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16 November, 2014

"What's In My Bag?" and the Kipling Holiday Tour in NYC


I've been blogging in this space for nearly a year and a half now, and it occurred to me the other day that I've never done a proper "What's in my bag?" post. Not that this is a mandatory meme for bloggers or anything, but it's fun! I recently had the chance to pick up a new purse thanks to the friendly folks at Kipling USA, so I thought this would be as good a time as any to share the "What's In My Bag: Running Errands" edition. I'll also be sharing info about the upcoming Kipling Holiday Tour at the end of the post!

Now, the contents of one's bag will obviously vary a bit depending on what the bag is used for—today I'll be focusing on what I'm keeping inside my everyday "I'm running errands and don't want something that will weigh me down" bag.

Kipling USA Star Small Handbag purple

I'm using the Kipling Star Small Bag for this—it's cute and compact, which is ideal for those times when you're lugging a bunch of shopping bags or other such nonsense. Oh, and it has a crossbody strap! A must for when you're loaded up with stuff!

In no particular order, here's what I have shoved in there:

  • Tissues: A must for allergy sufferers like me, and useful as emergency toilet paper. Let's just say that public restrooms around NYC can be... er... understocked.
  • Hand cream: I try to wash my hands pretty often, but it drives me insane when they get dry. Luckily I have an abundance of mini hand creams thanks to beauty boxes!
  • Nail file: Likewise, having a a nail break while you're on the go is very irritating. With a mini file you can at least smooth it out until you get home and can fix it properly.
  • Lip balm: Who enjoys having chapped lips? Nobody, that's who.

Electronics galore. The thing in the blue case is my smartphone (a Blackberry Z10, in case anyone's curious). This acts as my all-in-one entertainment device/e-mail checker/camera/magic box. Next to it is a rechargeable battery pod (very useful if you end up staying out longer than expected!) and a ridiculously old flip phone. I have a second phone for business purposes—unfortunately the somewhat more modern second phone I was using died, so I put the sim card in this ancient one I still had lying around for some reason. It's so old that it has the Cingular logo on it, in case you're wondering. :P But it works!

Pouch-o-stuff. Pouches are crucial for keeping all your little bits of makeup and tiny stuff together—in here I've got an eyeliner, mirror, lipstick, Advil, sunscreen, pads, breath spray, and bandages. Ready for almost anything? Garlicky pasta, at the very least.

Kipling USA Defea Printed Key Fob in Nordic Journey

It would be a bit silly to leave the house without keys, now wouldn't it? Of course I only have four keys on my ring, but about a thousand keychains and shopper's club cards. Amongst my key baubles is the Kipling Defea Key Fob, which functions as a zippered coin purse. I absolutely HATE having to hunt for loose change around the bottom of my purse—usually I get stabbed by a pen or something as I'm groping around. This coin purse is particularly adorable because it has a little pocket on the front:

Kipling USA Defea Printed Key Fob in Nordic Journey pocket

Not sure what the intended function is because it's so tiny, but it sure is cute.

Poll time: Do you use your phone/tablet to make lists or are you still a pen-and-paper kind of person? I'm definitely the latter, so it's essential for me to have a pen and notepad with me at all times. The little piggie is an LED flashlight—ever try looking for something in your purse in the dark? Tiny flashlights make that a heck of a lot easier.

Last but not least, my wallet and MetroCard (which is what NYC subway/bus riders use to pay the fare). The MetroCard is separate because I keep it in the front pocket for easy access—you don't want to be that person endlessly fumbling through their bag near the entrance of the subway. As for the wallet, I tend to prefer to large kind so I can shove receipts and whatnot in there without them getting crumpled. Sometimes I even use a wallet meant for holding travel documents, though the one I have at the moment is pretty beat-up. I have my eye on this Kipling document holder as a replacement, mainly because I like the "Midnight Flock" print:

Speaking of Kipling, did y'all notice a monkey hanging off my bag earlier? If not, here's a close-up:

Kipling USA purple monkey keychain Darling

Many of Kipling's bags come with monkeys attached, which is frankly rather awesome. I was browsing around their site and learned that all of the monkeys have names, apparently—I took a closer look at mine and the tag says Darling. I don't know though... I've been looking at this monkey for a while and he seems more like a Florian to me. What do you think, should I keep my monkey's given name or re-name it Florian? Tough decisions. While you mull that over, here's an adorable video I found on the Kipling website of the monkeys doing stuff:

Monkeys: They're the new dinosaurs.

