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Holiday Fashion 2020

Holiday Fashion 2020

Calvin Klein Red Jumpsuit Chic Wish Luxurious Night Bowknot Pleated A-Line Skirt Can’t Clutch This Present Clutch SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Holiday Bow Drop Earrings Katy Perry Holiday Bow Mules Amazon Women’s Long Beaded Halter Satin Prom Dress A Line Open Back Evening Gowns with Pockets 

New Year’s Eve 2020

Metallic and sequins are always my go to for New Year’s Eve! I love wearing fancy outfits all the time and on New Year’s Eve, no one questions it or give me weird looks unlike when I walk into Target wearing a sequin maxi dress. 

Turks & Caicos 2

Getting There

Another early flight to Turks & Caicos - I really like my sleep but in order to get the most out of our trip we like to book flights that will allow us to get to our destination and still have time that day to explore. It just so happened that the day we were leaving was the day that Vineyard Vines for Target was being released. Many people asked Target when the collection would go live, but they we being really vague about it. Most people were guessing 3 am CST. Since I had to wake up at 2 am to get ready to go to the airport, I decided to check the Target website. Unlike the Lilly for Target collaboration, Target actually uploaded the entire collection beforehand and customers were able to favorite the items they wanted which made it a lot easier to check out day of. Luckily when I got on the website at 2 am everything was still available for purchase. I made sure to quickly check out and got everything I was hoping to get. So, I guess that is one advantage of a crazy early flight.

It has been raining a lot the past few months in St. Louis and we have had a lot of roads that are closed due to flooding. So of course it was also raining on the plane and I wasn’t able to get very good photos. It ended up raining on and off the entire week we were there. The locals said it was really unusual to get that much rain.

Where to Stay

We stayed at same place as we did last time we visited Turks and Caicos – the Windsong Resort. We got a 2 bed 2 bath room with a full kitchen and laundry. My favorite part of this resort is that there are doors that go out to the balcony that open all of the way. The resort is located on Grace Bay Beach which has been voted the World’s Best Beach several times. It is a great beach to walk on and you can walk pretty far either direction on nice smooth sand.

Cameras

Before we left, I knew that I wanted to try to get some photos that showed under the water and above the water at the same time. None of the cameras that I owned had the ability to do that. So I decided to purchase a GoPro. I got the GoPro Hero 7 Black along with the underwater dome that is necessary to get those kind of shots.  It took me awhile to get used to this new camera since it is unlike any other I have used before. However, I was able to get some really great photos of the coral reef and a parasailer in the sky. What I like so much about these photos is that is shows something that a human cannot actually see. Of course I also brought my Nikon D810 and two point and shoot cameras because you can never have too many cameras. I did have to delete photos halfway through the trip though since I ran out of memory. Whoops. At least you can delete photos you don’t want and don’t have to buy new film anymore.

Things to Do

Sightseeing Around the Island

We never used to travel to places that drive on the left
side of the road because my dad didn’t want to do it, but he realized that
really limited us so we gave it a try and it wasn’t as difficult as he thought.
It was even easier to drive on the left this time since he had done it before
and we knew the island. If you have never driven on the left before, Turks and
Caicos is a good place to start. There is not a lot of traffic, but usually
someone to follow.

Sapodilla Bay

There are several beautiful beaches you can visit on the island. The first one we went to was Sapodilla Bay. It is a public beach with limited parking by the beach access, but there is a gravel lot across the street that is technically for Las Brisas. We did park there since we were going to eat at Las Brisas after we took photos anyways. Sapodilla Bay is not a large beach, but the ocean is really shallow and you can easily walk through the bay.

Chalk Sound

Chalk Sound is another great area, but it is difficult to get to a spot to see it. It can be seen well and you can rent kayaks at Las Brisas. Otherwise you have to drive through neighborhoods to see it.

Long Bay Beach

Long Bay Beach offers a large beach that has winds that are great for windsurfing. For some reason no one was windsurfing that day. Last time we were here there were about 30 people windsurfing. This beach is difficult to find. The public access is behind a hotel. It works best to follow the directions on the kite surfing school website.

