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Whats In My Bag: March 11

I don’t know about you, but I’m nosy. I love the “whats in my make up bag” posts that have been going around, but I’m not really a make up bag sort of girl. (I do have a giant make up box that cost a painful £45 from Sallys a few years ago (but it keeps everything neat, organised and together) but I never take anything out with me besides a lipgloss) Instead, I thought I’d do a good old “what sort of shite do I carry around on a daily basis” post.

This is my current handbag, one of the Mulberry for Target bags that Alex gave me for Christmas. Have I told you about that? Probably not. I know that originally I said I wasn’t fussed by the Mulberry for Target collaboration. And I wasn’t! This was a good thing, as there wasn’t much hope of me getting one – it was easier for me to get a full price Mulberry bag! Except then the boy disappeared to Las Vegas and Houston for a week. As a joke, I forwarded him an article about the Mulberry for Target collection and asked if he’d pop in.

I didn’t expect him to come home with one handbag. Before he boarded his plane, he emailed 4 photos to me – two pictures of a blue Bayswater style, a small black purse and a large black tote (slightly Roxanne in style). I nearly died of excitement. His logic in this was “Well, I didn’t know what you’d like, so I just picked up all the ones they had” I am a lucky and spoilt girl. (I ended up giving the smaller Bayswater style bag to the Wife, I knew she’d get a lot more use out of it than me)

However, my initial reaction is still the same. The bags didn’t look like much on the promo images. Before Christmas, I was using the larger Bayswater style denim bag which I wouldn’t have chosen myself. There is also the fact that despite Mulberry being a very British brand (based in the glorious West Country), they have chosen to partner with an American brand to produce handbags made in China. Unfortunately quality has suffered as a result. After using the bag for about 2 weeks, I could already see signs of use – scuffing from the handles on the patent flap, part of the handle peeling, stitching not quite right, clasp feeling like it’s going to fall off – these are not things I would want to link to Mulberry!

Anyway. Rant over. If anyone would like to get me a Mulberry bag, I’m still in love with this one.

So this is what the bag currently holds (well, at the time of taking the photo, which was last Wednesday. I know, I’m lazy.) Sometimes, I wonder why my bag is so heavy, when its barely got anything in it. This is why at I usually carry around with me. Wonder no more.

Obviously, theres my trusty iPad and iPhone. My SLR (a Canon 400D if you were wondering) is usually in there, along with a USB cable to connect it and (inside the triangle case) the camera connection bit for the iPad, a spare iPhone/iPad cable and my Lady Gaga headphones* (I bought mine from eBay and originally suspected that they were fakes, but when we went to San Francisco, I saw a pair in Dixons in Heathrow T5 and they looked the same!). The green triangle is a microfibre cloth – it sounds really geeky to carry it about, but it’s so useful

Next to the iPhone are my pretty blog mini Moo cards in their case, and below is the usual hand cream and Carmex tubes collection (Why do I need two?!) The lipgloss is from Bare Essentuals and takes like cake. Yum. Bus tickets, mirrors, mints, gift cards, change and my new Costco card were all lurking at the bottom of my bag. The brown thing under the iPad is my purse that I actually won via Twitter. Woo! Finally, my graduation black heels and my umbrella, which don’t need any explanation really.

Who knew I could say so much about the stuff in my bag?!

The Diana Results

Last week I told you about my Diana lens, and thought I’d share with you some of the results. (Click the picture to see it bigger)

I haven’t edited these photos at all, just adjusted the size so they’re a bit easier to see, but I quite like them.

They have quite a soft look to them, which I actually like. It does take some patience to get a half decent photo – the photo of my makeup was the best of a bad bunch of at least 12! This might put people off the lens, but look at it this way – its a digital camera, so you can take as many photos as you need to. I found that it needed to be kept still to get a clearer photo when not using the flash (the centre photo of the postcards is the only one I used the flash on) but I used my tripod (I think it was about £15 from Argos a few years ago, it looks pretty similar to this one at Amazon* though) and the remote (which cost me £20 a few years ago from a little shop in Chester. For some reason, they don’t sell this model anymore, instead replacing it with one thats 3 times bigger and doesn’t clip onto the strap)

I’m not sure I would have spent the £47 (including shipping to the UK) that it should have cost me on Lomography, but for £20, this is a nice little toy to have.

Oh Diana

I’m still in mourning for my 50mm lens. Oh lens, you were so good for the photos I wanted to take. I’m currently limited to my kit lens on my SLR, but – have to be honest here – I stole Alexs lovely new camera for the photo in the last post because its just NICE. He has a Sony NEX-5, which looks daft (big lenses, little body) but takes lovely photos. Because of the lack of lenses, I’ve been looking around at other cameras and as always, I ended up on the Lomography website. I like the idea of cameras like the Spinner 360°, Diana and the Holga but I’m far too lazy for the faff of film. (Case in point: I bought a Fisheye camera in 2007. I’m still on the original roll of film.)

I was quite pleased then, to find this Diana Lens for SLR’s. As the site says, “It’s a lovely plastic lens that transforms your beloved hunk of metal and glass into a digital toy camera.” Perfect! At the same time, Groupon* had a deal on nationwide where you gave them £20, and you could spend £50 on their website. I’d also just received some money into my Paypal for something done a few months ago – the signs were all pointing towards buying a lens! After a small amount of faff (the voucher wasn’t behaving as it should), I finally got my lens:

Now I have the oposite problem to Alex’s camera – big camera, tiny lens! I’ve taken a few photos so far, which look pretty good on my camera screen, but haven’t had the chance to play with it properly. Maybe this weekend!

edit: Oops, forgot to mention that the lens I went for was the 38mm super wide one. I went for this one after researching about the different ones. I realised while writing this post that this is actually the set that Photojojo sell!

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