I'm glad I didn't hit 'bid' on any of those wicker shopping baskets I scouted on eBay last week, because last night whilst sprawled on the sofa I spotted this out of the corner of my eye. it's incredible how items around the house can become invisible with familiarity. this has been lying around for years and was used for small trowels and other gardening tools.
It was my first shift back at Topshop today and before leaving I emptied the contents of my totebag into it. my book, topshop lanyard, some make up, a notepad and pen, my camera.. (the heavy necessities that one day when plagued with back problems I'll regret). Though
Jane Birkin was the obvious inspiration, I felt more like Little Red Riding Hood when I also added Vanilla Rainbow cakes to my load. I made them last night to share with the girls on my floor but in truth myself and Jo ended up gobbling most of them up at lunchtime.
I do recommend carrying a basket. Purely because it's a nice change that forces me to use a bag as a bag rather than a comfort blanket. I'm guilty of that habit of holding onto the strap of my bag to counteract the 'what on earth do I do with my hands?' feeling whilst walking down the street on down days. With a sturdy wooden handle there is no option but to swing it from your arms and adopt good posture.