Day Trip to North & Middle Caicos

Getting There

A 20 minute ferry ride will take you to Middle Caicos and from there you can drive to North Caicos. GPS doesn’t work great on either island so we always use the map the rental car company provides. Very few roads actually have names, but there are not very many roads in general which make the map pretty easy to follow. However, the map is not to scale so it is difficult to tell how far away different areas of the islands are. There were more people on the islands this time compared to two years ago when we went. Though, we still hardly saw any people at all.

Flamingo Pond

We knew the places we wanted to go to from our last trip. The first stop was Flamingo Pond. It is an outlook that overlooks a pond with hundreds of flamingos. Last time we were there, there was a dumpy little pink building with a flamingo painted on it which was how the locals told you to find it. Well, they painted the building since we were there and it is now blue with no flamingo. It looks a lot nicer, though I do think they should have kept the flamingo. The building is now open to visitors and you can rent binoculars and purchase some local art. I really liked a lot of the art that they had. My mom got a handmade flamingo plate and I got a flamingo bowl and bat ring dish from the same artist.

Mudjin Harbor

From there we went to Mudjin Harbor. We were the only people on the entire beach. There is an island that is really close to the shore that you could walk to when it is lower tide or if you had the proper clothes on. The water is pretty rough at this beach and there are quite a few rocks so it is not ideal for swimming. There is a restaurant at the top of the hill, Mudjin Bar & Grille which we also ate at last time. From the restaurant you can see a trail to the top of the hill. We did not go up there last time since it is fairly steep and my mom and I had sandals on. My dad decided to try it this time and he told us to wait to see if it was worth it. Once he got to the top he motion for us to come up. We both carefully climbed in our flip flops. It wasn’t horrible, but wasn’t particularly fun either. When we got to the top, we could see why he wanted us to hike up there. The views of the island were spectacular. We ran into one of the other groups that was on the ferry with us and noticed that they had a guide with them. We watched the guide take them down the hole in the cliff. Again we had my dad go first. Also, not a fun climb in flip flops, but it did bring us down to a private beach. The only way to get to that beach is by that path or by boat. When we went back up and were walking around on top of the cliff I spotted a much easier path to get back to the parking lot. It is technically for the villas that are there as it leads right to the back door, but we didn’t think they would mind.

Bambarra Beach

Our next stop was Bambarra Beach. The last time we were here, there were shacks made out of palm leaves that were kind of run down much like the building at Flamingo Pond. They had also been redone since we were there. They are now a rainbow of bright colors and look so much nicer. Of course we all had to pick out the one we wanted and I went with the green one with the orange door. The ocean at Bambarra Beach is really shallow and there is an island off the shore that you could walk to. This one is farther out than the one at Mudjin Harbor. We were not able to walk out into the ocean as far this time since the tide was in and the water was deeper. We could have walked to the island if we had different clothes though.

Flamingos

After we walked around Bambarra Beach, we had some time before we needed to be back at the ferry. I decided to go to a few other ponds where there might be flamingos. I was giving my dad directions to the next spot and I told him to continue straight. He was hesitant since the road wasn’t paved, but I assured him that it was the correct way to go according to the map. Of course, as I mentioned earlier, this map has no scale so I have no idea how far it was to the pond but it felt like forever on the unpaved bumpy road. We finally got to the pond and there were several flamingos walking around in the pink water. After we got some photos, it was time to head back to the ferry. I told my dad the quickest way back was to continue on this road. As we continued on the road, it got narrower and narrower and we were complete surrounded by trees. It felt more like a hiking trail than a road. We were getting really concerned that we wouldn’t make it back to the ferry in time and it was the last one of the day. After what seemed like forever, we finally saw a real road at the end. It dumped us out right at the ferry like the map said it would. However, the map failed to mention that it is not really a road. I don’t know what we would have done if a car had been coming in the other direction. Immediately after getting off that terrible road I scratched it off the map and next time we will just turn around.

