I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.

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Daytime tote’n: 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel via Monnier Freres

Front/rear lights for my bicycle that I never realized I had – I swear this bag belonged to Mary Poppins
Cutler & Gross sunnies, window reflection sadly does not come with.
LC-A+ camera because I’m too cool for school, or too poor for the Canon EOS M.
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel in pine green, AKA our Christmas tree this year.
Urbanears in ‘do-not-disturb’ tomato-red, and best noise cancelling headphones.
Spare battery and memory card for the beast that bears the name of Canon + business cards for this enterprise.
Samsung Galaxy SIII – another one of my horcruxes.
House keys and oyster card, if I’m clumsy enough to lose this I should be put into jail.
Fashionary planner 2013 (also featured in first image) and assortment of pens + portable watercolour kit
Wallet from Chloé, red for ‘warning’ or ‘danger’, or would yellow wallet be a better reminder that I don’t have unlimited funds?
Tapestry pouch, stolen from mummy who had it since we lived in Austria in the late 80’s.
Leather gloves from ASOS with slits, for knuckle dusters, naturally.
Not pictured, but the main culprit for carpal tunnel and all known diseases, Canon 5D Mark II + lens

I carry my laptop if I feel particularly insane that day.
Beauty bag: YSL Rouge pur Couture lip stain (10), Estee Lauder lipstick (Lilac) & lipliner (in 03 Tawny), Valentino Valentino mini Eau de Parfum, bobby pins, Chanel bronzing compact

… and a compressed version of that for the evening: DVF Carolina lip bag via Monnier Freres

Stella McCartney Falabella zip pouch as a thin wallet alternative.
YSL travel compact, bought at the airport under pressure of ‘duty free’
DVF Carolina lip bag, bumping strangers in the tube with the lips and being awkwardly intimate.
YSL Touche Eclat for lightening touchups, perfect for under-eye baggage.
Samsung Galaxy SIII – another one of my horcrux.
Chanel ‘Laser’ lipgloss for the impromptu jedi battle, naturally.
Balenciaga Eau de Parfum purse spray (mini vial), also can be pepperspray, depending on situation.


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  1. fantastic bag!


  2. Ahhhhhh I want this bag, Phillip Lim is a genius!

  3. I’ve been considering getting a pair of urbanears headphones. Have you tried any other noise canceling headphones?? (Clearly too lazy to do the google research involved for this purchase… v_v)

  4. Ehm I’ve tried a bunch, and I think Urbanears is so far the best, then followed by RHA headphones, which aren’t that expensive either. http://www.rha-audio.com/
    But I’ve had that Urbanears one for about 2 years, and have carried it every single day… still perfect.

  5. @Shini, Rad. I was hoping you’d say they’re awesome because I love their color selection. :)

  6. Niiiiice! Love the scrapbook <3

  7. lovely stuff. and polish driving licence (?) coming out of rhis lovely stella mccartney’s pouch <3

  8. Ley

    You’re so funny. Gotta love the portable watercolor kit! My bag is also heavy like a motherfather. I tend to bring my whole life in my bag!

  9. Great post.
    The Pashli is beautiful.



  10. beautiful display and i love your items! everything looks super neat and put together!


  11. ayy_ayy

    I dunno. I love to see ‘what’s in my bag’ title.
    It’s like unveil the secret of someone’s bag. :)

  12. amazing shots.

  13. Just out of curiosity… do you make everything in your bag match on purpose? Or do you just really, really like that shade of red? Do all graphic designers have such perfectly graphic-able purse innards?!


  14. Ooh do things match? When I was putting this together I was actually quite surprised how things are so haphazard and characterless (you know how girls have lots of cute anime character chains and shizz, I can’t stand that for some reason). I guess I do have a thing for reds, although I doubt it has anything to do with being a graphic designer! Just a great colour on anybody – for example wearing that Urbanears is ACTUALLY a big lift on a semi-boring outfit! x

  15. Love getting a glimpse of what items are your accessory companions on a daily basis– everything is so chic!


  16. Woah woah woah. That is a really cute bag. From what I’m seeing, unzipping the sides allows more width/space/capacity? Too bad there’s no close up of your little water color painting! It looks gorgeous still. I’ve been wanting to learn how to watercolor, but I don’t know where/how to start.

    How is the YSL Touche Eclat? Does it work well for dark circles? I’ve tried drinking plenty of water and sleeping regularly, but I haven’t found the most effective solution for my dark circles. Also, I’ve always loved the photos on your blog! They always look so bright and heavenly. Hoping to see more posts soon!

  17. Yay thanks so much for the lovely comment – the YSL touche Eclat, the colour is actually slightly salmon-tinged which makes it PERFECT for under-eye bags/dark circles, which is what I use it for mainly!

  18. Dannielle

    ZOMG really digging the Phillip Lim satchel and the lip purse! *____*

  19. Everything is utterly gorgeous Shini! Love those red headphones but rather interested in your portable watercolour set, that set up is awesome!

  20. I love how you photographed the content of your amazing Phillip Lim bag!


  21. Thanks for posting this! Definitely gives me good ideas about how to organize and transition my bags better :)

  22. the content of the bag is so lovely and i adoore the bag so much!!

