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August 050August 051Not a very exciting day. After yoga had just a few minutes to throw on “real clothes” and then we ran multiple errands – the grocery, drop off a cooler at a friend's house, get the dog's pills, visit the bank, hit up Target and Home Depot… that glamorous suburban life.

Since I only had a few minutes to change out of yoga pants and an old tee, I grabbed that which was at the top of the drawer – green babydoll tank from Victoria's Secret, coral ribbed tank from Old Navy, denim skirt I distressed from Old Navy, black “sandy” flops from Reef, silver cuff and hoops.

Hair is second day, was brushed prior to yoga but not afterwards.

Makeup is Body Shop bronzing powder in Light as allover color, Cargo Matte Beach blush in Tenerife on cheeks, Max Factor lash Perfection in black on both sets of lashes and Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Glossy Rose.

tote1While sitting in the car during a few errands, I decided to let you into the life of my purse. I don't photograph myself with my purse, and I do love it. I actually flip between two purses – a tan leather hobo from Banana Republic and a structured glossy black leather tote from J. Crew (bought as a congratulatory present to myself when I started a new job in 2001). The picture to the left looks just like it, except mine has been well used (but well cared for and conditioned so few scratches).

August 052Anyway, for most days I carry a hobo-esque leather bag from Banana Republic's Fall 2006 season (see left and see my pale legs). I got it at a good discount (and brand spanking new with tags and protective bag) from eBay. It's a warm tan/camel shade, has a great assortment of pockets and is nice and soft and even a year later has that nice leather smell.

Outside – front flap pocket, then two size zipper pockets. in the front pocket I store my badge for work, a small memo pad for inspiration, a pack of Stride gum and my Smartrip card to ride the Metro. One of the zippered compartments holds my iPod and accessories, the other usually holds random things like receipts, ticket stubs, a toothpick… not sure how it became the catchall place,

Inside – large compartment, standard-issue inside pocket to hold my lipglosses and pens and MAC Blot Powder and a wide-toothed comb. Two small pockets on the other side of the lining; one holds my cellie, one my Blackberry. A leather strap with snap holds my keys (none too exciting, standard keys and a jump drive – oooh la la). In the bulk section I carry my wallet, a small cosmetic bag with necessities (Tide to Go, Advil, Purell, nail file, eye drops, lip balm, Claritin, Oral B Brush Ups, glasses cleansing cloth), my wallet (bought at a little boutique in Annapolis this past January on a random whim because I liked the orange appliqué flowers), my camera (natch), and a journal (also natch). my sunglasses are usually kept in the car, my planner is only with me on weekdays (celadon leather Franklin Covey from Target) and I weekly gut my purse to make sure it's not overflowing with randomness.

August 053So here's a picture of the contents. Thought you may be interested as that I write about how important it is to be prepared and well accessorized, yet you never see what I cart on my shoulder on a daily basis.


  1. September 26, 2007 / 11:15 am

    hey allie,

    i like how you wear the skirt but not look ‘slutty’. great blog!


  2. August 31, 2007 / 12:04 am

    Your purse contents sound similar to mine!

  3. August 29, 2007 / 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the post! I agree… for some reason it’s really satisfying to have a look inside someone’s purse!!

  4. August 29, 2007 / 3:48 am

    very unique and fun blogging idea 🙂

    miss s

  5. August 28, 2007 / 10:09 pm

    Thanks for the peek inside your bag. I carry most of the same stuff you do but often have trouble keeping it organized inside my various purses – some have more inside compartments than others. My daughter got me a purseket for christmas. Excellent item – now I just move the purseket from bag to bag.
    ps- I have that exact black satchel. I love it.

  6. August 28, 2007 / 7:11 pm

    Cool! You did a purse-contents pic thing too! Except yours is cooler than mine was 🙁

  7. August 27, 2007 / 9:59 pm

    PS. Cute skirt – will there be a how-to blog about distressing? Or did I miss that one? 🙂

  8. August 27, 2007 / 9:58 pm

    This is great – a while back I was wondering why you never post any ready-to-go-out-the-door shots with purse in hand. And I agree with the above commenters that it is just sooooo satisfying to see the contents of someone’s purse. My purse is so small that I always have trouble zipping it, but I can’t bring myself to carry a large purse for some reason.

  9. August 27, 2007 / 5:58 pm

    I love the “look inside my purse” shots for some reason. What’s inside a woman’s purse is so telling…

  10. Jules
    August 27, 2007 / 3:44 pm

    This is a great post for a nosy parker like me!

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