It's been a long time since I did any kind of 'What's In My Bag', in fact I'm not sure that I've ever attempted such a post. Being the nosy cow I am, I love rooting around other people's belongings so I thought now would be a good time to let you in on mine. On a day to day basis I tend to carry around my Zara shopper bag. It's a little too big for everyday, so I like to tuck the edges in which gives it a more slouchy look. I don't actually carry all that much around with me so I probably still can't justify the size, but I really love the bag itself. It has such a classic style and goes with just about everything - plus it's burgundy which is always a winner with me.
Inside my bag I keep two purses; one for my cards and one for coins and cash. I keep my cards in an aztec-style case from Urban Outfitters. It's one of those cases that can also house my phone, although I rarely put it in there as I find it a lot of hassle when I want to send a text or make a call in a hurry. My coins are kept in this beautiful fuchsia zip-purse from COS; a present from my lovely boyfriend. Until I got this I had kept the same ratty coin purse for years and it was literally falling apart, so admittedly I could have done with a new one for a long time! I also keep two notebooks in my bag - one for blogging and one for 'everything else' (uni work, shopping lists and general 'notes to myself'). The lilac book is from Sainsburys and I found the patterned green one in my local TK Maxx - if you're yet to discover their stationary section then I thoroughly recommend having a rummage.
Beauty-wise I really carry around very little. I hate touching up make-up on the go, so unless I'm going somewhere special I don't actually take any out with me. One thing I do always have in my bag is some kind of lip balm; my favourite being the Burt's Bees Tinted Balm in Red Dahlia. A beautiful, sheer red that leaves a subtle tint of colour on the lips; on-the-go application is easy as pie. I've recently begun slipping the Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand Cream in my bag too as my hands have a tendency to feel a little dry through the day. In my full review I mentioned that the size of the bottle is a bit of a pain, but my love for this product far outweighs that downside.
Aside from all that are the boring, day-to-day essentials such as my keys and my phone. Having four large keys for our flat always comes in handy when I'm rummaging around in my bag on the doorstep - especially when it's pouring with rain! I'm still fumbling around with my trusty iPhone 3gs, much to my boyfriend's disappointment. Despite significantly outgrowing the phone I have a bit of an emotional attachment to it and am reluctant to let it go - although judging from its current battery life that time is probably going to come pretty soon. I don't carry my iPad around with me everywhere, but as it's a mini I can fit it in pretty easily when needed. I take it to university, but I like to leave it at home on the weekends; mainly because the only way I can finally switch off from work and blogging is to leave it behind! Aside from a handful of receipts, old bus tickets and whichever headphones I manage to pick up on my way out of the door - that's pretty much it. Not the most exciting bag but I'm a big fan of the 'less is more' mentality!