Rue La La :: Handbag 411

I have always been a girl on the go. As a kid I was constantly going from school to practices to games and that lifestyle hasn’t changed now that I’m an adult. These days my schedule involves work, meetings and dinners after work then traveling on the weekend with my husband. With such a hectic lifestyle, I really need a purse that can adapt to any situation.

When I was in high school I adored purses so much that I actually matched my handbag to my outfit each day. While I had a closet full of different colored purses, my taste has changed a little bit since my teenager days. These days I opt for a purse that is classic and timeless, goes with any casual or dressy outfit and is large enough to hold the endless amount of things I carry with me.

Rue La La :: Handbag 411

I always opt for either a tote or satchel type of bag. My current handbag is the Tory Burch Robinson Tote. I got it last year for Christmas and I haven’t switched to another handbag since. I love a good leather bag because I know it will be able to stand the wear and tear I put on it. Another quality I like in my handbag is that it’s in a neutral color. Black is my go to color and when you have a neutral handbag it goes with any outfit you put on. The last, and most important, thing a handbag needs for me is to have multiple compartments. I’m pretty much like a modern day Mary Poppins when I pull items out of my purse. Having different areas that I can organized my necessities into helps keep my large bag a bit less like a bottomless pit.

So what does a girl on the go carry in her purse? Well, anything and everything but the kitchen sink! Since I’m the kind of girl that likes to be prepared for emergencies, I carry with me what I consider to be “the essentials” even if I don’t put a lot of these items to use very often.

Handbag Essentials

Handbag Essentials

Handbag Essentials

Handbag Essentials

  • The “just in case” kit :: The essentials I carry with me in case there’s a mini emergency. I often carry multiple different lip colors, you know in case my mood changes throughout the day. I also can’t live without a nail file, Vaseline, hair ties, Advil, Tums, Oil blotting papers, lotion and some cough drop. Oh, and don’t forget my sparkly mirror compact that I use to make sure I don’t have salad stuck in my teeth after lunch. Other essentials include lotion for my dry, winter chapped hands, Kleenex, hairbrush and my work id. (I am such a sucker for a cute makeup bag. I love the Orla Kiely line at Target!)
  • Sunnies and glasses :: I love nothing better than putting on my sunglasses on a bright day. And my glasses go with my anywhere since I can’t see very far without them.
  • Winter gear :: Since it’s cold in the Midwest, I always carry a pair of ear muffs with me because you never know when the temperature may drop to below zero.
  • Mints + Hand sanitizer :: Aren’t these items just a given in every girls’ purse?
  • Business Cards :: Because you never know when you’ll need to hand one out.
  • Pens :: Not one, but 3 pens. You’re bound to use this more than you know. Guilty confession..I always have a hotel pen in my purse too. Ever see that Friends episode where Ross takes all of the freebies from the hotel room? Yep, that’s me. I have quite the collection of hotel pens from around the world.
  • Wallet :: My hot pink Kate Spade wallet makes me smile every time I take it out. I love having it in a bright color because I never have a problem finding it. And all of those pesky store reward cards and gift cards? They’re stored in my small card case just in the instance I don’t want to carry them with me, they’re easy to pull out and leave at home.

Handbag Essentials

I also carry with my my iPhone wherever I go and my iPad comes with me most places because I never know when I might want to pull out a magazine or book to read.

See what I mean about carrying everything in my purse? If you’re in the market for a new handbag, check out Rue La La’s handbag guide. They have the 411 on what type of bag is perfect for you.

 

QUESTION // What essentials do you carry in your handbag?

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