Attempts at Vanity

What’s in my (old) bag?

March 17, 2015
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One of my old bags. I even have matching shoes. Not even joking.

 

Ok, so this is pretty much a dietary staple of the blogging world. The good old “what’s in my bag” post. I’ve never actually written one before, because what’s in my bag is basically just shite and lipgloss. It wouldn’t be very interesting or groundbreaking. However, the other day I was searching through all sorts of old handbags that I don’t really use anymore but I can’t bear to part with. I was on the lookout for another, smaller handbag that I thought would match my outfit and might be inside one of bigger ones. It wasn’t.

Nonetheless, I did find a whole heap of other stuff that I had forgotten I owned. You know how it is, you get into a handbag rut. That one bag that pretty much goes with everything has all your necessaries in it, so you end up just grabbing it everyday. If you try and switch it up too often you rush and the result is you standing outside in the rain because you left the office keys in the other bag. So it’s best only to risk it on special occasions.

Whenever I buy a new bag I tend to just grab the bare essentials out of the old one and start a whole new ecosystem in the new one. Ergo, I now have a bit of a purse graveyard in my closet, complete with peeling PVC and fleeting glances of Frankies past. Here we go then, here’s a collection of stuff I used to carry around with me every single day, until something shinier came along and and I abandoned it. It’s pretty much all still shite and lipgloss, but it’s what’s in my (old) bag!

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1. Art Deco Mints
I don’t smoke. I don’t eat piles of onions and then go on massive kissing binges with lots of new and exciting partners. So why did I need mints? Because I’m a sucker for anything in an art deco case and this is just so damned classy.

 

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2. British Lip Balms
Ok, so there is an overwhelming amount of lip balm and gloss in my old bags. I am unable to finish a product; instead I just move onto the next one. A lot of this gunk needs to be thrown out pronto. But these wee guys are special. I’m assuming I bought them at some kind of Royal Palace Gift Shop. They are the cutest lip balms I’ve ever owned, and I’ve barely even brushed them against my lips because they’re really just for looking at. I’m a little bit happy they’re back in my life.

 

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3. Marilyn Monroe Card Case
Don’t want to keep your bank cards in a wallet? Need somewhere to store those business cards? How about this Marilyn Monroe themed card holder? Because nothing says business like Marilyn. I went through a bit of a Marilyn obsession in my teens and back then all my financial decisions went via Ms Monroe; it still has an old bank card in it.

 

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4. Fake nails
Surely I was given these as a freebie, or a gift. If I had paid for them I would have had an occasion in mind to use them. But these fakies just sat abandoned in my purse for years. Why haven’t I used them? What the hell Frankie? They’re not nice enough to save for a special occasion. Most of the time I can never be bothered with painting my nails properly, and apparently I can’t even be bothered to stick them on either. Screw it, I’m going to use them and blog about them.

 

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5. Dinosaurs from a bygone era
Cards, cards and more cards! Video store cards. Loyalty cards for stores in countries I don’t live in. Library cards for libraries in cities I don’t live in. An Egyptian themed address book filled with people I worked with part time when I was 16. It’s amazing to think we once thought we needed this stuff. Most hilariously, there are a collection of my old student IDs, from high school through to the graphic design student years. The print quality of these cards is really something. They clearly only had 17 colours available to them and from this they had to create some sort of dot pattern that could recreate faces well enough to be used for identification purposes. They did well. Ahem. Also, where the hell are my eyebrows?

Frankie 16

16 year old Frankie has dyed her hair black and is considering a career in axe murder.

17 year old Frankie has puppy fat. In her cheeks.

17 year old Frankie has puppy fat. In her cheeks.

18 year old Frankie is sick of your shit. Hurry up and take the damn photo.

18 year old Frankie is sick of your shit. Hurry up and take the damn photo.

19 year old Frankie has accidentally burnt off half of her hair in an unfortunate 'watching TV whilst blow drying' incident

19 year old Frankie has accidentally burnt off half of her hair in an unfortunate ‘watching TV whilst blow drying’ incident

Starting to look vaguely human! 20 year old Frankie has discovered the fake smile.

Starting to look vaguely human! 20 year old Frankie has discovered the fake smile.

Stuff that’s in every single bag:
Pens, tampons/pads and lip products. Every single bag has an alarming assortment of these three things. I can only assume that it’s my survival kit for life. As long as I know I’m able to write, menstruate or hydrate my lips with ease I’m sure I can handle anything else that comes my way. Who knew?!

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  • Great post! I love the tin for the mints, and the lip balms are so cute!

  • Ahhh… You actually have a rather interesting collection of random stuff…made for a better ‘what’s in my bag type post πŸ˜‰
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    • Thanks! I didn’t even realise I had most of it XD

  • adales8

    If you look through my old photos you’d think, “isn’t it lovely that this girl kicked her meth addiction as she aged?” x

    • And we’re all very proud of you for that πŸ˜€ x

  • Sam

    Lip balm is a MUST. I have one in every room of the house and in every handbag I own. Your English ones are very sweet! Sam x

    • They are awesome. Thing is, I have so many lip products, yet I don’t use any of them enough! I have problems.

