inside my bag | playdates + pearls

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Hope everyone had a great weekend and has finally recovered from the candy overload you confiscated from your kid’ trick-or-treat bags!  I know I was UBBER excited to see so many pieces of “mom candy” (aka Reese’s PB Cups, Snickers, anything chocolate) pop up this year in their bags ;D
Today I’ve got Samantha from Playdates + Pearls stopping in for the Inside My Bag Series!

Ok, so you know those girls that are just plain cool?  That’s Samantha.  I look at her Instagram (which you MUST follow) and I’m all, “She’s just so flippin cool.  I wanna be cool.  But I’m so not cool.  Waaaaa!!!!”  She even has a super cool mini me (and another about to arrive any day now!) who rocks the most amazing outfits.  Like, I want her daughter’s clothes.
Her house is just as much fun as she is.  I suddenly need more color in my life!
Here’s Samantha!
Hi Crazy Wonderful Peeps! I’m Samantha, from Playdates + Pearls, and I’m so excited to be guest posting as part of Shelley’s “What’s in my bag?” series. As soon as Shelley asked me I was like “DUH!” – But as time got closer and closer I started worrying about dumping my bag for y’all, which contains everything but the kitchen sink…I might have hoarding tendencies…don’t judge me.

I’m expecting my second daughter within the month, so my bag is in a state of transition as I prepare to add in all the diapers, wipes, and toys.

Ok, enough excuses, let’s just jump right in.

I carry the largest LV Neverful (whoever named this bag clearly hasn’t met me) that my husband bought me on our trip to Paris last September. I begged and bribed him the entire trip, and then got “lucky” when my bag was stolen on the beach in Cannes, so then I “needed” a replacement. Darn the bad luck! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I bought a diaper bag organizer from Daffy’s Dream on Etsy and I L-O-V-E it! It keeps me organized, and helps my bag keep it’s shape. (Link to bag organizer:

Let’s breakdown the junk:

Passports, wallet, and a ticket. OOPS! In Texas you have to have your car inspected annually, on time, or else. They aren’t joking.

My iPhone, AKA social media lifeline, and the charger because my battery dies at least once a day. I also always carry one of those twisty bobby pins to put my hair into the notorious mom-bun.
My Tory Burch sunnies that are forever dirty, and a House of Harlow hard case because TB cases are soft and I’m really rough on them.

I’m pregnant and eating ALL. THE. TIME. so I keep Whole30 approved snacks on hand (I’m on day 8 of 30…yes, I’m insane!) I’ve also managed to convince my 3 year old that the KIND bars are candy bars, and use them as bribery.

Doesn’t everyone’s purse have 11 lip products in it? No? Just me? I struggle to commit.

An assortment of  jewelry because I’ll put it on in the morning, get annoyed of it halfway through the day, and dump it into my bottomless-pit-purse along with everything else.

Paint chip leftover from painting my daughters nursery.

Last but not least, random samples I’m sent, eyedrops, sanitizing wipes, and bandaids. Without fail, my daughter will get hurt every single time I don’t have a bandaid with me, so now I carry a handful of them at all times. I’m also currently carrying the newest InStyle magazine, because T-Swift, and a Blue Avocado collapsible tote bag for when I pop into the store and forget all those reusable plastic bags that I intended on bringing…but always forget…ALWAYS!!!

So there you have it. The good, the bad, the tickets…

Thanks so much for having me Shelley!!

XO – Samantha

I am eyeing that organizer.  It might give me a leg up on my current bag situation.  And, I was wondering how well they kept track of the vehicle inspections!  Thank God my husband took care of it for me last time or I would be in the same boat ๐Ÿ˜‰


  1. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door Avatar

    Such an organized and beautiful purse! And thanks for the new person to follow on Instagram Shelley. Samantha, I love your style!

  2. Samantha Hawes Avatar

    Oh my gosh, YOU are way too sweet!! You just made me look a million bajillion times cooler than I actually am – I almost want to be my own friend!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you friend, and THANK YOU so so so much for having me!! I can't believe what crazy talented babes I'm getting to guest post amongst. And yes, don't be even 3 days late on that inspection, they'll getcha!! hahaha
    XO – S

  3. Stacy G Avatar

    Samantha is definitely the coolest. Her IG is one of my favorites. Those bandaids are pretty adorable and I can't believe all those lip products! lol I only have a few that I truly love. XO

  4. Kerrie Mitchell Avatar

    LOVED this! "What's inside your bag?" posts are a total fave of mine!

    Oh and by the way Samantha, I'm JUST as bad when it comes to the lipstick and lipgloss, I have so many rolling around in my bag! Eek!


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