In September we featured the fabulous H. Audrey boutique in The Hill Center. After looking at all of the amazingness in this store, we needed to know more about it's owner, singer-songwriter (and blogger!) Holly Williams. If Holly's store looked this fantastic, what could possibly be in her handbag? We had to know and Holly was nice enough to indulge us.
I have been madly in love with this black leather handbag from Gryson ever since it hit the H. Audrey floor three years ago. It has traveled the world with me, been jammed in plenty of airplane spaces, had wine spilled all over it, been stuffed to the max on buying trips in NYC for my store, been stuffed to the max with my laptop and lyrics fallng out at the studio, and I can still say it has never failed me! Bag rule #1-invest in a good handbag as it will last you for years (and years, and years) to come. We have some great ones at H. Audrey from German line, Leibeskind, for $398, a great deal cheaper than most designer handbags!!! Here are my current handbag items (as of this morning)...
#1-Blue notebook - Everything is written in here from lyrics I'm working on, to merchandise I have my eye on for the store, to grocery lists, to shopping lists, to my traveling schedule. I have all my family brithdays in it and it even has two letters from my lovely husband who swiped it from me one night and surprised me with his precious words. I don't know what I would do if I ever lost this ugly little thing!
#2-Dawes CD - I am obsessed with this band. "When My Time Comes" is absolutely brilliant songwriting!
#3-Rubber bands - I have long hair and sometimes it drives me bonkers. I'm always traveling with packs of these life-savers.
#4-Wallet - I bought this three years ago. I ponied up and bought a real leather wallet (roughly $150) and it's absolutely indestructable. I hope to keep it for at least another five years.
#5-Face spray - I love Mario Bedescu! This herbal rosewater spray reminds me of my grandmother. It is the perfect daytime pick-me-up.
#6-Bobbi Brown lip palette - She has the most flattering, natural shades. I picked this up at the fabulous Woo cosmetics.
#7-Target sunglasses - I stopped spending money on Ray-Bans, because I can't keep up with them to save my ever-loving life. These are $12.99 from Exhilaration. I buy them in doubles once a year and pray I don't lose them. They're big and black and do the job. I love them!!! They're fabulous for early morning flights when no one should see what you really look like that time of morning.
#8-Gift card - I found this today in the depths of my purse (yaaay!!!), a $25 gift card to my fave wine bar Rumours.
#9-Discount card - Wags & Whiskers, my new favorite doggy supply store, just sent me this coupon in the mail. Love this place.
#10-Breath spray - What can I say? I love garlic.
#11-Face Cream - Love this Mario Bedescu Buttermilk Moisturizer from Cosmetic Market. It's amazing for long flights, but light enough for everyday use and it smells like heaven!
#12-Hand sanitizer - I'm not a complete germaphobe, but this stuff comes in handy during taxi rides in New York and on airplanes.
#13-Therapy Systems' Better Than Cover is the most fabulous camouflage around for blemishes. Linda Roberts is a genius!
#14-Hand Cream - I'm obsessed with all things Jo Malone and someone bought me this pricey yet fabulous hand cream last year. I'm trying to squeeze out every last inch!
#15-Guitar tuner - For last minute tune-ups before shows and the studio and impromptu house gatherings, you never know when you will need one! I always travel with a capo also.
#16-I forgot to take a picture of my iPhone! Where would I be without this magical device? The camera and video camera I couldn't live without, and how did we all function before visual voicemail? I used to take 20 minutes just to go through messages alone! Now I can work really hard for hours off this one device (all my email accounts, the voice recorder for new song ideas) then turn it off for some peace and quiet. It's all about the balance!!
Thanks Holly!! We couldn't agree more about some of these products. That Therapy Systems Better Than Cover is amazing and anything Bobbi Brown gets my vote! Make sure you check out Holly's blog, The Afternoon Off. She talks fashion, food and travel and it's a really fun read.