Recently, I switched over purses. I had been using a brown leather vintage purse from the 70's or (more likely) 80's with frayed stitching and gold accents my mother gifted me. I had found it in pile of clothes and accessories she was planning on selling or giving away at a yard sale. There was nothing particularly special about it. It was simple and a good shape. A few days ago, my friend Sheena sent me a vintage purse. She has a great online shop called Ruby Threads Vintage and I had complimented her on the purse. It has a horse's head and horse shoe with the brand (Mesace) stamped into the leather and lots of great compartments. Since I've always found it facinating what other people choose to carry around with them, I decided I would do a "What's in His/Her Purse" blog. Normally I have more random slips of paper in my purse, but since I just changed it out, this one was relatively clean of debris. The largest item in my purse is my Kindle Fire in my DODO Case. The wallpaper in the case reminds me of a really cool book edition, which is why I chose it off of some discount site like Gilt or Groupon. Right now I'm reading the Divergent series, which is somewhat embarrassing, but I like a beach read every now and then. By the end of this, I'm sure I will be in the mood for something serious and possibly depressing. I need a purse that can fit a book because I always have to have a book or an e-reader with me. I suffer from a surge of anxiety when I realize that I don't have one. That's the reason I started carrying a purse in middle school. Right below the e-reader from left to right are a hotel-sized body lotion, a Walgreens Photo order, Harvy Milk stamps, a Rhodia notepad and Uni-ball Vision ink pen. The lotion is from El Conquistador in Puerto Rico and it's a fancy Salvatore Ferragamo body cream named Tuscan Soul. But, it's really not that great. It's just a good size for a purse. The Walgreens order is a photo that's part of a gift for a friend. I bought the Milk stamps from the USPS website because I hate going to the post office. It only seems to be open while I'm at work, and I was down to my last two vintage seed packets stamps. I use the Rhodia notepad to jot down ideas and "To Do" lists. Right now, I'm mapping out my vacation/staycation for next week. The pen is black, gel ink. It's pretty smooth. To the right of the e-reader is a shiny package that houses a pair of DaySoft daily desposable contact lenses, just in case. Four, yes four, lipsticks/lipglosses/lipstains in reds/oranges because I'm always wearing lipstick, and a Lush solid perfume in Lust. Below that is the Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara, which is a great drugstore mascara. Next to the makeup are my work ID badge, because I'm on my lunch break, and my keys. I hate the picture on my ID, but I suppose everyone hates the picture on their identification. The keys I carry are my apartment key, car key, bike lock key, and desk keys. The Strand is a huge bookstore in NYC, and I've had that keychain for about four years now, aquired at the Strand along with a Philip Roth book. I purchased my black Mat & Nat wallet off eBay five or six years ago. It's pretty classic, with gold accents, and it has a woven pattern that reminds me of those light jackets old ladies wear. It gives me a good feeling. The coin pocket is, unfortuantely, torn so all of my change ends up in the inner lining of the wallet, which has happened to me with other wallets and makes me wonder if that flaw is as widespread as I imagine it to be. Since I work at a desk in front of a computer all day, bracelets and watches bother me after a few hours and I end up taking them off. Such is the case with this vintage Timex watch. I took this off my mother's hands after my older brother failed to, and I like the black analog face. Last item is my cell phone case which houses in my HTC One Max that I used to take this picture. I bought the boring case from Amazon and painted it gold, but it needs another coat or two of paint.
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