For me clothes shopping is he hardest, I love an independent boutique but they are normally expensive, so are a treat. I love a charity or vintage shop rummage and have found some gems, I recently bought a Cos t shirt for £3 and a French Connection blouse for £4…..bargain! But I generally find more for Peggy in charity shops, which is great as buying brand new for kids doesn’t make sense for how long they wear them for!
I still buy clothes from Zara, H&M etc… but I definitely don’t shop like I use to. I am more mindful about what I buy and only buy if I need it. I have started to follow more independent sustainable brands on Instagram and my aim is to buy high quality less frequently.
Interiors is a passion of mine and I have always been a bit obsessed with reclamation yards and antique shops, I love the uniqueness and personality you get, everything has a story. Even if I don’t buy anything I always come away feeling inspired.
There are so many independent home shops popping up now, mainly in smaller towns and villages. We recently visited Wells Next the Sea in Norfolk and pretty much all of the shops were independent, there wasn’t a Costa or a Boots in site! We stumbled across an amazing shop called Bringing the Outside In, such a beautifully curated shop and full of incredible artisan products. On our drive home we went via Stiffkey Stores, I follow them on Instagram and had always wanted to go. It is an old village stores, with a post office, convenience shop and cafe with amazing home wares, books and kids toys. I LOVED it!!
Buying independent is so much more fulfilling, you meet the owner, who’s passion is evident and come away feeling inspired and happy having bought something unique and made with love and skill.