Zines

I Will Say This

Zines

I have a hard time spending money on clothes, shoes and handbags, but show me a good greeting card and I will empty out my pockets. That’s basically what happened in Copenhagen when I came across the adorable collection of zines created by Lena Nicolajsen.

I spent an hour reading every single zine in a small, lifestyle store near the Torvehallerne Market in Norreport. Then, for fun, I reread them and matched each one up with a person in my life who would just get it. Every zine features an excruciatingly adorable animal gushing about love and friendship and feelings and emotions. They are simple but detailed and so, so meaningful: a little booklet bursting with passion.

Lena effortlessly portrays the heart wrenching and anxiety inducing embarrassment that goes with admitting you feel a certain way about a special someone.

I instantly fell in love with them. I only took two home with me that day, but after a strong feeling of regret combined with some online stalking, I realized we can all buy them from her online store.

Let us rejoice!

Here’s an example of what each booklet looks like inside:

Zines

Doesn’t he just melt your heart? I want to send one of these to all my best friends.

I also want to hug someone right now.

HAVE YOU HEARD?

Fjallraven KankenFjallraven Kanken

Have you heard of Fjallraven Kanken?

I only discovered it recently during a bike ride to work. I was waiting for the green light at a busy intersection with about 10 other bikers. Two of the girls in the group were wearing the same backpack in different colors. They were completely recognizable by the circular white and red logo smack in the middle of the lip.

Being the creep I tend to be, I took out my phone and snapped a picture. No use in even trying to remember a name like Fjallraven Kanken. What I found on their website was the ultimate treasure chest for backpack wearers.

How could I have named myself leader of Jack and I’s two person Backpack Club and never known about this.

The Kanken was originally made for Swedish school children in 1978, but the basic and rough-around-the-edges design is absolutely brilliant for every day, adult use.

I walk everywhere, I take public transportation, I bike to work, and for that, this is the best backpack I’ve come across. I also carry a book, a notebook, a pencil case, a water bottle and my Macbook Air so I desperately need something that is not too big but not too small. This little guy – the Fjallraven Kanken basic – is perfect for all of that*. It’s got thin yet comfortable straps, long pockets on the sides, a zipped pocket at the front, a laptop sleeve, the logo doubles as a reflector, and it’s water proof. Also, this won’t seem like a big deal until you actually use it, but the two additional handles at the top button together and your backpack becomes a purse. It’s genius for my over flowing morning tram rides!

Despite my irrational fear of online shopping, I ordered it from the website and they offered free shipping and delivery within a week.

I rant and rave about my backpack to anyone who will listen so I thought it was worth a mention.

JOIN MY BACKPACK CLUB!

 

*It could only get better if there was a safe compartment for my camera.

 

HAVE YOU HEARD?

Sour patch Kids

So. Have you heard, seen or eaten? Sour Patch Kids have made their way to Australia. FINALLY! This probably isn’t hugely exciting news for residents of this glorious country but that’s because they haven’t experienced them yet. I, on the other hand, love those cute little guys… We’ve actually been through a lot together.

The love affair took on high voltage intensity in college when I realized a large bag of Sour Patch Kids was a part of my meal plan. At all six Universities I went to. Since then they have been a trusted friends and loyal snacks. They kept me company at the movies, studying quietly in the library; they were by my side at the end of many first dates, on numerous road trips, and at coming-of-age birthdays.

And they somehow always manage to be themselves: understanding, loving and truly delicious.  They even let me borrow their slogan for my About Me section when I first joined Facebook a while back: Sour then Sweet. Why I used it? Beats me.

If this relationship is a negative one (and I guess it is since I’m suppose to be “cutting down on sugar”) then Sour Patch Kids don’t know it. And who cares! I welcome them with an open mouth. They must really love me if they’ve made the trip all the way to Australia just to see me.

Try one at your local Woolworths!

(I wish I could say this post was sponsored by Sour Patch Kids and/or Woolies, but it’s really just sponsored by my heart.)