What's in my Handbag? | Kate Spade Cameron Street Byrdie


Whilst I was over in New York, I treated myself to a handbag. So I though I'd follow in that age-old tradition and give you a little look at what's inside it!

The Bag

I was finally able to trace the design of my bag and can confirm that it's the Kate Spade Cameron Street Byrdie in Crisp Linen ($298). I'd been looking for a nice mid-priced bag (that was a little nicer than something from the high street but wasn't designer) for SO long however in the UK I feel like the options are quite limited (i.e. Michael Kors or nothing). When I was in New York I decided to check out Kate Spade in Macy's, however after a cursory browse nothing really caught my eye so I quickly dismissed the idea. But on the morning we were due to fly back to the UK, my boyfriend wanted to go back to Soho to buy a jacket he'd seen earlier in the trip and it just so happened that there was a Kate Spade boutique right around the corner...

There was so much more choice in the boutique, so if you're in New York and really want to pick up something from Kate Spade then I would 100% recommend visiting there as opposed to going to a concession. There were several bags that caught my eye, mostly in this same off-white/beige Crisp Linen colour, however when I clapped eye on this; I knew it was The One! 

It's made from Saffiano leather, which mean it has a very fine grain, making it much more durable than soft leather. I am quite careful with this bag, however any little marks I have got on it can easily be wiped off (I also don't find that the dye from my jeans transfers onto this, which is a big pro) and it's pretty scratch-resistant. It also comes with a dust bag to keep it clean and protected. The hardware is all gold-toned and as you can see the strap clips on and it also has a subtle 'Kate Spade New York' logo on the front flap (important to me because I don't like in-your-face branding) and there's a buckle which you can use to adjust the strap. Inside there's a silk-look blue and white fine striped pattern and a wide (non-zipped) pocket. The bag is really interesting because it's obviously a saddle bag that's round in shape but it has a square flap. The gold-toned fastening is hidden underneath the flap and it's just a small clip button you press to release. It has a pocket at the back that totally blends in with the seam so you barely know it's there however it spans the entire area of the back of the bag. This is really useful if you just need something close to hand like your Oyster card or phone, though obviously it's just a pouch so doesn't zip closed securely.
    
Although I obviously bought this from the States, it's now available in the UK for £268 here.

I think that's all the details on the bag itself but please do let me know in the comments if there was anything else you wanted in terms of information!

What's Inside?

This is pretty much my go-to weekend bag; it doesn't fit everything I might need for a work day, however it can hold all the essentials for a day out shopping, to the cinema or if I'm going out to eat.

New Look Black Zip Coin Purse | similar here | Annoyingly I can't seem to find this online, though I only bought it a few weeks ago, so I've linked something that does a similar job! Most of the time I don't need all the things I carry around in my big purse, so I swap it for a smaller one to make more room in my bag. This purse has a little change pouch with a zip on the front, an open pocket I often stuff receipts in and then a large zipped compartment I usually use for cards and notes. It was around the £6 mark so a total bargain too if you can find it in-store.

Classic Tortoise Folding Wayfarer Ray-Ban Sunglasses | £125 | When I have a smaller bag, it's always more practical to pack my folding sunglasses because they fit into a much smaller space. The Wayfarer is such a classic style and the tortoise shell design goes with just about everything in my wardrobe. I also had my prescription lenses put into these glasses so they're great for reading in the sun.

Of course my house keys are a must in my handbag and I like the New Look Rose Gold Initial Keyring | similar here | because it makes them easier to grab out of my bag without adding extra bulk or taking up too much space. I actually bought this at the same time as the purse but again I can't find it online! This keyring was around £3-5 and they actually didn't have my first name initial so I got my surname with the vague idea of getting the 'J' when I could and having both on there! 

Another essential is of course my Gold iPhone 6. I get a lot of questions about my phone case and it's actually from an Etsy store called HelloFloralx and is called the Essential Makeup Kit Phone Case | £15. It's really affordable and I love the cute makeup illustrations on it - they're just so 'me'! I also never leave the house without my earphones because you never know when you could be stuck on a delayed train or be waiting around somewhere for longer than expected.

I keep a few basic toiletry and medical supplies in there like tissues, ibuprofen and antihistamines. I have a Batiste Dry Shampoo Original On the Go just in case my hair starts to look limp or lacklustre during the day, and for if I go out in the evening without popping home and need to spruce up a bit. I have a mini Powder Fresh Mitchum for similar reasons. 

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Stick Foundation | £23 | This is such a fantastic product to throw in your bag when you know it's going to be a long day! I do really like to use it on its own; though it isn't the most long-wearing base in the world, it gives a gorgeous healthy (but not shiny), natural finish. However the packaging obviously makes it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. Personally my makeup always fades around my nose and under my eyes first so I find it really easy to draw some of this on and blend it out with my fingers where I need it.

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquefied Lipstick in Sell Out | $21 | I don't leave the house without a lipstick! I have a real love of matte liquid lipsticks and I'm currently loving Too Faced's Sell Out (swatch here). It's just a really nice, wearable pinky-brown nude with a matte finish. It's not overly drying but has really great longevity.

There are a few more products I keep in there for touching up. Firstly there's my trusty Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder | £8.99 | which I pair with my Nanshy Large Powder Brush | £10.95. I do often get a shiny t-zone during the day and this helps blot that away without being heavy or caky on my skin at all. I also keep a Soap & Glory Supercat Liner | £6 | in my bag because having hay fever means that my winged liner can be compromised!

Finally I have a few more beauty bits, starting with my EOS Lip Balm in Summer Fruits* | £5.99. The shape is so handy to throw in my bag and makes the product really easy to apply. It isn't too heavy on my lips but leaves them feeling so moisturised. I also really like the fragrance. I keep both a Soap & Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Gel | £2.50 | and a Soap & Glory Original Pink Hand Food* | £2.50 | in my bag. A sanitiser is obviously essential and anyone else who uses public transport will understand why! I also get really dry hands so I like using this lightweight but hydrating hand cream after washing them to stop the moisture being sucked out. Both have the classic fruity-floral Original Pink fragrance.

What are your handbag essentials?



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49 comments

  1. Love your bag and phone case! I can't go anywhere without hand sanitiser haha!
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

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  2. I love your bag it is soo pretty!! <3

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

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  3. Your handbag is so lovely. We have a boutique downtown and I have been keen on going back to make a purchase. Your bag makes me want it even more.
    I love EOS. I have one in every single bag, yet lately I have be tending towards my fresh. Yet in this constant heat, they do melt. Thankfully EOS does not.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I love the Fresh lip treatments - I find they're ok if I keep my bag in the shade xx

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  4. Your bag is gorgeous and I love your phone case! Lip balm, hair ties and tissues are always in my handbag. Can't go anywhere without them!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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  5. Gorgeous handbag, I love Kate Spade. Sophie x

    sophiehmstewart.com

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  6. I love this kind of posts, I'm so nosey! hahah your bag is stunning btw!! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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  7. I have a Tote Kate Spade bag in the same colour! I absolutely love it. Though it's annoying that every mark shows up :(

    Great post, though mine would definitely have a lot more food wrappers in it!

    Jaynie Shannon * | Beauty and Lifestyle

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    1. Really? I wonder if it's a different material because mine wipes clean every time and I'm pretty clumsy! xx

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  8. A lovely handbag is such a great treat. And a treat done in NYC is extra special ;)
    I am still crazy in love with my 2 y.o. MK that my hubs got for me whilst in Vegas. Locations sometimes make memories connected with that accessory even more precious. Ok, I am rambling :)
    Back to your beauty Kate Spade <3 You're definitely carrying the essentials in there, hon. I need to learn from you and stop overpacking. Love your cute phone case & all the beauty bits and bobs. Apart from the must-haves (phone, keys, etc.) I can't leave the house without a hair elastic (so random but so useful), a lipstick and a lip balm, makeup remover wipes & an umbrella :)
    xox Nadia
    www.mielandmint.com

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    1. I agree - getting something when you're away or brought back for you means it always reminds you of that place or trip or moment :) xx

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  9. Love that bag! It's so pretty and the perfect size for everyday :)

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. That bag is absolutely STUNNING. I'm in love haha!

    I love Hand Food so much too. x

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  11. Ah I love that bag! It's so stunning and I also love your phone case too x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. What a stunning bag! It's so pretty and chic! Lovely bits in it also! You get in so much! How is that not annoying, I can't handle a lot ehe!
    Fix Me In Forty Five - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
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  13. I love your bag, its so chic!

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. That bag is SO cute! And I love your picks. I did a what's in my bag video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aObRoG3wh1I if you are interested at all!

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  15. That phone case! I'm going to go and buy it right now! x
    www.missamyguest.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Ah that bag is gorgeous, Kate Spade are one of my favourite brands ever!
    Jen / Velvet Spring x

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  17. Such a cute bag! I've been looking for something mid range for the longest time and can't find anything, can't even find anything I love on the highstreet either! A lot of my hand bag essentials are the same!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  18. I absolutely love your bag - they style & colour and it seems to fit quite a lot in there! A great buy! xx

    Beautylymin| Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Giveaway

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  19. Lovely bag - s&g are always a handbag must!

    Hannah | Oh January

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  20. I absolutely love your sunglasses and phone cases! They're so cute!

    Abby Talks

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  21. Lovely post! I love your bag. I've been looking for a coin purse/card holder similar to yours! Thanks for sharing :)

    Nicole | In The Life of NM

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    1. It's so handy for a smaller bag and can still hold the essentials! xx

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  22. Your handbag is gorgeous! I love the style and the colour!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  23. Love the handbag and I'm so glad you were able to find out the name of the style. That would have bugged me too. I'm not a Michael Kors handbag kinda gal but I love mid-range handbags. I've got 2 Rebecca Minkoffs and really want to save up for a large Kurt Geiger Saffiano tote. Anyway, lol, easily distracted...S&G hand sanitiser and hand cream are staples in my hand bag too ;) xxx

    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

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  24. Damn! I wish you could have found the coin purse, it's so lovely and looks perfect for what I want. Your bag is also beautiful :)

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  25. I love that Kate Spade bag! It's funny because we don't have that many choices for bags here either and the last time I was in the US I picked up a bag from KS as well. Definitely want to try out that Too Faced lipstick as well, I bought that exact shade for my friend but now I want to try it for myself!

    www.thesundaymode.com

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  26. Oh gosh I'm SO in love with that bag you got in NY! It's so pretty and the color works for so many occasions. I was at Nordstrom the other day and I swear I thought I saw your bag there or some variant, thought of you instantly! haha :) I'm just like you, cannot leave the house without a lipstick (or like 10+ I swear my bag is mostly lipsticks, lipliners, and gloss), powder, cushion foundation, and Glossier Balm DotCom (addicted to it omg). I was on the Too Faced website when those liquid lipsticks first debuted and I wanted to get some, and then heard some mixed reviews of them and then have not tried to get any since. I'm so tempted though, as the packaging is too cute! I might pick up a red or something, just a general color haha just to say I have one at least!

    xoxo
    www.hellohimawari.com

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    1. Aw haha! I need some Glossier in my life! It's not *the* best matte liquid lip formula I've tried but they have some lovely shades xx

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  27. Why have I never thought about bring hand gel with me...Seriously, how has that not fun through my mind before? Also your phone case, it's adorable, I need it in my life! Maybe we can get matching and be case twins?!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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  28. love your bag and your phone case is amazing. Nice post.
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  29. That Kate Spade bag is so pretty, I really like the colour of it! I really hate that big branding signs, so good that this one doesn't have it! I petty much carry the same things in my bag. Hand sanitiser is an essential and all my bags have one in it! x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. This shade pretty much goes with anything! xx

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  30. Your bag is so so beautiful! And I love your phone case! No idea how you manage to use such a tiny purse, mine is huge lol! I should really downsize!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  31. First of all I love your Kate Spade bag, so gorgeous and all the minis are super cute! The TooFaced Melted Matte lipstick range sounds amazing, need to check them out when I spot them in Debenhams x

    Beauty with charm

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  32. Your bag is absolutely beautiful, I currently have my eyes on a Kate Spade bag too! Abi | RamblingsofaBlonde

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  33. I absolutely love Kate Spade and this bag is just gorgeous, I think they're much nicer than Michael Kors. I also have those sunglasses and they're so handy, love the folding feature!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. Me too - I much prefer a classic look and a subtle logo! xx

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  34. The bag is so nice! I love the colour. I really like Kate Spade pieces; They're classic but fashionable at the same time! I love the clinique foundation for on the go too. Its so easy to apply. I have the S&G hand food in my bag too :) xx

    LPage Beauty

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  35. The bag is great! i only have something in my bag.
    xx
    lulinaiem sakura viet nam
    http://sakurabeauty.vn/

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  36. Thank you for your comments :) xx

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  37. I love your bag and phone case, so pretty!!

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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