What’s in Your Purse?

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I cleaned out my purse this morning; here’s what I found inside.

Moleskin Reporter’s Notebook (lined)
Pentel R.S.V.P. fine tip pen (black)
One acorn (?)
MAC Lipstick in Utter Fun
MAC Dazzleglass in Phiff!
Burt’s Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer
Clinique Deep Comfort Hand and Cuticle Cream
A can of Fancy Feast in “Tuna Feast in Gravy Flavor”


What’s in yours?


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  1. Jeri says:

    OMG I always have a can of cat food with me…

  2. amy says:

    Did that Fancy Feast come as a gift with purchase? 😉

  3. Mira says:

    My purse is HEAVY! I’m going to one day have bursitis, but for now – carrying a ton of crap is what is necessary for me to feel sane on a day-to-day basis.
    What’s in it?
    My new faux leopard print wallet. (B-day gift!Woohoo!)
    Bare Escentuals Matte foundation in Medium Beige
    Zero pencil liner by Urban Decay
    A Stella by Stella McCartney purse spray
    my uber crappy cellphone (The good one got stolen.:( )
    and the biggest tube of Aquaphor that anyone has ever seen.
    Oh and some $1 ELF hand sanitizer.

    .-= Mira’s last blog post… Get hooked up for Halloween at the KRYOLAN showrooms in San Francisco =-.

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Jeri,

    That’s awesome! You never know when you gotta feed a cat, fo’ reals.

  5. Marina says:

    Moleskin! Great choice!!!
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… How To Fall Asleep Without Problems. 16 Helpful Tips =-.

  6. Hafsa says:

    Key purse/keys
    Sunglasses and case
    Hand Sanitizer (DIE H1N1 DIE)
    Some random lipstick or lipgloss that I’m wearing then
    Pocket Moleskine lined (and pen)
    iPod Touch
    Cell phone

    …and any other random thing I can think of or need at the moment 🙂 Good question Karen, i’m always curious to see what people carry around with them, us girls carry our lives around with us, don’t we? 😀
    .-= Hafsa’s last blog post… Reaching =-.

  7. Tiffany says:

    Hey Karen, how is that hand cream by Clinique? It looks nice!

    I currently have… vera bradley wristlet as a wallet, iphone, gps, aveda hand creme, burt’s bee’s pomegranate, like 6 lipglosses, trident, pens, some excema cream a friend just gave me, sunglasses, and a million other little things…

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Marina,

    It’s MY FAVORITE notebook! 🙂

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Hafsa,

    Which camera do you take with you?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    It’s okay. It has some good things (sinks in quickly, non-greasy), but I wish it smelled better and was more moisturizing. My hands are REALLY DRY from all the hand washing I do, and they need heavy duty stuff.

    How was your day?

  11. Marina says:

    You have a good taste 😉 My friends artists love to draw in them and I got one for my BF last winter. Love them myself 🙂
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… How To Fall Asleep Without Problems. 16 Helpful Tips =-.

  12. Solé says:

    I have all the contents of my purse distributed throughout the many pockets of my backpack on weekdays. Let’s see…

    – funky print canvas clamshell wallet.
    – keys on my stuffed owl keychain. 😀
    – glasses in a hard case (for driving at night)
    – sunglasses (for driving during the day)
    – Origins hand cream
    – iPhone in a little Chinese cloth purse (haven’t gotten a case for it yet)
    – gum
    – lipliner (constantly changes)
    – gloss or lipstick (constantly changes)
    – Yes to Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter in Melon
    – Almost empty MAC Studio Fix compact that I use for the mirror. I won’t carry an actual compact in my backpack cos it gets knocked around a lot.
    – little perfume roller (whatever fragrance I’m using on that given day)
    – 2 Atkins Cranberry Almond Daybreak bars (although those are usually gone by midmorning).

  13. Solé says:

    Quick question: If Tabs stays home, why does the catfood travel? Was that a holdover from a trip to the vet?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      I think I threw it in there before bed one night? Honestly I don’t know how it got in there, but I’ve been lugging it around for a few days, ha ha ha!

  14. Tiffany says:

    Thanks – that’s good to know. I have really dry skin and smelling good is also really important to me. Have you tried aveda hand relief? It smells so good.

    My day was great! My class was cancelled so I’m a happy camper! I also feel better that I got my dog to the vet and got meds for his ear infection. How was your day?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      I tried it once a looong time ago. Aveda makes yummy smelling stuff, though, so I’ll try it again once I hit up the store.

      I’m glad to hear your puppy made it to the doc! Soon he’ll be as good as new.

      My day has been okay. It feels like it’s been going on forever!

