Monday, April 19, 2010

What's In Your Handbag?

In response to a challenge from my creative guru, Stacy Julian, I am baring the contents of my handbag, just as it was this morning, all dumped out, with no editing. Stacy posted her own purse collage on her blog in response to this project called Persona by photographer Jason Travis. I set my timer for 15 minutes and allowed myself to look through the photos in his ongoing series. Interesting stuff.

After staging my own Persona Diptych, I have come to the following, mostly obvious, conclusions:

1) I carry way too many things in my handbag.
2) I am not nearly as stylish or colorful as I pretend to be.
3) I am nowhere near as hip as J Trav's friends.
4) My right eye is wandering (must be tired).
5) I need a brow wax.

I'll just flatter myself by calling this little experiment a birthday zeitgeist. Maybe I'll do it again next year and see what has changed.

The Gutsy Handbag:
(I'm not sure if listing the contents is kosher for this challenge, but I'm doing it anyway.)
Green Vera Bradley make-up bag, red Kate Spade wallet, Reny's key chain, little pink point-and-shoot camera, floss, eye drops, two pens (one black, one blue), peak flow meter, two packs of Diego stickers, sunglasses, Madelyn's Red Sox bib, inhaler, Trident gum, Jillson's ballet slippers, black "choir" shoes, Jillson's pink socks, black socks, Blackberry, small notebook, The Alchemist, Women Food and God (receipt as bookmark), "All Out Of" shopping list pad, Coccinelle handbag. (Jillson's hand is not a usual component of my handbag.)


Holly said...

Good to know someone else carries as much crap in their handbag as I do!

Cynthia said...

Hi! Came over from Stacy's blog:) Love this!!!!! I know all the things we carry around. Love the Kate Spade wallet:)

AdventureMom said...

You way outclass me in the stylish and colorful departments. Half of my purse is full of diapers, wipes, and burp cloths, the other half full of change, crumpled receipts, and who knows what other detritus. No way I'm taking a picture! I now have neat handbag envy. I love the project though!

The Gutsy Mom said...

Well, the more embarrassing part of this is that I had just recently decluttered my bag, removing (or so I thought) all the kid stuff. I currently still carry a small Madelyn bag with dipes and wipes and sippy cups and the like, which keeps them out of my purse. Jess, you should totally still take the picture even if you show it to no one, because I'm sure it will give you a good chuckle ten fifteen years from now.

Cynthia, thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's so amused by the purse dump exercise! :)