What’s in My Bag?

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Bag: Tory Burch, Similar, Similar | Top: Nordstrom, Similar | Leggings: Nordstrom

Photography by: Angie Garcia

Happy Thursday! I’ve gotten lots of requests to do a “What’s in my bag?” post, because y’all know this little girl [ahem, me] is 50 shades of Type A. I’ve always been a naturally organized person. I used to gift my mom coupons for holidays when I was little and half of them would say:

1. One Coupon Good for Katey Cleaning Your Bag

2. One Coupon Good for Katey Cleaning Your Closet

I still might do that, too! 😉 [Because when you clean out your mom’s purse you get to take a few lipsticks home and I have no shame in doing so!]

Purses can be one big black hole, so I wanted to share how I keep mine from being too cluttered. I truly also think this allows your bag to last longer just because lip gloss and Tic Tacs don’t end up getting crushed in the bottom of the bag.

Two little tricks I have for keeping your bag in good condition:

1.Clean it out every night before you go to bed! 

Organize your receipts, throw out old gum wrappers and save your coins. That sounds really tasking to do every day but it just takes me about 30 seconds since I do it daily.

2.Stuff your bag with this while you aren’t using it. 

To make sure your bag doesn’t lose shape, I always stuff my bag when I’m not using it. If it’s a clutch I just use tissue paper, but I swear by these for large bags! Use the large size for totes and the medium size for most satchels.



1. Must Haves

I always keep hand sanitizer, a Too Faced Melted [these apply so easily and give you great pigmentation while looking natural] and a liquid lipstick in my makeup bag. The Too Faced shade is Melted Sugar and the lipstick is Kat Von D. Requiem. I’m such a lipstick hoarder, but I really only like to keep 2 shades in my bag so I actually use the product and nothing goes to waste.

2. Makeup Bag

I keep a colorful LV makeup bag in my purse to house the must haves listed above, gum, tissue, ponytail holders and my perfume! I also love this makeup bag for a bright colorful touch. I like to keep everything in little compartments so when I switch purses I can grab and go. Depending on the size of the bag, this is usually what I switch over because it houses all the necessities.

3. Wallet & Checkbook

Y’all, this Texas girl is old school. I still write out my budget. I married a CPA and I write out my business budget as well as our home budgets. Granted, I keep everything on my computer as well [he would have a stroke if I didn’t], but I just like to keep things hand written, too. Every Sunday afternoon I grab Peaches, head to the couch and we hand write out what Paul and I spent the previous week, etc. Could I get anymore 1950’s?! So yes, I still write checks. We just got the bill for my surgery in November and I went to grab our checkbook and Paul stared at me like I was mad.

He said, “You know you can just call and pay over the phone?”

To which I replied, “Yeah, but I don’t like that way.” haha! So I keep all my cards, coupons, cash and receipts in my LV wallet [love this one too!] and my checkbook in my Goyard clutch. This one is also a super cute option for a good price!

4. Planner

I am glued to my planner, as well! So it always goes in my bag, and I am using a bando one this year!  Unfortunately, it sold out but below are the ones I always use! I used them for the past 3 years and had no complaints!

5. Henri Bendel Cosmetic Cases

If you squint you can see these cases say “KHA.” Nope, not my initials. I took my maiden name as my middle name, but my mom is still mourning that. She picked my middle name and was so upset when I had to swap it for my maiden name. I kept my maiden name for business reasons and for my dad! But my mom gave me about 14 monogrammed items for Christmas that say “KHA” so I’m definitely getting the hint! 😉

She gave me these Henri Bendel Cosmetic Cases for a few reasons! In the large one I keep medicine, vitamins and all the teas my mom gives me! She swears by teas for healing any ailment, so I always have like 14 in my bag at a time. In the medium sized one I keep gift cards. In the small case I keep jewelry that I swap out while I shoot. I kept losing earrings/rings from shooting so I just throw them in there!

6. Card Case

I keep a card case on hand for my license, debit card and Sephora VIB card. Shows what I do too much… Mine was a gift and is LV, but I’ll list a few more reasonably priced ones below!

7. Keys

This is the faux fur pom I keep on my keys, it’s a steal!

8. Sunglass Case & Perfume

I use a Henri Bendel sunglass cass [this one is old but here are a few more current ones] and always keep perfume on hand! I love the YSL Black Opium, it seriously smells like classy candy. haha! You know those candy perfumes [Paris Hilton whatever] we all wore back in the day?! This has spicy undertones so it takes me back to middle school, but it also has coffee notes so it isn’t overpowering in the sweet department.

What are your must haves in your bag?!


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  1. Ellen wrote:

    Ah you are so organized! I always love these types of posts. Thanks for sharing!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  2. chottie wrote:

    Oh my, even the things inside of your purse are cute and organized-I love! Those Bendel bags are so adorable and perfect for storing all of the little things that always get lost. Thanks for sharing;)


    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  3. I love the organizational tips within this post!

    xx Kathryn

    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  4. I recently picked up a sample of the Black Opium because I remembered you saying in a post a while back that you were really picky about perfume and really loved that one, and I AM OBSESSED!!! I used up the sample in no time, I kept wanting to reapply it all day even though it lasts, and I just wanted to spray everythaaaang.

    So yeah, I will be picking up a full size soon here!

    xo Mary-Katherine | http://www.goldhattedlover.com

    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Haha!! You’re just like me!!! I’m so happy you loved it!!! If everyone smelt like that the world would be a happier place! 😉 Totally kidding but I’m so obsessed with it!

      Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  5. Meg wrote:

    You are my lifesaver for posting card holder cases! I’ve been looking everywhere for one that’s cute and doesn’t have the (to me unusable) chains for things on the inside! Love the DFV ones linked!! Thank you! ?

    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  6. Amanda wrote:

    I’m so glad I’m not alone in my Type-A lifestyle! I love to keep everything in pouches to protect the lining of my handbags and they also fill out the bag more to keep shape!

    xo Amanda
    XO Strawberry Chic

    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  7. Emily wrote:

    Loved this post! I’ve never actually commented on a blog post before but while reading this I was like “that is SO me.” One time in middle school I spent an entire afternoon organizing my BFFs closet because I just couldn’t handle seeing all of her clothes strewn about in no order. And I’m also old-fashioned and prefer to use my checkbook for things like rent and weekly offerings – too funny!

    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  8. Jmartin wrote:

    Just bought the Pom keychain, thank you!!! Got one for my daughter too. Love your blog❤️

    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  9. Jazzmine wrote:

    We might be purse twins…and organization twins! I’m always organizing and re-organizing to ensure everything has a place. Thanks for the purse-stuffing tip. 🙂

    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  10. LOVE your Louis card holder! <3


    Published 07 Jan 16Reply
  11. Maddie wrote:

    Where is your heart keychain from?!

    Published 08 Jan 16Reply
  12. kkmarie wrote:

    Where is your pink heart keychain from?

    Published 03 Feb 16Reply