Hello! And welcome to Dressed for My Day. Today’s post is just for fun. (Of course, I guess they all really are!) Oddly enough, I’ve been asked quite frequently about what I keep in my handbag. I’ve also been queried about whether or not I really change purses with each outfit and how I do that. So today I thought I’d answer those two questions and also give you the lowdown on the handbags I most often carry, too.
Honestly, I’ve not always switched out handbags quite as frequently as I do now. But when I started this style blog almost three years ago now, I began sharing different purses with each outfit. And when I did that I began to realize the difference a well-chosen bag can make in the overall appearance of an ensemble.
That meant I needed a way to switch out bags quickly and efficiently. I’d heard of purse organizer inserts, but I decided those weren’t an option for me since the bags I like to carry are all different sizes. So I came up with my own little system.
My Purse Organizer
I purchased a cloth covered storage bin that has compartments from Marshall’s. Since I bought mine several years ago and it was at Marshall’s (where they rarely have the same thing twice!), I can’t find my exact bin to share with you. In fact, after spending far too much time looking, I can’t find anything like my bin to direct you to.
But my bet is you may have something similar in your house already. Or you could find something like this at your local Marshall’s or HomeGoods. I did find some other storage bins that would work, but I don’t think many if any of these have partitions.
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But here’s the most important thing about my storage bin: what I keep in it. In my purse organizer I keep all thing essentials that I like to carry on a regular basis and a few things that I only need occasionally. Since they’re all here in one place, it’s easy to grab and go.
Now these are not all the things I carry in my purse. Hold on. I’m getting there. These are just the things I need occasionally or that I need to replenish on a regular basis. Here I keep:
- nail files
- spare gloves
- small toothpaste
- dental floss
- OTC pain reliever
- hair accessories
- hand sanitizer
- business cards
- extra sunglasses
- face masks
- a small flashlight
- sanitizing wipes
- hand lotions
- black sharpies (I mail a lot of packages)
- scissors (for cutting off tags)
- disposable makeup masks (for trying on clothes)
- tissues (not shown for some reason)
So these are the things I keep stocked in my purse organizer. But then I also have things I keep in each purse that I’m currently using during that particular season. I don’t think I photographed this quite the way I meant to. I meant to show you the things that are in every different handbag. But you’ll get the idea.
In each handbag I keep:
So when I’m ready to switch to a different bag, all I have to transfer over are six or seven essentials:
- car keys
- reading glasses
- sunglasses (similar more economical)
- my phone
- and my preferred mask and lipstick
I hope that all makes sense. It really is easy to transfer bags this way. If I realize I’ve run out of lotion or misplaced a nail file, I just reach into my purse organizer for a replenishment. And since I do switch handbags fairly frequently (probably three to five times a week), I keep them all fairly cleaned out of debris.
I used to keep a couple of lipsticks in a little bag, but then I realized that was more of a hassle because I was constantly having to sift through the bag to see what tubes were in it. Now I just take the one tube I’m wearing that day and keep the rest in the organizer. Also, I always either keep my sunglasses and reading glasses in their protective sleeves or in a safe pocket in the handbag.
The Bags I’m Enjoying Right Now
Speaking of safe pockets in a handbag, let me introduce you to my newest bag. I received this Tumi Voyageur Patricia Backpack (above left) just recently and I’m loving it. Made with convenient storage in mind, this small backpack includes so many unique pockets and details. I especially appreciate the exterior pocket for your phone at the top back of the bag. It has a magnetic closure to keep your phone safe and concealed.
This lightweight nylon backpack fits everything you need for day-to-day and short trips. In fact, I chose this bag with mine and James’ “explore Ohio” day trips in mind. This bag includes Tumi Tracer®, an exclusive, complimentary program that helps reunite lost or stolen bags with their rightful owners using a one-of-a-kind 20-digit number affixed to the bag.
Tumis are not inexpensive, but they’re made to last. They’re both tough and durable as well as classic and streamlined, so they stay both stylish and useful.
I used my Tumi Voyageur Patricia Backpack for the first time last week and absolutely loved having my hands free. It fits easily over my shoulders without any strain. And it can also attach to the pull bar on your rolling luggage.
The other two bags I showed here are two of my favorites, too. I’ve had my Michael Kors satchel for several years and it’s not going anywhere. I carried it this Sunday and use it frequently. I think a satchel bag in a neutral that works well with your wardrobe is such a key accessory for a classic closet.
My particular Michael Kors satchel is no longer available, but I love this Rayne Saffiano Leather Satchel in bisque. And it’s 1/5 the price it was originally. They have other beautiful satchels (and backpacks!) to choose from and you can just about always find a pretty one on sale. Be sure to join the KorsVIP program so that you’ll always get free shipping and returns. Plus you get to shop their sales early.
Above you can see my other Michael Kors satchel bag. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon either. These are probably the two bags I reach for the most.
Another bag you’ve probably seen me carry consistently is my Tory Burch McGraw hobo bag. Well, I actually have that bag in three colors. Ha! That’s how much I love this streamlined shoulder bag.
I appreciate that this simple but soft leather bag has no interior lining. It just feels clean and more luxe that way. By the way, my Michael Kors satchels are also unlined (but some of their bags do having linings). The pebbled leather used to construct the Tory Burch McGraw hobo is soft and supple. It has a magnetic closure and a few open interior pockets where I generally put my phone and glasses.
I do love a good tote bag. But my Everlane tote is sold out right now, so there’s no point in me mentioning it I guess. But I have a feeling they may be bringing it back out this spring. We’ll see.
And finally I’m really enjoying this little red crossbody I picked up for a recent Talbots collaboration.
Alrighty! I think that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed learning what’s in my bag, how I switch them out easily and which ones I’m enjoying the most right now. I’d love to hear what’s in your bag. I may need to add it to mine!
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Blessed for My Day
We serve a good, good God. Amen? But He is also a mysterious God. We cannot put Him in a box and explain His every move or way. Some people wish to. I do not. Why would I bow down to and worship a God who I can explain and predict? Why would I want my God to be so small?
I want a big God. And I have faith enough (most of the time!) to trust that while His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts, His ways are also higher and much, much better than my ways. I also trust that God has revealed enough of Himself through Jesus and His Word for me to live in fellowship with Him now. And He is always revealing more of Himself to me as I study the Bible, seek Him in prayer and obey Him. One day He will reveal Himself more fully to us and we will see things clearly. But for now we can trust simply that He is good…and BIG.
For we know in part and prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away with. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I also have been fully known. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:9-12