Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cam & her Soul Flower Mandala Bag



This bag review comes from our bud Cam. She recently received the Mandala Shoulder Bag, one of Soul Flower's ongoing favorite bags. This bag is beautiful, well constructed and continues to stand the test of time. We could go on, but we will just let Cam tell you about it. Here she is:

The decision came easily when it was time to choose my first Soul Flower item - I went for the mandala bag. I received it a couple of weeks ago, and honestly, the catalog picture just doesn't do it justice.

On the page, the color comes across as being muted, almost beige, but when you have an actual visual, it is a saturated shade of deep green. The threading that you see on it wraps all the way around the shoulder band, down the sides of the bag, and underneath it. The mandala is so awesome in person because you can see the detail, and different shades of thread! My first impression? This bag sure has a lot of threading to not see a strand out of place! Not one single little thread running amok! Somebody really took their time to construct this bag solidly, and it extends to the mandala design.

I also noticed that the shoulder strap at the top is very wide, so it will distribute the weight evenly. For someone whose bag gets heavier throughout the day, that is an added perk! The outside fabric is sturdy. I haven't been exactly easy on it so far, and I see no snags or tears. Something else I like, there are zippers on both inside panels. One in the front, and one in the back. So, you get one big open space in the middle, but also two zippered compartments if you choose to use them. I like having separate spaces for the things I carry that I don't want others to see if I have to dump my purse out to find my keys because they have disappeared down into the abyss again.

I chose the bag as something I would like to test out, and then spread the word to my buds, because I'm a mom. Most of my friends are moms. And, moms usually require some stylish storage. When I am out of the house there are things I have to carry with me. For instance, right now I have: two organic apples in case my son or I need a snack tomorrow, a book for those moments I get to sit & read somewhere, my camera, my MP3 player because my son loves to listen to it, a small journal, ink pens, two guitar picks, a flattened penny from a machine on River Street in Savannah, and my change purse. The best part about all that stuff being in there? The bag doesn't even appear crammed full. So far, the response I've had from others has been really positive. I can't wait to choose my next item, and add to my Soul Flower collection! Peace, buds! (btw, click here to see the bag on soul-flower's site)


9 comments:

  1. I'm glad you described the color -- I never match a 'purse' to what I wear, but I am SO SICK of brown and black for neutrals. Love the idea of a muted green. The wide strap is mandatory for me, too, for a larger storage type carrier ... what appeals the most is that mandala. Magic.

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  2. I've been jealous of this bag since you told me it's what you were testing! It looks and sounds very useful. Thanks for the review!

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  3. I thought it was beige as well - thanks for describing it and for the close up of it in action - it looks like a beautiful dark mossy color - way more appealing than beige to me at the moment :)

    Great review btw!

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  4. Having seen this bag in person, it is awesome! Completely user friendly and stylish. Very comfortable if you are doing a lot of walking. I can't wait to get one for myself.

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  5. delicious description! Good to know that it's functional for mamaness as well as crazy cool looking!

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  6. This is a very pretty bag. Definitely looks durable too :)

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  7. I've had my eye on that bag for quite a while, but, I just wasn't quite sure. Now, seeing it in Cam's pics and hearing her description - I'm sold!! :)

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  8. We are going to put a new photo of this bag on our website right away so people have a better idea of what they will get. I completely agree with Desert Mermaid - no more brown or black. I HEART green :)

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  9. This bag has been at the top of my wishlist for awhile, but I was afraid it wouldn't be long enough. Seeing your pics I think I'm over my fear now, a blue mandala bag will be finding it's way into my shopping cart and then into my mailbox very soon.

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