i have to admit, i love reading other people's "what's in my bag" posts - there's something so satisfying about getting to snoop on other people's handbag contents, neatly arranged and ordered. my everyday handbag has been my reiss bag, but it's a dainty handbag, and with a new term looming, i need something more robust for all my books. my new backpack (yes, backpack) is from M&S's new fancy-smancy collection - it's 100% leather and so gorgeously made. i plumped for a backpack so when i carry heavy tomes, the weight's a bit more evenly distributed, and i don't end up with one bruised and battered shoulder. the whole collection of accessories is so lovely and well-made - we're talking impeccable quality and all those little extras (lining, helpful pockets, discreet clasps) that make it look five times the price. anyway, i'm currently carrying my iPad (for on-the-go tiny wings) and my iPhone 5 which is currently sitting pretty in a new marc jacobs jacket. i can't be without at least my phone - whenever i nip out without it, i feel really weirdly lost. and then i do get lost, and there's no google maps to help.
i invariably have make up; there's my chanel compact for post-tube touch ups and checking if i've got food on my face, and my NARS duo blush if i suddenly need a pick me up. i always have a handful of lipsticks rattling around at the bottom of my bag but these are my most reached-for; kate moss for rimmel's 02, a perfect deep pink, MAC creme cup for barely-there pouting, and NARS heatwave for when i've had zero sleep and look a state. red lips = perfect distraction from eye bags. my capulet pass case keeps all my touching in and out stylish, and i usually have a polish or two; i love essie's not just a pretty face and allure for demure nails. newer additions to my bag beauty haul are the le soft perfume stick which smells divine, and john frieda's full repair flyaway tamer. if you have fine hair like me, this is a life saver. a little mascara wand steeped in non-greasy, clear product, it settles frizzy hair and unruly fringes back into place. honestly, when you've been out in london's trademark fine rain or humidity, it's perfect.
finally; my thesis bits and pieces. my coach notebook for critical notes, essay planning, to-read lists and mind mapping, and my glasses and a book or five. i'm currently doing a tertiary reading of julia kristeva's black sun. it's not to be read while listening to the smiths. what's in your bag?