After some research I think that the FAB-U-LOUS Camilla Morton, author of 'HOW TO WALK IN HIGH HEELS (The Girl's Guide to Everything)' and other books, has it about right. She suggests that you carry the following items in your handbag:
- Mobile phone
- Purse (preferably with some money in it)
- Safety pins/sewing kit (great idea)
- Compact (to powder your nose)
- Address book
- Business cards
- Spare pair of shoes if the size of your bag allows.
For those of us who use Filofaxes you can see that they actually save a bit of room in your bag as they cover the notebook, pens/pencils, address book and diary.
I must admit that I always carry my business cards with me. You just never know when a business opportunity might come up. They're also a quick and easy way of giving people your details should they require them.
I had to laugh when I read Camilla's comment re the spare shoes. She says that under no circumstances whatsoever, should you carry your spare shoes in a plastic bag - particularly a supermarket bag. Ooops!
Obviously your evening bag is much smaller than your daytime bag and you only require:
So there you have it. It all sounds about right to me and the bag contents cover just about every eventuality so I'm off to do the great handbag re-pack. It will be interesting to see how much of a difference it makes to the weight of my bag.