  15. amy says:

    I love your Kate Spade bag, she pairs up fabrics and colours very well. If I were carrying my everyday bag I would have my wallet, cellphone, iPod, a novel, sometimes I carry a mini sketchbook and black ink pen, a compact, lipstick/lipgloss, tissues(if a remember to), tampons, mini vial of fragrance, eye drops, keys and sunglasses. Sometimes I would have a snack, bottle of water and of course I would hide my purchases of the day in it too.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… NOTD OPI Suede Nail Lacquer Lincoln Park After Dark =-.

  16. Marce says:

    OMG the acorn! The cat food! LOL!
    I have the most boring purse in the world, since I like travelling light. Specially with the mess that Buenos Aires was today, with all the strikes and no subway. No subway! Grr
    So…I usually carry a notebook, 3 pens, a book (for the train, yo’!), wallet, little makeup bag with lip balm, eye drops, bobby pins, etc, etc. little baggy with pads and shite, keys, ummmm…that’s about it, really. Sometimes my camera. But not on weirdo days like today!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Look – Lydia Deetz =-.

  17. backpack day… inside my lululemon cruiser backpack:

    makeup bag w/ essentials: the body shop blotting papers, clinique superbalm in CURRANT, NARS the multiple in ORGASM, a mirror, eyedrops.

    laptop, laptop cord, mouse, external hard drive.

    ipod, skullcandy titan earbuds, earbuds case, earplugs for studying.

    economics of climate change course pack, various research papers + printouts, notebooks, pens & other writing implements.

    LUSH whip stick lip balm, crabtree & evelyn la source hand therapy cream, one-step hand sanitzier, wet ones antibac wipes, dental floss (i have no clue why that’s there), pack of gum, eyedrops.

    lunch. coffee mug. water bottle. umbrella, gloves, keys, metro pass & other accoutrements…

    jesus i just carry my day around with me!
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… Product Review – Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Mini-Haul =-.

  18. Celine says:

    Oh geez, here goes:
    2 mirrors
    Burt’s Bees chapstick
    2 Stila glosses
    Flash drive
    Mini lotion
    Colgate Wisp toothbrushes
    Nail file
    Coin purse
    Girl products

    That surely doesn’t beat having a can of cat food though!!!
    .-= Celine’s last blog post… maravi: I hate shopping at a nice store like Calvin Klein when I’m all grungy looking. I felt so unglamorous. =-.

  19. lauren says:

    wow you really whittled down your lug-able makeup assortment. congrats! In my day to day bag i’ve always got around FIVE balms and glosses…and never mind how much i have for the rest of my face!
    .-= lauren’s last blog post… Holiday gift guide…or not =-.

  20. Marisol says:

    LOL @ Fancy Feast. Cute Kate Spade. I actually just changed purses so here is what I have in mine:

    Brown leather Coach shoulder bag
    Matt & Nat white wallet
    2 watermelon blow pops
    travel size Falling in Love perfume
    Baby Sparks Dazzleglass
    ample pink plushglass
    MAC O lippie
    Burt’s Bees lip balm
    MAC Rubia lippie
    white headphones
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Catching up =-.

  21. keerthamina says:

    – october 2009 fitness magazine
    – half-eaten bag of jalapeno cheddar chex mix (consumed while reading the above magazine, haha)
    – two rolls of grippy drawer liners for the file cabinets i use to store my nail polish
    – massive bottle of water
    – trident white spearmint gum
    – tube of vaseline
    – blink eye drops
    – clean & clear oil-absorbing sheets
    – ticket stub from zombieland
    – staedtler triplus fineliner pens (the best!) in black and vivid pink
    – keys, phone (blackberry bold), wallet, ipod
    .-= keerthamina’s last blog post… notd: nails inc. st. john’s wood =-.

  22. Emily says:

    Oh man… I just cleaned out my purse so this is going to be a lot:

    – 2 pairs of iPhone earbuds
    – 1 book: Devil in the White City
    – mirrored compact
    – Lodis ballet wallet
    – Lodis business card holder
    – Coach mini-skinny wallet
    – small container of bobbypins
    – elastic headband
    – popout brush
    – packet sephora blotting papers
    – Marc Jacobs solid fragrance
    – tub of blistex lip medex
    – advil
    – MAC lip conditioner in petting pink
    – 4 MAC lip sticks: Plink!, Hug Me, High Tea and Viva Glam V
    – MAC select sheer pressed powder
    – MAC blush palette: Fleur Power, Springsheen, Emote, Peaches, Style and Sincere
    – Powder brush, angled blush brush
    – MAC studio finish concealer
    – MAC matte bronze
    – BUXOM mascara
    – sephora keep kohl! eyeliner
    – pack of orbit gum
    – knitting project: one skein of wool, two knitting needles and accessory pouch with markers, tape measure, stitch counter, stitch holder, needle caps, and a needle gague

    needless to say.. my bag’s pretty heavy. seesh!

