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Do I Really Use All the Things that I Unbox?

Is unbox an actual word? I genuinely am not sure, but I do know that I did not get the red squiggly line underneath it, so we’re going to go with it. On the internet we always see influencers unboxing things that they’ve either received or have a deal on and you’re always left wondering do they actually use those items once they’re done with their campaign?
Well I’m not as fortunate as those influencers and no one is paying me to post (yet), so that leaves me using the items that I buy. Trust me, I know some of the items I get are expensive! My bank account knows it too and because of that I make sure that I get some use out of the bags that I love to talk about on this website.
Today though I’m going to talk about two bags that I brought on vacation with me! The Muzmm backpack that I unboxed here, and the Gatta Lola Noir that I unboxed here! I brought both of these on my recent vacation with my fiancé and we definitely got some good use out of them.
Let’s start with my Gatta bag. Now if you follow me on social media then you know I love my Christie Tan. It is definitely a favorite of mine and I use it a lot. I regret not bringing it on vacation with me, but then I wouldn’t have really tried out this bag. I shoot with the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II and I love it. Even my fiancé loves it because of the quick shutter button when he’s being my personal paparazzi, but we’re not here to talk about cameras. We’re here to talk about my experience with this bag. So this camera is no small thing and this bag holds it phenomenally. I put it in lens first and the body of the camera still has some room to spare up top. There’s a divider in there as well, which helps to separate my other thing like chapstick, lipstick, and my wallet from my camera.

 

India with the Gatta Lola Noir
I don’t like that there aren’t any places for memory cards or small pockets so that nothing gets lost. That is a big downfall for me. Especially without a zipper or a strong closing on the bag, once it turns over on its side by accident everything comes falling out.  It is super adorable, but the overall organization and security of the bag leaves a lot fo be determined.
Inside of the Lola Noir with my camera in it
Now on to this three in one backpack. We are using it a lot! It’s great for these beach adventures and taking everything around the ship. We have been able to keep towels, tripods, and small things in it with ease. It does have a laptop sleeve in it and a small inside pocket. It also has a front pocket. Other than that the bag is basically a duffle bag, so to better organize it I like to put some smaller things into carry all pouches and then put them in the bag. The two small pockets through out the bag though have been super helpful. It fits two beach towels in there with ease and room to spare. It also has a water bottle pocket on the side that has been helping to keep us hydrated in all of this warm weather. I honestly wish that I had brought both backpacks because I got the 20L and the 30L styles, but I have a hard time giving up my beach bag that I bring up every trip. I mean it has my name on it…and elephants… I can’t give that up.
Eric using the Muzmm Backpack
For any adventure or beach vacation or trip, I would definitely recommend the backpack. It’s easier to add smaller items into separate bags and then put it in the bag, or to dump them into the front pocket. As far as bags that I’ve purchased go, this one is probably the most affordable one I’ve bought and you can get 20% off using the link here. It comes in a variety of colors and styles that will fit your personality. I tried to pick something that would look normal for both me and for Eric to carry. I would definitely recommend this bag.
India carrying the Muzmm backpack
Are there any bags that you think I should look into? Let me know down below! Until next time,
Keep turning the pages
India
Coffee Break

Wedding Wednesday | So Now What?

First things first DON’T PANIC!
I know you’re really excited, but you’re coming down off the high of being engaged. If you were like me you had some idea it was coming, or you might have been completely surprised! Either way is fantastic, but now it’s time to get to planning, or at least thinking about the wedding.
You’ve got a million ideas going a mile a minute, but you’re not sure what fits you and your significant other. Here are some things that I would recommend you do next to try and figure out where you want to see your wedding.
First of course talk to your significant other and find out how each of you want to celebrate and how can you compromise? For example and especially being an interracial couple we can have some very different tastes. He would like to be very rural and I would like to be in the city, but we have to compromise somewhere, and make it fit both of our tastes.
Second, set up an account on The Knot ( no, this is not affiliated) and do the “taste test” as I like to call it, where it can help you figure out what kind of style you see your dream wedding going. I don’t like their search feature very much for looking for venues, but that’s a whole different topic. I did like that it could put what “theme” I wanted into words. It can be hard if you’re not having a complete theme like Harry Potter or the Roaring 20s, to put your theme into words.
Third, maybe start a Pinterest board to put things there of your vibe or theme. Not any and all things that you see on the internet that has to deal with weddings. That will not help you feel less overwhelmed! People do a lot of comparisons of weddings, try not to fall into that because just because someone else can afford to do something doesn’t mean that you can or should try to make to happen.
Finally, remember to take it one day at a time in these beginning phases. People are going to keep asking you when is the big day and it does get annoying, but they mean well. Just remind that you just got engaged and still have to pick. Also I was told I couldn’t tell people they weren’t invited to wedding on social media…so I guess don’t do that either.  Have fun do a little bit every day, and take it one step at a time. Don’t think of the little details of the big day until you have the big details taken care of. You can do this. What are some good next steps that have helped you out? Let me know! Until next time,
Keep turning the pages
India
Thinking about all the things that have to be done now.
Coffee Break

