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Handbag Essentials – Blogger Edition + Gucci Dupe Handbag!

First of all, I would like to introduce you to the new love in my life the gorgeous cross body ‘Love Life’ handbag by Aldo, yes another Aldo handbag which I purchased again, from ASOS. 
ASOS is a blessing and a curse, they had a sale on which had up to 50% off so the bag was originally priced at £60 but it was knocked down to £35 which I thought was pretty damn good and what sold me, even more, was the fact I also had a £15 voucher on top of the discount happy days! 

The bag is so stunning it reminds me a little bit of a Gucci dupe but for a fraction of the price! It’s definitely a little out there but I think it is quite a cool bold handbag to go with a plain white outfit would look so pretty!
I love the buckle on the front and the embroidery which says ‘Love Life’ is so well made it looks gorgeous.
I have had a little obsession with handbags since I was an early teen and I am pretty damn organised when it comes to packing my handbag essentials, so I thought that considering every blogger needs a handful of items to get them through the day I thought I would merge my love for bags and organisation skills and put together a number of things that I carry with me on a typical blogging day, things that I would go crazy if they were left behind.

This is the kind of stuff I take with me on a typical work day but if I’m on the go. As a blogger, you probably know the work never stops so I have to have these things on me at all times.

Blog Camera – Sony A5000

Okay, let’s start with the most important – my camera I have the Sony a5000 and I love it. I rarely leave home without it. If I can snap a beautiful scenic shot or a cool outfit photo, I will. I have had a few occasions where I get the perfect opportunity to take some cute pictures but have only had my phone on me, which is no good what so ever if I want to feature it here on my blog, its okay for updating you guys on social media though.

iPhone 6

My iPhone. Okay, not amazing for pictures but not awful. I am just like everyone else I love being on my phone (not too much) but if I want to snap pics and share parts of my day with my followers I can quite easily do that and stay connected and keep you guys updated easily. By the way – the phone case is by Skinnydip!

Portable Charger

Another little gadget I need everywhere I go is this super cute portable charger from skinnydip. This comes in handy SO often. I can charge my phone or camera which means I’m never in that situation where I can’t take pics or make calls (god forbid eh?) 
In all seriousness though, It is pretty important for a work/blog day because sometimes, annoyingly I do leave my camera on after using and it dies when I really need it so yeah, this I could not live without and also on a normal day its just safer to have full battery on your phone if you need to ring anybody for emergencies etc.
Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer, you know cos it’s definitely an essential. I carry this stuff with me everywhere 24/7 and this Cath Kidston one is my faaaaave! It has a spray applicator which I really like and it also smells amazing. 
Beauty products. They are essential, I used to carry an entire makeup bag full of products, probably because they were not long wearing, however, I use the TooFaced Born This Way’ foundation and it seriously does not budge so thankfully I don’t have to reapply my foundation and then my entire face on top again. Instead I take this sleek bronze and highlight palette which has amazing pigment, a setting powder which I normally got for the Hourglass or Bourjois setting powder and the lipstick/liner choice of the day and that’s the only thing I really top up if I want or take a quick snap so I don’t look as disheveled.
Sunglasses, for when you’re not close to a coffee shop to hide your tired eyes. Here in the UK we have been having a good amount of sunshine and even when it’s cloudy the evenings have been brightening up for some reason, so again always handy and let’s not forget this is the blogger edition so really the main reason is so we look a lil sassy in our shots let’s face it!
The final essential, for me, is my iPad. This is essentially my laptop, I will carry around my laptop if I have a bigger bag or use a coffee shop but my iPad is a lot easier to carry, I use it to edit my photo’s on Lightroom and I also send my photo’s I’ve taken on my Sony A5000 straight over using Wi-Fi and I plan blog content and ideas on there too which just makes things a bit easier and I prefer working on a big screen rather than my phone.
The 7 essentials I take around everywhere on a typical ‘blogging’ day. What do you think of the bag? I am so in love, I definitely have a little obsession with handbags right now.
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  1. Lady Writes
    July 3, 2018 / 7:01 am

    Absolutely love your handbag collection – you make me want to shop! x

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 8, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you haha! I always leave your blog buying something 😂

  2. Beff Shuff
    July 3, 2018 / 9:12 am

    that handbag is beaut! phone and hand sanitiser is a must for me! and chewing gum x

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 8, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      Hand sanitiser always! haha

  3. Alice Anne
    July 6, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    I'm such a handbag fan atm! I just bought a gorgeous periwinkle blue one! xx

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 8, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      ooh sounds lovely! I'm obsessed with bags!

  4. Yasmina Sahraoui
    July 6, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    Ooooo I love this bag!! It's very gucci and such a bargain too. x

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 8, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you, I think so too! Xo

  5. Sarah Jayne Adams
    July 6, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I LOVE this bag! <3

    • Alicia a la Mode
      July 8, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      me too, it's so pretty and different Xo

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