As someone who constantly "needs" to have a million things in her purse, I've noticed that heavy bags have really put a strain on my left shoulder. In fact, I'm convinced it's a bit lower than my right! So, I've made the switch to a backpack. It distributes the weight evenly, and is a lot more comfortable to wear.
The backpack I've been using for the past month is by Ted Baker. It's made out of cranberry colored fabric, and has leather accents around the edges. I really love the size, it's perfect on me! The two side pockets are really useful, too. The only things I'd change are the lack of functional pockets on the inside, and the front clasps. The clasps are a bit finicky, and I've fumbled with them one too many times! Otherwise, it's a beautiful backpack and is really durable. Unfortunately, I can't find the link for this model online, but all other products within the bag will be linked!
As for the contents of my backpack, I keep my phone, lip balm, and hand sanitizer in the side pockets. My current phone model is the iPhone 5S, and I have a case by BCBG Maxazria on it. I'm a clumsy person, so I love the fact that the case comes in two parts - a hard inner shell, and rubberized outer shell. The earbuds are by Sony, though I don't know enough about audio to recommend or discourage you from buying them. The lip balm is by EOS, and I've been a huge fan for years. This hand sanitizer is from an old holiday collection from Bath and Body Works.
I also like to carry reading material around with me. I don't drive, so I'm usually just sitting in the backseat looking out the window. I've really enjoyed the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. So far, the last installment, Allegiant, is a great read, and I can't wait until the movie comes out!
Next I have my Rayban sunglasses. These are the Clubmaster frame, which I'm a big fan of. They have a retro feel, and are incredibly sturdy. I used to go running and hiking in these frames, and I've had this set for months. I also like the burgundy lining on the inner portion of the frame legs. It's a fun pop of color!
I also like to carry around journals and pens for note-taking on the go. I personalized the Moleskine journals myself, and absolutely love them. They're thin and great for travel, even if you don't regularly carry around a large satchel like myself. Plus, I have small handwriting and I like the small lines.
I'm practically attached at the hip to my iPad mini. It does so many things, but I usually use it for Youtube, Netflix, and eBooks. I've actually loaded my world history book onto my iPad so I can review on the go. Of course, I also take breaks in between chapters with Temple Run! To keep my precious little device safe, I carry it around in a Ted Baker iPad mini case.
I don't like having a huge wallet, I find them too cumbersome. I've had this tiny wallet from J Crew for years, and I love it! It carries all my necessary cards, and prevents me from hoarding old receipts. Plus, there's space in the elastic area for cash.
I have really dry skin and carry around creams in case I notice flaking or cracking throughout the day. For instant moisture, I like Bioderma's Atoderm PO zinc cremé. It was recommended to me by my dermatologist, and I recommend it for anybody with eczema or dry skin in general. It absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave a greasy feeling. I also have Vaseline's petroleum jelly, which I only use when absolutely necessary. It's a good temporary fix for super flaky or irritated skin, but I don't like using it often.
I also carry around a pretty substantial makeup bag. What can I say? I like touching up my makeup. I'm also in the habit of adding new products in, and never taking them out. I carry around my powder, concealer, a multitude of lip products, and perfume samples, just to name a few items. I also have eye lash glue and a tube of travel toothpaste in there, and I can't remember why.
Finally, I have this tin of travel lipsticks from Bite Beauty. I just really like having options. There's a lip color for any occasion, and I'm all too familiar with the haphazard application of lipstick in a moving vehicle. I received the tin for Christmas, and have kept it in my bag ever since.
I hope you enjoyed!
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