What’s in my bag?

So if you are anything like me and read Us Weekly you see the “What’s in my bag?” article and can’t help but scour the items celebs and the people that pretend to be celebs(I’m looking to you Kardashian family!) carry around with them day in and day out. But if you are like me, do you ever notice how massive the bags are that they use? What about showing what can fit in a small bag?

As luck would have it I was too lazy to switch to me regular work bag on Monday morning so I used my smaller J. Crew Tillary bag and what better way to kick off my blog then with the all important “What’s in my bag?” post.

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1) J. Crew Tillary Bag: I saw this bag on a blog and immediately fell in love with it. The color was so vibrant and gorgeous I needed to have it. After checking a number of J. Crew stores and having a friend check one in a different state I searched eBay and found one for a great price.

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2) American Express Gift Cards: Like the commercial says, don’t leave home without them. You never know what you will find shopping.

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3) Marc by Marc Jacobs Travel Wallet: My aunt got married in Aruba in 2012 and I was her MOH. This snazzy hot pink number was part of my Bridesmaid gift and I take it every where with me. Not only does it hold travel documents and passports, but it doubles as a wallet in smaller bags. Sold out in stores, but I’m sure can be found on eBay.

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4)Kate Spade Striped Card Holder/J Crew Anchor Battery Charger: I love these two items and they go everywhere with me. I bought the Kate Spade case cheap at the outlets before Aruba so I could toss it in my beach bag with my room key and money. Now it hold my bus pass. The battery charger is one of the best things to ever come out of J Crew. I wanted one for Christmas and I was lucky enough to get the anchor one which wasn’t on line. My mom found it in the store and scooped it up for me.

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5)Dunkin Donuts GC/Keys/Mac Viva Glam Lipsticks: Dunkin Donuts GC are the one thing that never lasts long with me. I go to the same DD everyday and get a medium Iced Tea with 3 lemons. I can’t start my day without it. Keys are a given. Everyone needs them. And since we need them, why not add key chains of things we love. My keys have a Nomar Garciaparra key chain, a Swiss Army Knife(great for opening packages), and a Tiffany’s Star key chain. The Lipsticks are probably the most important thing in my bag as I never go out in public without any on and I’m always wearing MAC Viva Glam II and III together. It’s a must.

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6) Work ID: Can’t get in the building or on to my floor with out it. This baby has been through the ringer.

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7) J Crew iPhone 4s Anchor Case: Are you sensing an anchor trend? I freaking love them and I love that J Crew loves them too! Another gift from my wonderful mom that I didn’t expect at all but made me sublimely happy.

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8) Suri’s Burn Book bu Allie Hagan: This book is awesomeness! I have been following the tumblr account for quite sometime so I was beyond thrilled to see a book come out. I read the whole thing in a day and I laughed the whole time. I didn’t actually buy this in a book store. I bought it on half.com for way less then I would have and Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. For what it was it was the perfect price.

And there you have it. You now know what I had in my small bag Monday. What do you keep in your bag?

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Review: Graceling-Kristin Cashore

Review: Graceling-Kristin CashoreGraceling by Kristin Cashore
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
on 2009
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Amazon, Goodreads

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight--she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace--or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away.

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I’m going to say this and I’m going to say it without hesitation…Graceling was better then The Hunger Games. Yup, I said it out loud and I truly, honestly, 100% mean it. Because Graceling was hands down fantastic! It was a 471 page book and my only complaint is that it wasn’t longer. Graceling touched me in a way that no other book really has. And the truth is I almost didn’t read it. You see I had an aversion to all things deemed “fantasy” and refused to try them. Well after some listening to massive amounts of gush on this I took my BN gift card that I got for Christmas and bit the bullet and bought it. I have never been so happy to have bought a book in my life!

Graceling is the story of Katsa, a girl that has been graced with the power of killing. Since discovering her power when she was a small child Katsa has been “employed” by her uncle King Randa to do his dirty work and keep people in line. For years Katsa has been a prisoner to her grace, doing exactly what her uncle asked of her. That is until she meets Prince Po. Po is nothing like anyone else the lady has ever met. He has no fear of her. He has heard all the stories, knows what she is capable of and yet he doesn’t shy away from her. Instead he inspires her to stand up for herself. Now broken away from the King, Katsa and Po go on a journey that neither one of them expected and learn things they never could have imaged about themselves, each other and the world they live in. As secrets start to be unveiled they both know one thing and one thing only…nothing will ever be the same again for either one of them.

So now I’m sure you are wondering why I loved this more then The Hunger Games. I know, it is a bold statement to make. But the reason? I felt the connection. I felt everything Katsa felt. I felt everything that Po felt. I was a part of their world and wasn’t afraid to be even when things were bad. I felt safe reading Katsa and Po’s story. And I felt the emotion between them. A book that could have easily been campy/cheesy never went there even once for me. It was believable and that right there is where my love comes so strong. As crazy and out there as these Graces were, I never once questioned the possibility of it. I was immersed in this world with everything I had and never thought anything about it.

Katsa was amazing. She was strong(and I don’t mean just physically), independent, and loving. She carried this whole book on her young shoulders and did it with ease. Sure it helped to have adorable, swoonworthy, Po by her side pulling out everything he knew Katsa was, but she was the hero. She was the star and even Po pointed that out to her(which I loved!). Was she uncertain and scared like any girl in her place would be? Absolutely, but she handled herself with grace and class and held herself together in the face of danger after danger to get done what needed to be done. By far one of the strongest, if not THE strongest, female leads in a book. And then you have Po. Sidekick like Po who was happy to be the sidekick. He wasn’t one of those macho neanderthals that pouted if a girl was better then him at anything. He didn’t think he was the best at much and that right there made him a “heartthrob” and a character I will never forget.

Truth: That description is totally lame! I wanted to tell you how awesome this book. I wanted to describe every detail and feeling and emotion I got. But the thing is, I can’t. If I do, there is no point in your reading and what is the fun in that? You need to want to read it, be teased enough into reading it, be dying to pick it up. Because another truth…you won’t be disappointed.

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And it begins…

Honestly I can’t believe I’m doing this. I said time and time again that I would never do my own blog and yet here I am. Well  this is going to be an experience, that’s for sure.

I can’t guarantee that you will enjoy me or appreciate anything I talk about or even like anything I post. But I can guarantee I will enjoy myself, appreciate everything I talk about and love everything I post. I mean after all this is all about me right?! I joke, I kid.

Seriously, all I want to do is discuss the three things I love: accessories, books and clothes. You’ll get to see what I buy, what I want to buy, what I read, and now I am trying to work nails in as an accessory.

Now I leave you with one question…what could go wrong with that?!

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