The contents of my handbag

by Zainab Ashadu


The contents of a woman's handbag will never cease to be a source of intrigue. As a handbag designer, I think it's only right that I present the contents of mine. Let's all give praise to the good Lord, up above, that I chose the beginning of the month to show the contents; how does one begin to explain how a mini bottle of ketchup, small kitchen knife and a bra found its way into my TKO last month? One simply doesn't.

 

Oh, I am so neat and tidy. My mother would weep joyful tears and FINALLY forgive me for the time I deliberately cut her vintage dress too short so that only I could wear it. Love you mum!

Oh, I am so neat and tidy. My mother would weep joyful tears and FINALLY forgive me for the time I deliberately cut her vintage dress too short so that only I could wear it. Love you mum!

My essentials for conquering the world! Oh no, I see that my phone  and Swiss Army Knife are missing! World conquering will resume tomorrow. Over.

My essentials for conquering the world! Oh no, I see that my phone  and Swiss Army Knife are missing! World conquering will resume tomorrow. Over.

Contents

Green and gold leather TKO  coming to a store near you SS14

Gold mock croc wallet (Zashadu of course)  - I hate wallets, I prefer to simply pop my card and a little cash, into a zip pocket of my bag. But sometimes, it is needed and then only gold will do. 

Sunglasses  Maybe I have owned 100 pairs of sunglasses in my life. Ask me where they all are? Ain't got a damn clue. I bought these in traffic in Lagos, I was bored out of my wits, the young boy seller was very charming and squealed "Jisos! Sista darriz a fine eyeglass on your face, You are a queen!" Before I knew it, I was handing over my money and smiling foolishly. For the record, they have absolutely no UV protection, and say "Porzche Design" on the lens. They are useless.

Leopard Brooch I always have a brooch or pin with me. This one is vintage and has somehow managed to not get lost for 7 years.

Diptyque Luxurious Hand Balm If I don't have hand cream in my bag, I seriously contemplate not washing my hands afterwards. Sick but true.

Mac Mineralize skin finish powder Light and translucent, just gorgeous. Make up is a girl's best friend. I also find the smell of stale make up incredibly comforting. This one is still fresh, however.

Mini Notepad Because inspiration strikes anywhere.

Zashadu Pen Purse To store beautiful golden pens.

Revlon Colourburst In Sizzle Canicule. Revlon is the bomb! Especially as they have recently upped their game. Intense pigment, nice texture, makes you feel even sexier.

Laura Mercier Lip Glace In Brownberry. I cannot tell you the effect this lipgloss on my lips, has on a certain person. Laura Mercier is a genius.

Annick Goutal's Neroli Sample size. I have hundreds of these. Much more practical than those mini perfume decanters. The adorable assistant in the little boutique in Le Marais was so happy to find out I was Nigerian. "Oh Nigerians are our biggest spenders!" she gushed. "They come in and just clear out the store!" her eyes as big as saucers, as she swooped her arm around the air for emphasis. I couldn't disappoint.

Mini Mail Polish - For chipped nail polish. Terribly unsightly. 

Dermalogica Soothing Protection Spray For environmentally sensitized skin. One word, generators.

Bigelow mango butter lip butter I am the lip balm queen, Blisteze and Nivea stick are my favourites, however.