Horseback Riding

We went horseback riding the last time we went to Turks & Caicos, however, the company we went with was no longer in business so we deiced to try Provo Ponies. It got really good reviews, but what we liked about the other company was that is a private ride (mostly because they only had 2 horses). There were about 15 people on the ride with us. One of the workers carefully selected who would get which horse since they all had distinct personalities and all had other horses that they did not get along with. Once we got on our horse, we received instructions specific to that horse along with the list of horses to avoid. It seemed pretty complicated because the brown horse didn’t like the gray horse and the gray horse didn’t like the black horse but the black horse had to be by the brown horse and the white horse had to be in front but not by the gray horse. The information was helpful but difficult since there were so many horses that had a problem with at least one other horse. It would have made it a lot easier if they took out fewer people at a time but of course I understand why they do it. I did like that when you got on your horse one of the workers told you about the weird quirks your horse has. My horses name was Spirit – as you can image he got that name for a reason. They do make sure that you are comfortable handling your horse. Spirit was a difficult horse, but since I had been riding before I was comfortable with riding him. They told me that they like to call Spirit twinkle toes since he is always hesitant about getting in the ocean. He sees all of his friends get in but he is just not sure and the water might be cold. Of course they were right. When we got to the ocean, Spirit and I were the last ones in but he did fine. My dad got Thor which is a huge draft horse that enjoyed walking at a very leisurely pace. We did have to walk on the street which is not my favorite as some of the horses get nervous around cars. All of the guides were really good about taking a lot of photos for you and made sure to get photos with the rest of your party.

Parasailing

I had never been parasailing before and didn’t really have any interest until recently when I have been seeing all of Gray Malin’s aerial shots and I thought it would be a good opportunity to take photos. Of course it’s not really the same since he shoots from a helicopter, but since I don’t have access to a helicopter this seemed like the next best thing. I am so glad I went it was so much fun and I was able to get great shots of the turquoise water. You could see so many shades of blue. We talked to our hotel concierge about wanting to go parasailing and he called one of the companies and they picked us up right from the beach. The boat that you go out on is specifically designed for parasailing so it is really easy to take off and land.

Snorkeling

The resort we stayed at is right by the best coral reef on the island and you can walk into the ocean and look down and see a bunch of brightly colored tropical fish and coral. Last time we visited Turks & Caicos, we snorkeled in this area but did not go all the way around the reef. This time we decided to try it and all four sides offer different things. The right side of the reef is where you will see a lot of the colorful fish, the back is where most of the coral is, the left is a grassy area in which turtles like to swim through and the front is really shallow with a lot of coral. We weren’t really fond of the front area since we all felt like we were going to run into the coral.

Sunset Cruise

Last time we went to Turks & Caicos I read about the glow worms that you can see in the ocean for 3-5 days after a full moon. We did not time it right to see them last time, but this time it happened to work out. We booked a tour Sun Charters for a sunset cruise and viewing of the glow worms. The boat was a large sail boat and we went on the tour with about 20 other people. The tour took us out to get a good view of the sunset. This was actually the first one we saw this trip since it had been raining or cloudy every other day. They provided drinks and snacks as we sailed around. After it got dark, they took us out to a shallow area and we waited. The captain was pretty accurate about when we would start to see the glow. There weren’t nearly as many as I thought there would be and the glow doesn’t last very long. It was neat to see, but overall not that exciting. We did enjoy the cruise, but don’t feel that you need to plan around seeing the glow worms.

Where to Eat

JoJo's Poolside Cafe

When we arrived at our hotel, of course we were all hungry. Since it was raining and we were tired, we decided to eat lunch at the resort. All of us had burgers and they were very good. The rain stopped by the time we were done eating so we took advantage and walked on the beach.

The Windsong Resort offers a free continental breakfast in which you can pick three options off the menu. However, we usually ordered from the regular breakfast menu. I got the brioche French toast with pineapple topping and orange whip cream several times and I also ordered the decadent pancakes which were topped with bananas and chocolate sauce. Both meals were excellent.

