today’s outfit and a giveaway from ONA bags!

Today Alice and I took a break from work and ran around outside a little bit. As she’s getting older and more independent, our recess time outside is becoming part of our daily routine. We can share snacks on the picnic table behind my office, look at rocks and bricks scattered around the still-under-construction building, and occasionally run into a snake or some other creature. I can even sit and work on flowers while she runs around–it’s a really fun time of year to have a kid this age.

I just got a new Roma bag insert and camera organizer from ONA, a company that makes gorgeous camera bags and it’s already another product I can’t live without. I can insert it into my favorite fall purse and it instantly becomes a camera bag, keeping my little Canon Rebel XSi and all my lenses safe and secure inside my purse. With the pockets on the sides, there’s still plenty of room in my bag for my other necessities–keys, sunglasses, lipstick, wallet–but my camera is protected from rattling around among all of my other things.

ONA has offered to give away a Roma camera insert for one of my readers–all you have to do is leave a comment below. Do check out their website as well–I’ve never been able to find a camera bag that was well-designed, not too feminine, and not just plain ugly, and the ONA designs fit the bill perfectly. Their work is amazing. I’ll pick a winner for this giveaway on Saturday at midnight! And dude, spread the word–let’s give ONA some love–you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Mama: Blouse: Tucker for Target; Sweater: Target; Skirt: Made for my birthday by Emma Erickson; Black and grey houndstooth tights: Hue; Shoes: Xoxo; Bag: BCBG; Camera bag: ONA

Alice: Coat: Old Navy; Pants: Carter’s; Shoes: See Kai Run

Going out the door today: Felt Flower Bouquet Kits for Sandra and JoAnne, a felt flower pin for Marie, shoe clips for Rachel’s wedding

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  • http://lsedaphotography.com Liana

    what is the name of this bag? I have looked at so many websites but I can’t find an BCBGMAXAZRIA bag that looks like this one.

    • http://princesslasertron.com Princess Lasertron

      I’ve been looking for a picture of it too for my polyvore but i can’t find it either. It’s BCBG, and I bought it in 2009 at Macy’s.

  • http://www.prettyandfun.com Cait

    That camera bag is genius!!

  • Holly

    Until this month I was getting by only toting a single card holder around. No purse, no wallet, no cell phone even! I’ve been living this way for a about a year since moving to Ann Arbor after a 1.5-year work stint in the very far north. After a whirlwind year (new job, new country, wedding, etc.) I’m FINALLY starting to feel settled. Two weeks ago I had this huge urge to ORGANIZE my life. I invested in a purse, wallet, and even a new smart phone! This little ONA bag would TOTALLY complete my organizaton kick; not to mention how happy and settled it would make my camera feel. Please, please, please pick me!
    ps – LOVING your shoes. You look great in red & navy.

  • Meg

    You should post the winner in case there is any weirdo checking obsessively :)

  • Dominique Horn

    I love the idea of having a purse insert so I could use of my bags for my camera.

  • http://www.emmaerickson.com Emma Erickson

    How cute is that Ona bag! Every lady/gent needs this to help organize her/his life. It looks so soft too. Camera shouldn’t be left behind just because bag is too disorganized to fit it! <3

  • Steffie

    Wow, that’s a super cute bag! That’s definitely going on my wishlist.

  • Mel

    This would make life so much easier!

  • Michele Hahn

    I have been drooling over their Brooklyn Bag! Until I can afford it the Roma would be perfect!

  • http://www.flickr.com/eweigele Erin

    Wow, this would sure beat my current means of carrying my camera… in a dust bag (received with a purse) wrapped carefully in my purse!

  • http://www.lisacall.typepad.com Lisa

    Oh…love this camera carrying insert. Would be great to use in any bag.

  • http://whatannaloves.blogspot.com anna

    I need all the help I can get organizing! and I loathe my ugly black camera bag right now.

  • Staci

    How neat is that! Love it!

  • Jill

    Wow, that Ona bag is awesome! I need one in my life :-)

  • Jenna

    Thats a cool bag! I hope I’m a winner!

  • Mariam

    That bag looks awesome! I like the idea of being able to stuff my T3i in my diaper bag. :)

  • Moncha

    So pretty!!

  • Janice

    Quite nifty :)

  • http://www.TheDizzyPixie.com Briana

    Love this insert and the bag-freedom it allows!

  • Mary

    I’ve always been floored by their designs–love seeing the insert in a “normal” bag!

  • Vanessa :P

    Love your handbag, eye-catching and old skool looking.
    Thanks for the giveaway, consider me entered!

  • Amy

    These are amazing.

    Also, loving your shoes.

  • Tina

    Very neat idea!

  • http://www.artinthebag.com Kelli

    Ona! Ona! Ona!

  • Terence

    Nice! need one of these! pick me pick me.

  • http://www.haleyobrianphotography.com Haley

    oh, I adore these! my camera would adore it as well! he needs protection!

  • shelby

    that is a great bag! I never take my dslr because it’s a pain to carry but this might just make me get my $$$ worth!

  • Brianna E

    so super cute!

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