Ready Or Not Fall Fashions Are Here!
Ok gals, ready or not it’s here, the season of fall fashions is upon us. Just look at any fashion website or step into the stores, fall fashion is what it all about. Now for us Southern girls, we have many weeks of hot, humid heat ahead of us. It can make us feel like we are stuck in a corner.
So you ask, “What’s your solution? How do we transition from summer to fall fashions easily?” And the answer for me is ” Let’s keep it simple sweetie!”
Packing For Alaskan Cruise Vacation?
My Advise: Is Keep It Simple
When we started planning for our Alaskan cruise in June, I didn’t know what to pack and so I started researching and asking everyone that I knew who had gone on an Alaskan cruise. The most common response I got was that it is going to be cold in June and be sure and dress in layers. But, what did they mean? How many layers will I need? I didn’t know and so I overpacked and wore only about 1/2 of what I took. To my credit, I will say that at end of our trip everyone on the bus to the airport was saying that they could have packed one bag instead of two. And so I am going to give you an account of exactly what I wore.
Tops, Bottoms, and Shoes
While traveling I wore leggings, a tunic shirt, sneakers, a jean jacket and carried a tote bag.
2 white shirts
9 assorted tops and sweatshirts
3 pair of jeans ( 1 black – 2 dark denim)
2 pair leggings
2 pair palazzo pants
1 pair sneakers
1 pair water-proof boots
1 pair heels
Dining on the cruise ship can range from casual to very chic. I wore palazzo pants and different tops on several evenings and I also enjoyed wearing lightweight sweater dresses and palazzo pants.
Coats, Jackets, Wraps, and Assecorites
Jean Jacket – wore this while traveling
Zipper Front Sweatshirt – wore aboard ship on days at sea
Quilted Outerwear Jacket
Backpack – 2 sizes
Be sure and pack a change of clothes in your carry-on. I was so happy I did when I arrived in Vancouver at midnight and my suitcase was in Dallas. Luckily, I had packed an extra outfit which carried me through until my bag arrived late the next day.
Casual tops and sweaters are perfect combinations for dinner outfits. Although you are in a climate-controlled environment while inside the ship, at times I did feel a chill. I was happy to have a lightweight cardigan.
Leaving the ship and taking a variety of shore excursions, we were fortunate to have excellent weather conditions, no rain, and mild temperatures. Jeans and long sleeved tees or lightweight sweatshirts were ideal. My raingear/windbreaker protected me against the wind and added all the extra warmth need.
Different outerwear for different days.
Nearing the Hubbard Glacier, this was one of those days when I needed it all, hat, scarf, raincoat, warm coat, sweatshirt. Like I was told in the beginning, “wear layers”.
Don’t Forget To Pack These Items
Hats, gloves, and scarfs. It is going to be cool, damp and windy. Especially when you are on boat tours and near the glaciers.
Warm comfortable socks.
Camera: This is one of those occasions that you will want to have your best camera. You will be sure to capture some memorable photos.
Chargers: Phone, Ipad, be sure to check your list.
Power Strip: With all our personal electronics and limited outlets, many people pack a power strip.
Backpack: A lightweight backpack is perfect for carrying your rain gear, water bottles, camera and other items while away from the ship on shore excursions.
Insect Repellant: It was highly recommended and my husband is one of those individuals that the bugs love. Fortunately, we did not need it.
I hope that this list has been helpful with your packing decisions.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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North To Alaska
Over the past few years, we have had groups of both friends and family visit Alaska, and they all loved their experience. And so I was excited for this trip and a chance to take an Alaskan cruise up the Inside Passage.
On June 13th, we boarded our cruise ship – The Seven Seas Regent Mariner – at the port in Vancouver and departed the next day for a north-bound trip up the Inside Passage, headed for Seward, Alaska and ending in Anchorage, Alaska.
Since our arrival on the ship was late in the evening, we were happy to be welcomed with a light snack and a comfy bed. The next morning we excited to have the day open for exploring the sites and shops in the city of Vancouver.
