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Monday, 28 April 2014

What's In Your Bag: Sheridan Roush

Around The World In 40 Bags is a 'what's in your bag' feature, where I get 40 people from around the world to give us a glimpse into the recesses of their bags. Don't forget to check back every Tuesday and Thursday!

What's In Your Bag Sheridan Roush


Tell us a little bit about yourself?  Hi! I’m Sheridan and I am an American teaching English at a Montessori kindergarten in Beijing, China. After over a year of putting it off and way over thinking it, I recently started a food blog at www.haveyoueatenyet.co. I post meals, recipes, and travel experiences I have while living in the East. One of the most frequent questions I am asked from friends and family back home is “What do you eat?”. Luckily, I enjoy cooking and predominantly I enjoy eating. So, I have a lot of ideas to share about where to buy ingredients in Beijing, what are those mystery vegetables at the market, and which restaurants take you back to your home country- if only for the length of dinner. 
What bag do you carry?  This particular bag I use daily and I bought while on vacation in Singapore this past December. I found it in a souvenir shop after my packed bag broke. I have used it as my teacher bag because of its large size, but mostly because it has a zipper that runs along the length of the top keeping out stray hands in the subway.
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Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk a bit about it? Of course, but bear in mind that this is a place even my boyfriend is afraid to look into. Due to the bag’s size, it is easy to put things in and lose track of them. I did not include a picture of the ridiculous amount of receipts, brochures, and unopened mail usually inside this bag. 
I have a couple notebooks - one is used for jotting ideas down for things I would like to write about more extensively while the other is used mainly for school (lesson plan ideas, schedules, meeting notes) or for general lists. I’m really into making lists.
Headphones for listening to Podcasts on my work commute via bicycle or public transportation. 
A scary looking facemask to help keep dangerous particles from entering my lungs on heavily polluted days in Beijing. I only wear this facemask while riding my bike. Unfortunately, I live in a place where it is sometimes worse for your health to ride a bicycle due to the high air pollution levels, as you breathe more deeply when doing heavy exercise. This particular mask makes me look a bit like Bane from the latest Batman movie, so I don’t wear this one while just walking around on the street. I have other, less threatening looking pollution masks for day wear. 
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Since Beijing is near the desert, it is incredibly dry here and my hands are always quite literally itching for some hand lotion. Someone gave me a gift set of L’Occitane En Provence hand cream and not only do each of them smell florally (just like I like!), but they don’t leave my hands greasy. Most importantly, they truly moisturize my dry hands. Here I have rosebud and ylang ylang scents. 
The dry air also affects my lips so I have a variety of lip balms in my bag. The Dr. Pepper Lipsmackers and Burts Bees lip balms I really treasure because I brought them from my last trip home to the States. I am just about out of the Dr. Pepper Lipsmackers, but I don’t want to part with it so I let in linger in my bag. Also from home, I have The Naked Bee Natural Lip Colors in plum orchid and heather rose. I love these because they are lipsticks that are both moisturizing and contain natural ingredients. In the center of this lip balm collection is Nivea Fruity Shine in strawberry. I recently bought this when I realized my Dr. Pepper lip balm was almost out and I knew I needed some lip balm that would give my lips a hint of color.
Kenneth Cole Reaction black leather wallet I bought maybe ten years ago from a Kenneth Cole outlet store in the United States. 
Key chains connected to two USB sticks. I have just realized that there are more key chains than USB sticks collected here. The two animal key chains are a snake and horse- each a gift from my work for the past Chinese New Year holidays (to celebrate the year of the snake and the year of the horse). 
A canvas bag from a local bookstore (a bag within a bag!) used when I buy groceries at the market during my lunch break. 
As I am a teacher, one may think I have a plethora of pens in my bag. Nope, I only have one.
A variety of bobby-pins. A USB issued by my bank that asks as a key when I want to access my Chinese bank account online. 
Passport photos of me. I feel like in China they want a passport photo for everything, so I just carry them around. These particular ones (ok, really all of the passport photos taken in my lifetime) are pretty bad, so I don’t hand them out to people I want to be my friend. There’s no need to scare them away.
Since I work in a kindergarten, I am always collecting things around my apartment that I don’t need there, but could use at school for some sort of kindergarten craft or activity. Tonight, I happened to find a couple rubber bands. Yesterday it was a cardboard toilet paper roll and an egg carton. 
Pink Sephora brand lipstick. I like this lipstick because it is bright and it stays. 
A yellow rose handkerchief from my mother’s craft room at home in the States. I have several and they always come in handy- this morning this was used to hold my hard boiled egg I ate at school for breakfast. 
What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis? I always have some sort of lip balm, lipstick, my cell phone, hand lotion, and handkerchief. 
If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag? Well, I would not be carrying this bag to a fancy party. However, if I was asked to go to a fancy party for some reason directly after school and I didn’t have another bag option with me, I would have this bag full of things. The essential items mentioned before would be in my bag, as well as a hand mirror and a pair of flats because I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to handle the fancy party high heels for long. 
For a day of adventure, what would you pack? I would pack both of the notebooks described before for list referencing and idea writing, my Klean Kanteen “Reflect” stainless steel water bottle (it’s completely plastic free!), my Nokia 1020 cell phone for picture taking, and probably a guidebook of some sort.
Lastly, how many bags do you own? When I moved to Beijing 2.5 years ago I did a lot of downsizing in the bag department. I have maybe 5 bags now with this one being the most used as I carry it to work every day.
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

