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Craft Attack! Blackbird + The Owl

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When I find a bag or purse I love, I like to keep it and use it for 124 years. I’m not really into chopping and changing things up. I’m not that kind of fashion girl. Instead, I like to find things I super love and use or wear them over and over.

It’s not just accessories I do this with. I wear the same favourite dresses a lot. The same favourite shoes, much of the time. I don’t really think that getting new things all the time suits me. I prefer to have a few favourites and wear them well. It’s better for my pocket and better for the environment and better for other women too… I mean, we’re constantly shown new looks and new things – with some weird idea that we need to keep up. I like to showily NOT do that. Set a different example.

I don’t think you need to keep up with anyone, except yourself.

I wear the same bunch of dress to lots of events (in rotation – not at the same time!)  Also… the same shoes… usually the same hair.  Then I am dressed as myself and that’s how I feel BEST. I can concentrate on other things like talking or making friends then (rather than trying to get used to a new zipper or hemline or heel.) Sometimes I get a new thing and that goes into the fave rotation too. I try to make sure that the new thing is ethically made or second hand, usually.

If you need a new thing each week – GOOD ON YOU. That’s ace. It’s good to know, though, that there are heaps of people out there who are less about all-of-the-new-all-of-the-time – and that that’s an actual gang you can be part of too. If you want. (Or just go shopping all the time. It’s your life!)

Of course, sometimes things really do need an update. When things are on the way out or you just feel like it’s time for something fresh. Or it’s a special/shit day and you want to treat yourself. Those are all good reasons to get shopping, right? I think so. Yep.

This is why I am pointing you to Blackbird And The Owl on Etsy. This label is out of Germany and I am liking it a lot. Run by Peggy Wolf, Blackbird And The Owl are all about using tried and true techniques in contemporary ways. I think the results are smashing and that’s why B+TO are part of the very first Craft Attack! feature on my blog. Because of the smashingness etc.

Welcome to Craft Attack, Blackbird And The Owl!

(Craft Attack! is an actual thing here now, by the way.)

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  • Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living
    July 10, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Oh the leather patchwork tote is incredibly gorgeous! I have only now realised that my leather handbag I had made in Bali is over five years old, so I must be a ‘hanger on’to things I love and not one who updates seasonally! I cannot beat the quality of it, plus I love that its so unique and has a story…x

  • Reannon @shewhorambles
    July 7, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    I am the same as you Pip, I like to just wear the same things all the time. And if I find something I really like, like a comfy singlet or t-shirt, I’ll buy a few in different colours because I know they are right. I wasn’t always like this but it’s how I am now & I like it a lot.

  • Little White Dove
    July 7, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    I’m with you on the not too much new stuff, I absolutely thrash my fave things… and I like it that way… Who cares if people are thinking ‘here she comes in that green dress again’! I like my green dress so why not wear it lots? My fave sandals end up with no cushioning / support at all by the time I’ve finished with them 🙂
    ps. cute leather patchwork bags!

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