One Flo and One Rida

Oh, Florida, I love you so much. Let’s face it, between the palm trees and ocean views, you have an automatic recipe for a relaxing vacation. St. Petersburg, Florida aka “Sunshine City” boasts an average of 361 days of sunshine per year and sits right on the gulf coast. We spent a week enjoying the beautiful weather, lively downtown, excellent food and gorgeous views of St. Petersburg, Florida and the surrounding area.

We opted to drive to Florida, because we enjoy each others company and we love listening to podcasts on long trips. The soundtrack for this trip was S-Town on the way down and In The Dark on the way home. I can’t recommend In The Dark enough.

We stayed at the The Hampton Inn near downtown. They had a pretty pool, a stocked gym and a great breakfast buffet.

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The Dali Museum is recommended on every St. Petersburg travel website, and by the locals. The architectural design of the building is swoon worthy. Once inside there is a full cafe, and gorgeous suspended spiral staircase, a gift shop and art work (of course). The Frida Kahlo exhibit was open while I was there, in addition to the permanent Salvador Dali exhibit. The audio tours are great because you learn about the life of the artists as well as fun facts about almost every work of art on display.

I’m obsessed with downtown St. Petersburg. It’s right out of a movie, with its bright colors, friendly people and gorgeous scenery. The town is incredibly dog friendly, especially since every restaurant on the main strip offers outdoor seating. However, we did not book a dog friendly hotel, so now we have to go back so we can take the pups! There are life size dolphin statues throughout the city that are all painted completely different, I loved spotting them while we were out and about.

I love food so much. I love really great food, food so great that I have to force myself to stop eating. In St. Petersburg, that meal was the Salmon Flatbread from Fresco’s (first pic)! I also have a huge sweet tooth, so we stopped by the Cassis Bakery every single night for a new dessert. Calories don’t count on vacation. I’m linking my favorite restaurants below the pictures.

Restaurants from Top Left to Bottom Right: Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro, The Moon Under Water, Cassis Bakery, The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, Locale Market and Holy Hogs BBQ in Downtown Tampa.

Not far from St. Petersburg is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida. If you’ve seen the movie Dolphin Tale about the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, it was based on the life of Winter who lives at this aquarium. Clearwater is a a rescue center that’s motto is “Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release”. We were able to see turtles, dolphins, otters and stingrays that had been rescued and some were injured too badly to be returned into the wild. They have a ton of interactive exhibits, however you need to book these in advance since they fill up quickly (which we learned first hand). We were able to feed stingrays and not to brag, but I’m totally a natural. My favorite part was watching Rufus the Pelican run over to cuddle with his trainer, it was precious!

Ruffle High Neck Romper is from Target and under $30!

We can’t wait to go back (and bring BOTH pups!)! Until then, we’ll be looking for our next adventure. Don’t forget to ‘like’ this post and hit the subscribe button!

XOXO,

Sara

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Friday Favorites 4/21/2017

We spent last week in Florida (amazing), and I’m still trying to remember what day it is.  Isn’t that the best part about vacation, not having to keep up with the days?  Now it’s back to the real world, luckily my real world is pretty fantastic.  Right now I’m curled up with a cute puppers and eating cotton candy, so life is pretty sweet.

Favorite Snack Food:  The Fluff Factory Cotton Candy! Y’all I don’t typically eat super sugary sweet stuff, but the flavors are insane!  Currently inhaling Salted Caramel Cotton Candy and contemplating if I need to join a support group.  Thanks to my mom for getting me addicted and the lovely ladies at Silver Star Mercantile for hooking me up!  If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, head to downtown Carrollton and check them out!  They always have super cute stuff (it’s not all food), including our favorite jalapeno jelly! 

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Salted Caramel not pictured because I ate it all…

Favorite New Tradition: We decided to officially set aside one night a month for Ladies Night!  So much easier to just have a date in the books so there’s always something to look forward to!  If you’re in Greenville, SC and you see a group of 10+ girls out on the 3rd Monday of the month it’s probably us!  Feel free to buy us guacamole and offer to take our picture!  Shout out to the staff and manager at Chuy’s for giving us the history and fun facts about the restaurant!

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My friends are like really pretty.

Favorite Meal: Salmon and Pesto Flatbread.  I mean, those 4 words are magical sounding, you know it’s going to be amazing.  I had this multiple days in a row for lunch, because  I love myself and want to be happy.  I will be attempting to recreate this recipe from Fresco’s, this weekend – follow my Instagram story to see how it turns out!

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Favorite Gift Idea:  I came across this while researching gift ideas for a friends annual beach trip (Hi, Brie!), and immediately fell in love!  If you travel a lot, have a friend that travels, or have ever left your house – you need this!  It’s a travel phone charger BUT it’s pretty and conveniently hooks to your purse or key chain!  Unfortunately it’s only for iPhone, iPod and iPad, us Android users have to just sit in envy!


Favorite New(ish) Podcast:  In The Dark is such a well done podcast.  It follows in the footsteps of Serial, which I absolutely loved.  It chronicles the 27 year old case of a missing 11 year old boy from a rural Minnesota town.  The best part about this podcast is the resolution, it may have taken 27 years but the abductor has been captured.  An interesting fact, this case actually lead to the creation of the “sex offenders database”.  I found it fascinating and maddening at the same time.  If you listen to it, you’ll understand the maddening part immediately.  Let me know some other podcasts I should listen to, and if you’ve listened to In The Dark!

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Thanks for reading, you guys are the best!  Feel free to share your “favorites” from the past week with me or what fun plans you have for the weekend!  I’m off to finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  It’s one of those can’t put it down but also don’t want it to end type books!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!

XOXO,

Sara