While in Destin, FL, we took a little day trip over to Seaside, about 20 minutes away from the house we were staying in. I hadn’t been there before, but my parents went for their 20th anniversary and haven’t stopped raving about it sense. For those of you who haven’t been there before – Seaside is a fairly new (within the past 20 years I believe) town in Florida. They filmed the Truman Show there when the town was just started, so think picture-perfect homes and quaint little buildings like the cute white post office, which is in the center of the town.
There are food trucks and dreamy restaurants like The Southern, with every kind of mojito you can think of. We had the whole crew with us (18 people – including four kids under the age of 10), so we split off and went our different ways for the day to be able to see the sights a little better. We had an afternoon bite at The Southern and I tried their pineapple mojito (lovely).
I fell in love with a gift shop there in the center of town. They had the cutest candles and gifts! Next door was a record store, which is cool, but the cost of rent in a place like Seaside showed in their prices. Nonetheless, it was still a really fun shop with a good selection of vinyl and music posters.
For the day trip, I knew we would be walking a good bit, so I made sure to bring my boater hat and sunnies along.
My top is by Boohoo (only 16 dollars now!) and I bought these stretchy white shorts from J. Crew Factory a few years ago when I was looking for a good pair to work shows and festivals for work. They fit a little weird if you don’t have a top long enough to cover the scrunchy part, but they work really well with a longer top like this blue gingham one. I don’t think they are still for sale, but check out these if you are looking for a good pair.
I paired this look with my favorite summer sandals from BCBGeneration and a basket bag, a summer essential. Check out these mules for a cute casual option.
Not to be so literal, but I chose a song from Neil Young’s On the Beach for this look. I’ve been enjoying this album since it was recommended in this Vinyl Me, Please interview of Ryan Shreiber, the founder of Pitchfork. Despite the relevance of the title, the album doesn’t really feel beachy at all – at least in the happy, iconic Beach Boys-esque way it normally does. This album is incredibly mellow, and from what I’ve read, it was a shock to many listeners who loved Harvest so much.
Though I think the album can be incredibly melancholy, I love this track and I think it offers hope underneath all of the bleak introspection.
Well, all those people,
they got it made
But I wouldn’t buy,
sell, borrow or trade
Anything I have
to be like one of them.
start all over again.
Well, all those headlines,
they just bore me now
I’m deep inside myself,
but I’ll get out somehow,
And I’ll stand before you,
and I’ll bring
a smile to your eyes.