What’s in my handbag

June 14, 2013 10 Comments
And now to see what I’ve been carting about in the huge slouchy handbag I made. The people at Money Supermarket are running a ‘What’s in your bag’ survey to find out the sorts of things women carry about in their bags and to be in with the chance of winning a Mulberry, all you need to do is post what’s in your bag and tot up the value of what they all cost, so I thought I’d take part because who doesn’t love seeing all the crap people carry round with them on a daily basis {and I’d love a Mulberry too!}

Welcome to today’s
contents of my bag*;
  • Cath Kidston Purse (which today contains £12.58, a plethora of loyalty cards and a lot of receipts. The purse was about £15 too)
  • Mobile phone – Galaxy S2 (about £250)
  • My Personal Planner (£15 to buy but full of irreplaceable notes)
  • Some of my favourite pens (£6)
  • My iPod, but strangely no headphones at the moment (it’s so old that it’s not worth anything right now, but I guess would be about £100 to replace) 
  • Car keys, which given the bag is so huge are lost 80% of the time they are in it.
  • Stila convertible colour in peony. I love this stuff but can’t find the same colour any more (about £20 I think)
  • The boyf’s kindle for my GOT’s reading – finding out what has happened to Arya and Jon now season 3 has finished is a must right now (£70) 
  • Lip balms – Vaseline, and some colours left over from our night out at Bon Jovi – I couldn’t decide a colour and ended up just wearing the vaseline! (about £15)
  • My glasses (£160)
  • And some sunnies (£90)
  • Moo mini cards, which reminds me I need some new ones printing up (£10)
  • Beeswax handcream, my mum bought me this from a local bee keeper and it’s amazing (£4)
  • there are also a few dog poo bags, some dog treats, a baggy with 5 nose studs in them for when I misplace one, about 16 hairbands, and a collection of hair grips,  but they don’t photograph so well.
£767.58 {+£45 for the bag I made}

It’s been really interesting totting up everything that’s in my bag and realising just how much stuff I cart around with me (and how much all that stuff costs). On a good (or bad, depending how you look at it) day there might also be my DSLR and lenses, some more make-up, the boyf’s mini laptop, a couple of notebooks and if I’m lucky some food! Maybe it’s a good job I made a cavernous bag after all!


I showed this post to Steph, who I share a bank of desks with at
work, and she insisted on dumping the rubbish from her handbag into my desk. It
genuinely was so laughable I had to take a photo. What you might not be able to
see is that along side the usual purse and sunnies, car keys and phone, her bag
contains her daughters school tie, about 46 crayons and pencils, a candle and
candle holder, a plethora of hair bands and clips, ‘paper work’ (otherwise
known as a bundle of receipts), a battery for a phone she doesn’t have any
more,  Next gift cards, ½ a pharmacy and
2 sachets of mustard! You know, just in case!


  • Unknown June 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

    So different and yet so similar to by bag contents! Moo cards? These sound like something I should be looking into! (also. Spoiler: Arya is badass. I've read all of GOT)x

    • Emma June 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      You should look into Moo cards. I'll tweet you a discount code! And thank you. I worry about her 😉

  • Lizzy C June 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    sooooo glad you added that PS!!! There was me thinking you were somehow all organised with your bag! 😉 x

    • Emma June 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Organised? Me? Phah. You know me better than that!

  • Ashley June 16, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Maybe it makes me a voyeur or something, but I love seeing whats in other peoples purses! And you're totally right, it is so crazy to see how many valuables we all carry around every day.

    • Emma June 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Me too. I've loved reading the other posts in this feature. It has made me wonder if im not doing it right by not carrying makeup though. So many people have so much of it on them at all times!

  • Areeba June 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    It's totally awesome to sneak into someone else's bag, isn't it? I am glad that your friend's bag indicates that she is a mum 😉

    • Emma June 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      Her bag does scream mum doesnt it. I kind of love that she has all of that on her, every day.

  • steph.tilley June 16, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    You never know when you might need a sachet of English Mustard!

  • Unknown August 29, 2013 at 3:08 am

    I always wonder how so many things can be stuffed on a single handbag! =) You should not lose those sachets of mustard, make sure you have the right handbag insurance to have those covered. LOL! Thanks for sharing this post.

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