What’s in Allyson’s Purse?

Hello everyone!  I’m Allyson from Allyson, Recipe Ranger, a blog about yummy recipes I’ve been cooking and various musings I’ve been pondering.  Kate had a pretty nifty idea with this purse series, so when she asked me to join the fun, I gladly obliged.  I can’t think of a better way to get to know a gal than to rifle through her purse, so let’s rifle, shall we?

A little Q & A:

1. What must you always, always have in your bag (besides the obvious)?
My lips could not live without some sort of lip balm.  That “eos” egg is my new favorite.
2. What is the most random thing you carry in your bag?
I’d say the most random item in there would be not one but two pairs of earbuds.  Why do I have two pairs in my purse?  I have no idea.  It’s just that random.
3. Do you prefer a small purse, or a large one?
I’m more a medium purse kind of gal. If the bag is too big, I lose things in a mysterious fashion rivaling the Bermuda Triangle.  I also can’t handle a double strap purse because one or both straps always seem to be falling off my shoulder. This one is perfect for me because it’s a cross body style which I find quite comfortable.
4. Do you change your purse with your outfit, or wear one for a “season”?
I am such an atypical girl in this arena because I wear one purse PERIOD.  I think a purse is a wonderful, stylish accessory, but I just can’t fathom changing the stuff in and out of it every time I wear a different outfit or the season changes.  I keep it simple and go neutral so that my purse works with anything I wear.  And this gray shade is perfect to do just that.  Doc (my boyfriend who gave me the purse) has great taste, doesn’t he?
5. Does your wallet have to match the bag?
Not at all.  I’m of the philosophy that black goes with absolutely everything!
It’s been a treat to spend some time here on The Small Things Blog and share all the ins and outs of my purse with you.  You’re always welcome to stop by Allyson, Recipe Ranger.  Enjoy the rest of your day, and whatever purse you wear, may you always find your keys, your favorite lip balm, and your ringing cell phone.  


  1. says

    Allyson makes me feel better about being a one-purse gal. I use the same one until it looks like something I found on the side of the road. I bought a new one last night and don’t know when I’ll have the heart to change it out!

  2. says

    Allyson, I’m a one purse girl too! I’ve been carrying my current purse for almost a year. Lately I’ve been thinking it’s time for a new one, but like you said, don’t want to change everything out! Thanks for the post!

    Kate, love this series! So fun!

  3. says

    I switch out purses but I dont buy new ones very often. I pack one for like 6 months or so and then switch to one I already have. If I buy a new one its because I find one I love and its usually Vera Bradley!

  4. says

    I only buy one strap purses too, for the exact same reason. I HATE the feeling of a strap that keeps falling down. Drives me crazy. I also don’t change out my purses often, although I have quite a lot of them.

  5. says

    I like that bag! Looks super versatile, but still polished. I love crossbody bags. I rarely switch mine out, either. It’s just a pain! I have a little wristlet that I’ll use independently sometimes, though.


  6. says

    Funny we’re talking about the frequency we change out our bags. I LOVE bags but also hate having to dump everything out and move it to a new purse. I recently wrote on my blog about a purse organizer I got that has made this process (and my life!) a lot simpler! I highly recommend one!

  7. says

    I really love this fun little series you have going on! I am intrigued with things like this for some reason. :) Does that me I am a snoopy person. :)

  8. says

    Yay recipe ranger!! love to see the crossover on the different blogs!

    I think you should see what is in different people’s purses in different cities! Wouldn’t that be interesting??

    I volunteer for New York! 😉

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