I used to be quite guilty of lugging everything but the kitchen sink around in my purse. When you live in the city and you know you will be out and about all day, you tend to bring everything you need around with you. Then I realized that all of this stuff accumulated and you tend to carry far more than you use on a normal basic. Plus, my arm/shoulders would hurt from the unnecessary weight. Now I make a big effort to clean my bag out of things I definitely don't need when I come home every night. (Things such as the morning paper, water bottles, receipts that I don't need to keep, and everything else that gets tossed into my purse throughout the day.) Now I'm pretty sure I've mastered what I do need throughout the day.
*Coach Outlet Wallet (pretty much my favorite wallet ever)
*YSL Card Holder (perfect for my MetroCard and work id)
*Keys (tied with a ribbon in my sorority colors!)
*Jo Malone Verbenas in Provence Cologne (my current go to scent)
*Benefit "Hello Flawless!" Powder Foundation (the easiest makeup to apply)
*Purell Hand Sanitizer (I obsessively use this when I can't wash my hands)
*Urban Decay Naked Palette (the only e/s I ever wear now)
*Goody Travel Brush
*Forever 21 Sunglasses (I always have at least 1 pair of cheap sunglasses tossed in my purse)
*iPhone 4 (OBSESSED. 'nuff said)
*Aquafor (perfect for dryness anywhere)
*Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey (I rarely wear lipstick but if I do it's this one)
*Alba Coconut Cream Lip Balm (smells delicious)
So there you have it, this is the bunch that always makes it into the next purse when I transfer all of my things. I'll also toss whatever heels I'm wearing to work that day into my bag as well, if they'll fit (I commute in comfortable shoes.) So no more aching back because of a stuffed purse!
What do you *always* have in *your* purse?