What’s In Your… How Sweet Edition!!

When Shelly and I decided to do a “What’s In Your…” feature on our new blog, I immediately knew I wanted to contact  Jessica from How Sweet It Is.


Not only is she a doll (seriously one of the nicest people you’ll ever talk to), but she’s one of the hardest working bloggers out there and has exceptional taste.  I KNEW she’d have some really great stuff in her bag.


Plus lets face it–I’m super nosy (like…don’t ever friend me on Facebook unless you’re prepared for me to comb through years worth of your photos), and a borderline stalker of bloggers I love, so this was a pretty good excuse for me to get more info on Jessica.


I realize that sounded creepy. I’ll shut up now.




Hi friends! I’m Jessica from How Sweet It Is and today I’m here to show you what a massive mess my purse is. Well, scratch that. I actually cleaned it out just a leeeetle bit so I could show you it’s contents minus the piles of crumbs, dust, four-month old receipts and twelve kinds of lip gloss (all relatively the same shade).


There is something so fascinating about seeing what is hiding in someone else’s bag, right? Even if you aren’t a nosy person in general, it makes us all feel a little bit better (or worse?) to see the random half-eaten snacks and hair brush fur balls (or perfectly pristine products?) that we hide in the comforts of our own purse. So here we go!



Starting clockwise, I have a pen. This is funny, considering every single time I need a pen I can never find it in my purse. I remember wanting to snatch my mom’s *good* pen from her purse as a young child so I could doodle on the church bulletin when I should have been listening to the gospel, and she would have an absolute cow. Now I know why – she could never find her pens either!


Next comes my wallet, which houses (too many) credit cards, my license, no cash whatsoever, and like ten pennies. There are also a handful of coupons in there while I inevitably forget about as I pay full price for my stash at Bath and Body Works. Fail.


I’ve got my cell phone, some Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake Lotion (yes, I want to lick my skin after wearing it), my iPod touch, which is on it’s last leg and always housing a dead battery since I forgot to charge it (making an excellent excuse for skipping workouts, FYI), and a Trader Joe’s FiberFul. FiberFul’s are like fruit roll-ups for grown ups and are a great snack when you’re in a pinch.


Next up, I have some makeup removing face wipes (love!), and a few different lip moisturizers which I obsessively swipe on my lips every 40 seconds. I have the Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake perfume – it’s the perfect size for a purse and I love it for after the gym or one of those days when I forget (read: refuse out of laziness) to shower then run into a pretty high school friend or an ex-boyfriend.


I always, always have a mess of receipts, business cards, movie tickets and shopping lists smashed into my bag. Please tell me you do too? I try to remove them once a week but then I usually find a shopping list from December 2010. It happens. I have sunglasses for my super-sensitive eyes (I’m the one who wears them when it’s raining) and a handful of MAC Dazzleglass lip glosses which are my favorite (Rags to Riches is my go-to color). In my little Advil bottle I carry a few headache-reducing medicines and last-minute allergy pills like Benadryl in case of emergencies.


That’s it – nothing too exciting, controversial or steal-worthy. Now spill it: what’s in your bag?

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    Melody says:

    Oooh, I’m a big (stalker) fan of Jessica’s too! I literally have the same shtuff in my purse, but I have kids so include broken crayons, crumbs, goldfish crackers and hot wheels cars. I have way too many lip glosses of the same shade as well, so when I fish in for a tube I am confident that it’s just what I wanted. Old receipts, unused coupons and shopping lists galore! Also, I wear my sunglasses rain or shine, cloudy or sunny, even in the evening…..few reasons…..you can look sexier with sunglasses, you can check people out and they don’t even know it, and if you were running late and didn’t have time to put any eye makeup on at all no one can tell. Plus I hate any light shining in my face. Thanks for the purse peek!

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    Oh, that was really fun! I love TokyoMilk, too…I have to smell it every time I’m in anthropologie! Love the bag itself and her wallet!

