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One common quality across women from all around the World is that we all have a tendency to carry a handbag.  Whether big, small, designer, off-price, it doesn’t even matter, a lady needs her essentials.  My day to day is often so different, so it’s hard to really say in one setting that the contents within my bag ever really stays the same.  I travel often and attend various business meetings, so I try to make sure I have the most important items with me.  On any random day, the assortment of items in my bag can change significantly.  Here’s an example of a bag I used for a day out running some personal errands. 

First off, I wore a vintage Dolce & Gabbana chocolate brown leather handbag with an embossed detailing.  If you know me, you know that I like the finer things in life, so of course I keep a pair of designer frames to protect me from the Sun.  In this case, it was a multi-colored pair of Prada sunglasses with the perfect tint in the lenses.  To keep my lips moisturized, I’ve recently started using Restoration Skincare‘s great Lip Cream made with all-natural ingredients.  I then pair it with a pop of color from my lipstick provided by Lime Crime, and some light powder foundation from Max Studio for quick touch-ups on the go.  I also love accessories, and sometimes I might want to have options.  I had two bracelets in my bag that I could wear interchangeably with my outfit that day:  one was a beautiful decorative bangle by Hermes and the second was a beaded gemstone bracelet from a wearable wellness brand I discovered while in L.A. called Awaken the Peace.  For peace of mind, it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra Vitamin C in your life, so I keep a pack of Emergen-C handy if necessary.  If I have some time to myself during a stroll, I might want to listen to music, so I go for a pair of limited edition MCM branded Beats by Dre headphones.  Lastly, I make sure to have a good notebook and pen available to write down different thoughts as they come to me.

Like I said, the assortment changes so quickly based on my fast-paced lifestyle, so who knows what might be in my bag next week or even tomorrow.  In any case, I’d love to hear what your daily bag essentials are.  Leave a comment below with some of your favorite items!  Hope to hear from you.

 Love Abi,

There are a lot of things I derive joy from doing and I can tell you that shopping for clothes for my 6 month old son tops the list. Am I the only one who can’t get over how cute baby clothes are!! It hurts though because they grow up so fast and out grow every single piece. It takes a lot of will power to stop myself from loading the cart when shopping for my little munchkin. 

This is my third child (hopefully last – LOL) and I can say that while shopping for him no matter how cute the outfit is I have to put safety and comfort first. Certain things should be taken into consideration like tiny buttons, hooks, snaps and appliques. I advice a routine check on the clothes and fasteners for loose items to avoid choking hazards.

Avoid loosely knitted clothes , sweaters , booties that might trap a baby’s fingers or toes, cut all dangling threads before your baby wears a garment or socks . When picking shoes it was recommended that the shoes of choice be flexible as it helps develop the foot’s arch and also shoes with traction on the bottom so your baby won’t slip easily.

Love, Abi.