Monday, March 31, 2008

And you thought I was high maintenance

That crazy OHMommy asked for a peek inside my purse.

And I'm happy to oblige though I think she might be just a little surprised at just how few girly-girl accouterments this self-proclaimed diva carts about on a typical Saturday morning.




It's a beauty isn't it?

More than 40 years old, it belonged to my late grandmother who died four years ago at the age of 92. It's retro, it's stylish and I love it.

But there ain't a lot of room in this little beauty.

Just enough space for:

keys

one diaper

one pack of wipes

Gucci wallet (okay knock-off Gucci wallet)

library card/ credit cards that don't fit in knock-off Gucci wallet

loose change (for Graham's RESP fund, just in case he decides to ignore his God-given talent and attend college)

nail file

two packs of dental floss

an unmarked stamp I ripped off a recently received letter (it's not that I'm cheap, it's just that I can't resist even the smallest salvo in my ongoing battle with The Man)

a button I've been meaning to sew onto one of my winter coats since the fall

a comb

an eyelash curler

a lip liner, lip stick, eye liner, mascara and second lipstick to rub on cheeks (all the makeup I ever wear, honest!)

and last but not least...

my super-duper, monogrammed, silver-plated card holder which holds my super-duper DMD calling cards (vanity, thy name is Diva)

And - how could I forget? - one more thing that is almost always found in my purse...

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70 comments:

Law Student Hot Mama said...

Why the two packs of floss?

Heh - you've got way more cosmetics than I do. I've got Carmex lip balm and a compact in mine. Other than that, all I have is an iphone, wallet and keys.

I need to spice mine up just in case I get run over and a cop has to look in my purse. Put something in there like a can of Spam just to keep them guessing.

Fabulous purse!

Becky said...

That purse is sexxy.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I would never do this one. Too embarrassing...

Annie said...

That purse is awesome!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ That's quite a bit of stuff for a little purse! Love the purse by the way!

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

That is an awesome purse! My husband once made the mistake of commenting I was "low maintance"... and I started cracking up... and said.. "Are you KIDDING ME??? This is why we have our problems.. you treat your 'high maintance' wife 'low maintance' to frequently!! :-D

kittenpie said...

I think I have a similar purse, but in patent.

And um, DMD? To me, that IS a lot of girly-girl accoutrements! I'm lucky if I remember chapstick.

flutter said...

My mom's purse always had wads of used kleenex. I mean, used. Like with chewed gum in them or quite obviously boogered up.

Just Janice said...

Great purse! I might have to do a similar post. Mine has wipes, diaper, princess undies and an extra pair of pants (size 2).

Shan said...

My Grandma had the same purse. I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the memories.

Dawn said...

I love that purse! It's very "Queen of England"- in a good way ;)

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I love that you carry your grandmother's purse!

tommie said...

I have a smaller version of that bag I use for formal parties we have to go to....I LOVE IT!

I started using Bobbi Brown makeup because she does a lip/cheek pot!

sky girl said...

This could be a fun meme.

You put lipstick on your cheeks?

Karen MEG said...

I LOVE your purse!! I don't know why, but I had a giggle about the floss too! And cuteness Graham ...of course he can't resist!

Girl said...

I dig that purse. Mines, um, scary right now. It was once cool but now it's covered in teeeeeny teeth marks.

meagan@meplusthree.us said...

Lol! I had a knock off Coach bag, and it was really cute, but my sister spilled wax on it. :(

Tot's Mom said...

You don't wanna know what's in my purse. Too much junk possibly including used tissue and candy wrappers!!

Sass E-mum said...

he he. that's too true.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I believe this meme was started by Jaime at Choosing My Own in San Diego.

http://choosingmyown.blogspot.com/2008/03/whats-in-your-purse.html

It is amazing how fast and far it is spreading.

Love the purse (and the boy)!

Kat said...

I love your purse. My grandma had one similar. I used to walk around in her heels with her purse stuck to my arm.

Ahh the memories.

Here's the contents of my purse:

http://inyourfacesuckers.blogspot.com/2007/09/whats-in-your-purse.html

Family Adventure said...

Gorgeous purse. I love that you're using it!

Heidi

KathyLikesPink said...

I love the purse. Reminds me of the bag Grace Kelly carried in the movie "Rear Window". (Hers was a Mark Cross. Which was bought out by Coach.)

I don't know how you manage with so few things, though. Once I got rid of the diaper bag, my purse increased in size to unbelievable proportions.

Laura said...

love the purse...love that you use it...very cool and heart touching.

yep...I have little hands in my purse all the time too!

