What’s in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

by Paris B on · 68 comments

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Being a voyeur, I love seeing what people fit into their handbags. This is especially true of smaller bags. Not being one for a small bag myself, I am always curious to know how people manage to carry their daily essentials in a tiny little bag. Me? I used to lug around gigantic sacks, filled to the brim with everything, including the kitchen sink.

Recently, thanks to a poorly back and shoulders, I’ve cut back. So over the weekend, as I finally got round to switching things out of my regular daily handbag to another one, it struck me that I’d never done a “What’s in my bag?” post.

gucci web boston Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

So basically, I go around perving at what other people stuff in their bags but haven’t shared what I put in mine. Well, let’s remedy that shall we? icon biggrin Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

The bag du jour for the past 6 months (gasp! Not getting my cost per wear for the rest I own!) is a black leather Gucci Vintage Web Boston Bag which I lusted over last year. It’s just plain black leather with subtle Gucci Guccisima embossed strips down the middle of the bag and on the detachable strap. Part of the reason I’d been loathe to switch out of the one, is just how practical this bag is.

It’s subtle (doesn’t scream the brand at anyone unless you really peer at it), the colour goes with everything, the shape goes from day to night and importantly, it fits a ton of stuff. Granted it then weighs me down, but when I need to carry a ton of stuff with me, this does the job while looking unruffled or bulky.

The other thing I have to mention is just how durable and wonderful the leather is. It’s soft yes, but importantly durable. I’ve been bashing this around for half a year, not babying it, placing it anywhere and everywhere, getting it caught on doorknobs and everywhere, and it still looks amazing! The leather hasn’t scratched, nor has the metal hardware tarnished nor scratched. I love it and it is for this reason I find myself taking a second and third look at what Gucci has to offer. As a brand, it’s isn’t as popular – AND I LIKE THAT! icon biggrin Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

So, what have I been lugging around then? I decided to tip out all the contents of my bag for posterity so you get the raw, unedited version of what’s in my bag icon biggrin Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

bag contents Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

  1. Makeup pouch – ‘makeup’ in my case means lipsticks. All 8 of them housed in a largish RMK 15th Anniversary commemorative pouch. This alone weighs a ton!
  2. Long wallet – LV Insolite Damier Ebene. Fits a ton, and looks slim and elegant while being a workhorse.
  3. A phone charger – I could carry a powerbank, but I’m hardcore like this LOL! Bought a plug head that can fit a USB cable, and received a USB charging cable for Christmas from a dear dear friend, which turned out to be the best present ever!
  4. Receipts – The inside of my bag is a mess of receipts and bits of paper. Please tell me I’m not alone!
  5. Phone – Self-explanatory and housed in a bright red case so I can spot it inside the bag. If you’re wondering, it’s a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
  6. Sunglasses – Lasik-ed eyes are sensitive to sunlight and it’s good practice to wear sunnies. Minimizes sun and UV damage to the sensitive eyes, and prevents you from squinting in the sun and getting crow’s feet!
  7. Cheque book and red packet – Have had to write a lot of cheques recently. Boohoo! Money flowing out faster than water! The red packet was one I’d neglected to remove since the Chinese New Year. I usually carry one around for luck during the festive season.
  8. Pens – 2 of them because I’m kiasu that way!
  9. Panty liner – What? Does no one carry one for emergencies?! icon razz Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)
  10. Earrings – I surprised myself here as much as you are. So, that’s where they went!
  11. A stray 10 sen coin – I told you this was raw and unedited!
  12. Pouch with keys – Different keys for different purposes get their own pouches. This is one of them and I forgot to include another key pouch for even more keys.
  13. 2 card holders – One for the blog, one for work. I like keeping my life separate. In case you’re wondering, the colourful pouch is the work one and the black is for the blog, because I’m contrary that way.
  14. A stray lipbalm – It escaped from the makeup pouch somehow! It’s the Fresh Rose lip balm and it’s surprisingly nice so it’s one of the few lip balms I’d voluntarily wear.
  15. A stray lipstick – I don’t know how this one escaped from the pouch either but it’s Guerlain Rouge G Madame Batifole which explains why my bag weighs a ton. I have 3 Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks in there icon razz Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

