Midday Fix: Downsize your purse

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Michelle Park


The products mentioned today:

Lighten Your Load
Your purse should only weigh about 10 pounds, or 10 percent of your body weight. Carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder everyday can affect your muscles and posture and may even cause neck and shoulder pain. Downsize to lighter handbag to benefit your health, if anything.
Rebecca Minkoff Medium M.A.B. Tote
Too Hot to Handle Percy Crossbody Bag
Poverty Flats by Rian Zip Around Wristlet
Availble at Nordstrom

Don’t Break the Bank
Sure, Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade handbags are coveted and it’s ideal to invest in a quality-made bag, but you don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars. Use Poshmark to find gently used and brand new purses and wallets, some of which may even be top designer items.

One Card Fits All
The issue with downsizing is knowing what to take with you and what to leave at home. Most of us carry multiple payment cards in our wallets. Coin allows you to store all of your swipe-able cards on one device, The Coin card.

Double-Duty Beauty
Instead of carrying around your entire makeup bag and beauty accessories, use products that serve dual purposes, such as lip/cheek tints and hair ties that also work as wearable jewelry.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

Foldable Footwear
Walking around Chicago in high heels, especially if you can’t part with your heavy tote, can be painful. Foldable flats are great to keep in your purse because they’re lightweight and can be folded so they won’t take up too much space.
Sidekicks Foldable Flats are available at Kohls

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