06 March 2023

This month we explore ‘what’s in the bag?’ We all have them, for various areas of our life, handbags, laptop bags, travel bags etc… so our resident stylist Melissa has been around The Plaza to find the must have bags and the must have contents to go inside them.


Talk about beautiful and versatile. This black Calvin Klein handbag from Farmers with gold detail is the perfect black handbag. The perfect size to fit all the essentials a girl could need.

What’s in the Bag?

  • Calvin Klein wallet – Farmers
  • Jimmy Choo sunglasses – Sunglass Style
  • MAC makeup setting spray – Farmers
  • MAC makeup strobe cream – Farmers
  • MAC Mascara, eye liner, blusher and makeup brush – Farmers
  • Key ring gold heart – Mister Minit
  • Notepads and Pens – Whitcoulls
  • British rose hand cream – The Body Shop
  • Miss Dior perfume – Farmers
  • Scrunchy hair bands – Farmers
  • iphone – JB Hi-Fi


Leopard print is not only a classic, which means it’s always on trend, but it’s also just cool and adds something special to your overnighter luggage. From Strandbags the Dark Leopard Dome Bag is a must have! We put all this in it and still had plenty of room for a next day outfit and shoes.

What’s in the Bag?

  • Cotton pyjamas – Peter Alexander
  • iphone – JB Hi-Fi
  • Phone cover – Typo
  • Miss Dior perfume – Farmers
  • Tracksuit bottoms and singlet top – Glassons
  • Hair clip – Lovisa
  • Jimmy Choo Sunglasses – Sunglass Style
  • Designer Brands perfect protea eye shadow pallet – Life Pharmacy
  • Lavendar toilet bag – Peter Alexander
  • Content of toilet bag (travel size shampoo,conditioner, Rexona deodorant, MAC skincare and makeup – Farmers
  • Earrings – Lovisa
  • Journal – Typo
  • Slippers – Peter Alexander
  • Lule self-warming eye mask – Farmers
  • #OMG gold key ring – Mister Minit
  • Black coin purse – Strand Bags


Laptop bags can totally be an extension of your style. This gorgeous black laptop bag from Strandbags is a a classic handbag look but has amazing laptop bag functionality inside, making it easy to carry all you need in one place.

What’s in the Bag?

  • Notebook and ‘To do’ list – Whitcoulls
  • Pens – Typo
  • Reading glasses – Whitcoulls
  • Lilac mouse and keyboard – Typo
  • Coin purse – Strandbags
  • Key ring gold heart – Mister Minit
  • Marc Jacobs Sunglasses – Sunglass Style
  • Travel mug – Typo
  • Laptop – JB Hi-Fi
  • Miss Dior perfume – Farmers
  • Notepad and pen – Whitcoulls
  • Phone case – Typo
  • iphone – JB Hi-Fi
  • Lipstick – Farmers
  • English rose hand cream – The Body Shop


If you’re lucky enough to grab some sun this year, either in NZ or away on an overseas holiday, then you need a great beach/pool bag that fits all the essentials.

This Roxy bag from Amazon hits the mark completely in terms of size and functionality and we are obsessed with the gorgeous blush and white stripes.

What’s in the bag?

  • Bikini – Amazon
  • Necklaces – Lovisa
  • Roxy slides – Amazon
  • Key ring ice cream – Mister Minit
  • Formula 10.0.6 Go for the glow sheer mist body oil – Farmers
  • Sun Bum 50+ sunscreen – Amazon
  • Felt hat – Amazon
  • Sugar Baby sun-believable self-tanning mousse – Life Pharmacy
  • Drink bottle – Typo
  • Marc Jacobs sunglasses – Sunglass Style
  • Earrings and necklace – Lovisa
  • Scrunchy hair ties – Farmers
  • Bondi Sands lip balm – Life Pharmacy
  • Beach towel – Amazon