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cruising in style

In case you missed this post or all my countless Instagram posts my husband and I just got back from an early 10 year anniversary trip aboard Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Harmony of the Seas. This was my third cruise and my second time cruising with Royal Caribbean, and I am pleased to report that  the biggest ship in the world did not disappoint! One of my favorite things about going on a cruise is being able to dress up for dinners and shows. As busy parents Mike and I rarely get the chance to get all fancy-schmancy, so the formal nights on a cruise are something that I especially look forward to. This post is a collaboration with Pink Blush. I was provided with product in exchange for my honest review and the chance to host a giveaway for my readers. As always, all opinions are my own and I never recommend products I don’t love!


Cruising in style


If you’ve never been cruising before here are some tips for packing successfully, especially for formal nights:

  • Consider keeping the heels at home. I packed one low pair that I wore a few of the nights, but for the most part I wore strappy sandals. Although you can forget sometimes because it’ll be so large with so much to do, a cruise ship is still a boat and if you experience rough seas you’re better off with both feet firmly planted on the floor.
  • Bring along a small clutch for your camera, lip gloss, ship pass… all the little odds and ends you might want to bring along if you go to dinner or to the shops. You definitely don’t want to lug around your normal bag, but you’ll need easy access to things (and the hubby doesn’t always feel like being your pack mule for some reason).
  • Keep in mind that you won’t have access to irons on board since they’re considered a safety hazard. Make sure to pack wrinkle-free items whenever possible (this PinkBlush dress was perfect!) and try rolling your clothing in your bag when you pack rather than folding.
  • Even if you’re travelling to a tropical location you should bring a sweater of some kind. It can get pretty windy up on deck, and sometimes the air conditioning inside can be a little much. Plus, if you happen to have a cruise ship with an ice skating rink onboard (Royal Caribbean was the first company to introduce ice skating rinks at sea), you’ll want to be a little warmer. Speaking of which, you’ll also need long pants if you want to take a whirl around the rink.
  • Remember that formal doesn’t mean boring! A dress doesn’t have to be a classic, black cocktail dress to be appropriate. Not that there’s anything wrong with dark colors if that’s what you like, but the most important thing is that you pick out something that is nice and you feel beautiful in! I don’t usually go for the color red but I fell in love with this dress from PinkBlush and it’s one of my new favorite pieces.
  • Dress comfortably. After dinner you’ll probably end up walking around for awhile or going to a show… you don’t want to be pulling on your outfit all night and adjusting yourself. And let’s not even get into the fact that thanks to all the delicious and endless food you might pack on a few extra pounds while on vacation. Of course, there’s always the fitness center or jogging track to work them off (so don’t forget to bring workout clothes, how often can you say you went for a run in the Caribbean sea?!).


Cruising in style


I am so excited to have had the opportunity to work with PinkBlush for this post. I have been seeing their beautiful clothing for awhile now and knew that one of their pieces would be perfect for a formal night onboard. For those of you that might not be familiar with PinkBlush, they are a trendy online boutique that sells a wide array of women’s fashion–from maternity to non-maternity. Take this dress for example, I chose a non-maternity dress but because of how it’s made I know that if we did decide to have more little ones down the road I’d still get lots of use out of it! Also, let me segue here and briefly mention how nervous I was to order clothing online (after losing so much baby weight I don’t even know what sizes I am anymore in anything and as a tall woman maxi lengths never seem quite long enough) and I was so excited when my dress arrived fitting perfectly!


Cruising in style


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Have you ever been on a cruise? What did you wear to formal night?


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30 Responses to cruising in style

  1. Jessica Lynn January 30, 2017 at 8:19 am #

    I’m SO excited about your cruise; following your instagram made me green with envy (but in a good way—I can’t wait to follow in your footsteps)!!! And I LOVE PinkBlush. Seriously, where were they (or where was I) for my other pregnancies? I have that dress (maternity section) in a different color, and I want another one. I want all of their clothes. Ha…my mom actually gave me a PinkBlush gift card for my birthday, so I need to spend it sooner or later since it’s burning a hole in my pocket.

