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Mommy-Daughter Shopping in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Rosemary Beach Mommy Daughter Day

Fridays are always fun. Emery doesn’t have daycare and I try to wrap up my work projects as early as possible so we can find an adventure for the day.  On this particular day, our to-do list included shopping in Rosemary Beach. How fun! Since I had to stop in to drop off a printing project, I figured we would browse the Merchants of Rosemary Beach and shop for a new bathing suit for Emery.

This girl was a little grumpy when I woke her up from a nap, but a lunch date at Cowgirl Kitchen (and their Mac n Cheese) made it all better. 

Cowgirl Kitchen Rosemary Beach

I love getting the Nachos with extra fresh jalapeño, but today I ate every bite of the Drunken Shrimp Tacos. They are so good I could eat them twice.

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With full bellies, we strolled next door to Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashion & Toys. This store just puts a smile on your face. Bright-colored toys and games overflow onto Main Street and adorable clothes, toys and accessories fill the store. This is Emery’s “Mommy, can we please go in here?” dance.

Gigi's Rosemary Beach

Rosemary Beach, Florida Gigi's

Emery loved the model train that makes its way around a track on the ceiling. She took time to look at every item in the store – even the boys section – and carefully picked out her favorite swimsuit. Eenie meanie miney mo!

Gigi's Rosemary Beach

Gigi's Rosemary Beach

Of course, all the toys in the store are like a dream come true for a kid. Gigi’s even has retro games I remember like a See & Say, View Master and Slinky. I told her to narrow it down to just one favorite. Gigi's Rosemary Beach

Gigi's Rosemary Beach

How could I say no? After Gigi’s, we wandered down to Eastern Green with Emery running her heart out. I love the way everyone just parks their bicycles on the green before running down to the beach (located just beyond the dune here).

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As usual, it was a beautiful 30A day. The white sand is magic!

Rosemary Beach, Florida

I love this view of the town from the boardwalk with The Pensione Inn (the red building) on the left and The Pearl on the right.

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Rosemary Beach, Florida

We decided we better finish our errands and hightail it home so we could enjoy an afternoon in the sun. I couldn’t resist peeking into Willow Boutique as we strolled back to the car. The bright prints they have in stock right now are so fun and I love anything Mara Hoffman.

Willow Boutique Rosemary Beach

Mara Hoffman at Willow BoutiqueWillow Boutique Rosemary Beach

After one super quick stop at Fitz & Emme (where Emery played tea party while I browsed the clothes), we headed home for fun in the sun.

Fitz and Emme Rosemary Beach

That’s one happy customer and one happy mama!

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Coastal Glam Decor Inspiration

I came across a House Beautiful article the other day titled “14 Signs You Decorate Like You Live in Beverly Hills.“  First I thought, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by glitz and glam, feeling like a pampered A-lister? I’ll take that any day. Second, I started thinking about how my style has evolved over the years. With fashion, my preferences certainly indicate multiple personalities. In the realm of decor, my taste is becoming more fine-tuned, even if I can’t quite turn my wish list into a reality just yet. Where I once loved rustic, shabby chic styles with muted neutrals and frilly pastels (yes, there was a time!), now I love simple, streamlined looks with contrast, pops of bold color or pattern and a little sparkle. I still love lots of white and clean coastal style, but now with a little more glam factor. Mixing Beverly Hills and the beach, I like to call this style “coastal glam”.

There are a few key elements to achieve Coastal Glam in my book:

  • Black and White Stripes. Think glitzy Hollywood pool decks and chic Miami Beach cabanas clad in classic black and white stripes. Even Coco Chanel adored crisp stripes for their ”graphic sensibility”.
  • Rich Texture. Leather, cashmere, a little (faux) fur and a few soft flower arrangements work wonders.
  • Bright White. A coastal design just wouldn’t be right without crisp, clean, brilliant white. It just makes everything feel fresh.
  • Bold Patterns. The Beverly Hilton has their signature palm print, David Hicks has posh hexagons and coastal glam needs fresh, fun patterns like dots, (more) stripes, bright florals or clean geometric patterns.
  • Small Bursts of Color. Saturated shades in small doses stand out and make a statement, helping to soften the overall look. Think Marilyn Monroe pink in Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friends, Tiffany blue and sunshiny yellow. In our case, 30A’s signature turquoise and emerald waters would be a great pop.
  • Shiny Accents. Just a few finishing touches in the way of pearly shimmer, diamond-like sparkle or metallics like gold leaf and mercury add just the right amount of shine for a fabulous feel. I have to say gold is my favorite and it’s really hard to go wrong with gold accessories.

Here’s a little more coastal glam inspiration. Can I take them all?