  23. Hafsa says:

    I take my Canon Powershot 870IS, the only one I have 🙂 I am slowly, but surely, making my way to a DSLR!
    .-= Hafsa’s last blog post… Reaching =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hafsa,

      I am actually a big fan of the Canon Powershots. They travel well and they take great pictures! Mine’s not the greatest in low light, but it gets the job done.

  24. Sakura says:

    Lot’s of stuff! Pens/pencils, school stuff, Victoria’s secret lipgloss in cupquake, cvs vanilla hand santizer, and boring stuff: wallet, keys, eyedrops, cell phone, facepapers, train pass…My doggie’s picture wearing a Phillies cap! Maybe next year we’ll win!

  25. jana says:

    cute purse!! i was laughing at the acorn being found in your purse… i usually carry clutches… just thought i’d list out what was in it:
    -checkbook (had to pay for hula lessons=o) i’m not that old school!)
    -band aid friction block stick
    -urban decay lip envy lip stain
    -bottle cap
    -black bobby pin
    -rhinestone bobby pin
    -neosporin lip health daily hydration therapy spf 20
    -samsung eternity phone
    .-= jana’s last blog post… I Can Has Swine Flu? A Cat Comes Down with H1N1 =-.

  26. Solé says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’ve never heard of the Lara bars. Are they low in sugar? I have to control my sugar intake, so I stick to the Atkins bars. I used to like the South Beach bars too but they recently reformulated, cutting the protein in half and doubling the sugar so I avoid them now. As far as the Atkins meal bars go, I don’t like a lot of the flavors, but with the day break bars, they have some good ones. The berry crumble is tasty (but small), but the Cranberry Almond are really good. I’m kind of addicted, which is okay since they are healthy. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      Bummer they changed the South Beach ones. It sucks when companies change good bars!

      I just recently started eating the Lara bars. Here’s a link: http://www.larabar.com/food/about-larabar

      I like ’em because they don’t have preservatives, and they taste like real food. My favorite is the Apple Pie Bar. I get ’em at Safeway!

      Oh, I’m not sure about the sugar, but I do know that they don’t contain any added sweeteners.

  27. Alexzandra says:

    I always carry a pretty small purse, so I don’t have room for much…

    HTC Google phone
    Jane Iredale Lip Drink
    NARS Supervixen
    Sennheiser Earbuds
    Quill brand pen
    Moleskin notebook (unlined)
    .-= Alexzandra’s last blog post… Weekend Wishlist: Sephora’s Friends and Family Sale =-.

  28. Mariah says:

    Totally jealous of your iPhone, but, Fancy Feast? Doesn’t kitty stay at home, and your purse goes out with you?

  29. Emily says:


    you never do know about the headphones! I work at the apple store though so I always end up with random extra headphones, cables, power adapters and iPhone screws… I always seem to gave 3-4 in my pocket! Never fails! Haha.

    Loooooooove your blog, btw!

  30. Tamara says:

    LOL at the catfood!! Hooray for cat lovers! Let’s see:
    camera manual
    notebook + pens
    supermarket coupons
    cvs receipt
    makeup bag with Essence of Beauty lipbalm in cheesecake, Fresh Lip palette, Bliss Grapefruit handcream
    Hand sanitizer
    bottle of water

    Geez – that is a lot of stuff…
    .-= Tamara’s last blog post… Look: Katy Perry Inspired, as seen at the "This is It" Premiere =-.

  31. Qwerty says:

    I actually laughed out loud when I read this! An acorn and a can of tuna! Bravo 🙂

  32. fatima says:

    I love the screen saver!

  33. nai says:

    in my tokidoki celebrazione campeggio bag (that i snagged for really cheap at seattle nordstrom rack this summer):

    iphone w/turquose iskin solo cover

    a copy of thomas harris’s hannibal (the third book in the hannibal lecter series)

    a paper regarding psychology of hannibal lecter

    a paper regarding psychology of clarice starling

    my notes re my paper for my literature adapted to film class about whether the ending of the film “hannibal” is “truer” than the book ending of “hannibal”

    small mac makeup bag holding: nivea lip balm (the one with CoQ10); revlon colorstay powder in medium; baby buki brush from ecotools 5-tool set; lipstick pallette holding three revlon lippies & mac midimauve; mac cremesheen in on hold; NYX aloha eyeshadow (cheap dupe for stila kitten)

    pencil case holding cute hello kitty eraser, small stapler, pencil leads, mechanical pencil, two pens (one blue, one black)

    keys to my MINI cooper S

    neutrogena SPF 30 stick

    victoria’s secret beauty rush gloss in cupquake

    thumb drive on keychain with bottle opener (mixed message, that!)

