What's in my bag

Hey lovely.

It’ll come as no surprise to you that I love it when other people post these, either on their blog, Insta or YouTube and it occurred to me that I’ve never done one. And seen as I bought myself a new bag last weekend, and I’m loving it, I thought I’d share mine with you.

Y’all know I’ve been after a new backpack forever and a day. Turns out, I’m pretty hopeless at pulling the trigger and actually making a decision. So when I saw this baby for just $20 at Kmart, I figured “why the heck not?!” and bought it. I’ve used it every day so far, both for work and general life, and I love it. It carries everything I need – and more!

No matter what, I always have a book in my bag. And because the new Dan Brown book is due out in October, and because I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately (more on that later), I decided I would reread all the Robert Langdon books – starting with Angels & Demons. And can I just say, Dan Brown – you are an absolute genius and I adore every word you write! I’m currently (as I’m sat writing this on Sunday) almost half way through and with every passing page, I’m reminded of why I love reading so much. What else – ah, yes, my happy plugs. They actually featured in my holiday gift guide last Christmas and my parents paid attention because I had them as a Christmas present and it’s fair to say I have used them almost every day since. I use them at work, when I’m listening to an audiobook on my walk to work, in the gym, at home for my iPad – basically, they are in continual use and I adore them. I didn’t realise how much my regular iPhone headphones hurt until I started wearing these. Now I’m obsessed and thinking about buying a second pair because I won’t be able to cope when these babies eventually die and I have to wait for a new pair to be delivered. I also have my trusty Typo notebook, which I use for jotting down almost anything that comes into my head – at the moment it’s full of plot ideas and character arcs for a book I’m working on; a pencil or my much adored Lamy fountain pen, my purse, my steel water bottle (which was in the wash when I took these photos) and a various assortment of hair ties, clips, granola bars, raisins and eye drops.

So, love, what’s in your bag? Am I totally weird in what I carry around every day?



  • Jane

    How can your handbag be so organised? Mine seems to be full of old receipts and bits of advertising, as well as several lipsticks that go in and never come back out again.

    • Anneka Simpkins

      Mine isn’t always so organised Jane! I have to make a conscious effort to take stuff out otherwise it fills up with lipsticks, receipts and odd bits of paper too!