Coastal Glam - Black White Stripe Curtains

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Coastal Glam - Stripe Chairs

Coastal Glam - The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, FL

The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, FL

Coastal Glam - Stripe Dining Chairs

Coastal Glam - Bedroom

Coastal Glam - Dining

DecorPad

Coastal Glam - Entryway

Coastal Glam - Entry

Coastal Glam - White Dining Room

Coastal Glam - White Bedroom

Room design by Wendy Schwartz.

Coastal Glam - Beach BathroomCoastalLiving

Glam bathroom via Coastal Living

Coastal Glam - Patterned Walls

Coastal Glam - Pink House

Coastal Glam - Back Porch Coastal Glam - Beach Hat Coastal Glam - Good Day Coastal Glam - Living Room

Benjamin Moore “Ballet Slippers” pink Palm Beach

Coastal Glam - Gold

via Elle Decor

30A Street Style Fall / Winter E-zine

 

I’m a happy, happy girl today! Have you ever experienced a magical moment of synergy? When something so impulsive and spur-of-the-moment becomes something amazing and exciting? It was an idea that popped up out of nowhere, “Hey, let’s make a magazine. Wouldn’t that be fun?” That’s essentially how the very first issue of 30A Street Style came about on a whim this summer.  Sometimes recreating those totally awesome unplanned moments don’t always work and I’ve been trying to organize the follow up to what was an out-of-the-blue debut. We had so much positive feedback and enthusiasm that I didn’t want to put out a second e-zine unless it was as good or better than the first. What eventually came together is an issue that I truly love and am so proud of. It has fashion. It has real people. It has our gorgeous beaches. It has usable tips. And (I think) it has fun. At the very least, I had fun creating it. I was lucky enough to chat with the lovely Cassie Kelley of Womanista, the talented Mychael Knight of Project Runway, local blogger Sarah Powers of Closetini and put together plenty of fun fashion with my girl Caitlyn Ward. Please take a moment to check it out and let me know what you think. Click here to jump to the full e-zine.

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Cottages for Kids 2013

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My friend Shaye so graciously invited me to attend a kick off party for the annual Cottages for Kids display in Rosemary Beach. First of all, Rosemary is one of my favorite places on 30A, full of fun for both little ones and adults. Every year, the town plays host to the most amazing and adorable playhouses, on display for a few short weeks before traveling to their new homes where kids will undoubtedly spend hours upon hours playing and making sweet memories. One of our local charities, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, partners with area builders to coordinate the design and construction of these cottages that look like they are straight out of a fairy tale. Even better? Anyone can bid on these and help make a difference for local children. Funds from the sales go straight to CVHN where school-age kids in need receive medical, dental, vision and mental health services from volunteer providers at no cost.

Emery tagged along with me and “tested” each playhouse until the sun went down. I can safely say each and every cottage is not only Emery-approved, but really impressive. From Seaside and Rosemary Beach architecture to a pirate ship, there was a lovely mix of styles that also included features like a rock-climbing wall, slide, television and plenty of stairs for endless climbing. The cottages are open weekends through November 30, so if you’re anywhere nearby, be sure to make a stop and let your little ones enjoy all the fun. For more details, visit the Cottages for Kids site here.

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>> ALL DECKED OUT
BID NOW for a chance to win this Cottage!
Generously built and donated by:
Corestruction

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>> KID COMFORT
BID NOW for a chance to win this Cottage!
Generously built and donated by:
Heritage Builders and The Merchants of Rosemary Beach
Designed by HGTV’s Vern Yip

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There’s Vern! What a fun and friendly guy who also happens to love Rosemary Beach. This playhouse is modeled after the real house he’s building with his family in Rosemary.

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>> SEASLIDE
BID NOW for a chance to win this Cottage!
Generously built and donated by:
Chuck, LLC
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>> LIVE IT UP
BUY RAFFLE TICKETS for a chance to win this Cottage!
Generously built and donated by:
Davis Dunn Construction & Studio:A:Architecture with CUP Food You Pick Up & Redfish RenderingCottagesForKids-RosemaryBeach7

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>> THE PIRATE SHIP HHK (HEALTHY HAPPY KIDS)
BID NOW for a chance to win this Cottage!
Generously built and donated by:
Freeport High School Key Club & Randy Wise Homes

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Finally, after circling the entire Cottages for Kids area at least 50 times playing in all the playhouses, we headed for the car. Emery’s eyes lit up at the sight of the fountain and she begged me to find change so she could make a wish. (I don’t make this stuff up!) Of course, I couldn’t even find a penny, but she made do by throwing in about 8 acorns. Little moments like these make my heart so full and happy.  I wonder what she wished for? Perhaps, a fun new playhouse?CottagesForKids-RosemaryBeach9


Vacation in South Walton Like a Celebrity

So you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, the every day drama, the mundane and trade it in for a perfectly relaxing, salt-in-the-air, breeze-on-your-face, sun-on-your-skin, feet-in-the-sand kind of place? Our quiet little beach town has been frequented by one or two rock stars, country singers, politicians, world-renowned chefs and super star athletes. That’s right. We have our fair share of celebrity sightings on 30A.