Mother’s Pizza

For dinner the first night none of us really felt like going out so we decided to order pizza. There were two options that would deliver, both had great reviews but one didn’t have a menu online so we decided to go with the other. We called Mother’s Pizza to order and they said it would be about 45 min for delivery or we could pick it up in 20 minutes. None of us wanted to wait that long so we picked it up. They told us that the restaurant was kind of hard to find since they didn’t have a sign. They were right - it was difficult. The restaurant is in the back corner of the shopping center with no sign with their name on it, but there was a sign for the company that was in the space before them. The restaurant was really nice inside but there weren’t many people inside, it was late though. We got a garlic, sausage, bacon pizza and it was really good. 

Las Brisas

After taking photos at Sapodilla Bay, we ate at Las Brisas
on Chalk Sound. There was only one other group at the restaurant (we typically
eat at weird times on vacation since we are trying to get so much stuff packed
into the trip) so we got to sit by the water and had a great view. The food was
really good. I ordered a sausage pizza and a banana smoothie which was perfect
for a hot day.

Kalooki’s

I had prepared a list of restaurants before our trip. I knew which ones we went to last time and wanted to go back to this time. There was only one restaurant that we did not like last trip. One night we were looking for a restaurant on yelp and my mom found one that sounded good. I approved her choice since it happened to be one that was on my list anyways. We put it in our GPS and started driving to it. We were heading towards the shopping plaza that Mother’s Pizza is located at. My dad was making jokes about it being in the same plaza as Mother's and I said that it couldn’t be because it was on the water. Well I was wrong. We got there and they seated us outside away from the crowd which was nice since it was like we were at our own private restaurant. We asked our waitress if they used to be on the water (because I had to make sure I wasn’t going crazy) and she explained to us that they were renting their old location on the beach and after the hurricane, the owner wasn’t sure if and when he would rebuild so they found this new location. She told us that shortly after they left, the owner rebuilt and there is already another restaurant there. It was still a nice location and the food was as good as I remembered.

Somewhere Café

We went to the Somewhere Café several times on our trip. It is located on the beach next door to where we were staying. They have good food and of course a great view. You can sit outside downstairs or upstairs. We ordered the chips and guacamole appetizer, burger and fries and the pulled pork quesadilla – all of which were really good. 

Shay on the Beach

After a day out exploring the island we were debating
whether to go to Shay on the Beach or Da Conch Shack. The two restaurants are
right next to each other and I had heard a lot about Da Conch Shack but since
no one in my family is a big fan of conch (which is 90% of the menu) we decided
to go with Shay on the Beach. This is the restaurant that took over the space
where Kalooki’s used to be. It is right on the beach and we were the only
people at the restaurant (again with the weird eating times). I had another
burger (I don’t like seafood – not great for visiting islands) and a banana
smoothie. It was the best burger I have ever had. There are a few little shops
on the beach by the restaurant and my dad ended up buying a flag. His new thing
is collecting flags from all of the countries we visit.

Mango Reef

When planning this trip back to Turks & Caicos, I knew I wanted to go back to Mango Reef. It is a fairly large restaurant that is located on Turtle Cove. All of the tables are outside, but some do have cover over them. We started out at a table that wasn’t covered but ended up at one that was since of course it started to rain. We like to go to this restaurant at dinner time as opposed to lunch since you get to see all of the colorful lights the restaurant is decorated with. I had a steak with French fries and vegetables and it was great. I highly recommend getting the raspberry macaroon with ice cream filling. It was the best dessert we had on the island.

Danny Buoys

Our sunset cruise ended around 8:30 and we were starving. The St. Louis Blues were playing in a playoff game that night, so my dad required the restaurant to be a sports bar. We had driven by Danny Buoys several times since it was basically across the street from Mom’s Pizza and Kalooki’s. Unfortunately when we got out the car we realized that it was karaoke night – but we didn’t have a choice since we HAD to watch the Blues game. The restaurant had several different areas that you can eat in. Most of the seating is outside but there is an indoor section that is air-conditioned and has a casino. We found the group of Blues fans at the bar and sat by them. My parents both got pasta which they should have shared since it looked like each meal was one entire box of pasta. I got the chicken parm sliders which were really good. Oh, and the BLUES WON!

