What’s in Your Purse Series: Week Twenty-One.

This week’s: What’s in Your Purse Series is from my friend Christine Koh of the famed blog Boston Mamas.  Christine is a great friend of mine, and as I suspected, her bag is rather organized.  She’s the organized sort.

If you’d like to add your purse to the lineup, come on already, no one’s standing in your way.  Email me two nice photos, one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a description of the contents to: allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom.  Thank you!

slouchy purse

purse content


I bought this cute purse at Target. The neutral tone makes it super versatile and it’s the perfect size for carrying plenty of my things (see next photo) without being too heavy. When it’s not fully loaded, I can even fit my new DSLR in it.

Purse contents:

Wow, I had a lot of stuff in my purse. Starting from the top and going left to right:

  • I love my Coach wristlet. I use it instead of a wallet and it’s great if I just need to run to the corner to do an errand. I can even squeeze my Blackberry in it.
  • What can I say, I’m an eco-geek. I always carry an Envirosax bag with me. Between the Envirosax for on foot errands, and our reusable shopping bags at the grocery store, I almost never take away store bags anymore.
  • I think I got that little first aid kit from Marie LeBaron at Eat Blog Run. And it has allowed me to be that mom – the one who has a disinfecting wipe and band-aid when someone’s kid takes a digger at the playground. And I always carry tissues – someone’s nose is always running.
  • I love this inspiration book I picked up in Maine. And I just noticed my pen casings match the book. Is that weird?
  • Blackberry. I never leave home without it.
  • I’m now devoted to my DSLR but it’s too big to tote on a regular basis (unless I’m explicitly planning on using it); instead, I carry my little point and shoot in case a picture perfect moment presents itself.
  • I never leave home without a snack in my purse.
  • That little red cosmetics case is handy – it has a mirror on the exterior and currently holds an emergency sewing kit, five (mercy!) lip colors, 2 tubes of lip balm, and hand Clean Well sanitizer.
  • My keys. The funny thing is, after I laid them down to take the photo, I was reminded that the top key – they key to my mom’s house — has a label that says “Mom” on it (she did that).
  • Crayons for Laurel. Picked up at restaurants. Two boxes.
  • A baby car seat guide. A friend just foisted her baby gear off on me and I tossed the manual in my purse.
  • Some little eco-guides from Healthy Child Healthy World. I got them at the BlogHer HCHW dinner (clearly, I haven’t fully cleared out my purse in the last month).
  • My business cards.
  • Some business cards from BlogHer. Again, clearly, I haven’t fully cleared out my purse in the last month.
  • A wedding RSVP I need to drop in the mail.

Thanks Christine!

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Boston Mamas :

    Super fun to participate Allison! This series has been so fun to read!

    • Allison :

      Thanks so much for playing along, I love your purse!

  2. MainlineMom :

    Of course. That’s what I thought when I saw the contents of Christine’s bag :) It all makes sense for her. I’m kind of scared to do this activity.

    • Allison :

      No, don’t be scared, play, play!

  3. the wanna be country girl :

    I carry a very small pocket book because if I didn’t keep it small it would weigh 10 pounds. Right now it’s got a few dollars, one check book, no wait 2 check books, 3 debit cards and tons of faded receipts.

    • Allison :

      My purse IS 10 lbs! At least.

      Submit away sister, I want to see it!

  4. Doll Clothes Gal Pal :

    What I have is a cellphone, keys, my wallet and toiletries. That’s about it. lol!

    • Allison :

      Wow. I wouldn’t be able to function. I need so much more every time I go out.

  5. Julie :

    Hi…been lurking here for a while. I really do love your blog, but whenever I try to click on other posts to take me to another post that I’m interested in it says, Page Not Found. Can you help me with that?? Gracias!

    • Allison :

      Julie, thanks for the head’s up! We’ve been having issues lately on the back end and are working hard to fix it.

      thank you for letting me know!

  6. RookieMom Whitney :

    I’m scared, too, but inspired by the way Christine arranged everything. Makes it not look like a heap of trash, but rather some lovingly stored business cards. Maybe I’ll try it this weekend.

    And I’m happy to see that Christine is a Blackberry girl. Sometimes I feel like the only person without an iPhone.

    • Allison :

      You’re not the only one! You’re not.

      Christine arranged it so nicely, YOU CAN TOO.

      Do it Whitney, do it!