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Hello friends! I’m back from my much-anticipated vacation with my lovely pals.

As many of you know, I went on a cruise last week to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. It was divine.

However, while on the boat, I was unable to get my pics to load from my phone to WordPress. :/ At first, I was really stressed out about it. But after a frozen mojito (or more), I decided that if I could take a vacation from my day job, it wouldn’t kill me to wait a week to post my fabulous thrifty cruise wear.

So, how does one outfit oneself for $1 (or less) per garment on vacation?

Hop in and let me show you!
Hop in and let me show you!

I’d been prepping for my trip for a while, scouring the thrift shops for cheap off-season clothing that put me in a tropical mood. It was a refreshing change from digging for sweaters, scarves, and the like and it helped build my excitement for my journey. As I opened my giant suitcase on (the biggest cruise ship in the world), I smiled happily at my choices.

The boat is huge, but the rooms are teeny!
The boat is huge, but the rooms are teeny!

Here are my favorite outfits for the week in their natural habitats:

Welcome to the Champagne Bar!
Welcome to the Champagne Bar!

This 70’s grecian-style dress with fortuny pleating was my favorite for one of the two “formal” nights on the boat.

Sort of looks like a promo pic for a soap opera, doesn't it?
Sort of looks like a promo pic for a soap opera, doesn’t it?
Fits like a glove!
Fits like a glove!

I recently thrifted this sweet red number for $1. It fits perfectly, and I love the red!

The fab vintage necklace doesn't hurt either.
The fab vintage necklace doesn’t hurt either.

Of course, fancier fare really wouldn’t work for hanging out around the pool or on a gorgeous beach.

Like this one...
Like this one…
Or this one!
Or this one!

I tried to maintain a modicum of style, even on casual days.

At the water tower in Nassau
At the water tower in Nassau
I couldn't go on a boat without bringing a stripey shirt!
I couldn’t go on a boat without bringing a stripey shirt!
Even that coverup is a thrifted find!
Even that coverup is a thrifted find!
This is what my hair looks like when it gets wet.
This is what my hair looks like when it gets wet.
But, it was worth it for the view.
But, it was worth it for the view.
I would describe this look as "Modern Flapper Casual".
I would describe this look as “Modern Flapper Casual”.
Is the pineapple necklace too much?
Is the pineapple necklace too much?
Tuesdays are just unbearable.
My cruise roomie!
Sky lift selfie on St. Thomas!
Sky lift selfie on St. Thomas!

I got extra mileage out of my swimwear by not being afraid to mix & match.

No fear!
No fear!

Of course, no outfit is complete without the right accessories. Here’s how I kept them from getting tangled. My roommate referred to this as my “wind chimes”:

Shower hooks!
Shower hooks!

Thrifting my cruise wear in the off season meant less competition for really lovely pieces like these:

Also $1.
Also $1.
You won't believe how cheap this one was.
You won’t believe how cheap this one was.
50 cents at Goodwill!
50 cents at Goodwill on clearance!

The cruise was delightful. Getting to spend a week in paradise with my best friends from near and far really meant the world to me. My friends are my family. :)

I love these people. :)
I love these people. :)

Just think of how much you can save on your next big vacation by checking your local thrift stores for clothing options before heading to the mall. :)

So…now the sun has set on my vacation. Time to get back to reality and the blogosphere!

See you tomorrow!

*sigh*
*sigh*

 

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