9 Handbag Essentials for Women on the GO!

9 Handbag Essentials for Women on the Go

When work is busy and your list of to-dos is never-ending, having the right handbag essentials is a must. Once I took time to think ahead and carefully select things I often need, it was amazing to see how my busy days felt a little less hectic. This may seem like a no-brained for some of you, but going through my work tote every week or so automatically makes my work/life schedule and routine fall into order.

If you have looked for something in your desk that is already in your bag, or you have thought something is in your bag when it’s really at home, just know that I have been there (sooo many times)! I know how annoying and time consuming that can be. So, in hopes of helping you make your work bag work for you, here is a peek inside my handbag!

Wallet

IMG_1256 Tory Burch Frida Zip Aroung Wallet

This may seem like a no-brainer, but a proper wallet that can hold all your cards and coupoons is a simple way to increase your level of organization.

EOS Lip Balm

EOS Soft Lip Balm Sphere

Chapped lips can be a major distraction, especially if you are on your way to the office for an event or important meeting.

Felt Pen

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Enough said.. I always need these, and in all the colors!


Erin Condren LifePlanner

Erin Condren LifePlanner, 2017-2018

I’ve talked about my LifePlanner before, and my love for it has only grown since I got mine. It is a great way for me to set and track goals in addition to keeping up with my schedule.

Sunglasses

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Ralph Lauren Art Deco Square Sunglasses

I love to have a pair of sunglasses living in my bag at all times. That way I don’t have to think about it, and I’m prepared whenever the sun comes out.

Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara

This stuff is the BEST drugstore mascara. It is a must for when you need to freshen up in the middle of the day.

Lip Gloss


Lancôme Lip Lover Hydration Lip Gloss

Lancôme’s Lip Lover is an all-time favorite lip gloss for me. It’s not sticky. It’s well pigmented and it lasts a long time!

Snack


Blue Diamond Almonds 100 Calorie Bags

When a meeting goes over or your lunch just didn’t cut it, a snack like this is a must in order to keep me from crashing or falling asleep on my keyboard.

Stain Remover


Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover

Nothing is worse than spilling coffee on your shirt when your day is just getting started. These things save me all the time!

In addition to these essentials, there are always non-essentials floating around in my bag, like bills, receipts or tickets (oh my!). In order to keep these from getting in the way of my essentials, I aim to clean out my work bag every week or so.  The handbag I currently use is by Kate Spade from a surprise sale. Here’s a similar one in the same color and another tote that is the perfect color for fall.  The internal pockets and compartments, along with the sturdiness of the bag really help me stay organized.

Do you have similar essentials in your work bag or in your everyday bag?  How do you keep your handbag organized? I’d love to hear all about it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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1 Year Bloggerversary 

one year of blogging highlights

This week SC’s Scoop turned one year old, which means I’ve completed a full year of blogging! Say what!?!

It’s amazing to me to think about what I have done in the past year and think about how life was when I began this blog. Blogging is something I thought about doing for years before I pulled the trigger. Now I look back and think, “Why didn’t I start sooner?”

At the same time, blogging has been much harder than I thought it would be. I have put more time and energy into it than I expected to, but at the same time all the effort I put into this blog is a direct reflection of how much I enjoy it. Before I begin to ramble (and bore you!), I want to share the most popular blog posts and my personal favorite blog posts since SC’s Scoop began.

Most Popular Posts
My Personal Favorite Posts

I’ve learned A LOT in this past year and recently shared some advice for new bloggers that may be helpful if you are thinking about starting one. My favorite things about blogging are building relationships with other bloggers and having ownership over a creative outlet that also acts as a filing system for memories.

The two biggest highlights for this past year have been my nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award and monetizing my blog. I did not originally create my blog to make money off of it, so creating an income stream has been eye-opening and exciting. It is amazing to think how my skills have improved with marketing, social media and search engine optimization as well.

