Clockwise from top left: paisley, £20.50, Paul & Joe at ASOS; birds, £18, Cath Kidston; floral, £25, Ted Baker; clear, £20 (previously £25), Floozie by Frost French at Debenhams; cat's face, £10, Catseye at Selfridges
Depending on how conservative the dress code of your office is, methods of expressing your secret life as a fashion fanatic can become rather restricted. If statement necklaces, printed separates and colour-popping shoes teeter the line a bit too precariously for your (or your manager's) liking, consider thinking outside the box and channel your style mogul into the contents lying within the inner sanctum of your bag. Perfect for this is the humble makeup bag: sitting comfortably around a price point that won't break the bank, these little wipe-down wonders can work just as hard at showcasing your sartorial tastes as they do in holding all those lunctime touch-up essentials.
If you follow me on twitter, you may know from my tag line that I am already well on the way of reaching my own personal destiny as a cat lady. For my fellow feline aficionados, what better choice in beauty bag is there than this gorgeous Catseye pouch, emblazoned with the face of one beautiful tabby cat? However, if your feelings towards the furry critters lean closer towards the gentleman who called for their euthanisation in order to protect the sky's wildlife, consider a subtle method of support with Cath Kidston's mid-sized bird print purse. Looking to stay out of the battle entirely? Create a whole new level of envy amongst peers with this opulent offering from Ted Baker, featuring digitally printed flowers and the brand's ubiquitous plastic bow. If classics with a twist is more your cup of tea, then turn towards Paul & Joe (cat lovers again may recognise them for creating lipsticks in the shape of moggie's heads), whose combination of both stripes and paisley looks fresh as a daisy. Finally, for those looking to gain some transparency in their life, Floozy by Frost French's clear case with cream scalloped edges and cheeky cluster of charms on the zip allows you to see at a glance what's what in your world of beauty without looking too much like an overstuffed school pencil case.