Paul and I spent a few days in Florida last week, and it was glorious! We were there primarily to see our daughter perform at Disney World with the high school marching band, but we also took advantage of the opportunity for a couples vacation.
You may remember that our 25th anniversary trip to Paris was canceled due to Covid back in April of 2020, and the year before that, we had to cancel a couples trip to Austin, Texas, due to my vertigo. All that to say, this vacation was long overdue!
I always get a lot of requests for vacation looks, so today I’m sharing what I wore while we were there, as well as my travel outfits to and from.
What I Wore On Vacation
SIZING NOTES: I’m 5’5″ and usually wear a small in tops, but I’m in between a 28 and 29 in jeans. My sizes are beneath the pictures, and gifted items are indicated by c/o; everything else I purchased myself.
This was my travel outfit for this trip. I decided to brave the cold weather here at home in favor of arriving in Florida wearing sandals. My feet get hot in sneakers, and I really don’t love traveling in them, even though it makes sense to save that space in my suitcase.
I thought the pink jacket would come in handy in Florida, but I never wore it. I was too hot and humid to need a jacket, but I did get a compliment on it in the airport shuttle, which was fun!
It was a gorgeous day, so we went straight to the pool after we arrived at our hotel, and I didn’t even take time to photograph my pool outfit. I did, however, photograph my drink!
We stayed at the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek, and the service was top notch. They even set up your beach chairs for you with towels and a headrest. The wait staff was constantly coming by, checking to see if we wanted anything.
I also love that they have two pools — one for the kids and one for the adults, so it was very quiet and relaxing. Just what the doctor ordered!
After a quick nap, I threw on this outfit for dinner. We just went down to the hotel lobby and grabbed drinks and a charcuterie plate at the bar since we ate a big lunch by the pool.
I had a photo shoot with a local photographer scheduled for 7:30 the next morning, so I got up early and went down to the lobby for coffee and to send out my daily email before getting ready.
My body doesn’t know how to sleep in, so that is my habit when I’m on vacation. I almost always wear some variation of this outfit for those early morning lobby work sessions.
I did a bit of work after my photo shoot before heading back to the pool. We didn’t have anywhere to be that day, so we just hung out at the resort. I intentionally chose a place we could enjoy without having to go anywhere.
pedicure: CND Studio White
Once we tired of the pool, we got dressed and headed over to Disney Springs, and I wore this casual outfit.
This smocked v-neck muscle tee is on sale for $18 at LOFT, and I highly recommend it. It’s true to size, and the 100% cotton fabric has a really nice feel to it.
It’s a fairly simple top, but the smocked detail on the shoulder and muscle tee styling make it a little extra special, so you can dress it up or down.
We wandered around Disney Springs for a while and then stopped into Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar for a drink. That’s a really cool place, if you haven’t been. It was modeled after the airplane hangar dive bar in one of the Indiana Jones movies.
The decor is so cool, and Paul had never been, so I wanted to show him. They have indoor and outdoor dining by the lagoon. We sat outside, of course!
We had dinner reservations at The Edison, but I really wanted to go to Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ so we stopped and asked if they could seat us, and they could! I was so excited. Again, the decor and theming is so fun, and the food is all my Southern favorites.
I had the hardest time deciding between the fried chicken dinner and shrimp & grits, so I got one and Paul got the other, so we could try a little of each. We also got the deviled eggs and hushpuppies. So good!
After dinner, we just walked around and listened to live music and enjoyed being outside in the warm Florida weather.
It was quite the contrast from yesterday’s blustery 48 degrees. Now I know why people become “snowbirds” when they retire. I could totally get used to living in Florida for a few months every winter/spring.
The next morning, I did some work, and then Paul and I had breakfast at the hotel. I wore this outfit again (with different jewelry) because I needed him to photograph my bracelets for the Victoria Emerson sale.
I’m really loving these Spanx shorts, by the way. Someone mentioned them in my Facebook Group, so I ordered them to see what I think, and they’re surprisingly good! I like that they aren’t super wide through the thigh, and the pull-on styling is so comfortable.
Our breakfast was delicious, way above and beyond your typical hotel fare. I was very pleased. I don’t normally eat breakfast, so it really has to be worth it!
