What’s In My Bag?

Here is my beloved Strathberry Midi Tote bag.

I came across the bag on Instagram and instantly fell in love with its structure, handle, and overall look. Instead of traditional zippers and flaps, the Strathberry has a gold bar closure that simply “locks” the bag’s handles together. Super stylish, it has complemented a ton of my everyday looks. I’ve received a lot of compliments while using it too!

Keep on reading for the contents inside!

Let’s start off with what I consider my necessities—phone, earphones, wallet and water bottle. I never leave my house without my small 9 oz Swell bottle (because it fits most of my bags and is a eye-catcher every time I drink my water), my wallet and iPhone (I mean just look at my cute peacock phone case from Rifle Paper Co) and my Master & Dynamic earphones (they make my daily commutes to and from work a lot more bearable)!

Even though everyone is pretty much all for Google Calendars, I’m still old school—forever flipping through my physical planner. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been on the planner train and, quite frankly, I’m staying loyal. There’s something about being able to write things down, something about having it be tangible in front of me that makes the old school method so appealing. To each their own, right? Say hello to my new 2017 planner from Rifle Paper Co. and some Muji stationery, of course!

Need some hand cream on-the-go? I’m that girl who’s always whipping out a tube and sharing its hydrating love with everyone. I’ve been using Mario Badescu’s Hand Cream and Lip Wax. Next up, are Love Wellness Co.’s Do It All Wipes… because you gotta #TakeCareDownThere. These pH balancing wipes make me feel fresh (down there, duh!) whenever I need them. And how can I not carry around Kleenex tissues? I don’t know about you, but I need a tissue everyday of my life—there’s always seems to be a reason for needing one!

Finally, my everyday makeup essentials! Do I need to say more? These are some of my favorite makeup products and they’re all travel-friendly, especially in this Glossier pink pouch. If I had to choose one makeup product to take with me on-the-go, it’d probably be the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Can’t leave the house without my brows!

What is one thing you can’t leave the house without? Let me know in the comments below!

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Beauty Goodies I’ve Been Loving

Falling in Love ?

Hello to a brand new week, LoDown fam! We’re approaching the final stretch of September and I’m really enjoying the slight drop in temperature. Wouldn’t you agree?

Fall is, hands-down, my favorite season.

I mean, who doesn’t love walking on beautiful crunchy leaves, in booties, with a Soy Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand?

Ugh, the good life!

Speaking of good things, I’m here to talk about some beauty goodies I’ve been loving!


I absolutely love Glossier‘s “skincare is essential and makeup is a choice” motto. Skincare definitely comes first, and this company has everything your skin desires. Their makeup is more on the natural side, which makes their products a go-to for those carefree, lazy days. In fact, the Supers serums they’ve just launched are next on my shopping list. Did I mention each order comes with free stickers? Yup, I decked out my Milky Jelly Cleanser right away.

The Estee Edit

It’s like Estee Lauder’s long lost baby sister was finally found! The Estee Edit, birthed earlier this year, has everything ranging from skincare to makeup. Dressed in blue, white, and silver, their packaging is runway-ready. My favorites? The Barest Lip Color lipstick collection and their skincare line!

Herbivore Botanicals

If you’ve been reading my articles since the beginning of the year, then you’ve probably seen Herbivore‘s Jasmine Glowing Hydration Body Oil in my Winter Beauty Essentials post. Since then, I’ve fallen more in love with the skincare brand. Herbivore encompasses all things skincare in glass (how classy), and I love how each product comes in a different color.

Essie Gel Couture

Essie Gel Couture was officially introduced to the world this past summer. Just look at the new jaw-dropping runway-inspired bottles! These polishes have been my go-to as of late because they’re long-lasting and feel just like a gel manicure, without the UV light! They come in 42 glorious shades. Don’t forget to pick up the Gel Couture Top Coat (all-white bottle) as well!


What are your favorite beauty goodies as of late? Comment down below!