Greetings, friends! It’s time for another What I Wore Lately, and today I put together a post with my Florida outfits from last week so you have all these looks in one post without having to scroll through a bunch of sweaters and boots.
Also, Evereve started a Spring Sale this morning, just in time for spring break planning! They have 10% off everything, with a few brand exceptions, and shipping is free over $50.
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and I usually take a 6/28 in pants/jeans, a small in tops, and size 8 shoe. Gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
What I Wore In Florida
I get a lot of questions about how to dress when flying from a cold location to a warm one, and this is one of my go-to travel uniforms. I always wear a t-shirt under a jacket or cardigan so I can remove the jacket or cardigan when I get to my warm weather destination, and I try to wear my biggest and heaviest shoes on the plane to save room in my suitcase.
Sometimes I wear joggers with a denim jacket over a t-shirt, but for this trip, I opted for my favorite crop flares and a utility jacket.
I didn’t end up needing the sneakers in Florida, but I thought I might want them for sightseeing, and I wasn’t too keen on wearing sandals to the airport when it was 25 degrees.
When it’s really cold here at home, I wear a big parka over my travel outfit on the way to the airport and leave it in the car. I usually park and take a shuttle rather than having Paul drop me off at the terminal, but I can usually handle the cold for that short period of time. Fortunately the shuttles are heated.
Also, that is the smaller of two suitcases I brought with me. The big one was already in the car when I took that picture, but I have a picture at the end of this post with everything I brought.
A friend from home came along to keep me company, and we flew into Jacksonville and stayed at The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra. It has a beautiful pool overlooking the ocean, spacious guest rooms with high ceilings, and several nice communal sitting areas for working or hanging out with friends.
Our room wasn’t ready when we arrived, so we shed our jackets and stowed our luggage with the bellhop and walked around the property to get the lay of the land, so to speak. Then we grabbed lunch at The Oasis, the oceanfront bistro.
When our room was ready, we unpacked and then pretty much crashed on our respective beds. We had both been up since about 4AM and we were zonked! We left the door to our balcony open so we could enjoy the sounds and smells of the ocean.
After a nap, we were both ready to explore. We got dressed for dinner, and Sidney picked us up and took us to Neptune Beach where she had reservations at North Beach Fish Camp.
Our table wasn’t quite ready when we arrived, so we walked around a bit and found a quiet side street to take a few pictures.
I wore this black jumpsuit from Evereve. Sidney told us the restaurant was pretty casual, so I tried to dress it down a bit with the cognac wedge sandals and large rattan earrings. Earrings tend to get lost in my hair, but I think those showed up pretty well in person.
The jumpsuit is really nice quality, and the fabric is soft and stretchy. You just pull it up and down, so you don’t have to futz with buttons or anything. It runs true to size; I have the small.
I wore these lightweight smoothing shorts underneath. They don’t have a lot of compression, but they do keep things smoothed out. I’ve also taken to wearing these under my white jeans.
Despite our long travel day and late night, I was still up bright and early the next morning. I went down to the Sea View Lounge to work so Leslie could sleep in. They provide coffee service starting at 7AM every day, and there are several tables scattered about as well as a cozy seating area in front of the fireplace.
Some of the ladies from the community (members of the club, I presume) like to gather in that seating area by the fireplace every morning, so I grabbed a table by the window where I could sip my coffee and work.
I wore the grey t-shirt and Vuori joggers in terracotta heather from this outfit to go down to the lounge to work each morning. Whether I wear them for traveling or pack them in my suitcase, I always bring along a pair of comfy pants for this purpose.
Sidney and I met up to shoot some pictures later that morning, and then I changed and got ready to visit St. Augustine for the afternoon. We had a 2PM lunch reservation, so we spent a couple hours wandering up and down St. George Street.
It was an absolutely perfect day, weather-wise, but it was quite crowded. We still managed to find a few quiet side streets to take pictures.
This is Sidney, our fabulous tour guide and personal photographer for this trip. She’s also the digital strategist and consultant I’ve been working with for the past year.
I brought these wedges along in my tote and switched into them to take pictures of this outfit. I think it’s so cute for lunch or getting together with friends for coffee, but I didn’t want to walk in the wedges all day.
Unfortunately, this wrap sold out. I’m so bummed because it’s adorable.
We ate lunch at the Columbia Restaurant, and I had their famous 1905 Salad. I was trying to eat light, but that salad is anything but light! Still, it was delicious… as were the mojitos. Both the salad and the pitcher of mojito were prepared table side, which was really cool.
After lunch, we wandered down to the water and walked around Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest fort in the U.S. I would love to bring my boys back here some day. Both Paul and D love historical sites like this.
And of course, we took a few more pictures! Sidney’s pretty good with the iPhone.
Once we had our fill of St. Augustine, Sydney drove back and dropped us off at the resort. Leslie and I weren’t really hungry, but we felt like we should at least eat something before going to bed, so we went down to the Sea View Grille and split their Charcuterie and Cheese Board.
It was dark, so we didn’t get the benefit of the ocean view, but the ambiance was nice and the service was very good. I wore this casual top with white jeans and those wedge sandals again. They turned out to be quite the workhorse on this trip! FYI, I recommend sizing up half.
I was up bright and early the next morning to finish up that day’s blog post, and then Sidney and I met to take some more pictures. I was only able to find a professional photographer for the last day of our trip, so Sidney offered to pinch hit so we could maximize my time away in a warmer climate. Next time, I’ll plan further in advance, but it worked out.
After we wrapped up, I changed into my swimsuit, and we met Leslie for lunch at The Oasis. By then it was well past noon, and I was ready for some R&R.
After lunch, Leslie and I hung out by the pool for a few hours and chatted and soaked up the sun. I love how the pool overlooks the ocean. I wish I’d taken more pictures of the property, but I just didn’t think about it.
We were curious to see the Ponte Vedra Inn, the other resort that’s part of the community, so we made reservations at the Seahorse Grille for dinner that night. It was okay, but a little stuffy and very pricey. We agreed that we prefer the Sea View Grille, but that’s okay. Now we know for next time!
I wore this Halogen tank that you all have seen before with my Frame straight ankle jeans and gold ankle strap sandals. I brought along a denim jacket, but I didn’t need it. It’s all linked below.
I met with Sarah of Sarahdipity Photos on the last morning of our trip to shoot the remaining outfits I brought along. I saved the resort wear and beach/poolside looks because I knew she would be capturing the scenery as well as my outfits.
We met at 7:15 am, just in time to capture the sunrise, so they should be really cool. I can’t wait to see how they turned out. We spent a couple hours together, and that left me with about an hour to enjoy the pool before we needed to pack up.
Leslie and I enjoyed one last lunch at The Oasis, and then we went up to our room to pack.
I wore pretty much the same outfit going home that I did on my way down. These jeans are almost as comfortable as joggers, and I feel more put-together wearing real pants in the airport. Plus, I have TSA Precheck so I don’t have to worry about taking off my belt and shoes.
And that, as they say, is a wrap! It was really fun having Leslie along with me, but next time I do this, I’ll definitely plan an extra day to relax and enjoy some downtime.
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