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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Epiphanie Camera Bags {MCO's 2nd Birthday Bash!}


*Mommys Craft Obsession received a complimentary Epiphanie Bag in exchange for her honest thoughts and opinions*


MCO's Birthday Bash is kicking off our celebration with an amazing giveaway for WINNERS CHOICE of Camera Bag from Epiphanie!
It's that time of year again and we're celebrating MCO's 2nd blog-birthday! Mommys Craft Obsession started in May 2012 and their birthday bash has become their most anticipated event of the year! We are so glad that you could join us for this event! Today is the first day of this great event, but we highly recommend that you bookmark the open giveaway page by clicking on the link below then adding it to your bookmarks bar! During the next week you will have the chance to enter to win some amazing prizes from items for YOU and things for your little one!



Epiphanie Bags was created four years ago by a professional photographer, Malie Wilson. She created Epiphanie after realizing that there were no cute camera bags for women! She hated carrying around a separate (and unattractive) bag on photo shoots and would end up covering her camera with whatever article of clothing was nearby and sticking it in her purse. Realizing enough was enough, she launched Epiphanie in 2009 with a list of 10,000 other photographers that were anxious to get their hands on one of these fabulous camera bags. 

Photo Credits: Epiphanie

When it comes to stylish bags, I like to think that I have a radar for them. Whether they be purses, totes, diaper bags, or camera bags, my heart does a little pitter patter whenever my eyes come into contact with one. 

My mom was blessed with some amazing photography skills and began exploring them when she was just a child. Luckily for me (and of course the community in which she lives) she turned her photography from a hobby into a small business a few years ago and started photographing portraits, newborns, weddings, and much more. When she started out, her camera was always lugged around in a hideous black camera bag and I couldn't help but roll my eyes every time she took it on a photo shoot. It literally pained me. When she discovered Epiphanie Camera Bags and introduced me to them, I was taken with how beautiful and stylish they were and I knew that my mother deserved at least one of their gorgeous bags. That Christmas, my dad and I went in together and bought her two! My lucky momma received a Lola and a Clover that year and she has loved them to pieces since! To be honest, I've always been pretty jealous of those beauties, I especially love the look of the Clover! 

Knowing that my mom now treasured her camera bags like I treasure my diaper bags, I was thrilled for the privilege to work with Epiphanie during the holidays on a review of their amazing Madison bag and my mom was over the moon when I surprised her with it! Knowing my moms love for her Epiphanie bags and my fondness of their fantastic company, I reached out again to see if they would like to be apart of our BIRTHDAY BASH so that I could give my lovely readers the chance to win one of their bags again, and I was giddy with excitement when I given the opportunity to review another beautiful bag. I shopped the website and found a bag that I knew my mom would love for Mother's Day - the Lyric bag in Brown!


First off, how gorgeous is this bag? The color is such a rich milk chocolate brown! What I really loved off first impression of this bag was that Lyric is an amazing size. It's not to big and the organization is just right! As simple as the design is, the braided texture of the shoulder strap and the tassels that hang form the front pockets give this bag a stylish bohemian feel, while the silver hardware adds just the right amount of 'flash' and class!


There are two zippered pockets located on the front of the Lyric bag which are the perfect size for small items such as your cell phone, keys, or even a pack of gum or breath mints. I love that they are zippered rather than magnetic or even a simple front flap because knowing from watching my mom so many times, photographers and moms alike are constantly on the move and positioning their bodies in different angles to get the perfect shot; the zipper allows them to have piece of mind that their valuables and belongings aren't going to fall from the pockets as they adjust angles!

The back of this bag also features a large zippered pocket that can easily hold a small tablet or planner, or whatever else you may need to bring with you! The back pocket is also a fabulous place to keep your wallet so that you don't risk scratching your camera if you're using this bag as both a camera bag and purse!


Being a mom I know that carrying options for any bag that I'm carrying is a must - you never know when you may need to switch from a shoulder bag to a messenger carry, or even a backpack! What I love about the Lyric bag is that Epiphanie has included a separate messenger strap so that you can easily change your bag from a shoulder bag to a messenger. The messenger strap has a comfortable shoulder pad which allows for easy carrying while on the go. This is a great option for us moms who may be carrying the bag while chasing a toddler at the park!