After we wrapped up there, we got dressed for a long day at the parks. We bought a one-day park hopper pass for this trip, so we could go to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
I just wore a simple white tee and jean shorts. I had planned to wear this tank top, but I got a little sunburned on my one shoulder at the pool the day before, so I decided to wear sleeves to keep that area covered.
And this bag is my go-to for amusement parks and casual sightseeing. I love all the compartments, plus it’s lightweight and durable. I linked a similar one below.
We had hoped to see our daughter before she performed, but we didn’t make it in time, so we got some ice cream and walked around for a while.
I’m bummed that the professional picture we got in front of the castle didn’t make it to our Disney Photopass account. They scanned the barcode on my park ticket, rather than the QR code in the app, and I guess that didn’t work.
We got one at Epcot too, but those didn’t turn out very good, so I didn’t purchase any. All that to say, this selfie will have to suffice!
We had a while before the marching band performance, so we stopped in to see The Hall of Presidents while we waited. I always enjoy that attraction, and it’s a good way to get out of the sun and enjoy some air conditioning. It was such a hot, humid day.
I have lots of pictures of our daughter marching with the band, but they all include other kids, and the name of her school is emblazoned on the banner she is carrying, so that’s why I haven’t shared any. It was so cool, though.
When that was over, we did the Pirates of the Caribbean ride while we waited for the kids to change and load up the band truck. It was another excuse to get out of the sun and enjoy some air conditioning, and it’s one of the only rides I can tolerate, lol. I get dizzy and motion sick from roller coasters and spinning rides.
After that, we got to see our daughter and her friends for a few minutes before parting ways. Then it was time to hop the monorail over to Epcot.
Man, I’m really looking rough! I didn’t realize my shirt had come untucked. Did I mention how hot and humid it was?
And we had run all over Magic Kingdom chasing the marching band so we could see them perform multiple times. Let’s just say, that was the last day I wore that t-shirt.
We even talked about skipping Epcot and going back to our hotel, but we decided to rally and at least grab dinner there. We wandered through the World Showcase and stopped at the Canada Pavilion to see the Canada: Far & Wide film in one of those circular theaters. We had never seen that before, and it was pretty cool.
I didn’t have dining reservations for that night, but it proved to be pretty easy to get a table for two almost anywhere. We ended up at Chefs de France, and the escargot and Boeuf Bourguignon were excellent. Highly recommend.
We grabbed dessert in Morocco and then took an Uber back to our hotel and turned in early. We’re old, what can I say?
The next day, I wasn’t feeling much like getting glammed up, so I threw my hair into a clip and put on minimal makeup to head over the Universal Studios for the jazz band performance. Thank goodness for big sunglasses to hide tired eyes!
I got soooo many comments about my choice of shoes. We took an Uber to Universal and just walked down to the Lagoon Stage at Citywalk, where we sat for 30 minutes to see the jazz band perform, and then back to the ride share area to get an Uber back to our hotel. I was fine in these shoes.
While we waited for our Uber, I asked the bellhop to take our picture.
The jazz band performance was at 10:30 AM so we were done there by lunchtime. Citywalk (where the band performed) is free, so we didn’t bother getting tickets to the Universal parks.
Instead, we headed back to our hotel to spend the rest of the day by the pool, and I finally remembered to have Paul take a picture of my pool outfit. I also brought the blue Becca coverup, but I didn’t get a picture of that one.
We ordered lunch and enjoyed a few hours by the pool before it was closed due to an afternoon thunderstorm. I just showered off and amped up my makeup for dinner.
It was so hot and humid, and I noticed a few other women at dinner with their hair up in clips, so I was glad I didn’t bother with the whole hairstyling routine.
We had reservations at Illume, a swanky sushi bar with a rooftop deck. Unfortunately, the deck was closed due to the earlier thunderstorm, but it was too hot and humid to sit out there anyway, and the indoor seating area was lovely.
Everything we ate there was absolutely delicious, and the presentation was gorgeous. Are you tired of food pictures yet? I hope not, because here are a few more.
This was seriously the most delicious sushi I’ve ever had in my life. Bar none. (And also the prettiest.)
If it sounds like all we did on this trip is eat and drink and sit by the pool, you would be right. That’s my idea of a good vacation!
And that was pretty much our last hurrah, because we were up bright and early the next day to catch a 10AM flight.
I wore the same travel outfit home, except I swapped out the white tee for this grey one. (The white tee was very much in need of a good cleaning, by that point.)
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