Casual Stripes

Is it just me, or has Amazon really upped their fashion game lately? I've been scooping up a lot of pieces from there lately including this dress that can be dressed up or down and is less than $20. I love that I can pair it with some slip on sneakers or sandals for weekend fun or a pair of heels for the office during the week. Oh... and it has pockets. Sold.

Dress {Less than $20 and comes in 13 colors} |  Shoes | Sunnies | Lipstick

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Pops of Fall Color

It'll still be too hot here in the sunshine state to even think about fall pieces for a while, but I've been scooping up a few staples for our upcoming trip to CT including this lightweight sweater in a few different colors. I can wear them to work now since the office is like an icebox, and also pack them for our trip.

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Let's Catch Up Over Monday Coffee

I feel like my time here on this little slice of the internet that I call mine has been very sporadic lately, so it's time to catch up. Grab your coffee (because Monday), and get ready for an overhaul of life lately.

One word can sum it all up - BUSY. And I am not trying to glorify busyness (still loving my girl Lindsay for speaking out against that), I've just been simply overwhelmed. Work (which I'm still loving the new-ish gig) has been insanely busy with our biggest events of the year kicking off here in town before moving around the world, I've been on "standby" to fly up to CT at a moment's notice due to a family member's declining health, I'm also knee deep in planning for our upcoming planned trip to CT for fall fun and to celebrate lil' miss' birthday, and speaking of my almost 2 year old (how is she almost 2?!) I'm on a marathon of chasing her around and showering her with kisses and hugs which keeps me smiling.

Amidst all the craziness, I cashed in some of my birthday gift cards from last month and finally completed Serena's bathroom which is of course mermaid themed. So to wrap up on a happier note, I wanted to share some of my recent buys ~ most of which are on sale!

I won't be wearing any fall clothes for a while here in the sunshine state, but I have been scooping up some fun pieces for our trip to CT and fun pieces for lil' miss as well. I mean how can you resist these mermaid shoes?! I also finally pulled the trigger on the leopard clutch that I'd been eyeing for over a year.

Enough about me, what's new with you?

Peplum Fun

Well hello there September, I'm not sure how you got here so fast but I'm excited for all the fun in the coming weeks. Planning for lil' miss' 2nd birthday (how is this happening) with family in CT is well underway, and we'll be up there for the foliage and all the fall fun. Because I don't know how I thought I was kidding myself shooting these pics, it's still way too hot for jeans. But they are still my favorite pair, and did I mention they're actually comfortable?

Top | Jeans | Heels | Double Ring | Sunnies | BagLipstick 

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Dining in Orlando

Having lived in Orlando for eight years now, I'm not only a huge fan of our unique and eclectic restaurant and bar scene, but am always up for trying out new places. Whether you're a local here in Central Florida or visiting on vacay, I highly suggest thinking outside the "theme park and International Drive box", and venture into town to check out some great spots. 

5 New Restaurants to check out in Orlando

Dining in Orlando is fun, especially when there are always new eateries opening up around town. The usual itinerary for your night out on the town can get old after a while, so here are some suggestions to spice it up. These are all new additions to the city, so you'll get to enjoy the exciting atmosphere and some dishes or drinks you've never tried before. Be sure to think about renting a Party Bus in Orlando if you're going to be drinking with friends and hopping from one destination to the next. 

The H Cuisine
West Orlando
This restaurant is serving a Mediterranean inspired menu in a luxury steak house setting. The open kitchen makes dining here just as entertaining as it is satisfying. They have really mastered the art of presentation along with making an inviting atmosphere for groups. Wait until you taste the food!

Tin and Taco
South Downtown
With options like the brisket bomb burrito and mac attack, you can choose to think outside of the box or fall back on favorites like tacos and nachos. You'll notice the quality of their brisket because they cook it in house. They offer craft beer and craft sodas for purchase here!

JINYA Ramen Bar
Thornton Park
There are a ton of options for vegans and vegetarians to choose from here. It's a small space inside so it's not the best for huge groups, but you can't go wrong with a dinner with your partner or friend here. Their mini tacos are a fun take on the usual pork buns you find at Korean restaurants, and you can add a lot of different ingredients to customize your ramen selection.

Grape and the Grain
Park Lake / Lake Highland
There's an outdoor covered patio and deck area where they host live music and have games available. They don't have a ton of food options available outside of their charcuterie board, but local food trucks visit regularly, too! They rotate craft beers and have a ton of wine options for those looking for a good selection. 

Bites and Bubbles
Park Lake / Lake Highland
Are you a big fan of wine and cheese? This new wine bar will make you feel as though you're sitting in a cafe in the heart of Paris. They have some unique champagne cocktails and quality dishes like escargot and a chocolate souffle. We love the modern industrial feel of this destination, and there is sure to be a wine that stands out to you on their huge menu.

Resort Florals

I promise I'll stop talking about my recent trip to the beach soon, but some of the frizzy haired (I channel Monica Geller in Barbados when at the beach) and bad lighting pics were too good not to share. And if you are feeling deja vu, it's because I shared this fabulous dress which is perfect for vacay or date night here.

*It was even perfect for fun on the putting green*

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Birthday Weekend at Hammock Beach

I'm not sure how my birthday weekend has already come and gone, so please pass the coffee as I recap our fun getaway to Palm Coast for a long weekend at the Hammock Beach Resort. It's a quick drive from Orlando, so it's a hidden gem for locals and tourists alike. I can't thank Emily and Chelsea enough for posting all the pretty pics the past few years which led to me finally booking a trip! Alright enough chit chat, I'll let the pics do the talking....

The Pools and Lazy River

*My happy girl was living her best life at the beach and in the lazy river*

The Room

*All rooms have ocean views*

*Ready for my birthday dinner*

*I even packed my birthday glass for a nightcap on the balcony listening to the ocean*

*Morning coffee views*

The Resort

The Beach

*Beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas are included*

There truly is something for everybody, as it's very family friendly but I saw several bachelorette parties and groups of guys on golfing weekends. And I was a huge fan of the music played at the pools - Kaskade, Zedd, Avicii, etc.. I was also guilty of being one of the "big kids" standing in line for countless trips down the waterslide. 

Birthday week wasn't complete without some surprises from Nikki and Emily as well as this top that was too fun to not don during vacay from Andrea. Thank you for all the sweet messages, texts, and cards. My heart is officially full.