A Look Inside My Bag + a Custom Illustration

For my 30th birthday, I wish listed a custom “What’s in my Bag” illustration. I’ve always been interested in what people carry in their bags, so much so that in college I created a series of photographs around the concept. A custom illustration of what I carry in my bag seemed like a great way to commemorate age 30. Today I’m sharing the illustration and “What’s in my bag.”

There are some talented custom artists you can order a custom handbag illustration from on Etsy including Coco Draws, Roaring Softly and EmmaKisstina. I ended up not working with any of them because my former Twin Stripe blogging partner, Alison, is a fabulous illustrator. Alison and I emailed about my handbag essentials and I sent her a few photos and she came up with a beautiful “What’s in my Bag” illustration.

What's in my bag: purse illustration by Alison Harshbarger // Twin Stripe

What’s in my bag, clockwise from top left: Handbag, Kate Spade Saturday, (similar: Ligero Satchel Satchel Handbags, Marc by Marc Jacobs)  |  Mint 500 mL Bottle, BKR  |  Color Block iPhone Case, Ban.do  |  Day Designer, Whitney English  |  Notebook Set, Kate Spade  |  Le Pen Drawing Pen Set, Amazon  |  Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment, Fresh  |  Cord Taco, This Is Ground  |  Cedar Street Stacy Wallet in Black, Kate Spade

Click through to learn more about what’s in my bag!

I recently moved to this smaller gray satchel from the now defunct, Kate Spade Saturday line. Because this bag is smaller than what I was carrying, my Day Designer doesn’t fit, but it works just fine because it doesn’t come everywhere with me. I do make sure to always have a note book and a pen or two to write down any brilliant ideas that come to me. I’m always pulling out my headphones to listen to a podcast and my Cord Taco keeps my headphones from becoming a gigantic mess.

What's in your bag? // Twin Stripe

Of course, Alison did not share every single item in my bag, so I’m sharing a closer look. with you. I always carry business cards with me where ever I go. You never know who you might meet. I recently had new cards printed at Moo and I couldn’t be happier with their quality. I also recommend a fun business card case to keep your bag stocked and organized.

The sweet Baggu pouch Alison hand painted for me is filled to the brim with lip gloss. I never know what color I need, so they all end up in my purse. I keep a giant tassel on my keys so they are easy to spot and grab on the go. While I try not to keep too many extra items in my bag, but there are days when I think I’m carrying everything but the kitchen sink around.

What's in my bag: purse illustration by Alison Harshbarger // Twin Stripe

I would love for you to share what in your bag? Do you are around a giant tote or just the essentials?

About Katie

Katie is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Her blog is dedicated to helping readers create a bright and modern lifestyle that doesn’t cost a ton. Twin Stripe features easy DIY projects, tasty recipes, entertaining ideas, style tips, home decorating inspiration and more. Katie lives in Greensboro, N.C. with her fabulous husband, Chad, and adorable pup, Hobbes. She spends her spare time decorating their 1950s bungalow and throwing festive parties. Katie believes you can never have too much glassware or glitter!

5 thoughts on “A Look Inside My Bag + a Custom Illustration

  1. The illustration turned out so cute! I’m always rocking a crossbody bag, which limits what I can carry, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have 17 chapsticks/lipglosses on hand at all times haha

    1. It’s a good thing to have a smaller bag I think! But yes, we all need a million lip products of course! 🙂

  2. I found your bag very organized. I have a small shoulderbag. I carry several gift cards and medical items. I also have a couple pair of glasses. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is such a cute illustration! It’s such a fun idea to do this! I never would have thought of doing this, but now I want one. 🙂

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