The Bag Buzz: Kate Spade Santa Rosalia Scout

I’m SUPER excited to be launching a new blog series called The Bag Buzz where I share photos of the bag I’m currently using (and obviously loving!), what I’m keeping in it, and how I organize its contents.  I decided to file this under TheBusyBeeBuzz category as opposed to OrganizedLikeJen, because I’m thinking of it as just a fun peek at what’s in my bag on a more frequent basis than the annual or so What’s In My Bag video I tend to film.  Let me know how you like this idea and if the general consensus is a thumb’s up I will post a new one of these when I switch up my bag again.

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I purchased the Santa Rosalia Scout a few months ago during Kate Spade’s Friends & Family sale.  I had been eying the bag for awhile and spent the duration of the sale considering the purchase before I finally decided that I must have the bag on the very last day that the 20% off discount was being offered.  I tend to hem and haw over big purchases like this one, but it was definitely love at first sight.  I couldn’t imagine liking the real deal any more than I anticipated from the online photos, but I really do!  It’s the perfect summer cross-body style shoulder bag.  I’ve been wearing it pretty much exclusively for well over a month now.  I haven’t gotten the itch to switch to another bag in my collection yet, which I usually do after a month or so.

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The bag itself is big enough to hold all of my essentials, but small enough that I don’t overdo it.  When I wear bigger bags, I carry more stuff.  After sustaining a lower back injury late this spring, I knew I needed to carry a lighter purse for awhile.  I had originally purchased the Scout as a “once in awhile” type of bag for date nights and vacations.  I’ve been wanting a brown cross-body style bag for this purpose for a long time now.  I’m so happy I decided to go for it.  Not only is it the perfect addition to my bag collection, it’s also been a great everyday purse option for me this summer so as to not carry too much.  It came in super handy when my back was still healing, and although it is mercifully all better now, I am still loving my Scout.

The bag is made with a lovely floral embossed leather with matching trim on the exterior, caroleena spade dot lining on the inside, and finished with 14-karat light gold plated hardware.  There are several organizational components built in.  It has one main section, one smaller pouch style space, an interior zip pocket, and two small interior slip pockets.  The flap secures with a magnetic closure.  The front  pouch pocket is the perfect size to store my phone, vlogging camera, and lip products for easy access.  I use vertical organization throughout the bag to use the available space as effeciently as possible.

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I can fit what I consider to be my handbag essentials in my Scout.  This includes the basic items I like to have with me on any given day that I am out and about for a good chunk of time.  I have numbered them in order of importance to me right now, as listed below:

1. The blue Prada wallet I got for my birthday last year.
2. My iPhone with a cute Lilly Pulitzer case.
3. Car Keys with a Swiss Army knife I actually bought in Switzerland eleven (eek!) years ago and a Henri Bendel keychain (the clip comes in very handy in other bags with key fobs).  Also, my house keys on a special keychain that was a gift.
4. My shoulder bag size Walking Pharmacy in a Prada pouch.
5. Vlogging camera for on the go filming.
6. Lip products galore!  The Maybelline Baby Lips lives in this bag full time and I add in whatever other lip stuff I’m wearing that day.
7. Poopy bags, essential for any dog owner.
8. A small Hello Kitty tin filled with dog treats for Winnie.
9. FCS Hand Sanitzer (my favorite kind!).
10. A small Coach card case that I keep nonessential store cards, rewards cards, and gift cards in.
11. A clear plastic zip top envelope (fromThe Container Store) where I stash my coupons.
12. My current obsession – Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Mints.

I hope you enjoyed a peek into my bag.  I enjoyed sharing with you from one purse lover to another!  Let me know if you’re interested in seeing future updates whenever I change my bag.

*I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this post.  All opinions are my own.*


54 thoughts on “The Bag Buzz: Kate Spade Santa Rosalia Scout”

  1. Super cute purse! I always find it hard to switch from a small purse to a bigger purse (hard to fill it up and then when you do it gets heavier) or from a big purse to a smaller purse (can’t fit as much stuff and you start missing what you couldn’t put in)!!
    Two thumbs up for you doing this kind of blog post again!!

  2. I just wanted to tell you that I got the idea of changing my bag each month from your misc. monthlies. Now all of my bags are getting equal love. It has also helped me to eliminate bags I don’t really use and to keep from buying new ones. I hope to have no more that 12 bags at any one time. Maybe less if I repeat. Thanks for the great idea.

  3. Oh my STARS I adore this bag! I wish I wasn’t such a poor college student so I could get it – it’s just stunning!

  4. I always love what’s in my bag videos. I say yes to doing a blog post whenever you switch. Can I ask for one additional pic for the future can you have a pic of you holding the bag. Either in a mirror or have don take it whatever. I just like being able to see the size in perspective with the person. And since you’ve already posted this one maybe add an Instagram pic?

