24.4.17

STRUGGLING TO BE A CONSCIOUS CONSUMER









A quick entry in frivolity.

Friends.

Actually though. And as someone who really isn't a big shopper to start, it weighs on me even more every time I shop. Here's what's going on.. First, it took me forever to return that dang Fjällräven backpack. Returning things... hate it. No idea why it is such a road block for me. Then, I remembered that USPS pick up is a thing, so voila. Block lifted.

Before I even did the return, I had received a $100 visa gift card. This was right after three weeks of working really long days at work, I was tired, stressed and just wanted some immediate... something. Things. I just wanted things...

I dropped it on two dresses and one tunic from Asos. Love one dress and the tunic, the other dress I had decided to keep... but after getting back into the right mind space, realized it honestly is never going to get worn. It's going back. (Still need to do that.)

The urge hadn't left. The following week I went to Target.com, who knows why. I don't even remember why I was looking. Ended up seeing a buy one get one deal on shoes, where I discovered the Who What Wear collection for Target. Ended up checking out with two pairs of mules, and a bralette because the underwire popped out of my everyday bra that week.

Got the shoes and they were pretty to the eye but such crap quality. The heel cap broke off one pair after only one day, and the straps on the other dug into my foot like no other. Back they went, but this time Target's online return policy wasn't as kind, so I took them in-store and returned without a problem. Then perused the entire store, even tried on about ten items from the WWW for Target collection that were so cute pieces that I would have totally bought previously, but after a deep breath I hung them back up and left empty handed.

Why am I even writing about this? Does anyone care? Here's how I see it. Buying stuff is on my mind often. Money's always on my mind...know what I'm sayin? I can afford to buy a cart of shit things here and there... but money isn't growing in my backyard either. Constantly in a state of wishing I had more money and with that money, would be able to get and do more of what I want.

I feel a sense of guilt because there are so many messages out there these thoughts are so "millennial" of me. But you know what? I work for everything I have. I have loans up the ass like all the rest of you, money isn't and wasn't ever just given to me. Ain't got no old money... just working for all that new money, ya know? 

Ok sorry, if you get those stolen lyrics, thank you... But I'm also very sorry. Just GAH. Frustrations. Feeling a bit of a slump, but the part where I've finally identified it and am moving on. Maybe this blog post is part of that journey. Writing usually is. 

Today, I went and bought $100 worth of plants, pots and soil for my apartment. And you know what? I always feel damn good buying and growing plants.

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13.3.17

FJÄLLRÄVEN KÅNKEN' BACKPACK REVIEW


KÅNKEN' Water Resistant BackPack Review - Portland Oregon Blogger

I chose the Royal Blue because somehow I've ended up with an entirely olive outerwear wardrobe, or seemingly so when there are days I walk out the door with an olive sweater, olive coat and olive backpack. It's been time to switch it up for a while. Now, I'll just end up with an entirely blue outerwear wardrobe, which I'm okay with.  

Moving on... It came just as expected. The color matches, the size is what I was looking for (10 ½"W x 15"H) and everything looks great. The straps had to be adjusted a lot there isn't a ton of leeway with the strap length. After about a month of everyday wear, to work, weekend trips and just out and about there are a few things I do want to mention that aren't my fave. 

The laptop slot. Yes, it's great that there is one, it comes with a foam sheet for protection, but it almost has to be removed. It feels like the fabric might rip with the tight fit of both a laptop and the foam protector. I use a macbook pro 13" and a macbook air 13", and have taken out the foam protector for both. 

I wanted the smaller size, (10 ½"W x 15"H) but shoppers error here. I like the look and feel of the smaller backpack, but have realized I sometimes carry too much shit around with me and could use a few more inches for things like my larger sketchbooks and extra workout shoes... etc.

The quality. It looks and feels durable, I imagined the canvas would have been slightly heavier than it is but it hasn't soaked through the many rainy walks to and from work yet, so it works. The kicker: the seaming along the front pocket fastening the zipper is starting to unravel. Big bummer. The zipper is only fasted with a single line of topstitching which means it's going to unravel and the zipper will fall off.

Aside from the few downsides in the quality I thought I'd receive, I haven't yet returned it. I purchased this from Nordstrom, it cost me $75 with free shipping. Looking at the breaking seam right now, I've logged on to download a return shipping label...

I went against my instincts and didn't buy directly from the Fjällräven site, but now I'm kind of glad I di because I wouldn't have gotten free shipping either way.

Such a bummer because I really love the shape, look and color. But after less than two months of wear and the zipper falling off because of a broken seam, I gotta break my lazy return habits (or lack thereof) and return it so I can find something better.


Fjällräven 'Kånken' Water Resistant Backpack Product Review

Fjällräven 'Kånken' Water Resistant Backpack Product ReviewI'm pretty sad about giving this cute backpack some negative points, but I really want something that will last me longer than a just few months. And for my budget stated in my backpacks shopping post, I think I should be able to find one. 

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6.3.17

MARCH MOOD

March Mood Board - Style Interplay
What's meaningful is malleable.
Twists and turns but stays the same. 
Months move pass...
Beyond the motions of each minute. 
Today in three tens plus one.
Making it more than mediocre. 

Messy words for March. Written in twelve minutes. 

Images found on my pinterest

Next week: my review of the Fjällräven Kånken Water Resistant Backpack I shopped for in my previous backpack shopping post. 

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