Clockwise: Chanel WOC, Hermes Dogon coin pouch, Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 45mm f/1.8 lens, Bose SoundLink Mini, Apple Macbook Air 11"
One of my biggest pet peeves has got to be clutter. I was born to parents who are hoarders, married to one and given birth to another. I'm constantly on a warpath to de-clutter our flat. It has to be done weekly or else my two roommates (husband and child) will squirrel away more junk in our tiny place. Enough to start our own junkyard.
The other thing I've been doing for the past two years is downsizing. I've been slowly replacing some of my things with mini versions that are more lightweight and portable. Frankly speaking, my shoulders and back are killing me these days after years of lugging around too much crap in my bag. I've either given away or sold my heavier bags. Space is a commodity in my flat. Anything that won't cover the entire surface of a table gets a thumbs up from me.
These are some of my favorite items at the moment. Frankly speaking, the 11 inch Macbook Air has been one of the best presents I've ever received from the hubby (he now understands that his wife prefers gadgets over jewelry). It's just a tad heavier than an iPad but packs in every feature that I need and more. I can fit it easily into my Louis Vuitton Speedy 35cm. It's so flat and ridiculously fast. Love. Love. Love.
I think my bluetooth Bose SoundLink Mini gets the most oohs and aahs from visitors. Many rushed out to get theirs afterwards. It's just like a baby. They're tiny but boy, can their voices travel..............
It took me years before I finally caved in and bought the Chanel caviar WOC (wallet on chain). *major purchases tend to make me break out in hives* It has saved my rubbish shoulders on numerous occasions, particularly when I'm away all day in London. Have you noticed that bags are getting more and more expensive and heavy? Physiotherapists around the world must be raking it in.
I've been on a lookout for a small coin pouch. Just enough for a few bankcards, coins and receipts. The Hermes Dogon coin pouch is just the right size but I've also got my eye on the Comme des Garcons embossed leather pouch which is finally back in stock.
The Olympus OMD E-M10 camera is a new purchase. I rarely carry my monstrous Canon camera out anymore unless I'm on a photo shoot. The massive lens attracts waaaaay too much attention, particularly from men (shame to say that neither my friend nor I get a look). The darned thing weighs just over 1.5 kgs and the Olympus is just a third of that. It works just as well as its bigger sibling, if not better but it's far more portable and easier on my back too. What have you downsized lately?