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What’s in your bag?

LSP sophomore Carson Scott loves to travel. The Arizona-native’s mother is Mexican, and she often visits her family in Mexico. Scott’s travels have heavily influenced her personal style. “I wear a lot of hand-embroidered shirts that the indigenous people in Mexico made, and I use a lot of Mexican embroidered bags,” Scott said. The sophomore shows WSN what’s in her bag.

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1. Wallet

Scott never goes anywhere without her wallet. “It has everything I need,” she said. Along with money and her NYUCard, she keeps photos of her best friends and an accumulation of fortunes from fortune cookies. One of her favorites says, “Your first choice is always wisest to follow.” Both her wallet and her bag are from Frances, a locally owned store in Phoenix, Ariz. that sells mainly handmade items.

2. iPod

When Scott is walking around the city, she is always listening to music. Her go-to artists are Simon and Garfunkel and Earth, Wind and Fire. Currently, her favorite song is “You and I” by Ingrid Michelson. She keeps her iPod in a pouch that her aunt brought her back from Lucknow, India. “[My aunt] has a store in Mexico called Ethnique. She travels to India twice a year and picks out stuff to sell in her store,” Scott said. Her aunt always finds things with beautiful embroidery handmade by the local women. Scott’s wardrobe is also filled with jewelry and tunics her aunt brought back from India and gave to her.

3. Notebook

Scott always keeps her notebook close by. The cover is decorated with an image of her favorite painting, Sandro Botticelli’s “La Primavera.” Scott spent her freshman year studying abroad at NYU’s campus in Florence, Italy. “One of my favorite aspects of it was getting into the museums for free,” she said. She bought this notebook at the Galleria degli Uffizi, where Botticelli’s painting is on display. Carson uses this notebook to jot down thoughts, food recipes or anything she thinks is creative or interesting.

4. Sunglasses

Scott’s favorite green sunglasses are from Flashback, a vintage store in California. She has had them for five years and isn’t looking to replace them anytime soon. “I bought them because they’re very ’60s and I’m very into that … and they remind me of Janis Joplin,” she said. Scott cited Joplin, along with Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick and Blake Lively as her style icons. She is also heavily inspired by anything from the 1960s and ’70s.

5. Poetry book

Scott’s passions include reading and literature, and she keeps a poetry book by Rumi, a medieval Persian poet, in her bag. “As little kids, my mom used to read it to my brother and I,” Scott said. Her most valued Rumi insight: “‘Why talk about all the known and the unknown, see how unknown merges into known.’”
A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 11 print edition. Olivia Weiss is a contributing writer. Email her at [email protected]

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What’s in your bag?