On being fabulous – vintage style Orchids pill case by Houlder 

So here’s the thing…I have migraines, and they suck.  But I have decided that I shall be fabulous regardless of how much migraines suck.  Lots of little things have had to be adjusted, like buying mostly fragrance free beauty products, and having to carry rescue meds on me…oh hey, if you have to carry meds, why not do it in style? 

  
This pill case is by Houlder and can be found on Amazon.  Many other cute styles are on EBay and Etsy!  I had an actual antique pill case, but I lost it…fingers crossed that it turns up! 

Nail polish is Zoya “Aurora.”

What cute purse/bag storage ideas do you have to share? 

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What’s on your hands?  Zoya Daul nail laquer and ethical bling 

I recently made a purchase to go with my wedding band that I’m pretty happy with – a pave set band of Charles & Colvard Moissanite to wear when I want some sparkle.  Moissanite is a lab stone that has none of the ethical concerns of diamond mining/blood diamonds and are incredibly affordable compared to comparable diamonds.  I can wear my sparkle guilt free, and if something happens to the ring, I won’t cry for weeks and weeks!  I think this sits nicely with my wedding band.  Stacking rings are a trend I’m loving at the moment.  

Nail polish is “Daul” by Zoya.

  

How I Learned to Love My Handbag

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I didn’t start carrying a proper handbag until quite recently. I’ve always been a minimalist in many things: When I go to Burning Man I bring a fraction of what most people do and don’t bring food that must be kept cold or cooked. I only have enough dishes for two full place settings. When I travel I fit most of my stuff in a small carry-on bag. When I’m out and about, I have a small purse, or no purse at all, and just put my wallet in my pocket.

So not only did I not see a reason for a larger handbag, I couldn’t even imagine what I’d put in it! If I need to carry more than the bare essentials, I usually had my laptop bag with me anyhow and could slip my miscellaneous crap in there. And if I used a purse larger than just my wallet, it was really a satchel or messenger bag.

However, a few years ago, I stopped carrying my laptop with me on a regular basis as I was no longer freelancing. Now, I’ll never ever stop using my car as my purse – why carry a bottle of soda when you can carry a six pack? – but I decided to make the plunge and get a new bag. When I was traveling frequently, I fell in love with the Michael Kors “Jet Set” line – a sleek bag with a sleeve for my laptop? Sold! But I never ended up with one, and the , as I said, transitioned from carrying my laptop with me everywhere to carrying my iPhone and sometimes my iPad Mini.


My first designer bag was a present from Rachel! She had a Coach purse she didn’t use because that ho is like a hermit crab and carries her entire life with her (love you! 😘). The perfect size for me, though! It holds my wallet, a compact, lipstick, and my phone admirably. It is indestructible, soft like butter and both dressy and casual so I can use it for anything.

But last Christmas, I decided to make the large purse plunge and went shopping for something “me” enough that I would use it and sturdy enough that I wouldn’t kill it. I’m real hard on my bags, shoes and clothes, what can I say?

I picked up an awesome Michael Kors purse at the Macy’s after Christmas sale – a medium sized tote/handbag from the same Jet Set line, but without the pocket for my laptop. It’s the perfect size for… Well, everything. I carry it all the time.

So I guess I was late to the tote/larger purse party, but it’s nice to be able to carry a little bit more stuff than I usually would sometimes. I’ll never be a hermit crab, though — I literally don’t have enough stuff to carry with me!

What’s In My Purse

  

Ever wonder what’s in someone’s purse? No? Is that just me? I saw this somewhere else and since I was cleaning out my purse anyhow…

This is my main purse! It is a Michael Kors medium sized Jet Set handbag/tote – apparently this style didn’t catch in and it was an absolute steal at Macy’s after Christmas. It’s big enough to carry stuff but not big enough that I can make it uncomfortably heavy. Here’s a look at what I keep in there!

  • CamelBak water bottle. Bottled water is for suckers, I own four of these bad boys and I love them. I want one that matches my bag.
  • Wallet. Duh. Well, I guess with the amount I forget my wallet at home it’s not really “duh…”
  • JĀSÖN Cocoa Butter lotion, which I basically might as well bathe in. Being a barista is really rough on your hands.
  • Ipsy pink and black makeup bag which I keep the cosmetics contained in.
  • MAC StudioFix Powder in NW10
  • MAC lipsticks in “Syrup” and “O” (which I just swapped for “Pink Fusion” – I always keep Syrup in there, though, because it’s a great backup color)
  • EOS Honeydew lip balm
  • Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oils in “Red Lantern” and “Nemesis”
  • Random pens and a pencil
  • House keys attached to my Barista Guild keychain/bottle opener
  • Nintendo DSLite, Legend of Zelda edition (with Link to the Past/Four Swords GBA cartridge in it)

No real surprises, but you all now know I love Legend of Zelda more than life itself and that I’m devoted enough to beig a barista that I have a keychain saying so 😜

What’s in your purse (or backpack, satchel, briefcase, get creative)? Is there one thing you have in there other than a wallet, cell phone and keys that is a complete necessity? Anything that’s always in there that you never need?