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Thursday, May 25, 2017

LeHoarder's Top 10 Daily Necessities




This post is sponsored by L'Occitane En Provence.

As a busy mom & blogger on the go, I'm often asked for a peek inside my bag. Now my that my kids are bigger, I've downsized from my large diaper bags to smaller cross-body bags - and I try to pack as light and efficiently as possible. I like to pride myself as the queen of packing, and I often pack and repack my purse daily. The contents vary depending on my daily activities. For example, when in mommy-mode, I'll often have a couple snacks or extra hair accessories for my girls. But there are a few go-tos, like L'Occitane hand cream and lipstick, that I just can't leave the house without.

I'm going to take you through NYC gal-on-the-run mode. When I'm on my feet all day running around to sample sales and blogger events this is what you'll always find in my bag:

1. Hand cream. I have insanely dry hands. Hand cream is a must-have essential for me. I always keep a tube of hand cream in my purse, on my nightstand, in every bathroom in my house, at my front door....you get the idea. I have to say L'Occitane En Provence Shea Butter Hand cream is like magic. It keeps my hands smooth and moisturized. It's enriched with 20% organic Shea Butter, honey, almond extracts and coconut oil - and smells sooo good. I love that it comes in two sizes - just $12 for the smaller 1oz size and $28 for 5.2oz. I always pop the smaller one in my bag. Be sure to head to Sephora to grab one (or two!) for yourself. Honestly I'm obsessed with all their hand creams. Right now I'm alternating between the Shea Butter, Cherry Blossom, Amande and Lavender. Try one for yourself and you can thank me later.

2. Lipstick. I like to let my face breathe on days I don't have events - not that I wear a lot of makeup when I do. But you'll never find me without a bright lippie in my bag. I can be bare faced but if I swipe on some lipstick, I'm camera ready in a flash. Plus with a Sephora everywhere in the City, I can just pop in and touch up as needed.

3. Sunglasses. My eyes are super sensitive so I avoid eye makeup. My hack is to put on lipstick and sunglasses when I'm shooting and it saves me time and irritation.

4. Flip-Flops. I blew out my knees in my 20s. I'm blessed with good skin genetically but my knees...not so much. I can't run around the City in 6-inch heels like I did in my youth.

5. Tote bag. I always have a tote to carry home sample sale scores, or to shlep around all the stuff that doesn't fit in my purse that day. It's also helpful to take home whatever swag I'm gifted at events. If it's a rainy day I also bring a plastic garbage bag to wrap my goodies so I don't have to go home clutching wet paper bags that fell apart. I just bag everything in plastic and toss it in my favorite giant blue tote.

6. Phone. Seems obvious but I've left the house without it a couple times. Once I was on the bus into the City when I realized I left it at home so I borrowed a stranger's phone and called my husband to meet me at a bus stop - I jumped off and waited for him to bring it to me. It's not just for calling, but I need access to my calendar, social media, and camera. Though if I'm shooting a look I grab my DSLR as well. A phone charger is helpful but not always necessary because some coffeehouses have some to borrow for free.

7. Tissues. I always take a few because I have allergies - and sometimes you get stuck in a toilet stall without paper. A girl has gotta be prepared!

8. Water. I love those tiny kid-sized bottles. I'll even refill it at a water fountain so I won't have to pay crazy NYC prices for a drink.

9. Wallet. I always have some cash, a credit card or two, ID and a Metrocard on me. The cash is very important because there are some places that you can't charge. And if you want to buy a snack like fruit from a street-cart, you need a few dollars at all times.

10. Reading Glasses. This one is a new one for me. When I hit 40 my eyesight started to get a little wonky. I can still see distance perfectly but I misread a price tag one too many times and now I always have a pair on me.




So that's a peek inside my purse! What are your daily bag essentials?

Thank you to Sephora & L'Occitane En Provence for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. 

XO
Michelle, Momma on the Go
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  1. These stuff are great!! Thanks for sharing!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

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  2. Those hand creams look soooo nice! And girl you're killing the flat lays! For me, what's inside my bag depends on the size bag I use for the day haha.

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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    1. They are! And thanks - I just pull whatever flowers I have growing in my front yard and voila!