On a day when I have to attend events, I fit my DSLR in there alongside house keys and car keys. Yes, the full size DSLR fits quite easily although it does weigh the bag down. Oh but this particular bag doesn’t suffer from a case of “saggy butt syndrome” which is another reason I like it! icon biggrin Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

Did you expect me to carry more stuff or less stuff? icon razz Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

I notice a lot of people have mints or tissue paper or notebooks or tablets or headphones while I have erm… crumpled receipts, a phone charger and pantyliners. Go psycho-analyse that eh? icon wink Whats in my bag? (The raw, unedited version)

So, what’s in YOUR bag daily? Do you like toting a large bag or a small, organized one?

And no, I never got the hang of using a bag organizer so it’s out of the question. I now go for medium sized bags. Large and oversized bags are now a thing of the past, as I try to cull the amount of junk I carry daily. It’s better for the back too!

Paris B

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LeGeeque March 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

I LOVE THIS POST! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE :D

One day, I’ll just get you to post a what’s in your WALLET post :P That ought to be fun :P

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AnT March 19, 2014 at 11:30 am

LOL!! I second that as well!!! :D

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Haha thanks I don’t know what took me so long :P As for what’s in my wallet? Erm, lots of cards and receipts :P That’s why I need a large wallet

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Stephanie March 19, 2014 at 8:44 am

About the receipts thing, you are not alone!!! I try to clear them out once a week if not my bag will be full of them, hehe…

Thanks for sharing!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Oh yay! Thanks for assuring me I’m not the only disorganized person out there Stephanie hehe… I try to clear stuff out weekly too but often, it just doesn’t happen :P Which reminds me, my wallet is overdue a receipt-purge!

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Tine
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March 19, 2014 at 8:54 am

So that’s why I saw a vague shape of a flying pig this morning. PB did a what’s in my bag! :-P
I love it. Love the stray earrings and everything. I need pouches for my stuff. I rarely use a bag organiser anymore because my wallet and other stuff always ends up outside the organiser. An iPod and earphones are essential in my bag to keep the crazies away at trains and buses. :-P

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

hahahha! Did you shoot it down and have bacon? :P I have the exact problem re: organizers. Half the time, my stuff are located outside the organiser and then it just turns into a dumping ground! I find pouches help me stay a little more organised especially with keys. Boy do those take up space and weight!

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xin
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March 19, 2014 at 9:09 am

i need to do a post like this too! LOL on #3 and #9.

I have stray panty liners in all those bags. XD and i keep a full charger in office too, definitely beats power bank.

p/s: once again, i decided that bag organizer is really not for me!

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Ting March 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm

but… what if you’re out and about, you cannot find a wall outlet to charge your phone? Power bank will come in so handy. :)

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Actually that’s true. The reason I stopped carrying a powerbank was because the charging cable was different. But now I have a new charging cable, I should get back to carrying a power bank for emergencies. These phablets really eat up battery power!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Here’s a secret (or maybe not) I have pantyliners and pads in ALL my bags LOL! Never know when it comes in handy and you just had to buy an organiser to discover it’s not for you right? >.<

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Fathin March 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

Your bag’s content is almost similar (including pantyliner, not for emergency but as necessities :D) with mine but I fit mine in small pouch with string (freebies from Clinique, hehe) – yeah, I’m in that mysterious group who carry lots of things in small size, probably like Doraemon LOL

I usually clean out the content regularly, especially when there are too many receipts and small papers successfully blocking the rest of content. Regular stuff you can find in my small pouch is a small wallet (the type that guys usually use and can fit easily in jeans pocket, I don’t like those long wallets), my mobile (similar like yours :D), USB drive, a slim external harddisk, a mobile charger, a lip product (lip balm/lipstick), pantyliners (plural, of course), keys, stray coins, a pen (you never know when you need to write down something), receipts. When I travel, I will put additional things: facial wipes, a small tube of hand cream, a small jar of moisturizer.

