So, what's in your bag?


I'm pretty sure these two are carrying their walking shoes in their Birkins. Why else would they need such a large bag?


I thought for a flicker of a second about posting a photograph of the contents of my hand bag, in the style of numerous women's fashion magazines for the purposes of illustration of this post. Those photographs in magazines always depict the individual style of the handbag owner by showing the highly personal contents of their handbags. Usually things are colour coordinated, new looking and highly organised. Like this example below:


This bag must weigh a tonne when full - shoes, an ipad, and a hardcover novel. But no money. via


So visualise, if you like, the contents of my handbag. Because I can't be bothered trying to make this look good by laying it out in military order and photographing it for posterity for the blog. Inside my bag:

  • purse, stuffed to the brim with random credit card receipts and dockets.
  • keyring, with enough keys that I could be mistaken for moonlighting as a jail warden
  • lipstick and compact
  • phone
  • sunglasses and sunglasses case, separately as they usually don't end up together
  • tape measure
  • either 10 pens, or none. There seems to be no in-between
  • small diary
  • 4 or 5 used tissues
  • random pair of small child's underpants/ one sock
  • a couple of matchbox cars
The point of writing this all out, is that I would think that aside from the child's underpants, matchbox cars and tape measure, I would carry approximately the same quantity of stuff around as most other women - maybe you'd sub your hairbrush for those items. My point is, that the list above doesn't require a huge amount of space to accommodate it in a handbag.

So then why are handbags getting bigger and bigger? Who put the handbag on steroids?

Katie Holmes and her Hermes Birkin. You wouldn't win in an arm wrestling match with Katie, just look at how easily she holds her bag.


Recently I read an article in which they interviewed handbag designers about the weight and design of their bags. They all admitted that It handbags were becoming very heavy, and that they had to actively think about the weight of the bags they were designing, with an upper limit to it. The size of the bag, plus the hardware (zips, studs, buckles etc) were all factored in, as once the normal contents of a bag were included, it could become akin to carrying a load of bricks on one arm.

Certainly in terms of fashion at the moment, it seems that either you carry a slimline clutch which fits pretty much a phone and a credit card in it, or an enormous oversized tote bag that could double as carry on baggage for a week long holiday somewhere exotic.

So what are women carrying in their enormous tote bags - surely there is not enough to justify needing a bag of this size? If you're not doubling up and using it as a nappy (diaper) bag, then it's purely for the look....

 empty.....



 definitely empty......



there may be a credit card inside one of these bags, but not much else. via


Now what is interesting is that I had read an article, 4 years ago, in which they predicted that women were going to be carrying smaller and smaller bags as smart phones were doing away with all the extra stuff that women previously carried around with them.

Far from this prediction becoming true, it seems the average bag has increased substantially in size. With the rise of the It bag (I note that the current bag de jour seems to be the Saint Laurent tote, taking over from the Celine with its exploded sides), it would seem that the functional aspect of the bag is irrelevant. Just as, to be taken seriously in fashion blogdom, you need a pair of Valentino Rockstud shoes (any pair, doesn't matter what colour, heel hight or any other factor... just take a look at the reward style "conference" that was instagrammed to death recently by the top fashion bloggers/ earners), if you're not photographed fake walking down the street with one of those very large bags hooked over your arm, you're nobody in fashion blogging, darrrling.





Atlantic Pacific is so high up the top of the blogging fashion pyramid, she carries two oversized totes. Plus a Starbucks. I'm sure one of those bags is just for her Diptyque candles and Lauduree Macarons.


So tell me, what's in your bag? And is there any need to carry an oversized Hermes Birkin in your life?

71 comments:

  1. security pass ( gaining access to my workplace is like the opening credits of Get Smart)
    bus pass
    phone
    grocery shopping list from a few weeks ago (doesn't matter I can use it again)
    wallet
    hairbrush
    2 packets of tissues ( I am sneezy)
    lipstick (I get dry lips and I can't think without it)
    sunglasses
    reading glasses (I am old)
    glasses cleaning cloth (don't like dirty glasses)
    pen
    diary
    emery board
    perfume card sample (DJ's salesperson attacked me)
    Well, that's riveting reading for you all.

