What’s In My Small Bag?


So you know in my Handbag Collection video where I said I was really happy with all my bags and that I didn’t think I’d be adding to my bag family anytime soon? Well... say hello to the Aspinal of London Mini Shoulder Bucket Bag. Yeah. This has filled my seriously tiny,’ barely need to take anything out with me at all’ weekend bag void that I may have just made upΒ in my head. Seeing as it’s on the small side I’m sure this ‘What’s In My Bag’ will be a very long and lengthy post.Β Nawt. But in all seriousness, the Bucket Bag is a lovely addition to my wardrobe that has gorgeous gold detailing (score!), a good amount of space inside for exactly what you need to take with you and a zipped compartment for your money and phone which puts my ‘had my purse stolen many times’ mind to rest. Now onto the contents…

Though I can squish my purse into this bag with a bit of huffing and puffing I prefer to let myΒ cards and cash run free in the back zipped pocket along with my phone. Safety first people. Then there’s a little pocket on the outer side which I like to stuff with more non-exciting, but essential handbag must-haves – namely: my Oyster card, keys and headphones so I can listen to Celine Dion really loudly on the tube and try just to sing in my head and not out loud.

On to more exciting handbag additions… sunglasses. I’ve become a bit of a sunglasses fiend in recent weeks, so I take a look at them all, see what I’m fancying for the day ahead and then pop a pair into my sack. Today it was the Whistles Faye D-Frame Sunglasses that I was feeling. These are a little funkier than the others I’ve got so I always feel that I’m playing someone that’s ‘cool‘ when I wear these. Lame, but true. In terms of beauty I keep it simple. I’m not one for touch-ups or checking a mirror every 10 minutes to see if everything is still in place, 99.9% of the time it’s not and I really don’t give two hoots. If I’m wearing a bold lipstick then I do tend to carry that around, but if not then I just pop in a balm. I love the Clinique Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment because not only is it a nice balm, but you don’t have to stick your fingers in anything. Then I usually have a rollerball perfume on me too because if I haven’t already mentioned I’m a bit of a sweaty betty and after getting hot and bothered on a tube ride, a touch of the Elizabeth & James Nirvana White EDP doesn’t go a miss.

If there’s space I do like to slip in my usual tissues/wrapped with a hair band/holding a sheet of Neurofen trick because they always come in handy. Yeah I’m that stranger who offers you a tissue when you’ve sneezed, but that’s it. Bag packed! And the best bit it that it’s as light as a feather. Finally, my spine and shoulders can rejoice.


  • Lovely bag! I’d love to use a little bag but I don’t even own one, I guess I’ve always thought I needed to put too much stuff in it but I like the idea of a smaller bag being light and easy to carry.

    Gemma x (A UK Lifestyle Blog)

  • that’s very similar to what i keep in my bag when i carry a small one! since i have a big wallet, i just keep cash/cards in the zipper as well πŸ™‚

  • such a lovely bag, I’m looking for a smaller one as a lot of the time the bigger bags are just an excuse to carry more unnecessary things around!

  • Emily Knott

    I need a new handbag. Well I think so anyway! Saving my pennies for a Channel handbag… although I might be saving for while!

  • Lauren Parker

    Love your handbag, such a good size!


  • I love the look of this bag, such a great size so you don’t end up putting un needed things in it!

    Jenna / Beauty And The Style

  • Such a cute bag!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • Love that bag, your phone case is so cute too!

    Kate xo //

  • Leanne Marshall

    I absolutely love this bag. I have been looking one like this for a while now, I have always been a big bag, pack the kitchen skin kind of person. So i think i should makybe invest in a black small bag!


  • This bag is so gorgeous, and I love days where you can pack minimally – purse, phone, lipstick, done!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Cute bag and great organisation. I always have a bit to much than my shoulder can comfortably carry. Find me at & Have a lovely day, Iga x

  • theblackblush blog

    Love the bag!

  • That phone case is so cool! I love it:)


  • I love the bag, it seems like it will go with any outfit! I also like when I have only a few things in my bag, but this happens about once a year. I definitely need to get a small shoulder bag, and take a leaf out of your book.

  • I love small bags! Looking for new one for myself. Big bags make my shoulders hurt quickly and it’s not healthy for my spine or anything πŸ™‚

    -L | The Nerdy Me

  • philippa

    I love carrying small bags! Saves my back and shoulder from aching (:


  • I purchased a new, smaller bag for autumn/winter in an attempt to cut down on the amount of stuff I carry around with me everyday. It’s just too much! Simplicity is a beautiful (if difficult) thing.

    xx Julia

  • That bag is gorgeous, smaller bags seem like they help you streamline what you carry around!

    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

  • emily couture

    What a lovely handbag! πŸ™‚

    emily xx

  • love the sunnies, super gorgeous ! x

    CLUB AVENUE / / instagram

  • Love the sunglassess!!


