Hello Broads! I’ve been perusing loads of different lifestyle blogs lately, sizing up my competition, seeing what others in my niche are up to, and getting idea for posts.
I’ve noticed a lot of lifestyle and fashion bloggers like to share what’s in their purse. How fun! I’m a naturally sort of nosy person, so a peek into another woman’s handbag seems like great fun to me.
Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. I kept seeing pictures of brand new purses, with beautiful items lined up neatly. Like this:
Where’s the lint, the gum wrappers, and the pony tail holders? Where’s the real stuff? Many of these posts are incredibly staged. It’s almost as if some of these bloggers went and bought a new purse, and then filled it with brand new stuff, and are passing it off as their “everyday” bag.
It made me feel inadequate. For a minute. Until I realized, if I’m annoyed at how artificial many of these posts are, and if I’m feeling inadequate, there has to be a lot of other women feeling the same way. Why is it so hard to find a realistic “What’s in my purse?” blog post.
Eff it. I’ll do it myself. Would you like to know what’s ACTUALLY in my purse? Well, you’re going to find out right now.
First, here is my purse:
One thing you’ll notice is it’s white. I almost NEVER own anything white as a rule, because I’m just dirty. Everything I’ve ever had that started out white ends up the color of dirty dishwater.
Incidentally, this purse was given to me by a friend (Thanks Alek!). She brought it to a garage sale I was having right before I moved to Flagstaff. Honestly, the reason I kept it was because 1) I really needed a new purse and didn’t have money for one, and 2) there was a price tag on it for almost $250, so it made me feel wealthy. Those two points trumped my no white rule, and I promptly dumped everything out of my old dirty ripped blue purse that I had been using for two years, straight into the shiny white beautiful handbag.
As you can see, it’s not shiny anymore. It’s beginning to look less stellar than it did when I first began using it. It’s fading, and has at least one pen mark on it.
So now, on to the contents!
Instead of lining everything up and placing it strategically around the mouth of the purse to create a perfect shot, I just turned the damn thing upside down and let everything free fall.
So this is what my purse contents really look like when they’re dumped onto a desk. Be careful! It’s uncensored! There is probably even lint, so you may want to cover your eyes. Heaven forbid something in a photo on a blog look like it’s actually used in real life! Here it is:
Ok, so one thing I quickly realized as I analyzed the contents is that there is a lot of crap in here that doesn’t need to be in here. I could use this moment as an opportunity to reorganize and clean out my purse. But I won’t. Because I just don’t feel like it.
Yes, I’m a 33 year old woman with a fluffy cat hand sanitzer hooked to my purse where everyone can see. It clashes with most everything I wear. But guess what? I like it. So sue me.
My poor wallet is fading into oblivion, but it’s a Hobo, and I don’t ever get rid of things that I pay close to $100 for, because in my opinion, for that price, they should last for eternity.
There’s a bunch of crumpled papers. They must be important.
Ooo there’s my favorite lip gloss that I got in an Ipsy bag. It smells like candy!
I carry my makeup remover wipes with me because sometimes I forget to wash my face. Or shower.
There’s also my deodorant, with the label steadily detaching itself from the tube. I keep it in my purse for the same reasons as the makeup remover wipes.
That Mentos gum is empty, but I’m a hoarder of small containers so it’s still in there.
A couple of pair of gloves are always stuffed in the bottom because I’m not used to the cold fall weather here in Northern Arizona. Eww, that brush looks REALLY dirty right now.
There’s some nose drops because I constantly have dry nose here in the desert. Oh and a fake ring that doesn’t fit.
Hey, there’s the mouthpiece to my water bottle! I have been wondering where that went!
There’s an old Ipsy bag. Let’s see what’s in there:
Vitamins, ibuprofen, homeopathic stress relieving throat spray. Cool. I should use that stuff.
Last and definitely least, this clippy thing:
So there you have it. That’s my purse. I guess I’ve just blown the lid off my façade of perfection.
I actually learned a couple of things from this exercise. 1) I think I need to shower more. 2) I’m not very organized. 3) I could carry a MUCH smaller purse, because I hardly use any of the crap in there.
That’s a real girl’s purse people! Hope you can relate.
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Author: Amber, The OG
I’m the founder of The Bonafide Broad, and a thirty-something broad originally from the Pacific Northwest. I now live in Flagstaff, Arizona, with my guy, Mr. OG. When I’m not busy rescuing kittens from tall trees, carrying babies from burning buildings, and trying to establish world peace, I work for the school district in Flagstaff, and I run this blog.