I see a lot of content out there where people show what’s in their bag, and on the surface I don’t know what’s so interesting about them. But then I watch the video or read the article, and for some reason I find it kind of fascinating – it’s not only a way to get tips for yourself, but it tells you something about the person and helps you get to know them a little better. So to that end, today I thought I’d share what’s in my bag with you!
This article is in collaboration with Beara Beara who kindly me gifted one of their gorgeous, quality-made leather bags to share with you. I’ll be telling you a little bit more about them in this post as well as sharing my review. Let’s get started!
About Beara Beara
Beara Beara is a London-based company that makes high-quality, classic leather bags. A lot of love and care goes into the making of each of their bags, and they’re really built to last as a classic staple in your wardrobe for your entire life.
The quality craftmanship of their bags originates in Bolivia, where they employ over forty people to provide work opportunities and help make a positive impact on the standard of living there. You can read more about the story behind their company and the work they do in Bolivia here.
The bag I decided to go with is the Margaret Small (there is also a slightly larger Margaret Medium bag). What I love about this bag is that you can tell the quality of it just by touching it. It feels so sturdy, yet still looks sleek and stylish. It’s also the perfect size for every-day use – it carries everything I need with even a little room to spare, but that said it’s not overly large or cumbersome.
The Margaret bags were designed to be appropriate for women’s modern-day lives, regardless of the multitude of roles we fill. The two sizes allow for different functionality options based on your needs. The medium size can fit all the essentials from a 12-inch laptop to anything a mother needs to carry for her little ones; while the smaller size that I have perfectly fits an iPad but can also be used as an evening clutch. It’s clear that a lot of thought went into the design and functionality of this piece; you can read more about the story of the Margaret bag here.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Beara Beara bag of your own, you can use the code “lovelife” for 10% off your purchase (valid for two weeks from the date of this article).
What’s In My Bag
For the most part, I am a pretty through-and-through minimalist when it comes to what’s in my purse. I typically don’t carry anything with me that I don’t absolutely need – it’s the one area of my life where I can say I truly have no ‘just in case’ items! Of course things change from day to day, but generally this is a pretty good representation of what I carry with me on a regular basis.
Number one is my phone. This one’s a little misleading because I actually tend to carry my phone in a pocket, and not in my purse. But for the purpose of this post, I included it anyway since I always have it on me.
Wallet & Keys
Another obvious one to just get out of the way! This is an old wallet from Coach. It’s held up really well and I love that it’s a smaller format. It carries all the cards I need and has room for change which suits me just perfectly.
I always have to have headphones with me. I like to listen to music or podcasts on my walk to and from work, or when I’m out running errands. I also like to have them on-hand in case I’m somewhere with a lot of noise so I can plug in and focus.
My hands tend to get pretty dry at all times throughout the year, so I usually carry some form of hand cream with me. This salve is locally made from organically grown herbs, and comes in a little biodegradable pot which I love!
My Kobo is something I like to have with me when I’m travelling or going to appointments. I don’t get much time to read these days, so it’s a great way for me to make up time while I’m waiting for other things. Plus it fits perfectly into this bag, which makes it easy to tote around!
I’ve gotten in the habit of bringing this straw around with me to use as a replacement for plastic, disposable straws. I normally use it when I make an iced oat milk tea in the morning – for some reason, sipping through a straw just makes it better! I don’t normally need to whip it out since it seems most businesses these days are moving away from straws, but it’s nice to have with me anyway.
I don’t have a set of cutlery, but I don’t typically run into disposable cutlery on a daily basis, so I don’t really feel like I need one. But it’s a good thing to have if you do get takeout often and could get use out of it, so I just thought I’d throw that in there!
My phone is more than a few years old at this point, and the battery definitely doesn’t last as long as it used to. This portable battery helps me keep my phone alive during the day so that I can extend the life of my phone and don’t need to get a replacement just yet.
The zero-waste equivalent of carrying tampons in your purse! This one is pretty self-explanatory. I will say however that since moving to using a menstrual cup (the one I use is OrganiCup), I’ve totally gotten used to it and would never go back to tampons again! If you’re thinking of making the switch, I’d highly recommend at least giving it a try. It saves money and the planet, so it’s a total win-win!
I really don’t like getting caught outside somewhere without sunglasses! I always carry this staple pair with me by Ray-Ban. I’ve had them for years and will keep using them for years to come, I’m sure!
Re-usable Tote Bag
The last thing I always carry with me although it’s not pictured is a little fold-up tote bag for shopping and groceries. I haven’t asked for a plastic bag from a store in I can’t remember how long, and having a small bag at all times has helped me do that (otherwise I’m carrying everything out by hand!)
I hope you enjoyed reading this post! What essentials do you carry with you in your bag on a daily basis? Let me know in the comments below.
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This post is sponsored by Beara Beara and the Margaret Small Bag was kindly gifted to me for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information. Thanks for your support!