As promised, here are a few photographs of our Hawaiian holiday. The island of Maui is a little bit of heaven for those that love sunshine, tropical breezes, salt water swimming, and the tangible feeling of aloha.
About a month and a half ago, Patti at Not Dead Yet Style posted a blog entry titled I'm Blushing! (But Not Bronzing) In it, she writes that Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys, has declared bronzing/tanning over. Patti invited readers to comment on whether or not we love the look of tanned skin or prefer our natural skin tone. Now, it's no secret that I am a fair skinned lass. When I was young, I used to hope that my freckles would blend together so that I would be tan like my friends. I did not buy into freckles being the sun's kisses. Having said that, I have always been very good with sun protection, either by slipping on a shirt, slopping on the sunscreen, or simply staying out of the sun. As mentioned in an earlier post, I have been blessed to be able to visit Maui on a fairly regular basis. It's always been a rejuvenating holiday filled with many fun filled activities, both active and relaxing. When I return home, I have many times been asked, 'Where is my tan?'. This simple question does sting. Why is the emphasis on the colour of my skin, I wonder? For a few years I have used self tanning cream and/or bronzing makeup, and ironically, I still get some questions about my lack of tan (really!). Well, after reading the comments in Patti's post, I declared that I was inspired to forgo the self tanning creams and hassles that came with it. So, I did apply sun screen, I did get an extra dose of freckles, and I did not get a sunburn or artificial tan. And, it was great! A big thank you to Patti for her timely post, and to the lovely ladies with their positive comments. Okay, off my soapbox now. Enjoy the remaining photos without commentary or rambling.