All Things EARTH... part 2

Cruise Fashions & Beauty

Deck yourself out for your next cruise! What clothes should you bring, and what should stay at home. Offer up packing tips, and savvy shopping info, too
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Anita , a lot of the Alaska tour people leave Alaska after the last cruise ship leaves because the towns basically get deserted . That might be why you are having trouble contacting one of the operators .We went whale watching in Juneau with a small private company . We then went to the glacier and stopped at the Red dog Saloon .The Red Dog Saloon has Wyatt Earp's gun on display .It is a fun place to stop at for a drink . They have live music and the decor is old time Alaska .
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Yes, the population in the port towns fluctuates greatly with the season. I'm aware of the seasonal jobs that help support the tourist industry. The man we were going to go fishing with lives in Juneau full time and has for years. He runs a shore fishing excursion where he would just take you shore fishing and supply you with the gear to fish. I believe that his business has basically been shut down because of the tight fishing regulations that have been imposed because of the decline in fish populations. There are many places where you just can't fish period. And the majority of the king salmon fishing season is catch and release only. I'm thinking Abe has figured out a different line of work for a while.

But it's fine. There's a lot of information online and our trip is after the June 15 catch and release only time period. We were already planning on bringing our own fishing rods so it's really not a big deal. It's just a matter of needing to do more research than we would have done had we been able to rely on a guide. Oh. And having to rent a car. But overall, renting the car will be make our overall expenses less in Juneau.
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Wow, you're packing your fishing poles? Do you have cases for them? I used to fish with my dad a lot. I miss that. I'm curious as to how you will be packing them, Anita. It seems it would be quite a challenge to pack them safely so that they don't break.

I am currently in between a few things, and the weather is beautiful here today. I know I will probably be heading outside to do some hard work or help my husband clean the garage. But I am scrolling through Macy's right now, and have seen some very pretty things.

This dress here is just beautiful. I think it's too light in color for me, perhaps. It's a print! But I like the print. I don't know if I would like it on, but you never know.

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/c...%26slotId%3D26

Then I saw this casual dress, and it is a lot like the idea of what I've been looking for. I think there is too much fabric for me though. A-line would be fine, but this is a swing dress. I'm loving the smoked salmon color.

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/s...e%26slotId%3D8

I think it might be worth trying, but I am almost positive I won't be happy with the shape. If the quality is good enough and I really love it, it might be worth altering. The price is decent.
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The color for this is listed as black gold. I found it intriguing. I was just thinking to look at it, if the neckline was different, it might work for me. Then I saw the color description and wondered if the gold was just making the black look brown to me.

https://www.macys.com/shop/product/c...%26slotId%3D12
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Nice dresses Laurie! That full length one is beautiful...pretty print. I like the graceful way the fabric flows around the body. The print seems to give an overall more colorful kind of color rather than a more pale color, so it might be wonderful. Very summery to me. I like the shape of the casual dress. It would really depend where the fullness of the skirt would start as to how flattering it would be. I think Margaret mentioned needing the fullness to start below the hip level...I'm the same way. I think that black and gold is very bronze! I've seen fabrics like that before and even though the fabric is a blend the overall impression is more of a solid color.

The fishing poles need to be ones that break up into 3 pieces, not just 2. They have hard tube cases that protect the rods. The reels are packed separately. The duffels I ordered are 33" long. The pole cases are more like 36 but I think we'll be able to pack the rod cases on bit on the diagonal. The test pack will reveal whether or not this will all work out. Got notification that the duffels were labeled for shipment today.
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I just love this swimsuit:

https://www.soma.com/store/browse/pr...ece%20Swimsuit

Anita, my dad mostly used poles that were two pieces, so I think that is why I was thinking it could be an issue for you. He always laughed, because I loved to fish but I would never take the fish off the hook. I'd tell him I don't like to touch the fish. There is a picture of me when I was little, that has me and my sisters in it. I'm crying while one of my sisters is holding the fish. I caught it, but didn't want to even hold it for the picture and I was so upset. It provided many laughs over the years.

I was thinking the same thing with floral print dress - that the print would make it seem like there was more overall color to it. Prints are something that I want to figure out. I don't wear a lot of them, but when I do, I don't necessarily see a pattern. I'm hoping to learn why I like certain prints and not others, because it will help me shop. Most of my purchases are online, since when you walk into a store, the variety is limited, especially with dresses. Macy's, Lord and Taylor, and Kohls, are a big sea of black.

I know that I don't like geometric prints, or plaids, stripes or polka dots. I can tell that I'm drawn to things that are more serene, if that makes sense. An example would be the yellow dress from the last cruise. I think any print that involves a chiffon overlay immediately has a certain amount of softness due to the sheer quality of the fabric. I like tonal prints. To me, lace is a tonal print because of the pattern involved.

You know what I love about ordering online? When it arrives and you get to open the package, as if it were a present. Right now, I'm waiting for my new Nook cover to come in! Exciting!! I'm so silly sometimes...
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I love the front of that swim suit, but I dislike the back. I have what they call a high hip, which makes my butt look especially big because it appears to start so high up on my body...like at my waist. I have a swim suit from Athleta with a back like that and I really don't like it at all. It's the swim suit that I designated for the Thellassotherapy pools! It's all faded in streaks and horrid looking for all that the material and seams are still in really good shape.

Love the zipper in the front but I'd be worried about it. For looks, it doesn't appear to have any fabric behind the zipper to be between the zipper and your skin. Not sure how I feel about that. I don't necessarily think it would catch on skin...but IDK...

Beautiful color. The breaking up of the body with the princess seams is nice...and I like the ruching.

I think you like florals. Not tight busy florals, but larger, more impressionistic florals. And the look of watercolors. Definitely a kind of tone on tone...less dramatic floral.
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Too funny, I tried that black gold dress on at Macy’s on a Friday. I thought it’d be great for my reunion. It really did nothing for me. Les’s comment was, it’s really shiny... think I’ll stick with my jumpsuit. Melody


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I really like that black gold dress and the full length dress is pretty but being super practical I would wonder how much use I would get out of a dress like that ? I recently read an article on not buying any clothes for a year and just shopping your closet . I am intrigued with this idea since I tend to wear the same items and some things just sit there unworn. I don't think I could go a whole year but maybe six months ? Okay maybe three months !
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Interesting black gold dress. Am I the only one who can't open the two other dress links from Laurie?
Good opinion re swimming suit zipper Anita.