Nine stylish camera bags. No really.

Nine stylish camera bags. No really.

I’ve started bringing my DSLR with me more these days, and my Cambridge Satchel Company habit is not compatible. I have a little Crumpler camera bag that sort of works, but the strap is too short and I find it difficult to get in and out of. So, I am on the hunt for a nice-looking, simple bag that will fit my camera safely, and will also fit in my bike basket.

Impossible? I hope not. When I started googling this, I kept coming up with really frilly looking ‘women’s camera bags’ with pointless flowers on them. Do we need to review why camera bags don’t need to be gendered, and they don’t need to involve frills and unnecessary zipper pulls? *sigh* It’s nearly as bad as diaper bags and bicycle panniers.

This is an on-the-go, everyday kind of camera bag I’m looking for – no extra lenses or anything. Most of the companies I mention make camera bags specifically, and they have options for those of you toting more kit than I do.

So here’s my list of stylish camera bags that don’t scream CAMERA BAG. Any suggestions? I’d love to hear them in the comments below. This first ONA bag is the priciest of the lot, so don’t despair, there’s more below!

ONA

I’ve seen these around for awhile, and while they are beautiful, they are also very pricey. Still, I hear they last forever.

The Brooklyn €534

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The Palma €388

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Johansen

I had only seen people link to Johansen bags that looked too fiddly for me so I hadn’t investigated further. Silly me, they make some gorgeous simple ones too. I am seriously lusting after the Sienna, but I’m not really a brown bag person – I reckon I could make an exception. If they make it in oxblood or black, I’m in serious trouble. I think I’d go for the Granada though, affordable and simple.

The Sienna $179 USD

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The Granada $99 USD

Jobags granadamain

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Cheeky Lime

Most the shapes here didn’t really work for me, but their satchel in cherry red was the exception. I love that it has detachable backpack straps, because satchel backpacks make me weak in the knees.

Locho Satchel $129.95 USD

Cheeky Lime Loko satchelCheeky Lime Loko inside

Studio Lei Momi

I dipped into Etsy for this one, as I’ve had good luck with Etsy bags. This one is faux leather, which I appreciate for its affordability and protection from rain. The yellow is lovely too – I have several yellow satchels and love them dearly, particularly in grey February.

Alice in Summer bag €117.02

Studio LeMomi satchelStudio Le Momi inside

Pompidoo

European and lovely, Pompidoo has some gorgeous leather options. Again, pricey. But… so pretty. The Geneva below also comes in a beautiful grey.

Geneva €240

Pompidoo GenevaPompidoo geneva inside

Tokyo €290

Pompidoo TokyoPompidoo Tokyo inside

GATTA

I just discovered this bag through Instagram, and I think this is my new favourite of the lot. The black one goes fast, so preorder is the way to go. I am so tempted by the pink though… gah!

Lola $149 USD

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So which one would I choose? If budget wasn’t an issue, I think I’d go for either of the Pompidoo bags. For affordability? I think I’d go with the Johansen Granada bag. What about you?

Note: all prices are correct at time of writing, all images belong to their respective companies.

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Dress season

Dress season

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For some reason, this seems to be a sensitive subject, but that’s a bit silly, so let’s get real. For those of us with thighs that are friendly with each other, summer can be a bit painful. However, I’ve blissfully lived in dresses and skirts for the past couple of hot seasons with help from some underwear discoveries.
jockies slipshorts

Everyday wear: Jockeys Slipshort Skimmies

I have about five pairs of these. They come in ‘Cooling’ which functions a bit like sports stay-dry. Go for mid-length ones, the short ones don’t offer much in the way of chafing prevention. These are not shapewear, but they are super comfy and won’t leave weird lumpy bits where the shorts begin and end. They go on sale fairly regularly, so keep your eyes peeled.

triumph high waisted

Support: Triumph Highwaist Second Skin Sensation

I’ve had a pair of these for many years, and the elastic has stood the test of time. It prevents nasty chafing and gives you a bit of holding in around the tummy and waist. It’s not Spanx level constriction by any means, more of a medium level of support. Perfect for those days you don’t want to work up a sweat wrestling your way into serious shapewear.

