Purse Alert: What’s in My Bag?

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As a girl who takes the contents of her purse very seriously, you can imagine my excitement when Team LaurenConrad.com asked me to reveal what’s in my bag. On most days, what’s not in my bag is usually an easier question to answer though…

Since I’m always traveling back and forth from Los Angeles to the east coast to visit my family, you can usually expect to find a slew of plane tickets and receipts in my purse… I tend to hoard the latter for far too long. But admit it–don’t you?

During the colder months, you can typically find me shopping for my handbags in the luggage department, but with summer upon us, I have been trying to migrate toward smaller bags since they are easier for traveling and perfect for spontaneous beach trips. Until our bank accounts allow us to rock a Birkin with our bathing suit, I suggest reaching for clutches or smaller satchels during these warmer months. I recently found this colorful handbag, which is the perfect go-to summer purse. The box tote flawlessly mixes and matches with my favorite color blocked ensembles, which is always a trendy summer must.

Below are the current contents of my handbag:

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  1. Bandages. For some reason I’m constantly getting little blisters on my feet while trying to break in a new pair of flats. Give me a pair of heels and I could walk for hours, but hand me a pair of flats and it’s time to whip out the first aid kit. These super cute animal print bandages from Forever 21 are my new faves.
  2. Flair. I always keep a ziplock bag filled with a few cocktail rings, statement earrings and bracelets/bangles that I can easily slip on for those days that I rush out the door forgetting my essentials.
  3. Wallet. I recently switched to a thin flat wallet and find that the limited space keeps me from hoarding things I don’t need. It’s easier to switch purses on a whim and also keeps my purse light.
  4. Crystal Light is pretty much my main obsession in life. I always keep a few packets in my purse so I can add them to a bottle of water throughout the day. I don’t drink coffee so this strawberry energy flavor is my go-to for a late afternoon pick-me-up.
  5. Thank You Notes. Since it’s been only a few weeks since my wedding and I’ve yet to finish sending out all of my thank you cards, I’ve got a few tucked away in my purse so I can finish them in my downtime. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to write down how thankful I truly am.
  6. Doggie Treats. Yes, I keep little dog treats tucked in my purse for my puppy, Maddox Dior. I’m an overly obsessed dog mom and proud of it.
  7. Phone. I just recently switched from my beloved Blackberry to an iPhone and although I miss the quick typing keypad, I totally can’t imagine life without all of these extremely useful apps.
  8. Gum. I absolutely love gum, in a Violet Beauregarde sort of way, so of course my purse is always stocked with a pack or two.
  9. Polish. Whenever I have freshly manicured nails I try to remember to throw the polish in my purse incase I fall victim to the dreaded chipped polish. A quick touch up will have you feeling perfectly polished in seconds.
  10. Makeup. I generally don’t keep a lot of makeup in my purse other than powder and lip-gloss for touch ups. When I’m traveling I put my mini-makeup bag in my purse just incase I experience flight delays or decide to get bumped. It’s never a fun traveling experience when your makeup is trapped on a plane.
  11. Planner. Yes, in this world filled with digital documents, I still like to put pen to paper. Call me old fashioned, but my planner is my go-to for all things. Typically you’ll find me making shopping lists and scribbling ideas for upcoming blog posts.
  12. Magazines are essential. Whether you’re browsing through them on your lunch break or taking a few minutes to peacefully catch up on your celebrity gossip, it’s always good to keep a few of your favorite reads within arm’s reach.
  13. Card Holder. My mom gave me this business card holder for Christmas and I take it everywhere I go, even though I’ve yet to make business cards of my own. I was hoping it would remind me to actually print a few, but for now it’s just filled with everyone else’s business cards.
  14. Passport. I wish I could say I carry around my passport daily because I’m such an avid world traveler, but sadly I lost my driver’s license at a party recently and the DMV is taking forever to send me a new one. To be honest, I secretly love it. Almost every time I whip out my passport someone asks, Where are you visiting from? and anytime I can practice my British and Russian accents, I’m happy!
  15. Perfume. I always try to keep a small bottle of perfume in my handbag, because there’s something about spritzing yourself in your favorite scent that makes you feel refreshed even after a long day at work.

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What is one thing we’d be surprised to find in your handbag?

xoxo
Anna
Fash Boulevard

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  • Susan Westrell

    The passport thing sounds hilarious and kind of awesome! Accents are pretty fun to use, definitely. As for my purse…the most interesting thing is probably that my keychain has a My Little Pony on it. I have no regrets.

    xo

    http://trench2tiaras.blogspot.com

  • Petra Zeller

    Great post. Like “”What’s in my Bag”" Post :) You are suprised when you look in my bag because I have everytime almond in my bag to have anytime a snack in my bag :) its great when I’m a little hungry
    xoxo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com < – first Outfit Post ;)

  • Melissa Panici

    Great post Anna! I recently have been keeping eye drops in my purse because I just got contacts and I have to keep them moist especially staring at a computer all day at work! lol That would probably be the most suprising but not unusual of course:)

  • Amber Welles

    Anna, this post cracks me up. Your writing always gets me and of course your style is amazing. Wonderful post.

    Lauren, can you please add a pin to the last picture? Anna, what’s your nail polish?

  • Melissa LaRose

    This is awesome! I’ve been meaning to get around to doing a “”whats in my bag”" post on my blog!!!

    <3 Melissa

    http://scribble-n-dash.blogspot.com

  • Rachel Trampel

    Lol I like the part about the passport! Got me excited that you were going on a trip somewhere this summer! I am waiting for my new passport and cover and leaving for Europe next week! I also keep rings and bandages in my purse! Those just in case things! :) Great post!!!

