What’s in My Purse?

In my Purse final


I’m the type who always likes to feel prepared. And since I downsized from a Mary Poppins-style bag to a more manageable purse late last year, I’ve had to whittle down my list of “essentials” to the things I use most often. It’s so nice to able to walk around without a potential wrecking ball attached to my hip! And even though I’m on Instagram much more now that I don’t have room for a book, I think it’s totally worth it for how much lighter I feel now that I’m not weighed down with a million “necessities.” Here are the things that have earned a spot in my purse:


In my Purse final2


Purse: similar purses a and b, and a splurge

Art of Instruction Botanical Journal (I’ve been using this for my story notes, and I love it! Pretty & small enough to fit in my purse.)

Arrow Print Wallet (Big enough to fit everything I need without letting me hoard receipts for 2 years.)

Medicine pouch (actually a makeup bag inherited from my Grandma – similar and not so similar)

Little mini pill boxes (My Mom got some and let me have a couple, but I think most drug stores should have them.)

Nivea Creme Tin  (Great for dry winter skin, and the tin hasn’t opened in my purse once!)

Tide To Go pen (For all the times I’m wearing white and inevitably spill something.)

Hand Sanitizer  (I’ve been stuck in one too many gross gas station bathrooms on road trips, and I refuse to go on a long trip without hand sanitizer)

Isabel Talsma business card (from card I ordered for a friend’s birthday)

Burt’s Bees Vanilla Bean Moisturizing Lip Balm (Winter means I need chapstick all the time.)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Lovers Coral (Fun orangey-pink color.)

NARS Lipstick in Scarlet Empress (My current favorite lipstick – it’s great as a berry stain.)


Not pictured:

My phone (which was taking the picture)


Loose Bobby pins + an extra hair tie

(Really old) SD card I accidentally stole from Mom & Dad over Christmas

Rubber band I meant to give to Tonks


I’ve been really inspired by Meredith’s Inspiring Items series, and I wanted to try my hand at some styled photos. It’s a fun excuse to work on my iPhone photography and do something creative just because. I’m not sure how successful I was in working around the weird lighting in my apartment, but this was still really fun! Hopefully I’ll be able to do more of these soon!


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