30A FL Travel Guide

My husband’s family and I traveled to Panama City, FL area recently and had a blast. I wanted to share where we stayed, the things we did, and the restaurants we ate at. The Gulf side of FL is a must see spot and is a great vacation spot.

My husband’s family and I traveled to Panama City, FL area recently and had a blast. I wanted to share where we stayed, the things we did, and the restaurants we ate at. The Gulf side of FL is a must see spot and is a great vacation spot.

Where we stayed:

We stayed in a Condo right on the beach in the Laguna Beach area and my in laws found it on VRBO. I will link it here for you all, but Airbnb and VRBO have a bunch of condos and houses that are right on the beach to stay in. I would aim to find one close to Panama City for affordable options but would not recommend staying in Panama City since it is not as nice of an area.

Things to do:

There are so many things to do in that area. The beach is beautiful and really clear. We even saw some sting rays and crabs in the ocean while we were there. It would be fun to get some snorkeling gear so you could use for it. Definitely check out downtown Seaside, FL there are a ton of shops and food trucks there as well as live movies in the amphitheater. I also love all of the cute buildings which are perfect to capture some gorgeous shots. Don’t forget to visit the 30A store and Seaside store for cute gifts and clothes. We also ate ice cream at a cute gelato shop called Heavenly’s Shortcakes.

Rosemary and Alys beach are both close by too. Rosemary Beach is absolutely gorgeous! The streets remind me of a town in Italy and there are also a ton of shops and restaurants here. There is also a great coffee shop called Amavida and I got a non dairy cookie dough latte there. You can also bike in Rosemary, Aly’s Beach, and Seaside. They have several places to rent bikes.

Restaurants:

We ate at a couple really great restaurants while we were there. I am going to include the ones we ate at as well as some other recommended restaurants.

George’s in Alys Beach:

The food was amazing here and the atmosphere was great! They have indoor and outdoor seating. Inside is a little loud, so if you are looking for a quieter setting I recommend sitting outside. Make sure you get there early to put your name on their waitlist too. I got the Jerk Crusted Gulf Snapper and it was amazing and they made it for me gluten and dairy free! My husband and his parents got the Shrimp plate which you can get grilled or fried. They also have a wide selection of drinks to choose from.

Old Florida Fish House:

If you want an amazing atmosphere then this will be a must on your list of restaurants to visit. Most of their seating is outdoors and it’s lined with market lights and beautiful plants. The food is also amazing. I did have a hard time finding something dairy free on the menu, but they were willing to make me a grouper with french fries and green beans. I had a really delicious watermelon cocktail. They also have live music and events on the weekends and can accommodate for special events. There are a ton of places to take pictures there and there is the cutest coffee shop/wine bar next door that is on our list for next time.

Crackings in Grove Garden:

This is a must stop for brunch food. They have live music and the most delicious brunch food. They had a lot of options for my allergies including gluten free pancakes. I went with the scramble though since the pancakes do have dairy in them. They also have outdoor and indoor seating. Make sure you put yourself on the wait list before you arrive since they do have a long wait on the weekends.

Other restaurants to visit

Cuvee 30A (Rosemary Beach

Pescado (Rosemary Beach)

The Citizen (Aly’s Beach)

Great Southern Cafe (Seaside)

Seaside Food Trucks ( lots of different food to choose from here)

Havana (Rosemary Beach)

Bud and Alley’s (Seaside)

My favorite Vacation dresses

There’s nothing I love more than traveling and going on vacations especially when spring time rolls around. I wanted to share my favorite dresses for vacation.

Two of my favorite boutiques to shop for vacation dresses are Red Dress Boutique and Pink Lily Boutique. I also love Lulu’s and their adorable vacation collection.

This adorable pink dress is from Pink Lilies newest collection Sweet Escape and is perfect for a beach vacation. It pairs well with a straw clutch and some cork heels. I linked it here for you all! Pink Button Dress, Nude heels, Straw Clutch
This adorable tie dye blue dress is perfect for the beach and goes well with sandals or heels. It’s so gorgeous and flowy too and would be perfect for some beach pictures. Blue Tie Dye Dress, Nude Sandals
This adorable skirt from Lulu’s is perfect for vacation. I love the floral details on it and the color. It’s so bright and fun! I linked it here below. Yellow Floral Skirt, White Bodysuit, Cork Heels
I love this adorable floral jumpsuit from Francesca’s. It has the cutest tie back and smocked top. It pairs well with heels and a straw clutch. Floral Jumpsuit, Cork Heels
This gorgeous maxi skirt from Chicwish is perfect for a beach vacation. I love the floral patterns and the beautiful flowy skirt. Floral Maxi Skirt, White Tank Top, Nude Heels
This two piece set is perfect for vacation. It has slits on each side and looks stunning in pictures. Green Floral Two Piece Set,
I love this adorable yellow colorblock dress for vacation. It’s so gorgeous and looks stunning with heels and a straw bag.
Love this adorable floral smocked off the shoulder dress is perfect for a beach vacation. It has two slits on each side and pairs well with heels. Floral Dress, White Heels
This adorable blue romper from Pink Lily is a perfect vacation look. I love pairing it with this nude heels and straw clutch. Blue Floral Romper , Nude Heels

I also linked several of my favorite vacation dresses from Red Dress Boutique Here

I love shopping for new outfits for vacations and all of these looks are perfect for that.

Denver, CO Travel Guide

We just got back from an amazing trip to Denver, CO. It’s an incredibly beautiful and gorgeous place with lots of mountains. We visited some of the highlights in just two days. I wanted to share my favorite places we visited along with our favorite restaurants and recommendations.

We just got back from an amazing trip to Denver, CO. It’s an incredibly beautiful and gorgeous place with lots of mountains. We visited some of the highlights in just two days. I wanted to share my favorite places we visited along with our favorite restaurants and recommendations.

 

One of my favorite places to see was the Red Rocks Amphitheater. The rocks are so stunning with all of the colors. This is a great place to catch a concert or yoga. They have several events going on there during the year. You can also do a workout on the stairs as well or hike around the rocks too. It’s also a beautiful spot to take pictures. Another place to see Red Rocks and hike is the Garden of the gods. It is so stunning!

 

Another beautiful place to see phenomenal views is Rocky Mountain National Park. There are many trails you can hike if you enjoy hiking. We drove on the highest road Trail Ridge Road which has many stops and overlooks along the way. Depending on the time of year you go, you will see lots of animals along the drive. We saw elk, deer, and moose close to many of the roads and paths. I also would highly recommend walking around Sprague Lake or Bear Lake at the end of the trail ridge rd. We saw so many different animals around Sprague Lake in the late afternoon. I also recommend getting to the park in the early morning to have enough time to drive through and have a nice dinner afterwards. We also loved going in the gift shop near the highest point of the rd. They had so many unique gifts.

 

We ate at an amazing restaurant for lunch called Acova. It has lots of gluten free, non gmo, and vegan plates. I got the chicken cobb salad and it was so good. A few other restaurants I recommend in the Denver area include: Linger, City’ O City, Snooze, Holidaily Brewing Company, Root Down, and Tap Fourteen Uptown. There are so many good restaurants and food in Denver.

 

Denver is a beautiful place to visit and if you get the chance to go there it’s so worth it!

 

 

Favorite Swim for Spring

With Spring Break right around the corner and vacation planning, I had a lot of requests to share my favorites Swimwear for this Spring. I know we all have our minds on sunny weather and beaches, so I hope this can brighten up your week a little and give you a break from all the cold winter weather. I am still shopping for some spring swimsuits so I will share a couple I own already and several others I have my eye on, as well as the trends for swimsuits this year. 

With Spring Break right around the corner and vacation planning, I had a lot of requests to share my favorites Swimwear for this Spring. I know we all have our minds on sunny weather and beaches, so I hope this can brighten up your week a little and give you a break from all the cold winter weather. I am still shopping for some spring swimsuits so I will share a couple I own already and several others I have my eye on, as well as the trends for swimsuits this year.

 

A swimsuit style that has come back this year is floral and off the shoulder. You will see this style in every store. I got this cute floral off the shoulder suit in FL at a suit boutique. It is a Seafolly brand which is a really nice quality brand. They don’t have this exact suit on their site, but a lot of other floral one pieces. I will link a couple here below of my favorite floral one pieces.

Asos Floral Off Shoulder SuitAsos Floral One PiecePink Lily Floral Two PieceRed Dress Boutique Coral Floral Two Piece,

 

Another trend coming back this year is gingham suits. Which I am excited for, since gingham is one of my favorite patterns! I am also seeing a lot of striped suits this year and I have my eye on a couple right now. I linked a couple one pieces and two pieces of gingham and striped suits below.

Black/White Gingham One Piece SuitPink Gingham One Piece SuitBlack/White Gingham Two PieceLeopard Two PieceCoral Striped Two PieceNavy Blue Striped Two PieceLight Blue Striped Two PieceBeige Striped Two PieceCandy Striped Two Piece

 

You will also see a lot of high waisted two pieces and also neutral two pieces with some fun scalloping and embroidered patterns on them. I found this cute embroidered two piece in FL as well and it is a Seafolly brand too. The off the shoulder two piece look is going to be a big trend this spring/summer. I also found this cute flounce top and palm tree high waisted bottom suit on Amazon for under $30. You can shop more of my Amazon Suits here!!!! I linked several of my favorite high waisted two piece and neutral one pieces from other boutiques I love.

Magenta High Waisted Two PieceFloral High Waisted Two PieceScalloped Magenta One PieceLight Blue Flounce One Piece, High Waisted Blue Flounce One Piece,

Target also has some really cute suits for Spring. I found this cute black suit last year, but it is still in stock. It is such a great staple suit with an embroidered top. I linked a couple other favorite Target suits here.

Target Black Scalloped One PieceMagenta Scalloped One PieceBlack Flounce One Piece,Black/White Polka Dot One Piece

Another important part of your suit is your cover up and beach bag. I wanted to share with you all some of my favorites for that. I have several linked here on my resort page from Amazon. My favorite cover up I wore on our cruise recently was from Amazon and I found it for under $15.

 

I hope you all enjoyed my round up of suits and can enjoy some warmer weather soon! Stay tuned this coming week for my top picks of sundresses and trends for spring. Have a great weekend!

 

XOXO,

Autumn

Cruise to Mexico

We had such an amazing time on our cruise and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you all and also share about Royal Carribean and why we will continue to cruise with them. I am also going to share some of my favorite outfits I wore during the trip as well as some of the adventures.

 

We chose Royal Carribean as our cruise ship since we found out that in December through January they run a special of buy one get the second guest 60% off. So we got an incredible cruise for a bargain. We stuck with the inside cabin of our ship which was still very nice and spacious. Our ship was the Independence of the Seas which had just been remodeled last year. There were so many different events and activities to do on our ship including: Shows, Music, Art Auctions, Laser Tag, Arcade, Pools, Hot Tubs, Dance Parties, and even ice skating. We were very impressed with the entertainment level on Royal Carribean. Our favorite show was the musical Grease they had on board. We also enjoyed some dancing at the silent disco which is like a dance party, but with head phones and the ability to switch between two stations for two different types of music. This was one of the highlights from the ship since they played a lot of the classic party dance tunes. We also enjoyed the pool area and the hot tubs. There were two pools for adults and also two hot tubs as well.

 

The other amazing part of our trip was the food on the ship! We had assigned dining in the evenings and the food was always delicious and the service was amazing. We had the sweetest servers for our table. There was a formal night where we got to dress up and I wore this gorgeous floral maxi from Red Dress Boutique. They also had a great buffet for breakfast that we ate at as well as a pizza place. The pizza was so good and they even made me a gluten free pizza with vegan cheese so I could enjoy it. They had specialty dining, however we did not try any of that.

 

We also did some exploring in the two ports we stopped in Mexico including, Cozumel and Costa Maya. In Cozumel we went to the mainland of Mexico to see a mayan ruin called the Coba Pyramid and a Grand Cenote as well. The ferry to get over to the main land was not very fun though and you will need to take dramamine before it and also sit in the back of the ferry on the deck as well. They had to send one lady to the ER due to getting so sea sick from the ride. We then took a bus to a local mayan shop and the pyramid. The Coba Pyramid was such a neat experience with a lot of history and culture. We got to climb the pyramid which was a little scary, but worth the view at the top. The Cenote was a sink hole made up of limestone rock and it was really neat. We swam in the water which wasn’t too cold but definitely deep. In Costa Maya, we went to a local beach which was stunning and ate some authentic chicken tacos and chips. The food was really good and is less spicy than US Mexican food which I liked.

 

 

We had two days of just cruising which was so nice and relaxing. We spent lots of time laying out in the sun, walking around the ship, eating lots of food, and going to shows.

 

For most of the dinners, I wore a dress, skirt and top, or a romper. I wore comfortable sandals and wedges along with a cute straw bag I found on Amazon for $30. I linked all of my outfits, accessories, and beach essentials from the cruise here below.

Goldenrod DressBeige WedgesGold EarringsWhite EarringsGreen Floral DressRed RomperDenim ShortsBlack Target SuitBeige HeelsStraw Round PurseFloral One PieceSwimsuit Cover UpTurquoise EarringsBlack Floral SkirtOff The Shoulder Bikini,Beige ShoesPink TopRose Gold WatchBlack Wedges

We had an amazing time in Mexico and on our cruise! We would highly recommend sticking with Royal Caribbean. They did such an amazing job and are the best cruise we have been on yet.

 

Hope you all have an amazing week!

 

XOXO,

Autumn