Christmas Gift Guide 2018 | For your stylish friend who’s all about supporting local

Christmas Gift Guide 2018 | For your stylish friend who’s all about supporting local

I’ve always been a fan of really big, really over-sized handbags. My theory? The more you can fit into your handbag, the better. Sadly, this isn’t always the best option for my back or my shoulders!

I also detest the fact that I can never seem to find anything in my handbag without having to dig and scratch around for a solid 10 minutes. With this in mind, I set out to find the perfect handbag – big enough to hold my phone, my purse, my keys, and a couple of lippies, but still small enough to reduce the load I was carrying significantly. I searched high and low, but all the handbags I came across were either too dinky or simply too ‘polished‘ for everyday wear, if that makes any sense? I wanted something that was beautiful and stylish – but that would look equally good when worn with leggings. Nothing too fancy or overly ‘ladylike’. I also wanted a bag with a strap long enough for me to be able to wear it across my body – I walk or cycle everywhere these days, so I need something that’s as practical as it is pretty. #GreytonLife, anyone? 

Little Grey Wolf

Little Grey Wolf

Little did I know that the answer lay right in front of me, in the form of this exquisite cross body sling bag from local lovely, Little Grey Wolf. Caro Hickson, the founder of Little Grey Wolf, happens to be an old friend of my husband’s, so I’ve known about the brand for a good couple of years. I’m embarrassed to admit that I had no idea just how gorgeous her pieces truly are! Every piece is block-printed by Caro herself, and then hand-sewn and stitched (also by Caro!) with the greatest attention to detail. I am so utterly besotted with my flower cross body sling bag (R375) that I literally have not stopped wearing it ever since I got it about two or three weeks ago.

It’s my go-to handbag for every day and has more than enough room for all my essentials. Given that my wardrobe is comprised of all things black (with a few greys and neutrals thrown in for good measure), this sling bag is ideal for adding some interest to my outfits. Want to make a pair of black leggings and a longer length black tee look instantly more stylish? Add one of Little Grey Wolf’s cross body sling bags (available in a selection of gorgeous prints) and you’re good to go.

Little Grey Wolf

Little Grey Wolf

It also looks fabulous paired with a LBD, and I’ve received so many compliments and queries as to where I got my handbag since I started wearing it. I can just tell that Little Grey Wolf is going to blow up big time in the not-too-distant future: Caro’s pieces are so beautiful, durable, and of such high quality, and all at really affordable prices.

Little Grey Wolf offers a variety of styles and prints to choose from, including handy clutch bags, totes (great for the beach or for your library books!), little flat pouches for your makeup or other essentials (Caro very kindly sent Beanie this one, and he uses his as a pencil bag), fold up shoppers, and gorgeous Christmas stockings! One of each, please!

Little Grey Wolf

Little Grey Wolf

If you want to gift someone with something that’s truly meaningful this Christmas, I have no doubt that a piece from Little Grey Wolf is your best bet. You can just tell that so much love and attention has gone into each and every single Little Grey Wolf bag. The quality is so much better than anything I’ve seen in any shop, and I love the fact that every item has been handmade from scratch – down to the beautiful, one-of-a-kind prints (head on over to Little Grey Wolf’s Instagram account – here – for a behind-the-scenes look at how Caro prints her fabrics. It’s so therapeutic to watch!)

I also love to idea of supporting local brands and makers – it reminds me of that lovely little meme that often does the rounds over on Instagram and Facebook: “when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance.” And I can guarantee that when you get your hands on a Little Grey Wolf bag, you’ll be doing a little happy dance too!

 

Pssst! Love this cross body sling bag? Watch this space! I have a giveaway with a bunch of local lovelies coming up later this week. Head on over to my Instagram account (and give Little Grey Wolf a follow while you’re at it) to get notified when the giveaway goes live! 

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