WELL....being the awesome and generous (and thoughtful) person that she is, she surprised the socks off of me with a 'thank you' gift. An out of this world, are you shitting me, gift. She played it so smooth too, trickster!
One day during a paint break we were standing in her kitchen, undoubtedly eating some snacks, and I made a comment about two really cute lunch boxes she had on top of her fridge. They were a burlap material, one with a purple flower and stitching and the other had a blue butterfly and stitching.
She grabs them and says, "Oh, I bought them with you in mind -- pick your favorite one and its yours!" Giddy with excitement I snatched up the butterfly lunch box. Then she said, "Open it." What? Huh? Thinking to myself that she wanted to show me the cool compartments inside or something. But no, there was more. A card, how sweet! I open the card to find the sweetest hand written note ANDPLUSALSO....a gift card for an Epiphanie bag.
I immediately started crying, of course. I was in complete shock and overjoyed! I've come so close to pulling the trigger on a bag myself but could never do it. Even though its something I would use often, especially when traveling, I just couldn't justify the cost for something that wasn't for daily use. So in other words, the best gift ever.
Thank you Beth, I really didn't need anything other than a weekend doing what I enjoy with someone I love but wow, icing on the cake!
And now for a laugh, I asked Vinny to take these pictures of me with my new bag. He begrudgingly obliged. He pretends he is shooting a photoshoot and just continuously snaps photos instead of waiting until I am smiling and posed. Which produces these lovely gems.
Thanks babe. Now I know how the world sees me on a daily basis. And I apologize.
On to my review of the bag and pictures, since I found them helpful when I ordered my bag!
LOVE the interior and exterior color and the braided handle. That's really what sold me!
It holds my laptop (this is semi-related to the not-so-good list)
I love that is has the the option to do shoulder or cross body.
Construction is awesome.
The faux leather is really great, doesn't feel or look cheap at all!
Shipping box was big, the bag didn't come all squished which I appreciated.
The not-so-good (but not bad!):
While I purposely selected a bag that holds my laptop, it is BIG. I knew this going in and I am ok with it but just in case you are reading this and unsure about the size. It's BIG. And the fact that it can't really be flat because of the padding, it makes cross body wearing slightly awkward. Or at least awkward compared to what I am used to.
I'll be honest, I thought about exchanging it for the Lola but I am really in love with the grey and the braided handle. And I do take my laptop with me often, so its staying! And I am in love it!
Oh, one last thing -- I had to wait months for it to arrive! Kind of a bummer.