  • Hahaha, I love the picture display thank you for including the funny captions ‘Looking vaguely human’ Trust me I haven’t developed into a normal looking human till I turned about 20 too πŸ˜› LOOOL!

    Serene xoxo

    http://www.imserenel.wordpress.com

    • The thing that gets me is that my left eyebrow is always waaaaay higher than my right one.

      • Lol, fun fact πŸ˜€ I wanted to be like all the other girls and so my eyebrows were thick as hell in my teens, so I decided to tweeze the hell outta them and they turned out like caterpillars :O HAHAHAH! Thank god I grew them out again πŸ˜› & seriously I didn’t notice but it is said that everyone has an eyebrow that is always higher than the other one.

        • I find it quite hard to move one eyebrow… frigging lazy half of my face. Yeah over plucking was a trend back in the day!

          • Hahaha, really glad I wasn’t the only one hahahaha! Honestly I can’t notice it at all πŸ˜ŠπŸ’‹ xox

  • Hehe, I think everyone can produce an ‘angry teenage axe murderer’ photo from their misspent youth. This post made me laugh, thank you. πŸ™‚

    • It’s amazing so many of us survive ;D Thanks for reading!

  • I am in love with that beautiful Art Deco mint tin, what a cute place to keep mints πŸ˜€ xx
    Gemma | Miss Makeup Magpie

    • Yeah. I think I got it because it looks like a beautiful cigarette case, but it’s actually useful if you don’t smoke!

  • I have the stockpile of useless cards, too. So much plastic. I need to buy a mold and melt them all into something else…maybe a chintzy bracelet. I like this post. It’s like strolling through the Frankie museum πŸ˜€

    • Haha. Yeah, someone should start selling an at home kit where you can melt down your old video store cards and turn them into something useful, like an SD card πŸ˜‰

  • Such a fun post. It was much more interesting to see all the relics of purses past than the boring everyday from the present!

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

    • Thank you! It also reminded me I need to clean a whole heap of stuff out of my closet πŸ˜‰

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Such a great idea for a blog post! I love your descriptions of those old pics you found of yourself – you look so different year to year!

    • I’ve always been a victim of ‘bitchy resting face’. This is just how it manifests itself during photo ID shoots!

  • I loved reading this blog post! Why is it that other people’s handbags are so much more exciting than your own? I love looking in other people’s make up bags too!

    • I know exactly what you mean! Other people’s stuff is fascinating πŸ˜€

  • Gabrielle

    Oh my gosh, those lip balms are ever so cute – how amazing that you opened your old handbag to find all of this, it reminds me of those old 20th century homes that were discovered undisturbed for over a century haha! 17 year old Frankie is working uniform scarily similar to my old school uniform, as well!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

    • We also had a kilt. Did you have to wear a kilt? And thick brown/green woollen tights? It was hot.

  • This made me chuckle, because when I read the what’s in my bag posts I think about the crap I carry around and that no one would want to see that. But this is ingenious it is amazing the amount of bits we carry. The lip salves are lovely so sweet and great pics Lucy x

    • I know, I carry a mini hairbrush, a little bag of make up (lip gloss mostly unless I’m wearing something special that needs reapplication) my wallet, keys, ereader and a notebook. No idea how people manage to fit so much fabulous stuff into their posts and bags as I carry too much as it is!

  • Ahahaha I love the passport photos, those machines are incapable of making anyone look good! x

    • Haha, these weren’t taken by a passport machine. School ID photo line up, guy with a digital camera, backdrop and a whole heap of students with no idea when he was gonna click the button!

      • Noooooo, what he couldn’t even give you a quick 3, 2, 1 countdown so you were ready?! Nightmare x

  • Such a great idea – I recently had that sinking realisation that I’d run out of all sanitary products the previous month and completely forgot about it until the next…cue rifling through many old bags to find something to tide me over til I could get to a shop. 20 mins later, a mountain of neglected bags surrounding me and I’d found pretty much a lifetime supply of pens, tissues, gum, hairbands and, thankfully, what I’d been originally looking for! Enjoyed this post a lot, thanks! Alice x

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

    • Haha, it’s amazing the things you forget about! I always forget to buy them until the last minute too…

  • Such a great idea – I recently had that sinking realisation that I’d run out of all sanitary products the previous month and completely forgot about it until the next…cue rifling through many old bags to find something to tide me over til I could get to a shop. 20 mins later, a mountain of neglected bags surrounding me and I’d found pretty much a lifetime supply of pens, tissues, gum, hairbands and, thankfully, what I’d been originally looking for! Enjoyed this post a lot, thanks! Alice x

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk