InBella, Mama

The Perfect Summer Handbag


Oh hey, my name is Harriet and I have a handbag obsession. For some girls it’s shoes, for me it’s bags. My husband has been saying it for years, but it was only recently when I added yet ANOTHER new handbag to my collection that it fiiiiinally registered with me too. I have officially run out of space to store them in the bottom of the spare bedroom wardrobe and I need to find a new, more spacious home for them ASAP, because obviously I can’t bare to part with any of them! My argument is that they all have different uses, all suitable for different occasions. My husband however, begs to differ 😉

ALAS, this post is all about my current Summer bag. I love seeing what other people have in theirs, so thought I’d share what’s in mine. As I’m away from Bella three days a week whilst I’m at work, I either use a different smaller bag for work days or I like to use a smaller removable bag which is ideal for storing all the toddler crap essentials in, yet this way I can just quickly whip it out on work days!

At the moment I am using my gorgeous new Joules floral tote bag that I picked up in the sale for half price! It’s now sold out online but they do have the new season one available here. So far this bag has been absolutely perfect for summer days out. It’s made from a wipe clean material which is great for taking to the park or beach where there is always risk of it getting a bit grubby. There is a generous sized zip pocket on the inside which I tend to keep my iPhone and lipstick in. There is also another large pocket on the front which is great for keeping toddler snacks in and keeps them within easy reach. I definitely think this bag would make a wonderful change bag if you have smaller children too as it’s super spacious so plenty of room for nappies, bottles, muslins etc.




So, what’s in my bag this Summer? 

For Bella

  • 2 pairs of spare knickers
  • A pack of botty wipes
  • Some nappy sacks in case of any accidents!
  • A change of clothes
  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
  • Her water bottle

For Mama

  • Hand sanitiser – I literally don’t leave the house without a bottle of this stuff!
  • Hand cream
  • Purse
  • Lipstick (Normally whatever one I’m wearing that day… after a week I begin to wonder where they have all disappeared too 😉 )
  • Compact mirror – for applying said lipstick of course.
  • Tissues
  • Snack – normally a cereal bar or a pack of rice cakes
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses & case

When it’s all written down like that it seems like A LOT of stuff to cart around on a daily basis and I’m not exactly sure how it all fits in, but somehow it does!



What are your handbag essentials?
Harriet xo


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  • Kellie Kearney

    Bag is absolutely fab. Dunno how you fit everything in. I don’t have a handbag. Three under three here (two under one) so i carry a suitcase of a baby bag with the contents if boots in it haha

    August 15, 2016 at 11:35 pm Reply
    • Harriet

      Ah bless you! I’m sure I definitely need a bigger one when there is a second kiddo! xo

      August 16, 2016 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Kerry Norris

    Oh I also have a bag obsession. It drives my hubby crazy. This one is gorgeous. I am a hue fan of joules. It sounds like you can get quite a lot in it judging by your list x

    August 17, 2016 at 10:38 am Reply
  • Mrs H

    That bag is GORGEOUS. And as you say, it is the perfect summer bag. I love the fact that it is made of wipe clean material. That is brilliant. And you’ve certainly packed it full with a lot of stuff. I am so glad that I am not the only person who finds that their lipstick collection migrates into their handbag. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    August 17, 2016 at 8:03 pm Reply
  • Jemma

    Joules products are always so pretty. Love the bag!

    August 19, 2016 at 5:48 am Reply
  • Becca

    I’m the same with hand sanitiser and recently discovered it takes the sting out of a brush with stinging nettles! What a geek! Bag is gorgeous I love the print I so very nearly bought the Mac. Xx

    August 21, 2016 at 7:38 am Reply
  • Fritha Strickland

    oh I do love bits from Joules! Their kids clothes are amazing at the moment! x

    August 22, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply
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