What’s in My Bag

What’s in my Bag #3: minimalist +options edition

 

Last week I put together a minimalist wallet. What I wanted was something compact, no extra trimmings, easy to grab, minimal. The only thing I could find in my possession was a mini tin housing a tarot deck. I moved the deck into a little organza bag, and decorated the tin with a Kat von D flier, and some spooky washi tape. I loaded it up and have revised it twice since. Here’s what I’ve got as of today:

Option 1: Bare Minimum Wallet

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Perfect for just running errands, going to the movies, anything where I’m not planning to just chill somewhere for awhile. I usually don’t have my phone when I just have this.

Tin Wallet Pros: Super lightweight. Pocket-friendly. Can’t get carried away packing things in there. Super minimalist.

Tin Wallet Cons: Hard to carry if you don’t have pockets. No room for entertainment/just-in-case items. It’s hard to find when I want to grab it real quick.

But.. what if I want to carry a little more with me? Like if I’m going to the bar, want to have my phone and some combination of Just-in-case-I’m-bored objects? Enter: my Heavy Red drawstring purse.

Option 2: Almost Bare Minimum

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Bare Minimum tin, tarot deck, a book, (phone).

Drawstring bag pros: Easy and comfortable to carry. Compact, I can put it in a larger bag/purse. Gothic design.

Drawstring bag cons: This particular bag doesn’t have any pockets in it. If it did I’d probably ditch the tin, simply because it’s so much easier to carry. Doesn’t go with many of my outfits (jfc, do I really care?).

I love this thing. I got it during a special sale where if you spend X amount you get the purse loaded with goodies, all free. The goodies were awesome and I can’t see myself dumping the purse anytime soon but I’d certainly use it for other things.

But then we have my beloved black and white purse

Option 3: Moderately Minimum

 

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Bag + it contents, a small crochet project, hand sanitizer I only used once, floss, yet another backup pad.

 

It’s a step or half a step roomier than my drawstring bag. I absolutely love it for its beauty and quality. I could stash the hand sanitizer and floss elsewhere.

Pros: Lovely sophisticated gothic look. Simple. Pockets. Works with most, if not all, of my outfits. Easy to hang up near the door.

Cons: It’s almost redundant. Sure it’s more useful than the bag because it has pockets but I don’t know. Seems unnecessary to have.

I could simplify by just using the bag for something completely different and only have my purse and backpack to choose from.

 

Last Thoughts

I’m not going to get into my backpack because I don’t think it really fits here. There’s something else going there that needs it’s own post.

Anyway, I’m fairly content with where I am as far as everyday carry items. It’s a bit weird for me because I don’t go out very often so in some ways it’s easier for me than an average person. But in some ways it’s harder.

I’m trying to figure out how to fit the Zero Waste lifestyle in with mine so I suspect I’ll soon be carrying some extra things: reusable food container for leftovers, a reusable straw, travel cutlery, reusable napkins, not sure what else. I’ll probably save those things for the backpack though.

My biggest problem is really stupid: figuring out what to bring when I go out. I’m about to head out to the coffee shop so I’m wondering… do I want to work on my laptop, or just bring a book? Maybe I should bring my backpack so I have all the options? A better, less-purse-addicted minimalist than me would probably just have the backpack.

Oh well. Nothing is set in stone. We’ll see what happens.

What’s in my Bag #2: New Killstar backpack!

So you know how I mentioned in my last WimB post that my backpack was falling apart and looking nasty (in a bad way) and I needed a new one? Then I bought that Heavy Red purse (which I still love and use quite regularly), but it was much smaller than I thought because I’m an idiot? My biggest peeve with going out with that purse is it’s hard to fit my parasol in it.

I’ve been living without a larger bag just fine. But then I got a laptop. And that Heavy Red purse was just a tad too small and many times I wish I had something large. Well. I took advantage of Killstar’s Labor Day sale and grabbed their vegan leather Ritual Ring Backpack. I grabbed a few other things as well but this post is all about the delicious, sexy bag.

BEHOLD:

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precariously balanced upright on my kitchen table

I don’t really want this to be a review post, but I’ll say I’m highly impressed. The material is so much better than my other backpack.

Let’s Look Inside, Shall We?

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there’s still room for more shit!

I’m (probably) going to be spending all day outside the house tomorrow, so I’ve packed accordingly.

There’s a couple other little things I need to toss in (cables, pads…) but it’s looking good so far.

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From Top, Left to Right:

  • UV parasol. It fits perfectly in the outside side-pocket, probably meant for water bottles.
  • 15″ Chromebook. Fits both vertically and horizontally but only vertically if I want the parasol to fit in the outside pocket
  • Panda wallet, from Walmart
  • Precision scissors, nail clippers, cuticle oil, nail file
  • Bag ‘o yarn. I will probably remove the grey one. But my current project is a blanket for my local animal shelter
  • Leuchtturm bullet journal w/ Pilot FriXion pen
  • Bohemian Gothic tarot deck
  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • Headphones
  • Chaos journal
  • Phone

So that’s it! I started planning on modding the bag before I even bought it. I’ve got a couple things I want to pin on, and some things coming and more things I want to get. There isn’t quite as much room as I thought there was to mess with, which is a bummer, but it’ll be fun anyway!

If you have the same bag I’d love to see what you’ve got in it 🙂

 

*edited to add* Here’s a quick snap of my other backpack, of which my laptop would have never fit. I’m going to try deconstructing it and make some bracelets  and or chokers out of it. Weeee!

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What’s in My Bag #1: New Goth Bag Edition!

My other bag has been falling apart and looking nasty so I had my heart set on a cute bat bag but then Heavy Red sent me an e-mail saying they had a sale. Lo and behold they had a purse I really liked. I am a whore for Heavy Red so of course I got their bag instead.

Let me know if you’re interested in a bag review.

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It came with a shoulder strap, I just haven’t put it on yet.

I don’t know what the appeal is in seeing other people’s What’s in My Bag posts and videos, but I figured I could give back to that community and do my own. It probably won’t be too exciting because I just got the purse yesterday.

My purse-stuffing habits are also probably not too exciting since I rarely ever go anywhere but it’s nice to have something ready to go! And I’m thinking maybe it’s best I keep some of this stuff together at home anyway to make it easier to find. Now that I’ve typed that out I’ve kind of realized my mom kind of does that too. You don’t see her stuff scattered all around, it’s all in her purse!

Without further ado, what it looks like opened up:

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So neat and tidy!

The black lacy thing is a parasol that baaarely lets me zip the purse closed. I set it aside for this pic ’cause that’s pretty much all you get it see.

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MIA: Keys & nail clippers. Oops.

More or less back to front, left to right:

  • Kindle Paper White
  • Sunscreen I never use
  • G Pad 7
  • Bullet Journal (Leuchtturm1917)
  • Freeform journal
  • Bohemian Gothic tarot deck
  • Windows phone
  • Lypsyl
  • Panda wallet
  • Set of Micron pens for the Freeform journal
  • Bohemian Gothic Tarot deck
  • Kat von D Sinner perfume
  • Matchbook from a restaurant called Cole’s (why do I have this?!)
  • UV Parasol
  • A couple pads
  • A couple hair elastics

So that’s it! I’ve been carrying the Freeform journal with me for about 6 years now and I’ve almost always had a tarot deck on me for 16 years. Always carry pads, everything else comes and goes. So who knows what this purse will have in it in a month or two!

This is a tag, and I wasn’t officially tagged myself. If you’re reading this, you’re tagged! What’s in your bag??