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?


Top 5 – November


Another month come and gone. Another month that I haven’t seen my own bed for more than a single night here or there. It’s been so incredibly busy for me that I almost forgot about the fact that winter was creeping up on us. But my skin certainly didn’t let me forget, as winter’s cold, dryness hit with full force. Hence my addiction and close friend Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. I find that this snap lid tube travels much easy with me than my body butters that I always love, plus the aveeno lotion is great for all over, where I find body butters mainly just…body. Along with the lotion I’ve kept the Nuxe Reve de Miel close to keep my lips from curling in on themselves. I’m waiting for the day.

Since my days have been long and filled with nothing but work and hotels, the dark circles are starting to become permanent. So the Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer has been working it’s magic and helping me look and feel slightly rested. And to kick it up a notch and add some fun to my tired and drab appearance, the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Green Spark has been keeping it colourful!!

And last but not least, I think my favourite item for the month of November was my purple fuzzy hot water bottle. Nothing like a warm and cozy cuddle during long hotel nights alone.

What have you been loving lately? What were your November Favourites?