My name is Claire and I'm a handbag addict.
Hubby has to be quite firm on me. I'm not one of those ladies that will spend hundreds of pounds on a handbag, but if you left me to my own devices I would fill our little flat with new bags... Hubby has to be quite firm on me. We have a one-handbag-in-one-handbag-out policy...
I used to be a journalist (bare with me, this is related, I promise). Writing for national newspapers and magazines was great. I wrote real-life features, I met some amazing, inspiring people. I loved the writing, and seeing my articles in print for thousands of people to read. I loved telling people I was a journalist - you could never predict their reactions, but it's not a life I miss. With everything I loved about it, I really hated the part of the industry that was focused on making money from other people's experiences, taking heart-wrenching, emotional stories and shaping them into little snappy headlines.
It's not something I can see myself doing again. I worry too much about the people who's stories are being used to sell the magazines. However, my background as a journalist is something I am proud of - I might not like the industry, but I never did anything to be ashamed of - I learnt such a lot and it really has made me who I am.
So when I found a handbag that was not only the perfect size or all my bits and pieces, but also channelled my journalistic roots I just couldn't say no...
I first saw the handbag in the window of a charity shop. I picked it up. I put it down. I left the shop. I went back. I left again completely in turmoil, knowing that I definitely didn't need another bag.
But I couldn't leave it sitting in the window - it was just right.
It was so me.
Isn't it pretty?!
It needs a bit of a clean (I think it may have been lurking in an attic for a little while), but I was supporting a charity, I could use it at work, on a night out, it's big enough to fit all my bits and bobs (yes, I did run through this entire list of excuses as to why I needed the bag) - and it only cost £4!
I made the right decision didn't I?