What’s in my bag?!

Usually, I write my posts for both men and women to enjoy reading.  Even when I wrote my Travel Tips article, including details about what’s in my travel kit, I threw in a few golden nuggets for the men folk.  Because axe body spray and mints are all you need in life, amiright?  But this post – not so much.  So if you are a man and still reading this, consider yourself fair warned. :)

Curiosity is a funny thing.  I think if you ask most women, they will admit to wanting to sacrifice many personal items for just one glance inside another woman’s bag.  What’s her go-to lipstick brand?  How does she keep her hair so shiny? Is there a small mountain of bobby pins and gum wrappers at the bottom, like mine?

I might not be able to solve all of your nosiness woes, but today I’m offering up a sneak peek into what’s normally in my bag – heaps of bobby pins, and all.  And, please, let me know in the comments what you’re toting around so I don’t have to sacrifice my favorite pair of shoes or a right limb hoping for a glance in your purse.  I need some help!

1. The bag. It was pretty terrible going through life without my magenta Longchamp bag.  This was a gift from ole mama years after my time studying abroad in France.  I love it’s size; it’s perfect for weekends away, airport travel and just wandering around town.

2. Panty Liners are one of my favorite things right now.  Forget the image in your head of a ‘clunky diaper,’ liners are lightweight, flexible and seamless – perfect for the tail-end of that time of the month, or when you just need some extra protection. #freshisfierce

3. Hand Sanitizer – A necessity for every situation you could ever find yourself in.

4. A Compact Mirror is my Mother Theresa.  Sometimes angelic, sometimes sweet, and always there to lend a helping hand.

5. The elephant.  Of course, we had to talk about the bobby pins!  Yes – just like you – I always have piles of them at the bottom of every bag, scattered on the floor of my home and out swimming in the unknowns.  My favorite are the miniature sized ones that are perfect for the occasional frequent fly-away’s and loose pieces of hair going awol.

6. So, the other day.  I actually thought about spending money on expensive makeup – like the really nice kind that promises to remove every flaw on your body.  Before spending a bunch of money, I googled the difference between expensive and drugstore makeup and surprisingly learned that most of it has to do with the applicator, brand name (duh) and sometimes the small, tiny particles in the makeup.  Needless to say, I went out and grabbed some nice makeup brushes, and threw one in my bag for touch-ups on the go! Problem solved.

7. Long lash effect.  Some women’s secret weapon is a concealer stick, or a light stroke of powder after a long day.  Mine is a mascara swipe – or two.

8. Hi! Remember when I wrote a love letter to Chapstick?  I always have at least two in my bag.

the real deal.

I was given Carefree acti-fresh panty liners complimentary in exchange for my thoughts on this blog post.  All opinions are entirely my own.

My Favorite Podcasts

I was turned on to podcasts on a cold 2.5 hour drive to Hershey, PA this past December.  Mmm it feels good to say that given it was 100 degrees outside this week!  Anyways, in freezing-cold-icy-ahhh December, I found out about Serial – the podcast of podcasts that changed everyone’s view on podcasts.  And, I was instantly hooked.

Perhaps it was the mystery of it all, or Sarah Koenig’s voice, or the fact that I was truly convinced that I was going to solve the case.  Either way, Serial lent me privy to the magical world of podcasts, and my perception was forever changed.  What I once thought of as dry, NPR-style, dreary talk shows was transformed into enticing audio clips of story-telling, mystery, and just good ole fashioned candid discussions.

I might have fallen in love with Serial at first byte, but it was certainly not my last audio meal.  Here are my top five favorite podcasts from 2015.  And, of course, I’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section!

1. Serial – Come hear about how Sarah Koenig cracks open a 16-year-old murder investigation, which originally resulted in the sentencing of a Baltimore high school student.  Listeners ride the wave of Sarah’s mind and actions as she objectively seeks to prove his innocence.

2. True Murder – My weird interest in murder investigations didn’t stop with Serial.  I’m also a big fan of The First 48 on A&E so there’s a high potential that something is wrong with me.  This podcast is about homicide, but in an interesting twist it includes interviews with the author of a crime book about a specific homicide.  Even if crime investigations are not your thing, you need to listen to the Man Overboard episode about Phil Champagne because it might be the oddest story that I’ve ever heard, and surprisingly has nothing to do with an actual death.

3. New Yorker Fiction – My FAVORITE podcast.  I am not afraid to admit that I listened to all 90+ episodes.  The format of this ‘cast includes an interview with a famous writer who reads a short story piece by another famous writer that once appeared in the New Yorker magazine.  Each piece is analyzed with the renowned New Yorker Fiction Editor, Deborah Treisman.  I love learning in nearly each episode about how most fiction is not really fiction at all.

4. Bald Move TV – Whether you’re watching Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Better Call Saul or another relevant TV show, this podcast has you covered.  Two guys who have now made it their full time job to watch TV and discuss it in detail via an audio recording break down popular television shows each week through scene by scene analysis, character studies and good ole spoilers.  Yes – they really are living the dream.  Cue jealous thoughts.

5. Flawed Logic – If you’re into video games or other aspects of the entertainment industry, this podcast is funny and compelling!