    (Clearly I haven’t had any adult conversation in awhile, because this comment is still going….)

    I miss cruising so, so bad. I went on a couple before we got married, and on another one when our daughter was 1ish—she went with us—but now I just want to go on one with my husband. We’ll have to wait until this little nugget (who isn’t even here yet) is a tad bit older, though. Keep the cruise posts coming!!

    • Justine @ Little Dove January 30, 2017 at 9:58 am #

      I love your long comment! 😉 Thanks so much for it!! Yes, PinkBlush is the best and I am now obsessed! I hope you and your hubby are able to get away sometime soon-ish, even if it’s just for a night or two! Makes such a big difference! And even if you wanted, lots of little 3 and 4 day cruises leave from San Diego or Long Beach, so that would be nice!

  2. Dawn Darnell January 30, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    That is a beautiful floral dress. You look amazing in it. Sounds like a relaxing cruise.

  3. Joanna January 30, 2017 at 11:07 am #

    I love that dress so much! I can’t bring myself to go on a cruise… something about being stuck on a ship freaks me out. But, they sound amazing!

  4. Emily Bogner January 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    You look beautiful in that dress! I’m glad you two had a great trip!

  5. Jen Smith January 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    I love that dress! We don’t plan to have kids for another few years but getting something that would have dua; use is such a great idea!

  6. Ellie January 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm #

    I’ve never been on a cruise before but your photos look gorgeous! Such a lovely dress! Looks very relaxing.


  7. Danielle January 31, 2017 at 3:51 am #

    I loved all your cruise pictures on instagram! That dress is so pretty. 🙂 I would love to go on a cruise! Now to talk my hubby into it….

  8. mami2jcn January 31, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    I’d love the burgundy lace dress.

  9. Kim bianco January 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    I loved reading about your cruise! We went on a cruise last March and wish I could go back tomorrow!

    That dress is fantastic! I might have to pick it up for our spring break trip this year to Punta Cana!

  10. Colleen P February 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely trip! I am now hung up on the Mint Striped 3/4 Sleeve Maternity Dress. It looks as comfy as a tee-shirt.

  11. Amy February 2, 2017 at 10:58 am #

    I love this dress!!! It looks amazing on you.

  12. Ashley Solberg February 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    I loved seeing the updates from your cruise! Such a great time away I bet! That dress is so beautiful and I love that it is dressy, but still the cruise life vibe that can be dressed up or down <3

  13. Jasmine Hewitt February 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    That dress is beautiful! You wear it well

  14. Sarah Hayes February 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    id love have the red lace fitted dress

  15. Sheila Jo February 2, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    The colorful dress was a great choice, very flattering!

  16. val February 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    So pretty! Love PinkBlush!

  17. Katie Garday February 2, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

    That print looks amazing on you! Looks like your cruise was amazing!

  18. Jessica February 3, 2017 at 6:56 am #

    This dress is gorgeous on you! So glad you had such a great time on your cruise!

  19. Anna February 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    I would get one of their robes! I have been wanting one so badly!

  20. Kels February 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    I honestly want to go on a cruise just so I can dress up! Which one did you go on? I love the dress on you!

  21. Mamaguru February 4, 2017 at 5:39 am #

    I adore that dress! The colors and pattern are perfect!

  22. Leslie @ This is For Keeps February 6, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    I’m a big fan of cruising and Royal Caribbean! Loved seeing your IG posts while you were cruising! That dress looks beautiful on you, Justine! Pink Blush always has great picks!

  23. Ashley Newell February 6, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

    You look so beautiful in your dress! On our cruise, I had two black dresses that I wore. I wasn’t yet comfortable with prints and colors on my after baby body.

  24. Kailei February 7, 2017 at 3:48 am #

    You look stunning Justine!! (As always). I would love a floral dress!

  25. Chrissy February 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    I would get the Black Basic Hi-Low Dress because it looks super comfy and chic!

  26. Maria Beas February 7, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

    I like the burgundy lace dress. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.

  27. Rajee Pandi February 7, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    Love Multi-Color Abstract Floral Open Back Dress


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