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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

What's In My Bag | February 2016

Fashion, Lifestyle, BeautyMaría Elena RodríguezComment
louis vuitton speedy 30 whats in my bag

This what's inside my bag will undoubtedly be a little update on how the KonMari Method is definitely life changing (hence, the title of the book). Honestly, when I was reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and read that part in which the author says that she actually takes all of the stuff in her handbag out and puts them in a box all lined up in vertical position, my initial thought was: Ain't nobody got time for that! So the fact that I've been doing this (and loving it) for the past month and a half is very surprising to me.

First of all, I threw all the stuff that I didn't need off my bag. And trust me, there was a LOT of junk in there. My mother swears that is the main reason I have scoliosis.  So after that, I categorized everything I actually needed in my life in different little bags that fit perfectly inside my Speedy 30. So here's an overview of how it's organized:

  • The "Wallet" - I decided to go for a simple pouch. One thing the KonMari Method taught me is to simplify/ minimize my belongings. I have found that having a traditional wallet may not be the best for me because I tend to overstuff them. Not with money, sadly. So I was thinking about purchasing a cute credit card holder like this one maybe, since I most definitely never carry cash with me (which I know it's a huge mistake). So when my mother in law gave me this Coach pouch for Christmas I thought this was perfect for me. I can take it alone if I'm going to the grocery store and just wear it on my wrist which is very convenient and stylish, don't you think?
  • The Eyeglasses & The Sunglasses - I like to switch these around during the day depending if there is sunlight or not... duh! I recently purchased these from EyeBuyDirect.com and I'm loving them! Not exactly the fastest shipping compared to other online eyewear stores I've heard about, but the quality is amazing. I am specially loving the sunglasses, which I believe are a perfect dupe for a pair of Prada sunglasses that I've been eyeing for a while. Compared to what I would've paid for those Prada ones, I invested less than $150 on a pair of sunglasses and eyeglasses with my prescription.


  • The Emergencies Bag - This is the bag with a mini size deodorant, hand cream, makeup removing wipes, hand sanitizer and Advil (the only over-the-counter pain reliever that actually works on my menstrual cramps). Need I say more?


  • The Tech Cables Bag - I got this little gray bag with some earbuds I bought from a recent JetBlue flight. Since I paid $5 and the bag it's actually kind of cute and has an interesting shape, I decided to use it as a charging cables pouch. I carry this with me everywhere since it contains a life saver portable charger, an iPhone cable, the actual earbuds I purchased from JetBlue and my Fitbit charger. 


  • The Makeup Essentials Bag - Meaning face powder, a basic eye shadow, a mid-day life saver concealer, Glossier's the Balm Dotcom and a versatile lip color. 


  • The Bag for Those Days of the Month - This is the bag with the "Oh what fun!" quote on it. You see what I did there? ;) I only take this bag with me when mother nature calls, so I don't carry all that weight with me all the time. It contains pads, tampons, panty liners, Summer's Eve wipes... you know the drill. 


  • The Bag Holder - Because lets face it, who would put a precious Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 in Damier Ebene in the floor?! Certainly not me, who saved up for her dream bag for quite a few years. I finally got this bag pre-loved (for a really good price) and I couldn't be more in love with her. This is my trophy bag and every time I wear it I know I earned it with really hard work, which is exactly why I always wanted to buy it. So this baby is not going to be touching the floor (or anybody else) any time soon.


  • The Keys - I know everybody takes their keys with them, but here's a little fun fact: If I don't have a cute keychain (like the little gold one I got from Boveda in Old San Juan a few years ago), I like to use a hand sanitizer keychain with my car keys. That way all my germaphobes needs are satisfied al day, errday


That's it! That's what I carry with me almost every day. I think it pretty much covers my everyday essentials. Now I want to hear about you. What do you carry in your purse? :)