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    1. Ha Claire! It's not such a different list from mine, bar the security pass, reading glasses, and the clean (as opposed to dirty) tissues. Not enough for an XL Hermes Birkin then...xx

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  2. Ha! Truth be told I love bags. My only sartorial weakness and yet I stopped carrying bags on a daily basis about 6 years ago for reasons I shan't bore you with except one I shall share. I was scared of getting mugged. London streets "aren't what they used to be". I imagined a scenario where I might offer the mugger to take all the contents of the bag rather than the bag itself...so in my pockets are keys, cash, phone, and a credit card! But when I lived in New York I was one of those out at 630 in the morning and back at 11 so I carried a huge tote bc I needed things to tide me from work to dinner to drinks. Xx

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    1. I think that's a fair enough call - the muggers of London are no doubt very designer bag savvy, and up with the It bags... they'd be able to spot a Birkin at 100 paces.
      Is there no major city you've not lived in Naomi?!! It's funny considering I think of you as a bit of a homebody... prob because you're so interested in Interiors... xx

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    2. I'm a pocket girl too Naomi!

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    3. My pockets are getting holes from overuse!!! I am slowly having to use my bags again...

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    4. As you have some quite nice bags Naomi, you definitely should start using them. Or send them my way!!

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  3. Hey Heidi, I don't really carry handbags around except for when going to work, as I need resources for school etc.
    I tend to use a small purse/ clutch as I like to keep it simple. I was once at a pub with a friend who had brought a straightening iron with her in her handbag plus an entire aisle of Boots makeup! I do think Smartphones have made things a bit easier too. If I do carry a handbag around I always find it difficult to find things xx

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    1. You're such a minimalist Fifi, I can't imagine you ever carrying a straightening iron around on a daily basis... I imagine you're someone that could travel overseas for a month with one of those enormous Hermes Birkins stuffed to the brim with clothes rather than cosmetics xx

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  4. Hello Darling.

    Ready to watch the Housewives reunion?

    I loathe a heavy bag and I always ALWAYS carry a selection of match box cars. Because that's just how I roll.

    x

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    1. I don't know if I can watch it - they're all so dreadful!!!

      #matchboxcarsarekey

      all the way! xx

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  5. haha! I've been wondering about what could possibly be in those super huge bags!
    I have three basic bag categories: work, weekend and going out.
    Work (usually a backpack):
    laptop
    Smart shoes
    Wallet
    Phone
    Massive amount of keys and security pass
    Sunglasses
    Reading glasses
    Random pens (or not, depending if a child has removed them)
    Iphone re-charger for days on the run
    Small bag of slap (lipstick, mini sunblock, mini eyeliner, tampons etc, painkillers, safety pins and band aids)

    Weekend (Mansur Gavriel small tote at the moment)
    Bag of slap,
    Sunglasses
    Reading Glasses
    Wallet
    Phone
    Massive amount of keys

    Going out (clutch)
    Reading glasses
    Lipstick
    Credit cards
    Phone

    I think I need to downsize my key ring.....

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    1. I need to downsize my key ring too. I'm not sure what most of the keys are for!! In that pic of Atlantic Pacific she's got a Mansur Gavriel tote. I thought of you! You are super organised. I think I'd like to be sitting next to you in an emergency - you've got all bases covered Ruth! xx

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    2. I have no idea what half of my keys are for either, but I'm sure that the minute I get rid of one I'll remember what it's for and need it! Irrational, really!
      I thought that looked like a Mansur Gavriel - it's the big one, though. Mine is the small. The large was way too big for me, even on a travelling heavy day!

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  6. It appears I'm not the only one with shopping/to do lists long done in my handbag. I absolutely detest having to buy a new handbag, I tend to keep them once I actually get what I'm looking for. I don't like a handbag that is heavy empty, has lots of pockets/sections because when a phone is ringing there is to much to go through even though there is a pocket for said phone but obviously it doesn't live/stay there. It has to be good quality and can take me through seasons. The stuff that comes with having toddler/small children is replaced by pain killers and their phones/ipads when they become teenagers. I also have the stubs of signging in when I volunteer at our daughters school every week, normally there is a least four in there somewhere. Maybe a hand cream thrown in and some antispectic lotion, which when it comes out means eye rolling from family. Plus a tonne of loyality cards that by the time they are found the salesperson has looked it up on their computer. I do have a tape measure (we are renovating) and always have pens in there which more than likely the lids comes off and stains the lining of the bag. Sometimes the odd coin where my wallet has come undone. One thing I have always wondered is why handbags are designed with dark linings that make things harder to find?

