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  1. I’m not a fan of Jergens...it feels so greasy, and doesn’t dry down for me. Also didn’t work very well for me, but that was just my experience. YMMV I like St Tropez “Express Bronzing Mousse” and Clarins “Self Tanning Instant Gel”. They both work well for me, last a long time, aren’t too greasy or smelly. For my face, I use Clarins “glow booster” that I mix w moisturizer, and it works really well. I usually use the self tanner at night...let it dry down a bit and then wear loose cotton pajamas. Wake up to a tan. 😉. I do it a few times a week til I get the color I want, and then once a week to maintain.
  2. I’m not completely brand specific...although often pick OPI. I love bright colors. I don’t know that I have a favorite color...I do have a few favorites for neutral (pale milky pinks), but aside from that, anything goes! I get a gel manicure every 2 weeks and lately I’ve been liking OPIs Spring 2020 “Mexico City” line - right now I have Telenovela Me About It. Lol! I get a pedicure every four weeks, and right now have Mariachi Makes My Day.
  3. I think those shoes are great!
  4. I would say no to winter coats but everyone is different (obviously). We also cruised in late May to Alaska and we had beautiful weather...no rain. So we were glad we didn't lug along our winter coats. We both had rain jackets (from Costco $20) and then we just layered underneath...if we got too hot, we took off a layer. We didn't get crazy about it - I would often wear a tank, a thin sweater and the rain jacket. If I was worried about temps when we were off the ship, I'd take a zip up fleece jacket and keep it in my backpack so I could layer it on underneath the rain jacket (never needed to). I also took a hat, gloves and a scarf. I never wore the hat, but I did wear the gloves and scarf on a small boat tour. We also just wore jeans each day - and we were perfectly fine. But different strokes for different folks.
  5. I don't wear dresses/skirts very often, so I wore black slacks or white pants...with a variety of tops in the dining room. The MDR (and speciality restaurants) had an extremely WIDE RANGE of outfits. You'll be fine! I had different jewelry/scarves to mix things up, but honestly, I don't notice what other people wear and I have no problem wearing the same thing repeatedly. But that's me. 🙂 Enjoy your cruise!
  6. Godspeed... It seemed clear to us that someone had been murdered on the couch in our room at the Anchorage Westmark. LOL The bathroom was clean tho!
  7. $25 sounds good! It’s higher in my area. Hope you have a good experience!
  8. you shouldn’t be orange at all - sunless tanners have come so far in terms of natural color. Especially if you go someplace where they spray you, they will adjust the color/tone for your coloring. if it were me, I’d do the spray tan the day before I left... if you have time, you may want to try out a spray tan before you go on your cruise - trial run, if you will... 😀
  9. It’s not a medical question IMO...lol. I haven’t done a spray tan for a cruise specifically, but I’ve done them many times before. It’s a great solution if you want some temporary color. Be careful to exfoliate before having it done...definitely ask where you get it done how to prepare and how to keep your spray tan looking good. I’ve had better results going to a place where a person sprays you, as opposed to going to a place where you stand in a booth by yourself to get sprayed. I use a couple of self tanner lotions/products to lengthen the time of my spray tan. I can get mine to last a week...sometimes longer...depends on what activities I’m doing.
  10. I really like the waterfall ones, I didn't think I would, because I've tried on other waterfall style cardigans and just felt there was too much fabric in the front (looking at you Talbot's), and it was just unflattering on me. These ones though, from BR, lie nicely and the fabric is great - flows nicely, doesn't wrinkle etc
  11. I like cashmere better than merino wool too, but I agree that it can be more delicate. I tend to 'run hot' as a person in life, but when I fly, I tend to be cold for some reason. So layers are crucial for me. We too often get off a flight and then immediately go do something. I always like to look relatively 'put together' in general, that is just my MO, but definitely when traveling. And you can find so many options nowandays that look nice/are comfortable. It's really not hard. I find I often adjust better to a time difference if we go and do something when we arrive (obviously it depends on the local time when we land).
  12. I think a cashmere hoodie would be great...I think almost any type of sweater would work with the pants you describe. I don't wear a lot of colors, so I probably won't be any help. 🙂 I'm a neutral gal in terms of clothing...and I do like the long duster cardigans that are back in style. I have 3 from Banana Republic that I've been wearing the heck out of lately. They're nice and thin, but warm and don't feel too bulky to me. I don't like pockets on my clothes, and these work for me with slash pockets as opposed to obvious patch pockets that you see on a lot of sweaters lately. https://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=492412032&pcid=999#pdp-page-content How do you feel about waterfall cardigans? I have 3 of these too from Banana Republic (hey, I find something I like and I tend to buy all the neutral colors LOL). I bought these last year and love them... https://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=501070022&pcid=999#pdp-page-content or a boyfriend cardigan? https://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=358496022&pcid=999#pdp-page-content or a kimono style topper? I have a couple from TJMaxx/Marshalls and Anthropologie in a variety of fabrics/colors/textures that are colorful, easy to wear and you feel put together. https://www.anthropologie.com/kimonos-vests I have a trip coming up to South America and I'm wearing my typical long flight outfit of black ponte leggings, white or gray tank, cardigan (long duster type or waterfall) and ballet flats. I always have a lightweight cashmere scarf...I have about 8 colors of those ones from Restoration Hardware, love them. Have fun on your trip!