So break out those dresses and do some twirling.

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Sakura time!

Sakura time!

Sakura time!: Cherry blossom prints

I am a black and grey kind of girl, but when springs comes around, the one print that always gets me is the cherry blossom. This spring there seems to be loads of it around, and I confess to already buying a pair of impractical shoes, and a nice tunic. I have my eye on the Uttam jacket I’ve linked below as well…

Sakura time!: Cherry blossom necklace by Tatty Devine

Tatty Devine Cherry blossom branch necklace

Sakura time!: Cherry blossom print trainer by Nike

Nike Cherry blossom trainer

Sakura time!: Cherry blossom print Apple watch band by Casetifyb

Casetify Cherry blossom apple watch band

Sakura time!: Cherry blossom print waterfall jacket by Uttam Boutique

Uttam Cherry blossom waterfall jacket

Sakura time!: Cherry blossom print silk dress by Jaeger

Jaeger Cherry Blossom print dress 

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The gorgeous bike pannier Indiegogo campaign you need to check out

The gorgeous bike pannier Indiegogo campaign you need to check out

You know me, I am a bit, er, obsessive when it comes to bike panniers that look like lovely bags. I mean, other than super sporty things that look they’re going on a hike afterwards. I am an upright bike riding, wear my regular clothes that I’m going to work in kind of cyclist.

I have lusted after some of the gorgeous accessories from Polish bike shop Bike Belle for several years, and now they have an Indiegogo campaign to fund their new MIRA line of panniers. And you will want to get in there now.

 

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There are still some early bird pricing perks left, so pop over to Indiegogo and support them. I don’t really wear any purple, so the Swing Velvet is out for me, but the Au Lait has had me hovering over the Contribute Now button many times today. I mean really, look:

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I particularly like how they’ve managed the pannier clips, with a zipped cover so they don’t snag your clothes as soon as it comes off the bike. It’s the one downside of the Bobbin Straw Pannier I have now.

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So, which one would you choose? I need a winter bike pannier, right?

 

All images courtesy of Bike Belle

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Where to get nearly bespoke shoes

Where to get nearly bespoke shoes

My thoughts have been turning to autumn shoes. I know, I can hear you clapping your hands over your ears and shouting at me that it’s not even August. But, just, bear with me.

I find myself looking for a very specific pair of boots or shoes these days. I get this picture in my mind, and it drives me crazy when I can’t find it. I have my summer shoe game down (thank you Worishofer and Salt Water) but winter… not quite.

That’s where custom footwear comes in.

It’s hard not to think of beautiful wooden lasts hanging in a panelled cobbler’s shop, all creaky leather ottomans and men in half spectacles and waistcoats when one thinks of bespoke footwear. And if I could afford it, I would be there, in a heartbeat. There is the slightly less expensive version, which are the custom footwear outfits popping up.

No one has your foot moulded and ready to handcraft a pair of shoes, but in this case, you can specify more elements than just your standard shoe size. Multiple calf width for boots, several foot widths, more colour and fabric or leather choices are all hallmarks of custom shoemakers.

Poppy Barley La Hacienda boot / Photo by Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman

Photo credit: Poppy Barley/Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman

Poppy Barley

A Canadian company that combines fair trade footwear with made-to-measure. They have some truly gorgeous options, and I have been thinking hard over which pair of their boots I’m going to invest in. The beautiful pair above is from their Fall/Winter 2015 line. Poppy Barley

 

DUO Fader biker boot

Photo credit: DUO Boots

Duo

A more affordable option in the made-to-measure game, DUO offers some chunkier options than the sleek Poppy Barley. If you’ve been searching for a biker boot that fits your muscular calves yet narrow feet, this could solve your problem. DUO

 

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Photo credit: Shoes of Prey

Shoes of Prey

I’ve written about Shoes of Prey before here, but I’ll reiterate. More of a custom design shop than made-to-measure, Shoes of Prey has the best selection of heel heights, shoes shapes, and leather choice I’ve seen. That being said, if you have very tiny or very large feet, they can do it: US sizes from 2.5 to 15 are covered. Shoes of Prey

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