I’ve been tagged to show the contents of my handbag by the lovely Buttons and Stars. So, here goes: My bag at the moment is the black leather Vivienne by Janet Collin. Janet v kindly emailed me back in December to ask if I was interested in her private, end of season sample sale. Was I? Oh yes! I love her bags. They last for ever, have great outside pockets for my phone & Oyster Card and a little mirror in a leather case swinging from the handle. Genius. (And, best of all, it’s totally unrecognisable: no flash logos here)

And inside: US Blackberry & UK mobile. Red leather wallet for cards & notes. Shanghai Tang coin purse from Hong Kong. Muji notebook for To Do Lists. Black Moleskin for story ideas & interview notes. Broken pink plastic pig key ring/torch which squeaks.

Battered old FrostFrench for No17 makeup bag (freebie) with essential warpaint: Bobbi Brown Nude & Revlon Bright Pink lipsticks. Kiehls SPF lipbalm.Lancome liquid eyeliner in dark grey. Mac eyeliner brush. Shiseido cream blusher. Cheapo black mascara. Clear mascara for eyebrows. Smints. Purell hand sanitizer.

Vita Sackville West novel for journeys. Antibiotic eye drops. CK Calvin Klein sunglasses (US press day freebie). Memory stick. Trace free rubber(eraser) from Il Papiro in Florence. Black leather, silk lined elbow gloves from Bendel’s.

Dog breath mints (Sorry rat, but yr breath needs desperate measures). Dachsie key ring (thank you Clare!) with keys for London, NY & parents. NY & London subway passes. Random hair pin & hairband. Mason Pearson hairbrush. Pretty gold & garnet ring from an antique shop on Bleecker in NY.

Not pictured: iPod Nano, Purdey corded dog lead, dog poo bags (you so don’t need to see those) & ripped up bits of tissues, manky cough sweets, & a hundred receipts swirling around at the bottom of my bag.

Now I’d like to see what Mrs Fashion , Tales Near The Runway & Nonsense on Stilettos have been toting around.

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Another very profesionnal looking bag and contents…. I would get a little suspicous if you WEREN’T carrying lots of stuff…


I’m amazed you can possibly fit everything in, let alone carry it!


I have that Shiseido blush stick! It’s the S2 Peach Flush one, isn’t it? I also have the Bronze Flush. I love the peach for its buildability and transparency. A greatly overlooked product in the miasmatic world of cosmetics.


You’re organized, I’ll say that much!

Oh, and btw, I hope you’re recovering well.


I won’t be able to put a picture of my scruffy old canvas messenger and its contents (including old bus tickets and sweet wrappers) up till I find my camera’s USB cables…but thanks for the teg, LLG!


I meant TAG, sorry, my typing skills have gone for a toss 🙁


Very nice! I agree with Susie that I’d be disappointed if you had less in your bag. Okay, tell us honestly, when you’re in NYC you carry even more, dontcha? I love being a voyeur into people’s bags 😀


Yup that sounds about right. You are a NYC lady after all and it would be a total disgrace if you had less stuff than me.

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