In The Bag - Joanna Ellner

Having spent the last ten years as a beauty director and brand consultant, Joanna Ellner has recently journeyed down some thrilling new avenues. She is midway through a degree in Chinese Medicine with a view to combining skincare science with acupuncture. And, in spring 2018, she gave birth to a baby daughter, Noah. A fan of simple, modernist shapes and clean lines, Joanna made a beeline for the T+M x Selfridges Quilted Raf Holdall. Here, she shares what she stows away inside…

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SCAMP & DUDE SWAG BAG

Perfectly sized for shoring away nappy change essentials, this durable canvas zip-up bag is reassuringly grown-up but bright enough to fish out in a hurry. Plus, it’s all in the name of giving back - all profits go to Sarcoma UK.

 

 
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SONY MDR-XB650BT EXTRA BASS WIRELESS BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES

I am a podcast fiend; current favourites include Teacher’s Pet and Russell Brand’s Under The Skin which is why I cannot leave the house without headphones. These are wireless, which means I can scoop up Noah from the pram without getting tangled in flex. 

 

 
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LINDA FARROW 71 C2 OPTICAL D-FRAME

My astigmatism seemed to worsen slightly whilst I was pregnant, so I now carry spectacles everywhere with me for when my eyes get tired. These tortoiseshell frames feel modern, but retro, and also surreptitiously hide puffy eyes after a night of endless feeding.

 

 
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BLACK + BLUM EAU GOOD BOTTLE

I’ve always been religious about my water intake. But this has recently gone into hyperdrive, thanks to the twin forces of a summer heat wave and the notorious breastfeeding GASP. This bottle houses a stick of traditional Japanese charcoal to help draw out the contaminants in water.

 

 
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PETITE BATEAU MILLERAIES ROLL NECK BODY

It took two very memorable afternoons to realise that I needed to take a spare change of clothes for Noah wherever we go. I find these Breton-striped, durable all-in-ones by Petite Bateau the easiest to pack away for swift Superman-style outfit changes.

 

 
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BYREDO VETYVER HAND SANITIZER

Beauty has always represented self-care for me, so even though I no longer have the time or wherewithal to slather myself in creams and perfumes, I can instead elevate the hand cleansing process. This smells sophisticated, mannish and fresh. 

 

 
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We also asked Joanna for her top 5 beauty buys...


ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR FOUNDATION

Quite possibly the oldest foundation still in circulation, but I’ve formed a renewed bond with this formula, which doesn’t budge until you want it to.

DR DENNIS GROSS HYALURONIC MARINE HYDRATION BOOSTER

My once long and languid daily skincare ritual has been cut down to one post-cleanse product. One! There simply isn’t time for any more. This silky water-serum locks in moisture whilst leaving my skin feeling smooth and primed for make-up (should a window of opportunity arise).

WELEDA SKIN FOOD 

I carried Noah for nine months and became a mother during one of London’s hottest summers. My feet have taken a beating. When time doesn’t allow for a good foot scrub, I hastily slather on a patch of this deeply nourishing cream and my heels can once again be fit for visual consumption.

DIZZIAK DEEP CONDITIONER

After much denial, turns out I did get the pregnancy hair; extra thickness and weight. Albeit temporarily. I use a pea-sized amount of this conditioner every few days to keep it smooth and bouncy. Bonus: it smells like an English country garden.

CHANEL ROUGE COCO GLOSS

Blue lip gloss. Not as odd as it seems. The blue lends just the merest coolness to lips which somehow dials down redness in the face and brightens teeth in one fell swoop. It’s been a trusty substitute for my usual high-maintenance red lipstick.

 
Anna McDonald