My Epiphanie

While I was in Chicago, I met Mishi and her new friend, Lola.  Lola is not actually a person, but a camera bag.  Prior to meeting Mishi and Lola, I had seen some chatter about Epiphanie Bags on Twitter.  But I had never seen one in real life.  I was instantly drawn to Mishi and her red bag.  I wanted to touch and fondle it. I’m admitting it publicly here.  I had been coveting these bags for about a week prior to our meeting.  I was so excited to see one in person.

I had to admit to everyone that I was a challenged photographer.  I usually shove my camera and lenses in my purse.  I like to be somewhat fashionable, and my current camera bag, well, looked like a camera bag.  My camera was in my Gucci purse at the moment.

Sassy in the CityMishi and I in what I would like to call “Sassy in the City”. Photo by Lee Vandeman

But even though I was a sassy diva, I secretly yearned for a new camera bag. I take my Nikon DSLR everywhere with me.  I could take a point and shoot, but I haven’t found one that I love.  I’m totally spoiled by my DSLR.  I’ve got a smaller one, a Nikon D60, so it is a little more compact than the average DSLRs. When I saw Mishi’s Lola, it was confirmed, I needed an Epiphanie Bag.

Chicago 13Mishi in action and Lee observing. YES, it was fairly cold at that moment.

I should have taken more of Mishi’s Lola, but I knew that as soon as I arrived home, I would be placing an order.  I found one of Mishi’s photos. Ok, so I borrowed it from her Flickr account.  But I love the view that she provided.

Mishi's Epiphanie BagPhoto by Mishelle of Secret Agent Mama

So you know what I did when I got home from Chicago. I hopped on Epiphanie’s website and ordered myself a “Belle”.  I had some “extra” money put away, and I know that it was my destiny for her to be mine.  Plus, I’m huge fan of anything turquoise. I anticipated her arrival, by checking the tracking for it daily. I received my bag last Thursday and instantly took some pictures of it. It is so beautiful and perfect for me!

My Epiphanie Bag "Belle"I immediately snapped this photo with my iPhone.  I literally ripped apart the box after UPS left it on my doorstep.

I used all day when I went to Clash at Clairemont on Saturday.  It was big enough to carry my lenses, slave flash, my camera, my wallet, snacks, etc. etc. etc.  Angry Kid kept shoving stuff in there. At one point, I even had a half eaten burrito and a bag of popcorn. I haven’t cleaned it out, because I’ve been uber tired. But here is my bag’s current condition.  I need to see what surprises Angry Kid left me in there.

Epiphanie full of skateboard stickers

Epiphanie is also sponsoring a contest. It ends on 3-31-10 at midnight.  I’m entering it because I have the chance to win a Canon 5D Mark II or $2500 Gift Certificate to Southwest Airlines.  You know that I would choose the Canon camera so I can be cool like all the other bloggers. Allegedly, anyone and everyone uses Canon.  If someone is going to hand me a brand new Canon Camera, of course I’m going to use it.

But really, I love this bag. It’s stylish and does not look like a camera bag.  It completes me.  It’s a win-win!

33 comments
Holly
Holly

Oh, and darn THEM for making all four options so cute... The brown is so me... and the red... and the black... and the blue... hmmm... maybe I'll just win the Lottery and get one of EACH!!!

Holly
Holly

Darn it Julie!!! I HAD narrowed it down to a D5000 or a D90 before I read this... sigh... All of this DSLR confusion... But at least now I know what bag to get! and cant you tell I'm catching up on blog reading! LOL

maile
maile

hi Julie! Thank you so much for this amazing post! We're so happy you love your bag! :)

Sarah
Sarah

OOOOOHHHH!!! I love this! Can you believe I'm still carrying a diaper bag? My little guy is FOUR. It's a cute striped Fleurville, but it still is a diaper bag...but I like that I can fit my DSLR plus inhalers, epipens, and other assorted stuff in it. This is MUCH cuter though.

Kate
Kate

So I've decided...I'm going to buy a camera just so i can have one of these bags! lol so cute!

Melissa
Melissa

OOOOOh! This is fabulous! I never know how to carry my dslr around. Do I wear it on my neck when I'm toting around the kiddos? Do I wear the huge camera bag for it on top of my diaper bag? Epiphanies are a great idea! I'm here from Sits, by the way! Great blog! Congrats on your Sits day!

