A Gussy Sews “What’s In Your Bag” Link Up!

July 19, 2012

I’m not a “purse” person. Like – I love purses. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE THEM. But for some reason, they seem to be a luxury I never want to spend money on. I know what I want/need in a purse and it prevents me from buying a new one very often because the kind I like cost a ton. I need a beautiful purse that is also made for a mom of a toddler – but that is also fun and not stuffy.

Champagne tastes on a beer budget.

So when Gussy Sews contacted me about writing for one of her “What’s in Your Bag?” series, I jumped at it. She has absolutely adorable bags that fit my life, needs, and budget. Each one is hand sewn and after having my last one a full year now – I can say that I love how they hold up to what I put it through.

Also they are total eye candy.

gussy sews market tote

gussy sews market tote

So the fun part of this is to empty your purse {without cleaning it first} and go through what lives/grows in there right then.

Eeep! I clean mine out every so often but quite honestly – within just a few days it’s a giant mess again. I had her new, beautiful Market Tote to try out for a few weeks before doing this, so it gave me plenty of time to build up the stuff I didn’t need.

I love how roomy it is. So much space to keep throwing stuff in! And a neat little pocket for my cell phone so I can actually find it when it rings and not search through my purse while things fly out and I say bad words under my breath.

I mean. No.


Starting at the top left:

  • Bella’s immunization record. We seem to need it at the most random times so I started carrying it with me.
  • First aid kit.
  • Gussy Sews medium zipped pouch I bought with her bag last year for BlogHer ’11. {I keep all the little loose ends in here.}
  • A Baskin Robbins coupon
  • Shopping list from the week before. #WIN
  • Sunscreen stick.
  • Keys.
  • Wrapper to something…
  • Altoids. Bella calls them “spicy’s.” She also always wants one but refuses to eat it. Just holds it in her hand.
  • Pen. There until I need it.
  • Mascara. No idea how that got in there or when. Or why.
  • Checkbook. I don’t do checkbook covers because I don’t care.
  • Squeezable applesauce for Bella’s emergency snack attacks.
  • A contact. Please tell me someone else has the fear of one falling out/tearing and having to go ALL DAY away from home with only one eye being able to see.
  • Checks for writing I really, really need to deposit.
  • My wallet. Target – love it.
  • Bella’s fork and spoon for times we stop for lunch or dinner unexpectedly. Makes life a lot easier to have her eat with these.

That’s it! That’s what’s in my bag. Whew. Not too big of a mess. Right? 🙂

Want a new Market Tote, zippered pouch, headband, or other gorgeous handmade ruffly? Head over to Gussy’s shop and use the code WIMB10 for 10% off anything.

Ok, now I want to see your purse mess. Show me your stuff, link up below, and bare it all.

And by all I mean purse. Not all all. o_O


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  • Jen

    July 26, 2012 at 6:48 am

    This bag is sooooo cute, Diana! I just read Katie’s post and had to come over and see what was in your bag, too.

    Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!!

    Jen 🙂

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  • Katie

    July 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    ok friend. Look out. I’m busting out my diaper bag for my Monday post. It’s about to get real.

  • Lily

    July 20, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I have posted here what was in my bag and have posted my pic on Facebook with an invitation for friends to do the same, but can’t for the LIFE of me work out how to post a pic HERE

  • Meredith @ La Buena Vida

    July 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve taken to buying HUGE bags from my sister’s consignment store (always less than $20), which I affectionately call “diaper purses”.

    Also, I love seeing what’s in people’s purses almost as much as I love seeing what’s in people’s fridges…which is a lot. Really. Is that totally weird?!

  • Lily

    July 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Did mine and couldn’t BELIEVE once I’d dumped it that I managed toi fit it all in my bag lol

    sunglass case, coin purse (unused), low GI book and info, lozenges (from 2months ago), purse with tiny mps and headphones (unused), keys, SOS drops, ventolin, camera, purse, QML blood test request (6 wks overdue), out of date movie passes, holder for rewards cards, work hat, QBD rewards voucher (still in date), (hidden on far right) portable little tripod for my camera, scripts for all, assorted medications (just in case) including migraine tabs

  • Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy

    July 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I feel the exact same way about purses. I love them, I would love to have a really awesome one. Like a Kate Spade diaper bag, but I never ever can spend that kind of money on one. Even if I had that kind of money to spend, I still don’t think I could do it.

    I did one time buy a Kate Spade bag, but that was after I spent a year of budgeting and going crazy paying for our wedding. It was my present to myself and I still got it super discounted during one of their sample sales. Now of course it is super worn and way too small for a mom. 😉

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  • Skye

    July 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

    What a good idea to keep your odds and ends in a zippered pouch! I always have stuff like receipts and shopping lists and they both clutter my purse and become hard to find. Don’t know why I haven’t thought to corral them inside a smaller pouch.

  • Melissa G

    July 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Cute bag! Does diaper bag count? I promise I didn’t clean it out before I posted mine 😉

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