My favorite festival is right around the corner and all the planning for it is finally wrapping up! I created this guide for Bonnaroo because last year when I attended for the first time I did not feel prepared and wanted to go into this year feeling like a pro. So here is a fun little downloadable guide with all you need to succeed. Hope it helps and see ya at the farm! Feel free to email me or message me on instagram with any additional questions!
My favorite time of year at the beach is December and January. There’s something magical about it. It’s quieter, the beach always looks flawless, and somehow the sunsets get better by the day.
One of my favorite weekends during the winter is New Years Eve weekend. All the visitors return, but it is usually a smaller crowd. Rather than spending all day on the beach people who come during the holidays tend to explore more! So I wanted to give y’all a full guide of fun ways to fill your trip if you’re coming down for New Years Weekend!
If you do any of these things on this list and story about them on insta, tag me! I’d love to share people doing my favorite things on 30A. It makes me so happy!
Start your morning with coffee from Outpost (tell their staff I said hi, love them there!)
Grab holiday pastries & my favorite cookies around from Blackbear Bread Co (mention me and they will confirm my cookie obsession is out of hand)
Try the mini donuts & grab a delicious brunch at 2 birds cafe in Sandestin (not on 30A, but worth the drive)
Go to Basmatis for sushi and delicious asian inspired food. (The spring rolls are my favorite)
Hit up Louis Louis for dinner and yes it is okay to eat that extra piece of bread.
Get some tacos & my favorite french fries ever from Chiringo while enjoying the views of Grayton Beach.
Grab a quick turkey wrap & chocolate puddle from La Loba Bakery in Blue Mountain.
Indulge in the best grilled cheese at the Melt Down.
Eat the entire belgium waffle at Modica Market & pair it with a giant mimosa.
Enjoy homemade italian food at Amici in 30avenue (I go here weekly)
Get fancy and grab a reservation at Paradis in Rosemary Beach.
Grab a winter cocktail or attend the champagne tasting night on the 27th of December at Neat Bottle Shop.
Sip a Christmas mule at one of my favorite casual spots, Chiringo in Grayton Beach.
Grab a rooftop drink with a sunset view at Pescado in Rosemary Beach.
Happy hour drinks from Fish out of Water in Watercolor (happy hour is 3pm-7pm)
Love wine? Go to The Wine Bar in Watercolor between 11am - 6pm, for a 12oz carafe of wine for the price of a glass & pair it with a cheese board.
Big mojito fan? Great Southern in Seaside has endless flavors to try. Challenge: try them all in one day. (jk please seriously do not do that)
For another sunset spot go to Bud and Alley’s Rooftop Bar.
Go try a yoga class at Otium Studios, my go to workout spot.
Bundle up and rent a Yolo Board to paddle on Western Lake or the Gulf. When the suns out this is so fun!
Take a bike ride down 30A to Blue Mountain & grab a smoothie at For the Health of It (my favorite is the PB Cup!)
Walk through the trails of Watercolor and enjoy the views on western lakes many docks
Try a fun workout class at the Boathouse in Watercolor.
Go to Grayton Beach State Park for an afternoon hike.
Ophelia Swimwear -Seacrest Beach or Seaside
Indigo - Watercolor
Outpost - 30avenue
Otium - 30avenue
Willow Boutique -Seaside, Rosemary Beach, or 30Avenue
LA Green - 30avenue
Get a facial from Blush Beauty Lounge in 30avenue.
Watch the sunset at the beach (pretty obvious one!)
Grab a new book from Sundog Books in Seaside or the Hidden Lantern in Rosemary Beach.
Dec 24th Candelight Christmas Eve Service with Chapel at the Beach on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. (I will be there!)
Dec 27th Holiday Champagne Tasting at Neat
Dec 27th Trivia Night at Shore Things Cigars
Dec 29th Seaside Farmers Market
Dec 30th Rosemary Farmers Market
Dec 30th New Year’s Eve Eve party at Old Florida Fish House
Dec 30th Chris Alvarado live at Fish out of Water (one of my favorite local musicians)
New Years Eve:
Ring in the New Year in the Seaside Amphitheater with tons of music, fireworks, and face paint! (You’re never too old to get your face painted)
90’s karaoke night at Chiringo in Grayton (featuring tons of champagne and cocktails)
Grab New Years Eve Dinner at one of these great spots:
Fish Out of Water
Salute 2018 at Neat Bottle Shop
If you want more of a party, go to Village of Baytown Wharf in Sandestin. They have tons of bars and fun that entire night.
Fireworks are going to be up and down 30A at all the beaches so pick your favorite boardwalk in a main town area and you will have yourself a great firework show.
I hope this list adds some extra fun to your trip down to 30A, if you have any questions feel free to reach out.