Christine
Christine

LOVE the bag and LOVE that camera!!! SO COOL! Come visit my blog and see my photography: momsnuggets.blogspot.com Christine

theUngourmet
theUngourmet

I just got a Canon for my Bday. I would love to have this terrific bag! So cute!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle
Carrie @ Dittle Dattle

Okay, haven't seen this before. {Must be living under a rock} But I WANT no... no.. no... I NEED one! That bag is so cool! Thanks for sharing

Mel C
Mel C

Super cute camera bag!!! I will have to put it on my wish list!

Kate
Kate

A camera bag that doesn't look like a camera bag, AND it's turquoise??! Now I'm extra happy I found your blog today! I need one of these!

Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny
Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny

I'm a bag nut too! Lola looks delicious! Glad to meet you SITStah and congratulations on your SITS day. I like your style. Taking a picture with Tiffany and saving it till the day when your turn would come. Knowing that your turn would come! So awesome. And I don't get the "angry' part. You look like a woman who loves life and everyone in it :D

Audrey at Barking Mad
Audrey at Barking Mad

Oiy! Not everyone who is anyone uses a Canon! *lol* I've been shooting with a variety of Sony DSLR's for a while now and with the exception of a little bit of anxiety over the lenses, my Sony's produce exceptional images! Not that I'd turn down a Canon if it it was handed to me. ;-) Seriously, Sony's are amazing cameras and after landing two gallery showings with some of my seascape photography, I don't so much worry about using one of the smaller kids on the block. I don't think you have to worry anyhow...no matter what you use. I've been scanning your blog for a while now and I think you have a lot of talent behind the camera and more often than not, that's what counts! BTW, thanks for the heads up on a bag. I can't stand the ones I have an am looking for something new and stylish!!!!

He Who Laughs Last
He Who Laughs Last

I love these bags too and am hoping to get one for Mother's Day... Stopping by from SITS

Hanneke Nelson
Hanneke Nelson

Now that is one classy camera bag! And its name is Lola, that seals the deal for me. Of course all I carry with me is my point and shoot and Lola seems a tad overkill. So I now I have to get a proper camera first. It's never easy, is it? Happy SITS Day, Julie. Enjoy the comment love today.

Renee
Renee

ooohhh! I absolutely LOVE Epiphanie bags!! I want the blue one! Thanks for posting about the contest. I just entered myself!

Shannon
Shannon

Oooh love the bag! I have a Canon, but it's a point and shoot... I love the photos it takes anyway!

Kate
Kate

hope u win!!! great bag too!

Stesha
Stesha

It must be my destiny to have a Epiphanie Bag. Today, I saw one of their bags on another blogger's site, and I knew I had to have one! And now I come here and there is my bag...well your bag...but I plan to own one soon. Hugs and Mocha, Stesha

Deanna
Deanna

Ooh - I'm soooo jealous! Actually I'm glad you've seen both of the ones I'm considering getting so I can pick your brain about them!

Megan
Megan

AWESOME bag!! I am SOOOOO jealous! I also have an "Angry kid" who fills my purse with *stuff* on regular occasions. Ahh, the surprises that await! (and thanks for the heads up on the contest! woohoo!)

linda
linda

i am turquoise with envy....gorgeous!

Secret Agent Mama - Mishi
Secret Agent Mama - Mishi

I sooooooooooooooo love that you got yourself a Belle. I think we need to find away to go to a fun, major city to gallivant and have perpetual Epiphanies!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Thanks for stopping by. I love my new camera bag. It took me a long time to buy a SLR camera, but I really haven't used a point and shoot since.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Seriously, love my Epiphanie bag. It's my new baby!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

It is your destiny. Bloggers are very persuasive salespeople. You see something on a blog and think I neeeeeeed that.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I think it's all about the color. The red is somewhat muted. I love both, but the turquoise is soo me. I'm happy to persuade to get one of each if necessary....

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Yes, I found a gumball and several other things when I cleaned it out today.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Turquoise has become my favorite color. I got lots of attention with it the other day. It's an awesome bag. Everyone needs one.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

We need to win the lottery so we can travel around carry our Epiphanies and do photo walks...I might even buy a Canon if I won the lottery.