Once upon a time I was going to buy a KeriKit. But I didn’t because a friend laughed and said what did I need a backpack for as I had enough to carry already.
Lesson no. 1, trust your gut when it comes to your shopping needs.
We were going travelling for a few weeks in Europe and I was pregnant with a one year old in tow. I felt pretty exhausted and after seeing KeriKit being sold by a diaper bag company here in the states, I knew straight away I needed one in my life. It wasn’t just because I wanted a sexy leather backpack – although trust me living in NYC it’s an absolute life changer! However for me it was more than just what I planned to use it for that had appeal.
I had been pregnant, breastfeeding, pregnant again and I was feeling pretty out of it in every way. For a long time I hadn’t felt attractive, fit or slim enough and no where near my old pre baby size. I definitely didn’t feel stylish or sexy in a way, and as much as I love having children – I felt as though I had lost a part of me which I feared would never return. When I tried to pinpoint exactly what is was I realised it was part of my identity – my individuality.
So anyway, back to the bag – there is was in all it’s KeriKit glory! I felt it offered me everything – style, functionality, an excuse to buy it (ahem…yes honey OF COURSE I NEED A NEW DIAPER BAG!) but here was a bag that didn’t look like a diaper bag, more like a bag you might see on someone who’s exploring the streets (shops) of Manhattan, free and independent, following their wander lust with sheer abandon – still sun-kissed from their trip to Europe. And that could be me – in my head at least.
So when my friend laughed and dissuaded me, I left it. But something just didn’t sit right. In fact I went a bought a pair of really comfortable granny shoes and basically my dreams of feeling like a sexy, “cool” mum that you see on Instagram, following her dreams with kids in tow slipped away into the ether.
Fast forward to last year and I am still following the KeriKit brand in those gorgeous little squares and keeping up to date with what’s going on and I saw they had a sale. My husband hadn’t been working at this point for a year and I knew now was not the time to start refocusing on my need for style and individuality when we were trying to save money. But I did. In fact I called KeriKit to discuss which bag would be best for me and my needs. I was lucky enough to get Keri herself on the phone and we had the most wonderful chat about bags, life, kids, travelling and so on. Not only is Keri, really talented and inspirational; running her own business with three young kiddies, she also understands exactly what you need. Perhaps she didn’t know it but after our chat I already felt great, probably because she had simply taken the time to talk to me. We were able to relate to each other as women and without a second thought I bought two (it was Christmas and one was on sale!!!)
So, now I’m the proud owner of not one but two KeriKit’s, do I feel all the things I was hoping it would do for me? Absolutely!
Lesson 2. It’s sometimes the small things that can make you feel more human and like your “old” self
When your giving everything to your little people, the smallest things can feel like an achievement and the same things another day can feel like climbing a mountain. Its sometimes the little things like having a shower and blow drying your hair, going for a walk with a friend or simply having a beautiful bag that says, yeah I’m a mum, I’m stylish and I have my shit together. I travel with my two babies and can basically do anything I want with my Kerikit bag on my back!
Thanks for letting my do this Guest post Keri and hopefully you enjoyed my first Blog!
Thanks so much for getting back in touch Sarah after we spoke that time. its lovely to connect with other lovely mothers who are doing the best they can and more importantly doing it in style! My goal has always been to make life that little but more scrumptious when you need it most and of course to make all our lives that little bit easier with my designs.
Have a lovely day