An outfit is never complete without the ultimate arm candy to finish it off. Today, handbags come in all shapes, colours and sizes so there is always something to suit your every need and whim. I must confess that for the longest while, I was guilty of carrying my entire world within my bag. I justified this with “what-if” scenarios with a near-zero probability of occurrence. I would often find myself with a huge pile of inessentials and without the critical things that I needed the most. Over the years, I have gotten better at managing my compulsive habit and am as comfortable with a teeny clutch as I am with a good old tote. When it comes to handbags, these are my five essentials that I never leave the house without:
I firmly believe that smelling good is an integral part of grooming. Contrary to what many ladies might believe, perfume and deodorants are not substitutes for one another. In fact, both are essential. In my handbag, you will always a small bottle of perfume. I love to keep the samples that you often receive at stores, as they are the perfect size for small coin purses and clutches.
Dry, crusty lips are simply not a good look on anybody. Even the best of lipsticks cannot hide the telling signs of poor lip care, which is why I always carry a trusty lip balm in my purse at all times. I would recommend a non-scented and non-coloured lip balm as your handbag essential, so that it does not interfere with any lip makeup that you might be wearing.
A pair of glamorous sunglasses is a true saviour. You should always have a pair in your handbag at any given point of time to help you cover your eyes on those days where you have not slept enough and the dark circles are showing, or those mornings where you simply cannot be bothered with intense eye makeup. For my handbag, I love classics styles like aviators that work well with every ensemble.
Stale breath is the biggest faux pas that a woman can make. No matter how stylish your outfit is and how perfect your makeup is, bad breath has the potential to ruin it all. To make sure that you are never caught off guard, keep a box of mints in your bag at all times.
I absolutely hate those times when I have a brilliant idea or remember something that I have to do, only to find that I have nowhere to write it down. After being caught without paper and pen a few times, I vowed to always keep a notebook with me wherever I go. My writing pads range from small scribble pads to large books, but you will never find me without paper and a writing instrument.