I used to put my glasses case but ever since after I checked my eyes and there’s no need to continously wear my glasses as my prescription is quite low so no more glasses case in my pouch :D

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Hahaha I love how so many of us do carry around pantyliners! I actually also carry a pad but it got used LOL! I usually slip these things into the inner zip pocket. I never know what those pockets are for anyway so I keep my pads in there – helps prevent embarrassing moments of pulling out stuff and having a pad fall out LOL

I’m always amazed at anyone who can carry a small wallet! I started out with one but couldn’t keep up with it because I just have too much stuff in there LOL Oh and I usually carry a portable hard disk too! Wasn’t in the picture coz I’d taken it out and forgotten to put it back. I think so many of us are alike in so many ways :D

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Cynthia March 19, 2014 at 9:50 am

This post is so fun to read!! I used to carry a bag organizer around until I find it doesn’t make me organized well because I still throw everything into the organizer which I ended up still searching for my keys! LOL.

And you’re definitely not alone on those receipts! I have tons of them inside my bag and I had to clear it off every week. (I try :p)

I am more a pharmacy-like in my handbag. Besides carrying my heavy makeup bag, I had tons of medicines in – ‘po chai’ pill, panadols, painkiller, tons of tissue and sanitary pad >.<

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Precisely my sentiments about using a bag organizer! Half the time, I’m still digging around and it never keeps my organised :P I can’t believe you carry medication around! You’re a right girl scout – always prepared! :D

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Emy March 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

I tend to go for small crossbody bags, so when I go out, all I fit in there are my wallet, phone, student ID, keys, and perhaps a lip balm or lipstick. That’s it. I used to bring a lot of things when I used a larger bag — but it was horrible for my shoulders, so now I’ve downsized, and discovered that I rarely need anything other than what I listed above. :)

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Good on you for going minimalist Emy! :D On weekends, I’m pretty minimalist too – just my wallet, sunnies, keys and a foldable recycle bag so it does all fit into smaller bags that I tote about on weekends but weekdays, oh boy! Different story altogether LOL

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PeiQing March 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

LOL… “saggy butt syndrome” I seriously googled what’s that… kekekekee… I should drop some pads and pantyliner in my bag too. Bag organizer doesn’t do it for me either!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm

HAHAHA! I hope no unsavoury images came up >.< It’s useful having a pad and pantyliner in your bag! I keep them in the inner zip pocket (I never know what else to put in there anyway and it helps prevent embarrassing accidents :P )

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shannen March 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

wow.. nice bag! I forced myself to get a bag organiser and is used to having it now. No thanks to zero compartment Longchamp bags. What’s in my bag.. the usual purse, wet wipes, pens, some lipbalm/lipsticks, mirror, hand cream, mobile phone, Ipad, power bank, some stuff for tying my hair (2-3 types) and.. something called Wonda Oil. It’s like a tea tree oil mixture. Basically very handy when there’s sudden bug bite or paper cuts. I’m a mama.. hehe

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Thanks Shannen! How on earth do you get a bag organiser to stay put in the Longchamp?! I tried once but it was just flopping all over and being a mess so I gave up. Wonda Oil LOL! I love the sound of that and it’s so handy too!

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Crystal March 19, 2014 at 10:35 am

This is a funny and interesting read this morning. You are not alone on the receipts! Love the bag :)

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Thanks Crystal :D It’s always good to know I’m not alone in my whackiness ;)

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Xen March 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

I LOVE posts like these! “What’s in my bag” “What’s on my dresser” “What’s in my travel skincare pouch” LOL Would never tire of reading such posts :D Moreeeeee!!

You are definitely not alone on #4, reading the comments above ;D If I leave my bag uncleaned for 2 weeks.. it turns into a receipt haven.

