you know those people who make you feel like you’re doing nothing with your life, but in the best possible way because you are so incredibly proud of them for all they are doing? yup, that’s kristy.

if you don’t yet, go follow her on instagram, and read everything she does. she’s a great writer – praise i don’t hand out too often. you can find her in dote magazine, the daily hive, behind some of your favourite social media accounts, spearheading PR campaigns, and so much more.

i feel very ‘mama bear’ with this wee gem. from fun pedicures to working events, and sharing incredible meals, kristy is inspiring company.

with such a vast portfolio, you can imagine she needs a wide array of things with her on the daily. she spilt her purse for us to see a few must-haves from a fierce freelancer.

being a freelance writer means i can easily leave the house at 9 a.m. and not return until 10 p.m. essentially, my bag needs to contain the tools that will prepare me any type of meeting, work sesh, event, workout class or moment when i may be instantly inspired (yes, this can happen when i am simply crossing the road – writer problems). i also always travel with a robust set of granola bars/ snacks, because there is nothing worse than trying to get some work done in a coffee shop and having to pay for your sixth $10 dry muffin that week just to spike your blood sugar and get the wheels turning for a lingering deadline.

here are a few items that cover my on-the-go lifestyle and have me prepared for any fashion malfunction or last minute schedule change that life can throw at me!

michael kors jet set travel leather tote
black goes with any look and this specific bag is chic, sturdy and holds everything i need without getting obnoxiously heavy. it also has a zip pocket for my laptop so it will survive whatever weather calgary has decided to throw at us.

kate spade day planner
aside from the fact that every year Kate Spade releases a new day planner more beautiful than the one before (how that is even possible is beyond me), these are truly my favourite day planners for two reasons. first, there are lots of room for notes at the beginning of each month and it visually lays out each week with lots of room to fill in daily to do’s, appointments and deadlines.

weekly planner
yes – i am the crazy person that needs two planners to stay organized. every sunday night i break down my week and organize my never-ending to-do list and i carry it around with me everywhere i go. in all honesty, if it doesn’t make it on to this planner there is a slim chance it’s ever going to happen.

XXBalm lip balm
calgary seems to be perpetually dry, no matter what the season, so having a good quality lip balm at my disposal is always a must. XXBalm is probably one of my balm brands due to its creamy texture and it’s made right here in calgary. my go-to scent is cardamom aka “40R3VER” – it’s like putting a chai tea latte on your lips, it’s amazing.

ted baker make up case
truth be told, i am not normally a huge brand name junkie, but sometimes i can’t help myself. i always find it hard to find a makeup case that is practical, stain resistant, cute, yet small enough to hold my minimalistic makeup selection. when i saw this bag i had to apologize to my credit card and tap away. it was an investment and it’s held up its quality since the day i bought it, so in my mind the splurge is justified – plus i couldn’t resist the bow of course.

a pen
are you truly a writer if you don’t carry a pen? cliché but all too true.

gold wishbone necklace
call me crazy but this necklace has gotten me through some insane experiences, i am really just waiting for its magic luck to run out. this is one of my staple accessories due to the fact that it’s subtle yet still adds a touch of sparkle to any outfit, no matter how casual. It’s also made by my favourite calgary jewellery designer, CoutuKitsch.

barre socks or boxing wraps
i alternate between both of these workouts and I can’t tell you how many times i have brought the wrong gear to a class. so i just carry both so ensure i always have them with me when I decide to go to a last minute sweat sesh.

granola bars
i am notorious for eating in my meetings, it’s just better that way – trust me.

this was one of the best purchases I have ever made and I rarely leave the house without it. this camera is a mirrorless DSLR so it weighs just about nothing, making easy to carry around, yet still a reliable and easy to use device that takes a dang good photo. it also connects its own WIFI to my phone and other devices, which allows me to transfer photos to social media and my email with the flick of a switch!

what are your purse essentials?

