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7 Things to Always Keep in Your Purse

Beauty, LifestyleMaría Elena RodríguezComment
what fits in a madewell transport tote

It seems like it was just yesterday when I did one of my first blog posts back in 2013, talking about how much I needed a Madewell Transport Tote. I could imagine myself going to the Farmers Market and filling it with fresh flowers every Sunday. Oh how naive of me! In case you didn't notice by the pictures (and I bet you did!) I have been using it for pretty much everything BUT carrying flowers! It carries my laptop to and from work and almost everything that I don't want to carry in my hands (water bottles, food, shopping bags...). Needless to say, these bags are some serious business! 

So today, I thought about doing a What's in my Bag, but since not much has changed since my last one, I thought I would share with you guys what I always keep in it along with some tips for being ready on the go.

I promise they will not be too obvious. lol

madewell transport tote
madewell transport tote

1. Cash 

I should be the last person suggesting this since I'm always cashless wherever I go. I am always the person relying on instant money transfer apps. But, what if there's no internet when you need it?! Always keep at LEAST a $20 dollar bill in your wallet for emergencies. 

2. Eyeglasses & Sunglasses

Anyone who has wore contact lenses at some point in their lives, knows that they can get really uncomfortable after a while (or is it just me?). So needless to say, if you have any type of vision impairment, always keep eyeglasses in your purse. Same thing for sunglasses! Nobody likes driving at 6PM with the sun right in your face. 

eye buy direct ray ban wayfers

Here are some of my favorite sunglasses and frames at the moment:

3. An Emergency Makeup Bag

What do I mean by an emergency makeup bag? Anything you may need to look alive after a day of stress or a night of excessive drinking. Here are some suggestions:

  • Lip balm -- Glossier's Balm Dot Com is perfect for on the go!

  • Concealer -- This one can double up as a foundation if you know how to work it!
  • A lipstick you can wear up or down and double as a blush -- Heard great things about this one!
  • Face Moisturizer - I always keep this one in my bag. 
  • Sunscreen -- Just in case you may need it during the day. Hey! #ILiveWhereYouVacation ;)
  • Makeup Removing Wipes -- Nothing says "refresh!" than removing your makeup with a wipe. Dying to try these. 

Click bellow to shop these suggestions:

4. An Agenda or Planner 

Because I love to keep my on-the-go notes in the same place, planners are perfect for meetings and random things that can happen during the week. Also, some Filofax style planners can multitask as wallets, notebooks and a mini filing system. Specially if they have a zipper like my new Kate Spade Cameron Street Agenda. Which by the way, it's on sale

kate spade cameron street agenda

Click bellow for my favorite agendas:

5. Pain Relievers

This is so important. For the last few months I've been suffering of massive headaches and I've had to resort to a lot of Advil. I am not proud of this, but it is best to be prepared. Plus they are the only thing that work on my menstrual cramps!

6. Tampons, Pads, Pantyliners and Wipes

Do not leave the house without these, even if you aren't on your period. Mother Nature can be a b-i-t-c-h... You never know!

Here are some cute pouches to storage your women necessities: 

7. Phone Accessories

If you have a charger, an external battery and headphones, what else do you need? Never leave the house without these and you'll have one less stress during the day! Also, having a cute cover like my new Case-Mate keeps your phone safer for longer. Highly recommended! 

Also, everybody hates the person who is always asking for a phone charger. There, I saved you some friends! 

casemate mother of pearl iphone cover

Stock up on cellphone accesories ASAP:

Now I want to know about you! Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments bellow what you always carry in your purse. 

Until next time, 

María Elena

My New Love for Comfortable Clothes

FashionMaría Elena RodríguezComment
ambinity wish list

Denim Jacket | Tote Bag | Striped Shirt | Scarf | Crop Top | Loafers | Long Sleeved Shirt | Crossbody Bag | Cami

I am not a high heels girl. I've tried, believe me, but I get in such a bad mood whenever I wear them, that I only use them on really special occasions. I have to admit that this was by the request of my poor boyfriend, who loves when I wear high heels, but hates hearing me whine about how uncomfortable they are. Can you blame him? I've tried compensating with wedges and platforms but now I'm all about these cat loafers and I'm not even a cat person. I am very complicated. 

You can probably guess by now why I'm so hooked with all this athleisure and loungewear trend. All I want these days is to put on a slouchy pair of pants, a cami and my Adidas Superstars. I am also taking advantage of this super rare 70 degree weather in Puerto Rico and wearing a lot more cozy sweaters than usual. I am even seriously thinking about purchasing this beautiful scarf from Madewell. It is even on sale! She's calling me I'm telling you. Grab it here if you're interested as well.

madewell constellation scarf

Basically I wanted to put together a list of all the things that I've been using lately everyday and what is currently in my closet wish list, which you can find in the picture above and in the links bellow this post.

It's kind of a mix of lounge wear, atheleisure and capsule wardrobes in an attempt to make my life more simple:

My new found love for Lululemon

Pic via  Lululemon

Pic via Lululemon

I swore I would never be that person. I would never spend more than $30 on workout clothes. Yet here I am, with a new found love for the All The Right Places legging, which I'll let you find out the price tag because I am too ashamed to even post it.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to try them out. I even have plans to buy every single color (I already have two). I keep telling myself these are an investment on my capsule wardrobe so I've been saving up my money to have a pretty healthy collection of Lulu's. Because it's gym motivation, right? 

Grab the pants here if you want to join the hype. It's real. 

Looking for the perfect everyday bag! (Per usual)

You guys know how much I love dreaming about splurging on designer bags. Ever since I got my pre-loved Speedy Damier I can't wait to purchase my second Louis. But, I do have to save my money for a really big upcoming trip so I have to calm myself. 

Nevertheless... I've been dreaming about the Stella McCartney's Falabella Tote. She's so beautiful and I bet it fits my everyday stuff. I'm looking for a nice dupe (not the same as fake, btw!). So let me know if you find one in the comments bellow please. :)

In a less expensive note, I have also been crushing on this beautiful cross body by Rebecca Minkoff. I have actually been crushing on this bag for more than a year now, so I think my upcoming trip could be a great excuse to finally get it, don't you think? 



Julie Sariñana from Sincerely Jules' Style

I've been coming back to her blog more than ever now that my style has evolved this past year. I love how she always looks so put together, while looking so relaxed and stylish. She's the best at upgrading jeans and t-shirts which is exactly what I'm looking for. Because I am lucky I work at an advertising agency, but I do have to look put together from time to time. 💁🏻

Pic via Sincerely Jules

Pic via Sincerely Jules

Until next time, 

María Elena 

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