I am truly amazed at how much the Boston bag can swallow.. on top of what you already have, it fits a DSLR AND doesn’t sag? *applause* I find that Gucci leather is one of the more durable luxury ones (LV too!).. I’ve been disappointed even by Chanel (their caviar is excellent but the calfskin.. not so much and let’s not even talk about the lambskin- beautiful but too much work to keep it pretty!). So for the price Gucci bags go for, they are really a good investment.

Like you, I’ve been going for medium-sized bags lately (preferably with an option to tote/sling), if it’s too small, it doesnt fit my essentials.. too big and I find myself looking for more things to put in LOL *Bag problems*

Thanks for sharing!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Haha thanks Xen I’m glad you enjoyed this. I think it’s that nosey kepoh in all of us yes? ;) I know! I thought there would be people saying they were organised with their receipts but evidently not eh? This bag is amazing I swear and it doesn’t even look big at all which is another reason why I love it so much! I love how underrated Gucci is because it just means I get to be a little different from the norm (and they go on sale! YAY!) and I so feel ya about lambskin! I’ve sworn off all lambskin bags because they don’t only scratch easily, they sag and stretch easily too! For Chanel I think the caviar leather is best albeit not the most luxurious looking.

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AnT March 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

By the way Paris B dearie, how much you’ve paid for your bag? :D

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Gosh I can’t remember AnT, it was a couple of years ago – had it brought back from Italy so I saved A LOT compared to getting it here >.<

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AnT March 26, 2014 at 9:17 am

Couple of years ago.. (evil grin) :P
It’s quite a quiet luxury bag I would say, truly classic! :D

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lyn
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March 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I use a bag organizer because I like swapping my bags out every once a while and it makes the transfer easier. I carry sanitary pads and panty liners too so you’re not alone. Can’t believe you have 3 Guerlain Rouge G’s in there and haven’t broke your back yet.

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm

You’re actually very right about an organiser making it easier to swap out bags. Might explain why I hold onto a bag for so long. Swapping stuff out takes too long LOL! I know I was wondering why my bag was so heavy tipped it out and tada! 3 Rouge G I gotta be mad

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jk March 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I need a big (organized) bag to cart my stuff around = a fan of bag organizers. I need all the help I can get to “efficiently” find things in the black hole of a big handbag. With the multiple side pockets and an open space in the center, almost everything has a fit and place in the organizer.
I say almost because my cosmetic pouch (with 2 mini lip palettes, a lip balm and a lip gloss + pain & emergency stomach medication + a swiss army knife) is separate. Apart from the wallet, money clip, phones, x 3 card holders (I’m kiasu and carry all my loyalty cards with me – who knows when I may need them), there are 2 sets of keys, 2 pen holders (more kiasu), a little pouch containing tampons, a coin purse, a pelican hair clip, a back up scrunchy for the gym, more lip sticks/gloss, tissues, wet wipes and yes.. a perpetual stash of receipts waiting to be cleared.

I think my hand bag is heavier than my gym bag, gym shoes included.

Hats off to you though – the entire phone charger, cable and all?

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm

The scary thing is, I find a bag organiser makes me more disorganised coz I just end up stuffing things into the sides of the bag anyway! Which organiser are you using? Maybe it’s my wallet too – it’s too big for most organisers so I always have to put it on the side and I also find that bag organisers work best in a slightly more structured bag. In a slouchy bag, it flops over and I’ve had an organiser totally go upside down in one of my slouchier bags! LOL I love that you carry a swiss army knife! I used to till I lost mine but it’s great – you never ever know when it comes in handy :D

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jk March 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm

My 1st organizer was a faux animal print (yucks) rash buy from Groupon (buy 2 in a set but I gave 1 away). It served me well – and it stayed quite put. I think a slightly more structured bag helped but the sheer weight of the stuff in the organizer also contributed to it staying anchored to the bottom of the bag. When the faux animal it got a bit tatty and the little handle broke, I used that as an excuse to pick up a light beige jute like organizer from Isetan at the Garden – their arty farty home stuff floor. That’s been holding up pretty well for me. A lot faster changing from one big handbag to another big handbag – especially during the weekends when I lug around a very less formal handbag.
PS – The SAK is definitely very useful. The only time my handbag parts with it is on planes..

