On the hunt for a designer leather bag without the designer price tag that I can also use as a baby bag – does this bag exist? YES IT DOES!!
As a fashion editor, I have spent my entire career helping women wear what makes them look and feel amazing. Every wardrobe needs this, wear this to flatter, invest in these pieces to make you look cool…I’ve written every feel-good feature under the sun!
When I found out that I was pregnant, there was a mixture of emotions. A combination of being elated for something I had wanted for so long, but also feeling apprehensive about life changing and getting to know myself as a Mum. After all, I’ve been an independent career girl for so long, I didn’t know anything about this new version of Hannah.
Over the summer while we were yet to welcome our baby into the world, I found myself in an identity battle - could the ‘old me’ stick around after becoming a Mum? Could I really be both people?
It wasn’t just the identity aspect - my changing body both during and after pregnancy has meant that I’ve had to get into a new style groove. Finding clothes and accessories to wear has been crucial to help me feel good about myself - I’ve always been a dress, dungaree and handbag girl which hasn’t changed throughout, hurrah!
My midwife even suggested that pregnancy is a great time to buy a new bag which is big enough to carry antenatal notes in. (Er hello, new favourite person). I’m a total magpie for an accessory so it was music to my ears. Any excuse as far as I’m concerned!
I had been on the look out for a bag that ticked the style and function boxes satisfying both sides of the new me, and I’m so glad to have found it in Kerikit. I opted for the Thor leather backpack which in olive green with trendy tassels and luxe gold hardware really does sing to my style aesthetic - while still being practical, of course.
The Thor backpack features genius compartments to keep all the essentials organised so they’re easy to access - take a look at the elasticated zip pockets which are ideal for nappies and toiletries, the waterproof lining, the D-rings so it can be clipped to your buggy, the comfy straps and the butter-soft wipe clean leather. I also love the luxe gold hardware. What more could I want?
Of course with all those amazing features, this fashionable and functional back pack was the obvious choice for everything from my hospital must-haves to baby essentials, a work bag and even a stylish carry on for a weekend away. It also got an outing at a festival or two in the summer and was a great size for a picnic blanket, waterproofs and loads more.
Fast forward six months and I’m still as obsessed by the Thor backpack as I was when it first arrived. It fits seamlessly with my style - I wear it with everything from my favourite jeans to jumpsuits to joggers. It never fails to give my look a lift even when I’ve made minimal effort - which is most days now I have a little one in tow!
So back to that identity battle - can the old me (hey, less of the old!) live in harmony with the new me? The answer is abso-bloody-lutely! My Thor backpack is the stylish symbol that reminds me no matter whether I’m carrying around nappies, a laptop or my passport I’ll always be the same girl at heart. I have just learned a whole new set of juggling and multi tasking skills. Now that’s my kind of bag for life.
Contributed by Hannah Eichler - Guest Blogger