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IT'S BLOOM TIME...
As April showers give way to May flowers, it's time to
open our windows and finish up our spring cleaning.
Though many of you may have most certainly
cleaned out your closets, you'll most likely have
overlooked your purse. This handy dandy everyday
catchall goes everywhere and anywhere with you.
It's your certifiable emergency kit. Yet, with the
oversized bag trend, without a doubt there's a few
extra items that you don't need to be lugging around.
We've asked three women to shed some light in the
abyss of their bag to see if their lifesaver is more of a
|Mahealani Lyons, Boutique Manager for Bare
Escentuals, Ala Moana
iPhone: "My Everything."
Victoria's Secret Berry Kiss lotion: "For a hint of
fragrance and dewy skin."
Keys with Brass Knuckle Key Chain: "Safety first!"
Planner: "For keeping track of assignments and due
Pencil Case: "Gotta have something to write with at
Advil: "For when studying takes a toll on my brain."
MAC Blot Powder: "For touching up throughout the
Handbag: Juicy Couture
Diapers/Wipes: a must for the mommy on the go
Change of clothes: just in case
Pee Pee T-pee: for the unexpected accidents
Nasal Aspirator: to clear his passages
Camera: to catch every moment of my new baby’s
Hand sanitizer: to keep clean
Gum: to freshen up
Snacks: for the kids
Buxom lip gloss: to keep my lips looking fabulous
Sunglasses: to block out the sun
Body lotion: to keep moisturized and smelling fresh
Handbag: "From a boutique in SF."
One-drop Deodirizer: "Because you just never know."
Hand sanitizer: "To clean my hands."
Golf Ball: "A trick I learned to realign your back on the go."
Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo: "With our climate and humidity
this keeps my hair from getting oily."
Kenra Hairspray: "To style my hair and keep it straight on the
Victoria’s Secret Purse Spray: "My favorite scent on the
Advil: "For aches and pains."
Bare Escentuals lipglos: "In three shades: to match how I’m
feeling at the moment."
Sunglasses: "My favorite pair."
Finally, finish off your spring cleaning by looking
inward and take a lesson from nature. After a frigid
winter and a pelting of rain showers that have
stripped them dry, trees once again bear fruit and
flowers yet again bloom. Of course, there are some
perennials that succumb to the elements. Without
promise, they wilt only to inevitably be replaced. Yet
the annuals continue to blossom, despite what the
fall and winter have thrown at them. Just as in
nature, the seasons of life test our roots. Though times
may be bare and cold and we feel as if we have
been stripped bare, we must reach deep within our
roots and continue to push forward and bloom
despite our past. Make today a personal spring
cleaning day. Discard all your baggage and clean
out your heart. Prepare for the new season ahead
of you. Release yourself from the past and ask
yourself, are you an annual or a perennial? Until next
time...keep blooming. -Jeanilou Grace
|Andrea Gloria, Mother of two
Though each woman carried the necessities fit for her lifestyle, each could
benefit from a little whittling down. Carrying a bag that's too heavy can cause
back pain and affect your posture. Here's our tips for keeping things light:
*PUT THE JUNK IN YOUR TRUNK. Literally. Carry only the items you will need and
store an "emergency kit with extra items such as a change of clothes or dry shampoo in
the trunk of your car.
*TRAVEL LIGHT. Invest in travel size items. Full size bottles of Advil take up space. A
small pill case or travel container will help clear the clutter. Store a full size container in
the car for refills.
*PERFECT 10. Make sure that you are only carrying 10% of your body weight. Test
yourself by stepping on the scale while holding your bag. Then subtract that by your
body weight without the bag. If you are 120 lbs. your bag should not weight more than
12 lbs. You'll be surprised just how fast your items add up.
*SWITCH IT UP. Alternate shoulders while carrying your bag. Or better yet, switch your
bag every couple of weeks to force you to sort through and transfer only the
necessities. Use a large bag for work and keep a small bag in your car for evenings
out. Different sized bags and colors ensure that your outfit remains cohesive and