Begining with our evening departure from Vancouver, we started our Alaskan cruise northward through Inner Passage and a relaxing next day at sea.
After a previous day of cross-continent traveling and four different time changes, the magnificent scenery, delicious food and a multitude of shipboard activities were a welcome fulfillment of our second day.
Cruising The Inside Passage
Early, on the third morning of our cruise, we arrived at our first port, Ketchikan. Also, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.”
To begin our day at Ketchikan, we start with an excursion to Silver King Lodge for a hike through the Tongass Rainforest and a tasty Seafood Fest lunch. At the beginning of our adventure, our small group enjoyed an excellent bus tour of Ketchikan. Excitedly, we drove through the countryside to the bay from which we were to start our outing.
As our small group traveled by boat through the winding waterways, we experienced fantastic views of the deep dark waters and snow-capped mountains surrounding Ketchikan. It was a great Sitka summer day…no rain and plenty of sunshine. The thick evergreen forests, winding waterways, and scattered islands are breathtakingly beautiful.
And that is not counting the wildlife; we witnessed eagles soaring overhead and sitting nestled high in their nests. On the return trip to Ketchikan, the theatrics of a group of whales swimming alongside our boat provided our entertainment.
Once on shore, we took a hike into the Tongass Forest and viewed the various species of trees, greenery, and wildlife. The experience of being in Alaska is remarkable. Either on the lake or in the forest you are in the middle of the wilderness, and the silence and stillness of these places are deafening.
Once we returned to Ketchikan, we spent the remaining afternoon walking around the town, exploring the shops along Creek Street, and generally wandering around aimlessly.
Next up, Sitka and it’s Happy Father’s Day!
Sitka is quaint town rich in Tlingit, Russian and American influence. It is also one of the world’s best places to view wildlife. The surrounding waters provide a vital feeding grounds for many species of whale, Sea otters, sea lions and other marine wildlife. And so that is why our shore excursion was the Sea Otter and wildlife quest first thing in the morning and touring the town later in the afternoon. Neither, of our choices, was a disappointment. The abundance of wildlife is incredible, and the performances that they provide is so entertaining. (Certainly, this is not a zoo or sea aquarium.)
I found the town charming and my favorite port for shopping the shops and spending the afternoon.
Wildlife: Sea Otters and Eagles
A “Whale” of a show!
Shopping With The Bear
The next day finds us in Juneau. I’m excited we’ve got lots happening today. We are visiting the Mendenhall Glacier and hiking down to Nugget Falls, visiting the Glacier Gardens Rainforest and time left over for a visit to the Red Dog Salon.
The end to another perfect day with a stop at a local hot spot before boarding our ship and sailing away again.
When we woke on our last day of the cruise, we were sad to realize that a dense fog had rolled in overnight. Today was to be our day for viewing the Hubbard Glacier. Our captain did his best to ensure that we would able to see the glacier, but that was not to be. Not being able to see the Hubbard Glacier was the only disappointment of our trip.
After, enjoying an entire week witnessing the grandeur and majesty of nature, how could we not be accepting of this is the way Mother Nature works.
Thus we have a schedule to keep so onward to Seward with one last fun-filled day at sea.
Seward – Anchorage
Our final cruise-related activity was a cross-country bus trip from Seward to Anchorage. The feeling of melancholy leaves as I watch out the window at the passing views of the beautiful Alaska scenery and reminisce over the fantastic experiences of the past week on our long anticipated Alaskan Cruise.
For now, it’s been a lovely cruise. We both enjoyed it much more than we had anticipated. Now it’s time to go home.
Many thanks for joining me on this little journey down memory lane while I share my Alaskan cruise memories.
I hope that you have the opportunity to experience the wonders of Alaska too.
Another adventure is checked off my intention list!
Fewer Words More Pictures
Today I’m sharing snapshots from my iPhone of our Distinctly Southern Style Saturday.
One of my favorite Saturday morning pastimes is to visit the local farmers market. Fresh foods, flowers, and coffee are all the makings of a delightful Saturday morning. Now bring the boys, Jake and Rex along and its perfect. They love the fact that they get to come along for the ride and they always receive tons of attention from everyone they meet. Plus there are lots of other dogs for them to socialize with too.
