Saturday, 21 February 2015

Grafea Camera Bag - Review

Hello again my Stylish Bows. As I sit here, snuggled up under my fluffy blanket with a steaming cup of tea (Disney mug of course), I finally bring you my review of Grafea's camera bag. I received this gorgeous pink delight for Christmas, and it has been a staple in my wardrobe and in my photography kit ever since. As the avid readers of you may have noticed, I haven't written a product review in quite awhile, so I apologize if I am a little rusty. In order to cover all essential aspects to present you with as full of a review as I can, I will be splitting it up into the following headings; Aesthetics, Storage/Function and Cost. Just to clear up any doubts, this review is not paid for and I have not been given this product as a gift or for review from the company.
This particular bag comes in a variety of colours, so if pink isn't your colour then no worries.  From what I can remember, I believe they offer it in tan, black, burgundy, pink and their newest addition, pure white.  The colour, I have to admit, I was a little concerned about.  a) Was it going to be too bright and 'in your face'? and b) Was it going to get dirty quickly? Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised on both counts; the colour is a softer shade of pink that is actually easy to wear with most other colours and most dirt just wipes straight off. The actual style of the bag is similar to a satchel, with its structured pockets and working buckle closures. Due to its fashion forward appearance, it is hard to tell it is even a camera bag, making it easy to fit into everyday wear.
As you can see from the photograph above, the main section of the bag is made up of a padded, secure sectioned off area to keep your key photography equipment. The dividers that section off the areas are removable due to them being attached by Velcro, so you can move or remove them if you choose.  There is space to keep a camera (designed for a DSLR) and two lenses, or a lens and a flash gun. The two side pockets are perfect for keeping SD/CF cards, remotes, lens wipes, card readers or even a lip gloss and some concealer. There is also a pocket at the front, under the flap, that is the perfect size for keeping money, phone or any other essentials you need to keep with you at all times. The only other storage space is in the form of two flat pockets at the back; one zipped, perfect for keeping a few business cards or a cheeky chocolate bar wrapper.
This bag retails for £200 (now £150). I'll admit, I have never come close to spending that amount of money on any bag and I wouldn't have ever considered it if it wasn't a camera bag. But it is important to remember that this bag is made of real leather and is made in Britain. It is also kind of a niche market, as there are very few fashionable camera bags on the market at the moment, although we are starting to see a rise.
Overall, I am very happy with this product. The only flaws I have with it are there isn't enough specialist space regarding photography equipment (e.g. specially designed, extendable pockets to store SD/CF cards) and that it can be hard to get to your camera quickly to snap that once in a lifetime shot when you have to contend with the buckle closures.
Miss Bows

Sunday, 15 February 2015

My Favourite Books of 2014

Hello again my Stylish Bows. I'm sorry this post is so late and short, but I just wanted to upload it quickly as I am currently working on a slightly complicated post for next week. I hope you enjoy this little update and I would love to know what your favourite reads of 2014 were in the comments.
1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (5 stars)
2) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (5 stars)
3) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (5 stars)
4) Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm (5 stars)
5) City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (4.5 stars)
6) Alienated by Melissa Landers (4 stars)
7) Hollow Pike by James Dawson (4 stars)