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    1. I HATE the dark linings. I agree - why???!!!! My purse is bright green, and I chose it in that colour so I could find it down the bottom of my bag. Well Louise Jane, you've killed of the faint hopes I had that the undies/ matchbox cars would mean I'm lugging around less! Swimming lesson Tuesday means I carry the ipad to keep the one non swimmer occupied for 3/4 hour, and I feel like I'm a hunchback by the time I get home.
      Those tape measures are heavy though, too! xx

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  7. I carry all the above mentioned usual suspects and about 3 years ago at my then 7 year old son's soccer training I also carted a punnet of grape tomatoes. As it was the first training session I offered them around to 2 mums who were near. One of the mums has become a great friend and she said that she knew she was going to be great friends with the women who had a pricey handbag/ tote out of which she pulled a punnet of tomatoes. The second mum & I bonded over great bags. Shopping and shopping bargains for ourselves and our daughters. Den xxx

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    1. Oh you are good with the tomatoes! The only food I carry is occasionally for the kids. We were in Sydney recently and I was well prepared for snacks... it was either that, or spend a fortune on some unhealthy junk in whatever attraction we were at.
      Always good to have a friend that you can swap shopping tips with Den! xx

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    2. Forgot to say that pricey handbag was a gift from my dear mother in law who is very thrifty usually. I loved the handbag because she bought it for me. Den xxx

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    3. She sounds like the perfect Mother in Law Den, you're very lucky x

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  8. I keep mine empty, I only carry a bag when I have too, so about once a month, then add in some blotting sheets for my greasy skin, money and an umbrella, that's it.

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    1. But you're some sort of minimalist too Tabitha!! You'd give old Pink Peonies a run for her money then with the empty bag syndrome if you're only carrying around your list once a month. One of those tiny wristlets would do you I think xx

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  9. My wallet is bright green also brought for the same reason, but why did I choose a black phone case?? Just keep telling yourself the hunchback is worth trying to keep non swimmer occupied for 3/4 hour! I often wonder what the people checking bags outside shops thinks when they see the contents of my bag (including tape measure) when they look, though most likely they have seen it all

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    1. It always seems a bit perfunctory, and I suspect they're just looking for tins of food from the supermarket aisles or something, so you're probably fine on that front! xx

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  10. Hello Heidi,

    Well, we both carry bags which means that one of us can bring along the practical things and one of us only needs space for a lipstick. You can probably work out which is which!

    After a handbag snatching incident on our visit to Uruguay........only a lipstick lost......and the handbag.....we have learned to be cautious about what we carry around with us. A large handbag only on occasions when one really does need the kitchen sink with one.......travelling......having a picnic in the park.......it always amazes people when one can produce a sandwich on demand!

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    1. Ahhh, a decoy bag - very clever to lose just a lipstick! Always a horrible thing to lose a bag while travelling, you were lucky to escape so lightly. I think the Hattatt's are also people I'd want to be sitting next to in an emergency if you've got sandwiches stashed in your bags! x

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  11. I hate a big deep bag! I can never find anything. I searched for half a day looking for the perfect bag. Its a Guess bag but not one of those ghastly flashy ones. Its black crocodile look with pale pink handles. Its very roomy but not DEEP. When it opens up il looks like a filing cabinet and I can see everything. It will also fit my sandwich and a yoghurt for lunch if needs be. It contains the following.

    Wallet overstuffed with cards and old receipts
    Keys with a strap attached so I can fish them out
    Phone
    e-key for work
    iPad mini
    handbag insert which has in it the following
    coin purse for parking money
    hairbrush (folding travel style)
    2 lipsticks
    Nurofen
    Tissues Mini pack (I’m addicted to these)
    Fishermens Friend
    Notepad and biro
    2 Bandaids
    Mini travel hand sanitizer
    hand cream (not always)
    old shopping lists
    various receipts
    letter reminding me about Pap Test
    One of those envirobags folded up.
    Small gifts for toddlers at the ready - matchbox car or action figures
    I would hate my handbag contents to be inspected by anyone else. It always looks messy despite the handbag insert which I purchased in the hope of having a tidy and organised looking handbag. I guess that is just all magazine fiction? Tonkath


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    1. Well, judging by the image above of the inside of someones handbag, I'd say those things are all fiction - there's no money or phone. Just a spare pare of stilettos, and a hardcover book....
      You're prepared for every emergency Tonkath! I should carry bandaids with me, but when I do someone uses them, and then I forget to put more in to replace them.
      I think your handbag theory on size is perfect - it's the deep bag that's the problem... and I hate fishing around for things and that horrible moment of panic when you think you've lost your keys/ purse/ phone... xx

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  12. I hate to admit but as a mother I just cleaned out my handbag tonight and the lining was stuck with the devil small child snackfood - sultanas! They had escaped from the small box and I long for the day they are not in there! And wipes.....but matchbox cars, football cars and spare underpants are staples. I went to a meeting once and forgot to swap to work bag and dropped a pair of my little ones size 2 underpants as I also pulled my iPad out! Embarrassed but keeping it real!! Love the post Heidi. Paula x

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    1. Oh the sultantas are the worst Paula!! You shove a box in there at some stage, and they always escape and you always end up with a couple stuck in there somewhere after trying to clean them all out. Love the work meeting story and the undies. I suspect that is a common working mum problem! xx

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  13. I also don't understand why handbags are so incredibly heavy. I have a designer bag and every time I use it, I get all these broken blood vessels across the top of my shoulder. It's ridiculous. A couple years ago, I switched to a small tote bag of duck canvas, made by a tiny Japanese company. It's minimal, lightweight and completely functional, no worries about bruising my shoulder even when it's packed full of stuff. Plus, I like the fact that no one else has the same bag!! My bag is stuffed full of receipts and kids' toys as well. Katie Holmes' giant Birkin is bigger than my carry-on suitcase and it looks like it's empty!

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    1. I've managed to lug around enough a few times to do similar Louise. I couldn't work out what was going on at first. The Japanese are so clever with their bags etc - so well thought through, I'm not surprised your perfect bag is from Japan. xx

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  14. Ah the ubiquitous Starbucks , is Sydney the only place where coffee lovers dont think Starbucks worth patronising ?

    How did you find Sydney, Heidi ? our government architect has come out with a statement that all our high rises must double in height if we are to remain the city with the largest population..Melbourne is catching up ..they can have it I say ..some v worrying plans on the drawing board in Sydney

    Whats in my bag,, too frightened to look but agree with "why the dark linings? "

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    1. No, I think Starbucks had to close down in Australia. I remember there was one near my old work in Melbourne, and it shut after a couple of years - always empty, there were so many good cafes nearby the only people in there were tourists.
      Love Sydney, but it's very disfunctional smr... but so is Melbourne now! I loath traffic, and I think any big city has big problems with that as public transport has not kept up. It was also v. expensive - more so than Melbourne. We ate out twice with clients, and the meals were def more expensive (and not necessarily any better) than equivalent places in Melbourne. But we loved it - kids especially... always happy to be home though! xx

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  15. For work my bag is really heavy so it is really big: security pass and oyster card; purse; pens; keys; blackberry; Samsung phone; headset for blackberry; hairbands; lipbalm; and a selection of whatever documents I am working on at the time (this is usually quite a chunky stack). Sometimes I also include my kindle and/or umbrella. Sometimes sunglasses (also never in their case).
    For the weekends my bag is much more chaotic: lots of used tissues; random socks; children's hair clips; snacks; bottles of water; pack of tissues; medication for my youngest; lots of receipts; a few nappies; and then I load on top whatever I actually need from my work bag (i.e. purse, keys, phones, etc). Every now and then I do a purge of the weekend bag to get rid of all the random tissues, snacks, receipts, etc.
    Great post x

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    1. You carry all that in a normal bag Charlotte? Not a work bag plus a handbag? I doubt you'd need to ever go to the gym with all the weight you must handle!!
      I do the purge periodically, and I once pulled out 15 matchbox cars and 10 different hair clips - I had wondered why it was so heavy! Plus there is usually a deep litter system of receipts down there too... xx

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    2. I've never done the work bag plus handbag, although sometimes I consider it. The trouble is I always think you can end looking like a bit of a pack mule loaded up with a bag on each shoulder/side - dare I say it like the last picture you reference. Instead I have YSL mule and a Milli Milu Zurich which I switch between: but I never use them 'off-duty' as I think it looks ridiculous to have them empty. x

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  16. Fabulous post topic and beautifully written Heidi. Dripping with delicious satire.

    As I think I may have mentioned on your blog comments before, I have a dreadful addiction to handbags, but it's the vintage ones which steal my sanity and resolve the most. So as I am forever swapping bags (i.e. on a daily basis) it is necessary to just carry the basics…phone, wallet, keys, lipstick (in a tiny case with a mirror & hankie) ….that's it….so they can quickly be swapped from one bag to another. When the children were little, their matchbox cars etc got carted around in vintage bags along with the above list.

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    1. Most vintage bags are much smaller than modern ones though Virginia, you definitely can't pack as much as some do into their enormous modern bags. It's good to stay disciplined though, and not pack all those things just in case... xx

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  17. Dear Heidi,
    I have a bit of a handbag obsession but its entirely justifiable as I have a daughter, so naturally I am ensuring that in the future she will be well catered for.
    My original obsession was with Balenciaga and they remain a terrific and manageable bag to cart around thanks to their lightness. I just cant handle the 'big' heavy bags though and have a few that sadly sitting on the shelf forlornly.
    I do like to change bags and after pfaffing around with bag inserts etc what works for me are little silk purses from Ebay which I carry makeup, meds for silly allergies; tissues etc. I just grab them and throw them into the bag of the day along with keys wallet and glasses.
    Kate bx
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    1. Hello Kate B! I think that's very good of you to ensure your daughter is taken care of with future handbags! I might do the same...
      I don't know anyone that's found the bag inserts to work. Not sure why, as they do seem full of such promise! Good idea with the separate silk makeup bags though... sounds like the perfect organisation. xx

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  18. As I age, the more I detest heavy bags. And having past the 'matchbox car' carrying stage, my bags are generally smaller and regularly culled of accumulated flotsam. My pet peave is carrying hubby's wallet, my son's iPod and half eaten somethings for them when we're out together! Most times on my own I'll carry my phone and wallet sans bag. Loved reading others responses too!

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    1. Yes! Wallet and the glasses plus a big bunch of car keys if he’s driving. Drives me nuts. I bought him a large leather satchel type bag but he only uses it for work! Tonkath

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    2. I agree with you both! I'm always finding when we go out I'm expected to hold all his stuff too. Which is highly irritating. But I have the last laugh when we're out for dinner, as he'll get very put out when I take a tiny clutch that doesn't fit all his gear in it too. xx

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  19. The bags are so big but they are truly a "hand" bag - nobody normal can keep them on their shoulder (well not me anyway).
    I love a crossbody bag, that leaves my hands free to do important things.
    Love the 10 pens or none conundrum. It's my thing too.
    PS - my fella took on board your house ideas and made a good design....we loved it!

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    1. That Hermes one is ridiculous - to have to hold it up like that so it doesn't drag on the ground, and it's so enormously awkward...
      Oh good re the design! I was trying to work out how to download the photo to draw over the top of it, but the best way to save money in a reno is to keep the wet areas to one zone, preferably the existing zone, and to move your living areas to the back of the house, with bedrooms to the front. Masters are better with East light too, so it would make it a really nice house to live in I think. Plus if you have a bub, you'll want a parent's area to escape from time to time.

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  20. Hello Heidi. Almost always I carry a large bag because along with all other necessities, I have a lightweight puffer vest in case the air conditioner is cranked too high, plus my work laptop is often in it too. But I am far from fashionable, mine are not designer bags. Also, my bags are not empty.

    The other thing I think one must need to rank as a fashion blogger is to wear impossibly high heeled shoes and fake walk on difficult surfaces -- cobblestone, train tracks, maybe edge of a cliff.

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    1. I used to carry a cardigan back in my office days Tiffany Rose - why is it that the aircon is always set to arctic temps?
      Laughing at your fashion blogging comments. You've missed out the shot where they look over their shoulder in a "you just took a photo and I wasn't ready for it" candid style manner.

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  21. I seem to have endless small bits of paper with random words, phone numbers and shopping lists on them. Plus at least 5 pens, of which only 1 usually works…..


    I don't do big bags if I can avoid it - I just carry more random stuff them. Give me space and I will fill it…..

