An Honest What’s In My Bag?

radley handbag

I made a joke about doing this post on Twitter because I really didn’t think it would be interesting (receipts, snacks and tampons – am I right?) but I did a poll and it was a resounding ‘yes’ – you all want to know what’s in my bag…

Let’s start by introducing the bag itself. This is the Radley Liverpool Street Large Tote in Black and it was a 20th birthday present from Johnny. It was totally unexpected as a gift and I burst into tears when I opened it. My mum has always had a Radley handbag as long as I can remember and has always bought me Radley purses. I had never owned a nice handbag before – all my bags were either from Primark or H&M – and so I was so chuffed when I opened this. It’s a great size, perfect for taking my laptop to uni and holding all my snacks. It has a large zip-up compartment in the centre and then two roomy pockets on each size. It’s perfect for everyday as it can hold so much but doesn’t look like it: it’s kind of like Mary Poppins’ bag in a way! Not to mention it also has a little dog on it – and we all know how I feel about dogs!

One thing I always carry with me in my bag is my purse. Again, this is another Radley item. My mum bought this for me for Christmas 2016 and it is the first Radley purse that was mine new and not a hand-me-down from my mum. I’ve had Radley purses for as long as I can remember and I really love them. This one is mainly white and pink and sadly you can’t buy this pattern anymore but this one is quite similar.  I 100% have more cards than I need and so maybe I’d like a bigger purse next time around but for now, I’m quite happy with the one I’ve got. I also keep my Oyster Card in my bag because I travel around London everyday. I bought this really sweet Cath Kidston-style wallet for it when I moved to London in September 2016 from eBay from a seller called KristinaRose80 and she still makes them and they’re all so pretty, handmade and so unique. If you’re in the market for a cute card holder, I definitely recommend taking a look at Kristina’s shop.

radley purse

Most of the little things that could get lost in my bag I keep in this little pouch that you get when you make a Glossier order. It’s perfect for using as a handbag tidy and I would definitely recommend doing this if you have a larger hand bag and things tend to get lost in it. In this pouch I keep some tampons and sanitary towels, an iPhone charger, a mattifying face powder and a powder brush, my trusty Elizabeth Arden hand cream, my Apple headphones and some painkillers. I deem all of these to be hand bag essentials. I also used to have some plasters in there but I seem to have used them all – time for a restock! Having this little pouch is really handy for me and I can’t believe I didn’t use it before. With nearly all my essentials in one area it doesn’t just make finding what I need easier but also switching out your handbags is a complete dream because everything you need is just in one place.

Something else that I have far too many of in my hand bag is lipsticks. When I emptied my handbag for this post, however, there were only three in there which, for me, I think is pretty good going. The three I had in there were a Sephora Matte Lipstick in a brown-nude colour, ‘Guess’ from ColourPop which is a almost black purple and MAC Modesty which is a very pink nude. I’m not sure why I have these lipsticks in particular in my hand bag as I don’t remember wearing any of them very recently but they were in there and this is an ‘honest’ what’s in my bag at the end of the day. Because this is a pretty new hand bag I don’t have lipsticks in there that are 4 years old and kind of manky – you’ll be pleased to know that all of these are in date!

I always carry snacks around with me. Who knows if you’ll get stranded somewhere (like on the tube or at the bus stop) and need sustenance. My snacks of choice at the moment are Oats So Simple Morning Bars which, by the way, taste incredible. They just taste like porridge with dried fruit and I always keep one in my bag because they’re great if you miss breakfast – which I really try hard not to do! – or if I’m just feeling snacky and need something to munch on. I also like to keep sweets in my bag. I’m not really a big fan of gum or mints so this is my substitution for that. I love these rhubarb and custard ones that are from Aldi. They have the best flavour and are really cheap – I mean like, dirt cheap – which is always a bonus when you’re poor like me.

Finally, the newest edition to my handbag is my FujiFilm Instax Mini. I got this for Christmas and since then I always slip it into my bag in case I come across the perfect shot that I just want to keep forever. Because you only get 10 shots per film, I don’t often use this when I’m about because I don’t want to have to carry extra film with me but I always carry it because you just never know when you’ll come across a scene so cute that a polaroid picture is the only option. Once they’re taken, I just pop them into my purse to develop them. Often I’ll forget about them and then when I next open my purse they’re like little surprise memories.

radley hand bag

That’s all folks! That’s all I keep in my bag! I am incredibly nosy and love seeing what all kinds of crap people carry around with them all day so I hope that you enjoyed seeing what kind of crap I carry around with me. What do you carry around in your bag?


  1. January 21, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    I love the photography in this post! The little dogs on the pouch are so cute 🙂 it is such a good idea to carry around your camera with you! You never know when you’ll want to snap a pic.

