part and parcel: leslie.

i’m pretty convinced that part and parcel is everyone’s favourite feature because we’ve got a group of voyeurs on our hands here at s&s. and that? that i like!

so here we go again! this time, let’s welcome leslie.

i met her through other calgary bloggers, and i’m quite thankful i did. she’s so cheerful, positive and supportive, not to mention funny and loves shoes so much it says so in her social media handles. (@Leslieluvsshoes). the sad part of just getting to know her, liking her, and having great monogram coffee dates with her, is that she’s moving out of the country! *sad face* but the good news with that is i’ll have someone to visit in texas.

leslie has some interesting things in her purse, and lucky for us, she’s sharing!


sephora blotting papers

i constantly struggle with oily skin and having bangs just compounds the issue. i have packages of these tucked literally everywhere and use them several times a day. they are amazing! i may also be known to encourage my husband to use them as well if i think he looks shiny (ha ha).

toe soxx

remembering socks for barre is something i am not good at. for a while i was always forgetting them and having to buy new pairs or renting (i don’t really like the concept of renting socks, YUCK!). literally the only solution is having a pair (or several) in my purse at all times.


this one is an odd one. my massage therapist recommend this for anytime i was sick or getting sick for immunity boosting and i absolutely swear by it. i always have a bottle with me in case i start feeling like i am coming down with something.


i used to be terrible at wearing my glasses (i really only need them for distance) but since i got these super cute Kate Spade ones i don’t mind wearing them as much.


hello Calgary dry weather! this is a must in my purse since i feel like my lips are always dry.

nuun tablets

the grape ones especially. i find mid-afternoon when i want something sweet this usually does the trick (sometimes i mix it with carbonated water and it feels like i am having a pop). they are also perfect for hydration when i am travelling and am struggling to get enough water in.

paper schedule

i have everything in my iPhone calendar but always have a paper version of the month printed out that i have tracked my workouts and anything else i have going on. i really need to invest in a proper planner…

what are some of your daily essentials?

part and parcel: tanya.

being in a creative industry opens doors to meet many other young creatives that are putting their passions into actions. in those top rungs of my i’m-so-impressed talent ladder you’ll find Tanya. dynamo communications professional, down to earth and sweet human, oh so incredibly stylish, just to name a few.

her passion in action: Fond Boutique.

Fond, a mobile boutique, was inspired by a passion for sifting through thrift shops in search of overlooked treasures, and a love for creativity through style and self-expression, without the price tag. Tanya’s side hustle is driven by the philosophy of style, delivering a curated selection of chic, timeless, pre-worn clothing, shoes and accessories.

and lucky for us, she poured out her purse so we can steal some of her essentials.


neals yard remedies canada beauty balm

multipurpose and soothing, the WRBB works wonders to keep my paws moisturized while i’m filing through clothing racks. NYR is a go-to for skin care, and sits directly across from my building. it’s dangerous. (laura’s note: i’ve raved about this balm/cream/magic before, too. it’s incredible.)

moleskine planner

i’m a girl lost without my lists! the moleskine line has changed my life and drastically improved my tendency for tardiness.

vintage silver cigarette case

this prized find was found while antique hunting and then repurposed as a wallet. it’s sleek and minimalist, to a point where it won’t close if i’m packing too many receipts. it keeps me honest.

lip medex balm

lipstick is somewhat aspirational for me, and i haven’t met another balm that provides a dependable gloss, moisture and shine like this one does. thanks to lip medex, i haven’t had chaps since 2002, but go into panic mode if i run out – i’m completely addicted.

aesop vetiver root & zinc deodorant spray

aesop is a game changer in the body care world and this stuff smells so good i sometimes use it as perfume…improvisation is key!

what are a few of your essentials?

part and parcel: julie.

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?