What’s In My Bag

I love what’s in my bag posts and have done for as long as they’ve been around. It’s probably something to do with me being quite nosey, but I find it fascinating to see the sort of things that people lug around with them on a daily basis.

The bag itself is from Zara. It was purchased about 18 months ago and was very popular with bloggers and YouTubers at the time. Sadly, they no longer sell this particular bag, but they usually have one or two pretty similar on sale.

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Contents L-R

  • Les TaiTai Excuse Moi model mirror. I bought this a couple of years ago after seeing other bloggers talking about how much they loved it. It’s a great size for on the go touch ups and comes with a little light for when it’s gotten dark.
  • Korres Jasmine Lip Butter. My lips get dry and chapped very easily, so I love to keep this lip butter in my bag. It nourishes lips without being thick and sticky and gives a beautiful hint of colour.
  • Stella by Stella McCartney is probably my favourite perfume of all time. The 30ml bottle is perfectly handbag sized for mid day spritzes. This particular bottle was a limited edition design.
  • My kindle. I’ve had this for a couple of years and probably don’t use it as much as I should, but it’s a very handy thing to have, particularly if you commute.
  • House and car keys and iPod headphones
  • Matt & Nat purse. I adore this envelope style purse. I’ve had it for about 18 months now and it is showing no sign of wear and tear. All items sold by Matt & Nat are vegan friendly and where possible, use eco/recycled/upcycled materials.
  • iPhone 4. I’ve actually upgraded to the 5S since I took this photo though and I LOVE it.
  • Zara sunglasses. Again, these are no longer available, but you can buy similar pretty much anywhere. The slightly chunkier wayfarer style frame is very flattering.
  • Ray-Ban RB5228 – 2012. I wear glasses every day for work and a few months ago, I splashed out on some Ray-Bans. The frame shape is classic wayfarer style, but with slightly less heavy arms. I find the dark havana colour much less harsh on my face than the black Missoni glasses that I previously wore.
  • Paperchase notebook and random pen. I am a list writer and I get a bit panicky when I don’t have something that I can take notes with. Sure, I could use my phone, but I like it the old fashioned way. I’d probably forget to take my lists with me a lot less if I actually used my phone though!

So there we have it. Obviously my bag is slightly edited as there are usually a few more receipts and about 10 more lip balms in there too, but I decided to give it a bit of a pre-photo clean out. What sort of things do you normally carry around with you?

Things That Have Made Me Happy Lately

Image found via Pinterest.

  • This time of year makes me happy. Autumn is by far my favourite season. It’s just beautiful (although I am NOT loving all of the rain that we have been having of late). To quote Camus ‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.’

  • Getting out of the city. It’s easy to forget what time of year it is when living in the city, especially Manchester, where there is very little in terms of foliage around. Getting out of the city for a walk and seeing the changing colours of the leaves is lovely.

  • Going for coffee and cake with my favourite man. Fig + Sparrow is my new favourite place—not only do they have beautiful homeware items and make great coffee; they have vegan cake too! It’s so nice to be able to go into a regular coffee shop and have a little treat. The carrot cake was delicious.

  • Wearing my Dr Martens. I was actually prepared for the turn in weather this year and picked up these vegan friendly cherry red 1461s a month or so ago. They’ve been keeping my feet nice and dry, are super comfy (once you’ve broken them in) and look even better in real life than on the site.

  • Catching up with friends. Living in different cities/ having full time jobs/ being in a relationship etc, means that I don’t get chance to see my friends as much as I might have done when I was 17 and at college, but that makes the time that you do get to see them even more special. In the last week or so, I’ve managed to catch up with three of my closest friends and it’s been great. I particularly enjoyed paying a visit to 1847 bistro, which is somewhere that I’ve wanted to visit for ages. I had the tofu ‘fish’ and chips with mushy peas and it was very lovely indeed.

  • Wearing my new snuggly scarf. There’s been a definite dip in temperature in the last few weeks, so this has been a very necessary addition.

  • Planning a trip to London. Going to the capital might not seem a big deal for a lot of people, but I LOVE it. My Dad lives down there, so I try to go relatively often, but don’t actually make it there as much as I would like. It’s only been a few months since my last visit, but Samuel and I haven’t been there together for around 18 months and so I’m looking forward to having some time off work, hanging out together and catching up with family and friends. Much needed relaxation.

  • Taking more photographs. I’ve always loved photography, but carrying my DSLR around with me all of the time is a bit of a pain. It’s pretty cumbersome, so isn’t the easiest thing to whip out in order to take a quick shot. Over the last few years, the frequency of me taking photos had really dropped, but lately I’ve been trying to up that. I picked up the iPhone 5S a few weeks ago and having something with me at all times has really encouraged me to take more photos. Looking through my camera roll though, it seems that I have drank a lot of coffee and eaten a lot of cake recently. I often get asked questions about the sort of meals that I eat as a vegan and so I’m going to try and start posting more of my food photos to Instagram.

  • Pinterest. Samuel and I are hoping to move home soon and Pinterest is a great tool for inspiration. I should probably dedicate a little more time to actually finding somewhere to live though.

What things have made you happy lately?

REN F10 Smooth and Renew Mask

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REN are one of my favourite skincare brands and have been for quite some time now. REN use only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and are free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients.

I had been using other REN products for a while when I saw Kate rave about this particular mask in one of her videos and so decided to give it a whirl. The F10 Smooth and Renew Mask is targeted towards those with sensitive skin, although those with other skin types will certainly be able to use this too.

The product is very gentle on the skin and is formulated to exfoliate using fruit acids, leaving the skin feeling smooth, toned and radiant. I have particularly sensitive skin and break out very easily but have had no problems at all with this product. The mask has become a staple in my skincare routine; I like to use this once or twice a week, leaving on for around 10 minutes before wiping off with a warm flannel. After using, my skin is noticeably brighter and more even toned. I also find that I have to use less makeup, as areas of hyper-pigmentation that I have previously had are noticeably faded.

F10 Smooth and Renew Mask retails at £20 for 50ml and can be bought directly from the REN website.