When I bought resale clothing to pay the bills, a bag was a potential hazard to be handled with care. Who knows what could be lurking in the dark recesses of leather or pleather? And oh, the things we found. Bags also acquire a smell, a combination of the owner's essence and the contents bleeding into the crevices. I'm much more aware of the previous owner of a used bag than a used garment. It seems to take longer to make a used bag your own.
But this is my used bag, the one I've carried the most frequently this year. Inside are my things. Last night the contents were all exposed, because I was moving them from a day backpack (we went to the woods) back into this black leather bag. It was during that moment of exposure, with the contents of my bag scattered on our bed, that Michael laughingly insisted that I "do one of those posts where you arrange everything from your bag!" The joke here is that the true contents of my bag are slightly embarrassing.
So without further ado, I present to you, the contents of my bag arranged neatly and photographed.
We have here (clockwise from top):
- Newest sunglasses, Vintage Ray Bans
- Peet's coffee thingy from Michael's morning coffee. I don't save these. I'm a little fuzzy on how and why it came back home with us.
- One playtex regular absorbency tampon, unscented
- One iphone
- Pack of spearmint Orbitz, approx. 4 months old
- CDG wallet, birthday gift :)
- Ortho tri-cyclen lo for prevention of unwanted humans. iPhone assists here with daily alarm.
- Used Kleenex tissue #1. I just don't see the sense in throwing these out after only one use to dab at my daily excess nostril moisture. It's not snot, it's condensation. Brought on by changes of temperature or excess wind. Scientific fact.
- 2 Hair elastics
- 3 Bobby pins. And let me get this straight, you UK gurls call these "Kirby Grips"? Is that right?
- Empty water bottle from breakfast (burrito) purchase
- Yet another hair holding device, a tiny claw clip
- 3 Naturacare applicator free, regular absorbency tampons. These are much preferred to the Playtex, ladies: Organic unbleached all pure and natural cotton for your vag. I guess I keep that old synthetic cancer 'pon in case I'm in a situation where going applicator free seems unwise. I waver on my hippiedom.
- Heavily used Burt's Bees basic minty lip balm
- Old wadded up napkin: I typically have a grip of these on hand, in addition to the Kleenex. It's my way of not having to actually buy more tiny Kleenex too often. I take a paper napkin or 3 in my purse when leaving any restaurant or cafe. Always be prepared, that's my thinking.
- Currently using Burt's Bess hand cream. Must. Always. Have. Lotion.
- Hot pink tape measure. Yes, I carry a tape measure with me.
- Another Kleenex, you get the picture.
- House keys
- Another Orbitz, this one even older I believe. Berrymint or some shit. I don't like gum.
- Preparation H Totables. Because a certain kind of relief can only be provided by the soothing powers of witch hazel and aloe.
- Mini Kleenex pack you've been hearing so much about
- Pilot G2, .05. A great cheap pen.
- Sephora mauve lip gloss/stick. Wait, make that "Sephora LIP ATTITUDE in GLAMOUR."
Repacked and ready to get on with my glamo(u)rous life:
I threw out the water bottle and coffee thing. But those napkins and Kleenex are definitely still good.