Man, it's been half a decade since I did one of these posts, which is weird considering how much I love reading them. A lot has changed since then, considering I'm a working professional (somehow) rather than a high school student. My personal style has also toned down a lot for work ("business professional" dress codes will do that for you) so my purse is one of the few places where I can keep a few gothy things to keep me motivated throughout the day. So, for the record, here's what I'm keeping in my bag lately.
First, the bag. This isn't some fancy designer thing, I picked it up from Walmart when I decided I needed a professional handbag for work (and I'd rather save my money for cute gothy handbags to use in my time off.)
Here's the overview:
First are the most important things in my bag:
Because my job requires a fair bit of international travel, I do tend to have my passport with me (unless I'm working domestically, obviously.) I keep it and a few cards in a black leather travel wallet. I've been given the advice before to scatter important documents about your person for safety (so if one get stolen, you don't lose all of it) but I've actually found that doing that makes me so much more likely to displace something. If I keep it in one place, I just need to keep track of this little wallet and I'm golden.
Here I also have a little coin purse that I picked up during my time living in Glasgow. The silver thing at the bottom right is an engraved silver card holder which holds gift cards/membership cards and that kind of thing. My phone is an iPhone and, although I have one of those shatter-proofing layers on it, I still need to find a cool phone case that I like (I do have a Pinterest board for this now.)
which you can get here.)
After that are some electronics, including my DS and Kindle fire (because being bored on public transit is the worst thing in the universe.) I also usually keep an iPhone charger on me just in case, and my USB for work. I don't smoke, but I seem to always be around smokers who don't have a lighter, and it's a good way to make friends quickly.
Then I have a pair of sunglasses from Torrid (I would have a case but to be quite honest they're usually on my head), some black pens and a pencil, my keys, a cloth for wiping my sunglasses and electronics off, and an Evil Supply Co. pocket notebook. I used to carry my planner around more, but unless I'm going to a meeting it just wasn't practical, so this little notebook does just great for me.
And, yes, menstrual products, because I am a person with a uterus and I think most of my readers are mature enough to handle it. I always keep a spare tampon on me in case someone else is in need, but the true savior of my life has been the Intima Lily Compact cup. It's the only collapsible cup I could find which has made it a dream to travel with. This has become my #1 travel recommendation for anyone with a uterus, because instead of taking up a ton of room in your suitcase with tampons or pads, you can just take this one tiny little thing. 10/10 would purchase a hundred times over (but I won't have to, because it's reusable and good for a long, long time.)
Once it's all in, it looks like this! I keep the most valuable things (like my phone and passport) in the pocket closest to my body, and the other things that I tend to need more frequently but are less valuable in the outer pocket. The purse has an exterior zippered pocket and two open pockets on the back, but I never ever ever keep anything in these because it's way too easy to get pick-pocketed.
I'm actually looking to add a few more things to my bag. I'd love an external battery for my phone, a small but spill-proof bottle of sunscreen, and face blotters. I'd also really love a few more cute little gothy pouches to keep things organized in my bag, so if you know a place to get those, please comment down below!
What are your necessities for your handbag, if you carry one?