Baci Ristorante

The last night we were there, we ate at Baci Ristorante. The food was excellent and the dessert was one of my favorites of the trip. We had Panna Cotta with blueberry sauce. It was so different from any dessert that I have had before and was perfect light dessert after a heavy Italian meal.

Lilly Pulitzer Holiday

Lilly Pulitzer Holiday

Lilly Pulitzer Holiday Fashion and Accessories Outfit & Accessories Lilly Pulitzer – Kerry Top Lulus – Jovial Occasion Gold Maxi Skirt Kate Spade – Bourgeois Bow Earrings Pottery Barn x Lilly Pulitzer – Fan Sea Pants Quit Antrhopologie – Rock Candy Ornament Michaels – Flamingo 

Marco Island

Red Tide We started planning our next vacation pretty much as soon as we got off the plane in St. Louis After our Barbados trip, we all wanted something more relaxing. Barbados was an interesting place to visit, but the overall trip was pretty stressful 

Barbados

Getting There

Waking up at 2:30am is never my favorite, however knowing that by doing so I will be on a tropical island soon it makes it a little better. This was our first time visiting Barbados. Everyone I talked to about our trip asked “So, where is Barbados?” Barbados is an island in the Caribbean that is the farthest east and it is also pretty far south. It lines up with the bottom half of Nicaragua. The locals are all very nice and welcoming. Pretty much everyone speaks at least some English. They usually prefer U.S. Dollars even though they do have their own currency. The Barbados Dollar is about twice the U.S. Dollar.

Most celebrities stay on the west side of the island since the water is calmer on that side. The ocean is rougher on the Atlantic side and it is also rough where the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet. There wasn’t really a time when it was too hot while we were in Barbados since there was always a breeze. It is actually the most windy island we have ever been to. The water is a really pretty turquoise color, however in the last few years they have been having issues with seaweed. This is typically only on the beaches with rougher water though.

Barbados

Where to Stay

We stayed at the Hilton which is at the bottom of the island and the ocean was pretty rough at our hotel. However, just a short walk away was a larger beach with calmer water. The hotel was nice and had two large pools and several restaurants. We ate at the hotel restaurants several times and all of the food was good. The first night we were there they were having a pasta night at the Lighthouse Terrace restaurant. We were tired from traveling and didn’t want to have to find a restaurant in the dark, so this seemed like a perfect option. They had a buffet of food to go with the pasta and two cooks at the pasta station that would create anything you wanted. We also ate at the Water’s Edge Bar for lunch by the pool several times and the food was really good. There was a BBQ night during our stay and we decided to try that as well. They offered a dinner and dessert buffet with a lot of great options and even had several people performing after the dinner.

Where to Eat

All of the food we had on the island was really good and a lot of the restaurants have great views. We did have trouble actually finding restaurants though. Many of the restaurants are not open all day and it is difficult to find a place that serves lunch. They also don’t use yelp so you can’t check reviews. After driving around the island for a while we were starting to get hungry. It took us a while to find a restaurant that was actually open at 2 p.m. and had a place to park. We ending up finding Mama Mia Italian Deli. We were the only people in the restaurant, but the food was good and they had plenty of parking in the back. All of us ordered a different type of pizza and salad.

One night, we ate at Pureocean and there were only 2 other groups there. It was right on the beach and the food was great. I would recommend the chicken and bacon pasta and the sweet potato fritters (basically deep fried sweet potatoes with cinnamon).

Another restaurant we ate at was Primo Bar and Bistro there are several restaurants on this street but little parking. We found a parking lot across street from the restaurant and it was $10 to park there, but if you eat a Primo they take it off your bill. The restaurant was nicely decorated and I really like the nautical rope stair case. You can see the ocean from every table in the restaurant and the food was great.