So lets get to the most important part of this bag! The inside camera organization! In true Epiphanie fashion, their bags are lined with a soft padded lining that protects your camera and its accessories while they are in your bag. There are three panels that can be easily moved around inside of the bag due to their Velcro siding. Having the panels be adjustable is something that my mom says that she absolutely loves because then she can position her camera comfortably and still adjust accordingly if she is bringing an extra lens. There is also an inside pocket which is perfect for holding extra memory cards batteries or battery packs, and even miscellaneous items like your sunglasses!


My mom couldn't be happier with the size and quality of her beautiful new Lyric bag! It holds everything that she needs to attend a photo shoot without having to bring any extra baggage such as her purse! She recently had a portrait shoot for a local insurance agent and packed everything she needed - her camera with lens, an extra lens, flash, batteries and battery pack, her cell phone, wallet, sunglasses, and keys! She said that the bag sat comfortably on her shoulder as she was with her client and she loved that as she adjusted her angles and the bag moved, she knew nothing would fall out since it was all zipped securely! She also mentioned that the size of the Lyric is perfect for bringing to family parties and social events where she may want to use her camera but would prefer not to carry a bag as large as her gorgeous Madison, Clover, or Lola. According to my momma, "Lyric is the perfect size for everyday needs! When I leave the house it doesn't even feel like I'm carrying a bag made for a camera since it's the same size as a purse I would normally carry, and I love the option of having my camera there if see the perfect opportunity for a photo".


Isn't my mom beautiful with her Lyric Epiphanie Bag!


Whether you're a mom who loves to snap pictures, a professional photographer, or just a woman who loves a stylish and functional camera bag, Epiphanie is the company for you! The bag styles and color choices are plentiful and the quality of their camera bags unbeatable! Both my mom and I love this company and are thrilled with their quality, functionality, style, and customer service! 

To Purchase: Visit Epiphanie Camera Bags and grab your own Lyric bag for just $154.99, or shop the rest of their gorgeous collection of camera bags!

To Win: Epiphanie and Mommys Craft Obsession have teamed up to give one lucky winner a camera bag of their choice! Enter the giveaway form below for your chance to win!

Entry-Form

Congrats to Michelle Tamasa!

The Giveaway will close late on the evening of June 2nd. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on MCO’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Epiphanie, Mommys Craft Obsession and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. US Only. For any questions or concerns please contact Mommys Craft Obsession. This review is 100% original and in my own words. Everything written is from my own personal view point and opinions and I have not been influenced by any outside sources. What works for me, may not work for you. All photos have been taken by me unless stated otherwise. I have been provided with product to review by Epiphanie however I have not been compensated monetarily for this review. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


96 comments:

  1. Hi. Your link to the easy entry page doesn't work. Also, the link to Epiphanie's twitter is wrong.

    I'd love the Red Lola bag. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know! I'm not sure what happened there but it is fixed now! Appreciate it!

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  2. My favorite feature is the separate messenger strap so that you can easily change your bag from a shoulder bag to a messenger.

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  3. I'd pick the GINGER - Turquoise bag.

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  4. I like that there are three panels that can be moved around to fit your needs. Looks like they will help with organizing all your photography supplies!

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  5. I love the braided strap & the fact that this camera bag could easily be an everyday purse, too!

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  6. I love all of the storage areas but I especially love the velcro dividers so you can move them to fit your needs!

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  7. Epiphanie really does have the most sumptuous bags. How gorgeous is the Lola in Caramel? I also adore the Stella in Plum and that one can take out the inserts and use it as a regular bag. Thanks for all the fantastic pictures. They really make the bag come alive. They should add these to the ones on the website. ;)

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  8. I absolutely love the Charlotte in the chevron metallic! I keep hoping to win it someday!

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  9. I love that I can switch the straps around so I can carry it crossbody or as a backpack!

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  10. I really like the SYDNEY - Turquoise! It is so beautiful, and I love all of the pockets and room! Love the color too! I'm crossing my fingers! haha

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  11. I don't know if my first comment worked, so sorry if this is the second one! I love the SYDNEY - Turquoise! It is so awesome, and I love all of the pockets/room! Fingers crossed!!!

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  12. I really like the SYDNEY - Turquoise! It is so beautiful, and I love all of the pockets and room! Love the color too! I'm crossing my fingers! haha

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  13. Lola in Caramel would be my pick.

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  14. I like that the bag can be used for more than just the camera. I would not like carrying a camera bag and a purse. I would love to just use one of these in place of my purse and so that my camera is protected by the awesome padding. They are so stylish also.

