what’s in your purse right now?

I’ve wanted to do this series for awhile now.  Show you the contents of my purse, and then have you, my too hip to be square readers, submit photos of what’s  in yours.

I carry a lot in my purse.  I’m a big bag lady, and I’m not afraid to share it.  After transitioning out of diaper bags with both my babies I seamlessly adopted big purses in lieu of the UG, diaper bag.  The more I can carry the better.

Here’s a peek at what I’m carrying today.  Literally this is what’s in my purse right this second.  And when you all start submitting your photos, I want you to take photos of what’s really and truly in there.

I know, it’s a lot.  It keeps me and everyone else around me happy though, and I’m ready for most emergencies anywhere you take me.

Seriously, will you send me photos of what’s in your purse?  I want to see.  Really, I do.

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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. Erin Oltmanns :

    I love that you carry mini tweezers with you at all times! You would die. DIE. If you saw the contents of my bag. A friend nicknamed me “Scout” (as in “Girl Scout”) after working with me every day and seeing what was in my bag. I’m always prepared, yo.

    P.S. I carry NO makeup. Am I supposed to carry make up?!

    • Allison :

      I WANT to see the contents of your bag. Send a photo to me so I can post it. I’m not kidding.

      p.s. It doesn’t matter if you carry makeup or not, it’s just that my bag has gotten me through some tough scrapes, so I always bring it just in case.

  2. Andrea :

    Ok I am so doing this. Hold on to your hat…and all those cutie bags!

    • Allison :

      Thanks for sending your photo and contents! Love it.

  3. Krista :

    Is that purple thing, in the last photo, bottom left, a baby booger ball?

    • Allison :

      I’m afraid not. It’s liquid lip stain from Sephora. I’m past the baby booger ball stage. :)

    • Allison :

      I loved looking inside your purse, so fun.

  4. Donna Hansen :

    Love that you still have my little bag, it sure is cute! My bag has the Target ad, wallet, keys, camera, lip gloss, notepads, pens, lip gloss. I guess it woulda been easier to just take a pic!

    • Allison :

      I have carried your little bag with me all over this country Donna. I love it, it’s the perfect size! Take a pic of your purse and I can post it!

  5. jenB :

    THIS IS WHY YOU LOOK SO GREAT all the time. You carry makeup in your purse apart from lipstick. Do you have duplicate product in the house?

    I find I change purses so often I end up wishing I had hand sanitizer! or pressed powder! and I almost always carry a power bar. Low blood sugar can be scary!

    my purse as of last night at about 11pm MST: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenandtonic/4668430384/

    • Allison :

      You know what’s scary? I have regular makeup in my bathroom, and this is my travel makeup I can switch into different purses if need be. I think I have a problem.

      Very cute purse, btw.

  6. Marie :

    Still in that crazy baby phase. I’ve got loads of diapers, wipes, and bibs instead of lipstick, eye liner, and blush. Oh, it’s time for the change, she’s almost 2!

    • Allison :

      That crazy baby phase is tricky. It’s hard to stay non-frumpy when you’re hauling around all that gear. I think you have it down to a science though, you never seem weighed down to me!

  7. mskaz :

    I am totally going to send you a pic later today! I loooove seeing what people keep in their purses.

    • Allison :

      Yes, do! It’s totally voyeuristic, I think that’s why we love it.

  8. ParentopiaDevra :

    My cousin is making a film about this exact topic! LOL Here’s the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeZbq3Ev7nE

    And yes, Allison knows me, so I’m not just a “drive by” poster spamming her with my “cousin.” It’s really my cousin! And my Great Aunt is in the trailer too, she’s the one talking about “floss.”

    I’m so behind in my reader. Can you tell? Allsion, will you be at BlogHer?

    • Allison :


      That is the coolest thing ever. EVER. I think it’s an endless topic, so of course a movie could be made about it!

      I’m going to be at BlogHer, with bells on! We’d better be meeting up somewhere lady, because I want to see you!

  9. ParentopiaDevra :

    Of course. And I’ll let you look in my purse too.

    • Allison :

      Yes! YESSSSS.

      {pumping fist in the air excitedly}