We had heard a lot of good things about Cin Cin by the Sea so we decided to try it. After we got there, we realized that it is owned by the same person as Primo, but they had a different selection of food. This restaurant was also well decorated and was on the ocean. The food here was also very good.

The last restaurant we went to on Barbados was Champers which also has an art gallery on the second floor. It is on the ocean and had really good food. Of all the restaurants we went to, this one seemed to have the most uptight clientele.

What to Do

Lighthouses

There are a lot of really interesting places to explore. As always, I wanted to go see the lighthouses. We made it to three of the four on the island. One was really easy to get to since it is located on the Hilton property. When doing research for our trip, I had read several reviews of the Harrison Point Lighthouse and they all said that it was difficult to get to and the roads were kind of sketchy. If the roads to the other lighthouses weren’t considered sketchy, I can’t imagine what it would have been like to go to that lighthouse.

All of the roads on Barbados are pretty rough. Most of them are no bigger than an alley and people park on both sides. Driving on the left side of the road is always an adventure for us, but this was worse. We experienced driving on the left in Turks & Caicos but it wasn’t bad since the roads were wider and there were less people. Barbados is more urban than Turks & Caicos (1,704 people per sq mile vs. 98 people per sq mile) and the locals drive fast and always look like they are aiming for you. They also have huge buses that barley fit on the roads. While we were driving around the island, we saw quite a few monkeys just wandering around similar to how you see deer in the U.S.

Beaches

When doing research for our trip, I knew that we had to visit Bottom Bay. The photos showed a white sand beach with wind blown palm trees surrounded by steep cliffs. We were not disappointed when we got there. There were only a few people on the beach which made it easier to take photos. There was also a large cave at the end of the beach.

Another beach that we went to was Paynes Bay. The water at this beach was a lot calmer. However, this caused the beach to be really crowded and there were several locals that stopped us to try to get us to buy something. It was difficult to find parking for this beach. All beaches in Barbados are public, but it is hard to access them.

One day we went to Bathsheba which was not a fun drive. It was really rough to get there since the roads are narrow, windy, steep and not well maintained. It was cool once we got there though. There are large boulders in the middle of the ocean which made for really unique photos. After that we started to head to Animal Flower Cave. One the way there my dad saw an entrance to Farley Hill National Park which you can drive through. There was an abandoned house which was destroyed by a fire in 1965 and two parking spots to get out and walk to the overlook. Animal Flower Cave is at the very top of Barbados. I originally thought that you could just walk into the cave, but they actually take you on a tour and it is a bit rough to get to the cave. There are steep stairs and lose rocks to climb over. However, it wasn’t too bad since my mom and I were able to do it in sandals. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and showed us animal flowers from which the cave got its name. There is a place to swim in the cave if you want to and also a restaurant and a few little shops. The restaurant had decent food and not a lot of choices, but the lemonade was really good. We were the last people in the restaurant since it closed at 3:00 pm.

Boat Ride

On all of our beach vacations, we like to go on a boat ride. We found Small Cats which had really good reviews and seemed like it would be a good fit for us since we like going on smaller boats with less people. They picked us up from our hotel and took us to the boat. When we got there, we saw a large boat with a ton of people on it that had clearly already starting drinking. My mom and I looked at each other and said “That’s not our boat right?” They walked us towards the big boat and said “Didn’t they tell you? Your tour was cancelled.” When they saw the concerned look on our faces they told us that they were just joking and that we just had to walk across the big boat to get to our small boat. We were the only people that had booked a tour for that day, so we had the boat to ourselves. Our captain was Ed (or Edward, or Eddie, or Edwardo; he said he would respond to all of them). He started to take us out on our tour and told us about the places he was going to take us. My dad asked how long he had been doing this and Ed responded, “Oh, it’s actually my first day,” as he casually drove the boat with his foot. Ed was really knowledgeable about the area and he made sure to get a head start on the large party boat so that we wouldn’t have to deal with a large crowd all trying to look at the same thing.

