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The handbag that I’ve been using for the past two weeks has been my MARC BY MARC JACOBS Crossbody – Totally Turnlock Percy.

I love the look of this little bag, but the fact of the matter is, it’s little. At only 9.25″W x 6.5″H x 0.5″D, 24″ strap drop, it looks adorable but won’t fit all of my stuff in it. When switching purses, I seriously had to think about what I would really  need and carry only those things. I stuffed it, zipped it, dumped everything out, stuffed it again, zipped it, stuffed and zipped yet again until I finally fit everything in with enough room to zip it closed with no trouble. Ultimately, the less you cram in this purse the cuter it looks and the nicer it appears across your body.

Here is what I’m able to fit in the purse while still leaving enough room so I can easily zip it up…

Although, I really miss my…

Hand lotion, little notepad for making lists, camera, backup lip glosses, coupon envelope, wallet, hair brush and makeup bag!

I’ve been able to survive the past couple of weeks with only the items pictured so I guess it’s really not that big of a loss. I used to carry small bags like this all of the time about 10 years ago with no problem at all! I wish I could take a look into my purse back then to see what I was actually carrying and how I was able to travel so light!

What are your must have items that need to be with you in your handbag?

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