Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Always With Me

Today's post is a pre-scheduled post, as I am on vacation in California.

Not just for vacations, but any time I leave the apartment - I always have some sort of bag with me.

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I like to carry parts of my life with me. Of course I have the obvious inside - my keys, wallet, cell phone - but I also like to carry around other bits and pieces. Hair clips, my camera, a deck of playing cards, little thank you cards to leave behind for waiters at restaurants, candy, notebook, pen - all things that could come in handy.

I recently discovered the Etsy store Lisa Roy Handbags, and absolutely LOVE the selection she carries. From classy to whimsical to edgy - she pretty much covers it all, and each piece has it's own character and quirk.

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Lisa first discovered the world of Etsy when Martha Stewart mentioned it on her show. Working as a magazine art director for many years, Lisa created sewn items as her own little getaway - and her passion for it grew into her Etsy shop. She started out sewing pillows and slipcovers, and then her sewing spilled over into her obsession for handbags, which is what her store predominantly stocks today.

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Trips to the gallery, walks through the park, photography, fashion magazines and fabric swatches are all muses to Lisa when she creates. She pays particular attention to how color and shapes relate to one another and is always wishing she had a notebook with her whenever ideas pop into her head. Lisa has a home on a river in Ontario, Canada that is also inspiring to her - with big lakes, tall trees, secret wildlife and summer cottages - there's always something to be found to spark an idea. The other part of the year she spends in Dublin, Ireland when she gets the perfect blend of greenery and European Chic.


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Shades of the seaside are what Lisa is most attracted to. She loves water tones, hues of sand and the muted greys or beach rocks. Her home is decorated in these very colors, and it also comes across in a lot of her stunning creations. Along with this color palette, she is also drawn to crème brûlée - a dessert that she often orders when dining out, making sure to order her main course to work around this delicious dessert. You can also find Lisa here at her lovely blog.

Lisa is generously giving away to one lucky reader their choice of either a wristlet or an ipod/iphone cover from her store. To enter, please leave a comment here letting me know what must-have items you keep in your handbag. I will announce the winner on Thursday the 29th.

54 comments:

uglygirl said...

Pen, spare pens, small soft-covered diary and mobile phone. Plus my public transport card and a credit card. I am sure I could live on those items alone.

FEDERICA said...

Oh wow! So many lovely bags!
Enjoy your vacation!
Federica
xoxo

Sandy a la Mode said...

hope you are having a lovely vacation!!

awwww i love all her bags in the shop, but if i won, i'd pick the Emma wristlet in cabernet red and cream damask pattern! it's beautiful! the must-have items in my purse are lipgloss, pen, cell phone, wallet, and some candy to munch on! =P

sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com

julia said...

The must haves I always end up missing when I just take my wallet: lip balm, rolaids, and hair clips/elastics.

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

Well...

I have my phone, wallet, keys (with a lavender sachet keychain to make my purse smell good), hand lotion, sanitizer, lip balm, brush, Kindle, pen, mints, and on and on and on.

I would love a new cover for my IPhone!

Hope you have a blast on your trip!!!

Kelly Irene said...

I hope you are enjoying California! I am looking forward to heading back there in July for a few weeks to see family. Lisa's bags really are lovely and creative--not just like every other wristlet shop out there! My must have item is my iPhone. It keeps nearly my entire life and is rarely far from me (sounds spectacular, right?!)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Carey said...

Besides the obvious keys/phone/license/money, the bare minimum I always take are: compact powder to knock down the shine on my face, something for my lips, something to wipe my nose or mop up tears, something for my breath, and an ink pen. Of course, it's better if I can take more:)

emcSquared said...

I have two must-haves that are always in my purse: sunglasses and Burt's bees chapstick! I can never leave home without them.

Thank you!

em9499 at gmail dot com

Nupur said...

The bags are just lovely- superb finishing!

Must have items in my purse- a little notebook and a pen to jot down ideas, chores that I need to remember and things I am planning. And my cell phone, wallet with some cash, keys and a tube of lip balm.

mel said...

i love that you keep thank you notes for waiters. i'm going to do that!
i always have a camera. i actually can't buy tiny little purses because they won't hold my best toy :)

Privet and Holly said...

Hi Dionne ~ My purse MUST HAVE is a big Bonne Bell Lipsmacker in Dr. Pepper flavor....the old-fashioned huge tube that you can only find on-line. I ordered a case! LOVE the giveaway ~ gorgeous goodies. xx P&H

Ashley Yazzie said...

Hey lovely,

So regarding Sunday. I have church until 3:30 and I teach the little children! I really wish I could attend. If you folks are still hanging around late, maybe I could drop by. If not, I'll have to wait for next time. Have a beautiful trip little missy!

Oh, p.s. I love that floral clutch!

Hugs and Macarons,

Ashley

K said...

Love those bags! And I hadn't ever thought of leaving behind little notes. That's a very sweet idea.

Sarah Esther said...

I hope you're having a blast in Cali!
i always keep: camera (duh), Burts Bees chapstick, planner, cell phone, measuring tape (you never know), and matches. Oh and my wallet :)

sassy said...

in my purse.....lip gloss, lip gloss, lip gloss! what else does a girl need!

VivatRegina said...

My must-haves -- Pens (yes, plural), paper, gum, chapstick, Bible, wallet, keys, phone.

I love her shop! SUPER CUTE!!

:)

abbyartnphoto said...

My must-haves are my cellphone, gum, wallet, Dr. Pepper chapstick, and for some reason I always have a paintbrush in there as well! I've never needed one yet, but you never know!

abbyart@ku.edu
http://abbyartnphoto.blogspot.com/

GREAT handbags! Thanks for the chance :)

Jingle said...

