Goodness, where do I even begin? First, July flew by so fast. I cannot believe we are starting August already. Usually, the weather is beyond humid, but in Pennsylvania it has been beautiful. We are literally having the Spring we never had at the current moment. I’m not complaining!
My husband and I just returned from vacation a few days ago and we are settling back into normalcy. We both had a mini break from the catering for 2 weeks, so we figured that now would be the perfect opportunity for us to get away and have some alone time. We are going to get slammed come September/October. We originally made plans to go to Puerto Rico (my Motherland) , but when you’re being treated for infertility, apparently that is a big no-no. Our infertility specialist advised that she would not be able to treat me for six months if I went because Puerto Rico was infected with the Zika Virus within the past year. We decided to switch some flights around and head into Florida for 10 days.
We stayed in Tampa, St. Pete, and Minneola. O.M.G. , Florida was HOT, but the Gulf of Mexico was so warm and beautiful. We went during their quiet season so the hotels that we stayed at were relaxing and not mobbed. Kevin and I loved it. We stayed at the Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach for a few nights, The Kimpton Zamora Hotel, and in downtown Tampa as well. All the hotels were so amazing and accommodating and we definitely will go back. This vacation was all about relaxation, so we did not roll with a plan. We just went into different towns, checked out different types of restaurants and explored the cities and neighborhoods.
We had the most beautiful view of St Pete and Tampa from the rooftop at the Kimpton Zamora Hotel. On one end you had the bay view and on the other side you had views of the Gulf.
We took a stroll in Downtown St Pete and just admired the views and had an amazing dinner at Parkshore Grill. The food was to die for. Seriously, probably the best restaurant we have been to down there. I took the opportunity to bring with me two vintage dress finds. I got this dress at Nightbird Vintage Clothing in New Hope PA. It is a mid 1970’s Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Distlefink design that is hand embroidered. Isn’t it amazing? The Distlefink is the good luck bird of the early Pennsylvania Germans. The two birds gives a “double measure of good fortune. The Trinity tulips stand for faith in yourself, faith in what you do and faith in your fellow-man. Tulips represent faith, hope, and charity, and can also be used to represent Holy Trinity. the leaves represent long life, strength, and nature. They can also represent diversity and the beauty of life on earth. Who doesn’t love a dress with meaning?
My sneakers are a thrifting find at Beacons Closet in the West Village for $10.00. I’m obsessed with them. Don’t they go perfectly with this dress? They are Phuyupata Sneakers made by a shoe brand called Inkkas. They are hand-woven in Latin America and with each purchase made, Inkkas plants one tree. They are in partnership with a Philanthropy called TreesfortheFuture with a purpose to reforest the world to provide sustenance for growing populations. Whenever I thrift an item that is really unique, I always make it a point to do some research on the brand and educate myself. Upon finding this out, I will definitely be making future purchases via their online store. I will link it below.
Do not mind my hair by the way. The humidity does crazy things to it. Any suggestions on products that I can use would greatly be appreciated! On another note, aren’t this Sunnies so much fun? They are Ilymix Mauna Sunglasses in Silver and if you use my code “moment20” you will receive 20% off your first order. 🙂 They have such awesome styles!
After we were finished exploring St. Pete, we went back to our hotel on the beach called The Kimpton Zamora. We used our Hotel Tonight app to book last-minute and we were so impressed. It is a stunning boutique hotel with free kayak rentals, fishing tours, and free wine happy hour from 5 to 6pm! Of course we had to make it back for Happy Hour! It has an amazing rooftop bar that apparently gets swamped on the weekends, but we were there on a Wednesday during slow season, so it was very quiet. Just the way we like it! There, we hung out, got showered and dressed for the evening.
The rooftop was huge and had tons of comfortable sofas with plush pillows everywhere.
Just chilling on the roof top having a cocktail before dinner with views of the Gulf of Mexico behind me….
I swapped one vintage attire for the other. This dress was also purchased at Nightbird Vintage in New Hope, PA. It is a 1970’s maxi dress. I loved how fun and bright the colors are and the loose short sleeves.
I love the curiosity and mystery behind wearing vintage clothing. I have so many questions… Who had this dress before me? What kind of person were they? Where did they wear this out to? The mystery of it all is what excites me the most. I also would like to think that the person who owned this dress prior would be happy that someone is re-using it. It literally gives me such a rush when I find amazing throwbacks like these.
The rest of our evening was spent with family with good food and conversation. It the end to a perfect summer day. 🙂
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