Whether you’ve read my blog a day, a month, or a year, you’ve seen the name Lisa and her blog, LDA Press. She is a lovely lady, trusted resource, and my friend. Unfortunately, we’ve never met in person.
Lisa and I were introduced in 2007 when I joined the marketing and business development team at a large transportation consulting firm. She was in the Virginia Beach, VA office and I was based in Fort Worth, Texas. Our jobs were extremely stressful and required many long hours. When one of us completed a major deadline, or needed a friend’s ear to hear our rants, we’d schedule a conference call to
discuss projects offer co-worker therapy. I don’t miss the job, but I definitely miss the meetings therapeutic sessions.
Now, conversations between Lisa and I are about blogging, photography, traveling, life in general, and something called shopping. I hate it, Lisa loves it. Luckily, she’s always willing to be my personal shopper. She’s a friend with benefits. HA – that sounds so kinky!!! When I need wardrobe suggestions, Lisa is my stylist. When I need photography/camera/Photoshop advice, she is my living and breathing tutorial. When I need a resume reference, she’s got my back. When I was looking for a quiche recipe, she gave sent me this.
After Christmas, I wanted to get a larger camera bag. I also wanted something that could function as a carry-on for an upcoming trip. I sent Lisa an email with my budget and requests. Lisa replied with links to items I would have never found (or considered) on my own. She shared valuable insight on multipurpose bags and her list of essential items for long-distance travel. Shortly after, I purchased the following items:
Kalya Town Cross-Body Bag — $47.99
Spacious Bag | Lifetime Warranty | Free Shipping
ONO organizing insert — $59.00
Handcrafted | Multiple pockets | Fits in most bags or purses
CoolMax Travel Blanket — $34.00
Super Soft | Ultra Compact | 55-x-70 inches
A travel blanket is not usually associated with camera bags, but Lisa made a valid point: plane rides can be chilly. I already have a travel pillow, so this blanket will be an extra treat on the flight!
The Kalya cross-body bag features a main compartment where I place the ONO insert to store my camera and lenses. There’s also room for my travel blanket and pillow. Multiple interior pockets have space for a wallet, passport, and travel documents, plus additional camera accessories (memory cards, battery charger, filter lens, etc.). For my trip, I’m also taking plug adapters, a journal, and my new Android tablet. This bag is spacious without feeling bulky and fits comfortably on my tall and plus-size frame. Overall, I could not be happier with this purchase!
The moral of this story?
You need a friend with benefits.