Jennifer Hamley England

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What's in your handbag, Helen Thornber?

What's in you handbag Helen ThornberOn Monday I chatted to inspirational business coach, super-woman and my own personal head-space-sorter-outer, Helen Thornber.  We chatted about things that can cause women to feel held back when running their own business, and we promised to share the reasons why Helen will ALWAYS carry unicorn farts with her. I’m thrilled to say that Helen is back with me today, and is all set to share what she keeps in her gorgeous handbag. Over to you Helen! I am soooo picky about bags. I am ashamed to admit that making the decision to buy a bag takes way longer than the decision to put an offer in on a house. I’d label myself a “recovering perfectionist” but when it comes to bags I still hate settling for anything less than perfect. Usually the bag design I have in my head doesn’t exist in real life… but with this beauty it was love at first sight! helen-thornber-handbag I was kicking myself when I’d spotted it because after months of searching (no exaggeration!) I’d recently bought one that was almost good enough, but as my birthday was approaching I thought I’d drop some heavy hints. That plan failed miserably. But by the time my birthday had been and gone it was in the sale! Hurrah!!! helen-thornber-WIYH-bag-contents
  1. Lip Balm - Day-to-day my make up is fairly minimal, but I do try to keep my lips moisturised, I’ve found Unicorn Farts are the best thing for the job!!!
  2. Purse - I usually get bored with purses quickly, but I’ve lost track of how long I’ve had this one. I spotted it in TKMaxx and fell in love immediately.
  3. Charger - I don’t know how I survived before I carried a charger with me.
  4. Snacks - Just in case I’m out and about I don’t get a chance to eat. I usually stick a bottle of water in my bag too.
  5. Tissues & Wet Wipes - If there is something to spill then I will usually spill it! I rarely wear white clothes and I live in constant fear of making a mess. The last thing I got down me was chocolate ice cream, and I didn’t have my trusty wet wipes handy... that’ll teach me!!!
  6. Notebook - I usually have a notebook of some size and shape in my bag, but most of the time I find myself frantically typing ideas and reminders into my iPhone!
  7. Pens - They have to be bright colours…
  8. Keys - My front door key is the only one I carry with me at all times, but I have to have a bit of glitter in my bag so my sparkly keyrings keep it company!
  9. Sunglasses - I’m still mourning the loss of my previous pair of sunglasses to a seal in St Ives Bay last summer. They were a £1 impulse buy, but somehow managed to be the first pair of glasses I actually loved wearing. These ones do the job… for now!
  10. Hairbrush - I rarely use it, but when hubby moans about how much I carry around in my bag I protest that I can’t leave the house without it!
  11. Umbrella - An essential item when you live in the UK!
  12. Tote Bag - I was given this for my birthday last year and I love it!!! Always good to whip out when I do some unexpected shopping.
Find out more from Helen about how to get more done in less time without stress & overwhelm AND how you can book a FREE Overcoming Overwhelm & Finding Focus 1:1 Coaching Session. If you would like to connect with Helen, you can find her across the internet here - I highly recommend getting to know her.


Stay wonderful, Jen xx

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Classy and functional!

Love my Model KT bag! Received bag in a nicely wrapped box and dust bag. Also received compliments on how beautiful the bag is. Strap is a little long for me since I'm a petite lady.. Would like additional holes so I can adjust the strap to fit me. Thanks Jennifer!

Thank you for your fabulous review Renee! You can make your strap shorter with this technique here (my fave way to wear my Model KT!), I'll also email you directly about getting some more holes in the strap =) Best wishes, Jennifer ❤️
A lovely complement to my KT and KT Mini

I'm now a proud owner of all three JH designs. My Sakura purse is super stylish and fits all the essentials.


Quick delivery nicely packaged it’s a Christmas gift

Small but perfectly formed

I bought this to compliment my Model KT and I was a little concerned about the size. This purse is small but mighty. I love it so much I use it out of work too. It has shown me I don't need a big purse as this holds all I need. I love it!

Style Perfection

I bought the Model KT in black for work. This bag is beyond my expectations. I can carry everything I need whilst looking stylish too. I often have to dash from location to location and this carries everything. The shopping bag is particularly hand if I need to nip out at lunch. I am so pleased I purchased this and I am considering the mini KT to compliment this.