A mini adventure in Auburn + my new Fjallraven Kanken backpack

Tonight’s post is basically a photo journal entry from today’s fun, but laid-back day off. Wednesday is my Saturday, which is weird, but nice because I don’t have to deal with crowds. I really love days where I have some time to explore a little bit. Now that I’ve been working from home, I make it a point to try to leave the house at least once a day. I’m a homebody, but it’s good to get out for a bit.

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My ootd was made up mostly of clothes I’ve had for a while — one of my mom’s old denim vests, a shirt from Ann Taylor Loft, a skirt from Uniqlo (here’s a similar one) and my beaded mocs are from Minnetonka. I guess when you get quality pieces, they last a long time, which is always the goal for me.

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My backpack was an exciting find, however. My friend Clare pointed the brand out to me in the summer, so when I saw the Fjallraven Kanken pink backpack marked down more than 50 percent off ($30 for a backpack that usually runs around $85) at Dillard’s around Thanksgiving, I decided to buy it. These backpacks are designed in Denmark (I saw it in my Lagom book, too). I’m all about conservancy and repurposing, so the fact that they are made from plastic bottles really drew me in.

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Now back to my day. We’ve been here for almost 5 months now, but I still find myself stumbling upon new places to check out. Today’s destination was the Jule Collins Smith Art Museum, where I’ve been wanting to go for a while. It looks a lot bigger from the outside, and the collection was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. But it had some cool pieces, in addition to a special 125 years of Auburn Women Art exhibit.

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I loved the paintings and installations, but my favorite were these old Chinese teapots (not part of that same exhibit, but from the museum’s collection). After the museum, we wandered downtown and got a snack of tacos from a place called Taco Rita (if you go, their veggie taco is wonderful, and the food is very reasonably priced, win-win).

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After that, I needed some caffeine so we checked out a coffee shop I’ve had my eye on, The Coffee Cat. I got a tasty dirty chai. I loved the way the spot was decorated (there were lots of cat things, of course). All in all, a fun and relaxing day off.

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