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  3. I like seeing what you carry in your bag. I can totally relate since I am a mommy on the go too. Thankfully my kids are out of the toddler and little kid stage so that I can carry smaller bags. L'Occitane truly makes the best hand lotions ever. Their scents are incredible and so hydrating. They also make the best gifts as well. I think flip flops are a must in NYC for all the walking you people do. I definitely wouldn't be able to wear high heels all day long in the city either. Thanks for sharing all the fun items you carry around in your bag...I always wonder what other people lug around! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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    1. Isn't the best when you finally put away the diapers and bottles! It took me a while getting used to going out sans stroller - I used to dump my stuff in it LOL.

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  4. Yes nailed and definitely the same things I will carry in my daily bag babe!! I cannot leave my house with any of these but specially with the hand lotion since my hands get very dried but I love l'occitane cream is the best.

    xoxo
    Marcy

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  5. I seriously need to get back into the habit of keeping a hand cream in my bag because the winter here is doing terrible things to the condition of my hands and cuticles and sometimes it's nice to just massage creams into your hand! Loccitaine products always smell so good too!

    Helen x
    http://helenchik.com

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    1. I know! Sometimes it's these little things that make all the difference.

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  6. L"Occitane makes the Best handcream I've ever tried true story! I have One in every room of the house ha ha.Love your essentials picks what girl doesn't need any of those items I especially love the rose gold and pink sunglasses
    Xo
    Natalia k

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    1. Thank you and I totally agree about L'Occitane!

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  7. Hey Darling,
    Hows you?
    L'Occitane is a Brand what I adore, The Best Quality Ever. The packaging Amazing, and the Smell as well:)
    Hand Cream is always in my Bag:) Sooo Important:)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Tuesday

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  8. It's so fun when bloggers do these type of post that let's us see a little bit into their lives, even if its something as small as what you carry around on your day to day basis!
    Haha I was hoping i had more in common with you but i only had phone and wallet for my checklist! My hands are always a little sweaty, so I never have the need for handcreams. And I haven't worn sunglasses for years because I always hated how it made that foundation indent on my nose when i wear it haha!
    Other then that, such a fun post, enjoyed this!

    wanderlustts
    www.wanderlustts.com

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    1. Haha the indent drives me crazy but there is a reason I'm 40 and don't have wrinkles by my eyes. Trust me!

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  9. I am always looking for a good hand cream. I have insanely dry hands too! 20% organic Shea Butter, honey, almond extracts and coconut oil is a perfect recipe for good skin care! I love that it comes in two sizes!
    I am such a lipstick girl! Even if I'm not wearing any makeup, I am usually always in some sort of lip even if it's tinted! Sunglasses are such an essential and my eyes have been really sensitive lately so I feel you on that! I have little ones but HATE carrying large bags so I usually keep a tote in the car filled with all the kid things I could possibly need! I felt like I officially became a mom when I started to carry a full box of tissues in my front seat! lol Loved hearing what was in your bag and going to head to Sephora to check out your hand cream!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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    1. I keep stuff in my car to but I'm not crazy enough to drive into the City LOL. Public transportation means I'm lugging stuff around all day, which is why I keep it simple.

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  10. what a great post, I actually use same brand for my hands as well and absolutely love it 😍. I don't bring flip-flops with me, it is why I wear sneakers if I walk a lot. I need to learn to bring my reading glasses with me, cuz i am super blind!

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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    1. I'm trying to build my designer sneaker collection for that reason but some days I just want my heels :)

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  11. Wait a second...reading glasses...40? NO WAY!!! Girl you look so young and energetic, there is no way I would have guessed that you are 40+. you should totally write a post and tell us your secret of your beautiful skins.

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/babesofmissguided/

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  12. Hand cream is a necessity to me as well, since I have naturally dry skin and manicured nails. My phone should probably be in my purse and not my back pocket or my hand, which is the reason it's cracked right now :(

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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  13. I always wondered what other girls carry in their handbags. I can relate as a mommy but since my boy is no longer a baby or little anymore I carry only small essentials. Hand cream is one of them! I I actually use same brand for my hands and love it, specially the smell. I am in my 40's too but thank god I don't need glasses at this point but I do have my phone and a lipgloss instead of lipstick. I don't wear flip flops as I don't find them very comfortable. And I prefer to have less items in my bag as possible :)
    Thanks for sharing! Aurela xoxox
    www.aurelafashionista.com

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    1. Less is more! Try Crocs flip flps - so comfortable!