I am so fortunate to have called the gulf coast home for the last 9 years. I feel so grateful that our home and family are safe from hurricane Michael but that is not the case for our neighbors just 30 minutes away. My brother, our friend Parker and I went to Panama City yesterday and the devastation was unbelievable – people have lost everything. There were no words for what we witnessed and I knew I couldn’t sit there and not try my best to help everyone affected.
We have created a gofundme to purchase supplies to help all those who have lost everything. 100% of the donations are going straight to getting supplies for those in need. The gofundme is linked below and has lots of info. If you are local we have included drop off locations if you want to drop off your own supplies. If you have any questions or want to get involved please feel free to email me, email@example.com
My two favorite new arrivals from Ophelia Swimwear’s fall sweater collection. Shop them at opheliaswimwear.com!!
One of my favorite events down at the beach is Digital Graffiti Arts Festival in Alys Beach. This event showcases unique digital art projected on the sides of the beautiful homes in Alys. I was lucky enough this year to win the Instagram giveaway by VIE Magazine (the first giveaway I have ever won and I was so excited!) I got two full weekend passes. Friday night is family night and much more lowkey, a perfect night for my parents to use my passes. Saturday night is the main event and 21 and up means not only art, but tons of food, cocktails, and fun.
Outfit from Ophelia Swimwear photo by Will Easter
Aside from getting to see some incredible works of art from some incredibly talented artists, one of my favorite parts of this event is seeing everyone trade their 30A uniforms (beach cover ups and flip flops) for some more trendy outfits. I, of course, kept it a little beachy and wore a new outfit from Ophelia Swimwear. I got away with wearing a white swimsuit top, but styled it with the most comfortable and amazing striped pants. I dressed this beach look up with my favorite nude heels and fun jewelry. Don’t ever tell me that bikinis can’t be worn for anything!
I kicked off the night at the VIE x Digital Graffiti Age of Aquarius pre-party, and was greeted by prosecco-filled mini disco-ball cups, an insane flower wall backdrop for photos, and a huge pink carpet! This event was such a fun way to start off the night and I am already looking forward to VIE Magazine’s next digital graffiti pre-party, you all killed it!
VIE Magazine Pre-Partyphoto by Brenna Kneiss
Once inside the event my brother and I were starving so we quickly hunted down some of the delicious food. While sipping on some cocktails from the endless drink stops, we enjoyed many small plates as we walked amongst the art. My favorite art exhibit was an incredibly moving image of a running man struggling to make his way through a coliseum. Another favorite of mine was a building that looked like small waves and stripes, I took this fun picture standing in the art!
The pieces this year were stunning and captivating. I love how unique this event is, it’s more than worth the weekend trip. Come pick out a fun outfit from Ophelia Swimwear with me next year and shop my look from this year on their Instagram, @opheliaswimwear, or check out their website, opheliaswimwear.com.
I am a big jewelry fan, I cannot go a day without wearing layers of necklaces and a ring on every finger. I truly believe no outfit is complete without jewelry. To me jewelry can represent who you are. It is a way to show your personality and show things that have meaning to you.
I recently started working with my favorite jewelry company ever, La Luna Rose. This jewelry reminds me of the best parts of life. When I wear it, I think about laying on the white sand in Florida, driving under rows of palm trees in sunny California, or exploring the beaches of Sydney, Australia. Whether you are on an adventure or dreaming of one, La Luna Rose has something perfect for you.
La Luna Rose designs makes simple yet beautiful jewelry and I would highly recommend joining the fan club with me! You can shop their collections here, https://lalunarose.com. Use my code LOVEACE for 10% your order.
Here are a few pics with some of my favorite pieces, hope to see some more La Luna Rose wearing babes soon!!!
10 friends and I jumped in two rental cars and headed down the coast to Jervis Bay for a weekend get away. We spent our entire Saturday at Hyams Beach which is known for having the worlds whitest sand. To sum it up it was a great weekend with friends in a beautiful place. The pictures don’t even do the sand justice.
Waking up at 5:30am on a Saturday sounds like a nightmare to anyone, but when the alarm means an all day wine tour through Hunter Valley getting up is a lot easier! This weekend I spend a day in a vineyard alongside my friends Mariana, Natsumi, and Jess. We hopped on a bus bright and early Saturday morning with our tour guide who would take us to three vineyards, a chocolate factory, a brewery, and an organic vodka distillery.
