What’s In My Bag

In honor of #nationalhandbagday and my long-standing bag addiction, I thought it would be appropriate to finally write a what’s in my bag post. 

I’ve always been a big purse girl. I for some reason felt the need to carry my entire life around with me on a daily basis. For my birthday/Christmas last year, my boyfriend was generous enough to surprise me with the bag I’d been lusting over for quite some time, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM (boyfriend’s initials are GM so I thought it was only fitting). After carrying it around for a while, I began to notice pain in my neck and shoulders, which I initially attributed to our frenchie’s need to cuddle with me while sleeping. After switching around our sleeping arrangement, I noticed my pain wasn’t anywhere close to going away. It killed me to admit it, but my bag was too big and I was going to have to find something else to carry around.

I knew a cross-body style bag was going to be my best option, but nothing seemed to fit everything I needed. The solution to my problem? The Louis Vuitton Pouchette Métis! It was a bag I’d been lusting after for quite some time. One day while joking around, I suggested that GM buy it for an upcoming Kings of Leon concert my sister and I were going to, to which he said maybe if he worked a little harder and increased his paycheck a little, I’d get a new purse and he’d buy himself another gun (because we don’t have enough already). Well, he did and a couple of weeks later the bag was mine!

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I now carry only the essentials: my wallet, an agenda since I still feel the need to write things down (plus a recent speeding ticket that still needs to be paid), two sets of keys (one for home and one for work), a knife (which GM thinks is for protection, but I just use it to open deliveries), my new iPhone 6, and little makeup bag. Everything fits perfectly and I don’t ever feel like I’m missing anything.

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While I used to carry around a huge makeup bag that I never seemed to use, this bag has forced me to downsize, which seems to work out better. I now just carry around my lip products for the day (I’m loving a red lip lately), some eye drops (because contacts are irritating sometimes), hand cream with SPF (since I’m about as pale as it gets and basically allergic to the sun), a travel-sized mascara, and hair ties (because I can never seem to find one when I need one).

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Adjusting to a smaller bag hasn’t been all that easy. I went from carrying a giant tote bag on a daily basis to a small cross-body, but after a couple of weeks, I’ve got everything fine-tuned and can’t imagine carrying anything else (until the next must-have bag comes along). Happy #nationalhandbagday to all my fellow purse obsessed people out there! 

-BE

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His and Hers Flowers

Well, it’s been about four months so it seems like it’s time for another post. I thought I’d do a little something different with a little DIY.

Since moving into our first house, my boyfriend and I have been fighting over how to decorate. I was determined to go with a rustic, beach cottage vibe while my gun-totting boyfriend wanted a rifle above the TV (NOT going to happen). After suggesting things to each other for a few years, I decided it was time to blend our styles, which seemed impossible.

Every couple of weeks, a bunch of ammo cans show up on our doorstep. While my boyfriend tends to leave them around the house for me to trip over (its happened more times than I’d like to admit), I had the random idea to start making use of them.

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This week my mom and I got back into our weekly habit of trips to our local farmers market. While I always treat myself to fresh flowers, the lovely 95 degree weather this morning wasn’t so great for the flowers there, so I walked away empty handed and a little discouraged. After making the trek over to Trader Joe’s to pickup a few other things, I decided to pick up a couple bunches of stock and lithianthus. While I normally stick to one color palette, there was something about the blush pink stock that drew me in. After spending some time at my parents house (and snagging a scrap piece of wood from my dad), I headed home and decided to pop into my local grocery store since their roses are usually pretty nice for a fairly reasonable price.

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So after putting away all the groceries and getting everything organized, it was time to put everything together. Since the ammo can had a raised center, I used the piece of wood to create a stable base for three mason jars to sit on.

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After that, I just started trimming and arranging the flowers. I started with the roses, which actually took up more space than I anticipated, then used the stock and lithianthus to fill in the empty spaces until I could barely fit anymore stems in.

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This has quickly turned into favorite decor item in our house and I am completely obsessed. It is definitely my favorite arrangement to date, which is a little weird since it is different than anything I usually put together. Plus, my boyfriend who thinks buying flowers is a complete waste of money and groans every time I come home with a bunch was pretty impressed, so it looks like we’ve got a win/win here. I cannot wait to recreate this over the next couple of months and start making use of all of those empty ammo cans!

-BE