Here at The Tempest, we’ve started a new monthly series: What’s in my bag?
In this series, we’ll have The Tempest Staff members and fellows give you a glimpse of what they carry every day and what makeup they use on a daily basis. This month, for our series, you’ll catch a glimpse of Staff Writer, India Kushner’s freelancing essentials:
While the majority of the time I’m toting around my computer backpack (thanks to my freelance life), there are a few essentials I always have on hand.
As someone who suffers from dry skin, having a good chapstick on hand is a must. I love Badger because the ingredients are organic and the scents are lovely. My favorite is the lavender and orange flavor because it’s so relaxing, but Badger has a variety to choose from.
Being constantly on the go often means I wind up at networking events or hanging out with friends, so I always make sure to carry lipstick with me in case I need to look a little nicer. I really like this mini Marc Jacobs lipstick, but it’s definitely for a treat yo’self day. When I need a good lipstick that’s less of a splurge, I like to wear something like this Color Crush lipstick from The Body Shop.
As someone with extremely thick hair, having hair ties that stand the test of time is very important. When I’m ready to get to work, like Violet Baudelaire, I like pulling my hair back so I can think clearly. I use strong hair ties like these because they come in bulk in a variety of colors and they don’t break too easily.
It seems like every so often my bag turns into a mixed up dumping ground for hastily written notes to myself or even items I thought I lost a long time ago. I try to keep things organized by having a zippered pouch to hold my hair ties, chapstick, and lipstick. A friend who visited Southeast Asia gave me one with an elephant on it made from sequins but I’ve been eyeing this one for a while as mine needs to be retired soon.
What’s life without a ton of keys? I love the freelance life but it can sometimes be a struggle to make ends meet. Because of that, I sometimes work at a clothing store on the weekends to make ends meet meaning on top of my house keys, I also have store keys. I keep it all separated by having different fun keyrings to distinguish them. I have a bicycle keychain that doubles as a bottle opener to remind me of my time spent abroad in Copenhagen. This keyring with No Face from Spirited Away is cute and will make spotting your keys at the bottom of your bag easy.
As a writer and poet, I always have ideas milling through my head so having a cute notebook on hand is key. This one fits my personality because I’m a big Harry Potter nerd and my favorite color is blue.
With all that writing, I enjoy having a decent pen to jot down ideas, rather than just a free ballpoint pen. I enjoy pens that write really easily so the words can flow and preferably in black.
Having a practical wallet is very important for me because I’m very forgetful and liable to lose things. Being able to keep all my credit cards, money, and many punch cards organized helps ease this stress a lot. I currently have a slate grey one from Hobo with an orange interior. The splash of color makes this utilitarian wallet anything but boring.
Thanks for letting me give you this peek into my bag!