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  15. I like the Ginger best but my favorite colors aren't available, I'll just pretend and say the Ginger in red, for fun. haha

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  16. I love that you can swap out the strap and that it isn't just a long one and two shorter ones, my current old sad purse (which I wouldn't trust with my camera...) has it that way and it annoys me to have the short set get in the way when using the shoulder strap etc.

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  17. I love that you can move the panels around to your liking and that they can be removed all together to turn it into a regular purse.

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  18. I might choose the Ginger - Grey bag!

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  19. I would choose STELLA in Plum!

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  20. My favorite part of this bag is the camera organization! I like that these bags are lined with a soft padded lining that protects my camera and its accessories while they are in my bag. I also like that there is an inside pocket which is perfect for holding extra memory cards batteries or battery packs. The styles and colors to choose from are so awesome!

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  21. Madison in Teal or London in Navy Blue...cant decide!

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  22. I love the Brooklyn backpack bag. I am torn about the color - probably caramel or mustard would be my choice. Such lovely bags!

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  23. My favorite part of the bag is the dividers and soft padding. There are so many styles and colors to choose from and all are well equipped to carry just about any camera or tablet one would need.

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  24. I like the Lyric bag in olive

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  25. I'd love the Austin bag in grey! I really like how stylish these bags are but that they will still protect all of your gear.

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  26. They are all so nice. I think I would choose the LOLA - Red. Thank you for the giveaway

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  27. I like that the dividers and padding can be moved around for personal customization. We all know that we don't all have the same sized cameras, lens, and other accessories.

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  28. I love the Sydney so you can use it as an over the shoulder or a backpack!

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  29. I love the London bag! Not sure what color though...Probably navy.

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  30. I like that the panels can be removed to make it just a regular bag. Makes it so functional!

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  31. I'd love the Madison in Teal or Lola in Cobalt

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  32. My favorite parts of the bag are the removable dividers and that there is a zipper on top so things don't fall out. So often bigger bags don't have a zip top and it's such a pain when they tip

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  33. Thanks for the review. I had been trying to decide which one I want. I love the look of the Lyric from the start, but was concerned with the size, now I see that it is perfect for what I need. I like all the pockets and the adjustable panels inside. I think it is a beautiful bag.

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  34. I would want a Charlotte or London, get back to me ;)

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  35. I THINK that I would pick GINGER - Grey or maybe the sydney in grey

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  36. My favorite part of the Lyric (aside from how pretty it is!) is the inside organization. It's very important to me to have everything set up just so - it makes it much easier to find everything. I really like the panels in the Lyric!

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  37. I love the braided strap and the adjustable panels inside the bag. I like so many of these bags.

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  38. I love the adjustable panels. Divisions between things really helps me keep organized.

    If I was to win, I'd want the Clover in Teal

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  39. Love the Madison in black-that's what I would pick

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  40. I think its really cool that the Lyric bag has a separate messenger strap so that you can change your bag from a shoulder bag to a messenger

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  41. I would have to say my favorite part of this bag would have to be the multiple carrying options! I know, for me that is a much. I have two little boys, and some times just carrying everywhere in my hands doesn't work. Over the shoulder frees my hands when needed :)

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  42. I love epiphanie camera bags.
    I like the outside zippered pockets on the lyric bag....nice for easy to reach essentials!

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  43. So hard to choose! Every time I look at their site, I have a new favorite. Today I think it's the "Stella" in slate blue that I love the most. (BTW....that's your MOM? She looks 30!!!!!!!!!!!!! What's her secret????)

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    1. Lol Sandy! She wouldn't like me telling her age on the blog BUT lets just say she's in her early 40's! Our family has babies young (I'm 24!)

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  44. Favorite feature: so slim but holds a ton!

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  45. I visited Epiphanie Bags and if I won, I would choose the Madison in Teal.

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  46. My favorite feature of the Epiphanie Bag is the removable panels. I carry different cameras and different accessories from time to time and I like that I can use the same bag to carry all of them.

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  47. I love that you can easily change your bag from a shoulder bag to a messenger. I best part is thought, I would have to say, is that you can move the dividers because they are velcroed in! I have a camera bag now in which you cant do that so some of my things flop around because they arent snuggled in. That is such a great feature!

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  48. Thank you for a more in depth look at the Lyric bag. I think I need one of the larger bags but it's good to see the review because it gives much more detail than epiphanie does on their site.

