a west coast winter with Fjällräven


Wintertime on the west coast is wildly different from what I’m used to. I grew up in the prairies, where knee-deep snow, bone-chilling temperatures, and parkas defined the winter months. After moving to Vancouver 5 years ago, I’ve finally equipped myself with winter essentials that are great for both city trekking and mountain hiking.


Being waterproof and comfortable during the rainy winter months is a struggle, not to mention trying to be stylish at the same time. This fairly simple Lululemon raincoat was the perfect answer, as a hooded jacket beats lugging around an umbrella any day. In an continued effort to staying dry, I finally caved after years of internal debating and bought Hunter boots (for less, of course. $100 on Craigslist!). Bring on the rain!


This Fjällräven Kanken No 2 backpack fits more than it looks; I can fit everything I need, including my laptop, boxing gloves and a water bottle. It’s the perfect companion in the city when I’m running errands and need to be hands-free. I’ve always had an aversion to backpacks mainly due to design, but I love the leather detailing and shape of this style.



[ photos by christian nambayan ]

Fjällräven Kanken No 2 backpack, c/o / Fjällräven Kiruna Beanie, c/o
lululemon raincoat / hunter boots. both from CL, $100 each
kersh plaid shirt, thrifted, $9.99 / indigo paper denim, c/o

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  • Ilicia Book

    Do you know what color your backpack is?

    • Hi! My backpack is Dark Olive – although now i believe it’s just called Green.