5 Must-Have Items In My Handbag
On any given day, you can most likely see me carrying my ride-or-die … my Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote. She holds everything that I could need to get through any given day. Obviously the items I carry may be a tiny bit different for me because of my job, but really … most of what I carry can be considered universal for all of you ladies! Here is what you can see on any given day in my Neverfull:
 LAPTOP: One of the perks of being a style blogger is the flexibility in where I can do my job. I have no problem scheduling my hair or nail appointments during a workday because I can also use that time to work through emails, counter proposals, write blog posts or make style boards on my laptop. My calendar and digital to do list are on my laptop, as well, so it also acts as my planner / organizer. Due to the fact that I take my laptop with me most days, I found that I was desperately needing to protect the outside from scratches so I got this adorable marble laptop case to protect it. The great thing is that the little shop I got it from has a lot of size options so, you have a good chance of finding one that fits your specific laptop. It’s super easy to put on, durable and looks SUPER chic, in my opinion. To prevent the whole ‘you’re running out of memory on your hard drive’ headache a lot of students, bloggers, and anyone else who stores a lot of content on their laptops face, I always have my external hard drive with me. I download all of my photos important documents on to it, so it’s important that it’s always with me so I can continue my work wherever I am.
 CARD CASE: Does anyone else feel a lot of pressure to be quick about putting your cards and receipts away when you’re checking out at a check-out counter? I always do. I don’t like fumbling with opening a wallet to find the right card that I need to pay for whatever it is, or to neatly put my receipt away [because if you don’t do it then, you’ll never do it, amiright? or amiright?]. So, to relieve a little bit of that pressure, I now opt for a card case. I have both personal and business checking accounts, as well as personal and business credit cards. So, I use a card case that has slots on both sides and one in the middle. I put my personal checking debit & credit cards on one side and my business debit & credit cards on the other. My drivers license and car insurance card goes in the middle. I keep my card case in one of two places in my bag so I always know where it is, and being that there is nothing to open, it makes pulling out the correct card & completing my purchase very swift and simple.
 WALLET: Now, I’ve already shared that all of my cards are kept in my card case, you may be wondering why I even have a wallet but … where else would I store receipts, change, cash, and my public library card? 😉 I have the Louis Vuitton Clemence Wallet and I’m obsessed with it. It’s my favorite wallet I’ve ever owned. It’s a zip-around wallet, which I prefer over any other kind, and it’s a lot shorter width-wise so I’d classify it as ‘petite’. I couldn’t find an identical one to mine on any resale websites so be sure to check it out on Louis Vuitton’s website here and here are some cute ones I found around the web:
 PHONE: Who really goes anywhere this day and age without their phone? I know this one is, like, a no brainer but … as a blogger, if I forgetting my phone is like forgetting to put my identification badge on before stepping out on to the unit for a shift as a nurse. I can’t do some the things I need to do for my job if I don’t have it [i.e. I used my badge at the hospital to get into the medication room, the break room, to clock out, to help patients and families remember my name and role, etc.]. Something I’m asked often is ‘what is that on the back of your phone’ and I will say … if you don’t have a Popsocket on the back of your phone, you need one. It’s pretty handy. You can pop it out to easily and securely hold your phone without having to have a tight grip on it and you can use it to prop up your phone on a flat surface to watch a Youtube video while you’re doing something else. It’s pretty handy. I also purchased this little thing that can be secured to your car dash. The Popsocket can be locked on to it so you can easily see your phone screen. It was amazing when I was driving up to where my family was staying in the Smokey Mountains over Christmas and I didn’t know the route off the top of my head. I can easily just glance down to see how much longer I have left.
 POUCH: I don’t know about you but carrying a tote can be frustrating. The depth allows for it to just become a bottomless pit. We gals just keep piling things in and piling things in. I’ve found the best way to combat the clutter is by carrying a small pouch within my tote. In mine, you can always find my TULA hand and nails cream, my Kindle, a travel size container of living proof anti-humidity spray [because #florida] and gum or Listerine strips. I also use the side pouch that comes with my tote to store two sets of post-it’s, a Sharpie pen, lipgloss, and my headphones.
Aside from those five main items, I always have my keys and a pair of sunglasses with me, as well! What are the ride-or-die things you HAVE to have with you in your handbag on a daily basis? Maybe I’m missing something! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today, y’all! Appreciate you! xo.
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HANDBAG & CONTENTS: LOUIS VUITTON DAMIER AZUR NEVERFULL BAG C/O * USE CODE SEQUINS50 FOR $50 OFF ANY USED HANDBAG | LISTERINE STRIPS | ZERO GRAVITY MARBLE IPHONE 7 CASE [SIMILAR, CHEAPER OPTION HERE] | MARBLE POPSOCKET | DOGEARED ‘BE THE PERSON YOUR DOG THINKS YOU ARE’ ZIP CANVAS POUCH | BUTTER LONDON LIP GLOSS [COLOR: FIRST KISS] | SHARPIE MARKER | POST-IT STICKY NOTES IN PINK | MARBLE POST-IT NOTES | LOUIS VUITTON WALLET [MORE OPTIONS HERE] | EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE | TULA HAND & NAIL THERAPY CREAM | LIVING PROOF ‘NO FRIZZ’ HUMIDITY SHIELD [TRAVEL SIZE HERE] | GUCCI CARD HOLDER | CHLOE CARLINA TRIMMED ROUND SUNGLASSES [$12 ALTERNATIVE] | KINDLE PAPERWHITE E-READER | JANET GWEN DESIGNS MARBLE & GOLD LAPTOP COVER CASE C/O
OUTFIT: J.CREW PAISLEY PRINT BANDANA * 20% OFF WITH CODE SHOPFAST [ALSO LOVE THIS ONE, THIS ONE & THIS ONE] | MONROW NARROW TANK | NORDSTROM TWO-WAY SEAMLESS TANK IN WHITE | RAG AND BONE SKINNY STRETCH JEANS [RUNS: TRUE TO SIZE] | CRISTABELLE FAUX DOUBLE PEARL EARRINGS, WORN BACKWARDS | FITBIT ALTA | FITBIT ALTA PINK BAND
HOME DECOR: ANTHROPOLOGIE ‘LUMINOUS DOT’ PILLOWS, SOLD OUT [SIMILAR HERE, HERE] | ANTHROPOLOGIE ‘GEORGINA’ BEDDING SET | ONE KINGS LANE ALINA HEADBOARD IN LIGHT GRAY VELVET | SUNBURST MIRROR, OLD [SIMILAR HERE, HERE] | ONE KINGS LANE PINK CASHMERE THROW
PHOTO CREDIT: KAYLEE LABOR PHOTOGRAPHY