Why? Because of this.

And the fact that locals leave them alone to relax and enjoy the scenery. Most people don’t do more than a double take when they realize they’re standing in line at Publix next to someone they just read about in a magazine or watched in Sunday’s big game. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a little excitement, but this place is full of people with amazing stories of success, fortune and achievement. The one thing almost everyone here has in common is that they’ve traded in a more fast-paced, corporate-type lifestyles (no more black suits, board meetings and HOV lanes) for a moment or longer to get back to the basics.

So what does someone who could go anywhere or do anything do here? Check out some of the celebrity sightings in South Walton (updated):

  • Workout at Watercolor – Eli Manning, Laurie Hickson-Smith
  • Watch the sun go down at Bud & Alley’s – Sean Payton, Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo, Kenny Chesney, James Carville
  • Shop at Publix – Miley Cyrus, Emeril Lagasse
  • Eat at Cafe Thirty-A – Eli Manning, Lance Armstrong
  • Eat at George’s – Charles & Cassie Kelley, Emily Robison & Martie Maguire, Michele Kwan
  • Soak up the sun at Caliza – Katherine Heigl, Stephen Baldwin
  • Shop in Seaside – Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Jane Seymour
  • Browse toys at Duckie’s – Sheryl Crow, Kim Zolciak
  • YOLO board in the Gulf or coastal dune lake – Kellie Pickler, Ingo Rademacher
  • Indulge in perfected sweets at La Crema – Charles Kelley
  • Fill up at the Tom Thumb – All American Rejects
  • Sample Stinky’s delicious seafood – Bart Starr, Sam Bush
  • Stroll around Rosemary Beach – Katie Holmes, Vern Yip, Karl Rove, Kellie Pickler, Miley Cyrus, Tom Glavine
  • Dine at Fish Out of Water – Greg Kinnear
  • Eat at the Taco Bar – Eli Manning, Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo
  • Lay on the beach – Candace Crawford Romo, Kellie Pickler and pretty much everyone else
  • Play on the beach – Tony Romo, Troy Aikman (The best beach football game ever!)
  • Drink on the beach – Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney
  • Eat, drink, sing and kick up your heels at the Red Bar – Sara Evans, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Julia Roberts, Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan and many, many more
White sand, beautiful Gulf water, friendly people and living life pure and simple. That’s what it’s about in South Walton and on 30A, whether you’re here for a weekend or a lifetime, whether you’re famous or not. The lesson here: You don’t have to be a Super-Bowl-winning quarterback (or a rock star, movie star, etc) to enjoy a taste of sweet southern Gulf paradise. You just have to be in South Walton, living like the locals.


Shower Style

The wedding countdown is on! I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks away — I feel so unprepared! Some of the really fun parts of the time leading up to the big day are going to all the showers. The food is always cute and the drinks are always tasty! (Of course, as the MOH, I also have a very important job of writing down who gave what.)

Here are a few of the fashions:
From Left: BCBG dress with J. Crew belt, Deja Vu dress (from the Seaside store), LuluVia dress (from 96 Degrees in Seagrove)

From Left: Forever 21 dress, White House l Black Market dress (from Destin Commons) with yellow belt from Beach Buzz in Rosemary Beach.

Fun, fun, fun!

Tory Burch Shoes on Sale at Willow!

Sale Alert! Willow Boutique in Rosemary has a chance for fancy feet to fall in love with the perfect pair of Tory Burch shoes — and at 60% off! Get ‘em while they last! They’re all pretty fabulous, but I think I’m leaning towards the ankle boots. So hot!
Photos: Willow

DIY Perfume @ Patchouli’s

Pish Posh Patchouli’s in Rosemary has all sorts of amazing products for your face and body (lip glosses! lotions! soaps!) and even for your home (I heart Archipelago candles!). One of the coolest things you can possibly find is a perfume bar with bottle after bottle of various ingredients that you mix and match to create your very own signature scent with a little flair. It’s so fun! When you’re finished, not only do you feel like you’ve done a little arts-and-crafting, but you walk away with a personalized bottle of fantastic smelling perfume. Ahh, perfection!