Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Take five: What would you keep?

It was renewing our home insurance that made me think about this (i'm all glamour aren't I!?) If your house was burning down and you could only keep five things from your wardrobe (or jewellery box) what would they be?
I found this hard because I have so many things I love, but it's interesting to think about. It makes you mentally crawl through your wardrobe appreciating all the things you love and I shocked myself with the five things I hold most dear. It also makes you remember things lurking at the back of your wardrobe that you love but had completely forgotten about: time to pull them out and wear them tomorrow methinks (especially if, like me, you aren't shopping!)
Anyway, here are my five (in no particular order):
1. My western style Betsey Johnson handbag
I have two Betsey Johnson handbags and the second (a gift from my parents) is actually my favourite style-wise, but I will always hold this bag dear. I bought it when we were in Florida a few years ago and saved my ass off in my first "proper" job to be able to afford it. It's battered and the leather is fading but it was the most expensive thing I had ever brought myself, my first designer purchase, and it represents (to me at least) my love of fashion and a whole lot of hard work!
2. Brown felt hat from Paris
I have actually never worn this hat out of the house. I don't feel like it suits me, and I have nothing to wear it with. But for my 16th birthday my parents paid for me to go to Paris and I felt like such a grown up, so I bought this grown up hat from a flea market. I loved its jaunty bow and how it makes me feel. It hangs next to my dressing table so that I see it every day....thinking about this has actually made me determined to find something to wear it with- time for some creative wardrobe work!!
3. Kurt Geiger fashionista shoes
The proudest thing I have ever done is finish my MA. It was bloody hard work, and also the bravest thing I have ever done: leaving a good job to move to another city, become unemployed and go back to school. My boyfriend celebrates every special occasion by buying me shoes (he knows me so well!) and these ones are not only beautiful, they also represent my graduation. Two special things in one!

4. Topshop trophy jacket
There isn't really a story to go with this one, but it is the thing I own that most makes me feel good about myself. I love its sparkle and the way it fits. I love that it can make any boring old thing look exciting. When I open my wardrobe it is the first thing to catch my eye!

5. Gyspy ring
My nan had a multi coloured gyspy ring that I loved. Her dad had given it to her just before she married my grandad. When we were teens she gave it to my sister (who also loved it) and I was devastated. Rather than call me a brat (she should've, I was being a brat!) my nan took me to an antique jewellery shop in a wonderful town full of antique shops called Horncastle (if you're every in Lincolnshire its the perfect afternoon out) and we found my own gyspy ring. I love it, and I know that no matter what, I will keep this forever.
I've eschewed the practical (i'm sure if my house really had burnt down I would want clean knickers, comfy pajamas and sensible shoes). But these are the five things in my wardrobe I love the most, irregardless of whether they are "in or out" of fashion. I think it speaks volume that there are no topshop or primark dresses (the things I own most!) on the list.
So what about you guys...what would your five things be?
Love, Tor xx


KD said...

Wonderful post! I've often thought about this myself, but I still haven't decided.

teawithonesugarplease said...

Well as long as the 3 tots and D were safe - I would grab my Ghost wedding dress, Jimmy Choo heels with the pom pom details, my black Chloe waistcoat, Diamond eternity ring and everything will fit into my brown leather Mulberry handbag.

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

oh my goddddd, I DIE for that jacket! AMAZING!



WendyB said...

I have that jacket tooooooo!!!!!