i can’t place the first time i met julie. probably at a client event or the likes. all i remember is being completely taken away by how much i genuinely adored her: she’s possibly the nicest person i’ve ever met, an incredibly talented fashion stylist, and (hot damn) so pretty. she also loves gold things and bunnies, so instant connection!

your first step: go follow this majestic mermaid on instagram. your personal style will improve by just scrolling through her feed.

the day i realized i dressed like a librarian was the last time i met julie for coffee. she said i looked cute, and my entire being sighed with relief. librarian for life aka i really need to go shopping with julie and have her overhaul my entire life.

because she’s the greatest, she agreed to spill her purse for s&s with no hesitation. she just had one question, “first of all, which purse?”



eye drops

because i need to be able to see where the sales are! if you are also a contact-wearer, you too know how dry your eye balls can get in this city. my optometrist recommended these drops because they are sans preservatives and provide immediate relief. photoshoots are never quick so it’s important for me to be able to see, and see every detail in the wardrobe.

lip balm

i don’t think i’ve ever left the house without lip balm and if i did, i probably complained profusely about it. i used to pucker my pout with a pretty standard, non-beneficial chap but lately i’ve been super obsessed with xx lip balm. it’s local, natural and is great as a base underneath lipstick if i’m feeling bold.


even if i’m wearing my glasses, my sunglasses never leave my purse. and no, they are not prescription. they are suuuper adorable, exceptionally trendy and always come in handy if i decide to do an impromptu photoshoot.

hand lotion

i feel as though this is pretty self-explanatory as i mentioned above, this city is certainly dry. i use tokyo milk’s gin & rosewater no. 12 bon bon shea butter lotion because it smells delish and doesn’t leave that greasy feeling. (disclaimer – i really don’t like having lotion on the palm of my hands because i feel like i’m leaving fingerprints everywhere. this lotion does not give me that oily feeling and i can palm it all i want.)

adhesive tape

they say pain is beauty, but it doesn’t have to be! we’ve all felt the searing sting of a raw blister and i just literally can’t even. that’s why i carry nexcare adhesive tape to prevent my shoes from rubbing or provide relief if i’m already experiencing the agony from a shoe wound. i never want any of my shoes to feel left out and that unfortunately happens after the shoe has gnawed my heel. so by carrying this tape, i’m keeping everyone happy.

bunny keychain

it’s off-the-chain! actually, it’s quite morbid looking, however; i feel it represents me quite well! i heart bunnies and most things that sparkle. it’s an adorable accessory to my keys and the only thing that could make it better is if it was gold.

what are your purse essentials?

when it comes to social media, i don’t really like facebook, instagram is a new lover of mine, but my OG network has always been twitter. that’s where you’ll find me being ridiculous most of the time.

that’s also where i met Brie. i’m glad i found out she was moving to calgary from edmonton, and even happier she became an integral member of the blog squad. she’s a funny and tell-it-like-it-is lady, mama of a sweet little boy, obsessive reader, and much more. she’s spilling her purse for us; check out her must-haves.


baby wipes

even when my toddler isn’t with me, i have these on hand, as i’ve learned they are useful for so many things, like wiping down restaurant tables! i like this refillable wipes clutch from huggies because i can fill it with any wipes i like, and it’s cute!

hand sanitizer

i particularly like this strawberry one from the body shop because of the smell!

hand lotion

my hands are constantly dry so hand lotion in my purse is a must. my sister-in-law gifted this to me, and i adore it! the pomegranate smells so good, and this lotion isn’t greasy at all, which is nonnegotiable for me and often hard to find in natural lotions. i also love that it’s made in canada!

lip balm

i’m not a big lipstick wearer, but sometimes i do crave a little colour on my lips. i’m really digging the tinted lip balms from burt’s bees, as they still moisturize my lips while adding a pop of colour.

protein bar

i never know when hunger will strike, and having something that my toddler will also share with me is a huge bonus. lately my go-to snack bar is the cool-mint chocolate bar from clif. i’m a mint-chocolate addict, and this bar does not disappoint.

a pen

it drives me crazy when you need a pen and can’t find one, so i like to carry around my own. this is one of my favourite pens ever, the seven year pen. if you don’t lose it, it’s said to last you seven years!

a book

i always, always have a physical book on me. you never know when you will have 5 or 10 minutes throughout your day when you can read, and while p love my iPhone for checking up on my favourite blogs and social media, i also relish the extra moments where I can read a few more pages of my current read. if my toddler is with me – i always have a book for him as well! (bonus points: pick up a copy of ‘the royal we’ and join Brie’s book club this month.)

what are some of your purse essentials?

mom, reporter, runner, blogger. these are just a few ways that Kaella describes herself.

i “met” Kaella through the blogging world and actually met her at the race for women last year where we both ran pr’s. it was a good day. the week later she kindly let me follow her like a little puppy as she paced one of her best friend’s to a new pr…i, on the other hand, blew up and fell off.

with a full-time job, being a single mom and trying to maintain a social life, Kaella wakes up extra early to get her workouts in and training for upcoming races. it’s inspiring to say the least.

when you’re up before the sun, you need to be prepared. here’s what Kaella keeps in her gym bag:



mizuno wave riders 19

my go-to shoes. i’ve always worn mizunos as they work best for me. i just got the latest upgrade (the 19’s) and love how light they are.

lululemon tracker short & sculpt tank

for the most part, I wear lululemon, mizuno or old navy clothing. today, this is what i packed in my bag. comfort is key! you want to be able to focus on your workout and not adjusting your gear.

procompression #thegibblers socks

because colourful socks are fun! also, the compression helps with blood circulation and recovery. i use to have the worst case of restless legs after a long run until i started wearing these.

garmin forerunner 220

my go-to fitness tracker. it works on the treadmill, which i love! (editor’s note: i have this tracker, too.)

food – amino energy: watermelon; banana; pure protein bar: chocolate peanut butter

i always drink a pre-workout and need to have a snack on hand for immediately after i finish – i am always so hungry!

iPhone 5s, yurbuds, believe training journal, pen

i listen to music when i workout and i like to have my training plan handy for my strength workouts so i’m using my time effectively.

sparkly soul headband & bobby pins

i probably have 25 bobby pins in my bag because i always throw in a few more every time i’m packing my bag. i have thick hair and sparkly soul headbands are the only ones that stay in place.

momentum jewelry wrap – dig deep

motivational jewelry is great to help me push through the tough moments. i love the “dig deep” one for spin! when we are sprinting or climbing i see it on my wrist and it helps me from backing off.

random: hot wheels, wipes

my son London’s stuff tends to end up in all my bags. sometimes he comes with me to the gym so I like to have a toy and wipes. the wipes are awesome to use, on me, to clean up a little before i leave the gym; especially if i have somewhere to after!

what are some of your gym bag essentials?