We had a great little beach day in the Bahamas yesterday. I could swim in the ocean forever and never get sick of it. We went to our fav piña colada spot and then found a cute coffee shop (expensive) but it is a good place to get wifi and chill. The most beautiful beaches I’ve seen prior to this contract were in the Virgin Islands, but the Bahamas are giving them a run for their money. So blue! Pretty sure there are tons of sharks though. We are banana boating soon and I can’t wait! Before the shows last night we had a little impromptu photoshoot at the front of the ship. The outfit I’m wearing is from our “Vogue” number.
Our first night of shows went really well! The audience was so much fun and we got compliments after. I think my favorite number is our zombie one haha We dance to a song from The Walking Dead followed by Thriller and I get to live out my zombie dreams. There were a few costume malfunctions among the cast, but other than that it was a fun, surreal blur. The second night was even more fun. It is a sassier show in my opinion. I choreographed a dance to “I Love Rock & Roll” about 15 years ago and now I’m dancing to it on here. Our entire cast and choreographer went out last night and had a blast. Today I get to see my love! Enjoy the pics.
The former cast left today and it is now our time to shine. I’m sad my friend Kel is gone, but we get to work together yet again this winter. During the rehearsal period, we had a lot of free time at night. We took a lot of random pictures and were able to get dinner often in one of the restaurants. Once the show opens, we will be performing from 7 to about 10 every night and we dance at the retro party on West Palm nights. Everyone gets along and we all have mutual friends in the industry. The food on the ship rocks in my opinion. There are a lot of vegetarian options (I’m not one, but I love me some veggies). I use the nice gym every day to warm up and it is usually pretty empty since most people are out on excursions or getting food as our cruises are super short. Going out on the ship is nice too. There are pages and pages of fancy drinks. I’m not a big drinker, but the lychee martini is the bomb.com. Once the show opens and we have a routine we will have days free to explore Florida and the Bahamas. I plan to get in a lot of reading, blogging and beach time. Justin gets to visit soon too so I’m really looking forward to time with him. There are two shows that we perform. One is more showgirl and one is a throwback to different decades and major pop artists. The rehearsal process flew by and was all done on the ship which is new to me, but I liked it better than staying somewhere else first. We open our first show tonight! Wish us luck xo
So….I’m temporarily away from the gulf and am spending the next four months dancing on the ocean. We are still in rehearsals and open the show on Monday! We are just between Florida and the Bahamas so it hasn’t been very rocky at all. Freeport is stunning! The water is unlike anything I’ve seen, but there are probably tons of sharks. Souvenir shopping is great and I got the cutest little wallet and basket. I can’t believe I’m back on a ship! It is totally different this time around. The cast is so nice and we do everything together. It’s great to be able to use my phone every other day. More updates to come when we open the show xx
I’m returning to ship life for the next 4.5 months! It has been 3 years since I’ve been on a cruise ship and I’m excited to explore a sunnier part of the world this time. I will try to post an update, but will probably be rehearsing a lot in the next 2 weeks. Talk soon xx
Everglades Wonder Gardens
A few months ago, I worked an event at Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita. I got to hold a really really expensive macaw and walk around dressed like a garden fairy. Good times. I recently went back with my parents to check it out for real. It all started in the 30’s, but was shut down for a hot minute and they are working on improving it now that it was saved. This time, I got to feed the alligators and turtles and really explore. The birds are so stinkin’ adorable and polite. They say hello and goodbye! My favorite animal was probably the cute little crocodilly chilling in the head of an alligator that used to live there. They also have a nice gift shop and museum filled with history. After, we went to The Fish House for some coconut shrimp, key lime pie, and sweet potato fries that are basically the size of whole potatoes.
Recently, I booked a party at a private home where I was a living table. I had never even heard of this before moving to Florida. I had a blast inside of the table, which looked like part of my dress. I danced around and mingled with guests who just happened to be from the same place my family is from! The party was for a couple getting married the following day and I later found out that the bride and my cousin were friends in high school! My cousin knew a lot of people at the party and they ended up texting her some pics they took with me. SMALL WORLD. The party had a tropical theme and I got to sample some of the yummy food. I served rum punch and desserts on my table. I had such a great time and love the events company I work with, Pzazz Productions.
This is my favorite Lilly purchase EVER. I think the romper is so flattering (try a size bigger than you normally would) and I’ve seen many people rock it. It comes in another great pattern too. I knew I was going to love it before I even tried it on. Another favorite of mine is my monogram necklace from C.Orrico in Palm Beach. You can pick the colors you want and they will make it for you right there. They have two different necklace lengths and also have bracelets and earrings. I was having camera issues since it was so hot my lens was fogging up. Some of these are from a phone. Oops.
Romper: Lilly Pulitzer | Monogram Necklace: C.Orrico | Shoes: American Eagle (way old)
My absolute favorite color/pattern of the latest Lilly Pulitzer collection is Green Sheen Fronds Place. I love it so much that I got pants, a top, and a romper. I usually never wear pants (ha) but couldn’t resist trying something different, especially with such a beautiful top that will also look great with white pants (which I don’t own yet). My camera was fogging up, because it was so hot out yesterday so these are not the greatest pics, but you get the idea.
Top 1: Lilly Pulitzer | Top 2: Lilly Pulitzer (Similar) | Pants: Lilly Pulitzer | Jewelry: Lilly Pulitzer/My great aunt’s vintage necklace| Shoes: Vince Camuto/Target
Yesterday, J and I went on a friend’s boat to Keewaydin. I had never been there before and was excited to finally have an afternoon free to go. On the way there, we saw SO MANY DOLPHINS. Like the most I’ve ever seen. When we got to Keewaydin, there were some playing so close to the beach too. It’s pretty much a little party island and even has several food and drink boats. I got some yummy blackened grouper tacos and we went on a beach walk. The puppies loved it. I don’t know why J gave them baths the day before, because they were totally covered in sand by the end of the day. On the way back, I saw so many mansions and a different view from the sunset cruise we usually go on. I hadn’t been on a boat in so long and hope to go out there again soon.