In the long list of subject matters I have a serious deficiency, fashion is one of them. I’m a terrible shopper. I endlessly hem and haw and then finally buy something that I may or may not ever wear (while making passerbys wonder if I only have 3 outfits because I keep repeating the same old stuff constantly). I’m old enough now to realize this isn’t a phase I’m going to grow out of – I will just never be good at dressing myself. For this reason and my personal pennypinchyness (yes, that is a word!), I tend to shy away from buying anything that I deem too expensive. Instead I browse endlessly to search for the perfect item and never find anything. Enter my current quest: the perfect travel purse.
It needs to hold my camera but I don’t want a fug padded camera bag that screams ‘I want you to think I’m on assignment but really I’m taking pictures of cats’. It also needs to be able to hold my airplane essentials like a book and some magazines without it being so large as to be seen from space. And finally it has to be something that I can comfortably carry around all day without being the purse equivalent of mom jeans. On a personal preference level, I much prefer a single strap bag that can put on my shoulder comfortably. You see how I paint myself into a corner?
So I’ve been going round the interwebs to compare and contrast but nothing has really won me over. The closest thing I’ve found is this Kelly Moore bag which looks cute but at $170 seems like a lot for a fake leather bag. Plus I’m not sure if I really want all that padding.
Another option is this Epiphane bag. Also pricey for a plastic bag but kind of cute. Im not crazy about the color options with this one but I could get the black.
So what do you think? Anyone have either of these bags and want to chime in? (I’ve read some online reviews which seem to be mostly positive).
Or maybe I shouldn’t bother with the slr specific bags and go for something more generic? I’ve never used a camera bag before – why start now?
Edited to add: It doesnt need to have inserts. Im open to having a regular non camera bag provided it was large enough and had some handy dandy pockets. The problem is that I can't seem to locate a nice bag that fits the stuff I need and isn't too cumbersome. Im very open to suggestions if you know of one.