Monday, 1 July 2013
What's In Your Handbag? - The Travel Edition
To start this post I'll have to admit something, I'm not a handbag kinda girl. I'd rather throw my cards, phone and lipstick in the pockets of my jacket or jeans and be on my way. But I do have to have a bag to carry around my belongings when I'm on a longer haul journey. I have a few faithfuls that do the job without breaking the bank, but a very special purchase seemed perfect for my overnight jaunts to friends and family that made me stop and think just how much money I'm carrying around with me. And let's not forget the cost of replacing anything that has more sentimental value or takes longer to replace. With this in mind I decided to enter the MoneySupermarket What's in your Handbag competition. I rarely do things like this but with the top prize being a Mulberry bag, purse and phone case I couldn't pass up the opportunity!
Many moons ago I worked at Bill Amberg at Bicester Village for some extra cash while building up my freelance design contacts. After making some great sales we were awarded with a choice of bags to take home and I opted for a limited edition version of the Bill Amberg Jag Laptop Travel Bag, £300. Usually more of a male's business bag, I figured I could style it up as an overnight bag that I could slip my laptop into quite comfortably. It has proven an asset over the years and digging it out for the competition was top of my priority list as I thought it only appropriate to do a special over night travel version! I do like to live up to my name on occasion, don'tcha know!
Another confession of mine is that I also don't carry around a purse. I'm cringing just thinking about the pitchforks and torches that are headed my way that someone with a vast interest in fashion and beauty admits to not only using her pockets as a handbag, but only owns one purse. If it's any consolation, it's a stunner of one. Another well invested Bill Amberg purchase, £100, in supple taupe leather which gets me fawning each and every time I draw money or a card out.
On long haul flights or trains I'll carry along my Amazon Kindle Fire, £169, which is super convenient as I love my books but don't want to burden myself with paperbacks. There is one exception to the rule and that would be my trusty Oh Comely magazine, £4. It's the only subscription I have and it's 2 monthly but I read it cover to cover without fail. It's such a delightful and inspiring read that I can't imagine taking anything else along with me. I never fail to carry a sketchbook, £6, around with me for those moments of inspiration either. My mum got me this beautiful Naturalist's Library Journal covered in Hummingbirds that's a delight to keep my notes in.
A full face of makeup becomes a real hassle when traveling, especially on early morning flights so I bear this in mind when setting aside the essentials. I always carry a few touch-up beauty products that don't take up a lot of space and save me from myself. I'm currently carrying Maybelline's Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, £6.99, Revlon's Colourburst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti, £7.99, Illamasqua's Androgen Pigment for the cheeks, £10, and a small bottle of Caudalie's Beauty Elixir, £11.50, for a quick pick me up. Then, to tame my tresses, I pop a travel sized Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, £8.50, in one of the pockets as it never fails to add a bit of volume. If all else fails a trusty pair of sunnies, £10, hides my glaringly obvious extra eye-baggage that would surely see me charged extra!
Having problems sleeping is tough at the best of times, but more so when you're having to sleep with a cabin full of strangers, worrying that you'll dribble all over the person sat next to you or wake everyone up with your snoring. Just me? Oh, alright then... Either way, I need that safety cushion to help me drift off and I've not found anything better than This Works travel versions of their hugely popular Sleep Spray & Roll-On, £10. I take the spray but usually only end up using the roll-on, dabbing on my wrists and inhaling deeply. Night world!
Lastly, where would I be without my connection with the outside world? My iPhone 4S, £449, has become my lifeline and I hate it, but there you have it. I can keep up with family on Facebook, Tweet boring waiting lounge pictures to my fellow Bloggers and listen to music with my Bose In Ear Headphones, £89, in flight mode. In case I get any last minute design problems while I'm away my Macbook Pro, £1249, is irreplaceable.
Grand total of £2430.98!
It's worrying just how much everything in my bag comes to, and has prompted me to look into exactly what is covered by my contents insurance when I'm out and about. This is probably the most my bag will ever amount to though, as carrying my higher end items around with me is more of a necessity when travelling. On that note, how much is in your handbag?