    pepper spray

    fancy japanese chopstick that i use to put my hair up (and impromptu weapon, if needed)

    gucci key wallet w/keys for house, sweet’s mom’s house, and work

    work badge

    homemade hand sanitizer spray filled w/alcohol & drops of tea tree & lavendar oil

    nivea hand creme

    waterproof bandaids for the inevitable paper cut

    fudge graham zone bar

  34. Claudia says:

    too much junk! but here it is:
    decongestant tablets
    a tampon
    an empty mac es container
    sunglass cleaner
    black rubber band
    pink uniball pen
    2 bobby pins
    nordstrom bill (boo)
    paycheck (yeah!)
    work badge
    mac lip gelee in amber russe
    philosophy lip shine in pink lemonade
    mac lipstick in cosmo
    mac cremesheen glass in partial to pink
    mac dazzleglass in baby sparks
    mac slimshine lipstick in funshine
    mac plushglass in nice buzz
    mac lipglass in lil hot pepper
    a canadian nickel
    two US quarters

    i need to clean out my purse. :X

  35. Siobhan says:

    Here goes….it may not be as bad as I thought because just the other day I was thinking my purse felt lighter. I’m sure it’ll be filled to the brim again soon enough 🙂

    cell phone
    nail file
    Diorshow mascara
    Chanel powder compact
    Joe Fresh lipgloss
    benefit boi-ing concealer
    Smith’s Rosebud Salve
    Guess wallet
    leopard print umbrella
    bottle of water
    my glasses case
    Bath and Body Works apple lotion
    a random brochure

  36. jana says:

    hi karen!

    i’ve only been dancing for a month and half… it’s fun though and i enjoy it very much! keep up with the great blogs… i love reading it! you got me to even go out and buy some stuff (which made the hubby grouchy, but oh well!) great recommendation on the urban decay glitter eyeliner… i love it!
    .-= jana’s last blog post… I Can Has Swine Flu? A Cat Comes Down with H1N1 =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jana,

      Oh, isn’t that UD Glitter Liner fun? Which color did you get?

      I love dancing. I used to do hip hop… it’s been awhile since I’ve been to class consistently though. I miss it!

  37. Deirdre says:

    Ah too many things in it!

    My very empty but pretty wallet
    Sunglasses,which I don’t need till the summer!
    Hand Sanitizer
    Clinique High Impact Mascara
    MAC Studio Fix Liquid Foundation
    MAC Select Sheer Powder
    Clairins Liquid Concealer
    Body Shop Blush Brush
    Smashbox Pink Eyeshadow which I made my blusher 🙂
    Lancome Juicy Tube in Laser
    Lancome Lipstick in Island Peach(just new)
    Lancome Eyeshadow Palette
    Loose Change
    Caps for my Headphones
    Ticket stub from a Josh Ritter concert

    It’s not that much is it…..

  38. Tavia says:

    Hi Karen! I’m surprised that you have only so lil stuff in your purse 🙂 Btw for what you keep the tuna fish in your purse? :))
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Jimmy Choo for H&M =-.

  39. Kate says:

    B. Makowsky Bag w/
    ~ Wallet
    ~ Cross Pen
    ~ Keys
    ~ Reading glasses/Sun glasses
    ~ iPod nano/headphones
    ~ Tin of mints
    ~ Packet of tissues
    ~ Pocket Calculator
    ~ Stila cosmetic bag w:
    Burt’s Bees in a tin
    Burt’s Bees Rice Paper Facial Tissues
    shu uemura l/s in Jupiter Brown
    MAC l/s in Blood Red
    Mini Bobbi Brown Moisturinzing Creme Compact Foundation
    in Porcelain
    Shiseido compact mirror

    Hey Karen, this is fun! I love seeing what people have in their purses. I love your purse, btw.

  40. jana says:

    i got the midnight cowboy(?) color… the same one that you featured on your blog… they have cute colors! i almost had a hard time choosing… but i figured that this was somewhat a neutral color and can be worn casually=o)
    .-= jana’s last blog post… I Can Has Swine Flu? A Cat Comes Down with H1N1 =-.

  41. penelope says:

    i usually wear different types of purses during the week. right now im wearing my school bag. it contains

    2 folders
    1 notebook
    a pencil box with 2 highlighters, a pencil,and sticky notes
    my calculator
    my 2 books im reading
    lip balm

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