I would love to know what you’ve enjoyed about my blog, and if you have any favorite posts. For my fellow bloggers, what did you learn in your first year? Did you have any special moments or big highlights? What is your favorite thing about blogging? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers & have a great weekend!

Sarah Camille

P.S. Stay tuned for a feature on the outfit I’m wearing in the top photo.  All the clothing details will be up on Monday.

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Life Lately

Hi friends!

This past month has felt like a roller coaster, and I’ve been meaning to fill you all in. My fiancé Will and I kicked of July at the beach in South Carolina and it provided just the right amount of rest and relaxation. We were there for a whole week and our days consisted largely of long walks on the beach, reading by the beach, paddleboarding and bike rides. And, then the month took a crazy, surprising turn!

One of the highlights was going out on my little brother’s boat with Will. We went to an inlet and posted up on a sandbar. It was like we had our own little private beach. Jackson caught a few sharks while we were there and I found a hermit crab and sand dollar. On our way in we fished and I caught a fish for the first time in many years! (Side note: everything we caught or found was released back into its habitat.) Our beach trip definitely helped me slow down and enjoy all the blessings in my life. If you have not visited South Carolina’s beaches, you should really check them out. The marsh land, islands and inlets that make up the coast are so unique and beautiful.

And then…

The week following our beach trip, I dove straight back into work for a big event. There were a couple late nights and then it was time to hit the road on Friday to meet up with Will outside of Pittsburgh for a motorcycle race. He was all set to race on Saturday, July 15 for an endurance race similar to the one we travelled to New Jersey for on Memorial Day weekend. When I look back on that morning, it did feel chaotic and rushed. Maybe those were the only signs that things were “off.” Will started the race and I watched him zoom by… only to hear just one second later, “Will’s down! Will is down! I saw him go down!”

I immediately went into auto-pilot, focused on getting to Will and seeing if he was ok. We travelled down the track and I could see him getting up from his bike. He gave us a thumbs down sign, and might heart sank, knowing something was wrong. Will got a ride back to us and it was pretty clear from the beginning that his collarbone was messed up. Part of it was actually bent upward, like it could almost break his skin.

An ambulance ride and emergency room visit later, we discovered Will’s collarbone was in four pieces. Will and I filled his pain medication, stopped at a local diner for lunch (where Will quickly became the center of attention!) and headed back to the track to pack our bags and get home as quickly as possible. Since we drove separately, I packed Will into the car with ice and pillows so he could drive somewhat comfortably. Then, I followed behind him for our 4 1/2 hour drive home. I was calling him often just to double check that he was as “ok” as he could be given the circumstances.

After the accident…

In the days following the accident, Will was in a lot of pain and I was getting up several times each night in an effort to help him get ice, medicine, an extra pillow or anything else to try and stay as comfortable as possisble. Thankfully Will got scheduled for surgery pretty quickly, just five days after the accident. While surgery is the best decision to fix everything, that day was probably the most difficult for me as I was pretty tired from the week at that point. While we waited for the surgery to be done and then to hear that we could see Will, it felt like time was passing so slowly. I hated seeing Will in more pain, and I so badly wished I could just trade places with him.

After surgery day, I was pretty exhausted. I crashed on the couch the following night and slept a lot over last weekend. It has really been a whirlwind and I am still processing everything, but I feel so grateful that Will is healing now and getting back to his normal self. It amazes me in hindsight how quickly everything else fell to the wayside and how quickly Will’s recovery became my first priority. It was also amazing to see Will’s family and everyone who cares about him come together. In spite of all the stress and anxiety that has surfaced in the past week, some wonderful moments have occurred that I am very grateful for. I’m also reminded just how important our relationships with each other are.

Isn’t it odd how hard times can bring people together more than ever? Have you ever had a loved one get hurt unexpectedly? Have you been the main caretaker for a loved one? I would love to hear about your personal experiences and any takeaways you have had after someone important to you was injured or fell ill.

Let’s hope the rest of July is uneventful for us!!

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

 

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