We started the day at a boutique winery called Travertine Wines. There we tried 8 different wines. Our top choice there was the Sparkling Petit Verdot/Merlot (Natsumi’s overall favorite), it was a sparkling red wine which was surprisingly amazing. A few other noteworthy wines we tried there were the Fiano (Mariana’s top pick) and their Chardonnay (my #1 pick). At this stop we learned a ton about the making of different wines and also how to taste wine like a pro. We became such experts we could open our own winery… stay tuned for that! From there, we made a quick stop at a chocolate factory and indulged in fudge and fondue with strawberries before lunch. I strongly believe chocolate should be served before lunch every day. Lunch included endless servings of delicious pizza, tasting 4 more wines from Hope Vineyard, and then onto craft beer tasting. What a hard day!
Our next stop was my personal favorite. We went to an organic vodka distillery and tried 10 different flavored vodkas out of small test tubes. The best flavors were chocolate, mango, and coffee. It was great because none of it actually tasted like vodka and it was all organic, so it was kind of healthy right?! Our last stop was Lucy’s Run Vineyard. We not only enjoyed more delicious wine, including Jess and my favorite, the 2014 rose, but we also got to try many decadent cheeses and fresh olive oil. The family who owned this vineyard were the sweetest people– true Australian locals who were really passionate about their wine.
If you ever come visit Sydney, Australia I would highly recommend going on a Hunter Valley Wine Tour. We used Zepher Tours and had a great experience start to finish. You can check out the tour here http://zephertours.com.au/hunter-valley-wine-tours-from-sydney/. I will definitely be back to Hunter Valley, and can’t wait to get my hands on more Lucy’s Run Rose!
Wow! A week has already flown by and I cannot believe I’m actually here in Sydney, Australia!
This week has been an awesome start to my semester here. I have been able to do so much and school has not even started!
Day 1 I went to Bondi Beach (a top item on my list checked off pretty quickly!), then went on a dinner cruise around the harbor on a giant yacht with everyone from my program…. casual first day. The next day a group of us went jet boating in the harbor and rode a train all the way back to our apartments drenched from the ride. Day 3 was my personal favorite! Everyone from my program took a trip to the Featherdale Wildlife Park where we spent all morning feeding Wallaby’s and Kangaroos. We also got to hang out with Koalas! After that, we went and hiked the Blue Mountains for a few hours which was beautiful even in the rain. Later that night, a group of us all went out and ended up going to a cool bar called The Soda Factory. I’d say it was a successful first weekend!
This week, I have gotten to spend the day at Manly Beach, another awesome spot. I spent the day watching some of the Australian Open of Surfing and ate fish and chips on the beach which were delicious. So far, I have discovered many cool restaurants and made some really awesome friends which has made my first week here even better. Now I just need to practice my Australian slang!
Australia is so fun that I have decided I will not be returning to the United States (Sorry mom and dad!). I cannot wait to see whats in store for the rest of the semester.
‘Til next time,
With only 2 weeks left until I depart for Australia I have been daydreaming about the beaches I want to visit while there. I cannot help but stare at all these beautiful places I’m hoping to set foot on! Here are my top 5 Australian beaches I want to see.
Byron Bay Beach
If you have never seen these stunning locations here are a few pictures that will have you daydreaming too.
I had the chance to cross off going to Miami Swim Week from my bucket-list this summer and it was incredible.
I’ve worked at Ophelia Swimwear for a long time and the owner, Tori, has been the best person to work for. I was so excited to go to Swim Week with Tori and my good friend Ansley.
We arrived in Miami the 15th. We went straight to the Camilla Fashion for Breakfast Show hosted by the designer Camilla and popular blogger Rocky Barnes. After watching the show while eating avocado toast I could tell it was going to be a good week. As we walked out we bumped straight into Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman, aka the women behind the A Bikini A Day blog. It was awesome to meet and talk with them!
Day 1 the best show was the Frankies Bikinis show. The show was 70’s inspired and the runway floated on a pool!
Day 2 was my favorite. My favorite show we saw was the Tori Praver show. We were lucky enough to sit front row and get great swag bags. After that we ran into Natasha Oakley, Devin Brugman, Rocky Barnes, and Brody Jenner to name a few! We then attended the Blue Life and Beach Riot fashion shows that night.
For the last show that night we attended Indah. While looking for our seats I ran into my favorite blogger, Rebekah Steen (@GoldfishKiss!) Queen of all things beachy. I had the chance to talk with her for a while. She was the most down to earth, kind, lovely person I have ever met. It was surreal to talk with someone I look up to so much. Rebekah, if you ever see this, you rock.
The next few days were filled with market, appointments, meeting designers and bloggers, and cocktail parties. The last day Ansley and I took a fun bike ride down Ocean Drive and enjoyed South Beach. It was awesome to experience fashion week with Tori and Ansley. Big thanks to Tori for having me alongside her for this trip. Another thanks to Ansley, for being so fun and up for taking tons of pictures!