What’s in my bag? A collaboration with Mia Tui.

[Gifted/AD: I was gifted this bag by Mia Tui, in exchange for a series of three posts.]

“What’s in my bag?” is a classic lifestyle blogger post-and, as it was voted for over on my Instagram page, that’s exactly what today’s post is!

The Bag:

This is The Olivia from Mia Tui, a brand that prides itself on the functionality of its products, in cornflower blue. (Even if it does look more purple to me!) Anyway, it’s on special offer at the moment, and I recently posted about how the many pockets and added extras are such a wonderful thing. Jenna Farmer also posted about her Mia Tui bag, describing it as “The Ultimate Freelance Handbag.”

The main currency of my handbag:

That sounds odd, doesn’t it? But if you were to look inside my handbag, it has a lot of paper. As in, pretty much everything in it is paper based!

That’s a grand total of three notebooks! From left to right, my jotter (for story ideas, trackers, notes, drafts), my shorthand notebook (to practice for the 100 wpm exam!) and my ever-so-trusty Filofax. I’d be lost without it. The emphasis on stationery makes my life easier, really. (Just a tip: these notebooks from Pukka Pads are wonderful for taking shorthand!) 

The contents of my bag:

Mia Tui has two clutches-one see-through, one to match the bag-with every bag it sells. As you can see, I use the see-through one as an overly-stuffed pencil case. (And it mainly consists of shorthand stationery!) The letter is one I have yet to post to my Dutch pen-pal. (I will by the time this goes live. Promise.)

And… cosmetics! (Of sorts.) This is the other clutch bag, and it’s a purse and make up bag all in one. Along with a black eyeliner from NYX (buy it from ASOS here), a teeny tiny perfume (Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker) and some kind of paw paw product (one of my favourites is Doctor Paw Paw), this contains all much cards, small amounts of change, painkillers and my train tickets and press accreditation.

I also have an extra spray in my bag. With this heat, I find it very hard to stay cool. (Sensory issues and all that.) This as a gift from Superdrug (I think?) and it’s so useful. Minimalistic, right? Left to right: Superdrug spray, tissues (hello Hayfever and meltdowns!), Paw Paw lip balm, Lovely perfume, and NYX eyeliner.

What’s not shown?

NCTJ textbooks and notebooks.. Currently I’m studying Production, which is all about putting together magazines and newspapers. I have a huge notebook with all the shortcuts and “how tos”-along with a zillion pages of copy I’ve edited. Somedays I also have a book and headphones for train travel.

Handbags are always something that interest me-and they have for a long time. (It’s even why I ask about them in interviews! And I think this originated from a Glamour magazine feature.) There’ll be one more post about Mia Tui; until then,

Lydia x


  1. July 13, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Nice bag. I’m amazed that it has it’s own pouches. Also at the fact that you have so much paper! Haha. My bag is like pretty much trash and receipts and coins.


  2. July 13, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I always carry 3 million things in my handbag, my version of this would be an essay! But I always carry a little beauty pouch and my notebook too x


  3. July 13, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I love that you have 3 notebooks! I carry my journal everywhere as well as a notebook just for my current novel!

  4. July 13, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    That looks like a really great bag! I always love a big bag to fit everything in, also really love the colour. I carry 2 notebooks always doesn’t help my shoulder though! I have the large lovely perfume I need to get a travel size one! Great post x

  5. July 13, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Ohhh what a gorgeous bag! So handy that it comes with two little clutches too to keep all your bits and bobs tidy and organised! I’d never heard of that brand but I’m definitely going to look into it!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  6. July 13, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    I liked reading this one. I might post my own version, but all I carry around is junk! How are you finding shorthand?☺️

  7. July 13, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    Your bag is so pretty! And so useful – it looks like it fits so much stuff. Lovely post. 😊

  8. July 13, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    I really like this and I commend you for having the same amount of notebooks as I have in my own bag 😂 I don’t know how many pens I have mind 😂

  9. July 14, 2018 / 2:56 am

    I am the same when it comes to having a lot of paper in my bag- I LOVE notebooks! Love that you have everything so organized. It’s so important to carry napkins/tissue around – you never know when you need it! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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