18 Things All Girls Carry In Their Handbags


Because let’s face it, it’s not all Mulberry purses and MAC lipsticks.

1. Pen lids. Normally about three, gathered together in the deep crevices of said handbag and festering with an unknown sticky substance and a lot of crumbs. No pens.

2. A bottle of perfume with approximately 7 drops of perfume left in it. Guys, let’s be honest, perfume is expensive alright? Gotta be prepared for emergency hot boy and BO situations.

3. A notebook or diary from somewhere chic and on-point like Etsy or Paperchase. Used only once, the day you got it, to write your birthday in.

4. A stray bright red Evian bottle lid, because OK.

5. Every lip product you’ve ever owned or no lip products at all. Never an in-between. NEVER.

6. A coin in a currency belonging to a country you haven’t stopped foot in since last summer. How has this been in here THIS long?

7. A receipt for that time you spent the best part of a fiver withdrawing cash at 2am in a club to buy a round of Jagerbombs. Oh you.

8. About 17 hair grips. In a hole in a side pocket that you had no idea even existed. THIS IS WHERE THEY’VE BEEN HIDING ALL ALONG. Them guys.

9. A stamped and addressed birthday card for your friend who celebrated her birthday just before Christmas. Your bad.

10. A nail varnish for that time you were going to paint your nails on the train but then OH MY GOD, WHAT IF STRANGERS JUDGE YOU. NO, DEAR LORD, NOT THAT.

11. A yucky, brass coloured tangled up necklace. Put in your bag so that you could untangle it on the commute to work, but then Candy Crush happened and well, the rest is history.

12. A tampon that’s come out of its wrapper. I mean you *probably* wouldn’t use it in an emergency because y’know TSS, but still.

13. A purse that’s splitting at the seams because you’ve crammed 27 different cards into the card slots, including a Nando’s card, a debit card that expired in 2012 and a reward card for that place you bought a smoothie from ONCE. Uh.

14. Headphones. Knotted headphones. Knotted headphones that only work in one ear. Except when you least expect it and they blare the odd lyric out of both sides when the volume’s on full. What’s life without the daily fear of going deaf, right?

15. A set of keys including a key ring that looks like it’s been repeatedly run over by a lorry and two keys that you have absolutely no idea what they open – Hogwarts? Heaven? Eternal life? – or how long you’ve had them for.

16. Hand cream. Hand cream that you only ever use when you rummage through your bag to look for something else and then you’re like OMG, I LOVE HAND CREAM *puts on immediately*.

17. A phone charger because gurl gotta be able to Instagram stalk allllllll day long.

18. A random bag of salt (at least you think it’s salt) that came with your bag and says ‘DO NOT EAT ON’, that you’ve never, not even once, thought about eating.

  • This is hilarious. In the recent bbloggers etc community I’ve joined I am overwhelmed by BLAND. This is a breath of fresh air! Thank you!

    • hannahgale9

      This makes me mega happy, thank you! Better go eat something chocolate-y to celebrate…

  • Hahahah this is so accurate it really made me laugh hannah!

  • carys emily

    phew I’m not the only one ! Loved this post

    Distant Dreamer

  • omg this was amazing! i’m afraid to say i have most of these in my bag *don’t judge me*

    Georgia Nicolaou Blog

  • Lauren

    I thought I was the only one who had the ‘tampon- out of wrapper’ problem!

    Great post


    • hannahgale9

      Nope. The wrappers seem to fall apart after a matter of days!

      • Someone should invent a solution to this problem!!

  • Rachael

    #16 is on point! I have a fondness of the little L’occitane travel sized hand creams and there are approximately 4 half used tubes of it lying around my bag but I love them so!

    • Caragh

      this is me too lol x

  • Haha! Mine also includes a false nail I was going to stick back on from 4 months ago, sunglasses and a sunglass case (never together) and a furry fruit pastel!

    Jen x

  • I didn’t even have a bag until last week so I am not guilty of any of these. Hurrah! I win.

  • I am so guilty of getting loyalty cards for places I know I’ll never go back to! I end up having to do a purse cull about once a month to get rid of them! Ha.

  • Jilly

    Haha! Soooo true about the lip products x

  • Nicola

    Hahaha, you’re awesome

  • Amy

    Omg No.5 is so accurate it’s untrue. I always either have ever shade I’d ever need, or not even a lip balm in sight. WHERE’S THE MIDDLE GROUND!?

  • This is awesome, made my day reading it because they are ALL TRUE!! My personal favourite is number 12, I ALWAYS have a loose tampon that is coming out of it’s wrapper in my bag, I don’t know why I bother!!
    Emily xx
    Emily May Designs

  • Blizzard Girl

    This made me laugh…because half of it is actually true:P


  • LOL, a lot of these are true and too funny, especially all the hair grips. Great post!


  • so accurate!! plus about 5 empty packets of chewing gum!!

  • This is so true! Its also a major reason why I’m incredibly glad not to have ever been asked to do a “what’s in your handbag type thing”. Well your list and the embarrassing number of receipts I seem to carry everywhere.

  • Ahaha yes! Why does a hole in the lining of your bag always hide things?! This has happened to every bag I’ve owned and most of my jackets as well, what even is that?! xx


  • Omg I needed this after the week I’ve had! Your posts never fail to make me laugh and smile, THANK YOU for being you, you wonderful person <3

    • hannahgale9

      This made me smile, hope this week is better for you x

  • #5 is spot on. Every lipstick for me.

    Why do we do this haha.

    Love the post x

  • Oh so on point, as always! I am 100% guilty of an addressed birthday card to my little brother, and of Danish currency (the alarming part is that I haven’t been since 2012. Or 2011?). #mybad



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  • Hehe 🙂 how did you know? x

    Amanda Winchester ♥ | AmandaSays

  • I am convinced my hairgrips are actually plotting a revolution against me. I keep finding little battalions of them hiding away in handbags and pockets and down the sofa and well, anywhere which isn’t my hairgrip tin.

    Great post, loved it. I chuckled most heartily!

    Katie x

  • Charlotte

    Bloody hilar x

  • Amy

    I love, love, LOVE your blog. Amazing, but the following link just came up on my Facebook page…this is basically a shit version of this post…they have actually copied you sometimes pretty much work for word…WTF?! Or am I missing something?? http://www.pretty52.com/articles/things-all-girls-find-in-their-handbag

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