces that I've had for a while versus some new favourites that I thought some of you might enjoy - a lot of which I snapped up in the sales so bargain hunters beware.
Let's take a look ...
THE PRACTICAL BITS:
I'll start with the more useful things in my bag before moving on to some of the more fun bits. This is minus some of the boring necessities like door keys etc. I didn't think you'd really enjoy seeing them all that much!
BAG: I love this bag, it's from Zara and I think it's currently on sale. I can't find a link to this exact one online anymore but I've definitely still seen it in store. It's not leather but has that kind of feel about it, mine is dark green but they also have them in black, dark blue and tan I think. Even out of sale it wasn't too pricey but if you like the look of it then head down to your local Zara asap and see if you can nab it at bargain price!
The reason that I love this so much is that it's really just a big open 'bucket' style bag that you can load with a ton of stuff. However in the middle it has a zipped compartment that is fastened by poppers so it can be removed if you wish. This zipped area can fit a sizeable amount and is perfect for keeping your valuables safe especially when on the tube for example. It's where I keep my phone, keys, purse etc. Great all round bag for everyday use.
SCARF: My scarf was a gift and came from Liberty but is made by the lovely brand Lily and Lionel. It's huge and I absolutely love it - so big I could live in it! I like to have a scarf hiding somewhere at the bottom of my bag because even the hottest of days in the UK can suddenly turn chilly without prior notice. A scarf is a great tool to have with you to fashion some sort of warmth for yourself when needed without having to lug a jacket around all day.
GLASSES CASE: I can't live without my reading glasses these days. My glasses are just some simple standard Boots ones, I've tried the fancy fashion ones, I'd love some trendier, thicker framed glasses but they always look a bit silly on me. I do like my current glass case though. It's tough but pretty with the floral and insect pattern. It's from Paperchase - again I'm afraid I can't find an online link anymore and think it might be on sale, however they do have lots of other lovely choices to pick from here.
PHONE CASE: Well there's no real need to show you my phone (we all have them these days!) but I wanted to mention the case. It's a lovely bronzy, gold case by NW3 from Hobbs - they call it brown but I say bronze, definitely! I have the matching tablet and E-Book case and I love them - another sales bargain and you can still find them here.
NOTEBOOK: Another sales purchase, this time from Rymans and a brand called Sanderson. Reduced from something like £6 to £1.50 it's a lovely notebook and each page is very finely perforated near the binding so you can neatly remove your notes and file them away.
CARD HOLDER: Sometimes when heading out to work or for meetings I don't want to carry my entire huge purse as it's heavy and I just don't need everything that's in it. On these occasions I will pack my little leather card holder with my key bits and bobs. It's just a plain black credit card sized holder from & Other Stories and it actually fits quite a lot in so comes in very useful. I have it in black which is still available at full price but the blue and beige ones are currently on sale and well worth checking out in my opinion.
BUSINESS CARDS: Starting out as a blogger is all about building your blog and your readership. It helps to network and build as many connections and tell as many people as you can what you're up to. That's why I decided to invest in some business cards quite early on just so I had something to give to people when talking about what I was doing. Otherwise it can be tricky to explain and tricky for people to remember.
I have always loved the look of the mini cards that MOO.com produce so was very excited to have an excuse to purchase some of my own and I'm very pleased with the results. You can design your own by uploading photos and choosing your own colours and fonts or you can select one of their online designs. The quality is great and the mini ones are perfect for squeezing in my card holder! They're perfect for my requirements at the moment as I grow what I'm doing - helping me to spread the word. If you're thinking of getting something like this for yourself then MOO is worth checking out.
CAMERA: Now that I run this blog I rarely leave home without my camera a fact that I'm sure fellow bloggers can relate to. At the moment as I've only recently started out I'm using my Canon Powershot S120 and I haven't progressed onto anything larger or more complicated just yet.
I find that this fantastic little camera combined with the odd iPhone shot here and there does everything I need right now and I'm always more than pleased with the results. Plus it's a handy compact size so perfect for travelling and carrying around all day. Lovely!
THE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS:
Next the slightly more fun, but still very useful, beauty related section!
DE-STRESS ROLLERBALL: I'm quite into my essential oils and aromatherapy products at the moment, I'm not an expert or anything but I do find that certain things can be helpful in stressful situations. If you've read my post about not being able to sleep that you can find here then you'll know I'm a big fan of Lavender products to help induce restful slumber! I also have this great de-stress rollerball from Tisserand that I keep with me and apply to my wrists and temples to calm me down if things are getting a little hectic.
LIP BALM: At the moment I'm back to my Vaseline Pink Bubbly Lip Balm for the summer. It was a limited edition mini pot and I don't know if it's currently available but it's summery and I love it. I got mine from Boots but Superdrug and even Selfridges also stocked it and I hope it comes back soon!
MINTS: I like to keep some form of mint with me be that gum, tic-tacs or something similar. At the moment I'm loving the Peppersmith Fine English Peppermint Sugar Free Mints. I got these in Boots as well (surprise!) but have seen them in a lot of other stores hanging around the tills.
HAND GEL: I've written about this hand gel before as part of my in-flight travel beauty post. It also makes a regular appearance in my handbag. Very handy and smells divine.
PERFUME: This is from Sephora in the US and is a rollerball version of one of my favourite perfumes the Stella EDP by Stella McCartney. I wish they sold these in the UK as they're so handy, instead I've linked the small 30ml version that you can get here and that is also quite a handy size. If you're in the States then check out these little lovelies as they offer them for many different brands and they are so ideal for your handbag. Sephora is now shipping to the UK so if you're really keen and placing an order anyway then maybe chuck a couple of these into the mix.
COMPACT: The Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer is a really handy 'take with me' compact. I should've taken a picture of the inside (note to self for future) but you can see from the link here what it's all about. It's a three piece compact with an undereye brightening concealer, a complexion concealer, and a transparent setting powder as well as a mirror and small sponge thingy! It comes in two colour palettes - light and medium. I have the 'light' version and it's just ideal for fixing things on the go.
HAND CREAM: I struggle with dry skin on my hands terribly in the winter but even still throughout the summer. Therefore I'm always trying new hand creams to soothe and solve this annoying problem. Right now I'm enjoying the PapayaGold PAW PAW Moisturising Balm that can be used on chapped lips as well as on dry skin. Enriched with Bio Active Manuka Honey it really does help soothe irritated skin and actually, although it is a petroleum based balm, I don't find it that sticky or annoying which is probably why I like it so much.
LIPSTICK: Finally I always carry some sort of 'day' suitable lipstick. Something simple that can brighten you up when needed without looking too strong. I have way too many lipsticks but recently I've been enjoying the matte effect and have been reaching for the classic Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach for that peachy, summery feel.
So that concludes the look through my work bag and my current loves.
I'd love to hear what your essentials are - if you have any similar posts or ideas let me know in the comments section below and send me any links.
Farewell for now!