  13. We like to stay at the Douglas Hotel (Marriott property) in Vancouver. Nice location where you can easily walk to restaurants, stores etc Good luck finding something that suits you! Have a great trip. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yvrps-the-douglas-autograph-collection/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
  14. Where did you get your gel nails done? I really think it makes a difference. Also the brand of gel polish. I don't have a problem with any brand chipping on me, but I do know folks that can only use OPI (for example). I don't have a problem with my gel polish chipping at all - despite not being careful about my nails at all and I'm extremely active - working out at the gym, swimming, trail running, gardening, and even heavy duty housework. Maybe I"m just lucky? I don't think so though...the nail technician is key IMO.
  15. I think it just depends on the expertise of the manicurist, what products they are using, and the health/type of nails you have. I have strong, fast growing nails. I get a gel manicure every other week, all year long...and my natural nails are great, no problems there. I love that I can cook, clean, hike, swim, workout, garden etc with absolutely no problems...my polish is chip free and shiny until I change it 2 weeks later. In order to get the gel polish off - yes, my manicurist applies cotton balls soaked with acetone to my nails. It sits for a few minutes and then the polish basically pops right off. My manicurist doesn't need to do much else - so there is minimal buffing of the nail itself. But that's just my experience.
  16. Oh yes definitely! I have a more on the casual side LBD...and I've worn it as a bathing suit cover up, and then later that day worn it to dinner with jewelry and pretty sandals. I have another LBD that I can wear for cocktails, or dinner on a cruise, and then wear the next day with cute tennis shoes and a jean jacket or cardigan. I also do the same with close fitting black slacks - dress them up...dress them down. You're good to go to multiple occasions/venues. I love multitasking items in my suitcase because I want to pack light..you can do a LOT with jewelry, scarves, shoes etc.
  17. I don't have good luck with the clothing at Costco. I'm pretty careful about it now, luckily I have a location near me. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother - too much of a pain to make returns. I"ve bought a few leggings and knit slacks there over the years, and haven't liked how they performed - thankfully Costco has a great return policy. I wore the Eileen Fisher crepe slacks (previously mentioned) for years...but somehow the style I used to buy changed? Or was re-designed? So when I tried to buy another pair last year, I couldn't find the right fit for me. Unfortunately, because they are great. I shop at lot at Banana Republic and have several of their ponte knit pants, leggings etc Haven't bought any recently though... Other places to peruse are Talbot's and LandsEnd. Good luck finding something great for your cruise!
  18. I always bring sea bands, ginger chews and Dramamine on all our trips (land and sea). Luckily we've not had to use them (except on a particularly rough crossing on a Ferry in Scotland last year). I figure, they don't take up much space, and we will be glad we have them if we need them.
  19. We really wanted to see Denali so we did the land extension after our cruise w HA this past May, but hindsight is 20/20. We won't do that again and instead plan our own land portion. It was too expensive for what we got...and way too many bus/train rides that were really, really, loooooooong. And to us, super boring. The hotel in Denali was fine, but in Anchorage? Oy Awful. LOL We got a good laugh out of it. We had a great trip but we know what we will do differently next time.
  20. I don't find it tedious...I don't use a list and I do it the day before, or sometimes the morning of...I'm quick and snappy about it. I do make sure that ALL my laundry is done and put away the few days before we leave - makes packing super quick and easy. I often pack for my husband as well. There have been times my husband has texted me and said "throw some underwear in your purse, we're going to XXX for the weekend, car picking you up in 1 hour". So over the years I've just learned to roll with it...we always have such a good time. 🙂 We do a LOT of traveling, and a long time ago my husband converted me to a carry on bag only. So there's no room for extras and I've really learned over the years to just bring the basics. I'm a very simple dresser in real life, so I guess it's just easy for me? I mostly wear neutrals. I've never been disappointed I didn't have something. If anything, there have been items I didn't need. I also don't unpack my bag in my destination room (neither does my husband)...we might be oddballs, but we hang up some items in a closet, and I may put my toiletry bag in the bathroom (although I usually put it in the closet or in my suitcase when we leave the room each day). That's it. Just what works for us...
  21. I agree! Tracy's is great...fun place, great crab.
  22. I wear all heights of shoes and love high high heels...I don't find them hard to walk in...to each their own. 🙂
  23. We went to the 49th State Brewery for lunch the following day after our bike ride...the beers were good (according to my husband LOL). The food was fine, nothing to write home about, but it was busy and had a nice fun vibe inside.
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