The first snorkeling spot we stopped at was where there were sea turtles. We got in the water and Ed threw food to the turtles as they swam around us. They were so closed that we were concerned that we might accidentally run into them. The next stop was where there were two ship wrecks; one intentional, one not. Ed told us the story of both ships and went snorkeling with us since he really enjoys swimming through the sunken ship. After our two snorkeling stops, we got to spend time just riding on the boat. Ed pointed out several buildings along the coast including Rhianna’s condo and the Four Seasons that was abandoned.

Animals

The next day we went to Welchman Hall Gully. It is a park that you can walk around and see chickens, rabbits, turtles, and monkeys. They feed the monkeys everyday between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm. If you miss the feeding, you probably won’t see any monkeys, the park isn’t really large, but there are a lot of trees and the monkeys can hide really easily. It started raining about 5 minutes after we got there so we decided to wait under a shelter near the front of the park. Once it slowed down, we starting walking the trail. We didn’t see any animals on the actual trail, just different types of plants. We decided to head back to see if they were feeding the monkeys. We timed it really well since less than a minute after we got back to the front, we saw them bringing out a box of bananas and the monkeys following closely behind. We quickly walked over to the viewing area and were able to get pretty close to them. After all of the food was gone, the monkeys disappeared into the trees. 

Miami Layover

After we had originally booked our flights, we received an email stating that our flight home had changed which added about 8 hrs to our trip. Basically there is only one flight out of Barbados and there are two out of Miami, but we would miss the first one. So we decided instead of sitting in the airport for 8 hours, we would rent a car and explore Miami.

Lifeguard Towers

All of us had been to Miami once before when we were passing through on our way to the Keys. Miami is typically not a place that we would visit since it is so crowded, but since we were there anyways I wanted to see some of the colorful lifeguard towers. We were able to see 6 of the 36 towers that span from South Point Park to 86th Street.

Lunch

We ended up having lunch at Larios on the Beach and it was really good Cuban food. Most people eat most people eat outside at the restaurants on Ocean Blvd. so we were the only ones in the restaurant. Since we were really hot from walking around outside, we decided to opt for the air conditioning. However, it started to rain so more people were coming in as we left. And then it started pouring. We went to the nearest store and bought umbrellas.

Shopping

Since rain isn’t great for walking around on the beach, I looked up where the nearest Lilly Pulitzer store was. There are a lot of great stores in the Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables and it was actually really close to the airport which was convenient. We didn’t have a lot of time so we only were able to go into a few stores (Kate Spade, Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer), but we had no trouble spending a lot of money in that short amount of time.

Outfits

Lilly Pulitzer
Sea Salt and Sun – Callahan Pants
Purrfect – Kelly Pants
Gypset Paradise – Carlotta Dress
Sea and Be Seen – Annabelle
After Party – Lizzy Crop and Pants
Catch the Wave – Cassia Skort
Wade and Sea – Pearl Dress
Island Coral – Annabella Shirt
Jungle Glam – Ricci Dress
Sparkling Sands – Essie Dress
Mermaid Cove – Margot Dress
Resort White Tropical Fruit Lace – Pearl Dress
Gypset Swirl – Quinn Dress
Lulu – Rogan Shirt
Lulu – Buttercup Shorts

Swim
Araks – Melika Reversible One Piece Poppy/Fuchsia 
Venus – Triple Dip One Piece

Lilly Pulitzer Dishes

Lilly Pulitzer Dishes

Hand painted dishes inspired by Lilly Pulitzer patterns You Gotta Regatta Jungle Glam Pop! Out to Sea Lover’s Coral Koala of the Wild Jellies Be Jammin Let’s Cha Cha

