I always try to keep the bare minimum in my bag so as not to be lugging around a 300 pound bag all day. It’s a tough line to tow trying to have everything you’ll need throughout the day without becoming a pack mule. Here are the 5 things I always keep in my bag that I tend to use on a daily basis.
Pen and notebook
This one seems self explanatory, I like to take notes and plan my week out when I get a few minutes to myself. I usually bring my bullet journal with me and a frixion pen so I can erase any mistakes I may make. Plus you never know when you’ll need a pen on the go. This allows me to jot down things on the spot so I don’t forget them throughout the day and I can reference a physical memo if I need it.
Tide to go stick
Without fail either myself or someone at my work ends up spilling coffee on themselves or gosh knows what else. Tide to go sticks are incredibly handy as they’re the size of a pen and they will stop your favourite white shirt from being ruined forever. (They also work great on white shoes!).
A nude liquid lipstick
Some days I’m in such a rush to get out of the house I either forget to put a lip on or I forget to bring my lipstick with me to fix it up throughout the day. To combat this I always keep a nice nude liquid lip in my purse that will go with any makeup look I may be wearing and it’s long lasting so I only need to touch it up once or twice. My current favourite liquid lip currently is the Huda Beauty demi matte liquid lip in “wifey”.
This one goes almost without saying. I love listening to music and audiobooks on my commute to work and it’s part of my daily routine at this point. I currently use Apple AirPods because I like how small they are to keep in my bag and I’m a big fan of wireless headphones.
A hairbrush might seem over the top but in a typical day I will spend 10-12 hours outside of the house, and my hair can get a little out of hand from walking outside in the wind and rain. I discovered the tangle teaser at Sephora a few years ago and it’s been my ultimate favourite brush since. This brush is made to be travel friendly and it can get through any knot in your hair with zero pain. This brush has been a life saver on many occasions, which is why I won’t go anywhere without it.
There you have my top 5 items in my bag! What are some things you can’t leave the house without? Let me know in the comments. Happy Tuesday everyone!
Podcasts are probably my favourite type of content to consume. I tell myself I don’t have enough time to sit down a read a book, but a podcast is something I can listen to and still carry on with my day and get all my to-do’s done while learning something new or simply having a good laugh. Here are my top 5 picks that I seriously recommend you listen to.
My Favorite Murder
My favorite murder is an amazing podcast for anyone who enjoys true crime. Karen and Georgia bring their love of comedy and true crime together to give you a seriously entertaining and fascinating podcast week after week. It may sound strange to combine death and comedy into the same podcast but Georgia and Karen are able to do so in the most respectful manner that does not dismiss or disrespect the victims in the stories they tell. Most importantly they keep you laughing just enough that you can still turn all the lights out when you go to bed. This podcast is capable of converting anyone into a murderino (their cute fan club nickname).
2. Stuff You Should Know
If you enjoy learning new facts this is the podcast for you. Chuck and Josh have made hundreds of episodes going into incredible detail of how specific topics work. There’s an episode for any interest you have and the hosts do an amazing job of breaking everything down into small bite sized pieces that are capable of keeping the attention of even the most distracted individuals. I credit this podcast as being the source of most of my conversational “fun facts”. From how the plague started to the history of Papasan chairs you can leave feeling like a mini-expert.
3. Don’t Blame Me!
Don’t Blame Me! is an advice podcast I wish I had when I was younger. Meghan and her producer Melissa give out practical (and seriously funny!) advice to their viewers who call in with an array of dilemmas. The podcast frequently features guests on the podcast so there’s a good variety of opinions being shared and new lenses being used to look at issues many of us can relate to. This podcast covers topics that cater most to young women but women of all ages can appreciate and relate to the discussions being had. From sex positivity to dealing with unhealthy relationships this podcast acts like the big sister we all wanted.
4. Dreamer’s Disease
I recently discovered Dreamer’s disease through some of my favourite youtubers. Many of them have been guests on Alex’s podcast which is quite possibly one of the most inspirational I’ve come across. Dreamer’s disease focuses on self improvement and how to create the life you want. Unlike other books and podcasts on this topic, Alex brings people on board who have already mastered the aspects they’re talking about. These are people who are living breathing proof that one can master spending time alone, coping with burnout, and finding your purpose. If you’re feeling unmotivated Dreamer’s disease is sure to light a fire in you.
5. Dirty John
Dirty John is a story based on real life events. It’s a story of caution to those in the dating world that you can never be sure of who you’re really talking to. This one also falls under the true crime umbrella but with a much more serious tone. The podcast is split into seven parts and is more of an audiobook than a podcast. Never the less the story of Dirty John is seriously captivating and reminds us that there are people out there who only want to cause harm to others. If you like stories of survival then this one is for you.
And there you have it! My top 5 picks for podcasts. Thanks so much for reading and please leave me your podcast recommendations below, i’m always on the hunt for my next favourite.