What’s In My Bag — 2011 Edition

February 8, 2011 / Daily Life / 4 Comments

Much has changed since my last What’s In My Bag post, so I thought I should do an update.

Before I start, excuse the quality of the writeup and photos in this post. I’ve been sick as hell the last week (I still am!), so I don’t really have the energy to meticulously check over my grammar or shoot with my DSLR. But I still wanted to write coz I’m so psyched about my new stuff!

The Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Dreamy Logo Lil G.G. Bag

This is my new bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs. I got it from ShopBop at a pretty good price. I don’t quite like the embossed logo but it has a classic look (which is important since I only change my bag once every year or 2.)

Many women in Asia consider designer bags as “grown-up bags”. To them, it’s not really a status symbol. It’s a woman’s rite of passage. I considered getting an “grown-up bag” but I seriously cannot justify paying $2,000-3,000 for a bag. In a way, this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag is a compromise. Perhaps if I became a millionaire and ran out of gadgets to buy, I’d consider one. But for now, I’m gonna stick to well-made bags that are under $1,000.

With that said, I probably wouldn’t be caught dead using a $15 bag as my main bag either. Bags made with cheap zippers and lining won’t work for me. I know no one will see the lining but I will! Check out this bag’s awesome lining:

Lining of Marc by Marc Jacobs bag

What’s In My Bag

Stuff in my new bag!
  • Umbrella by Esprit
  • Wallet by Modalu – This was my 2009 birthday present from one my closest friends. Absolutely love it!
  • Glass case from WaldoPancake – One of the most awesome Christmas gifts I received. It’s one of those things you never knew you wanted until you’re given one. It comes with a cleaning cloth that says “Long time no see”. Cracks me up every time I use it. (Pun not intended.)
  • Namecard holder handmade by J.Carter – This is my first Etsy purchase. I was devastated when someone stole my last namecard holder. To me, namecard holders are part of the “first impression” package, so I want a holder that screams my name… or at least, my taste. It took me weeks to find this. I love, love, love the fabric and the lining. More photos below.
  • Mobile Broadband Modem by SingTel – This used to be really nifty when I carried my netbook around but with a phone that doubles as a wireless mobile modem, it’s become a bit redundant. I still never leave home without it though… you’ll never know when you need to plug in.
  • La Source Body Lotion by Crabtree and Evelyn – Nicked this from my stay at the Hilton Doubletree in Malaysia. I love the smell and it’s a handy size. On a side note, did you know that Crabtree and Evelyn is owned by a Malaysian company? Yeah, me neither.
  • Lip Concealer by Kiss Me Heavy Rotation
  • Pixel Lip Gloss by Smashbox
  • Frixion Erasable Pen by Pilot – This is the coolest pen in existence. It’s erasable by friction! I bought a truck load of these in the last few months. If only I had these when I was in school…my notes would’ve been perfect!
  • Nexus S Phone by Google – This needs no elaboration because it already has an entire entry dedicated to it.
  • Keyfob by HTC – Received it at HTC’s blogger/media party a long time ago…which reminds me I haven’t been to one of those events in a while. These events are designed to compel the media to write a story. Important if you’re a blogger vying for publicity or in need of content, but that’s not what I want nanyate.com to be. I just want to have my own space to express my opinions, so I’ve slowly moved away from this scene.
  • D2 MP3 player by Cowon – This has been with me for the last 5 years. Still works amazingly with it’s incredible battery life of 52 hours. If this dies, I’d buy another one in a heartbeat.

First Etsy Purchase

First Etsy Purchase

Here’s the inside of the cardholder. It looks just like my last layout!

Cardholder from Etsy

I know I’m a few years too late, but I’m really wowed by the concept behind Etsy. For the uninitiated, Etsy is an eBay for handmade goods. There’s just something heartwarming knowing that your purchase was made lovingly by someone, somewhere out there in the world. It also makes for a good story to share with your friends and a very unique gift.

All that just makes me wish I could be part of that community too! Too bad I’m just not blessed with that kinda talent. I can barely sew my buttons back on my clothes, let alone a bag from scratch.

What’s Missing

As beautiful as my new bag may be, it is made of lambskin and thus, terribly fragile. When it rains, I feel like I have to protect it with my life. That’s too stressful, so I’ve been looking for a wristlet. I’ve been stalking Etsy and Rakuten (Japan’s Amazon) the last few weeks… not much luck though.

Well, hope you enjoyed another one of my rare lighthearted, fashion-related entries. If you think there’s a wristlet that suits me, do share. If not, share what’s in your bag and/or your thoughts on Etsy too!