Thursday, June 30, 2011

CafePress Messenger Bag Review and Giveaway

CafePress is an amazing online company that allows you to create and even sell your own designs. They also have a huge database of designs for you to pick from. You can then get these designs printed on t-shirts, messenger bags, underwear, posters, mugs, steins, aprons, baby blankets, stadium blankets, keychains, iPod cases, clocks, mouse pads, greeting cards and so much more. They have gifts for everyone in your family whether it is your picky Aunt Judy (who can resist a tote with their adorable granddaughters face printed on it?), your Dad for Father's Day (the Dogfather designs are hilarious for doggy Daddies too) or your "too cool" daughter (how about custom pajamas?). Regardless of who you are buying for, CafePress has you covered with their personalized gifts.

I was lucky enough to review a CafePress messenger bag. I love creating my own designs and I have done so many times in the past at CafePress, but for this messenger bag I decided to pick from the designs that are already on CafePress. I had some idea of what I wanted, but I was open to new designs too. After about 30 minutes of searching the CafePress website, I had 10 tabs open on my browser and lots of choices to make. I really fell in love with this design:

However, I knew that I really wanted some form of a skull and maybe even a "punk" or "rock" design. Even at the age of 27, I am still a teenager at heart and still obsessed with music (and a few bands in particular). : ) After much debate, I choose the Skull with Red Bow Messenger Bag:

This design is not too loud and flashy, yet it is rebellious and "punk" while still being girly. What can I say? I am complex and this design is perfect for me! When I received my messenger bag I fell in love with it even more. This messenger bag is amazing! It is big, but not too big. It has lots of pockets and is well designed. I do admit that I wish it wasn't yellow. Yellow is currently the only color available for messenger bags. This design would be great with the skull in hot pink on a black bag or even on a hot pink bag. CafePress is constantly adding new items & hopefully they will add new colors soon. Despite the yellow, I adore this bag.

The messenger bag has adjustable straps to make it the length that best fits your body and preferences. It is also latched close with a clasp closure that is adjustable. So, your items are secure inside. After you lift up the flap to the inside, there is a large zippered pocket along the entire outer front of the bag. On the inside back there is slip pocket at the bottom and a waterproof zippered slip pocket on the back of the flap that overlaps the inside slip pocket to hold folders, papers, etc. in the flap of the messenger bag. Since this can be a little hard to follow in words, I have pictures:

the front zip pocket & you can also see the slip pocket in the back

This is the awesome waterproof zippered area on the inside of the messenger bag flap. I tested it with heavy magazines and various papers and it kept them all safe and secure!

This is me attempting to show you all pockets at once. You can see what it looks like with the black waterproof flap cover zipped most of the way down.

My overall impression? 10 out of 10! I would love to receive a messenger bag like this as a gift. I would also purchase this bag for myself. I love that it is big enough to hold my 19 inch laptop (note: the website measurements say 14 1/2" x 12" x 5", but it seems to be larger. It may be due to the depth of the bag). The laptop bags I have been looking at cost around $50 and are black and boring. This messenger bag is half the price, multipurpose, it can be personalized, it holds a lot more and and it's a lot prettier! I now have my "go to" bag that works for everything. Guess what? I have a giveaway too so that one of you can have an amazing messenger bag of your own!


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Disclaimer: I received the mentioned product(s) in exchange for this review. I was not compensated in any other way. The thoughts here are my own honest opinions.