There's something about big events that means they deserve to be commemorated with a big purchase, and for me, it's rarely clothes. I love clothes but I get fed up with them; I wear things to death and then ditch them, but accessories are different. If they're worth saving for, I keep them. Sure, I may only wear some things a couple of times a year but I always remember the provenance.
This was bought in Paris in 2007 on a press trip for a job I'd just started - acting beauty editor at Image magazine. Professionally, it was a huge jump for me at the time and I reckoned it should be marked. So, wandering up rue Saint-Honoré, I did. I can't remember a huge amount about this now; I'm pretty sure the brand is Pilgrim, though it's not marked and I think it was about €80.
It's not massively typical of the sort of stuff I go for; it's a bead and crystal lace piece on an expandable band, all non-precious metals and plastics, but with the right outfit - clearly it's quite statement - it's a standout.
And this purchase kick-started an adult-y prelediction towards rewarding myself when I land a new gig or finish a big job (hey, as a freelancer you gotta get your kicks somewhere, eh?). Last year when I stepped down from Beaut.ie, I bought myself a Moxham Anubis neckpiece, and a Joanne Hynes breastplate was a self-gift for another project end. I don't always do it - funds, and that - but I do when I can.
What about you? I know there've got to be a few tales of pieces that mean a lot to you - let me know in a comment, or how about snapping a pic with your smartphone and pinning to your board? Share using the hashtag #accessorymemories and I'll share some of them soon.
Kirstie is Frillseeker's founder and editor-in-chief. This is her second foray into the web-world: she founded Beaut.ie in 2006 before stepping down in 2012 and has held a large number of positions over the past number of years including acting beauty editor at Image magazine and beauty ed at the Sunday Tribune, Irish Examiner and Confetti. She's currently the deputy editor at STELLAR magazine.