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    1. I have a whole container full of pens that don't work at home. I'm always frustrated by grabbing them, trying to write, and putting the thing back in the container and trying the next one!! Am trying to discipline myself to throw them out. Would seem obvious... I think your thought process can also be applied to houses - the bigger the house, the more crap you can fit in it. No reason to edit... xx

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  22. I'm a minimalist...couldn't bear to lug one of those huge, heavy bags around.
    In mine always - a wallet (no old receipts as I tab those on an app. if I have shopped),reading glasses, phone, a pen, small notepad, small comb, small tissues, my drink bottle and keyring with 4 keys on it. Boring I know, but my bags are all cross body, except one, so that I can go about doing what I want to do nice and freely.
    Linda C.

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    1. An app for receipts? Interesting - had never thought of that, but its a great idea. I tend to think of apps as something to keep kids amused in Doctors surgeries without touching the germ riddled toys.
      Drink bottles can definitely add to the weight though. I really notice when I've taken them out of the bag as to how much lighter it is. xx

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  23. Funnily enough I now just have a weeny bag and I wear it all the time, pared down totally. I feel a complete dork even when I try those big bags on in the store and very false with the arm loop arrangement. My five pens are usually leaking and my bag needs a good scrub, must do that at some stage....Big news in bags at our house...I have those extended myself to a tote

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    1. A lot of the big bags look really stupid on me as I'm so short - a bit like I"m playing dress ups as a 5 year old. I remember years ago bags were so much smaller. My first proper bag, when I was 21 was an Oroton black leather cross body bag. It was so small I could only fit a small purse, keys and a lipstick in it. It was actually a common size for a bag at the time, so it's interesting how our perception of large has changed in that time. I also remember seeing my first birkin, on a plane around 16 years ago. The girl was using it as her carryon, rather than just a handbag. xx

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  25. This post made me giggle quite a bit! I do not understand the big bag business. I carry quite a small bag. The title has mini in it! Miu Miu mini bow bag. I have had it for quite a long time. But BOY can I fit some stuff it in. I have a large wallet. Car key with one house key on it. Receipts galore. Food wrappers. Like you said, either 10 or none pens. Phone and water bottle. One bright red lipstick and lip liner and I ALWAYS pull the lip liner out when I am looking for a pen! I need to remove them from my bag. On a night out I have managed to shove in a pair of emergency thongs if walking was involved. I love that my bag has the small handles for the crook of the elbow and a long removable shoulder strap (I also use that across my body too when I am fearful of theft or walking long distance). I am also considering carrying around perfume with me.

    I am looking at treating myself with a new bag and will be looking for one in a similar size with the 2 straps and NO Compartments except an internal pocket for keys.

    I too have also fantasised bargaining with a thief, offering the contents of my bag over the actually bag.

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    1. The bag conundrum and the theft thing is also interesting with a purse. It's not the cash in the purse that is what I'd be upset about losing, but rather the cost of replacing the purse, plus the hassle of all the cards cancelled and reissued etc. Usually there's about $4 in small change rattling around in there amongst all the receipts. xx

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  26. Love this post Heidi - quite timely as I am about to change to my winter bag - a black Bally leather messenger bag that I got for the bargain basement price of $400 (RRP at the time was $1300) so I thought I would do a stocktake. My bag contains:

    Keys (house + car)
    Wallet
    Sunglasses (always in their case)
    Reading Glasses (which I don't need since I had laser eye surgery, but I carry them regardless which is silly)
    Small packet of tissues
    Lanyard with security pass/work keys/id badge attached
    Diary
    One pen (if I am lucky - actually found that one pen in the car this morning!)
    Notebook
    Makeup bag containing just about everything anyone would ever need and I mean EVERYTHING!!
    Small bottle of perfume
    Mobile phone (occasionally the charger too if I have forgotten to charge phone the night before).

    I can not get over the size of some of the bags you have pictured. Enjoy the rest of the week. Jo xx

    P.S. Love the scale of your columns + kitchen stools in your last post. Lighting looks really good too xx

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    1. That is a good bargain Jo! You sound very organised... no pile of random receipts in there?? Thanks re the house progress, we're almost finished!! So exciting! xx

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  27. I've never really been a bag girl, although I do have some which always garner compliments everytime I bring them out, which alas is not often. I live day to day by two bags a brown tote & a black cross body bag. The black one is my go to for shopping expeditions (so I can carry shop bags of course!) & contains my red wallet, my red phone cover, my red make up bag, my papaw lipbalm (red!!!, do I detect a slight obsession?), my family paper diary (which this year is in grey as they don't make it in red, ha!! & tissues.