  • Jessa Kaiser

    Ahhh everything you own is so pretty and cute. <3

    http://jessaesque.blogspot.com/

  • Martin M

    Anna your posts and looks are amazing. Girl you made my day with this look :) My must have for my purse are make up, magazine, perfume and my phone :) XOXO

    http://www.look-scout.blogspot.com

    http://www.look-scout.blogspot.com

  • Sarah Lawson

    Anna, I’m so happy to see all these post. You’re doing such a great job. I hope they make you part of the site forever. Everything in your purse is adorable and you had me LOL at the passport bit.

  • Chanel Hason

    It’s funny you posted this because literally 5 minutes ago I went through the contents of my own purse! It’s amazing the things that I have in there…from nail clippers to deodorant. I’m prepared for anything!

  • Shannon H

    Anna those bandaids are so cute. Who knew Forever 21 sold bandaids. lol. I love your bag and the red top. Perfect for summer.

  • Kimberly Michel

    i have a lip gloss holder in my bag since i carry around no less than 8 at all times. it has little pouches and rolls up and ties together and my friend picked fabric that matches my purse. so handy. love that i have friends who can sew!!

  • PeaceLoveNutrition

    I always love seeing what other girls keep in their purses!

    http://www.peacelovenutrition.com

  • Marie

    I always carry a highlighter with me because I was at a concert once and the band asked if anybody had a highlighter. No one did. I had been reading my history textbook in the car on the way to the concert and left my highlighter on the book. I was so bummed that I didn’t get the chance to meet the band so I don’t go anywhere without one incase the situation repeats.

  • Vanessa Potter

    I always have a dark chocolate trader joes candy bar in m purse, if I am craving some chocolate I break of a square to give me that fix I need. I also carry. Lipgloss bag in my purse thar has about 12 in here right now……never know what color of Lips I will ent day by day.

  • Lauren Corle

    Fabulous outfit and post, well done Anna! (:

  • Jennifer Herron

    I love your purse! where is it from??

  • Stephanie Bisaccia

    What type of planner is that? Im planner obsessed and always looking for a new one, I havent found my true love planner.

  • Hayley Moore

    amazing! :) love the purse btw!

  • Liesl

    What a cute purse, Anna! Oh I LOVE these types of posts! You can check out my:

    “”What’s in my bag?”" post here:

    http://www.pretty-random-things.com/2011/11/whats-in-my-bag.html

    Liesl xxx

  • Elizabeth LaBrasca

    I am one for carrying around a planner as well, it contains EVERYTHING and makes my purse weigh a ton but I have to have it! loveee the coloroful bag =)

    xo Elizabeth

    http://www.the-antiquarian.com/

  • Ali Walker

    This gave me a few ideas as to what I can add to my bag! The passport situation is so funny!

    I just started a blog, help me out and follow. I follow back!

    peachesanddcream.blogspot.com

  • Charlie Ravens
  • soupforthegirlysoul

    Your purse is SO perfect for spring and summer–I love it!! :) I love seeing what people carry with them in their purses! :) Great Post!

    http://www.soupforthegirlysoul.blogspot.com

  • Giselle Escamilla

    Hahaha I love your passport section and the whole britian and russian accent!

    Anyway, I love how organized you are in your bag, mines about the same!!

  • Stephanie DiMaggio

    wow that is alot to keep in that tiny purse!

    http://coutureconfidential.blogspot.com/

  • Leanne

    gorgeous purse!!!

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

  • Rosie
  • Aqsa Hu

    love love LOVE that bag and those shoes

    http://lalasandoohlas.blogspot.com/

  • Linh Ly

    I love your purse! Where is it from?

    http://befashionfit.blogspot.com/

  • Britney Sinclair

    I usually have a plastic fork, you never know what kind of food will be around!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Ok- I know this is totally lame, but I kinda wanna Pin the contents! ha ha!

  • Emilie

    Your heels are amaze-balls! Plus I love whats in my purse posts :) Yours is super organised!

    xo Emilie

    PS please check out my latest blog post @ http://www.hungrydelights.com/

  • Alison Sheath

    Wow that is a lot of stuff for such a tiny cute bag!

    http://www.theglitterfashionista.blogspot.co.uk

  • Eliza Zamora

    Cute but thats so much in a purse I am more simple.

    xo

    http://lovelyaddictions.blogspot.com/

  • Nichole Handshy

    scissors…i always have a pair of scissors, in my bag! you would be surprised how often they are needed!!

  • kristen michelle
  • Steph Wyatt

    For me? Purse, Money, Keys, Phone, Camera, Chewing gum, Mini mirror, The make up I wear on that particular day, hair band and hair grips, mini hairbrush, mini deodrant, headphones, umbrella or sunglasses depending on the weather, tissues & a photo of me and my boyfriend!

  • Steph Wyatt

    For me? Purse, Money, Keys, Phone, Chewing gum, Mini mirror, The make up I wear on that particular day, hair band and hair grips, mini hairbrush, mini deodrant, headphones, umbrella or sunglasses depending on the weather, tissues & a photo of me and my boyfriend!

  • Shelby Stallsmith

    I love this post! Definitely well needed for me, gives me some ideas! I am in love with your purse, it’d be great to know where to find some good purses for summer, maybe next blog?

  • Smart Momma

    it so cool that you carry a magazine with you :) and it actually fits in your bag!

    a actually had a recent post about “”what’s in my bag?”" in my blog, click link below:

    http://smart-momma.blogspot.com/2012/07/whats-in-my-bag.html

    and we do have the same kind of gum in our bag :)

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