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    Amy says:

    Geez. Your purse is so neat and clean.

    Going to clean out my purse, then going to check out that lotion.

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    StephieD says:

    First off, you have to understand that my purse is also my diaper bag… And it’s made out of one of my husband’s ACU tops…. In my bag?? Lets see Advil, diapers, wipes, a change of clothes for the 21 month old, 2 pairs of sunglasses, cell phone, charger, camera, change of batteries, keys, fruit snacks, candy, gum, Wallet, Clinique Happy, some hot wheels cars, a bib, comb, about 5 pens, 2 kinds of Bath & Body works lotion, and a mirror…
    Now that I type all of that out, I understand why my purse feels like it weighs a ton! ;)

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    Melissa says:

    So now I totally feel so much better about the cache of receipts and shopping lists in my purse! I ALWAYS have at least 100 (or so it seems) I don’t know why. I also always have fruit snacks in my purse, specifically for church for my little one, who is only allowed them in mass, so she will be quiet for 5 seconds! I little embarrassing story, last week I was in a car accident and the only thing I had to write the lady’s info on was a shopping list from a month ago. Then she showed me what she was writing on, also an old shopping list, so I felt better. Wel not better better because my car was still a mess, but better about the old list still being in my purse.

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    Oh how I miss the days of having lip gloss and perfume on my purse! These days my purse houses fruit snacks, mcdonald’s toys, and diaper rash cream. I do however always carry some kind of headache-reducing drugs ;)

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    brandi says:

    my purse is never this clean. you’d think seeing these things would make me clean out my own bag….but it doesn’t :) i just keep adding more.

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    Shay says:

    I have basically the same thing in my purse. I thought I was the only one with a gazillion reciepts and shopping lists in my purse. I’m so bad that sometimes I don’t have time to go through all the junk in my purse so I’ll take my wallet out and throw it into another purse. I prolly have 4 purses stuffed wth recipts and lists in the botom of my closet that I need to clean out! I usually carry my Kindle in my purse too.

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      chelon says:

      Ha! i thought i was the only one that changed purses to avoid going through all the paper in my bag! this is better than therapy. i have most of what everyone else has, plus plastic vampire teeth. i think they glow in the dark. it is halloween time! (i actually think they came from a trip to the bowling alley this summer, but nobody has to know that.)

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    colleen says:

    I have a little wallet clutch which contains all my cards and license, Victoria Secreys lipgloss in Plum wine, clear lip smakers roll on lip gloss (yes like the one girls wear in Jr high ,do not judge I like the smell and super glossy look ) 4 pens, 4 matchbook cars (2 firetrucks ,2 pick up trucks) 4 (4 pack ) crayons , 2 little coloring activity books, hand sanitizer, assorted coupons that i always forget to use, a small pocket pack of tissues, my cell phone, assorted change for the claw machine at any given time, my husbands chapstick because he always forgets it , life saver mints, 4 packs of fruit snacks, a couple of snack size hershey bars, tampons ,my keys, and a pack of stickers. I’m like a Boy Scout, I am prepared for anything.

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    Another How Sweet fan here. Her purse is so tidy! Mine is more like Mary Poppins, pulling random stuff out of it! Never tried Tokyo Milk *runs to sephora site*

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    I KNEW I saw you peeking in my purse in Panera ;-) I couldn’t show my purse. It’s a disgrace. This is what a purse should look like!

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    Rachel says:

    HAHA, I completely feel you on the massive amounts of ancient receipts/shopping lists/ticket stubs/assorted paper products residing in my purse! No matter how hard I try to remember to throw them out right away, they always pile up :)

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    Kirsten says:

    I’m so glad to know I’m not the only obsessive shopping list keeper! I always seem to find them in my coat pockets and the back pockets of my jeans. I have the diaper bag purse too, although I do have my big girl purse that I get to carry when I don’t have the kiddo. I usually carry my wallet, keys (I feel like a jailer I have so many), cell phone, checkbook, assorted pens, chapstick, lipgloss, then there are the random receipts and lists.

