The older I get (and perhaps the wiser I become), the less I care about brands, big designers, and what’s currently considered to be ‘in season’ or ‘on trend’. But I am more interested in actively seeking out products that are independently and ethically produced, that haven’t been tested on animals or made from animal products, which avoid the use of harmful chemicals, and are as environmentally friendly as possible. I guess as much as possible I try to do my own thing … even if that can result in a bit of trial and error.
Sure this shopping philosophy of mine is partly due to the fact that I quite enjoy being contrary, and rather like eschewing the kinds of things that I’m supposed to aspire to own, wear, or use. But most of all, my purchasing decisions are based on doing research and being as informed as possible.
I wonder whether I would have arrived at the same point if I’d always had the luxury of lots and lots of money? I would hope so … but by having less, perhaps I’ve had the opportunity to care more about how, why and where I spend my money? Maybe too much money can kind of get in the way of concerning yourself with the finer details of your personal purchasing power?
Given that I’ve never had an overabundance of money, I don’t really know. Even though I do sometimes catch myself wishing for more funds to feed my cash-hungry to do list and realise my wildest of dreams, I do know that I wouldn’t trade caring for anything.