What’s in my work bag (minimal)

I bought a cute black Kate Hill (Danika) backpack to use as a more formal diaper bag for nicer occasions. I also use it once in while as a work bag for my part time position as a Marketing Assistant. The backpack is very spacious inside, opens wide, has quilted stitching all over the front, and has gold hardware.

The contents of my work bag are:

  • Mimco keyring card wallet
  • mini essentials purse
  • car & house keys
  • earphones
  • usb
  • snack
  • lunch (usually in a glass container)
  • drink bottle (with water or juice)
  • phone (I use a notes/checklist app that automatically syncs to my email account – no need to hoard old planners or feel guilty about throwing them out)

How adorable is this teddy keyring?Reminds me of my baby boy!

What’s in my mini essentials purse kit

My most recent Etsy purchase was a navy leather kiss lock coin purse from Pulpo Creations. I was searching for a beautiful looking small pouch to store my minimal handbag essentials and it needed to have a wide opening so I can find all the items easily. The dimensions of the coin purse is around 13cm in length by 7cm in height and it fits all my items perfectly.

At the moment the coin purse holds these items:

  • tiny mirror
  • travel folding scissors
  • small pen
  • tweezers
  • travel nail clippers
  • small zip lock bag (with bandaid, bobby pins, safety pins & hair ties)
  • eyebrow pencil
  • eye shadow pen
  • travel containers of tinted moisturiser & vaseline
  • lipstick

Many of the items are travel size, making it more cuter to use and easier to carry. The purse is so small that I can take it anywhere I go even if I use a small crossbody purse. Now I don’t have to leave anything behind!

Vintage Leather Bag Haul

I usually get my vintage leather bags from the Camberwell flea market. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find nice vintage leather bags at op shops/thrift shops. I do find nice ones in vintage shops but they are usually expensive. At the flea market I go to, there are so many to choose from at different stalls and most are priced between $10 to $60 (AU) depending on the stall, brand, and condition of the bag. I usually get ones under $25, which is really cheap for a genuine vintage leather bag. Below are the bags I got in the past few months, and all of them come with long straps.

Beautiful vintage buffalo leather bag:

Spacious vintage leather bucket drawstring bag (my current go to bag):

Unique vintage soft leather belt buckle bag:

Vintage green, navy & brown PVC Jane Shilton bag and black cowhide leather purse:

Crossbody handbags

My favourite type of bag is the crossbody or sling bag that come with thin long straps. The long strap allows you to wear the bag across the body or off the shoulder. When I go out, and don’t need to take a lot of things, these types of bags are perfect. They are convenient, easy to carry, and easy to access. They come in many different shapes, colours, materials, and sizes, suitable for different occasions such as fancy cocktail parties, casual shopping, or adventurous day trips.

Some of my favourites:

Fossil Leather Vintage Re-issue Floral Crossbody bag:

The style of this bag is also called ‘Saddle’ hangbag.

Vintage leather draw string bag from my mum:

I love the floral print on this one.

Leather crossbody/sling bag from Camberwell Flea Market:

A very simple but easy to access small bag that can fit quite a lot of things.

Vintage Leather Marco Polo crossbody bag:

The bag that started it all. My first leather crossbody bag!

Vintage/vintage inspired ‘Docter’ purse from Camberwell Market:

Perfect for the night out!