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Paris B
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March 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Ah that sounds like a very good organizer – the jute one not the animal print one heh… I have to agree that a bag within a bag makes it so much easier to switch things around and also helps rotate bags. Otherwise, you just don’t get your cost per wear!

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Ting March 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

HAHAHAHA!!! No you’re not alone (receipts)!!!! But 8 lipsticks??!??!?? Really??!??!??!??? (Okay, that’s way too many question marks there).

I don’t carry my bank cards separately. But yes, you know what! I ALWAYS carry the angpow from my parents (usually they are the first one who give to me every year) in my purse for good luck (all year round). Then I change until I get the next angpow next year. Kiasu to the max, right? hahaha. Yes Yes panty liner is a must!!! I also carry a pad…you’ll never know when you need it, or when a girl friend is in need of it. hehe

I also have hair ties, hair pins, and a whistle (for emergency like when being robbed??!?? Touch wood that should never happen!). There are so many little things in my bag which would take some time to transfer to a new bag. So in short, I don’t like to rotate my handbag. Just use it until it’s good to go. HAHA. I’ve had major incidents when I changed a bag:

(1) I had forgotten my purse. DAMN! I was at the cashier only to find out I am without any money. Have had to tell the cashiers to hold my stuff, drove all the way back home to get it. Waste of patrol and time. Perhaps I should have kept the bank card separately from the main purse like you… hmm…

(2) I had forgotten my purse again!! I was already at the airport, leisurely drinking coffee with mum and dad and before saying goodbye, I said I would pay for coffee and cakes. Then oh oh… WHERE IS MY PURSE??!??! Luckily, my brother could bring it to me all the way from home to the airport on time.

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Sadly yes 8 lipsticks. It’s all I ever carry in my makeup pouch so I’m going to consciously downsize my pouch so I can fit and therefore carry less :P Ooh I was told it was good luck to carry the ang pow throughout CNY but I think I’m going to put one into my bag for everyday now – I can use all the luck I can get hahaha! I usually have a pad in there too but this one didn’t get replenished :P

Gosh what an adventure with your missing wallet and at the airport! *gasp* I’d have panicked like crazy! Interesting that you mention missing wallets though. I usually switch my bags out on weekends and the items that travel are the wallet usually. The other day, I took out my wallet and forgot to put it back into the bag. It wasn’t until 2 days later when I had to pay for parking that I realised I’d left my wallet in my other bag! Panic! Lucky I met a friend who I could bum off a couple of RM to pay the parking but I was still driving with my license. When I got home the first thing I did was to get my wallet and put it back into the bag. What a scare!

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Arpita March 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Your bag is infinitely filled with more sane amounts of stuff than mine is, which has me a little concerned. I can’t do small bags. I’ve tried and been left insecure that I won’t be prepared for the zombie apocalypse! You should definitely give the bag organizer another go though. I simply can’t live without it!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Given 4-5 different bag organisers a try Arpita, none of them work! Primarily because most of them are too small LOL Which one do you use? I can’t really carry small bags either. I tried, but by the time I fit my wallet, phone and keys in there, it’s already full to bursting! I don’t know how people do it (Actually I do – it’s called using a smaller wallet :P )

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Arpita March 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

I bought this random organizer from the Plaza Mont Kiara market and it’s awesome! It expands quite a bit so it makes me happy. It’s got infinite slots for pens, which is a necessity because I need as many as possible to stab zombies with during the upcoming apocalypse. If something forces you the change your habits, it’s wrong, so no to smaller wallets/bags! This is why I hate clutches! They can’t fit my life into them!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Ah an expanding organisers makes so much sense!! And yes, carrying lots of pens does too. I swear my bag is a pen black hole – pens just disappear in there and I can never find one when I need it. But try to clear out the bag and there they are huddling in a corner. Tsk! Can’t quite handle cluthes either (especially if they can’t fit my phone which is most clutches) but I can’t deny I love looking at them!

