7 Purse Essentials for Spontaneous Magic

purse-essentials-magic“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

Our lives become more magical not from purchasing luxury goods or even from overhauling our routines, but from taking time to savour all of life’s small joys and living in awe of all the wondrous things happening around us. That being said, I think there are many things we can do to live more magically. Seek out silliness. Inject delight into your day. Infuse your routine with merriment. Take time to make the world more beautiful.

Here are seven small items to keep in your handbag for creating spontaneous bursts of magic. And you could go out and buy them all right now for less than a tenner.

“Blowing bubbles” was one of the prompts for #radicalselflovejuly. I picked up this little bottle at an off license for 50p and have been carrying them in my purse ever since. I pull it out to blow bubbles when I’m walking down the street, sitting in the park, hanging out in a beer garden, or even just dancing in my room. It’s amazing to watch the joy that lights up people’s faces when they see bubbles floating past. The simplest magic.

Travel Candle
For making spontaneous picnics, park dates, or an afternoon drink by the canal instantly more romantic.

For throwing in celebration, blowing into the camera, tucking into envelopes, hiding in newspapers, and leaving a glittery trail in your wake.

For scrawling encouraging messages on park benches, joining the conversation on the walls of bathroom stalls, writing love letters on your arms, and leaving your mark on the world.

Colourful chalk
If permanent graffiti is too rebellious for you, leave positive messages on the sidewalk to make passersby smile (I wrote this one in July) or have an impromptu drawing session with your friends.

For spontaneous celebrations, lighting up cupcakes, spelling your name in the dark, and waving around with absolute glee just because you can.

Googley Eyes
For pulling silly faces, defacing offensive ads, dressing up condiment bottles, giving your tattoos a humourous twist, and adding life your doodles (see Chloe Rice for lots on inspiration).

What’s your favourite way to make your life a little bit more magical?

Yours in everyday magic,




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  1. I may actually start carrying bubbles around myself. I love them, and they would make for some great video clips and pictures!!

  2. avril says:

    Great idea I’m going to do it

  3. Aw, I love this. Great ideas :)

  4. Hi Sarah! I love this post and your blog is awesome. I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!


  5. Awesome. I am having a less than joyful last couple of days and this was such a welcome post. I think I will get myself a new handbag and put all of these treasures inside. Thanks for the great ideas.

    • Hi Anne, I hope having a bag of magical treasures helps you feel a bit better. The Muppets movie always puts a smile on my face, as well. Do you have a movie like that? xo

  6. I love this idea! Going to pop to the shops to grab all of the above and try and do one each day of the week next week! Might even blog about it, we shall see!

  7. Love these ideas and your quirky suggestions :) I have often lamented not having a pen on me when I come across amusing graffiti in toilets, and am often disappointed when tables don’t have candles. I’ll have to try these ideas out!

  8. I LOVE this post. I am going to stick all of these in my bag right now. Such a fun idea.

  9. All of this is perfect and everyone should have at least one of these items with them at all times. I also keep pipe cleaners in my purse, to make little pipe cleaner flowers out of to tie around things!

  10. This was the sweetest thing I’ve read in a while! I discovered your blog today through the Blogcademy, and I’m hooked, your writing is so inspiring! I’m so taking a bubble blower with me tomorrow, when meeting my new classmates for the first time. Instant magic! <3


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