Backpacks & hardbacks

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The title of this post makes me so happy. When words just go so well together it's like... ahhhh. 🤓

I've wanted to blog about some recent purchases for a while now. I've not been able to find time to photograph the items in natural light because I've been working a lot recently and when I finish work it's dark (h8 u winter), and so photos don't turn out very well (plus I've never got any energy).

So here I am, finally blogging about two very exciting products - a navy Fjällräven Kånken mini backpack, and The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams.

I've wanted a Kånken for ages now. Not going to lie, I was definitely influenced by the whole "art hoe" aesthetic that has taken over Tumblr (all the cool kids have a Kånken don't ya know). They just look so cute and practical and they come in so many colours, but the price didn't half put me off. I just couldn't imagine spending £60+ on a bag, and I couldn't stop thinking how on earth these Tumblr kids - who are usually in their early teens - could afford one. I have a well-paying job and the price still made me cringe, but after thinking about it for a long time I decided I'd hunt one down on eBay. Got this beauty with around £10-£20 off.

I liked the idea of getting the mini because I don't carry much around with me to justify getting the classic size (although a week after getting the mini I did in fact end up ordering a classic sized one too, whoops haha). Turns out eBay has quite a few Kånken minis on offer, which worked well for me. I snagged this navy one because I thought it'd go well with my wardrobe in both summer and winter.

On the front pocket I have three lil pins - the blue tit is from the RSPB, the pink heart is from Cancer Research UK, and the Jon Snowcone (ha) was a Christmas present from a friend.

If you're looking to buy a Kånken, search eBay for 'Fjallraven Kanken' or visit the official website.

This beast of a book was another eBay find. When I started learning about the slow/simple living movement last year, this book was talked about all the time, but again, because I'm a bit of a cheapskate, the price put me off for a while. It's an expensive buy (if you're buying from somewhere like Waterstones for example), but after actually holding it in my hands I can understand why. It's a mighty ol' book and so, so quality. Everything about it is so beautiful I gasped a bit when I unwrapped it. I managed to find this with a good chunk of money off which I was so chuffed with especially because it was brand new.

It's lovely to flick through when you're feeling a bit overwhelmed. Search eBay for 'Kinfolk Home' or find it here on Amazon.

Moral of the story: buy everything off eBay and save yourself a ton of money.

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