Mansur Gavriel Backpack And Nothing Much Else To Say…

Hello my dear readers,

I have been silent again for a while, and the reason for that is mostly that I don’t feel I have anything to say. It is not a good feeling but definitely one powerful enough to keep me away from the computer.

It might be lazyness, it might be a need for privacy at the moment, what ever it is, I have to drag myself to the keyboard. (Interestingly once I am finally there, it is not half as bad as I thought, it is the getting to it part that I fail in so miserably.)

So since I am here, I want to show you a few pics of my birthday gift, a Mansur Gavriel backpack in black with red lining (black/flamma). Since I am on crutches most of the time since last week, I could not be happier with the perfect timing of this practical bag, at least I am able to carry stuff despite the crutches and I look rather stylish to boot. 😉


Beautiful AND practical.


A drawstring closure without any hardware and a peek at the gorgeous inside colour (it is a special kind of paint coating over raw leather.


A peek inside: I use a MaiTai Collecion insert to protect the bag and organize my stuff. The Bolide insert is a perfect fit!





How are you doing? Do you know this kind of procrastination/don’t start writing problem?

What is new with you?


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43 Responses to Mansur Gavriel Backpack And Nothing Much Else To Say…

  1. Ines says:

    Love the backpack! 🙂 Exactly what I would look for if I were buying one (I’ve been considering getting one).
    Nothing much happening here, I’m trying to run more (more than once a week) as my energy levels are way too low so I completely understand the problem with getting yourself to a computer and writing.

  2. Anka says:

    Oh, Birigit, I missed your birthday post! Alles Gute nachträglich zum Geburtstag!
    I think with procrastination you are in excellent literary company, authors like Kafka, Proust, Charms and Thomas Bernhard (in Beton, Rudolf ponders on the ideal working conditions through several pages..) cultivated it and saw procrastination as a mode of a self-determined life.
    I am glad that you draged yourself to the computer though…
    Have a nice and sunny weekend!

  3. Tara says:

    That backpack is brilliantly stylish and practical. What a help while you’ve been on crutches. The timing couldn’t have been better. Oh and how much do I love that bright red lining? A lot.
    I’m going to check out Mai Tai’s Collection for a bag insert.

    Maybe a flash, new lap-top would help with the writing procrastination? 🙂

    Seriously though, my mum never procrastinates and I SO wish I had inherited that gene.

  4. Sabine says:

    I love the bag.
    The writing/creating procastination bug is hitting me often and hard, so I think I know how you feel. I haven’t written anything for a bout a month now, and feel bad about it. OTOH, it’s meant to be fun and not a chore, so if things don’t feel right I try to wait it out. Usually something comes along that sparks my motivation. Be gentle to yourself.

  5. Sabine says:

    Ah, ad the new thing in my life is the landscaping in our little garden. New decking, new furniture, new BBQ. So now only the English summer has to stop procastinating.

  6. Polinia says:

    You bags are always so well organized!!! I guess inserts are created for people like me. I like backpacks very much and usually have 2-3 of them, of course not so stylish. I always look for light-weight bags. And I always travel with my black nylon one (peak of comfort and good size).
    I understand your problem very well, sometimes I have to force myself to press “Switch on” on my laptop at home. Good it doesn’t happen at work:)
    Happy Birthday and get well!

  7. Asali says:

    I’ve just felt very much like that, not wanting to write, but it seems to have just changed, and now I have loads to say again. That’s just it, not forcing it, go with the flow. Beautiful bag 🙂

  8. Yes, must be something in the water at the moment, I’ve felt a bit of the same, but for the most part my blogging / writing is just a hobby so I don’t want to force myself into doing it when I’m not feeling it. I always feel it’s just best to follow your moods and just let things happen organically as and when they will.

    I’ve recently accepted two part time job offers, which I am really excited about. It was pretty odd as I had been going on interviews for about nine months and nothing was really clicking, but then in about the space of one week, I had two offers that both really fit into my current interests so it has renewed my faith that the universe really does have a gameplan!

    Hope you had a really wonderful birthday and are spoiling yourself appropriately. 😛 Love the new bag by the way!

  9. Beautiful backpack, dear Birgit. I hope it gives you lots of use and enjoyment. Best wishes as you continue your recovery as well. Love.

  10. Suzanne says:

    Birgit, I was a born procrastinator, it seems. Yours is only a temporary condition, so no need to feel any guilt. 🙂 And there is always something lovely on your blog, either via you or your other contributors. I greatly enjoyed your scarf series, and seeing this most elegant backpack is a pleasure, too. For me, seeing elegant, beautifully-rendered items of apparel is always an upbeat and inspiring experience.

    Answering your question, “What’s new?” – I’ve mainly been indulging in buying lots of annual flowers and doing quite a bit of planting. Learning the cha-cha in dance classes that Mark and I have been taking. And, similar to Ines, trying to get my running up to speed. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I love that you are taking dance classes! Enjoy them!

