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Carry-on Companion

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Whenever I catchup with an old friend the first thing they say to me after they haven’t seen me for a while is, “I’ve been loving your travel photos!” Between traveling and work, I’m always lugging things around and the studio tote by Parabellum has been my travel and work companion.

The tote is generously sized at 22″ x 16″ x 5.2″ and is a luxurious artisan bag crafted in Los Angeles by master leatherworkers. The bag features a heritage canvas body and rich reservation Bison leather detailing. It also comes in black on black.

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Parabellum’s leather comes from free range American Bison – a byproduct of the bison meat industry. and the material and quality is so beautiful and I can tell with age, it’ll wear well.

The folded corners at the bottom are so lovely. I loaded it with so many products I needed to photograph and take on my Tucson trip. Magazines, beauty products, books, I mean I loaded this tote with so much stuff and I knew it could handle the weight.

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The handles are also removable for shoulder or hand carry.

When I showed Benjamin he said, “Nice bag!” and usually his first question is, “Is that new?” So the fact that he just complimented it means he was really impressed.

I love the stamped logo, and exterior pocket is magnetic, and the interior has a zip pocket.

Because Parabellum sells directly to consumers, the pricing is half as much as you’d get it from a traditional retail store and they are one of the only brands using Bison leather which is durable soft and the texture is so unique!

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If you’re into investment lifetime pieces like I am, or have the mentality of keeping life simple with quality pieces and fewer things, check out Parabellum’s products.

Leather ages so well and Bison leather is very unique – kind of like crocodile, when you look at it you know it’s different.

There are many products crafted by Parabellum that could be gifted for special occasions that will later become heirlooms. Totes cute, right? *wink*

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Tucson Desert Getaway at Casino Del Sol

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This past weekend after a very hectic work week for the both of us, the Mr. and I packed our bags and drove two hours south to Tucson, a place my youthful heart is very familiar with (college) and headed to the southwest side of town – to Casino Del Sol. It is a AAA four Diamond Recipient, Voted Tucson’s Best Casino by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine as well as Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Award Winner.

I wanted to head out for dinner – take him to local steakhouse Daisy Maes where my college bff worked and all the spring training players ate but after we heard all the options to eat, Benjamin didn’t want to leave, he said, “Why would we leave, everything wonderful is here!” Agreed – and guess what? Buffet night was steak night!

That view above was the view from our 9th floor Sky Level suite was spectacular. Are you surprised it’s so green? Because I was too!

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The suite layout is exactly how I’d add on to our home if we decide we need the space and want to drop the cash. Every detail was just lovely – one can never go wrong with two bathrooms (right?) and a spectacular pool view!

Pool time

Speaking of the pool – Benjamin said all he wanted to do was sit in it all day so I said – put on your trunks and let’s go! I find lately that I’m actually sitting in the shade rather than actually working on my tan.

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The pool at Casino del Sol is quite pretty and during times of the day there are shooting water fountains in the pool! Lots of shade, chairs and the most fun music playing, and wrist bands so you know it’s hotel guests only. I saw this shadow in the pool and I thought hmmmm, this is a good photo op!

I love that you could walk into the pool in addition to the large shallow steps on both sides where you could hang out and go as deep into the pool as you want. You know, like when your mom says you can’t swim right after eating but you are allowed to a certain step – your mom too? ;)

We don’t have a pool back home, but I wouldn’t be opposed to a very shallow one, would that be silly? I suppose you’d just call that a legit kiddie pool.

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For some reason I find it ridiculously fun to peep out from the side of things, I don’t know why. Maybe this will be my signature photo – like “Where’s Diana?”

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After pool time, we refreshed to get ready before meet up with my little sister from Big Brother Big Sisters (we were matched when I was in college).

UofA

Before we headed into town, we stopped by my alma mater and see how the campus has grown. When the weather gets cooler we’ll come back and I can give Mr. Wonderful a thorough tour of my freshman year dorm, classes, student union and show him how I lived some of the best years of my life.

I loved my college years. It’s not just school spirit, it’s beyond that – it’s a time in my life where I felt like I grew into who I am today. The friends I made, the experiences I had, the growth into a young adult and feeling comfortable in my own skin – my personality and my ethnicity (I know, sad but true). It wasn’t until I was 17, away from California on my own, gaining confidence in my independence and making such fond memories in a small quaint town where the entire town lives and breathes your college. It was such a simple, enjoyable life to experience before transitioning into the real world.

I think that’s why people have such spirit for their alma mater – those young adult years were huge milestones! Do you have a similar love for your college years for the same reason?

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I’m taking a picture by a gymnasium on UofA campus because it has my friend’s name on it! He just won the NBA Finals, retired for a month and accepted a two year contract back with Cleveland. Just ask your husbands who he is *wink* I had to take a pic by his gym (he donated funds to build) and send him a photo.

Casino + Food

The casino reminded me of Caesar’s Palace! We walked around and it kept going and going, such a large space with different themes, so fun.

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I believe when you’re on vacation room service is in order – because why not. Plus, it’s a great time when you can eat in your bed and not feel guilty about crumbs.

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It’s monsoon season now in Arizona – it’s one of my favorite times of the year – and I could see a little bit of it coming in from our room. Storms fascinate me.

I wish I could show you the other pictures we took before this selfie – both of us squinting so hard or eyes closed because it was just so bright – I’m about to cry at the camera and my pupils felt burned by the sun! Oh that Arizona sunshine!

I just thought the cacti was so pretty I wanted a quick photo on our way out. I once tripped over a cactus in college, got sent to urgent care, and the needles are still in my foot – I’m part cactus, really.

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On our way out we went to meet up with some good friends for church and lunch at Beyond Bread – a place Phoenix desperately needs. We feel so refreshed – able to unplug, connect and enjoy time together. Thanks so much Casino del Sol!

Our hotel stay was given in exchange for a post, no compensation was provided. 

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