Wallet, phone, chapstick, and a reusable grocery bag or two. That's really all of the essentials, but a pen is nice, too! jinglesells at gmail dot com

Kristin said...

Beautiful bags! In my purse, I must have...everything. So instead of must-haves, I think I have "must-take-outs"!! Except for my wallet and phone, of course. :) And spare change. And receipts. And jewelry. And mail. And tissues. And mini candy bars.

(time to clean it out again...)

katia said...

the must have item i keep in my bag include:
Itouch
wallet(with all the stuff in it)
sunglasses
lip balm
and a small first aid kit (pocket size really haha) it has bandages, alcohol wipes, gauze, and a couple other things)

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

Kris said...

Very cute! I always carry way too much! haha

avant garde said...

what a great find, i love that damask clutch! really love it! hmmm, must haves (i keep very little in my purse actually, which is a good thing!) are chapstick, lipgloss, pens (i'm particular about writing with certain pens, i know...weird), umm...quarters for the meters in boston while in class, random advil, so if i need some it's a surprise that they are sprinkled in my purse somewhere and pictures of my son. have a fun trip!!!

Phoenix said...

You leave thank you cards for waiters?! You really are a goddess, aren't you... ;)

See you Sunday! (PS what are the details? Can I get them from you on FB?)

Cara said...

That's so so precious that you leave thank you cards for waiters! I think I might have to start doing that.

be sure to check out my very first giveaway ever over at my blog!
http://caraalynn.blogspot.com

xoxox

Kaye Prince said...

Aside from the usual purse fare - I always carry a book, crochet hook, yarn, scissors, pencil, coloured pencils and graph-paper notebook for quilt designing, my roll-up grocery bag, and also schoolbooks. Often, fabric samples can also be found in there. It gets a little crazy!

photojoy said...

Dionne, it's such a sweet idea that you always keep thank you notes. Great! I almost keep the same items as you do. Besides them, I keep my favorite cute little tube of L'OCCITANE handcream and a folded shopping bag with me. My bag is always heavy. That's a problem.

AMKreations said...

Cute bags...I like bags too, which is why I started sewing my own...I couldn't justify spending money on something that I could readily make myself for $15 or less...and a little of my time.

Great selections.

French Revelation said...

Great giveaway - I love Lisa's shop! My must have items are:
lip gloss
phone
diary
& money of course!

va said...

I keep a change purse , lip balm and or gloss , pen , hair accessory , and some tissue .

tumblemumbo/at/gmail/dot/com

Kristin said...

OK, so I knew you were a lovely gal just from reading your blog and getting to work with you a bit on my custom print, but you leave thank you cards for your waiters? You are a doll. ;)

K. Davis said...

one of my must-have items I keep in my handbag is my peppermint pink lip gloss! What fun bags!

ShaniKulani said...

Of course my wallet, but because I now have two kiddos...extra clothes for both :) pampers and wipes!! cant go anywhere without the wipes.

jamfiescreations1 said...

Oh my, all these bags are so beautiful. I love bags, purses, totes, etc.

jc said...

Must-haves: hairbrush, hair clippies, tissues, safety pins! Thanks for the giveaway.

yumihamano@gmail.com

Heather Taylor said...

My must have items are my phone, a compact mirror, iPod, a tube of red lipstick, a tiny tube of perfume, credit card, and something I refer to as an emergency book, in case I'm stuck in a potentially dull place.

Autumn said...

As you may have noticed, I keep my life in my purse. You never know when you'll be in need of batteries, books, or jewelry :) They are all must haves!

Tender Branson said...

Enjoy Cali. I'd let Jennifer know about the purses, which are pretty amazing, but I don't want her to buy more. Is that mean of me?

icitea said...

Moi, I keep my keys, a comb, my wallet, a small tissue pack, one pen (usually disfunctional, sadly), lipstain, and my upass.

le.paradis.found at gmail dot com

Meghan said...

I always have my keys, iPhone, wallet, pens, a notebook, camera and make-up bag with me. Oh, and dental floss. Everyone makes fun of me for that one!

amy b.s. said...

these bags are too cute!

The Zhush said...

That clutch is adorable...and so is your blog!

Carapace said...

I must always have a sketchbook and pencil, or I regret it instantly!

That, and earplugs. The world is loud!

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Peach Rainbow said...

my ID card, phone, hanky!

The Prickly Pinecone said...

I always keep a notebook in my purse so I can jot down my random thoughts!

thepricklypinecone(at)hotmail(dot)com

Gaia said...

I really hope you'll have a great vacation! enjoy California for me too!
Take a lot of pics...

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

how pretty!
wallet, umbrella, carmex and metro pass are basics
Thanks!!

letterstobetsy said...

i love the little blue clutch it is adorable! Cute post and have fun in Cali!
xoxo
KC

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I feel like my purse is a black hole!! Hope Cali is super fun!

Kristin said...

The Leigh clutch is so lovely! My must have item is a snack...to calm a screaming toddler. Ah ha ha

Carissa said...

I love that blue and tan damask wristlet! so pretty!

my bags are always like a black hole... it is so hard to find anything because there is so much stuff! haha. but my must-haves include my wallet, keys and cell phone (of course), my burt's bees chapstick, lipgloss, pens, hand lotion and gum/mints if I'm lucky! :)

Christina Moreno- floresdelsol said...

hello dionne... these are fabulous! I always have hand sanitizer in my bag. ALWAYS!!!!

paigehermreckphoto said...

you have the greatest designs!! i love it!!

:) keep it up!

olive juice photography said...

totally cute! i love that wristlet! i ALWAYS carry like 5 different chapsticks.. this wold be a lovely place to keep them all in one place in my giant bag :)

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.