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Instead, I’m crazy excited to give you the next clue. This clue is even less specific than yesterday’s clue was, but it will give you a general idea anyway. Besides, this is the best clue I’m giving you…you’ll see.
How is a camera bag a clue? Well, let’s just say, I’ll be needing to haul my camera around to some pretty incredible places over the next three years, and I’d like to do it in style.
EnterÂ Epiphanie Bags. I recently got to use one of their gorgeous bags for LeakyCon, and I am smitten.
So I’m gonna tell you all about it today, and then, when I’m all done, I’m going to GIVE ONE AWAY.
See? Told you it was the best clue!
Like I said, I’m going to be needing a good camera bag for the next few years, because I’m going to have the opportunity to travel a lot. I knew I wanted something organized and roomy, but not bulky or massive. I also knew I wanted something attractive and stylish versus generic and hey-I’m-a-tourist looking.
I’ve been coveting an Epiphanie Camera Bag for ages, and I decided that if this new adventure in our lives wasn’t the perfect excuse to have one, then what was?
I thought that the Belle and Stella bags looked like they might be slightly roomier for larger objects, like iPads or laptops, but I just loved Lola from the start.
She’s Â stunning, I love how stylish and purse-like she is. It’s a great bag to carry as more than just a camera bag.
First of all, let’s talk about that color, shall we? The mustard color is much prettier than any mustard color I usually see. It’s bright and bold, golden yellow like a creamy egg yolk, and yet somehow, still perfectly neutral enough to match any outfit you throw at it. Besides the mustard, though, Lola is also available in pink, teal, black, and red. I almost got pink or teal, but honestly, I’ve already got other bags in each color, and I don’t have any bright, sunny golden bags, so mustard was the perfect choice for me.
Lola is quite different from almost all of the other Epiphanie bags, because of the shape. Most of the bags have a general rectangular shape, while Lola is curvier. That’s one of the main things that drew me. The shape, pleating, straps, and hardware are more fashionable. That doesn’t keep the Lola bag from being extremely functional, though.
Lola has two outer pockets, one on the front and one on the back. The pockets are lined with an incredibly soft material that keeps delicate equipment from being scratched or snagged.Â They’re pretty wide, and plenty deep. I was able to comfortably store my Kindle Paperwhite in one of the pockets with no problems at all.
The inside of the bag also has a zippered side pocket. You can also see in this photo how soft the interior lining is. It’s the same lining that’s in the outer pockets, and it’s perfect for all the delicate pieces of equipment that a photographer uses. Then there’s the soft, padded dividers in there. They have velcro along the sides that allow you to remove and rearrange them, as needed. I found this particularly helpful for switching from work mode to personal mode with the bag. I used less dividers when I was carrying the bag for personal reasons, allowing me to fit more large items, like my iPad in the bag.
Here, you can see that the bag has a double zipper, meaning that it can be zipped closed from either side. I was really happy with that feature, because it allowed me to keep the bag zipped most of the way closed when I was just getting something small out.
My one complaint about the bag is that it’s somewhat hard to zip right at the very edges. Because the bag naturally wants to sit open when unzipped, it’s a little difficult to pull the edges together and get the zipper going at first. Once you get past that little one inch of pull, though, the zipper slides along easy peasy. Just a teensy, minor flaw.
The picture above shows what my bag looked like, all packed and ready to go to LeakyCon. Doesn’t look like much, huh? Well, let’s unpack, shall we?
Yeah, so this is everything I took to LeakyCon for work. Not pictured: all of the goodies I added throughout the weekend, like tees, buttons, art, and other souvenirs. And I packed snacks in there, too! Three granola bars, 3 fruit leathers, and a water bottle. I’m not even joking.
Plus, you should see all the stuff I fit in there when I’m not working…you know, on days when I’m sightseeing, so I don’t need all that technical equipment. In goes the iPad, a mini first aid kit, a mini beauty kit, a second wallet (yes, a second wallet), my keys, headphones, chargers… It’s like Epiphanie somehow managed to create the technology (or learn the magic) behind all the great bigger-on-the-inside things in history…Mary Poppins’ bag, the TARDIS, Hermione’s handbag. Have they mastered the Undetectable Extension Charm? Why yes. Yes they have.
Something I think is super helpful is to see things on real life people, so I grabbed my bag and the Hubster took a photo of me with it. I’m 5′ 4″, soÂ you really get an idea of the size of the bag, based on this photo. It’s quite big, but in not in a bulky, heavy way. I mean, how else are you going to fit everything you need in there? I was really impressed that, for such a large bag, it didn’t overwhelm me at all.
I can attest to its comfort, as well. I carried the bag all four days of LeakyCon, for anywhere from five to 12 hours. I was extremely impressed with the comfort of the straps (both the smaller shoulder straps, and the longer crossbody strap). I have another camera bag that is supposed to be made for comfort that I can’t wear for more than a couple of hours at a time, so this is a vast improvement. The only time it got uncomfortable was when I kept adding more and more stuff to it. But that was just because it started getting too heavy for me, and had nothing to do with the bag itself. 🙂
I couldn’t be happier with this bag. It’s lovely, stylish, and roomy, and it’s so versatile; it doesn’t just have to be for camera, but could be used as a diaper bag, for travel, or as a great book bag.
And the winner is…
So…want one? Itâ€™s easy. Just visit Epiphanie Bags, browse around for a bit, choose the style and color of bag you would pick if you won, and come back here and tell me about it in the comments below. Also, visit Epiphanie’s facebook page, and ‘Like’ them to confirm your entry. Oh, and one more thing…in the same comment, take another stab at where you think we’re off to. Because fun. 🙂 Told you it was easy. And hey, want an extra chance to win? Just followÂ @BakingdomÂ on twitter and tweet, “I want to win a beautiful new @epiphaniebags camera bag from @bakingdom! http://bakingdom.com/?p=13175 #WhereintheWorldisBakingdom” Once you’ve tweeted, return here and leave a comment saying you shared the tweet. Be sure to leave this as a separate comment; each comment is an entry. This giveaway is open to U.S. and International readers, but please note that International readers will be asked to cover the cost of shipping, should they win (overseas shipping costs range from about $40-60). **Comments are moderated, so if you’ve never commented here before, your comment will not immediately appear.** Contest is open until 11:59 pm, EST, Monday, July 15, 2013. The winner will receive any in-stock Epiphanie bag of their choice. The winner will be chosen randomly atÂ www.random.orgÂ and announced here Tuesday, July 16 2013. I will contact the winner, soÂ don’t forget to add your emailÂ in the email section! Good luck with the giveaway!
Disclosure: this is a sponsored review,with a bag provided by Epiphanie Bags. However, all thoughts, comments, and opinions within are my own.
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