    1. I will definitely try to do this for the future. It’s tough because I take my own photos, but maybe I can figure something out. Not sure if I’ve shown myself wearing this one in any of my vlogs from June…

  5. OMG!!! Jen you are killing me!! What a beautiful purse, I love it. I ABSOLUTELY love your purse collection. I am saving up for my first LV wallet and purse and let me tell you I can’t wait. Then I will be purchasing a Kate Spade, and then Gucci, and so forth. I want to get a few high end purses, then last longer and they are a great investment. I’m sticking that!! Thank you for sharing.

    Can’t wait to see more!

  6. Sounds like a great series…. right up your alley, too. 🙂 You and Don are such a neat couple. Thanks for sharing these tidbits of your life. I watch most of your videos and find them helpful, entertaining and refreshing!

  7. LOVE this idea. Before I discovered the YouTube beauty community I was an avid livejournal user and I was part of a community that made posts like this! Takes me back to high school! I’d like to see these posts monthly for sure (or however often you change your bag)
    Thanks for all of your continued awesomeness Jen!

  8. Sounds really good. I really love your series. I am organized but still I learn things from you every time.

    Can’t wait to see more!!!

  9. Great bag! I enjoyed the post. I do miss you showing the bags on YT. It is a much easier format for me to follow. I can watch “what’s in my bag” and multitask. I enjoy your sharing with all of us!

    1. I don’t post them often, because I tend to carry the same kinds of contents in my bags from year to year even though I switch out my bags quite a bit. I thought the blog post series would be a nice way to share without being too redundant in my videos.

  10. Hello Jen! I’m a new fan of your blog and videos. I am loving all your content so far. You’ve inspired me to start organizing again. It’s something I love but that gets ignored when I get busy and/or stressed (which in turn makes me more stressed about my messy space). I vote yes–keep posting when you swap bags!

  11. I vote yes! This will be a great addition to the Busy Bee Buzz! Do you vary the size of your walking pharmacy to fit the shape of your bag? And in order to do that, do you have to omit what is inside or do you find smaller versions of the items you would normally carry?

    1. I actually have three walking pharmacies already packed for different sized bags, which I shared in my last What’s In My Bag videos on OLJ last summer. I just use the one that fits 🙂

      1. Makes perfect sense 🙂 I subscribed to all your channels last December, I believe, so I missed that series of videos. Will go back and check those out. Thanks for responding!

  12. Great idea!!!!! That bag is beautiful, it seems to be small but you can carry all your stuff. Can you make “My current look” on the one from “What’s in my shower”?. Love the make-up and the hair. As always thumbs up for all of your videos 🙂

  13. I just might have to get this bag!! I’ve switched to all cross body bags because of a bad shoulder. I have nothing brown.

  14. I’d love to see a list of what’s in your walking pharmacies! I like packing lists, and it’ll be easy for me to create my own walking pharmacy if you can list the various products you keep in them, which is easier than watching your video (which I love, by the way!)

  15. Hello Jen! do you still planning to organize auctions with bags? to me it would be very interesting 🙂 as for these posts I just love this kind of description of bags and their contents, please keep doing it.

  16. Oh my gosh, I love your Coach card carrier. I have been looking for a wider one like that so that everything isn’t all crammed into the small one I have but I haven’t seen anything like that! Maybe I can check out the Coach outlet because I didn’t see one like that online. :/

    1. I actually did buy that at a Coach outlet…about 8 years ago. Hopefully they still carry something similar!

      1. Success! I found one at the Coach outlet that I love! I am not a huge Coach fan so we stopped in a few shops first but didn’t find anything that would work. When we got to Coach, it took some searching but I found something that was perfect! It’s a bit different from yours but it has the wide bottom that I was looking for (the one I had been using was too small and it was a pain to get the cards out) and it has room for all my store cards and punch cards from coffee huts and such. They were also handing out 50% off your purchase slips when we walked in so I ended up paying about $20 for it. It seems like such a silly thing but it really does free up so much space in your wallet and then they’re all in the same place. It’s the little things in life, you know?! 🙂

  17. I would absolutely LOVE to see this happening! I love bags and can’t get enough of them, so this is a great idea!
    Love your blog, just found it. 🙂

    Sunny greetings from Sweden!

  18. Jen, do you have a video or blog post about what you have in your ‘walking pharmacy’? Love this post and the bag as well! Its a beauty!

  19. Jen, I love bags and seeing what’s inside! This is a great idea, would love to see more bag buzz!! Also, would you consider doing an updated purse and wallet collection video? I know you have had some great finds since the last one 🙂

    1. I’ve been asked that quite a bit recently. I’m considering filming an updated collection video later this year.

      1. Jen,
        About that updated purse & wallet video video, will you be filming it for MHWL OR TBBB?
        P.S.: Thanks for responding to my question!!

  20. I am glad to see this leather embossing coming back in style – I inherited a bag like this, not Kate Spade, but just as beautiful! I have had it for about 10 years. Glad I held onto it

  21. Hi! I’ve been looking for this bag for my honeymoon to Italy this summer – do you still have yours? would you be willing to part with it?

    1. I do still have it and don’t plan on parting with it at the moment. I’m sure the perfect bag is out there for you!

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