I'm so excited to have, sometime since January 1, hit the 5 year mark on YLF! I have heaps of gratitude for Angie & Greg, Inge, and the entire YouLookFab community. This place has brought me so much happiness, all based on sharing a love of fashion. I want to make a special shout-out to Kari, Annagybe, Aida, Joy, Shevia, Vix & Debbie who inspired me when I joined. To Janet, Suz, MsMary, Alaskagirl, Ornella, Deborah & Adelfa I want to say I've felt a sisterhood with you these past 5 years, as we all started around the same time (give or take) and you have remained constant on the forum. Thank you for humbly and enthusiastically traveling this path with me. I know I have forgotten some names here, please feel free to point out my error!
Meanwhile -- there are clothes to think about! My Mother is taking me and my boyfriend Dan on a cruise. This time the three of us are going to Mexico, to celebrate his birthday.
The itinerary calls for the following:
- 2 Formal Nights
- 8 Smart Casual Nights
- 5 days at sea
- 4 ports of call/shore days (75-82 F)
- 1 travel day
I am not a light packer. I fully intend to use this as an opportunity to wear my clothes, something I cannot always do given I live on a ranch (if you're Angie you call it a farm. Love you Angie).
Herewith, my planned outfits:
Picture 1 -- My one and only formal dress. This is from Ralph Lauren.
Picture 2 -- Potential second formal outfit. I really don't have a proper second formal dress, but decided these Rick Owens pieces would work. Either with tunic dress and long shrimp skirt or ..
Pictures 3/4 -- Other potential formal night's outfit. Looking kind of busy so preferring #2, what do you think?
Picture 5 -- Smart Casual night/dinner outfit. A Vince printed silk dress. Nice quality but just kind of ok on me... cut and color not exactly a 10 on me.
Picture 6 -- Smart casual night. Another Vince shift dress, like this one much more.
Picture 7 -- More smart casual. An Eileen Fisher tunic and Rick Owens skirt. This needs a pendant. I like the color of the tunic.
Picture 8 -- Smart casual. A repeat from 2015. Zara sequin jacket, Vince leather pants.
Picture 9 -- Casual, probably at sea.
Picture 10 -- Casual appropriate for a shore day I think. Repeat from 2015.
Picture 11 -- My latest addition to the Rick Owens capsule in "Dark Dust", love this dress for cooler nights.
Picture 12 -- Really into this mint bag and mint sandals, combined with navy, for a smart casual day outfit.
Picture 13 -- Sporty luxe smart casual day outfit.
Picture 14 -- Is this a cliche tropical Gringo outfit? I think the pants are kind of unflattering, but they are lightweight. Wild pants are an impulse purchase from the sale rack at TJ Maxx.
Any advice or tips on these outfits welcome! Plus thoughts on traveling the "Mexican Riviera" are wanted. Hoping my Lonely Planet guidebook arrives by Friday.
Please do weigh in on #2 vs. 3/4 as the second formal night outfit.