What’s in Your Bag? Handbag Essentials

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What you carry in your bag speaks volumes!


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A woman’s handbag is her connection to the world and a tool from which to operate all day long after leaving the house.

What we carry in our bag is critical to the ease with which we move through the day and the comfort with which we do that. We all find ourselves pulling things out of our bag numerous times throughout the day, so presenting a polished image of what we carry with us is part of a greater image. In other words, it projects a certain awareness of style and our ability to be “put together” head-to-toe. It also says something about your level of success.

So—what should you carry in your bag? Here are the essentials we recommend:

Wallet, Coin-Purse, or Credit Card Holder

Naturally, you need a wallet of some sort to carry your driver’s license, your credit cards, and even cash. I prefer a whittled-down version of a wallet; to that end, I use my business card holder as such. Though small, I’m able to carry business cards, tip money (in the form of cash), credit cards, and my ID in it—and I thought this idea might appeal to you as well.

Having said that, Louis Vuitton has a great keychain with a coin purse, as well as Gucci; these are great to keep, as I just mentioned, that little bit of cash, credit cards, or your driver’s license in as well as keeping your keys and essentials together in one easy spot.

If you are a serious wallet person, you will see some chic and timeless options in the shopping I’ve done for you. (See the link at the end of this article.)


Not only do your eyes need UV protection, but no one wants “squinting wrinkles,” and the glare just hurts. I always suggest a pair of aviators as they are a timeless, chic statement though I also share some delectable, timeless black and tortoiseshell options, including some Chanel, in the shopping.

Business/Calling Card Case

If you don’t carry a business card, you should consider carrying a personal calling card. Those personal cards say a lot about you, so taking the time to create the perfect card is worth the effort. After all, you never know who you’re going to meet! Something lovely to carry those cards in is critical and part and parcel of the statement you are making when you are presenting your personal or business card to someone.

Make-up Bag

Your makeup bag is critical! Ladies, let’s get serious—do not leave home without your makeup! The bag you’re using is just as important as its contents; you’ll want to purchase a great bag that will work in your handbag. It’s got to make an impact and needs to hold up for a long time. Chanel, Gucci, and Prada are great brands to consider.

Pen and Notebook

Never leave home without a pen as well as a small, chic notebook. For your pen, nothing can beat the style of a Montblanc. There are a number of designer pens available, but Montblanc is still the most widely recognized for its beauty, quality, and the overall impact it makes during business transactions. And as far as a notebook goes, yes, you can always use your phone, but remember, we’re talking presentation here—and honestly, it never hurts to have actual paper with you.


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