I am one of those people who tends to carry a large purse. Lukus hates it, because he is convinced that it is actually some sort of black hole where things go to disappear. I disagree. In fact I would argue that my bag only contains the most essential of essential items. In fact, when the times arise where only a cute clutch will do, I have no problem paring down my items! After all there are the things I like having in my purse- and then there are the essentials!
Lipstick/ Lip Balm: Whether you are going for a dramatic lip or a nude one, keep one of these handy. That way eating, drinking and a great deal of talking won’t result in dry, chapped lips.
A Compact: A mirror is a lifesaver, check your teeth, check your makeup or check out the person behind you. I always have a mirror on me- maybe because I have a way of getting things all over my face.
I.D.: This one may seem obvious, but something that is often forgotten. And while I am id’d less and less these days (tears), I don’t want to risk being caught without it.
Cash/Card: Like your lips, this one comes down to preference. But it is easily forgotten in your everyday wallet. A huge faux pas after you say, “this round is on me!”
Mints: No matter if you suffer from halitosis or a delusional variety, fresh breath is a must. I am fond of the Altoids Smalls– they are petite, but pack a punch.
Safety Pins/ Mini Sewing Kit: This one depends on your skill level. And I know, the need for these are so rare. However when that moment comes, please remember to come back here and tell me how right I was. No one wants a dreaded ‘wardrobe malfunction!’
Where To Shop:
- French Connection “Cleo’s Haze Clutch” ($158), FrenchConnection.com
- Ann Taylor “Exotic Foldover Clutch” ($118), AnnTaylor.com
- Moyna “Ikat Beaded Clutch” ($156), Cusp.com
- BCBGMAXAZRIA “Reversible Sequin Envelope Clutch” ($128), Nordstrom.com
- Lauren Merkin “Georgie Painted Snake Clutch” ($250), ShopBop.com