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    Always neat to see what other people carry in their bags. It kind of takes me back to the Breakfast Club when Alison dumps her purse out on the couch because as we all know “you never know when you may have to jam.”

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    Laura says:

    My bag is so boring…

    My wallet. A paper clip. Some loose change. A hair tie. Hand lotion. A couple of receipts and cooking times for root vegetables that my friend gave me the other night. Some earrings and a toothpick. Lame. Lol.

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    Giselle says:

    Now that’s a clean purse. I have so many receipts and junk in my purse that I can’t find a thing.

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    joycelyn says:

    One of my favorite documenteries, that I saw years ago and can’t find again, was looking inside people’s everyday bags. It fascinates me what people carry. My favorite story was of an older woman who got to the bottom of her bag and there was a pair of beautiful heels, because you never know when someone will ask you to dance. It made me so happy to hear that…
    I want to know what type of bag Jessica carries, I really like the shape of it. Love to find out about new products.

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    Erin Maree says:

    Whats in my bag? My learners permit (I am only 17 and live in Australia so am just learning how to drive), my purse which has no money in it but a bankcard, library card, student discount card and a few other random ones, a public transport plan, a lipstick, my (house) keys, eye drops, asthma spray, a pen (which is also a high lighter), a lolly wrapper, a tissue, a few receipts, 2 lip glosses, 3 lip balms (one from the body shop, one sunblock one and a lip smacker in cotton candy), bandaids, one of those sealed wipes that you get from fast food places. Then sometimes I have the following: my ipod, phone and a notebook (which I draw in during church cos I can never just listen to the sermon!). Its actually quite clean at the moment!

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    Last time I cleaned out my purse I found a pair of size 2T underpants. My son wears a 4T now. Pathetic. For many reasons.

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    I love this post! I was just reading a magazine and they did a what’s in your purse feature and I was thinking of posting something about that one day…looks like you girls are way ahead of me.

    I have a million packs of gum, mints, random impulse buy candies and mints (they make great emergency preschooler bribes) and chapstick and a bunch of purse lint and dirt. Lovely indeed.

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    how FUN. I love these kinds of posts (fascinating the things we want to peek in on others…)

    I have shopping lists. lots of them (usually because I have recipe NOTES on them. or they contain exotic things I did not find and therefore must keep the list…

    I love this – is it a series? I will be subscribing, I want to see everyone’s handbags! :D

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    Stephanie says:

    I didn’t read through all the comments so hopefully I’m not repeating anything- but my mom gave me the greatest idea the other day- keep all the receipts, coupons, and other scraps of paper in one of those free makeup bags you get as a gift (like at the Clinique counter). God knows I have a ton of those! I cant even begin to describe the peace of mind I now have when I’m rifling through my bag…all the papers are corralled! (I realize one of those coupon organizers would be good too…but I can’t seem to commit to that)

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    michelle says:

    I’m embarrassed by how neat your purse is. I have 2 teen girls and rather than let them throw garbage around my car I always toss stuff into my humungous oversized purse. By the time I clean it on the weekends it’s…a hot mess.

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    loved getting a sneak peak inside Jessica’s bag, what fun. I’d tell you what’s inside mine, but you’d think I’m crazy or McGuiver, I have it all, at all times, I afraid I will need it and so EVERYTHING is in my pocketbook, camera, ipad, epipen and all :)

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    Gabrielle C says:

    Hmm, I’m a student, so in order to find my id, I have to keep things neat. I have my wallet, which contains all my cards, about 15 pens and pencils, none of which work, two flash drives, cell phone, Advil bottle, keys, makeup, makeup brush, eyeliner pencil, three hair ties, 5 receipts all over two months old, a spare pair of underwear, and some loose change hanging out at the bottom. It looks good right now.

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