    The tote goes to lunch with me & carries all of the above plus a notebook (red pencil is in wallet), foldable brush, hand cream, sunnies case, a car or two & quite a few receipts.

    I make it easy on myself with sport training & fixtures, I wear jeans or skirts with pockets for my phone which has slots for cash & cards.

    That Katie Holmes picture, really scared me, who needs such a huge bag, especially when you have a secretary, chauffeur, publicist etc to carry all your gear!

    Give me shoes over bags any day.

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  28. Gosh, if you are your bag, I'm teeny and dirty and very very scruffy. I swapped to a very small camel colored hand made bag (which seems to absorb all the dirt i walk through), It's sort of become a kind of bum bag and i even found myself talking a nap with it the other day. I even walk upstairs and downstairs in the house with it. Hopefully its not as weird as it sounds. I find the bag is wearing the woman with those ginormous ones

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    1. Loved this comment ALW! If I am my bag I am fraying at the edges, full of crap and with grubby bottom....oh dear, that's not a nice image at all..

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    2. Hilarious - you have a security bag Jody (as you're now sleeping with it). My mother in law will often walk around her house with a small cross body bag thing - she keeps her phone in it, and the house keys (big house, so it is a pain if you leave the phone upstairs).

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  29. Wallet (a large thing long enough to fit notes flat) stuffed to the gills with old receipts, loyalty cards and heaps of change; bottle of water; sunglasses case holding either glasses or sunglasses (the other pair on my nose); pens (just like you, always far too many until I actually need one!); book or newspaper; umbrella; keys; 'phone; security pass for work; makeup bag (compact, two lipsticks, Rescue Remedy, tissues, mini dental floss, hand cream, tiny penknife, small tape measure, safety pins, spare stud earrings and hairbands, microfibre cloth for cleaning glasses, chewing gum, blister plasters); paper napkins (I always take handfuls at restaurants … not very polite I know! Then they lurk about it in the bottom of my bag getting crumpled).

    I love those large bags (you can see why!) but why on earth carry them if you're not a packhorse like me?! I always admire people who can skim along with a few essentials in their pockets.

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    1. Oh my goodness - you really do lug around a lot Philippa!! Someone to sit next to in an emergency for sure. But I can't understand how others get by with only a few bits and pieces either... somewhere in between is the sweet spot xx

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  30. Hi Heidi! I missed this post and it's such a good one. Well it's been fun to get caught up and read the comments, like Naomi I'm terrified someone will steal my LV bag because I love it more than anything else I own. It is quite small and light yet holds everything I need including all kinds of receipts and many lipsticks. I miss the days of carrying toys around with me! Now it's sunscreen sticks and protein bars, but I remember the matchbox car days! My daughters both liked them too.
    I think those really large Birkin bags look crazy. Ruins the line of the bag in my opinion.
    Thanks for the post Heidi, I love talking handbags!

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    1. You have such lovely bags Dani, and I can only imagine the interior is very well curated and organised... you would not live in fear of someone emptying the contents on the street.
      Agree about the giant sized Birkins - they look disproportionate to the owners, and make them look like little girls playing dress ups.xx

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  31. Found you via Faux Fuchsia, and i love this post, made me laugh about old Atlantic and her candles and macaroons...scale is everything me thinks, so to me the size of the Katie Holmes Birkin subverts it from an object of desire to an 'roided up embarrassment..

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    1. Well, surely that is what old AP is carrying in those two bags? Or maybe its full of old used tissues and receipts instead - surely not!! I miss your blog Blighty! xx

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  32. Thank you so much for writing this post. I enjoyed reading it. I have my qualms about this for a different reason. I wanted to purchase a ps1 and was doing some research. Purseforums had a list of issues but i wanted visual evidence. I started digging into fashion bloggers who had it for a while. And realized, all their bags are empty and pristine ! I commented on one of the blogs asking if her bag was empty in all the pictures and was attacked as a 'hater'.

    Good to know i am not the only one who notices these things.

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