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  14. I'm a big fan of L'Occitane, and I've always loved their hand creams. I literally adore their Shea Butter Hand cream and Almond Oil. These are my all-time favourites. I'm trying to keep all as simple and efficiently as possible. So I have not so many things in my purse. Normally it's a pair of lipsticks, a hand cream, a phone and a wallet. Very simple yet very practical, haha! But I'm always very nosy and like to know, what normal people have on their bag :)

    Cheers, Eliza | www.fashion-confession.com

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    1. Right? I love those celeb bag spills in the magazines too!

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  15. This looks a lot to what's inside my bag hahaha I think I do carry a little bit more of makeup than lipstick though ;)
    My hands are super dry too so I swear on hand cream! I actually have this one too and I've been loving it lately.
    Love your bag by the way!
    XO
    Aimara
    www.waysofstyle.com

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    1. When I was younger I carried more makeup - now I try to keep it natural and take it easy on my skin.

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  16. It looks like our daily necessities are pretty similar! I have super dry skin so carrying a small hand cream in my bag it's a must, as for lipstick, I can't live without my red one xD. Sorry to hear you can't walk in heels anymore, but it should be fun to carry your flip flops with you everywhere. Wishing you a lovely day! xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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    1. I can do heels but not for 12 hour days anymore. 3-4 max. Those flip flops are pretty essential these days.

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  17. I'm a huge fan of L'Occitane and I've been using their products for many years. I try to switch to other brands sometimes but I always keep coming back. Their hand creams are like magic and they make the skin so soft. I specially like the lavender scent. I even buy them for my mom, she loves them.

    xx, Maryam
    www.glamandposh.com

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    1. Right? There is a reason to keep coming back!

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  18. Nice post. We're curious what in the bag :)
    The handcreams I'm like you: I have one also in the car haha, the glasses becaause using alwys my phone my eyes are make it double sometimes.
    i'm using heels for shots and flats or midi heels for day.
    the cash is very important with the kids them alwys want something.
    Thank you to share a litte piece from your days.
    xx
    Eva
    WWW.THEMERMAIDFASHION.COM

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  19. I love this brand so much. They do have the best hand cream. I've been waiting to get paid so I can go get some because I'm in serious need of it. I've been putting off buying it for so long! Loving this what's in my bag post!! And def looking into that lippie. Im the same! I only wear makeup on the weekends

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  20. Great daily essentials post! I agree about the handcreams and sunglasses I always have a pair of sunnies on my and my fav cream from Kiehl's, can't live without them. Thanks again for sharing your daily essentials hope you have a fab week XOWP

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  21. I absolutely love L'Occitane En Provence. I have many products from them, because I love this brand and its quality! The handcream is one of my favorites. I have always one in my car and when I simply want to feel the great sensation of this product I apply it. Love your daily essentials, that pink sunglasses are so pretty and totally on point for the season. And what to say about your tote bag, is so chic, love the color. The perfect complement to enhance any outfit.
    Thanks for sharing girl!
    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net


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  22. You have nailed it on the essentials!! Besides the reading glasses (which I don't wear) I actually have everything! Well, my flip flops are always in my car in case I need to make a last min run to get pedi or chase after my kids haha.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
    Instagram

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    1. That's so smart - I keep a whole other set of essentials in my car LOL. And so lucky you don't need reading glasses yet. It happened to me around 40.

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  23. Thank you Michelle for this thorough post! First of all, my hands are soooo dry all the time too, especially with this dry weather in Denver and being pregnant. I always carry hand cream in my purse. The travel size of L'occitane is perfect and their scents are great. I have the shea butter and cherry blossom, they're my favorite hand creams!
    I love your tip on wearing sunglasses with lipstick haha. I never thought of that but it would save me so much time if I could skip the eye make up. I love your pink sunnies here.

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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    1. I can imagine. And the smaller size really is perfect! And yes! I skip eye makeup whenever I can.

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  24. I'm caring all the same necessities like you all the time!! Only thing I forgot often are my glasses :D I'm having my charger with me always as well as external battery!

    I'm having dry hand through all year so hand cream is must for me and I love using Loccitane creams!

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    1. I used to carry the charger and batteries but it makes my bag heavier. Now I just pop into Starbucks or find a charging tower (Bergdrof has one).

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  25. Mine are about the same, minus reading glasses but plus eye drops in case my contacts act up.

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    1. Ahhh I don't have contacts. If I did I'd probably have a small case and drops too.

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