Now, let’s get started with more pictures and fewer words.
Enjoy A Do Nothing Day!
Here we are together again at this one moment in time, so let’s all take the time and enjoy! Let’s appreciate the little things in our lives. Our morning cup of hot coffee, the dogs waiting for their treat, the sweltering heat, the unexpected rain, whatever is happening in our world, let’s all stop and appreciate it.
I’m going to do nothing!
A Summer Neutral Mix
Keep cool and fashion-forward by mixing neutrals in soft shades of tan and white. It’s an excellent way to have a pulled together look and beat the summer heat!
Today’s outfit is all about mixing soft light-colored neutrals. Since neutrals mix and match with everything, they are basic to a well-structured wardrobe. One of my all-time favorite summertime neutral combinations is the pairing of white with different shades of tan or gray.
When wearing a combination of different neutral shades from head to toe, you can create a timeless, understated look. Many times I have worn a column of one neutral, such as white on white in summer. But I love the softness of mixing the different hues of neutral shades.
Plus, when you wear the palette head to toe, the colors blend and accent off each other shades.
I’m wearing white skinny jeans. And on top, I’m mixing neutrals by wearing a tan and white linen boho tunic with a tan cami underneath. In keeping with a mixing of neutrals theme, my accessories are a combination of both silver and gold along with a white watchband. Today’s shoes are a strappy tan sandal from a couple years ago. Lastly, a neutral gray and white tote accented with tan leather for the finishing touch to this outfit.
All and all, a neutral palette of white, tan and gray that is creating a cool summer look.
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What’s Up Next?
Well, July has just begun and I have lots of exciting and fun things planned for the second half of this year. There is sure to be more travel plans and sharing of past trips. Of course, there is some home maintenance and updating, all which I plan to share with you.
And so I am looking forward to this second half of 2018 all the while hoping that you will follow along!
Thank you for stopping by today!
What styles and colors are you wearing this summer?
I would love to hear all about them!
For now, have a wonderful weekend!
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Heading To The Beach This Weekend?
Beach time has finally arrived!
What’s more, fun than shopping for a swimsuit? It’s shopping for a cover-up for that newly found swimsuit. In reality, most of us dread the prospect of the swimsuit dressing room where we suck it in, squeeze it in and pledge to ourselves that we are going to exercise every day from now on and are never going to eat junk food again. Alas, all we need before hitting the pool or beach is an amazing scarf cover-up to do the job of keeping all those insecurities at bay.
Simply Sunday Thoughts
Love is the greatest gift that life has to offer.
LIVING IN A STATE OF HAPPINESS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING, WHERE WE LIVE, OR WHAT WE OWN. IT HAS TO DO WITH LOVING OURSELVES AND THE EXPERIENCE OF THE LIFE THAT WE ARE CREATING.
Because we are human, we all crave love and acceptance.
Some people are able to show their needs and emotions more openly than others. But, that doesn’t mean that because a person is quiet, put together and appears to have life by the tail, they are not struggling physically or on the inside. We have no idea what people are dealing with in their personal lives. Life deals us each with a different hand and because one set of circumstances looks different from another, we must remember that we are only seeing the surface. What lies beneath is anybody’s guess. Each person has their own set of issues with which to deal.
No matter our age, we all hunger for a sense of belonging.
Some more than others, but we all have that innate desire to belong. It’s a feeling of safety, of being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Yes, it really is important to have the support of community, friends, and family around to help out when things get tough. And yes, it is important to be open to accepting their love and help.
Also, equally important is the ability to forgive ourselves for our perceived shortcomings and past mistakes.
The time for regret is passed, the time for love is now.
This is a time when we need to allow self-love to come into our lives. To see the child within us all and to forgive all that has gone before. By doing so we can start to change and evolve into the happy person that we so want to be, right inside our own lives.
May we all be surrounded by positive energy, confidence, hope, and love as we pursue the life of our dreams.
Wishing you a peaceful day on this Simply Sunday!
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