Going Out Purse Essentials

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At this point in my life, I have my “going out” essentials pretty down pat, but still use a little reminder that my friend Anne Fritz Linval told me about YEARS ago.  It’s actually quite genius…it’s the acronym “MILK.”  Money, ID, Lipgloss, Keys.  Now, of course, you can also add cell phone and a few other things to MILK but when it comes down to it, you’ll be a-ok if you just have those four items.  Here’s a list of what I bring out with me when  I go out:

The clutch// Of course, this depends on your outfit, but I’m loving this sequin version lately since the color is a sort of neutral metallic and matches pretty much anything.

Money (M)// Obviously, you need this.  I like to bring at least $5 in cash, which is good for tipping and/or valet, and then a credit card.

ID (I)// Most people are good with just a license, but I like to air on the side of caution and also bring my insurance card just in case I get into an accident or get injured. God, I sound just like my mother right now…

Lipgloss (L)// I’m pretty partial to this version from Jouer; it gives me a hint of color and a ton of hydration.

Keys (K)// To get in and out of your car and apartment! Duh.

Business Card Holder// Though not a total necessity  I like to keep some business cards on hand since you never know who you might meet.  My little Louis Vuitton version is old but there are similar versions here and here.

Tide To Go Stick// Because I constantly spill things on myself, this product is a life-saver that saves on my already expensive dry cleaning bill.

Listerine Pocketpaks// I’m not a big gum chewer but sometimes you need a little breath refresher…and I love that these pocketpaks are super tiny.

Pepper Spray// I’ve been an avid pepper spray carrier for years and, though not totally legal in some states (as in New York, oops), I feel safer carrying around a small tube.

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