Monday, 1 July 2013

Bag Lady

Honestly, what do you think is inside? What does, Alan Garner, aka one quarter of the Wolfpack have inside of his “man-bag?” I’m punting for baby wipes, aspirin, eye drops and a phone card but who knows.

In fact this could lead to quite an addictive game: Guess the Man Bag Swag. 

But I digress.

I’m writing today after a bit of a hiatus for an incredible reason. To share what gets me through the day. To be inspired to write more. To open myself up…or at least my handbag. are running an amazing competition to win my dream handbag here and that was enough to make me shout “a handbag?!” Oscar Wilde style.

But then I got all paranoid. What if people judge me based on the contents of my handbag? In an episode of Boy Meets World (90's teen romantic comedy featuring such name treats as Tapanga, Minkus and Mr Feeny) Shawn finds a handbag whose contents enthrall him. Shakespeare sonnets, classical music, cinema stubs, sweets and lip gloss all lead Shawn to one conclusion: the owner is his one true love. 

Now the power of 90's teen sitcoms aside, how amazing would it be to be able to express who you are through the contents of your handbag and how would you protect this part of yourself?’s contest also highlights this point by asking bloggers to think about the cost of the contents in their handbags.

So here it is.

My bag is a white leather handbag from brand Valentina. It was an ebay buy and cost me the grand total of £15. I love it and of course the very cheap price tag. 

My jewel in the crown is my hot pink Ted Baker purse. I love the shiny pinkness (is that a word?) and the gorgeous patent design just slicks away scuffs and dirt. But more expensive than most bags I own at £59.

A fan of 60's cat eyes and Bardot glamour, I never leave home without my eyeliner pen (£5) and my BeneFit They’re Real mascara (£18). And I feel extra gorgeous when sporting hot pink lipstick by Barry M (£5). Then just to channel my inner movie star even more I sport large sunnies on the rare occasion the sun comes out to play. These came from River Island and cost £15.

Hay fever sufferer, sad movie watcher and occasional sneezer, I always need a pack of tissues on hand and these wrapped in leopard print (my fave) called my name at £1 for 6 packs.

A self-confessed nerd, I also love to read and am currently making my way through the veryyyy long Anna Karenina on my Kindle (£169) which I'm sure makes me very cultured indeed (or just more of a dweebus). When not reading I’m mouthing along to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop on my iPod (£150).

I’ve lost my phone (£100) twice and twice it has been returned to me. The power of people never ceases to amaze me.  Pictures of my dog fill the sim card and first texts from my boyfriend from years gone by are forever saved. My keys let me into home and work (maybe I should separate them) but I know I’m lucky to have both. 

And at a total cost of £537 I’m shocked at how much so few things can be worth!

I loved leafing through my handbag, if not just to see an up to date version of myself and wonder, would my boy find my bag and fall in love with me? I hope so. Here’s hoping fell in love with this entry and who knows, maybe next time you see my next “What’s inside my handbag?” post I might be opening up a Mulberry.