Keeping Life #WellPacked

I have a weakness for making sure everything I carry on my person is packed appropriately. Most recently I purchased two items that have brought me great joy and I would highly recommend.

The first is an iPad Mini case from Mujjo. I bought the Smart Cover immediately when I bought the iPad Mini. For me, it is kind of a necessity. However unlike its bigger brother, there is no Smart Case for the Mini, just the cover. So what was I going to do about protecting the back of my precious tablet computer whenever it wasn’t safely in my hands?

I knew I wanted a simple, elegant but protective sleeve that I could slip around my iPad while it was in transit. It had to be big enough to fit the iPad with the Smart Cover attached and it had to be affordable for me because let’s face it if I could afford a Smythson case I would get it. So my budget was about £40, stretching to £50 if it was a case I really fell in love with that also blew my mind. I searched etsy, and while there were a few cases I liked a lot – the price for getting something that was handmade was beyond my upper budget. However on etsy I did see the trend for cases made of felt and leather. This is a combination that really appeals to me. It’s somewhat organic. When the two materials are brought together they are wonderfully complimentary.

I found my star case with Mujjo. They are more commonly known for their touchscreen gloves but have expanded with a line of electronics cases called The originals. The line uses felt and leather to great effect and I knew the iPad Mini case was the one I was after. It was wonderfully designed and was completely below my budget. When I tried to order a case I was faced with the problem that there was no iPad Mini cases to be found in stock anywhere on the internet unless I wanted to pay huge shipping fees. This was a hindrance but it informed me that these cases were popular, I was onto a good thing. So I waited, and I couldn’t be more happy with the result.

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When wrapped in the Mujjo case, I completely happy to toss my iPad Mini into my bag. I am also completely happy to carry the case alone. With a second pocket big enough to store some earbuds and a couple of pens within the case too, I’d happily be spotted on the street. It’s so chic I’m sure some style blogger would have to snap me simply because of my great iPad Mini cover.

I lug my lunch into work every day on the tube. My over the shoulder bag is attractive but does not fit a lunch box, water bottle, diary, notebook, iPad, kindle and so on. I needed a backpack that was well made and fit with my personal style. The day my Herschel bag arrived was a happy one. The print is modern, different and fun. I really feel confident with this on my back every day and it is a comfortable fit.

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The Claim style bag in the camp print I’ve got is ridiculously spacious. The pretty red fabric lined inside can be filled to the brim with plenty of stuff. The front pocket is also large and has plenty of organisational components built in to keep all your gear in check. This year I’m going to be doing a lot of travelling and I’m really pleased and comforted by the fact I will have this great bag to carry everything safely. My one little gripe comes from the fact the main pocket has a drawstring enclosure. It’s charming most of the time but sometimes when I want to pull something out of the main pocket really quickly I can’t do it. A zip compartment would be quicker but it’s not such a huge issue. Perhaps I have to take everything in my life a little slower.

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HEATTECH by Uniqlo

The daffodils have sprung, the days are getting longer and your winter coat is making you sweat rather than keep you toasty warm. Now is the wrong time of the year to talk about thermal clothing – but I’m going to do it anyway because I gave Uniqlo’s HEATTECH range a run for it’s money during a recent trip to the mid-west of the United States of America. It was colder than anything I had previously experienced in my life, so I was thankful I had a quality product to keep me warm and safe.

The fabric of HEATTECH works by turning the moisture your skin body creates back into heat to keep you warm. It acts in a fun perpetual motion kind of way. It keeps you warm so your body produces excretes more moisture which is then turned back into heat and around, and around we go. However the real star quality of this fabric is that I never felt like I was sweating in it. I never felt like I was being suffocated my this tight fitting clothing. It’s extremely breathable and comfortable so that when the wind was blowing and the ski lift seat was cold, I felt nothing but the warm embrace of Uniqlo’s futuristic cloth. Now on chilly nights I pull on my long sleeve top and know that I will be kept cosy and comfortable all night long.

City Shorts

You’ve had a great winter. You’ve wrapped up warm with chunky knits, funky scarves and cool coats. Now the weather has turned for the better and you no longer need the safety of gloves and scarves to keep you alive while you walk around outdoors. But how do you keep the cool, classy look you’ve developed over the winter months? Well for me, that means City Shorts. (This is my name for them, I assume it’s correct – If I’m wrong, hit me up in the comments)

My New City Shorts

City Shorts are pants that would normally be classy and suitable for work, but are shortened for the warmer months. Now I wouldn’t recommend them for actually wearing in work, but I think they do manage to keep you looking nice, while still keeping your calves cool. I personally would keep them sorta dressy with a pair of plain plimsolls and a shirt buttoned down a few too many. However I think there’s no problem wearing them with a t-shirt and nice sandals.

The Awesome Geek would look into a nice pair of city shorts because the summer waits for no man and we all know black radiates, making for a sweaty geek – who is not awesome.

Pointy Shoes


These puppies came from River Island

It is easy to debate the idea and connotations of the pointy shoe. I was for a long while skeptical of the trend, thinking that they were simply for people who were either very dominating or compensating for something. However I was soon turned to the dark side when I came upon the pair pictured above. They were on sale, with a cool rose pattern on the sole, green dots on the inside and a strange colouring that is kind of wine, brown and black.

I justify that these shoes not only make a break and change from converse and vans, but are also great for special occasions and nights out. This pair have a bit of heel too that never really can hurt too much can it. They click while I walk which is great for telling the world you exist but no so much for the ninjas among us.

But why should a geek care? Well first off they look great with just a nice pair of jeans and a shirt of t-shirt. However more importantly if you get a pinstripe paints and matching waistcoat you can fix your monocle in your eye, pick up your cane and look like someone straight out of a Steampunk fantasy world. Awesome.