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ishi March 19, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Bingo on all except for the cheque book and the red ang pow. Who writes cheques anymore anyways..??? tsk!

Receipts on the other hand are everywhere, but never there when its time to submit for claims. The sad part is that many of those receipts that has fizzled into fat air are my Singapore taxi receipts!! ouch!!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Hahaha I do! Write cheques I mean LOL Credit limit doesn’t go high enough for certain expenditures :P Oh yes, I always find myself tossing out receipts at the most inoportune times. When I need them, that’s when I realise it’s gone and that’s also when I realise I need the receipt to effect an exchange >.<

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lisa March 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I have an umbrella coz’ i hate to ever be caught in the rain. I also carry a pouch of medications coz’ i do not take chances for feeling down while i’m on the go. Water bottle too. I get dehydrated all the time.

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Good call on the umbrella – I’ve never thought to carry one! But then I suppose it’s coz I drive from place to place :D I have to practice carrying a small water bottle. So often I’ve been caught outside on the go without water and it’s torture!

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Ping March 19, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Yes, you are not alone. I have lots of receipts in my bags (and my wallet) too!! Plus umbrella, a small notebook + pen, mirror, lip balms, makeup pouch, glasses, yes panty liner and sanitary pad as well, ear phone, extra phone battery, keys, hair brush, first aid plasters, pills, hand sanitiser, stray flyers…. oh my, the list goes on and on… :O

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Looks like for many of us, medium-big bags are the norm judging by the amount of stuff we carry! LOL How interesting that you and Lisa both mentioned umbrellas. Just not something I’d carry here I guess but I think that’s mostly because I drive here. Oh wait, I saw you carry an extra phone battery! Now talk about hardcore! LOL

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su March 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Hah! Totally get your logic – bigger the bag more amount of cr*p you carry around. I was lugging around large tote bags, used to bring everything and kitchen sink and evvvery item of makeup imagineable y, know ‘just in case’.
Have since streamlined everything into long strapped envelope bags. And agree about fussy upkeeping of lambskin, I’m too scared to using my givenchy tote incase it gets stained by rainwater haha..

Loved sneakpeeking, being a bag and makeup-fiend it was fun. Lovelovelove the bag. Tho the makeup voyeur in me Would’ve liked to have a peek at the lippies to ooh-aah over. Haha^^

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm

HAHA I totally get you Su! When I carry a larger bag I always feel like I have to justify it by filling it up and then I wonder why my back or shoulders hurt LOL! :D Oh are the Givenchy bags lambskin? I wasn’t aware of that. Haven’t checked out Givenchy to be honest, but the new designs do look mighty tempting! I still can’t do envelope bags, mostly I think coz I carry a lot of bulk if not lot of things but I’m going to streamline my makeup pouch and keep it small so I don’t get tempted to put another lipstick in there “Just in case” :D I actually forgot to take pix of the contents of my makeup pouch haha! Wait, I’ll do that in another post maybe – it’s just embarrasing to do a “What’s in my makeup pouch” post and then show everyone it’s just lipsticks instead of a bevy of makeup haha :D

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Sofia // Papaya Pieces March 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm

I’ve never bought a bag organiser, because I just couldn’t see myself using it. Gosh I can see why you love this bag, now I’m in love with it too. I also need a big bag because apart from the usual stuff (wallet, keys, etc) I wear glasses, so in go the glasses, the prescription lensed sunglasses (big case for that), make up (various lip glosses, powder, etc) tissues, tiny brush, rain hat, gloves (if winter), eReader. I bet I have even more stuff!. When I say to someone: please pass me my bag, they always flip at how heavy it is!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Hiya Sofia – how have you been? :) I think bag organisers work for certain type of more structured bags but not floppy ones like this. This is a great bag – roomy yet streamlined to look at! Oh oh I know what you mean by your bag being heavy. Sometimes, I ask my friend to hold onto my bag for me while I do stuff and they always get stunned at the weight! It’s like “How do you carry this everyday?!” haha