And now for something even cooler than Monkeys: Kipling will be kicking off their holiday tour in NYC this week with three nights of special events at their SoHo store! These events will feature musical performances, Kipling giveaways, refreshments and more. For more info and to RSVP, visit the #KiplingHoliday Tour page.

Kipling Holiday Tour #KiplingHoliday NYC New York City SoHo

Not in NYC? They also have a few event dates scheduled in Los Angeles and Orlando for December, so be sure to check out their website if you live in those areas! Also, if you love Kipling too and are planning a haul, be sure to use this exclusive coupon code for $30 off your $150+ online purchase: HOLIDAYS30

Do you keep any of the stuff I do in your everyday handbag? What would you name your monkey?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kipling USA and I will receive a commission if you click on the links above, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.


  1. I am a total lip balm addict! I absolutely love it ahah. Thanks for sharing! This was great to read :)


  2. I love "What's in my bag?" posts! That piggie flashlight is so cute. I had one that was similar but I broke it :(

    Also, ugh, I loathe taking notes on my smartphone. I'd much rather use pen and paper!

  3. Oh, me too. If I go a while without cleaning out my purse I'll usually end up with 3-5 in there!

  4. Yeah, I guess it just seems way more fiddly to take notes on your phone? I feel like I could just scribble something on a piece of paper in half the time.

  5. I wish I could carry fewer items in my bag. Mine is like a suitcase! The monkey is so cute! I would name my monkey Amy!

  6. Love that purple! I feel like crossbody straps on bags are the equivalent to dresses with pockets- it should always be applicable! ;)

    Wendy | Fashionable Heart

  7. Oh man, I have this other purse that really is the size of a suitcase. I measured it at full capacity once because I was going on a flight, and it was pushing the width limits, lol. I try to save that for when I'm traveling or have to bring a lot of stuff with (like when I had jury duty recently). Amy is a very good monkey name!

  8. Haha yes! I like the way other types of bags look, but I'm carrying it around all day long I need that strap!

  9. Ah, that sounds like all my purses lol. Amy is the talking gorilla from the movie Congo.

  10. Oh my god your flip phone! I feel bad for laughing, but I'm pretty sure I had the same one when I was in high school. Hehe.

  11. I'm incredibly nosy; as such, I love finding out what people have in their bags! That monkey is rad. I wish I had a monkey.

    Are you still thinking of naming it Florian? Your monkey looks like it has late nights swinging from hidden discos deep in trees. It's definitely a party monkey (and not just because of the purple fur)!

  12. It's perfectly fine to laugh! We all know that it's ridiculous that I still have that flip phone, lol. But it still works and is highly capable of making calls and sending texts! AND it even has a camera, gasp!

  13. I'm pretty sure he's a Florian. I think he's a discreet party monkey - he swung between a lot of wild tree discos in his youth, but now he's starting to settle down. Of course if coaxed enough, he could start swinging from disco to disco again at any time...

  14. I can see what you mean. Florian has the stare of someone who knows what really goes on in those tree discos. Definitely has a knowing glint in his eyes...

  15. Love the bag! Now I want one that comes with a monkey! I think I would name my monkey Pierre, and I have no idea why...

  16. Kipling actually sells a bunch of monkeys on their own on the website, haha! Pierre seems like a very good name for a monkey. There doesn't even need to be a reason!


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