Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy
hey all! i'm lindsey from the pleated poppy! thanks so much kate for including me in this series!
while my main job is being a wife to my husband and mom to my 3 kids, i also have a shop full of handmade goodness and a blog featuring new products, tutorials, home decorating, and "what i wore wednesdays". come visit me over there sometime!
this is the bag i've been carrying nearly every day lately - my new messenger bag. i love the long strap to carry across my body and the roominess of the purse. if i'm working at a coffee shop, i can even fit my laptop in there!
i have a lot in here, but its actually pretty organized - everything in its own space!
there are a couple pockets in here - one fitting my iphone perfectly, another for a pen (which is always floating around the bottom of my other purses), and another to catch smaller things (like my tape measure and business cards).
my favorite part of my bag is this little loop for my keys! i always keep my keys on a caribeaner, to clip onto my belt loop if i'm running out to pick up the kids at school. so i designed a loop in this bag so my keys are always at the ready and i never have to search for them!
here's the dump!
yes, there's a lot there, but its all pretty organized. and pretty! i love having pretty things in my bag that are also super functional.
1 - pen, mini tape measure, random note from lily (telling me she had a good day - makes me happy every time i see it!)
2 - checkbook cover holding 3 checkbooks: 1 for personal, 1 for business, 1 for the stitch market
3 - stitch market fliers for our boutique next week
4 - 2 zippered pouches: 1 for receipts, 1 for the daily essentials (see below)
5 - sunnies case - i cannot live without my sunglasses! my light eyes are way too sensitive to go out without them.
6 - my gift card wallet (old, by fossil). yes, i know its silly to carry 2 wallets, but when its this pretty it makes sense, right?
7 - tiny pouch holding business cards. sometimes i use it to hold change. sometimes i grab just this pouch, throw in my id, a credit card, and a little cash, and ditch the bag altogether!
8 - my wallet (from target - i think they still have it). love the happy mustard color and the easy access of the credit cards. i've never had to match my wallet to my purse, but it does always have to be 2 things: pretty and functional.
9 - travel tissue case. 3 kids, cold season and allergies. 'nuf said. also my coffee cuff, made by knitty bitties. and my phone.
10 - covered notebook - i use this to keep random notes, to draw new product designs, to write blog and business ideas.
these 2 pouches keep my bag more organized than anything else! what makes my bag the messiest is receipts and all the little essentials rolling around the bottom of the bag, but these 2 pouches keep them all corralled.
my zippered pouch holds my essentials:
tweezers, burt's bees, cover girl lash blast volume mascara, mirror, hair elastic and bobbies, altoids cinnamon smalls (bigs are too strong!), cottonelle wipe (kid emergencies), lip pencils: cork by mac, radiant rosy by sephora, bandaid (again, kid emergencies), eye drops, and a tiny tin for aspirin.
how pretty is this wallet?! i just wish it were more functional (its too tiny to hold everything i need). but it holds my random club cards, coupons, and gift cards.
my absolute necessities: sunglasses, burt's bees chapstick, lip pencils, and iphone. can't. live. without.
most random thing i carry: everything i carry has a function, except my note from lily. that just makes me happy!
small purse or large: once the weather gets warmer, i tend to go for a lighter, smaller bag. in the summer, i carry a wristlet clutch and just toss in my wallet, zippered pouch, keys and sunnies!
change purse with outfit?: i don't really switch out my bags much, unless it really really clashes with my outfit.
wallet matching bag?: nope. as long as its pretty, i like it!
well, there you have it! thanks so much for allowing me to share this space with you all, and hopefully i'll see you over at my blog soon!