Alaskan Adventures!

(Psst – Sorry if my photos are sideways or otherwise wonky … they look correct on my phone, I swear!)

Hi everyone! Checking in quickly from Anchorage, Alaska. It sure feels like I’ve been gone a long time! Vacations are wonderful and necessary but I’m ready to get home to Vela and get back to normal life.

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Right now it’s 10pm here and I’m sitting in my bed at the Sheraton Anchorage with a glass of wine, nursing some very tired and sore legs after a 20 mile bike ride around the coastal region of Anchorage. Did you know your legs have approximately 10,000 muscles? At least that’s how it feels right now. I thought I was in decent shape, but I am sure not. But the ride was worth it because we spotted two black bear cubs! We slowed down to take a look and I sure would have loved to snap some pictures but there was only one major problem – Mama bear was not in sight. The last thing you want to do is find yourself between a mama bear and her two cubs. So we rode by slowly (but also quickly) and when we got about 50 yards away we stopped and did a “We just saw wild bear cubs squeeeeee” dance. Well, I was the only one who danced and squeeeed.

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Anchorage is our fourth Alaskan city and I can officially say that Alaska is amazing, you guys. Aside from the ports we also spent two days sailing past glaciers and it’s just simply indescribable. Glaciers are monumental and breathtaking and awe-inspiring and make you feel like you’re about two centimeters tall. We saw a large chunk calve off of the Marjorie Glacier and realized later that the chunk was probably the size of a small skyscraper. Insane. We said “This is crazy” a lot.

We have one more full day in Anchorage and it’s supposed to be a bit gloomy and rainy, so we will be spending the day exploring some of the museums in the Downtown area and maybe doing some souvenir shopping. If anyone is desperate for a bikini made of moose fur or a necklace in the shape of a whale tail, let me know.

Greetings from Ketchikan, Alaska!

(Psst – Sorry if my photos are sideways or otherwise wonky … they look correct on my phone, I swear!)

Hey everyone! This will be a really quick post. I’m using the wifi of the generous Cape Fox restaurant to share a couple photos. Tsum Tsum Dale and I are having a fab time, and Mr. BFT is here, too!

 

Today we are in Ketchikan and we got lucky with beautiful 70 degree weather!

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We walked through the rainforest and saw salmon swimming upstream!

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We also visited Dolly’s House, world famous “working girl” during the Gold Rush and prohibition. Cheeky Dale!

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Follow along on Instagram with #bftalaska for future pics!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

***This post was sponsored by Pinup Girl Clothing. All opinions are my own.***

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

When I first saw the new fairytale collection from Pinup Girl Clothing, it was love at first sight. Pinup Girl Clothing has long been a favorite of mine, and I often see their fashion worn at events like Dapper Day at Disneyland. It was only a matter of time before they released a (loosely) Disney-themed line of dresses and skirts, and it certainly does not disappoint! I recently had the opportunity to visit their boutique in Burbank with my fellow blogger friend Lisa of the Babes in Disneyland blog and try on the new line! I can tell you these pieces fit like a dream! And with sizes ranging from X-Small (like my dear friend Lisa here!) to 4X, there is something for everyone.

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing
Lisa and I in the Aurora Dress in Dancing Horses Print. Also available in a Jenny Skirt!

I think ALL of these dresses would make GORGEOUS bridesmaid gowns for a Disneyland wedding, or the perfect Bridal Shower gown for a bride-to-be. Or how about even a BRIDAL GOWN for a small wedding or elopement. Somebody, please make this happen for me!!

Here are a few of my favorites. I tried on some dresses and some skirts, but all prints are available in both!

Jenny Skirt in Neverland Print and Jenny Dress in Neverland Sateen.

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Boutique

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Another great example of how Pinup Girl Clothing looks great on all body types. Lisa is wearing the Neverland dress in a XS and I’m in a Large. I don’t say this about myself too often, but I think we both look hot!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Mermaid Mexican Circle Skirt. Also available in
Lydia Dress in Mermaid Border Print. I loved this skirt so much because it closes with buttons which are adjustable! Then you wrap the straps around and tie a bow in the back. Always a perfect fit! Pinup Girl Clothing, please make more skirts like this!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Aurora Dress in Blue Castle Print. Also available in a Jenny Skirt!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Aurora Dress in Pink Castle Print. Also available in a Jenny Skirt!

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Jenny Skirt in Snow White Print. Also available in a Jenny Dress! (Red belt sold separately.)

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

When I went to try on the clothing, we were assisted by the beautiful Doris Mayday, pinup model and store manager of the Burbank boutique. She was kind enough to grant me a short interview about what inspired them to create the fairytale fashion line. This was my first on-camera interview, and of course it happens to be with someone as poised and professional as Doris! I feel like I’m 100 million times more awkward than I normally am when I’m standing next to her! Haha! Of course she’s as nice and friendly as she is beautiful. If you’re ever in Burbank, be sure to stop by the Pinup Girl Clothing Boutique and tell her “hello!”

