I’ve always loved shopping, but as I get older, I find myself looking for not just the new, shiny things, but the pieces that are going to last me a while. During my early twenties, I’d binge-shop on clothes, shoes and accessories, returning from each shopping trip with bags of stuff, delighted at how much I’d managed to buy and still have change from £50. But, now, the appeal of an over-stuffed wardrobe has lessened and, instead of mass, I’m looking for quality and things I won’t get bored of after 10 minutes.
We’re really lucky to have a heritage of crafts and, in an age of mass consumption, it’s really important to support local businesses. I love the idea of knowing who made my bag and where it’s come from – plus I’m a sucker for anything that can be customised – so Etsy ticks a lot of boxes. Here’s what I’ve been looking at recently.
Jewellery to last for ever
I love wearing delicate gold jewellery, especially pieces that I can put on and never take off. Hoop earrings are my number-one favourite thing at the moment and I love the design of these – they’re a little bit different to everything else out there at the moment, so feel really special. The gold pebble necklace makes the perfect accompaniment – made from recycled silver then plated in gold, it’s hammered by hand, meaning no two are the same. Hoop earrings by Otis Jaxon, from £24.75 Hammered pebble necklace by Marcia Vidal Jewellery, £35
A space-saving purse
I’ve given up using bulky purses (they only get stuffed with old receipts) and have switched to slimline card holders. These leather pouches are right up my street and a really good price. Pick from a selection of colours and yours will be hand-dyed, beautifully packaged and delivered to your door. Leather purse by Tori Lo Designs, £25
A bag with a personal touch
A long-strap, medium-sized bag that can be worn cross-body is exactly what I look for when I’m shopping for handbags. I want something well made from leather that I can wear every day without it looking tired. It also needs to carry my phone, keys, cards, headphones and ever-growing lipstick collection. As already mentioned, I’m a sucker for anything that can be customised, especially with my initials, so I asked if I could get this to my size requirements, with an FG on it and changed to black. Shoulder bag by CARV London, £270 with customisations
God, I love stationery. Especially notebooks, which I use every day to write my continuously growing to-do lists. I hate using overly fancy notebooks on account of my handwriting never being worthy enough, so love the idea of this reusable cover, which can be bunged over something from the local stationer's. With 35 colours to pick from, I’ll have to stop myself getting them all. Refillable note binder by Undercover UK, £45
AN OUTFIT-RESCUING BELT
At the beginning of the year, I discovered how transformative a good belt can be to an outfit and since then haven’t looked back. I love a classic, black leather belt that goes with near-enough everything and buying one in good-quality leather means it will age well and last for years. This one is handmade in Edinburgh, from vegetable-tanned leather, meaning it’s kinder to the environment (as it doesn’t use harmful chemicals to produce). It’s also delivered in eco-friendly packaging. Leather belt by Benny Bee Leather, £60