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You Will Not Believe What the Twins Did to My Coach Purse!

Photo Credit: Crystal Phillips Photography 

Photo Credit: Crystal Phillips Photography 

It was finally here!!!  It felt like it has been forever since I pushed submit on my pre-sale order!  Not to mention that not only was it being delivered today, but the designer just informed us that these new bags would have the new interior fabric and I can’t wait to have my hands on it.  Every time I hear a big truck go down my street I rush to the window to see if my new bag is finally here.  Just as I finish putting the boys down for their afternoon nap and settle in to get some editing done I hear that knock at the door.  It’s here….It’s finally time!  I’m not even sure if what I signed was my name, as I smiled and thanked the delivery guy for making my day.  I tear into the box and I’m instantly greeted by the smell of my new genuine leather bag…..I know you must all be wondering what brand is this bag…..Because Nicole you have always been known as a Coach girl….and that is true!   I was!  They made me happy and I was always looking for a good reason to add a new bag to my collection…until now!

 

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If you would have asked me 5 years ago, “Nicole, do you ever see a time when you won’t be carrying a Coach/Michael Kors or similar purse?”  The answer would have been without a doubt….No, never!  But as in most stories, life happened and in my story twins happened.  Along with twins came lots of stuff needed to take care of the twins.  This meant that the size of my purse and other bags grew.  Yes, I easily look like I’m going on a week vacation at any given outing.  More than once I have been teased that my purse could double for luggage!  I also found some other changes started happening too!  My days got even more crazy, I find that I reach more for flip flops over my beloved heels and there are times I leave the house without my hair and makeup being done.  One more thing, I found that I stopped looking for reasons to add to my purse collection and it had in fact been over a year since I had made a purchase like this.  For something special….something just for me.  The simple reason is my priorities changed.  I became a mom and their needs and wants (or wants I had for them) outweighed my wants for myself.

 

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Along with this change in priorities, my passion for my photography changed!  It grew in ways I didn’t know was possible.  Now I have loved photography for years, and most of you know that I’ve been in business for 6 years.  But this was more about being able to truly turn our everyday moments into memories.  Into something I could hold in my hand, seconds in time that will never be lost because I have them captured.  And it is this reason that I decided to treat myself to a Mother’s Day gift!!  But if this gift was going to replace one of the last few pieces of who  I was before I had children….it needed to be good!  Let me just say The House of Flynn Vintage Brown Mini Evermore did not disappoint!  

 

My First House of Flynn Bag!!!  VINTAGE BROWN MINI EVERMORE

My First House of Flynn Bag!!!  VINTAGE BROWN MINI EVERMORE

The Mini Evermore is a handmade work of art!  It is a photographer’s dream bag.  Room and pockets galore!!  Plus, and maybe one of my favorite features, the lining that actually holds the photography gear can be removed if say you just want to use it as a day bag.  It gives you the freedom to make the bag work for whatever is on your agenda.  On top of all that it is well made!  This bag is going to be able to handle anything you throw at it! Did I mention it is gorgeous?!?!  People stop and compliment me on it all the time, to be totally honest people actually notice and comment on it more then my name brand purses!  

 

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People say all the time how they “lost” so much about who they used to be once they became a mother, but there was no downgrade whatsoever here, it was simply finding something that works better for my life.  Now I’m able to carry my camera with us and have have it with me whenever I need it with zero worries that it will be damaged.  I found myself always wanting to leave my camera at home, because I needed it for my job and couldn’t take the risk of something happen to it.  Or I would talk myself out of taking it because I couldn’t stand the idea of having to carry one more big heavy bag.  So I was torn, how can I have my camera when I need it but not be stressed over it?  Problem solved!  With the Mini Evermore I have room for all my mom necessities as well as my camera and it looks great!  It was truly designed with a photographer in mind, able to carry so much gear but not really feel like I'm weighted down! I'm able to capture the moments that make up our lives and it doesn’t get better then that!  Yes I can always take a picture with my phone...But I don't take the time to print those out...and in a few days I have "replaced" them with new ones and rarely look back at them, and that makes me sad.

 

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It is true, the twins have me giving up my fancy Coach purses!  It may have been over a year since I splurged on new heels or a fancy purse….and I might not get my nails done as often as I once did (or really ever anymore) but The House of Flynn bags are quality products that I don’t mind spending my money on!  They are gorgeous and are made to last!  Now I just need to find a “good” reason to treat myself to the matching wallet!  I’m not sure when that will be but I know without a doubt I will be back!  

- Nicole

 

PS - I am in no way affiliated/sponsored by The House of Flynn....I just love sharing amazing products with my friends!  

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Running N Heels Photography by Nicole Veselak is a licensed and insured Bloomington IL Family Photographer in the State of Illinois.  She is the premier boutique, full-service Bloomington IL Photographer and focuses on creating images and products that will be cherished for generations.  

366 Project: Thursday

Thing I love most about being a photographer is that I get to stop time....make it so you can hold it in  your hand....look back on it for years to come!  I'm a momma to twin 3 year old boys, and there are many times that I don't have enough hands to be able to control the two of them and have my camera with me.  But the Family Photographer in me....is beyond happy I took it with us to our physical therapy appointment today.  Did I know that when I picked up my camera bag on the way out the door that I would have a chance to take some of my favorite pictures of these two....No I didn't!  But having them makes my heart happy...and you better believe I'm printing them so they can decorate my walls!

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Bloomington IL Photographer

Running N Heels Photography by Nicole Veselak is a licensed and insured Bloomington IL Family Photographer in the State of Illinois.  She is the premier boutique, full-service Bloomington IL Photographer and focuses on creating images and products that will be cherished for generations.  

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That moment when the Sunday morning sunlight is coming in the window just right....and he is lost at his construction site.  

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Bloomington IL Photographers
Bloomington IL Photographers

Running N Heels Photography by Nicole Veselak is a licensed and insured Bloomington IL Family Photographer in the State of Illinois.  She is the premier boutique, full-service Bloomington IL Photographer and focuses on creating images and products that will be cherished for generations.  

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Running N Heels Photography by Nicole Veselak is a licensed and insured Bloomington IL Family Photographer in the State of Illinois.  She is the premier boutique, full-service Bloomington IL Photographer that focuses on capturing moments and turning them into memories. 

October Colors| IL Family Photographer

 

This session will forever hold a special place in my heart.  As a central IL family photographer I'm lucky to travel to all kinds of amazing places, but for this session I got to take an adventure out to a location I had never been to before and chase the October colors.  It couldn't have been more perfect from the sunrise....that I totally made my client pull over so I could get a picture of....to the gun that has been passed down from grandfather...to dad....to someday this little cutie!  Plus I will always be a sucker for an ornery smile!

For me its all about capturing the real you.  When someone comes to be and says hey lets take a trip out to my property in October when the leaves are changing...I will always be up for it...it's a photographer's dream!

But what I love even more is that I always talk about the importance of printing your pictures.  We got to talking about how pictures for a lot of people just live on their phones...and I made the comment but what happens to them all when your phone breaks?  A couple weeks later I was asked to do this session...and I know it will forever be one of my favorites! 

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Jacksonville IL Photographer
Jacksonville IL Photographers
Jacksonville IL Photographers
Jacksonville IL Photographers
Jacksonville IL Photographer
Jacksonville IL Photographer

Running N Heels Photography by Nicole Veselak is a licensed and insured Bloomington IL Family Photographer in the State of Illinois.  She is the premier boutique, full-service Bloomington IL Photographer and focuses on creating images and products that will be cherished for generations.