We’ve sailed half way around the world and made it through 2 years on the boat, and a great way to celebrate? A shopping spree! Well, ok, maybe not a shopping spree, but being back in the states for 30 days has allowed me to do some much needed shopping. When we left Starry Horizons we did a super job cleaning, and some of that cleaning involved tossing out clothes that weren’t faring well or putting items in the “to sell” pile – mostly new, hardly used things.
We do have some clothing items on board which fall into the “rarely worn” category, and I took some time to evaluate how things were stored. I had bought some space bags to store our winter clothes in, and while checking on the bilge periodically I noticed that the space bags were no longer sealed properly. When I pulled our winter gear out, I thought everything was going to need a thorough cleaning or to be tossed, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the clothes were all in good shape and smelling nice. Having dryer sheets between the clothes definitely helped.
Some “convenient” storage spots didn’t fare so well. I had stashed my purse, winter boots, and slippers under the ledge on my side of the bed – out of the way. All of those items molded, but were easy enough to clean with diluted bleach. However, some of my heeled shoes in the cabinet under the bookshelf molded and showed signs of coming unglued at the seems, so both pairs went into the trash.
So after all that clean out, what did I buy while back in the states?
Most of my bras were old and more of a push-up style, suitable for wearing to the office or out with friends. One of them ripped so I decided it was time to shop for more, and I’m glad I did! Living in the boat is casual 24/7, and I typically find a bikini top more comfortable than a bra. While I can’t say that’s changed, getting a full-coverage, plain t-shirt bra was definitely a smart idea! PS. Good time to get new sports bras too!
I bought a soft cotton, elastic-waist maxi skirt. It’s not a floor length fit on me, but can sit just at my ankles. When visiting small villages in Fiji, it was recommended that women shouldn’t “dress like men”. A long skirt will make it much easier to be comfortable and modest while visiting conservative countries like Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Fiji.
Although living on the boat IS casual 24/7, there is a difference between wearing-logoed-t-shirt-casual and casual. I bought two soft and long solid colored t-shirts, one from White House Black Market and the other from Target. These are much more comfortable and perfect for when I want to clean up to go over to a friend’s boat.
Along the same vein, I bought two linen tunic tops, one in gray and one in teal. They both different patterns, the gray one has a high collar and the real is v-necked. Both have buttons and tabs to roll to 3/4 sleeve. Both fall past my hips.
Almost all of my 20+ bathing suits are string bikinis that tie around the back of my neck. After a few days (or one sunburn) I’m tired of them. So I picked out new bathing suits from Bolden – mix and match pieces – to give me a bit of a break while (hopefully) still looking cute.
What?? New makeup seems a bit counter-intuitive. I hardly ever wear makeup on the boat, so I really thought I would not buy anything new. Once I thought about it though, having 2 months in societies where it’s more acceptable to be wearing makeup than not (the states and New Zealand) I decided to hang on to the makeup. Until I put it on. Yowza! My new tan skin is two shades darker than it was before, and my makeup made me look pale. Tossing the makeup and going shopping allowed me to switch to a coverage cream with sunscreen.
We still have a few bottles of chemical sunscreens (broad spectrum protection of NO-AD and similar sunscreens built particularly for the face) on the boat, but I have decided to give zinc sunscreens a try. These sunscreens work by being a physical barrier instead of a chemical barrier to the sun. I decided to test this change for two reasons:
- I am having trouble with breakouts around my jawline while on the boat. These breakouts lessen every time we come back to the states. There could be another cause for this, but a good bet is the stuff I slather on my face almost every day.
- There have been some studies published regarding the effects of chemical sunscreens on coral reefs. While nothing has been firmly agreed upon in the scientific community, it’s an easy change to try to make.
Ii’ll be testing out these two sunscreens:
Shoes! I have never owned a lot of shoes but for some reason I thought it would be smart to buy additional shoes for cruising. I bought two pairs of Sperrys boat shoes and Teva sandals, but never got comfortable with any of them. And, frankly, buying shoes for cruising is ridiculous. 90% of the time I’m barefoot – on my boat, other people’s boats, the beach, etc. 5% of the time I’m in flip flops, 3% in sneakers, 1% in my ballet flats, and 1% in the Sperry racing sneakers. Therefore, the new shoes I never wear got tossed in the “to sell” pile. With the heels I mentioned earlier, that’s 5 pairs of shoes I cleared out!