  23. First, I just love looking into other people’s bag contents- I often feel inspired! And this is also the case, the portable watercolor kit sounds so great! Never seen it before and as I’m quite into watercolor right now, I’d totally do with one… Where did you get it if I may know? :)

  24. Sure thing! The palette thing is actually just a Pentel Aqua brush filled with water and a little pill case from Muji with little blobs of watercolour paint, a really quick & easy DIY!

  25. I love your little beauty bag



  26. I’ve never seen one of those portable watercolour brushes before. It look pretty handy, might try and pick one up.

  27. B.

    You seem to be very organized. Love the first bag, beautiful color

    fashion in Belgium

  28. Am I the only one who actually carries a lot of trash in her bag? Why yours seems so accurately organized and professional-like? Sigh.

  29. Oh I have trash, like half eaten somethings that might’ve been a cupcake or a sushi, and lots of general trash… probably would’ve made for a better show & tell if I showed those in this feature! Might’ve even be able to do a little quiz thing ‘Guess what this green mouldy thing is and you get to win a handbag!’. SIGH.

  30. Ahahah, thank you for your honesty, this is a relief :D

  31. This looks like it came out of an article in a magazine! I can just imagine it being featured :)

  32. Claire

    Hi Shini- love your bag and contents! What brand is your watercolour palette/where did you buy it? It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! x

  33. Hi hi Claire, thanks so much! :D
    The palette thing is actually just a Pentel Aqua brush filled with water and a little pill case from Muji with little blobs of watercolour paint, a really quick & easy DIY!

  34. That is a really cool water color pen! Never seen anything like it. Great for on the go art work!!

  35. lovely bag.

  36. This is definitely fate. I was just in the car a couple hours ago thinking about roll-over images with numbers or texts. Lo and behold. Nice work. I love the organization of the shots. You should forward that to the tumblr ‘things organized neatly’.

  37. suu

    do show us your creation with the pentel aqua brush :)

  38. your bag is gorgeous! :)

    Kill the Fashion Killer

  39. This little Austrian pouch is so uber cute…am swooning over it cuz it is so one of a kind!!!!!

    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  40. Great testimonial as to how many things can fit in that bag. Love your nail color by the way!


  41. do you always carry a big bag everyday? i just wonder.
    adorable pics, i love the bag :)

  42. Great bag!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  43. I absolutely love your style. Great to discover the watercolour mini palette.

  44. I absolutely love your style. Great to discover the watercolour minin palette.

  45. I love your bag and what it contains!

    Théa Unknown

  46. ‘Whats in my bag’ posts are one of my favorites and this is just marvelously done! the composition of these shots is phenomenal and I am in love with your bag

  47. Jenna.B


    I absolutely love your photos, I was thinking of investing buying a samsung galaxy s3, do you recommend it?

    Thanks x


  48. I love this! I’m the kind of person that LOVES seeing inside people’s bags (super curious/nosy!) and the presentation is just beautiful. The nailpolish you’re wearing is lovely also.

  49. Gosia

    Everything looks amazing – as always on your blog. I could repeat all this deligts, but I have one more question: what nail polish do you have on this photos – it’s very cute and stylish, I love it ;)
    Anyway – Best wishes from Poland ;)


  51. neets

    wow, i really love the colour of your pashli satchel! *swoon.
    how is it that I can’t find it virtually ANYWHERE?? Is it a special edition?

    Would you recommend your bag to us?

  52. Hmm really? That’s funny, I kept seeing it everywhere ever since I got it! It’s definitely not a special edition. I found one in Red and Cream here: http://rstyle.me/n/bjtt6c and a green one here? http://rstyle.me/~8OSf

  53. Love the tapestry pouch. Also where is your nail varnish from?


  54. Ooh it’s from American Apparel, ‘African Violet’ 42020!

  55. @Shini, Thanks :)

  56. Fabulous bags!

  57. I would be so grateful if you did a post on your watercolours, some of your paintings and drawings, your diy watercolour palette, and your moleskines! Your book looks so inspiring, I’m dying to get a closer look at it as well as your tools…

  58. Definitely will put that in my to-do list! I don’t have an extensive watercolour painting collection but it’d be neat to share how you can do your own watercolour palette! ;) x

  59. absolutely loved the little drawings with the watercolour!
    Very nice! Love your gloves!

  60. Stef

    Hi! I have a quick question…

    I am considering the bag for work. Is it ok to carry a laptop? Or would that be too heavy for the bag?


  61. Oh yah, it’s a perfect size for laptops up to 15 inch, and it won’t be heavy FOR the bag, but you might find that it’s really uncomfortable carrying the bag around due to the weight. Do try to find one that comes with a strap, because carrying a heavy laptop on your forearm is just torture!

  62. Stef

    Perfect!!! Thanks! I just bought the white pashli :)

  63. jennifer

    hi Shini!

    this is really inspiring and i think your paintings look perfect! anyway, does the paper in that fashionary planner not bleed when you use watercolor on it? i’m looking for a nice sketchbook/book in general that has paper which usable under watercolor and i hope you can help me recommending something you know!

    do you draw often though? you should post more picture of your paintings! x

  64. Waah! Fun post c:
    I am amazed how that enormous laptop fit
    in that handbag! And I love the water color pencil
    thingy, shows how artistic you are c;

    Xx http://icepandora.blgospot.com

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