What's In Your Bag: Sarah Bonner

Around The World In 40 Bags is a 'what's in your bag' feature, where I get 40 people from around the world to give us a glimpse into the recesses of their bags. Don't forget to check back every Tuesday and Thursday!

Sarah Bonner From North CarolinaTell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello! My name is Sarah and I blog over at JoyfullyOrganized. I currently live in North Carolina & love it! I’m a virtual assistant – which means I help small business, bloggers, and professionals with administrative tasks, social media management, email responses, data entry, etc.

What bag do you carry?
I just downsized the bag I carry because it was getting too heavy & disorganized for my taste. So I just bought a smaller crossbody bag. This has meant that I can only carry with me my absolute essentials!

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Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk a bit about it?
The image shows what is currently in my bag. As you can see I have kept it fairly simple.

What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis?
In general, I have my phone, car keys, house keys, wallet, chapstick, notebook, pens, & some kind of jewelry in my bag. Right now, I also have Easter invite cards from my church in there so I can hand them out to anyone interested in attending our church. My wallet is normally filled with cash, cards, & coupons.

If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag?
In addition to what I carry on a regular basis, I would probably add a little bit of make-up for touchups and some type of gum or breath mints.

For a day of adventure, what would you pack?
For a day of adventure, I would make sure I also have my water bottle and a snack. I’m one of those people that hates being hungry – I tend to get overly irritated & anxious when I am hungry, so having snacks on hand is key for me! I would also make sure to bring my camera!

Lastly, how many bags do you have?
I have a variety of different bags – about 3 smaller crossbody bags & then a lot of sizes & different totes!

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Monday, 21 April 2014

What's In Your Bag: Artemis Stiga

Around The World In 40 Bags is a 'what's in your bag' feature, where I get 40 people from around the world to give us a glimpse into the recesses of their bags. Don't forget to check back every Tuesday and Thursday!
Around The World In 40 Bags With Artemis Stiga
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello! I’m Artemis and I come from Greece, where I currently live as well. I'm a writer, a visual artist, a comics’ lover and a happiness freak.  

You can read my blog: www.happinessineverydaylife  where I post weekly articles about how you can cultivate happiness in your everyday life. In addition, I maintain my other blog: www.popglass.net where I occasionally blog about the TV series I’m watching. Feel free to visit them and let me know your thoughts on the subjects.

You can also connect with me on Twitter (@artestig), Instagram (@artemisstiga) and Pinterest (@artestig).

What bag do you carry?
I like to change my bags often, according to every occasion, but lately I carry around my big, black, fake leather bag from Zara. It is quite handy and it provides a lot of space for my things, or shopping.

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Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk a bit about it?
Sure! My big, yellow wallet is constantly with me, I need my money and my member’s club cards for shopping discount. Moreover, I always carry a notebook and a pen with me. It is no secret that I have weak memory and I need to write down all the cool ideas that cross my mind when I’m not at home. I can also take notes of things I like and I want to check later, like some movies or songs my friends recommend.

In addition to this, I’m a clean freak, so I always have antiseptic and dry napkins –just in case! Sometimes, I take my hand cream with me, because moisture always feels good! Moreover, as I already told you, I live in Greece, which is quite sunny through the whole year, so a pair of sunglasses is always handy. 

Also, I often keep pieces of paper spritzed with perfume on the bottom of my bag, in order to smell nice. I love fresh and clean scents. And at last, but not least my tiny mp3 player is temporarily with me as I need it for my entertainment. Oh! And my cell phone!

What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis?
All of the above! But if I’m in a hurry, only my wallet, keys and cell phone.

If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag?
Hmm.. Probably my lipstick, money without the wallet, keys and cell phone.

For a day of adventure, what would you pack?
Small snacks, like grain bars, wet napkins for face and hands, lip-balm, perfume, wallet, cell phone, my camera, a notebook and a pen, my sunglasses and maybe a scarf, in case of cold.

