Thursday, May 10, 2012

Handbag Heroes

Rifling through my bag furiously, looking for that one thing that I know will save my bacon... yup, regularly happens. And since it does, there are a few things that I try and make sure live in my handbag to help me out... Handbag Heroes... and I thought I'd share mine.

Clockwise from Top Left:

Notebook (Sent to me with some other lovely goodies by Rosie)
E.L.F. Custom Elements (eyes)
MUA Love Hearts Collection Lip Balm, Kiss Me (Thanks to the lovely Laura)
Apple Headphones
HTC Wildfire S Battery
Boots Lipsalve, Strawberry
Primark Mini Hair Brush

I know it may seem an odd combo, but allow me to explain a few things.

Firstly. NEVER get an HTC. I acquired mine because my BB was on its last legs and my upgrade wasn't due for a while. The battery is shocking, they come with a catalogue of errors (sending multiple text messages of their own accord... deleting the contents of the SD card... resetting notification settings of their own accord... it goes on...). But because I happen to have a spare battery for this one, I've taken to keeping it about me. Useful for days where I can't charge my phone out and around.

Secondly, if you are forgetful, do something about it. One thing that really really gets me is people who moan about a character trait but don't want to help themselves. I am forgetful. I walk out of a room and a second later have to check if I turned off the light, I'm hopeless with names, and I've been trying to recall the site I bought some shoes from for the last 3 years.... However I do my best to combat this. I write things down. I make lists. I have a Google Calendar that has 7 different task lists, my uni timetable, all my deadlines and reminders to do things like pay my phone bill. I am rarely without a notebook. A pen however... more tricky. I swear they hide.

Thirdly. If in doubt, drown it out. I don't like children, I don't like listening to 30 something year old women bitch and whine about their colleagues, I don't like babies, I don't like snoring, I don't like people really.... No, I'm not exaggerating. I spend about 7.5 hours a week using public transport, and frankly the only thing that keeps me sane is music. I mostly have my iPod with me, but my phone is loaded with a playlist or two for emergencies, therefore I almost always have a set of headphones floating around in my bag somewhere.

And lastly. It would be fair to say that I am often a bit of a mess. My hair is often 'windswept'- read tangled from gale force winds. My eyes are often reflective of my caffeine intake... or lack thereof... And I will never have the kind of lips that guys fantasise about kissing. These little helpers allow me to at least look like a human being. I commend all women who feel that they are acceptable and presentable with minimal make-up, who don't feel judged when they don't look or feel 110% best. I am not one of those women. I like to know that my cosmetics, however basic they may be, are there to back me up.

Share with me ladies... what am I missing from my handbag heroes? Anything you can't live without?


Adaisychaindream said...

I can't live without my filofax containing my work shifts and some kind of sweets...other than that, just your average contents! x

Chloe said...

Aaaah sweeties, I knew there was something missing. And I love filofaxes, but haven't managed to find *mine* yet!

Michelle said...

I'm in love with my MUA Love Hearts lipbalm, by far the best I've used (: I'm never without my iPod, a pen and my schedule book - my absolute essentials to get through the day and all of its errands! xx

Chloe said...

I love the lip balm as well, great for a subtle splash of colour with some added moisturising!

Wish I always had a pen, how is it that they always seem to disappear?!

whereisharriet said...

Totally agree on carrying a notebook everywhere. I am really forgetful as well, and I feel so bad about it (it's so embarassing, and makes people think that I don't car when I do) so keeping notes and lists is a great way to help. Love the notebook you carry too!

Chloe said...

Thank you, the notebook came via Rosie from A Rosie Outlook (love that girl!) and I know exactly what you mean. Forgetting to bring something I promised I would or do something I know I need to is highly embarrassing and I get annoyed with myself because people must think I'm either a. incredibly stupid, b. too important to care what I do and how it impacts others and/or c. a liability. 

Iffa @ The Eastern Pearl said...

I have the same lipbalm and it is excellent! I recently stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it! I love the layout to the content and everything in between! I am your newest, most avid follower, I look forward to reading your future posts. I would love it if you could perhaps follow me back too? Have a lovely day!


Michelle said...

I'm in love with my MUA Love Hearts lipbalm, by far the best I've used (: I'm never without my iPod, a pen and my schedule book - my absolute essentials to get through the day and all of its errands! xx