Monday, July 11, 2011

The Things I Carry


The fabulous Terri at RAGS against the MACHINE did a recent post on a few of her bags and the contents of one of them. Her post inspired me and I thought I’d share what was inside my bag the other day for a quick trip to Macy’s in downtown Brooklyn. I am pretty finicky about what comes with me on a shopping trip, especially so when I have a child in tow, which that day was my 8 year-old son.

Anyone who’s been reading my blog for awhile must know how horribly addicted I am to what I consider the holy trinity of handbags—Hermès, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, but I also like simple bags made, as this one was, by a talented and lovely friend. She made the wallet too, at the top, next to the bag.


Contents:

-Wallet

-Goldfish for my son. When you are on the subway anything can happen, including the train stopping for no apparent reason for a long time, so I am a big believer in bringing snacks for kids.

-Metrocard holder, featuring a vintage 1958 subway poster promoting taking the BMT (Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit) to Coney Island.

-Phone; Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball pen in Extra Fine, the best pen ever made, I swear.

-Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bel-Ami. Eureka, I finally found a lipstick I love, it only took 20 years.

-Keys, featuring my reward cards from CVS, Rite-Aid, and C-Town, a grocery store.

-Tissue

Do you take the kitchen sink around with you in your bag or are you super pared down about what you carry, like me?

18 comments:

Aesthetic Alterations said...

That tote is fabulous--I can't believe your friend makes them. And that wallet!

I admire your ability to pare down things in your bag, as my contents have seemed to go up and up. Why is there a lint roller in there? Or a sample jar of No. 5 body cream? Or multiple pairs of sunglasses I don't even like? :)

Adrienne said...

I had to go rummage through my giant purse to see if I had the same color Coco lipstick as you do....and guess what? We are lipstick sisters. I bought the very same color several weeks ago and even posted about it.
I am trying to pare down the contents of my bag. I have large LV tote that I carry on most days. It has lost its shape considerably over the last 7 years due to me stuffing it. I learned the hard way that heavy and/or voluminous items in bags create unwanted wear and tear.

Love the bubble gum pink phone and you're a good mommy for always having goldfish at the ready. xo, A

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

I've had a post like this on my agenda for weeks. Like you, I love the sneak peek! The Coney Island reference makes me miss my family's place (Paul's Daughter) on the boardwalk!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I am really impressed at how little is in your bag...i carry everything but the kitchen sink...I have to feel prepared for every situation. When the nurse picked up my purse the day I broke a rib, he set it on the scales to weigh it and said...you can't do this...its too heavy for a broken rib! Embarrassing! I will try to use you as my inspiration to take it down some!!

sacramento said...

I carry very little in my bag: cards, money, sun glasses, keys and cell phone. No make up at all.
Bu I also carry my husband,s things when we are together, aaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Veshoevius said...

Wow, this is so organized and tidy! I would die of shame if I emptied the contents of my bag in public - I have a lovely Marc Jacobs bag which is treated very badly! I'm sure there is squashed banana in there somewhere...

Terri said...

I have my typing fingers crossed that this comment will post. I am VERY IMPRESSED by how little you have in your bag, especially for being a mother. The metrocard is outside of my current commuter's reality, but like you I swear by the same pen! It's what I use to hand grade papers and to record in my journal. No lipstick yet.

fashionoverfifty said...

Love that pen too---what a hoot!
I need to do this too for Terri--she shouldnt have set a no time limit...
I love a pared down bag too. It took me a while, but I have it down now. And yes, Kudos to you for paring down with such a small child....

jill815 said...

Hi Catherine, I'm pretty controlled in my bag because I hate carrying a heavy one on the train, or anywhere else for that matter.

jill815 said...

Hi Adrienne, it's the worst being on the train and have my son start telling me he's hungry. Of course, he eats all the time so it seems like he's always saying this, but I find it most stressful when on the subway. As for the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bel-Ami, I think I read your post on it! Chanel should give you a little cut because I was influenced by reading what you had to say about it. I have it in Cavaliere too and I love both shades. It's a great lipstick for me!

jill815 said...

Hi Vahni, I loved your post on what's inside your bag. It was so organized and girly, my two favorite things!

Is Paul's Daughter still on the Coney Island boardwalk? I have to find out!

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, if I had a car I'm convinced my bag would be heavier than it is because I wouldn't have to have it on my shoulder every second. I'm also a huge purse changer, I change bags all the time, so I think that's forced me to pare it down as much as I can.

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, you could have one of those cute clutches I'm seeing everywhere since you carry so little in your bag.

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius, you are so funny! I think you should post on what's in your bag, based on your description, I would get a kick out of it. Show us your Marc Jacobs bag! And the contents!

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, I love knowing we both use the same pen. It's the best pen ever, the only time I have had a problem with it is on airplanes at 35,000 feet. It doesn't explode, exactly, but leaks horrible when uncapped, I'm assuming it's because of the cabin pressure. So, on the rare occasion that I'm on a plane, I put that particular pen in a plastic bag and use instead a good old-fashioned Papermate ballpoint, medium tip, in blue. You can tell I am picky about my pens!

jill815 said...

Hi Paula, I'm so glad other people know about the best pen ever made! As for bags, if I have my son and my daughter with me, I carry a very old DKNY black leather messenger bag with snacks and drinks for both kids, and a change of clothes for my girl in case of a potty accident. Then my bag weighs a ton.

woreout said...

You have this down to a science! I wish my bag could be as small as yours. I'm forever lugging around huge totes with my gym clothes, a change of shoes for the office, camera, tripod... if only I could carry around a small clutch and have that be everything I need. I am in love with your vintage metro card holder, this has to be the most chic thing related to subway travel I've ever seen.

jill815 said...

Hi Woreout, thanks for stopping by! There are hazards to carrying such a small bag--I've left my camera behind more times than I care to admit, including to a press preview (a mistake I will never make again), but I'm constantly trying to make any bag I carry lighter so the weight of it isn't pressing on my shoulder all day long. As for the vintage MetroCard holder, they still sell this online at the NYC Transit Museum, in stores--there's on at Grand Central, the other is in Brooklyn--and online. I believe it retails for $2.50. I love vintage posters so this was one of the best purchases I've ever made.