What’s in my bag!

I’d like to say my bag is perfectly arranged and contains the minimal essentials. But you and I both know that’s far from the truth.

I’ve deliberately avoided reading these kind of posts as it often baffles me how tidy and organised some people can be with their bags. My bag is a special place and erupts like a volcano every once in awhile. In fact up until a few moments ago, it did just that. It’s a place which seems to hold a museum of receipts, a million hair grips and enough pennies for me to ironically buy a purse. But then it dawned on me, if I were to write a ‘what’s in my bag’ post, I can actually sort it out and then it’s a bit of a win-win situation.


My work bag is from Zara and I absolutely love it. I think the beige/tan colour is perfect for spring and it is such an easy bag to wear. It’s split into compartments which I find really helpful. I use one side to hold my laptop/notepad and the other to hold my bank cards, hairbrush and lipstick. I need to learn to utilise the middle section as I do tend to stuff my make-up bag into one side and forget the zippable compartment is actually there!

So on with what’s actually in my bag. I touched upon about a few things which always find their home in my work bag, but as you can probably tell – there’s a lot more to it! I try to never leave the house without my glasses – if I do, I struggle all day! I keep them safe in a case which is nothing fancy, but it does the job. I always like to carry a deodorant perfume as it always feels so refreshing to use at the end of the day.


My hairbrush is something I have to carry with me otherwise I feel pretty naked without it! Along with this I carry around 7 bobbles and 68 hair grips – but of course when I need them, they are nowhere to be found! The same can also be said for pens – I’m sure there’s a highlighter in there too. As I said earlier, I usually always carry my laptop with me should I need it at a meeting or simply fancy working elsewhere.



Over the past few months I’ve begun to take a packed lunch to work. Instead of buying calorific sandwiches, chocolate bars and overpriced crisps, I fill my lunchbox with homemade salads/sandwiches, fat-free yoghurt, low calorie crisps, chocolate bar and fruit. By making my own lunch, I’ve managed to save money and also make wholesome and healthy food. As my lunchbox is quite big, I tend to carry this in a separate bag but I tend to put a smaller box in my bag which carries fruit.


Perhaps this is quite unusual, but I don’t use a purse. I love having little compartments in my bag where I can keep my cards,  money and keys safe. I’ve never really been a purse-girl and find they actually take up room in my bag, which can be used for other things. When I’ve used purses in the past before, they always managed to find their place at the very bottom of my bag which was really frustrating!

Of course my makeup is an essential part of my bag and I use a lovely little cosmetics bag from Oasis. In this I take my basic makeup including my foundation, blusher, mascara, eyeshadow and three lipsticks – these little tubes always manage to find their way into my bag! Now going from arguably the most glamorous part of my bag to a good, old practical item – plasters. I tend to carry these around with me throughout summer as I’ve said farewell to my fluffy socks, and hello to pumps!


My bag wouldn’t be mine if it weren’t for the fifty receipts coming out like a chip and pin machine. For some reason I seem to accumulate receipts as like there’s no tomorrow. In one way it’s quite useful to collect them  as it helps me to budget – but I seriously need to make the effort not to overload my bag with them! Along with the receipts, I almost always carry a list of some sort with me. I need to utilise my notepads more as I tend to scribble things down on separate pieces of paper which doesn’t always help me stay organised!



And last but by no means least, a vital part of my handbag has to be my umbrella. For some reason whenever I carry it in my bag, it never rains! When you live in a notoriously rainy city , it’s better to be prepared for whatever the weather throws at us. But then again, with my sunglasses there’s always that little bit of wishful thinking even on the cloudiest of days!


24th April 2016
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  • Reply Lima

    Oh girl the receipts! I have far too many in my bag, I still have some in there from my trip to Japan which was over a month ago, haha! It’s got to the point where I ask the cashier that I don’t want the receipt, ha!

    You’ve done well on the make up front, I have far too many in my bag, eep!



    24th April 2016 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply mariannabebu@gmail.com

      Thanks Lima! I’m guilty of having receipts from last summer – pretty sure there’s some bus tickets from July that have been lingering around in the bottom of my bag! How glamorous… I know!! Hope you had a great time in Japan! 🙂

      25th April 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Freya Farrington

    I’m so nosey! I love reading What’s in my handbags posts!

    25th April 2016 at 9:08 am
    • Reply mariannabebu@gmail.com

      Thanks Freya! I’ve held off from writing this kind of post for a while – but it was actually pretty fun to do! It also gave me an excuse to sort out my bag which was definitely needed! 🙂

      25th April 2016 at 1:15 pm

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