And now for the part of this post I’m sure you have all been waiting for … what Fairytale Fantasy clothing item do I now call my own? Happy to say I choose the Jenny skirt with the castle print in BLUE! Can you believe it??? I thought for sure I would go for pink but when I put the blue one on I just fell in love with it.

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

Fairytale Fashion from Pinup Girl Clothing

I paired it with a light pink top found at Marshall’s, a belt from Target, and the necklace is from Cookie Lee. The shoes were a score from a Pinup Girl Clothing yard sale! You’re also seeing the debut of my blue dip-dyed hair I did for our vacation in Alaska. I guess I’ve just been inspired by blue lately!

Thanks again to Doris and the team at Pinup Girl Clothing for inviting us into their boutique for a day of playing dress up!

Planning Guide: Alaska Ports of Call

The best part of our Alaska cruise is, of course, the port stops! For our trip we will be visiting three Alaska ports of call: Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, as well as sailing through Glacier Bay. I didn’t know ANYTHING about the cities we were visiting and I had to do a lot of research. I bought a couple guide books off half.com and also turned to travel sites like Cruise Critic and Trip Adviser. We are taking at least one organized tour in each port, and will also have some time to explore on our own. It’s going to be a whirlwind week! After this and the Mediterranean, I’m going to be ready for one of those cruises where you stop at a different beach each day and all I have to worry about is which bathing suit to wear!

In Ketchikan we will be doing a Rainforest and Totem Hike with Wild Wolf Tours. This is only a three hour tour so for the rest of the day we will be just walking around the city. A popular tourist trap is Creek Street, a boardwalk built on pilings above a creek that runs through the city. Back in the gold rush days it was a popular spot for “adult recreation” but now it’s mostly shops and museums for tourists. For eats, Creek Street Grill has great reviews and looks like reindeer dogs are on the menu; I might have to give them a try! Poor Rudolph!

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Image Source: royluck on Flickr; used under CC2.0

In Juneau, we are dog sledding on a glacier with Coastal Helicopters! I’m so excited for this. I get to stand on a glacier! Mr. BFT has a friend who’s a local and he gave us some recommendations for restaurants, and Red Dog Saloon seems to be a popular stop for cruisers.

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This is gonna be me!!!!!! Image Source: crdunn on Flickr, used under CC2.0

In Skagway we are taking the gold rush train & bus tour to Bennett Station. This is taking up most of our day but hopefully we have some time to pop into Skagway Brewing Company. (Are you starting to see a pattern?)

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Then for two days we will be sailing through Glacier Bay and past Hubbard Glacier! We aren’t getting off the ship but these are attractions in themselves, so I think the scenery will keep us busy.

Glacier Bay, Alaska
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We disembark in Whittier, which I don’t know much about! We are doing a transfer shuttle tour from Whittier to Anchorage, which will take up most of the day and show us a lot of the scenic sights in the area, including stopping at an animal sanctuary. Then we will spend a couple days in Anchorage.

I am so excited for this trip!!

Have you been on an Alaskan cruise? What was your favorite port?

Happy First Birthday Vela!

Today is my baby’s first birthday!

According to the adoption papers, Vela was born on August 13, 2013, making her one year old today. Coincidentally, 8132013 is the approximate number of pictures I’ve taken of Vela since we brought her home on December 13, when she was four months old.

Vela’s first picture!!! She was so squirmy and excited.

Happy First Birthday Vela!

Here are some better pics from Day One.

Happy Birthday Vela!

Happy Birthday Vela!

I can hardly remember when she was so tiny!!! She’s so big and fat now.

I pulled out some pictures from Year One. It’s so tough to narrow it down, but here are some of Vela’s best moments.

Happy Birthday Vela!

Happy First Birthday Vela!

Happy First Birthday Vela!

Happy First Birthday Vela!

Happy First Birthday Vela!

Happy First Birthday Vela!

Happy First Birthday Vela!

Happy Birthday Vela!

Happy Birthday Vela!

Happy Birthday Vela!

Happy Birthday Vela!

Happy Birthday Vela!

Happy Birthday Vela!

Here’s a collage of all her monthly pictures. She became more and more uncooperative as the months went on. In the four bottom photos, she’s looking for a safe place to jump to, to get away from me and Fa Bearlan.

Happy First Birthday Vela!

I didn’t think I could love a cat as much as my Walter, and there will still never be a cat quite like my sweet Walter, but I’m warming up to Vela. ;)

Happy Birthday, tiny Vs!!