Holiday Handbag Essentials


There’s nothing more annoying than scrounging through a bottomless bag only to find remnants of that candy bar you devoured on the way home from work yesterday and a plethora of year-old receipts. It can’t be just us; who hasn’t experienced a similar Mary Poppins fail!? While we don’t expect you to carry every possible essential—from a potted plant to a hat stand—comfortably in your carpet bag, make sure you’re at least toting some extra holiday necessities this season.

Start with this.
Banana Republic Evan Convertible Leather Cross-Body, $150
This leather bag from Banana Republic is a triple threat: It’s big enough to fit all the essentials while small enough to tuck under your arm; it doubles as a cross-body bag as well as a clutch; and it comes in the season’s hottest hue, oxblood. Tie a patterned silk scarf to the strap for some quick fashion flair. Sold!

“I wish I had a camera …”
Nikon Coolpix Zoom Digital Cameras,prices vary
Don’t miss out on potential photo ops by showing up to seasonal festivities cameraless. Find one that’s compact enough to slip into your bag without taking up much room and durable enough to withstand being lugged from party to party. We love the Nikon Coolpix series. These point-and-shoot digital cameras come in an array of colors, designs, and price points, but each one makes photography fun and hassle-free.

Pucker up!
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact,$48
Nothing says holiday party quite like red lipstick, but amidst the festivities, it is not uncommon for the bright hue to smear, fade, or gasp, sneak it’s way onto your front tooth! That’s why we love the Jewel Lipsticks by Guerlain for a camera ready pout. Besides coming in a beautiful array of creamy reds, the mirror encasement makes it easy to sneak a quick glimpse at your smile and determine if a touch up is in order.

Kick off those heels.
CitySlips, $33.95
With foldable City Slips flats tucked into your bag, a quick shoe swap and you’ll be dancing the night away this holiday season—pain-free! Plus in a standout leopard print, you won’t need “moves like Jagger” to get noticed on the dance floor.

Glitter Minimergency Kit, $15
With an extra 17 products you may need in your bag, you’ll have no excuse to leave the party early. From double-sided tape to dental floss, these mini emergency packs by Pinch Provisions hold every woman’s top SOS products. And best of all, in an adorable glittery pouch, they’ll be hidden away in ultra glam fashion.

Oh, and don’t forget about the basics.
Wallet, phone, keys, touch-up products—avoid getting too caught up in the holiday chaos and leaving the house without them! It’s all too common … and all too aggravating!