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Thank you! x

  2. January 21, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    I really want a Polaroid camera too ! I have 4 lipsticks minimum in my bag and if I change my lip colour everyday I can guarantee I have at least 10. I shove all my receipts in my bag so you’ve done good 😂

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      They’re so good! I try and empty them out so they’re on my vanity, otherwise I would get so annoyed! x

  3. Amber Atlanta
    January 21, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Radley is such a gorgeous brand – I have some lovely purses from them. The little dogs are too cute to turn down. Love the style of your handbag!
    Amber |

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      I love Radley – they’re a family favourite!

  4. January 21, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    I am so in love with the photography in this post and the Radley Bag looks like such a good sized handbag 🙂 xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      It is! xx

  5. January 21, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    I know the exact Glossier bag you’re on about! I took it with me when travelling to keep my liquid make up in and surprisingly they let it pass at the airport as my hand luggage aha! I used to love watching these videos on youtube so has brought back good memories! xx


    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      Oh wow – that’s so good to know!

  6. January 21, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    You are making me want to do a What’s in My bag again!! I always lose my lipsticks and find them all in my bag!!
    Keeping your Polaroid in your bag is such a good idea! Love your photos, you’re killing it, Chloe! xox

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      Yes – do one!! Thanks gal! <3

  7. January 21, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    Is it bad I just want to make a glossier order just so I have one of those little pouches?? Haha. Gorgeous bag my lovely xxxxxx


    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      Hahaha, it’s worth it! Thank you lovely! <3

  8. January 21, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I’m impressed with how little lipsticks you have in your bag Chloe, I have way wayy too many haha! The Radley purse and bag are super cute too xx

    Kristy |

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      I try to empty them out now and again – haha! xx

  9. January 21, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    This is so cute! Radley is such a gorgeous shop and your bag and purse are just beautiful! I’m the exact same, I have snacks on me alll the time – you never know when you’re gonna need them! The extra little bag is such a good idea – I am forever moving bits around to my different handbags I can’t believe I have never thought of this solution!

    Sarah | xx

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      It really works – you defo should do it! x

  10. January 22, 2018 / 9:53 am

    Your handbag sounds very clean! I’d be mortified sharing whats in mine haha! x

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      Haha – I just didn’t take photos of the crap! xx

  11. January 22, 2018 / 11:05 am

    Love the photography in this post! Your purse is so nice and cute, I love the print on it. I always have to take snacks in my bag because I am literally always hungry xx

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      Oh, me too girl! xx

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 22, 2018 / 3:44 pm

      There are a few brands mentioned here – haha x

  12. January 22, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    omg the sound of those Rhubarb and Custard sweets 😍🙏🏼 Loved this post babe, your photography skills are out of this world amazing! x

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 23, 2018 / 9:57 am

      Thank you!! x

  13. January 22, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    I always love reading these posts as I’m so nosey! My bag had to be cleared out recently as I had so many receipts and random toys belonging to the kids in there it was getting heavy! Love the purse! x

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 23, 2018 / 9:58 am

      Haha – handbags always turn into dumping grounds! x

  14. January 22, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Can we just talk about how gorge your bag is tho x

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 23, 2018 / 9:58 am

      The boy did good 😉

  15. January 22, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Is it crazy that I’ve never heard of this bag brand before? I absolutely love the purse you’re using right now. It’s huge and it can fit so many things inside! I also really like your wallet! It’s such a shame that they don’t make it anymore. Great post Chloe xxx

    Melina |

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 23, 2018 / 9:58 am

      They’re such a nice brand! My mum got me obsessed with them! xx

  16. January 22, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Great post! I’ve never really owned my own handbag that isn’t from a high street store either! X

    • Chloe Rennard
      January 23, 2018 / 9:59 am

      Feels like a right of passage to have my first ‘designer’ bag! x

  17. January 24, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Your handbag and purse are so beautiful! I’ve always had Radley handbags and purses after copying my mum and I adore them! I love how honest this post is ahah! I definitely always have plenty of snacks in my handbag too as I’m always prone to feeling peckish! xx

  18. Shauna Claire
    January 24, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I’m actually so glad that I’m not the only one who carries snacks around with me wherever I go lol!! Such an interesting post!

    Shauna |

  19. January 25, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    The Oats So Simple Morning Bars are incredible aren’t they!? I absolutely love the golden syrup flavour! I have an Instax Mini and love it, but I definitely don’t use it enough so maybe I should start carrying mine round with me xo

    Char |

  20. January 26, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I love Radley, my aunt gets a lot of them and i remember as a teen thinking the little dog was so cute! I need that big bag!

  21. January 30, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Your bag and purse are so cute! I love them!
    I enjoy these posts just to compare what we all carry around with us.
    I think I might do a similar post myself although I carry the most boring items with me.

  22. January 31, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    I need to think about using those glossier bags for that purpose – what a fab idea. My purse is currently full of lip balms (as it’s cold), tampons and nude lipsticks !

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