Those who know me know that I always lug lots of stuff. One bag is never enough: I carry at least two, sometimes even three. Because cramming is my way of life, I always have my mobile in my hand. If I'm not checking or drafting emails, I am checking/updating my schedule or writing out a poem or finishing a blog post. That is why I need bags that hang from my shoulders, to keep my hands free (backpacks are not that practical for summer). Often my second bag is a tote.
What's inside? Most often my basic combination of books, magazines, and a notebook. Sometimes I carry my point and shoot instead of my heavy DSLR. That's why this new mesh tote by Benetton, in fresh summer colors, is perfect for my needs. (The belt is only there because it matches the tote.)
Counter-clockwise from top left: Fantastic Man No 15, The Gentlewoman No 5, Monocle April 2012, Canon G10, 'What Goes On' by Stephen Dunn, 'Palace Walk' by Naguib Mahfouz (volume one in the Cairo Trilogy), Vault Issue 004, Benetton phone case, Author's small unlined leather notebook, A.P.C. belt, Benetton tote
Sometimes I also toss my mobile into my tote, especially when the jeep is crowded and I can't return it inside my pocket. This knit case from Benetton fits my iPhone 4S just right.
So why, you ask, do I have to bring all these readings on a day-to-day basis? Simply because I don't like wasting time; I don't like idle waiting. But then again, I often catch myself pursuing a thought or being distracted by the outside world — too busy to bother with magazines and books.
Apologies for the way I look. This is how messy I get when I spend days on end doing nothing but writing. Good thing I even managed to shave.
Satchel, Young Camel, thrifted
Tote, United Colors of Benetton