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  49. I love all the bags and if I were to win I think I would get GINGER in Turquoise first!

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  50. I'm obsessed with Messenger bags. I love the color and design of this bag. My favorite feature is the lining that protects your camera!

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  51. I like the CHARLOTTE bag in Cobalt blue. It would match my outfits the best.

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  52. My fave feature of the review is the pics showing how stylish the bag is and you'd never know how functional it is also. Who knew it had so many pockets for organization. Love the color too.

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  53. I love the STELLA in Olive color.It's so pretty!

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  54. My favorite feature is that it zips up securely.I also love that it has dividers to move wherever that you need them.

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  55. I like how the protective panels are moveable depending on your needs.

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  56. I like how organized it all is.

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  57. I would love a slate blue Stella.

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  58. I love the LOLA cobalt bag, it is super cute and fits me well! I like to have organization, and a bag thats big enough to hold just about everything except for the kitchen sink!!! :)

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  59. So many to chose from, but I think I would select the Austin in black!

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  60. I love the MADISON - Turquoise

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  61. I like the brown, I like how the strap is braided (so cute), I like the style and I LOVE how many little compartments it has, allowing for great storage.

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  62. I would choose the CHARLOTTE - Cobalt bag. So cute, and the color is my favorite!! It was made for me :)

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  63. i love the Clover in black!
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  64. My favorite is the stella in gray

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  65. I love how stylish these bags are and that each piece of equipment is safely separated in the bag. Camera equipment is expensive, so it needs to be safe!

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  66. I just love the Caramel Sydney bag really all of them are so nice to carry our camera equipment in .

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  67. I love the large zippered pocket that can hold a small tablet or planner on the back of the bad which I need to be able to carry mine in. and The nice braided shoulder strap is a great touch to the bag as well.

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  68. I'd love to have the Lyric bag in Slate Blue... it's so gorgeous. :)

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  69. I love the style of th ebags and the organization inside of the bag. It can be any sort of bag not just for camera's it looks so nice. Rita Spratlen

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  70. So many features to love... I really like the movable padding to protect my camera and lenses. I also like that they include a messenger strap and zipper pockets to hold my keys, phone, etc.

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  71. I like the size, not too big, and that it can double as a regular shoulder bag.

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  72. I love the braided shoulder strap. It is really sylish.

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  73. I would love to win the LOLA bag in Mustard! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  74. I would love to win the LOLA bag in Mustard! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  75. I would choose Stella Plum- so pretty! :)

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  76. I love the additional 5 exterior pockets on the Stella bag

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  77. I'm pretty sure I would choose the LONDON Backpack - Black, I prefer backpacks to hand or shoulder bags, and this bag looks very nice.

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  78. I'm very fond of the Charlotte Style - in many colors - especially in Turquoise and in Metallic Chevron. I also like the "soon to come" the Sydney in Caramel

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  79. I love that the panels are also padded and adjustable.

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  80. My favorite bag is the AUSTIN in Black. These bags are adorable but, I really do like the color black for my camera and all the lenses. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the chance!

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  81. My favorite features of the bag are the adjustable shoulder strap, tons of room for your camera and accessories, its extremely stylish, and the zippers on the pockets. But, if I had to pick just one, it would be the amount of room.

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  82. I would love to have the Charlotte bag in Turquoise from Epiphanie. It would be wonderful to have a bag that is large enough to hold all of my photo equipment.

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  83. My favorite feature is the two zippered pockets located on the front of the Lyric bag. I love it when I can easily get to my phone and car keys with out having to dig through the bag! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  84. My favorite feature is the two zippered pockets located on the front of the Lyric bag. I love it when I can easily get to my phone and car keys with out having to dig through the bag! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  85. I would love to have the SYDNEY in Caramel.

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  86. Ma favorite feature is the it has included a separate messenger strap.

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  87. I'd love to get the Brooklyn backpack in blush.

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  88. I love how stylish yet functional it is. I love that it is crossbody, or at least it looks like it is.

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  89. I love the lyric, but am worried that I am too short. Can I ask how tall you mother is? Thanks!

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  90. Love the lyric, but I'm worried that I am too short. Can I ask how tall your mother is? Thanks in advance. ;)

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  91. Love the lyric, but I'm worried that I am too short. Can I ask how tall your mother is? Thanks in advance. ;)

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    1. Absolutely! She's about 5'2"-5'3"! Hope that helps!

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