In Her Bag: Sian Meades of Domestic Sluttery
Our lovely friend Sian is Editor of the lifestyle website Domestic Sluttery, and author of the Domestic Sluttery book. Her super powers include finding the prettiest dresses, the quirkiest hotels and cocktail bars and baking the very best cheesecake brownies - all in the name of journalism, obviously...
When she's not busy tweeting up a storm as herself and as a domestic slut, you'll spy her writing in the Sunday Times Style magazine and on thetimes.co.uk. Her bag is usually full of rubbish, notes scribbled onto napkins and chocolate wrappers, but she's had a bit of a spring clean this week, so we took the opportunity to have a bit of a snoop!
Name? Sian Meades
Occupation? Freelance writer, Queen of Domestic Sluttery, cocktail drinker.
Style? Classic, with a bit of a twist. Always in a damn dress. Trying very hard to break out of that little habit. I bought a shirt at the weekend.
My bag is Ollie & Nic and I adore it; I bought it in Brighton for about £50. Ollie & Nic bags always look more expensive than they are! It's just the right size for my laptop and all of my stuff, but I'm a light travelled and use it for weekends away as well. My bags always need a pocket (or three). I actually went shell collecting on the beach not long after I bought this and found the prettiest pink shell. I wish I'd known there was a crab in it - it took a lot of Febreeze and several weeks before the smell of dead crab went from the bag. It's not funny. Stop laughing.
Nope, no purse. I only have one debit card and rarely carry cash, usually tucked into my Oyster holder. That's from Oliver Bonas - it was a Chrismas present from the folks. They have excellent taste and always pick the very best stuff off the list I send them three weeks earlier.
I'm reading The Little White Car by Dan Rhodes at the moment. I love him. He's funny and tells funny stories about people. A bit like creepy, grownup fairy stories in the modern world. Start with Anthropology. The notebook? That was handmade by designer Lea Lloyd. She doesn't make the notebooks anymore but I've always used them. They're the perfect size and design. I asked her to make eight for me so I wouldn't have to find a new one but I'm running out now.
My old, battered little Macbook. I love her dearly. The stickers were shipped from Aus. I love Pacman and couldn't find any in the UK. My iPhone is a million years old. I don't care, it still plays Monkey Island.
I'm a Rimmel girl. Usually my make-up is minimal and done on the train (yep, I'm that girl). I can't live without their Extra Super Lash mascara. I've tried millions and that one is the only one I've found that makes my lashes super long without making me look trampy.
The lipgloss is Rimmel as well. It's their Vinyl lipgloss in Snog. It's perfect - glossy without being sticky, and it's a colour I can wear all the time (and I do). It looks polished without being overdone. The perfume is Balenciaga. I love it - it's all violets and vetiver. The bottle is gorgeous as well. But I have to carry it with me because it lasts all of half an hour. It was the worst fifty quid I ever spent.
I love my Wonder Woman mirror, I picked it up in a little shop in Covent Garden. She rules. There are pens too, plus business cards, chocolate bar wrappers (usually from Pret) and sugar sachets, which tells you something about my takeaway tea habit. I've usually got jewellery in here as well. I used to make my own jewellery, but these days I don't wear it - come lunch time it's annoyed me and it's usually in my bag getting tangled up. Oh, and flat shoes. Having a bag this big means I can switch shoes when I'm sick of walking in heels or need a quick outfit change.