Wedding Wednesday | I’m Engaged!

I’ve been higher than the moon lately being engaged to my boyfriend, fiancé, I have to get used to saying that. If you don’t follow me on social media, you should because that’s where everything hits first!
Eric and I were on vacation when he  proposed to me at one of our cruise ship stops in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. I’m not going to lie I had an idea that it might happen on vacation, but I didn’t know when or where. I also would have been pretty sad if it had not happened on vacation. He did it perfectly and now I get to call him forever mine, well almost.
Eric proposing to India in Amber Cove
I have been thinking about my wedding to Eric for awhile now because the thought of wedding planning has excited me for awhile. Now that I actually get to plan my wedding it’s a little overwhelming. There are so many websites out there that are designed to help you with your wedding planning, but that also can stress you out. On top of that I’ve been trying to figure out how people pay for weddings with average jobs! They’re expensive as hell!! Especially if you’re not getting married in a church that you attend.
I might have had an idea that he was going to propose
So, with me planning my own wedding I’m thinking about doing a Wedding Wednesday series here on my blog, and maybe doing a Wedding Wednesday once a month on my youtube channel! I don’t promise any budgeting tips, how to be efficient, or how to get the best deals, but I do promise to share how I deal with the stress and what takes I do to plan my dream wedding in whatever “budget” that I may have. I hope you enjoy these updates! I’m doing this a lot for me, so that I can also keep me level headed and remember the steps along the way. Have you planned a wedding before?! Let me know down below! Until next time,
Keep turning the Pages
India
Bookish

Romance Was the Genre I Didn’t Know I Needed

I have always considered me to be a fantasy reader with a little bit of contemporary to balance it out, but then romance came in and it slapped me in the face and was like “where the hell have you been?” I had no answer for it.
I started getting into romance because I was trying to finish my reading goals for the Goodreads challenge. I read The Kiss Quotient and then I had to read more, then I read The Hating Game and I was hooked. I need to find more romance reads, so I hit up my favorite romance booktuber and her Goodreads page, so I could get some book recommendations. From there I started to dive into the erotic, the smutty, the light, and the sports romance. There are so many levels to romance! I was able to choose what I wanted for the mood that I was in and if I was in a kind of fantasy mood, but didn’t need all of the fantasy, there were paranormal romances as well.
I don’t have much to say about it, other than it was there when I needed it and that I need to stop looking down on the romance world like I was doing. It made me have a deeper respect for the romance readers and it also helped me know what I liked and what I wanted from a readers stand point. If you haven’t read romance, go ahead and give it a try. You never know, it might be your new favorite thing. If you don’t know where to start then head over to Stephanie’s goodreads page where she has all of the romance books she’s read broken down into different categories and find something that peaks your interest. I’ve read a few and could try and recommend some to you as well. Just ask down below! I hope you find something new and exciting, but until next time,
Keep turning the Pages
India
Coffee Break

The Booktube Boyfriend Tag!

So, I made Eric be in a video with me….

I might have bribed him to do it…

I’m pretty sure he loves me … hahahah

No, I’m just kidding I know he loves because he was willing to do this fun and exciting video with me to see how much he knows about Booktube and what I do over here.

Of course a lot of the pictures you see of me on social media have been taken by him, as he so graciously becomes my photographer for however many photos that I need. Trust me no grumbling there – read lots of grumbling and India we don’t have time for this -and he takes as many pictures that I need.

Here’s the two of us together! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram where you get to see more of our Swirly Relationship. The video is here and down below! If you have any questions for us leave them below! Until next time!

Keep Turning the Pages

India