I've never been one for shoving things in my pockets and I've always loved the excitement of a new bag, even if it is similar to every other bag you own. Small bags, medium bags, big bags, it doesn't matter what size they are, I will ensure that every last space is filled with all the unnecessary things I don't need for a quick trip into town. That's what bags are for, right? Us ladies in particularl are often mocked for 'carrying our lives around' in our handbags, 'everything but the kitchen sink'. It's actually something I always kick myself in the foot for when I am tired and my neck, back and shoulder hurt from carrying around a ridiculously heavy bag all day, just on the off-chance that I might 'need' something. There is a lot in my bag, and today I'm going to give you a tour of what is wonderfully organised chaos. Welcome to What's in My Bag: Autumn Edit.
THE BAG: The Paddington Bag by LYDC in Purple* (LYDC*, £35) has been my go-to bag over the past few weeks and it's steadily edging itself up the leader boards as my favourite bag, ever. Considering how many bags I have hidden away, that's quite a statement! A classic satchel bag with a stunning colour theme of black, purple and a pale peachy cream adorned with faux-gold hardware, it's pretty darn gorgeous. I've never owned a satchel bag before and the colour theme for this one just caught my eye straight away, so I'm really happy it lived up to my expectations in person. It's absolutely massive (H27 x W35 x D11.5 cm for those who want specific dimensions!) and I probably could fit everything in it but the kitchen sink, if I tried. There's a couple of features of the satchel I really love, such as the classic envelope front flap, which has two buckle fasteners cleverly fitted with magnetic fasteners. This makes it much easier for me to get in and out of my bag on the go. Inside the main compartment is huge, separated with a zip. The main compartment also has a zipped interior pocket as well as a two slip pockets on the opposite side of the interior. This is a very budget-friendly satchel when you compare it to the infamous Cambridge Satchel whose prices are almost four times more than the LYDC satchel, sometimes even more. The quality of the bag has far surpassed my expectations for the price, made with high quality PU leather, the exterior shoulder strap (which is optional and can be popped on and off as you please) is brilliant and sturdy, meaning it can carry big weights easily and the handle attached to the top of the satchel is of the same sturdy material. The whole design both inside and out is lovely and you can tell how much attention to detail has gone into designing and making this satchel. It fulfills all of my needs and looks beautiful. Besotted!
FRONT COMPARTMENT: Although my bags always contain far more than I need, I'm pretty good at organising what goes in and where. Everything has it's place, or as I like to refer to it - It's organised chaos! Because the satchel has a front compartment of a decent size as well as the main, much larger compartment, interior zip pocket and slip pockets, it means everything can have it's own spot and I know where everything is if I need to reach for it quickly. The front compartment houses a little Sustain Owl Notebook A5 (Wilkinson's, £2.50) and a pen for noting down anything from my lectures, little reminders, dates or contact details. It's like an all-round job-sorter for my hand bag. I also always make sure to have my Weight Watchers Eating Out Guide (Weight Watchers, £4.95) with me in case I need to eat whilst out, ensuring I stick on plan and to my daily and weekly pro-points allowances. My little box of business cards also usually go in the front compartment where they fit in snugly, but nicely in the corner. I use uk.moo.com to get my business cards and opt for the gloss rounded business cards (Moo, from £16.19) Moo is my website of choice because it's super easy to use, you can upload your own designs, create your own from scratch or go with a Moo design, and there's different finishes, shapes, sizes, all sorts of different ways you can make your business cards! It's handy having them easy to reach in the front compartment, for when I need one quickly when meeting new people or at an event.
MAIN COMPARTMENT: I know I've already said it, but the main compartment inside the satchel is absolutely massive. Obviously when people do 'What's in My Bag' type posts or videos, they go through their bags first and make sure there's nothing embarrassing or personal in there that you don't want people to see. Of course, I organised my bag for these photos... but everything you see in the photos is genuinely in my bag on any given day. It was hard not to put even more in, there is always room for more in this bag and I nearly went into Uni day bag organising mode and crammed it. Instead I decided the main essentials would be better, and yet these main essentials total up to a whole lotta stuff! In the main compartment there's a few things you'll always find. I always like to carry my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0* (Amazon*, £249) around with me because it's like my phone, my computer and my kindle all in one. I can read blogs on my BlogLovin' app, I can tweet or chat on Facebook, I can write blog posts, or even read a book or watch a film. I love it and I love this case I found for it, the Folding Folio Flip Stand Case in Purple (eBay, £7.95), colour cordinating my tech with A/W colours! More technology, when I'm not at home and I'm on the go, I always have to have my phone with me - and usually a few spare batteries, too! I couldn't be without my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. As well as the notepad in the front compartment, I have another little jotter which a lovely design and jewel finish, which has a magnetic flap. I use this for jotting down any products I spot when out shopping, that I want to look into! My student and University ID is always in my bag when I'm not at Uni, where it's usually around my neck on my Ghost House Collective Lanyard (GHC, £2.99) Of course I couldn't leave the house without my purse, something I used to change regularly when I used to obsessively buy cheap Primark/New Look purses, but for the past year it has been my lovely Vivienne Westwood purse, which is a gorgeous navy blue with a lovely design and gold Vivienne Westwood logo. I wish I could remember the name of the design, but it's no longer available anyway - I bought it in the New Year in the sales, £80 instead of £160! Vivienne Westwood does some stunning purses though, ranging from £100-£155 on the Vivienne Westwood website. Another high-end accessory, I have my leather Quilted Micheal Kors Gloves in Navy which I snapped up in TKMaxx for just £24.99 rather than their $98 RRP (£60.47) Any 'on the go' makeup or touch up heros are kept in my gorgeous Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Cosmetic Bag, which came free with a recent order I made which I shared in my A Touch of Old Hollywood post. It's just the right shape and size for all my on the go essential makeup products and tools!
Finally onto the last few bits and bobs I carry around with me, who knew rambling about the contents of my bag would end up taking so long. If you've made it this far, well done - they'll be a hot cup of tea and some cake waiting for you at the end. I always make sure to carry a hand cream around with me and my favourite in this cold autumn weather is the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream (Balance Me, 30ml, £7.50) which I team up with my O.P.I Cuticle Revitalizer Pen. This colder weather also means my Lanolips 101 Ointment (Boots, £11.22) is my permanent lip product of choice when out, keeping my lips soft and smooth and any dry lips at bay! I also like to carry around a Travelo Classic Excel in Silver* (Feel Unique*, 5ml, £11.99) which I carry one of my favourite scents in, Kim Kardashian (Debenhams, 100ml, £40) I also always have to have my diary on me, of which I prefer the page-to-day A5 academic year diaries and of course, who can travel around London without an Oyster card? Which I like to keep kept away in my Paperchase Travelcard Holder (Paperchase, £8) And that's it! What's always in your bag?
If you would like your very own LYDC The Paddington Bag, then pop on over to the LYDC website where you can get 20% off of all colour varities of The Paddington Bag with the promo code 'TTLPROMO' Valid until Monday December 2nd, 11:59pm. They have free standard delivery on all orders, enjoy!