What's in my Handbag? || Work Bag Edition


As I've recently got my first proper job since graduating, I thought I'd do a workday WIMH. This bag really is a bit of a Mary Poppins one! I got it for Christmas last year and it's from River Island (they do my favourite bags on the high street); it's perfect for work as it's stylish, goes with everything and can fit an A4 size. I actually got complimented on it in a job interview once!


I always have an umbrella in there: I live in Manchester (no further explanation needed!)

My brown purse is from Urban Outfitters. It's definitely a little worse for wear but I've not seen anything else out there that holds all my cards! I have a separate little duck-print pass holder from Accessorize with 3 compartments where I keep my Railcard, Oyster Card and any train tickets I need. I also always have my keys but they were in the door when I took the photo, which is usually where they are when I've 'lost my keys'.

I have an iPhone 5 (not pictured, as I took the photo with it) so the charge really doesn't last long. I always keep a spare charger in my bag. I also keep a cheap pair of earphones in there as my Dre Beats headphones can be a little bulky.

I also have a bus ticket in there, there were millions of bus and train tickets in here until about a week ago when I had a clear out! I do tend to keep hold of these for the McDonald's deals. I also have my work pass and the business card of one of the team leaders I sat with for an induction session.

There's a cardboard folder where I keep any PowerPoints or sheets I might need and I have a notebook from Paperchase, where I can keep everything I need to know in one place, and obviously a couple of spare pens.

Of course I have my Rayban glasses, which I have to wear to read or look at screens - so I wouldn't get very far in my day without them! Today I have my iPad in there, though I wouldn't usually. If I'm attending an event or meeting friends in town a couple of hours after work, it isn't really worth me going home. So I'll take my iPad, sit in Starbucks and reply to comments, emails and read blogs.

Finally I have my amazing little £3 Primark makeup bag! It's the perfect size to go in my handbag. I keep inside it: my lip colour of the day (often a Revlon Lip Butter for work), a matte face powder (to control my shine!), an e.l.f. powder brush, a Nivea hand cream (which is really nice and moisturising for this time of year), a Cuticura hand gel (which appears to have been cut out of the picture...), a tin of Vaseline, a mini Sure deodorant, some tissues and some painkillers for if me or anyone else gets a headache. I can also fit in the little makeup bag extra stuff if I'm going somewhere after work and want to touch up my makeup a bit, so that's always handy!


What are your handbag essentials?


 

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16 comments

  1. I always like to have a peak in other people's bags, haha, so thanks for sharing :) I always have a lip balm , face powder, some shade of lipstick, tissues, hand sanitizer, hand cream and all the other hand bags essentials, as well as couple of nappies, baby wipes and some sweets, I'm a mum :)) x
    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. I can't imagine carry around much more! I don't know how parents do it! xx

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  2. I love this post.. Maybe I'm nosey haha! It's an annoying essential but a charger is completely necessary!

    Emma Louise xx

    Theemmalouise.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know! I will pay good money when someone invents a smartphone that last more than a day xx

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  3. I also love these kinds of posts :)
    Lip balm is something I have to have with me wherever I am :P

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  4. Love these kinds of posts, I'm so nosy! Haha!

    www.ramblesandbramblesblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha me too so I thought I'd do my first one of my own :) xx

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  5. I love this post, congrats on the job and its great to see what you need for day-to-day work essentials. Thanks for sharing :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

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    1. Thank you so much :) and I'm glad you liked the post! xx

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  6. Great post & I adore River Island bags as I find I can fit so much in them too! It's always a great idea to carry around makeup! x

    http://www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Me too! River Island and Accessorize are my go-tos for bags :) xx

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  7. Your bag is really lovely, I love the look of river island bags but so many have river island lasted on it and it puts me off a bit!
    I really like posts like this, it's really interesting to see what people carry around with them.

    Jenn
    Photo-Jenn-ic
    x

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    1. Thank you :) and I know what you mean, I don't like names all over my bags, luckily this one only has a little metal tag on the tassel xx

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  8. I love posts like this! Your bag looks like a beauty - can see why it gets complimented! :)

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    1. I don't know what I'd do when I've worn it to pieces haha xx

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