23, 02, 2017

All in all essentials

With the mixture of trends and just plain old growing up, it’s funny how we went from carrying around our entire life in an over-sized purse to carrying a small barely-fits-all kind now. Just the thought and looking back on those times of lugging around a huge bag on my shoulder around the city makes me cringe deep into the ground. As I’ve gotten much wiser, living and having things within my needs has been a top priority. I’m sure you’re all aware now of minimalism — I do believe that not everyone can or should have to follow a strict minimalist lifestyle, but rather have elements of it incorporated daily.

It took some trial and a little bit of error, but after time, I’ve gotten it pat down to what I really need and actually use on a daily basis. These small but personal treasures come around with me everyday in my favourite clutch bag. Less really is a lot more!

1. Wallet — Although I’ve been guilty before of carrying around a huge wallet, I always saw it as a wasted space to just fill up with rarely used membership cards, ticket stubs, gum wrappers, and old receipts you never look back on. Carrying around garbage got old, so for the last few years I’ve switched over to small pouches and slim wallets. If you don’t know my style, I favour the subtle vibes of masculine/feminine chic in my wardrobe and accessories. My current favourite: The slimJIMMY by jimmyCASE. It let’s me hold up to 6 cards in the front, and up to 15 bills in the side pocket as well — pretty much foolproof if you ask me.

2. Notebook — When you’re a blogger, writer, designer, and any other occupation where jotting ideas and information down is essential, a small notebook is a must-have around. I honestly have a bunch of these not only in my purse but sitting around ready for brainstorming.

3. Phone — As cool as it looked when Carrie Bradshaw used Payphones in Sex & the City, it just ain’t that practical in our digital world today. Smartphones are not only our gateway for communication, but they’re also our personalized miniature computers. I was never a fan of the wallet case and always preferred something that looked sleek while doing it’s job of protecting my phone as well. (*Richmond & Finch Satin Black Case – use code ‘bambivstheworld20‘ for 20% off your entire order.)

4. Watch — You may not realize or even think much of it, but checking the time on your phone can lead into a bad habit. When you’re so reliant on this small device, sometimes simply checking the time leads into impulsively checking everything else like your Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat. And although we may need or want to use our phones, constantly being on them is unhealthy. I’ve found that wearing a wrist watch and checking the time on it instead of on my phone helps me stay productive and motivated, with no distractions throughout my day.

5. Makeup — Instead of carrying around an entire makeup bag, I like to grab 1 to 3 of the most needed items for the day. Especially when you’re a makeup girl this can be a challenge. After working for a Japanese company for several years, what I’ve valuably learned is that we always have time for anything and that professionalism starts early. There are a few exceptions — but for the most part — if you roll into work everyday almost late with messy hair, no makeup on, and use the working hours to try and fix yourself up, the day will often go into an unorganized spiral. So I believe makeup and hair should be done before heading out and only bring what you need for touch-ups.

6 & 7. Perfume & Hand cream — I’d say these are pretty self-explanatory. Smelling good and moisturized skin is always a must for anyone! Again, we’re keeping it minimal, so I always try to find the travel or sample sizes of my favourites to throw right into my purse.

What items are essential for you to have at all times?

32 responses to “All in all essentials”

  1. I think I have that same crescent moon necklace! ♡ Did you purchase it from Etsy?
    Love this post btw! Our essentials are along the same line! I can’t be without all of those things as well!

  2. The Nerdy Me says:

    Love these posts! I think my essentials are quite similar to yours. Can’t go anywhere without my phone, wallet, a bit of makeup, keys and my notebook 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  3. These are almost my exact essentials, too! I swear I can’t go anywhere without a notebook of some sorts. It’s definitely nice to downsize what you need, although I have to admit I have a much larger work bag! I don’t have a chance to go home during the day, so I’m always over prepared, LOL.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

  4. katerattley says:

    Love this post, photos fit in perfectly. I learnt to condense down when I bought a smaller leather bag, such a pain to carry around an overstuffed bag.
    Kate || http://www.katerattley.com

    • Stacey says:

      Exactly! I think the first time I switched from a big bag to a smaller one was really difficult lol, but we all get the hang of it 😛

  5. Reine says:

    I too keep a notebook for blogging. It’s perfect for planning and you never know when a idea will pop up! I try to also keep only the essentials in my bag which is why I like to carry around only a small shoulder bag 🙂

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

  6. I’m proud to say that I’ve been carrying around less and less stuff with me. Ain’t nobody got time for huge bags anymore :p

  7. A notebook is key for me as well! Makes life so so much easier indeed! Xx


  8. Kay says:

    Great list of essentials here, hun, I agree with most of your picks! I don’t have a watch myself, but I like what you said about using your phone to check the time and it leading to bad habits, like checking all social media at the same time. I am certainly guilty of that! I’d add to the list of essentials a small pack of tissues, and maybe a spare pair for contact lenses. 🙂 By the way, I love that lipstick you’ve included in the photos! What is it? The shade looks gorgeous! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, lovely. <3 xoxo


    • Stacey says:

      Sorry about the late comment girl! Adding in tissues is a great idea because every time when I need some I never have any 🙁
      Btw the lipstick is Charlotte Tilbury in Very Victoria, I think every girl needs to have this in their collection!

  9. Serene says:

    I love love love the wallet :p and I spotted a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick! I always carry Perfume & moisturiser LOL! My life isn’t complete without it ❤️! You gotta smell and feel refreshed! You also carry a notebook! That’s my life, I have to carry one around to jot down ideas and thoughts heheh! 😀 I love your blogposts as always, I hope I can finally say that this comment will post LOL! Love you Stacey ❤️

    Serene xoxo


    • Stacey says:

      Finally your comment works!! I hope it stays this way because I also need to hit up you blog soon too! Love you too girl!! <333333333

  10. Shaine Ivory says:

    This such a great post babe and totally love your watch! 🙂

    xx shaine

  11. These are my essentials as well! Love the color scheme of your essentials 🙂 Also, I adore the phone case 🙂

  12. wendee says:

    great post. I’ll try and make a similar post about my essentials that i carry around.


  13. You’ve pretty much sum up my essentials but I will add a lip balm to the mix. Great post.

  14. beaacarvajal says:

    So many good essentials! Great post!

    Beatriz // http://www.beatrizcarvajal.com

  15. KarenH says:

    Great post! I can;t go anywhere without my makeup bag



  16. Jeanne says:

    I used to carry around a heavy bag too. But this list of essentials is a good guide.


  17. Loved it defo agree with handcream and watch. Another thing is a lipbalm or Vaseline my lips go extra dry and recently I ve been fully not on wearing lipgloss or lipstick. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London, http://www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk xXx

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