What’s In My Bag?

May 6, 2016

It might surprise you to learn that one thing bloggers do more than write blog posts is to read them. Reading other peoples blog posts is normally the best way to get inspired, learn new things and discover exciting products, places or people. However over the last few weeks I’ve been discovering a ton of new blogs but they’ve just left me feeling a little uninspired and confused, the opposite to how I should feel. I was sitting down the beach the other day after work, having a think about what my next blog post should be about and it suddenly dawned on me why I was feeling this way- something I would like to call ‘content overload’.

You’ve probably all heard the saying ‘everything in moderation’ yes? Although most of the time the context is normally in a food related conversation, right now I’m applying it to content. Lets put it simply- there’s only so many blog posts you can read in one day without going crazy. After spending days on end immersing myself in all kinds of blog posts, be it about fashion trends, beauty regimes, trips to Hawaii or post-gym recipes, my brain now feels like mush. How many fashion trends am I meant to keep up with in one week? What exercises should I really be doing to get rock hard abs? Where do I even start when it comes to picking my next holiday destination? Should I really be using cleanser, toner, moisturizer and what seems like every other product in Boots on my face everyday? Content overload, I’m exhausted!

So today, instead of writing about a new fashion trend or the latest must-eat food I’m going to take it back to basics and write about something a little more personal. Something that every girl will be able to relate to. Welcome to my handbag, these are my daily essentials…




The first and probably the most obvious thing that goes in my bag everyday is my purse. When it comes to fashion and accessories, I can be quite picky and particular at times and my purse is one of those things I’m picky and particular about. I love a good sophisticated purse, and what could be better than a classic black Mulberry?

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When I was little, my mum always carried a pen in her purse and I never understood why. Little did I know, 15 years later I would end up with two in my everyday bag (this is a breakthrough considering I used to turn up to GCSE exams without a pen!). On an average working day I’m out of the house for 12 hours- two of which are spent on a train. As I mentioned earlier, everyday we immerse ourselves in so much content sometimes it’s hard to remember the stuff I want to remember. This means having a pen and a diary to hand is essential, especially when an idea for a blog post pops in your head. Why the pink pen you may ask? Why the hell not? Sometimes I like to spice things up a bit!


Every working blogger will know the struggles of being organised and with the days peeling away so quickly, having a diary on you is crucial. Lots of people use the calendar on their phones to keep track of what’s going on one day to the next but you’ll find a lot of bloggers are secret stationery addicts and like to keep things old school. When it comes to choosing a diary, like the purse, it’s one of those things I can be picky and particular on. But can you blame me? Buying a diary is a big commitment, you have to commit to that one diary for a whole year! That’s why I invested in one from one of my favourite stationery brands Sloane Stationery.

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This one is a no-brainer for girls with long hair. Keeping yourself well groomed throughout the day is one of the keys to success. It might surprise you but London can actually be really windy and you don’t want to be going into meetings with important clients looking like you’ve just been dragged through a bush!

Nail File

Over the last few months I’ve been working really hard to grow my nails. All my life I’ve been a nail picker and after many attempts of acrylics and shellac I’ve finally worked out the solution to my problem: tidy painted nails, always. This obviously means I must have a nail file on me at all times because as soon as I catch a nail on something it can be the difference between life or death!

Hand Cream

I’m going to go straight into specifics with this one but the Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm is amazing. Designed for hands, this cream also works miracles on dry cuticles and skin which makes it great for everyday emergencies. It also smells lovely and when you do use it on your hands, they feel so soft and smooth for ages.

Lip Balm

One of the downsides of living in England is it’s ever changing weather. This happens to be one of the biggest causes for chapped lips and unfortunately i’m one of those sufferers. A few months ago I discovered this lip balm from Clinique and it’s actually changed my life. One side is an exfoliating sugar scrub and the other is a moisturising tinted balm that works so well you only have to use it three times a week. It’s a must get for chapped lip sufferers.

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My last handbag essential is my sunglasses and anyone that lives and works in Shoreditch will know that sunglasses are a big deal here. Come rain or shine, any fashion lover won’t be found without a pair of cool and quirky sunglasses. I bought this pair a few weeks back from a shop called Glassworks on Shoreditch High Street. If you love cool statement sunglasses, it’s definitely worth the visit.

What are your favourite handbag essentials?


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  • Reply laura claire May 12, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Love your Mulberry purse. I have one too – they are just such amazing quality right!

    LC xxx

    • Reply Kristy Barber May 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, my boyfriend got it for me for my birthday last year- it’s still in perfect condition even though I use it everyday! xx

  • Reply Gabriella Palumbo May 25, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Great post and I am totally with you on the old school stationary diary! I love to write down my schedule can’t seem to switch my phone calendar. Xo

    • Reply Kristy Barber May 25, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Gabby and I know what you mean. There’s something strangely satisfying about using a pen and writing it down! x

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