Lastly, how many bags do you own?
Just a minute.. let me check.. Yup, that’d be 17 for the time being, since I gave away my old ones!
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What's In Your Bag: Gigi Griffis

Around The World In 40 Bags is a 'what's in your bag' feature, where I get 40 people from around the world to give us a glimpse into the recesses of their bags. Don't forget to check back every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday!

Around The World In 40 Bags with Gigi Griffis


Tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Gigi and I’m an American travel and inspirational writer currently based in the Swiss Alps. I travel, hike, write, and adventure with my small dog, Luna all over the world (though I’m currently focused on Europe and working hard on an unconventional travel guide for anyone who wants to travel Italy with local, insider tips). You can follow her adventures at www.gigigriffis.com

What bag do you carry? 
Day-to-day, I usually carry a pretty maroon over-the-shoulder bag that I bought in Paris. When I’m hiking, I carry a small backpack.

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Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk a bit about it?
Day-to-day, I always carry my wallet (which, in addition to the normal cash, ID, and cards, holds business cards, train tickets, and my house key), my little Lumix camera, dog poop bags, mint gum, at least one pen (usually more), a hair tie, and chapstick. About 75% of the time, you’ll also find me carrying my MacBook Pro and power cord. About 25% of the time, I also carry a pad of paper. 

What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis?
The absolute essentials are my wallet, camera, and chapstick. These are the first things I take with me if I need to take a different bag. 

If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag?
For nice events, I switch to my clutch purse (which is a lovely handmade piece I bought on Etsy that highlights my love for Europe), always taking chapstick, money, credit cards, ID, and business cards. Depending on the event, sometimes I also take my camera, mascara, bobby pins, or hair ties.

For a day of adventure, what would you pack?
When I’m hiking, paragliding, etc., I leave my computer behind and always take snacks (dried fruit, granola bars, and rolls are my favorites) and a bottle of water. Sometimes I also take band-aids and extra socks, particularly if I’m tackling a tough trail or wearing in a new pair of shoes. 

Lastly, how many bags do you own?
Since I traveled full-time for almost two years and just recently moved to Switzerland, I live a pretty minimalist existence. I own a large hiking pack that I used to carry everything I owned while I traveled, one purse, and one clutch bag. Recently, a friend was kind enough to lend me a small backpack for hiking and another friend gave me a suitcase that I can use as needed.
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Monday, 14 April 2014

What's In Your Bag: Cherie Foo

Around The World In 40 Bags is a 'what's in your bag' feature, where I get 40 people from around the world to give us a glimpse into the recesses of their bags. Don't forget to check back every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday!

Cherie Foo Singapore

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi! I'm Cherie Foo, a 22-year-old undergraduate from Singapore. I’m graduating in a month, so that’s really exciting, and am currently planning my epic grad trip to Europe! For fun, I read, go out with friends, and salsa.

What bag do you carry?
Most of the time I’m carrying my straw bucket bag bought from a local online store, thetinselrack.com. It costs slightly over 30SGD. I like over-the-shoulder bags as they free up your hands and are a practical option for everyday use, but sometimes this one is a little hard to coordinate with my outfits because it’s eye-catching on its own. I prefer to pair this bag with neutral or basic clothes so that there’s not too much going on!

Around The World In 40 Bags Cherie Foo Singapore


Can you show us the contents of your bag and talk about it?
My wallet is from Guess, it’s a gift from my mom and I got it at half price! I love it because of the different materials on it – there’s woven material, faux snakeskin, wood and even metal. If I’m going to school, I’d probably have my pencil case and maybe a calculator in my bag as well, but that’s about it. I carry a file separately for my papers.

What are some of the essentials you carry in your bag on a regular basis?
Lip balm, tissue paper, keys, wallet, cell phone and thumb drive.

If you were to head out to a fancy party, what would you carry in your bag?
Makeup (blotters, lipstick and the like), and essentials like money, ID and cell phone.

For a day of adventure, what would you pack?Sunglasses, definitely, because it’s more often than not sunny here in Singapore! Also, a bottle of water.

Lastly, how many bags do you own?

Only 4 that I use on a regular basis, but apart from that I have a clutch, a duffel, a haversack for backpacking and some other bags… so in total, 9!
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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Series: Around The World In 40 Bags

What's in your bag world series
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I'm kick-starting a new weekly series on the blog called 'Around The World in 40 Bags' -- a 'What's in your bag' feature with a twist!

I'm getting 40 people from around the world to open up their purses, backpacks, clutches, satchels, totes and carryalls to give us a glimpse into the recesses of their bags.

I thought it'd be a fun way to get an insight into people's lives and their routines. I've filled in all 40 slots, thanks to the lovely Sarah Von Bargen (Go say hello!).  The response has been so overwhelming that I'm tempted to feature more than 40 people.

To indulge your voyeuristic senses and meet some amazing people, check back every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 

The first post goes up next week on April 15, 2014, so stay tuned! 


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