Lilly Pulitzer Shadow Boxes

Lilly Pulitzer Shadow Boxes

Lilly Pulitzer dressing room inspired shadow boxes

Turks & Caicos

Turks from Above

Turks & Caicos is a great place to visit if you are looking for a beach vacation. It offers many great beaches with crystal clear turquoise water. The beaches and the island in general are not overly crowded. Whenever I fly somewhere with my family I always have to sit by the window so that I can take pictures. As we started to land, knowing that there are several islands included in Turks & Caicos, I saw an island that was pretty small and didn’t have very many buildings or roads. I said to my parents, “That can’t possibly be our island. There is nothing on that island.” We started getting closer and closer to the island and I realized I was wrong. For the last couple of years, I have been planing our entire vacation. As my parents looked out the window, my dad said, “We may have to fire our cruise director.” Which he ended up saying several times throughout our vacation, but in the end he agreed that it was one of the best vacations that we had ever been on and I could keep my title of Cruise Director.

Drive on the Left, Right?

When planning this year’s vacation I was hesitant on going somewhere in which they drive on the left side of the road. If you have never done this before, Turks & Caicos is a good island to start with. There is not much traffic and it is a relatively small island. My dad ended up driving and it was pretty easy to catch on especially if you just follow the person in front of you. The thing he struggled with most is the blinker. In these cars, the blinker and windshield wiper are on the opposite side of the steering wheel. The locals often make jokes about this since they know that many people have this problem.

Where to Stay

There are several nice options to stay at on the island of Providenciales. We chose to stay at the Windsong Resort. Our suite had a direct beach view, was newly updated and had two walls of siding doors. The Windsong Resort is on Grace Bay beach which is known to be one of the best beaches in the world. One of the best snorkeling spots on the island is right in front of the Windsong Resort. You can just walk right into the water and start snorkeling. We saw many colorful fish, sea turtles and a barracuda. The staff at the resort was very helpful and friendly throughout our stay and they make a point to get to know the guests.

Things to Do

Provo

I would definitely recommend driving around and going to other beaches. Sapodilla Bay is a smaller beach with a few rental houses on it. It is a little more crowded because it is a smaller beach. This beach is really flat for a good distance and you can walk out really far into the ocean. Long Bay Beach is a larger beach that is good for kite surfing.

North & Middle

We also wanted to explore North and Middle Caicos. There is a ferry that will drop you off at North Caicos and you can rent a car and drive to Middle Caicos. These islands are even less populated that Provo. Most of the time we were the only people on the beaches. There are a lot of great beaches on both islands and there are also wild flamingos.

I always like to do a painting after I come back to represent the trip and I decided to paint the flamingos flying over the island. This was such a unique experience and represents our trip to Turks & Caicos. Click here to see the painting and click here to purchase products created from the painting.

Where to Eat & Beaches

We ate at the Mudjin Bar and Grill which overlooks Dragon Cay. We were the only people at the restaurant and no one was on the beach. The food and the view were great. The beach features large rock formations and there is a small island that you can walk to in low tide. Another beach we visited on Middle Caicos was Bambarra Beach This was a large beach with shallow water that you could walk out for miles. There is a small island that you could walk to if you were up for the hike. We were also the only people on this beach. The only bad thing about Middle and North Caicos was the mosquitoes. I am allergic and the bites swell up. We started to walk into a cave and hundreds of mosquitoes started landing on me. I tried my best to get them away from me and ran back to the car as quickly as possible and ended up with over 50 bites. They are generally not on the beaches but are in the more wooded areas.

Outfits

Lilly Pulitzer
Metallic Sanddollar Eyelet – August Dress
You Gotta Regatta – Sasha Dress
Seaspray Blue – Larina Dress
Roar of the Seas – Mila Dress
Magenta – Ashlyn Dress
Out to Sea – Ali Dress
More Kinis in the Keys – Lauren Shirt
Tappin it Back – Mila Dress
All Nighter – Dusk Shirt
Big Flirt – Palm Maxi Dress
Never Been Betta – Tana Dress

Swimsuit
Venus – Triple Dip One-Piece

Lilly Pulitzer Tray

Lilly Pulitzer Tray

Hand painted acrylic trays inspired by Lilly Pulitzer prints