      I fear my procrastination is not temporary but rather my natural condition. 😦

      Glad you like the bag, I love its elegantly simple lines. 🙂

  11. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Looks perfect !
    I’m looking for a stylish backpack because I have problems with my shoulder – due to carrying a heavy handbag on the same side (left) all the time…

  12. Hey Birgit,
    I am so happy that you are madly in love with your bag. It’s a winner.
    As to procrastination, I don’t call it that. I call it percolation and have to build it into my timings for everything. What happens is this for me: I get a job or have a job to do, I think a while on that job and then I get busy with other stuff. THEN I have an idea for that job, then I get busy with other stuff again (books, cooking, movies, cleaning, phone, facebook, whatever), as I’m doing all this other stuff my brain is percolating my ideas, adding & subtracting, working out the rhythm and game plan. Finally, my mind tells me to stop doing the other stuff and sets me to where I need to be to get the stuff done. Then I almost always know exactly how everything needs to be done and processed and put into place. It’s uncanny and I have to let myself go to it 100% or it doesn’t work. So my mind is brewing the idea while I’m off with the fairies. Once i get to do whatever it is my mind has already done the hard yards and all I am now is a conduit for the actions to my finished product.
    Sorry to bore you.
    Portia xx

    • Olfactoria says:

      I admire you for your positive attitude, Portia. Percolating is a wonderful word for such a process. But mostly it is about discipline, you have it in spades, mine has gone with the wind. 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      Also, most importantly: you could never bore me, dear P.!

    • Hamamelis says:

      This sounds very clever, thank you very much for explaining it, not boring at all!! I am really going to give this a go, it fits with how I understand the mind works but I could not think of a sound way to apply that.

    • Hamamelis says:

      Portia, a technical question, when you have the first idea, does that ‘come’ to you (out of your unconscious mind way as the rest of the process, after a first stage of percolation) or do ‘you’ think of the idea as you do when you think about the job at hand (the first step)?

      • It can happen either way. Sometimes the idea is already waiting and you need to spend some time refining it behind the scenes, other times it needs some creative time. The only rule is that you let your brain figure the time constraints, it knows when you need stuff done by.
        Thanks for reading my comment, really thinking about it and replying, I’m pleased to have resonated.
        Portia xx

  13. Hamamelis says:

    Above comment was in reply to Portia.

    Birgit I thought that besides natural cycles maybe your loss (of inspiration) smelling and reviewing lots of new scents because of your allergies is also a factor in this. Maybe you need to find a new muse or a muse needs to find you!

  14. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Every woman should have at least ONE backpack!
    Yours is really beautiful.
    Get well soon! 🙂

  15. Vanessa says:

    A very fine and elegant bag – the term Ruecksack doesn’t do it justice! As another commenter said, I prefer lighter backpacks for carrying any major amount of stuff, but as you are hobbling about at the moment, it does a great job as a substitute handbag.

    I have been busy with work and gigs, and off to a small festival in the country today, taking my wellies!

    Don’t worry about the writer’s block – much better to wait till the muse strikes you again than force it.

  16. johanob2014 says:

    Love the backpack,pretty and practical!When you get off those crutches,pair with a sexy pair of Louboutin heels,yes?Yes.Lol.I have these sudden bursts of creativity,where I can write and paint and be really creative.Then-and this is sometimes only seasonal,like during winter(currently…)-I have a dry spell where NO creative juices are flowing,getting out of bed is a chore,etc etc.And No,it’s not depression or some underlying illness,I’m just hibernating.Lol.It’s 2pm here and I am currently still in my pj’s.It’s too cold to move although the heating is on.I have learned to let these phases just play themselves out,soon the energy and creativity will return.Happy weekend B!xo

  17. akua says:

    I love my MG. I bought a saffiano bucket.

  18. tiffanie says:

    Hello, Birgit, I am always happy when your posts appear in my reader so waiting makes them even more appreciated. 🙂 Your new pack is lovely on the outside and an organizational marvel on the inside.

    I find that when I suffer a physical trauma, my emotional and mental self also suffers, so I need time to sort things out in my mind while the body heals. The opposite can also be true. If I have a large emotional upset, I often have a physical response such as flu-like symptoms or a rash.

    Sometimes when I am healing from an injury I feel disconnected or at a loss for words. In those moments I give myself over to a bit of silence and wait. I try to think of that as my “healing space.” I hope that makes sense, and I hope you are feeling better every day.

  19. Undina says:

    Dear Birgit,
    Whatever you do, don’t allow any false sense of guilt or obligations to make you feel bad. You’ve built around your blog the community of people who keep coming back once a day, once a week or a month – whatever your naturally occurring schedule is – and regardless of the topic you chose.

    My procrastination usually happens in the work area. As to my “extracurricular” writing, I have a slightly different problem (though with the same outcome 😉 ): When I’m stressed or tired, I cannot write. I know about what I want to write, I might even have something started. But I would sit in front of the Word window trying to find words – and nothing. But since I don’t think anybody would really notice if I post once every 10 days (or 15?) instead of once a week, I try not to contribute to my stress and wait until words come.

    I like your backpack! It’s very stylish and practical – and not only for the situations that require hands-free purse operations (please get better soon!). I should probably look into getting myself a backpack: with the amount of things I keep hauling along everywhere, it might be a wise choice.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Dear Undina,
      you make me feel so much better through your kind words. I do feel an obligation and a sense of failure when I con’t comply to (imagined?) expectations. But the lazy still wins…. 🙂

      Glad you like the backpack, I could imagine such a style would suit you very well too!

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