We New York City girls tend to live out of our bags. I used to keep a dumbbell’s worth of stuff in my purse for fear that mid-day I’d realize I needed something I didn’t have. But four and a half years into being a NYC resident, I think I’ve finally mastered how to streamline and organize the contents of my purse so I have just what I need…and shoulders that don’t ache at the end of the day from being weighed down.
Here’s what I keep in my weekday bag:
A handmade pouch/clutch by textile designer Jenna Aliyah keeps all my makeup essentials organized. And I recently substituted my big accordion wallet holding every card, coupon and checkbook I own with a little Coach mini card case. It keeps only my essential ones I use daily and has saved my shoulders like five pounds. I also carry another one with just my business cards…you never know who you’re going to meet.
When the subway is your primary means of transportation, you’re going to have a lot of reading time. A good book is a must…and if it’s on a Kindle even better. The critically acclaimed The Turner House by my good friend Angela Flournoy is one of my (and O Magazine’s) favorite books of the year.
Since I keep a 14+ hour day most of the time, a Jenna Aliyah zipper pouch full of cell phone accessories, including my external phone battery that gives me an extra full charge, is always with me.
This Tiffany pen was a gift from one of my dear friends. It makes me feel like such a grown up. And then there’s my Warby Parker glasses which are definitely necessary if I want to be able to recognize friends I randomly run into on the street.
And as I start to plan out my 2016, I’m diving into making my new year goals a reality with my new Passion Planner.
*Outfit deets here.