I've always loved September (I mean not so much in my school days but even then I've always liked it!) but it does signify the new season to me almost immediately. Ironically, however, the weather in the UK in September is often far more pleasant than the whole of August put together. Nevertheless, I've just packed away this adorable Cat Straw Clutch bag that has accompanied me throughout all my summer events, and I thought you'd like to see what's inside before it goes into hibernation! It's absolutely darling, isn't it? Sadly I don't know if you can still get this but I spied it in Topshop Oxford Street and had to have it. It was £20 so not terribly cheap (those words and Topshop don't go together these days!) but I don't regret it as I've used it so much this season.
This bag doubles as a clutch and a handbag because it has a very ample strap inside. Here's what I managed to cram in:
The first essential is of course my phone which is the iphone 5c. I absolutely love it and love how slender it is. For such a small bag like this it's vital to have a small phone but because I can't fit this and my wallet in the bag, I have my trusty Inès de La Fressange phone case from my Little Box that I add a card and a bit of cash to. Obviously this is an occasion bag so it does the job just fine!
Next up are my keys which adorn my Laduree Macaron Keychain. I picked this pretty up in Paris and I'm not going to lie: I want another one! Finally two essentials I wasn't going to include, but for the sake of keeping things real, I've included my two medical must haves which is my inhaler for asthma and a hand cream. The hand cream sounds a bit over the top to be considered a must-have, but the eczema on my hands can be so severe I try to constantly moisturise them.
Onto the beauty and random bits! I always have a mirror, of course, and my long-standing favourite is my MAC Hello Kitty design. I have had this little thing for so long and you can tell! My next beauty essential is my Lulu Guiness Tangle Teezer. The print on this is so fabulous and it's a fantastic brush as well.
The next item is a make up bag/come odds-and-ends bag. I have to carry around my Invisalign trays, toothbrush, toothpaste, plasters, a lipbalm, lipstick/lipgloss, blotting papers and some tablets. Believe it or not all of this fits in here! I love the pouch I have for these items. I spotted it in a Parisian tourist shop but it's not cheesy at all...I hope ;).
Finally: you've got to have a hand sanitizer! I really should stick to the ones designed for dry and sensitive skin but for summer I couldn't resist this Carex Strawberry Laces design. It smells delicious! And last of all a perfume. Mini perfumes are perfect for day bags, but solid perfumes are also lovely and I adore the Pacifica Island Vanilla perfume. This smells of a dreamy tropical island and it lasts for hours and hours.
And that's everything I fit into this little bag: I can't quite believe it myself! What's in your bag? Do you have a favourite summer bag that sees you through the season? Link me to your posts please!