Raina Douris, What's Actually In Your Bag Right Now?

I met Raina the old-fashioned way: she hosts a radio show on Toronto's Indie88 station, which I would listen to during slow shifts at the bookstore where I used to work. One day, she commented on a mutual friend's Facebook status, so naturally I decided to add her as a friend.

When I asked if I could go through her personal belongings, she invited me to the Indie88 offices last week. Her coworkers were rubbing sunscreen on a giant inflatable palm tree, "to make it feel like summer." It was everything I hoped a radio station would be. Here are the contents of her giant [...]


Anna Fitzpatrick, What's Actually In Your Bag Right Now?

Greetings from McDonalds. I pooped in their washroom and now I'm stealing their Wi-Fi and I DIDN'T EVEN BUY ANYTHING.

A long, long time ago, The Hairpin sought out writers far and wide to ask them, “Hey, what’s actually in your bag right now?” We’re bringing back this feature, because it seemed way more polite than waiting until you go to the bathroom at the coffee shop to rifle through your shit. Here's the crap that I am lugging around with me RIGHT NOW.


Natalie Eve Garrett, What's in Your Bag?

Natalie, when you stop cooking and painting, please tell us about No. 11.


The 10 Least Inspiring Sentences on This Lululemon Tote

1. Children are the orgasm of life.

2. Visualize your eventual demise.

3. Take various vitamins.

4. Live near the ocean and inhale the pure salt air.

5. Observe a plant before and after watering and relate these benefits to your body and brain.

6. LOVE.


Natasha MH, What's Actually in Your Bag Right Now?

Natasha MH is a stylist, academic, and fashion theorist. She justifies the number of books she carries around with her by saying, “I used to live in Halifax, which is notoriously windy. I’m a small person, so it wouldn’t be unheard of for a gust of wind to knock me over. It feels comforting to me to be weighed down by baggage. Not the emotional kind.” It was really hard to try and fit everything into the frame.


Jordan Roberts, What's Actually in Your Handbag Right Now?

Men: so strong and mysterious. They're always going into and out of buildings, riding bikes, taking meetings, and eating pizza standing up — but what do they carry along with them? Jordan Roberts, a.k.a. commenter whizz_dumb, boldly goes where no man has gone before, which is to the depths of his daily backpack, so we might be enlightened, Pulp Fiction-style, about its glowing interiors. "Hahaha almost a man purse, never a bro bag?" he says. "I just made that up, bear with me…" We will, Jordan.


Jaya Saxena, What's in Your Bag?

Jaya, when you finish that Qream Qasserole, please show us.


Kalpna Patel, What's Actually In Your Bag Right Now?

Kalpna Patel is a Toronto-based craft genius and installation artist who can do more things with a sheet of construction paper than is dreamed of in your reality. She is responsible for elaborate handmade window displays, including this one and this one. Last week, she let me rifle through her stuff because I asked her nicely. "Everything is about my comfort," she explained. "I like feeling warm and clean and fed."


Nicole Cliffe, What's in Your Bag?

Nicole "Reading" Cliffe, what are those crazy-looking horse books?


Anna Breslaw, What's in Your Bag?

When Anna Breslaw isn't taking surreptitious photographs of Connie Britton, she's dumping out her purse and photographing it for this very website. Some say she doesn't do anything else. Is that true, Anna? Anna, can I have a cigarette?