Hello there! Well, it’s been a minute or two since I last blogged, hasn’t it? October was a whirlwind of fun and sun for us with trips to Catalina, Newport Beach and Calistoga. We’ve hardly been home in the last several weeks.
We flew home from Newport Beach Thursday afternoon and have been spending our time packing, running errands and getting organized for our big trip – the dream cruise I wrote about here.
I am at the point where I’m so excited I can barely think of anything but our trip and sleep is challenging!
We arrive in Barcelona on Tuesday then board the ship, Regent Seven Seas Explorer, on Thursday. I can hardly wait to see this beautiful vessel and explore our destinations!
I am trying my best to pack smart for a change and not bring my entire wardrobe. We are traveling for a total of 18 days which is a long time. I am bringing 3 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of jeans, 2 dresses and about 10 tunics and blouses. I am only bringing one coat – a black rain trench – and a couple of long cardigan sweaters and scarves.
Shoes are my biggest stress as I broke my pinky toe in early October and it’s taking a long time to heal as I whacked it out of alignment. I have been wearing either Birkenstocks or the ortho boot the podiatrist gave me to wear. None of my closed toed shoes fit me so yesterday I went shopping for some that will fit.
I bought these Swiss made shoes for sightseeing and exercising.
And these Portuguese made flats to wear while we’re on the ship and out to dinner on land. Aesthetically, they are not the most attractive shoes I won but I still like them and they feel like a soft glove on my feet.
As far as getting “me” ready, I have a fresh haircut and pedicure, gave myself a face mask and manicure, stocked up on makeup and skin care products, and the Botox treatment I had a few weeks ago is in full effect.
In my last post, I promised to show a before and after photos so you can see the difference Botox makes in the symmetry of my eyebrows. You can tell my right eyebrow sits a bit lower in the bottom right photo.
I still have plenty of movement in my forehead – I don’t like to go for the fully frozen look – yet my brows remain more even. Also, my frowning has diminished greatly. Overall, I have less tension in my face.
It’s on November 8th from 11:00 to 6:00 in their Santa Rosa location. Normally I would attend and take advantage of their great Botox offer, food truck, raffles and more but I will be traveling. If you are interested in getting Botox at the event, be sure to call them directly at (707) 537-2123 as the spots fill up fast!
As far as the other necessary things I need to pack for our trip – toiletries, vitamins and medications – I decided to upgrade our travel containers. Our old containers were causing me all sorts of leaking issues so they had to be tossed.
I love these silicone squeeze bottles that come on a lanyard. They have 6 different labels inside the cap that you can change. I filled mine with my favorite facial cleanser – Tea Tree Gel Cleanser from evanhealy – body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. I love the lanyard with clips. I simply take the whole thing out of my suitcase (I keep them inside a ziplock bag in case they leak or break) and hang on a hook in our bathroom. I remove whatever bottle I need then clip it back on when I am done using it.
I bought these cute silicone jars too. I got a pack of three and used two for evanhealy Light Moisture Replenishing Fluid and Blue Cactus Beauty Balm, which is my favorite hydrating balm. These two will be kept in my carryon as I will want to keep my skin hydrated while flying.
I take quite a lot of vitamins when I’m at home. I don’t mind going a few days without them but 18 days is too long so I bought some little pill pouches at the grocery store. I love these things! They don’t take up too much room and I can pack a day’s worth of vitamins into a single bag, then throw them in my purse.
To keep our credit cards and IDs safe from identity theft, we bought some RIFD (Radio-Frequency IDentification) blocking products. I have a crossbody bag that has protection inside it and Bill bought a wallet with the same protection at a local travel store.
We also have several protector sleeves for individual cards and our passports. You can never be too safe these days!
We are spending today and tomorrow finishing up packing and getting the house ready for house sitters to come. I most likely will not blog while we’re away but I will be posting lots of photos and stories on Instagram!
Thanks for reading!
Disclosure: My Botox treatment at Plastic Surgery Associates was complimentary in exchange for social media posts. My opinions about Plastic Surgery Associates and Botox are 100% my own. I have incorporated affiliate links for some of the products in this post that will earn me a very small commission if used.