Local gal Elle Román is an artist whose preferred medium is glamour, though makeup will do in a pinch. She carries a lip color for any occasion in her chic Anya Sushko crossbody and a mint because luck does favor the prepared.

Once again, another installment of our ever-so-enlightening purse project. We have a small photo stockpile, but please keep them coming – we enjoy seeing and sharing what's inside your bags. Well, and the bags, too, of course. We are a purse museum.

Cute country girl Emily Rowton can always paint her lips red (note the multiple shades) and tease her hair on the go. She's ready for anything

All the way from Tennessee comes a cute, cheerful bag with a description to match.

Brennan Elizabeth Taylor, originally from Little Rock, is studying nursing/midwifery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
"I carry a huge backpack to school everyday so when I get to go somewhere without it, I travel light! This secondhand Coach bag serves me well, with enough room for the three essentials – phone, keys, wallet – and for minty things that serve the dual purpose of breath freshening and sweet-tooth satisfying.
"I'm a simple girl so makeup usually doesn't travel with me except for what's on my face."[/caption]

A common thread we notice this time is that each bag contains a touch (or more) of something minty and sweet. How many of you have memories of such things in your grandmothers' bags? We all do. Some things never change, and that makes us smile.

If you'd like to join the project and share your soul, simply send a clear, medium resolution photo (no whopper files, please) to with the subject line "ESSE Purse Project." Make sure the photo includes your purse and its contents artfully displayed (feel free to censor/omit embarrassing or identifying contents).

Please specify whether you want to share your full name, first name, city – or some other category such as age, job title, mother of three. But if you want to be totally anonymous, that's fine, too.

We'd love for you to describe any meaningful or important items you carry, if you're so moved, and/or to describe the bag itself. But, again, that's optional.

Please also include this statement:  "I give The ESSEntial Blog full permission to use this photo."

Until next time ….