  • Lovely bag

    Nashia | MakeupandBeautyMayhem

  • I love the Elizabeth and James White Perfume — Sephora recently had a sample rollerball for a 100 point perk so I leave that in my car/bag πŸ™‚

  • I always have some cool sunglasses with me; they’re one of my favorite things to wear! However, I do have a problem with keeping too many lipsticks in my purse.

  • Love your small black shoulder bag, I only carry few things inside my small bag such as cellphones, keys, lip balm, lipstick and a hand cream! Just the basics!

    Blog: A whole lot of serendipity

  • Lovely bag, I love the E&J Nirvana White xx

  • Hayley Myerscough

    Where is your phone case from? Im totally in love!

  • Maggie

    Small bags are my favorite! I love the Nirvana White perfume as well!

  • i never take painkillers with me but i should!! love the bag!! xx

    This Damsel Loves Blog

  • I love carrying around a small bag too πŸ™‚ That way I don’t get a sore back or shoulders hahah ! x

    Katina |

  • Tal

    I would’ve never guessed that was an aspinal bag!!

    How To Grow Your Hair Overnight

  • The bag is so cute! I love a little cross body for summer and I like the just-a-little-bit-worn-in look of that one.

  • I really wish I could keep a small bag but I’m a sucker for taking everything with me. Just so I don’t forget, haha! // x

  • I love having a small bag – I’ve been carrying around the Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. ever since I got it the Christmas before last. My wallet/purse is massive and I have a hard time fitting anything else in my bag when I’ve got that in there, but using a zippered pocket for cash and cards is a great idea!

    Kelsey |

  • This is a great bag, I am the opposite I love a small bag but just bought a larger one for business meetings which fits my laptop in!

  • Love those sunglasses! And that’s a great bag.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • catherine β™‘

    I wish I could carry this little amount of stuff with me but I’m definitely a ‘take everything but the kitchen sink’ kind of girl! x

  • I love this bag, it’s gorgeous!

  • Love the bag! Haha I always say I’ve got soo many clothes, bags etc and I won’t buy anymore….. then I got shopping! Great post xo

  • Emily

    Whenever I listen to Celine Dion I have the same problem- glad you are a fellow fan!

  • Yasmin

    Where can you buy rollerball perfume bottles?

  • Oof that’s a gorgeous bag! I’m a big fan of black leather/gold details combos!

  • A lovely little bag πŸ™‚ it’s good to see you don’t cram it with things!
    I’ve never understood the what’s in my bags where people should really be using suitcases

    The Everyday Life of Rachel

  • That bag is so gorgeous. Aspinal have been having such a moment lately. I’m seeing their beautiful bags everywhere.

    Rachel |

  • I feel like you can always justify a new handbag!

    Kristi |

  • Roya

    Please share where you got your keychain from!

  • If only I could take so few things in my bag.

  • Alexandra F.

    I love this perfume !

    Alexandra xx

  • Maireem Maneje

    Your bag is so cute and that phone case is as well πŸ˜€

  • larasophia

    I’m obsessed with the elizabeth and james white nirvana scent! I always want to carry smaller bags but I carry too much stuff around with me. I end up overfilling small bags way too often.

  • As soon as I saw this pic, the first thing I noticed were your sunnies! Super cute! x

  • Liz

    I love the Elizabeth and James fragrance too πŸ™‚

    xo, Liz

  • Those sunglasses.. Prettyyy!

  • Emma and Emily

    Gorgeous mini bag! I need to make sure I am carrying round less on my shoulder too!

    Emily x

  • lauren

    Love the cute bag and te sunglasses.

  • Julia

    That bag is just so gorgeous, it’s simple and sleek yet a closer look just reveals so many gorgeous details πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing the insight, I now feel that I *need* a bag like this as well πŸ˜€


  • Jen M

    You and Kate from Gh0stparties have the same bag. PR sample?

    • Renate Mens

      It definitely is. 390 euros for a bag like that? they wouldn’t have bought it themselves.

  • I’ve recently switched to mostly carrying smaller bags as well! My shoulders are definitely thankful for that choice ^_^

  • That bag is gorgeous! I’d love to start carrying smaller handbags as opposed to my HUGE sack bags πŸ™‚ I love the sound of the Clinique Lip Treatment as well – hate sticking my fingers in lip balm when I’m out and don’t have a chance to wash them x

    Peppermint and Panda Eyes

  • The bag is so cute, I should probably invest in a smaller bag!

    Infinity Of Fashion// Lucy Jane

  • I love your sunnies so much! I kind of carry the same amount of stuff but as the days pass and I don’t change my bag it just starts to get filled with random stuff! I love carrying around perfume samples as well, I keep one of them in each bag so that I never forget to throw it in πŸ™‚

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  • Rozie

    Buckle bag not bucket bag

  • Erin Russell

    Love love love the bag, crying over the price of it. I need to win the lottery πŸ™‚