i always love featuring my mama friends on part & parcel because i think their bags will be drastically different than mine. i’ve been finding – besides the tonka trucks – there is a lot of crossover. especially snacks, because i love a good snack. you never know when you’re going to get hangry, and it’s best to be prepared.

alison’s backpack – something i’ve also been rocking – covers all the bases. this mama-on-the-go is prepared for any situation and looks so stylish doing it. for photos of the cutest kids, great family fashion and tough workouts, you’ll want to follow alison on instagram. but for now, let’s take a peak inside her bag.



my bag looks a lot different than it did four years ago. i love me a classy black cross body purse and still switch it up to one of those when i don’t have my two little sidekicks with me {when is that?! ha} but most days i am rocking a backpack! with two kids {one in each hand!} a backpack was a total game changer for me! i love my new grey Kute’n’Koo one but I switch between that and my super casual Boken Essentials backpack – perfect for our day to lives and weekend adventures.

what’s inside?

kirkland wet wipes
even when my kids aren’t with me, my wet wipes are my best friend. dusting the truck at a red light, cleaning my boots, wiping sweat off my face after teaching SurfSet – you name it. but mostly for sticky fingers and messy faces.

water bottles
a contigo water bottle for me and munchkin no spill water cups for the kids. we drink a lot of water and the moment we get in the truck Ryder asks for water.

must have snacks!! usually a selection of Lara Bars {coconut cream pie} & Kids Clif ZBar {iced oatmeal} & Love Child Organics Bars {cherry spinach}. my kids have this terrible habit {that i clearly started} of needing a snack every 15 minutes it seems. some may think my name is snack as i hear it more than Mom most days. most days. ;)

vaseline and bath & body works bare mint gloss
winter or summer my lips are dry so i am always putting vaseline on my lips but also love a little shimmer to make me feel a little put together even if i rarely really am.

my phone
mainly for the camera. photos as my love language and i LOVE love love taking photos of my kids. plus google maps saves my life most days. i am SO directionally challenged.

poop bags
mainly for the dog if we stop for random walks.

randoms: wallet, a couple diapers, sunscreen, hair elastics, chocolate if i’m lucky, plackers {because having something stuck in your teeth is the worst} and tissues.


what are your essentials?

this little slice of the internet has introduced me to a lot of lovely people. it was an incredible gateway for me meeting new people once i moved to calgary almost six years ago (what? six!?)

one of those great people is Irene – you may know her as @heyseto! as a born and raised calgarian she’s basically a unicorn. and for that reason, she’s also my oracle for when i want to know something great about this city i’m calling home. Irene knows the pulse of the city and makes an effort to keep ahead of the curve when it comes to new and local.

who better to dish the essentials for any wild rose country lady? check out Irene’s calgary localist must-haves:


happy camper crewneck
i think every girl in calgary already has a Camp Brand Goods “happy camper” sweatshirt and if they don’t, they need to get one. i have had mine for many years now and it is super worn in and well-loved. {laura’s note: i have one, too!}

artisan bonbons
sometimes you just need to treat ‘yo self with these delectables from the chocolate lab.

peppermint lip butter
that dry calgary weather means some extra work on my skincare regime. Rocky Mountain Soap’s chapsticks are great for keeping those lips smooth and kiss-worthy. i like the peppermint for a little extra tingle. {laura’s note: one of erin’s favourites, too}

alpine studs
i love these beautiful earrings because they let me take keep the mountains with me.

alberta pin
a chance to show off my alberta love in a simple little pin.

wild rose beauty balm
Neal’s Yard Remedies also has rich and creamy moisturizers to help rehydrate your skin. i like the wild rose beauty balm because it covers all your skincare bases. {laura’s note: one of my favourites, and one of tanya’s, too}

dote magazine
a copy of dote magazine to read up on the latest style and décor trends in calgary. plus it makes for the perfect adornment on the coffee table.

peter is the most delicious cold-pressed juice. perhaps it’s due to the fact that juice because somehow made carrot juice so palatable or that it reminds me of childhood stories of peter rabbit.

what are your local must-haves?