It’s Sunday…which means the time to rest & relax is over and the hot mess express resumes because Teen Vogue is officially moving in to One World Trade Center. I’m actually really excited to see the gorgeous views and the new office…and not so excited to see all of the movers again, for the manual labor to resume, the crazy, stressful running around and the fact that everyone will be on edge again. But, hey, it’s a short week and Thanksgiving is this week, which is my favorite day of the year (besides my birthday and Christmas)!!
And speaking of my favorite things…if you haven’t caught on already, I am obsessed with handbags. I most likely will not splurge on clothes and very, very rarely splurge on shoes, but I would sell an arm and a leg for a good bag. But, seriously I have always been in love with bags since I was little. It all started with a pink Dooney & Burke purse and I remember walking around like I was the hottest thing because I had my first designer handbag. I’m incredibly blessed that my mom has gifted me with gorgeous bags to mark big occasions and embarrassingly enough I remember when I welcomed each bag into my collection. I received the LV speedy for my sixteenth birthday, a monogram LV neverfull for my eighteenth birthday, a Celine for my 21st birthday and the Queen of all bags… a Chanel for my college graduation.
Since I love a good splurge handbag, my mom and I always take care to do a lot of research before buying a bag, whether that be on the style, the brand or even reviews, some kind of research is always involved. Which is why I was so happy to discover Rue La La’s Handbag Style Guide. If you’re not a handbag girl like I am, this guide breaks down the different styles and what occasion they are good for as well as how to tell if a bag is real or not, which is great if you’re a vintage shopper. They also discuss what to look for in a splurge handbag and how to care for it…seriously it’s an amazing guide.This guide has even inspired me to share what I carry in my handbag on a day to day basis!
If I’m carrying a big bag, I always have my makeup bag nearby. I’m not even kidding when I say I always have a plethora of lip products with me, including my favorite Christian Dior lip balm and the cutest mini Vaseline, especially since the weather has gotten colder and my lips get super chapped. Plus I always have one to many lipsticks with me. My current favorite is Bobbi Brown! Since I have naturally oily skin, I carry a balm with me to help my skin stay matte as well as my new favorite highlighter if I need a touch up throughout the day. And…I’m not even lying when I say I’m obsessed with nail polish. So much so that I always carry the current polish I’m using just in case I need a nail touch up.
I’ve gotten tons of questions & compliments about my Mansur Gavriel bucket bag and I can honestly say it’s one of the best bags I’ve ever purchased and it means a lot to me too because I was able to pay for it myself. This bag seriously fits everything and more and since I’m the type of person who carries everything for those “what if” moments it’s the perfect accessory. Ever since starting a blog, I always make sure to carry some sort of notebook with me because you never really know when inspiration will strike. I carry my hourly planner with me that I use for work and to keep track of my daily schedule. I also carry around my planner from Brittany Fuson that I can’t wait to use as well as my Teen Vogue notepad.
I almost always have my iPad with me so I can read my favorite blogs, books or online shop before work. And of course the basics: wallet, key pouch, keys and sunglasses…..and since you never know when hunger will strike I try to keep a snack on hand. I’m currently obsessed with Starbursts.
I don’t have many wild nights out, but I fell in love with the simplicity of a clutch over the summer. I love using a clutch for those easy summer days (which I’m missing right about now) or for a night out on the town. When using a clutch I seriously carry the bare essentials…lipstick, mirror, keys, phone and key pouch. Pretty much the things I can’t live without.
See below for product details and make sure to check out Rue La La’s Handbag Style Guide & let me know what kind of bag works best for you or even your favorite type of bag or designer!
Makeup Bag: Tory Burch. Lipstick: Revlon Pink Truffle. Revlon Peach Parfait. YSL 18. Bobbi Brown Red Carpet. Lip Liner Sangria. Lip Balm: Christian Dior. Vaseline. Nail Polish: Deborah Lippman. Beauty Balm: Benefit. Mascara: Benefit. Eyelash Curler: Sephora. Highlighter: Benefit. Mirror: MAC.
Bag: Mansur Gavriel. Planner: Brittany Fuson. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Wallet: Louis Vuitton. Key Pouch: Louis Vuitton. iPad Case: Kate Spade (similar).
Clutch: J.Crew. Mirror: Benefit.
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