What’s In My Bag – A Commuter’s Guide


The commuting times are in full force and, as one who has never commuted by train on a daily basis before, I’ve discovered a bit of a learning curve with regards to the correct balance of needs and wants in my bag. I started my commuting days with  my  Longchamp Le Pliage bag, but I’ve lately found this iconic bag to represent young, more unprofessional, types (sorry if you disagree). It is certainly a lovely weekend or shopping bag, but entering the higher end of the business world in the intimidating realm of downtown Toronto, I thought I should upgrade to a good-sized leather bag for my daily business needs.


Last weekend, on a shopping spree to the Niagara Outlets, I found this amazing Matt and Nat Mitsuko Tote in a  beautiful distressed camel leather. It’s the prefect size: big enough for a laptop and some documents, as well as small enough for an easy-to-carry over-sized purse.

These are the items I’ve settled on as ‘must-haves’ for my daily commuting bag. I’m sure this is subject to change, and quite soon. First, and most important, is my Kobo Touch for the long commute along with a pair of glasses (I’m re-reading all Harry Potter’s right now – yes, I know I’m cool). Of course the bag is perfect size for an over-sized purse, so no need to carry a purse as well. So I’ve got my Marc by Marc Jacobs Wallet in there as well. I’ve had this wallet longer than any purse I’ve ever owned. Shocked I’ve stuck with the same one for so long. Then the important lip products for the day nicely tucked into a little H&M Pouch. I’ve narrowed it down to three important ones. A moisturizing lip balm (Nuxe Reve de Miel), a light coloured gloss (Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in Petalite) and my favourite daily lip stain (Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina). And of course….the trip can get a little sweaty. Have to make sure I smell good with the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball perfume.

These have been getting me through the day (as well as a constant attachment to my iPhone), and, as I said, it’s sure to change constantly. I shove a few important work things in there as well, sometimes my laptop but usually just papers, papers, papers. What do you carry with you to work? Anything important you think I’m missing?


Recent Non-Beauty Favourites

DSC_0147 The Winter season is always the busiest at work. Long days, early mornings, and little time for makeup and pamper. The little moments that I’ve been able to put aside for myself have been filled with relaxation and some alone-time; truthfully I just couldn’t be bothered to worry about makeup. So over the past weeks a few items have stood out and become my go-to relaxation me-time items and surprisingly they’re all non-beauty related!

My favourite of them all was a Christmas present to myself: the Sony ExtraBass Headphones that I got on sale in Staten Island. Nothing relaxes me after a long day then plugging them in and blasting my music. And to go along with the blasting music, I’ve become obsessed with an iPhone game: Hay DayCan you say nerd much?

Along with the Bath and Body Works Mason Jar Candles I’ve become quite attached to my Vera Bradley Notepad for keeping me organized, as well as my bright orange Joe Fresh Ideas notebook that I’ve turned into my own weight-loss journal. I’ve been keeping track of food, exercise and I’ve filled it full of motivation and goals. I’m hoping to show it to you guys soon, and hoping that my vigilance of tracking pays off.

And finally I’ve been reading a lot again lately and I’ve realized I’ve really missed it! I’m currently reading Ken Follett’s Winter of the World, which is the second book of the Century Trilogy. I love Ken Follett’s books! He’s a historian primarily and is an amazing fiction author. Combined, he creates amazing fictional stories that are incredibly historically accurate, just my kinda book! I highly recommend it!

So there you have it, my current non-beauty favs. Do you have any recent favourites?