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My 2022 shopping intentions

Setting intentions is a really useful tool to help you create habits and behaviours that you want to adopt long-term. When it comes to shopping, as I’ve gotten older my approach has changed. Despite the fact that I probably spend a lot more time browsing, I purchase much less than I used to. I also […]

The rise of the mid-priced brand

Over the past few years, there has been in insurgence in the popularity of mid-priced/affordable designer brands. Think Rixo, Ganni, Baum und Pferdgarten, Staud, Kitri, The Frankie shop, By far, Aligne, Reformation and more. They’re the kind of brands that are significantly cheaper compared to luxury brands such as Fendi, Versace, Chanel, Dior and Gucci. […]

Rating my bags with Good on You

Good on You is an app that is described as ‘Your go-to source of trusted brand ratings, articles and expertise on ethical and sustainable fashion.’. The app contains a directory where you can search for brands to see how well they rate against the Good on You standards. Brands get an overall rating that is […]

5 things that put me off making an online purchase

Over the past few years the balance between my online and in store shopping purchases has tipped in favour of online. I’ve been able to discover new brands online and it has also made it easier to shop from smaller, local and black-owned businesses. However, one thing I’ve found is that every now and then […]

Practical gifts

Over the past month or so I’ve bought myself a few things that would have worked really well as gifts. The items I purchased were sort of like early Christmas presents to myself. They were things that I wanted but I also knew I would get good use out of them. I bought Seth Godins […]

Reflecting on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

I first heard of Black Friday around 8 years ago. I watched a YouTube video of an American teenage girl heading out to the mall to shop the Black Friday sales. When she arrived back home, she did a haul of what she purchased and shared the discounts that were on offer. I live in […]

Becoming a more thoughtful consumer

Over the past year or so I’ve transitioned this blog to focus on shopping, habits and consumerism. I did it because after years and years of blogging I realised that I did in fact want to write about style/fashion. However, I didn’t want to do it in the ways that I had often seen it […]

4 signs you don’t need more stuff

When shopping for something new it can be easy to get carried away and spend money on things you like but don’t need or have space for. A few months ago, I found myself with 5 sets of skincare products plus various travel sized and sample products. I realised that I’d made the mistake of […]

14 UK Black-owned businesses to shop from

Around 4 or 5 years ago I started making more of an effort to shop from Black-owned brands. In the beginning it was quite a challenge as the majority of my research led me to Black-owned American brands but I wanted to find ones in the UK. However, I was able to find quite a […]

3 Purchases from the past 6 months

Over the past 6 months, I’ve shopped much less than I would have if it hadn’t been for the pandemic. During the lockdown that started in March 2020, I didn’t make any clothing orders. Even after the restrictions were eased I still wasn’t shopping online. It wasn’t until the last week of August that I […]

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