In an effort to not buy as many things and to save money, I'm still using a no-spend list on Trello as a place to write down all the pretty things that catch my eye (and I can't afford). And pinning endlessly on Pinterest of course, but I find having a single list that I can come back to review from time to time really helps me focus what I want to spend on. I've also been trying to be more selective/ethical with my purchases these days after a reading a couple of books about the ethics of fashion and living with less impact on the environment. I haven't stopped wanting things but I'm certainly considering the impact of where I spend my cash more than I used to. Forever dresses and eco-concious brands feature strongly on my list at the moment.
1. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a sucker for a floral frock. The Rosina midi dress from House of Hackney ticks all the boxes for me. William Morris print, slightly bohemian style, silk and velvet, midi length. Sigh. It'd certainly be an heirloom piece in my wardrobe that'd be worn to every wedding and party worthy of its magnificent swishiness.
2. Reformation is the coolest ethical brand around. I love their ethics, their clever marketing and brilliant copy. I just wish they were based here as well as the USA so I wouldn't have to pay those pesky import taxes. I've been trying to find a new trench coat for a few years now and The Kensington Jacket is it. Made from 100% tercel (possibly the most eco fabric around). And I'd definitely get more than 30 wears from it, considering the unreliability of the 'great' British summer. Want.
3. Another dream dress. The Vampire's Wife is a fashion label by the beautiful Susie Cave (nee Bick), wife of my hero Nick. The former model's collection of vintage-inspired dresses and skirts make my heart beat faster. A girl can dream. Not that I think I'll ever be quite ready to spend £700 on a frock. There's a great interview with her about her collection over here too if you fancy a read.
4. Catbird is basically my favourite shop in the world. While I want all the pretty sparkly things, I adore the eclectic selection of homeware and gifts too. We're slowly building up a collection of antique decanters, although neither of us are big spirits drinkers (pass the gin though). And while I loathe 'Mr' & 'Mrs' labelled pillowcases and such tatt, this his and hers decanter and glasses set is just fucking cool. It'd have to be top-shelf scotch that'd fill it. Also available in His/His and Hers/Hers. I might try to bring a set back in my hand luggage next time I'm in New York. Etched glass is one of my favourite things. NB: Please move to London Catbird. I love you.
5. As a long-time vegetarian, I always struggled with buying leather and am now wearing out what I have or buying vegan instead. I gave up leather fully at the beginning of last year (kept a NY resolution! YUSS!) and haven't missed it one bit. My vegan friend has a Matt & Nat handbag and I've been thinking about getting one for a while but can't really justify a new handbag when all my old ones are still going strong. I've had an aching shoulder for a while from lugging around heavy shoulder bags so think a backpack might be the only solution. This Fabi one would be perfect for lugging around my laptop, lunch and all the other crap that builds up in my handbag. I'd probably go for black (of course) but I quite like the tan one too. Anyone got a voucher code?
6. Linen certainly is having a moment. This collared navy dress would take me from desk to cycling down country lanes with a flower-filled basket. Oh wait, I just sold my bike. Never mind. I do love this dress though and think it would be a versatile addition to my wardrobe. I'm not going to bang on about building a capsule wardrobe but this is a dress that would be great with both bare legs and clogs, thick black tights and boots. A throw-on-and-go number that'd only get better with age.