although lots of folks are suggesting you address these questions to Women who Sail (I need to join, myself), I'm glad you brought them here. my feeling is that this site needs and appreciates all of us gals who love sailing and boats. a big thanks to the guys for their wisdom, supportive attitudes and 'other' input
ok, i'm more of a tool-girl type who gets a kick out of climbing the mast
, and figuring out how to fix the autopilot
; but i enjoy looking good, very good, even in my 50's. i enjoy staying fit and find that living on a boat, working on a boat and sailing makes it quite easy, actually. there is so much to do and fix. as someone who was stuck translating on the computer for what seemed like forever, i LOVE how sailing-liveaboarding is physical lifestyle!
and even if i do not do all the girly-girl stuff (no lipstick nor make-up, never nail polish, never hair-color, etc.), i do recall
that Ginger and MaryAnn got along just fine. And like you, get me in a dress and heels and (luckily still), i turn heads! I love to dance too. being and feeling attractive is important to this gal too!
that said, even though i pack amazingly light (a backpack can hold just about everything!), i never seem to need all the stuff i bring. depending on the weather
of course... but in warmer climates: hat, gloves, sunscreen, three pair of cotton undies, one bra, three bathing suit bottoms and a couple of bathing suit tops, a couple of tank tops, a couple of long sleeves, one pair of shorts, a loose fitting night-time hang-out type of ensemble, something warm for evening cool temps, jeans/long pants; one skirt, flip flops, boat shoes, city sandals or shoes, one dress and shoes that go with it (this is the hard part because i like to walk in heels and dance in heels) and two sets of different kinds work clothes (one that covers the skin and another that doesn't. i really do work and enjoy it!).
i do not need a lot because every other evening (depending on weather), i rinse what i wore and put out to dry. my bathing suits tend to get used quickly yes, but this means i do not have time to really get tired of wearing the same. i mix tops and bottoms too. in the end, it is about being comfortable, wearing suits that i can lie down on the forepeak with so to manage the anchor
chain out of building a pyramid, if needed... or covering the dingy with its tarp before the storm hits. i find that being agile is essential. and it is true, that, once the landlubbers do not see into your life, wearing clothing
doesn't make much sense except for warmth and sun protection...
jewelry: i have an all-time thick-silver favorite bracelet that i no longer wear... it would attract too much attention anyway. i've got it down to just a short necklace. do make sure your pearl necklace doesn't come over your chin when you lean over. otherwise, one day, it will be a gift for Neptune. never wear rings, too dangerous. and keep all jewelry away from the batteries
if you are helping out there...
here's a tip: i've got a big towel made of that thin light material that i tie around my neck, criss-crossed across my chest, like a dress. i wear to the marina showers and use there and wear back. i wear my bathing suit under it to the shower
, wash the bathing suit in the shower
and walk back with nothing under. it's kinda fun...
the best clips for hanging clothes to dry on the rail are those metal ones that artists use to hold the paper to the board. they do not break like the plastic ones, and the ocean doesn't need anymore of these types of 'gifts' anyway. fold the clothes over equally and clip the lower ends to themselves at the base (if the wind
picks up they will not fly away and the clip will not go overboard).
skin and hair care: olive oil
is fantastic for skin, proven to be the best thing for keeping a small tan going. coconut oil
is fantastic as a face cleaner and hair conditioner: it rinses easily with water
but it has to be a rather warm to hot water
. argon oil and apricot oil are both good skin moisturizers.
when the wind
blows, i find that wearing my hair in a braid works best for me.
one last tip: i cut my own hair (overboard, letting the wind direction clean any potential mess) and very easily. i use two elasttic bands in a pony tail that i pull straight down my back and then over my shoulder, careful not to let the hair move within the elastics. then with super sharp, big scissors, WHACK and it's done! it's always pretty well done somehow too
Hey Scarlet, enjoy yourself and be yourself!
good things to you, girl