mary poppins bag

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If you know anything about me, you know that I carry my LIFE in my purse. I’m not a Bag Lady, I’m just a strong advocate for being prepared for those worst-case scenarios. Obviously this list could go on and on, but I limited myself to my TOP 5…versus my original Top 25. But really, nobody ever complains about being too prepared!

1. Backup Makeup


The essentials like lipstick, concealer, blush, & eyeliner. Not saying you should carry your whole makeup bag, just a few things to do the trick. Having these in your purse will keep you looking fresh throughout the day and refreshed for happy hour after those long 8 hours.

2. Perfume


Honestly, nobody wants to hug you if you smell like ass. I personally carry a roller ball of perfume with me 24/7. Plus if you’re anything like me and always on the go, having perfume in your purse is just necessary! (Get a refillable atomizer at Sephora and keep your perfume on ya!)

3. Emergency go-to’s


Hand sanitizer (always on me but never attached to my keychain), oil blotting sheets (for obvious reasons), pack of tissues (you never know when you need them), nail file (super girly but you can never be too prepared), tampon/pad (no explanation needed).

4. Gum and/or Mint


Nobody wants to smell what you had for lunch. (Also, why people with bad breath always want to whisper/tell secrets is beyond me).

5. iPhone charger:


Everyone who has an iPhone knows its AMAZING but the battery life can really suck. Avoid those stressful moments and always keep your charger on deck (or get one of these cool things).

I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s really not. I don’t carry this HUGE purse loaded with everything I care about. It’s just better to be prepared than under-prepared. It’s better to have a Mary Poppins bag than be that damsel in distress looking like a hot mess!

By: Hala Charbel