Shopping: Nostalgia for the Camera Bag

[Marc Jacobs Small Shutter Camera Bag, US$325. Image: modasens.com]

My very first handbag was a little blue camera bag, though I didn’t know what the style was called at the time—I was about 10! It was dark blue, not quite as deep as navy, and very plain, which is the way I liked most things as a child. I’m pretty sure I got it at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s.

I have no idea what happened to it (though, as faux leather, it probably didn’t hold up too well), but camera bags seem to be making a comeback, and I am toying with the idea of getting one for my birthday.

Here are a whole whack of styles I’ve come across. Do any catch your eye?

My favorites are the Gucci Soho Disco, the Longchamp 2.0,  the Rag & Bone Mini Flight Camera Bag, and the Vasic Collection Anselmo. I quite like the blue Moschino, as well, except for the massive gold logo on the side.

Baggu Mini Crossbody in Oxblood
Baggu Mini Crossbody in Oxblood.
US$120 at nordstrom.com
Coach butterflies crossbody bag in Black
Coach butterflies crossbody bag in Black.
US$250 at nordstrom.com
Cynthia Rowley Felix Cross Body Bag in Dark Red
Cynthia Rowley Felix Cross Body Bag in Dark Red.
US$95 at shopbop.com

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Avon — Cynthia Rowley’s 2007 Collection

Jillian Dempsey (of Delux Beauty) collaborated with Avon to release a colour collection earlier in the year. Now, fashion designer Cynthia Rowley is doing the same. The new collection includes the four nail colours. They’re mostly girly, spring-y colours.

Peony Pink is a sheer baby pink with very subtle fuchsia shimmer. It’s completely the wrong kind of colour for a warm, yellow-toned person like myself, but if you are neutral to cool, this is a cute one. I have a feeling I’ve seen something very similar to this, but of course I can’t think of it at the moment. Rating: 3.5/5.

Very Violet is another cool-toned shade. It’s a vibrant pink-violet creme that’s very fun and sweet, but beware if you have a golden skintone! Rating: 3.5/5.

Rose Petals is more of a neutral to warm shade of slightly mauve-toned rose. It’s hard to find interesting midtone cremes, and while I wouldn’t call this shade interesting, it’s certainly quite easy to wear. It’s subtle and subdued: a nice conservative option. Rating: 3.5/5.

Plum Orchid is, hands down, my favourite of the bunch! It’s a deep and luscious maroon-burgundy shimmer. It should be neutral enough for both cool and warm tones to wear. Rating: 4.5/5.

Overall, I like Avon’s nail polishes very much. They apply well, are reasonably well-pigmented, and wear well with good base and top coats. I certainly recommend these if you like any of the colours! These Cynthia Rowley polishes are limited edition, and come in the cutest boxes, too: