florida | no clocks in paradise

everything in florida is full of cheer, bright colors, and happiness. the sunshine is contagious. it's snowing outside, again, and now i'm missing this vacation more than ever.

i stopped in fort walton beach in search of coffee before a little shopping and stumbled upon a backstreet garden and the backdoor entrance to maas coffee roasters. there were only three people hanging out in this small coffee shop on a 70 degree, sunny morning. i ordered an iced almond toddy - so good! i love discovering local treasures in new places.

found those rad mirrored sunnies in forever 21 the night before. that place is heaven and hell, yeah? i could spend an entire day just browsing. and ok, i even loved the bathroom walls in old navy. bright blue! matched my denim romper. and rings. le sigh, i really want summer. now.

spent the last day in florida with my cute family at the beach, of course. the gulf of mexico is so warm - swimming is an absolute dream! obsessed with those white-capped, cerulean blue waters. fished again from the beach; my dad caught a puffer fish! summer beachy hair is my absolute favorite. i already miss my saltwater, sun-bleached waves.

destin + fort walton beach, i'll be back. thanks for being incredibly dreamy.


Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It's okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.

Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You

florida | all in a day's play

love for bright turquoise ocean waters , five guys fries , a sisters fro yo date , parking lot hangs , palm trees , cozy on the beach , shore fishin' , cotton candy sunset skies , playing and dancing in the warm gulf of mexico , toes in the sand , and family . so happy and free .


florida | day vibes

wake up, meander down to breakfast, sip coffee, lay by the pool, eat some more, adventure out, repeat.

a birthday!

ocean shore fishing, hot coffee, sunshine, family, and some tunes. this is my dad in paradise. today's his birthday; wish i could have been there to celebrate. thank you for being the best + my hero.

happy birthday, dad! i love you.


florida | day one

florida! spring break! i miss it terribly. okay, the colors! loved the beachy vibes at our hotel in niceville, florida. as soon as we arrived in town, we all changed, picked up food, and drove to the beach. downtown fort walton beach had me at first sight (well, second, as i was there a few years back) - small shops line the streets in bright colors with palm trees popping up into the sky.

in between fort walton beach and destin is a loooong stretch of highway, with dreamy white sand beaches right on side the road, on the gulf of mexico. our go-to spot. we almost always had the beach to ourselves. swam around in that blue beauty like a mermaid and the boys did some fishing right off the shore. i couldn't stop telling everyone how much i wanted to move there. like, now. didn't want to come home at all. i melt when i think how dreamy northern florida is. we had perfect weather the entire time. i mean, those bright blue skies! a palm tree sunset view at night! the ocean just down the road! sunshine! who wants to move with me? there was a lime green vw bus parked outside one shop and from that moment, i knew a part of me belonged.

for dinner we ate at shake's shakes. if you haven't been and have the chance, GO. it's a drive-thru or sit-outside place where they serve the best fresh fruit ice cream shakes + chili dogs. i had the raspberry shake and the dog bowl. the dog bowl: chili with hot dog pieces, hot peppers, relish, and corn chips. i didn't realize the hot peppers were so hot; at one point i think i had four in my mouth. yum.

since being back, i want nothing more to do with pants, jackets, or any piece of clothing relating to winter. sitting in my apartment right now wearing shorts and a tee, actually. avoiding the (melting!) snow. all i want to wear now is cutoffs, a slouchy tee, wide-brimmed hat, birks, with sunnies and a printed bag. and a bikini! of course. hurrrrry up, summer.

a dreamy first day in paradise. more to come! every part of me is still in vacation mode.. i feel like i'm in a dream right now, but usually the vacation is the dream? florida needs to be my real life. le sigh