What’s in my Bag

I’ve been LOVING my Marc Jacobs Single bag – it’s my everyday bag – and it puts a smile on my face whenever I look down at its quilted cuteness!

However – as you can see, it’s a teeny TINY bag – quite similar to Chanel’s WOC. I’ve had to downsize a LOT so that I could use this bag – I guess it’s true love when you’re willing to make sacrifices 😉

There are 3 compartments inside the bag. The back has a row of card slots, so you can keep your credit cards in the bag instead of in a separate wallet. I prefer using my own wallet as it makes it easier to switch out to a bigger bag on the weekends. The cupcake sticker shows where I keep my iPhone (since I was using it to take pictures).

Inside my bag:
-blue wallet (the smallest wallet I own…am on the hunt for a cuter one)
-Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 6-keyholder
-Wet Ones travel wipes
-ELF blotting papers
-mini BALMSHELL lipgloss
-garage door opener
-iPhone 4s (pictured below)

Things I had to give up carrying: (I carry them in my bigger bag on the weekends)
-extra wallet containing store cards/gift cards
-tylenol & gum
-hand cream & cuticle cream
-more toiletries (lipliner, nail file, hairbrush)
-sunglasses (I keep them by the door and wear them out)

Down-sizing was hard because I like being prepared, but when I looked at what I needed on a day-to-day basis (basically the school run) I realized I didn’t need to carry so much stuff. If I am going to be out longer during the week – it’s easy enough to switch to a bigger bag…but for now, my shoulders are thanking me!


What’s your favorite bag right now? Do you carry a lot of stuff or do you travel light?


  1. Schnelle
    June 5, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    Your shoulders will certainly be thanking you! I carry way too much stuff in my purse (for example: there are at least 10 lipsticks & glosses in there). But when I do clean it out I always find myself wishing I had kept the stuff in there that I took out.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 5:20 pm

      Oh yes – in my weekend bag, I always end up accumulating so much stuff too, so I know how you feel – especially with the multiple lip glosses!

  2. Lilly
    June 5, 2012 / 2:21 pm

    Always love reading these type of posts 🙂 When I'm just running around, doing errands or on the weekends, I like to use smaller bags. But during the week I carry bigger bags to work.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 5:19 pm

      I love seeing what's inside bags too! You switch your bags out a lot – and they coordinate with your outfits so well 🙂

  3. Skylette from Sequins&Stilettos
    June 5, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    It MUST be love to sacrifice the Tylenol and GUM!!! 😉 it really is a super chic bag though! Looks gorgeous on you!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 5:18 pm

      Yes – I feel insecure without my tylenol or gum – so I keep some by my front door and some in my car – but it's better to always have it on hand.

  4. Canadian Beauty
    June 5, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    I definitely carry a BIG bag. I need it. I agree with you though, after a long day of hauling it around my shoulders/bag can really ache. I love your iphone case! so cute. I am hosting a 150 follower BENEFIT COSMETICS giveaway, check it out!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 5:17 pm

      Thanks – I'm joining your giveaway – congrats on all your followers!

  5. Simply Sarah
    June 5, 2012 / 3:58 pm

    love the bag but I couldn't sacrifice having a little more room!!!sarahsavvystyle.com

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 5:17 pm

      I know – it was quite the sacrifice for me – especially not carrying around hand cream LOL!

  6. Beautygirl24
    June 5, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    You know I love quilted anything! This bag is great for everyday running around. I think it's easier having a large bag to haul everything in, but smaller bags force you to downsize – always a good thing :)LOVE the LV wallet! I really want an LV bag for my birthday this year 😉

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 5:16 pm

      Yes – we love our quilted bags! I love both your Kate Spade and Chanel bags so much 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 5:15 pm

      I love the pink faux-ostrich skin…Aldo has a smaller bag with that material and I love it. I think you should get the purple one – it's on sale and it's SUPER CUTE!

  7. Krysten
    June 5, 2012 / 6:48 pm

    Oh my goodness your cell phone case is adorable! Where is it from?

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks! It's by HAPPYMORI, a Korean brand. I got it on eBay.

  8. Anonymous
    June 5, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    Love the bag!!! Ok we have quite similar taste, we both love Balenciaga bags, I have the lager version of your Marc Jacobs bag and I also have the LV key holder but in the Monogram design. love what you're wearing 🙂 x x

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 5, 2012 / 7:49 pm

      That's too funny! No wonder I love your blog 🙂 The larger single is still on my wishlist – would love to own it someday – how do you find using it? Does it hold its shape well?

  9. Petite in the City
    June 5, 2012 / 8:06 pm

    Love the bag! Very similar look to the Chanel but this is much more affordable! My favourite bag now is my Longchamp Pliage, unfortunately I keep adding more and more stuff to my bag and now I need to carry a large one! I need to take a lesson from you and downsize!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 18, 2012 / 1:55 am

      Downsizing is hard – but worth it 🙂 It's amazing to think of how much stuff I was carrying around, that I hardly used!

  10. alison*elle
    June 6, 2012 / 2:16 am

    Oh man… I cannot bring myself to downsize… more power to you! Definitely worth it for the cute bag though, and I really love your outfit too!xo, alison*elle

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 18, 2012 / 1:56 am

      Thanks! I'm loving hot pink this season – it really goes well with whites!

  11. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    This little cutie is amazing! It definitely feels so freeing to just sling on a little mini rather than lugging a huge suitcase around with you (which is what I do, lol). It holds the necessities and is great for hands-free, which is very empowering!!! Love it.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 18, 2012 / 1:56 am

      Yup – it's so light I don't even realize it's there!

  12. cosmetic junction
    June 17, 2012 / 3:58 am

    hi there… Lovely bag!I too recentky picked a similar bag but a bit larger size. How do you treat your bag to prevent it from water stains n stuff?

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 18, 2012 / 1:57 am

      It seems like a pretty durable leather to me – but to be on the safe side, I wiped it down with AppleGuarde leather protectant. Hope that helps!

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