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CELINE March 20, 2014 at 2:21 am

panty liner? how about a couple of sanitary towels, a bar of soap, wipes and little packets of toilet paper. yes I actually carry all those things haha. I have a morbid fear of 1. having to use a public toilet and 2. finding that that public toilet lacks soap. And 3: the unexpected monthly visit. what if they hit you all at once!?
And then there are plasters, bandages, a mini sewing kit, emergency medication … so if you’re ever caught in a dire situation I’m your man!
anyhoo I like how you kept the contents of your bag “real” – most bloggers seem to empty out the junk and “unslightly” things like pads and show the pretty stuff :p

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Haha ok Celine, you win! :D A bar of soap! :D You are truly a girl scout – always prepared :D Thanks for sharing your thoughts – I know what you mean about the edited versions of the “What’s in my bag” posts out there. I mean I’d love it if my bag was so tidy and uncluttered and so edited all the time but really, it just isn’t that way in real life is it? :D

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Victoria March 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I love this type of posts and surprisingly you have never done one before :-) I do not like lugging around big handbags and use the same work bag 5 days a week so my leather handbag is usually not very big. I love your handbag though. LOL. Like you, I do not like bag organisers and instead keep them in small pouches. So my bag contents is usually my long wallet, handphone, small prayer book, small diary, 2 pens, a lot of panty liners (i top them up at work), 2 sanitary pad, a cosmetic pouch (1 lipstick, 1 perfume in travalo bottle, hand cream, small mirror, tissues in Naraya tissue holder & wet wipes from Guardian), a thin flat pouch with a nail clipper and metal nail file and car keys, house keys, rosary (all in individual pouches).

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Funny isn’t it? 7 years and I’ve never done a “What’s in my bag” post LOL! Hmm you know, you actually fit quite a lot of stuff into your bag considering you say you aren’t carrying a big one! LOL! I love how so many of us carry pantyliners and sanitary pads around – always be prepared yes? Nevermind that we don’t have a lipstick, when emergencies happen, we need to solve them and fast! :D

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Summer March 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm

i LOVE this post too! made me suddenly want to check my bag, although i know what an unholy mess it would be! I switch bags very often to match what i wear and i also bash them about terribly, in fact just yesterday i stained my almost new Kate Spade bag because i left an opened Choki-Choki in there which i forgot about. =.=

so what i have in there now are 1. stray receipts. 2. stray coins. 3. mp4 player and headphones because i take the lrt to work everyday and no music is a killer 4. wallet 5. cardholder 6. cardholder 7. 2 identical lipbalms (meant to be distributed amongst my other bags 8. tampons 9. another lipbalm 10. facial mist 11. wet tissues 12. normal tissues 13. bottle of BodyShop’s Honeymania perfume which i love to death 14. travel version of Honeymania body butter which i use as a hand cream 15. pouch filled with medicine just in case. Clarinase, Novomin, Gaviscon, Charcoal pills, plasters, Smecta, Panadol, Beamodium.

my bag weighs.
a
TON.

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Haha there’s a reason I don’t put food into my bags :P I don’t baby my bags but I do try to take as good care as I can of them. That said, most of my bags have pen marks in them thanks to these stupid ball pens. Yet, I never learn LOL! It was fun to know what you carry about in your bag! OMG I can’t believe you carry a bottle of perfume! I hope it’s a small bottle! And so much medicine! :O I’m one of those people who can never find a piece of tissue paper or panadol when I need it. I swear I need to carry a small medicine chest too LOL :D

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Tracy March 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Haha the wonders of a lady’s bag. I always wonder why my bag is heavy but then it contains spectables, tissue packs, wet tissue packs, lip balm, lip gloss, pads, pen, notebook, phone, ipod, portable charger…it’s a small dresser drawer!

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Paris B
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March 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

A woman’s handbag is like a magic pouch right? We cram so much in there just in case! LOL

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