Stomper Girl said...

How fabulous that you have your Grandma's purse ( and also that it was a cool one that you love! not sure my grandma's would have been, bless her soul).

Have you got a floss thing? I've got a lip-gloss thing. I Must Not Ever Have Dry Lips!!

OHmommy said...

Graham has s fab sense of style. He has an eye for vintage class. Perhaps you should add FIT to the list. :)

Great purse!

chelle said...

Ooo that purse is so cute~

petite gourmand said...

great purse...and I love the last shot!

Victoria said...

Ooo - *love* that purse. And with such great history. Mental note to me: raid my Grandma's old purse collection next visit. Very cool.

Amy said...

Just the right things for a diva as yourself!

Sandy D. said...

That's a wonderfully evocative purse! What a nice memento of your grandmother. You can channel her whenever you like.

HRH said...

I love your purse. And that last "thing" you have in your purse, I have 3 of those in mine.

themommykelly said...

Love that purse ... and the final item! Very sweet!

I did something similar way back when. Lots of fun!

Cee said...

I'm impressed at how practical all those items are! Does your small purse really double as a diaper bag too? impressive :)

Jenifer said...

Very retro indeed...I swing widely between carrying a real purse, my hip diaper bag/ purse and my Coach swing bag...oh the trials of the modern Mom.

I never leave home without dental floss either!

Melissa said...

I think my grandma had a purse exactly like that!

mamatulip said...

I love that purse.

Beck said...

I actually don't carry a purse - I just shove all my crap into my pockets.
Elegant, that's me.

Beck said...

I actually don't carry a purse - I just shove all my crap into my pockets.
Elegant, that's me.

Angie said...

That holds a lot more than I would have thought actually. Also goes to show for what quality used to be if it has lasted for 40 years.

KEEP BELIEVING

Life As I Know It said...

Oh, I love the retro purse!

caramama said...

Love that purse! Thanks for letting us peek!

But what is up with the two dental floss? ;-)

Nap Warden said...

Cute bag!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

I have been loving these purse memes. kind of fun

Maureen said...

hah! Love the last one...

Amy said...

LOL!
I love your one more thing always found in your purse!

E said...

It's like you... Diva on the outside competent and practical just underneath. Smart out and in....
(I love that bag)

Cheffie-Mom said...

OHHHH!!! I love vintage! That is WAY cool and so cute! The best part I bet is that it holds everything you need! :) Thats the best!

InTheFastLane said...

Hey, I have that same thing in my purse all the time and he has the same PJs too :)

Kathryn said...

I love that purse! It looks like a few my grandmother had. I really wish I would have kept them. They just don't go out of style. Gorgeous!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Terrific purse!
I always have a few of those little ones in my purse too. And then I am always missing something.

The Rambling Housewife said...

Cute!!

I've got two of those little things always found in my purse.

But they make a much bigger mess!

MamaGeek said...

Your purse is not only FAB - but it is CLEAN! Color me green!

Mommy Cracked said...

Very super cool purse!!

Melody said...

LOL! I can't beleive you had those dreams, too! I'm used to it - although this is the first time it was about blogging - any thing that my mind becomes filled with turns up in my dreams. And no, you are definately NOT alone!!

Lisa said...

fabulous purse, my friend. Even cooler that it belonged to your grandmother.
classy, classy, classy!

Maria said...

I love that you use your grandmother's purse! My kids are always in mine, too:)

Heather said...

I am way to anal to let my kids play in my purse.

Erin said...

Yeah...I am going to have to get a purse so I can do this. Darn that diaper bag!

Becky said...

I can just see that purse on my Grandmother's arm many years ago. It is wonderful! I am so glad you are enjoying it and I bet your grandma would be thrilled.

I also bet she did not carry a paper diaper in her purse :)

Joanna said...

I like the chair!

Brittany said...

There's always a little boy in my purse, too. Interesting. hahaha.

Jen said...

Very cute! I love that it is vintage.

I tend to find a little girl in my purse.

Yvette said...

LOL! I've got one of those always in my purse too, except mine's a three year old girl.

Take care!
Yvette

jakelliesmom said...

My goodness, that's not just a purse, that's a handbag, and a lovely one at that. But two dental floss? Really? One for the top, one for the bottom?

Tootsie Farklepants said...

That bag is fabulous!!!

SaraLynn said...

Sometimes I wonder what is soooo fascinating about my purse, the kids love to get in it.

secret agent mama said...

I love your bag. The fact that it has such meaning is really awesome!

Magpie said...

that made my day.

Lisa b said...

forty and fabulous!