Okinawa Love (Pieces Of Home)

I know I usually post about my outfits/fashion/shopping, but I just wanted to dedicate this post to my home. (These photos were previously posted on my Instagram, but I wanted to share them on here as well. :) )

Okinawa is home. I was born and raised here. I've lived here for more than 20 years. This small, unique island will always have my heart. I know many fellow military wives who came here to live for a few years and ended up falling in love. Although technically now part of Japan, this island has a unique culture and language of its own and long ago, it used to be it's own nation, the Ryukyu Kingdom. The history here goes way, WAY back and some of it is very sad, (especially during WWII) but the Okinawans are strong, friendly people. I'm proud to be Okinawan and American, and I'm proud to call this island home. I just came back here a few months ago, after being away from here for 6 years, and everything is magical. Life here is just grand. :)

(This was our view from our hotel room, when we first arrived back in Okinawa. :) )

My 'Keepin' It Real Outfits' And My Shopping (Or Lack Thereof) Confession

My 'Keepin' It Real' Outfits

Alright. Now what are these 'keepin' it real' outfits that I'm talking about?

(Update!)...and it's that time again...Marine Corps Ball 2015

My 2 month absence is due to moving thousands of miles to our new home. Well, maybe not really 'new' since the location of our new home is where I was born and raised. :D

Anyways, we still have a long way to go to settle in, since we just got the rest of our stuff yesterday.
Right now, we are living with boxes everywhere, but we move so often, so this is a normal part of our lives. :) 

Now about that Marine Corps Ball!

Ours is actually coming up very soon, and I ordered my dress online. It should be on its way soon (I hope!) and hopefully I won't need to get alterations! Crossing my fingers!! 

I'm doing another 'what to wear' post for the Marine Corps Ball because it is the most viewed post on my blog! :) 

Here are 3 examples: A red, blue and black gown. Now to be fair, these are just 'guidelines'. 
I've been to 8 Balls over the years, and I've already worn red, blue and black. I personally would not wear these, but these are good examples of what you could wear, along with your makeup, hair and the type of heels and accessories. This is a good guideline maybe for those who have never been to one, or are new to going. Just keep in mind is that this is a FORMAL event, so your dress should be FORMAL as in long or full length.

And stay away from prom like or pageant like dresses.
To be safe, stick with something 'classic' like these examples below.

Marine Corps Ball 2015

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