Sunday, July 27, 2008

cruise inspired looks for summer 2008 - weekend chic

Well...Christine and her hubby have already left for their vacation.

Yours truly is stuck here holding down the fort, while she gets ready to hit the high seas.

I wonder if she'll want to set a course for a new adventure? Or if she'll see an open smile on a friendly shore?

Come know you want to sing it.

The love boat-ah...soon will be making another run..the love boat-ah...promises something for ev-eryone.

Yeah...I've been singing that song all week in my head. Thanks random bursts of 70's television theme songs.

Anyway...I guess that we still have time for one more cruise inspired look.

This will work for anything outdoors. It's also something that's great for going out around town, or watching Big L play in his first softball game with some of the guys from work.

I'm dusting off the first aid kit as we speak.

Sorry. I digress. Where was I?

Oh yeah...I kept the look easy and comfortable with a cute t-shirt and khaki shorts. If you plan on hitting the beach, or are planning on being around some prepared with a cute bathing suit in a bold color. Plus it'll look adorable peeking out of your tee.

Whether or not you go with the suit, go for some color on your feet. We both love Converse shoes, although (truth be told) they are not the most comfortable shoes for doing some major walking. If that's the case, go for a more comfy pair.

To protect your tresses and your eyes, the adorable not-a-baseball-cap and aviators are the way to go.

Another must?

Sunscreen with a high SPF that you reapply often. A good one to try is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with SPF 55, 70, or 85 ($15).

The reason why it's fabulous?

It contains Helioplex for unbeatable UVA protection. It works better to help prevent damaging UVA rays from penetrating deep under skin’s surface. Plus, it's not all greasy and absorbs quickly...leaving your skin soft, not slippery.

I would also suggest using a separate sunscreen for your face. One that does double duty is Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunblock SPF 70. ($12)

Why is it so great?

Well, for starters, it has a seriously high SPF. It also contains Helioplex , it's sheer, and it's fragrance free...a bonus for sensitive skin. Plus it contains a blend of powerful anti-oxidants to combat free radicals that accelerate the signs of aging.

Being you're going to be running around, who wants a full face of makeup? Especially because it will probably slide off your face as you sweat. Yuck.

I would either use a little bit of tinted moisturizer to even everything out, or just spot conceal around your nose and under your eyes.

Whichever you decide to do, you could still use a little pop of color on your cheeks. If anything it'll give you a nice rosy glow.

Our fave?

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush ($28). It delivers that phenomenally perfect, natural looking flush. It contains anti-oxidants and contains ingredients that fight the signs of aging.

The best part? It smells like raspberries. Yum.

Lastly, I do know that Christine will be flying to Puerto Rico to meet up with her cruise ship. This set will be perfect for the flight (it's FAA approved sizes) and after...she could throw these in her bag.

Noah's Naturals Natural Beauty Travel Kit ($10) contains 1 oz of Grapefruit Shower Gel, 1 oz of their famous Grapefruit Body Lotion, .17 oz Hand Salve, and one Peppermint Lip Balm.

The Shower Gel and Body Lotion, smell exactly like the sorta-kinda-sweet-sorta-kinda-tart combo of a just peeled grapefruit. Love. The gel provides a rich and creamy lather, that leaves behind it's citrusy scent. The lotion is infused with shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and contains extracts of lavender, chamomile, and geranium. Everything combined, helps to moisturize your skin while sinking in easily.

The Hand Salve comes in a tin and has a thicker consistency...hence the word salve in the title. It's great for hands that are chapped, or for cuticles that are in need of dire rescue.

Our favorite of the kit is the Pepermint Lip Balm. It brings to mind Chapstick that's been kicked up a notch. It contains major ingredients like: almond oil, aloe vera, vitamin e, beeswax, sunflower, avocado, candelilla, rosemary, and cucumber...just to name a few. And it smells like peppermints. And it leaves your lips tingly after you apply it. Sweet.

The best part is that (except for the Tarte) almost all of the beauty products can be found at Walmart, Target, or other mass retailers. For more information on each, head on over to,, and

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