Celebration Vacation

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The day after my Graduation from high school, I jumped right out of bed early in the morning and headed straight for Sarasota, Florida. Every year my family takes a few vacations to the area during the summertime, taking in some much needed relaxation and summer sunshine. Since I love taking vacations out to the area so much and my brother is home for the first time in two years (he's been away serving his first term as a member of the U.S. Air Force), my parents decided it was only right to schedule our first trip of the summer the weekend after I graduated high school, which also happened to be the same weekend that followed my brother's arrival back in America.

{Top: Aerie | Bottoms: Aerie (same bottoms, different color)}
As soon as we arrived at our hotel, we went right to the beach. The water looked and felt absolutely wonderful! Both my top and bottom in this picture are from Aerie, a company I always purchase my swimwear from. I did a lot of swimming in the ocean and shell hunting, an activity my mother and I always enjoy doing together when we go to any beach. Unfortunately this weekend, we headed home empty handed... Guess we'll just have to try again next time. 

{Top: Lilly Pulitzer | Bottoms: Lilly Pulitzer (same shorts, different patterns)}
Later that night, my family went out to celebrate my Graduation with a special dinner at a local Hibachi grill. I dressed up in all Lilly for the occasion, wearing a Shay ruffled top with my favorite pair of Callahan shorts in the pattern Trunk Show. Even though it was clear that I got sunburned pretty bad, I still went out and showed off those shoulders in style haha.

Everything we had for dinner tasted great and the meal overall was amazing! If you're ever in the Sarasota area, I definitely recommend Joto's Japanese Steakhouse. Afterwards, we wandered over to St. Armand's Circle and browsed a few of the little shops. I ended up leaving with a box of macarons from Le Macaron as my dessert for the night (they were just as delicious as they look!).

To finish off the night, my family headed back to the beach right outside our hotel to watch the sunset. There was a lot of dancing happening around us because a couple had just gotten married and were celebrating with their loved ones - cheers to the newlyweds! The atmosphere was joyful and the sunset was beautiful to watch.

Before heading back home Sunday afternoon, we got a few more hours of ocean and pool time in. I would definitely consider this past weekend to have been one of the best trips I have ever taken with my family and I'm extremely thankful for all the wonderful memories I made during this vacation with the ones I love the most. Let me know in the comments below what you believe your favorite vacation of the summer is going to be, I know this one is certainly going to be a tough one for all my others to beat! See you again soon, Sarasota.


  1. Seems like a fun weekend trip! I love heading to the beach ASAP as school lets out too!


  2. Loveeee macaroons like yes please! hahah ((Also loving those Lilly shorts!!))

  3. Those Lilly shorts are so adorable & omg I love Sarasota! Will definitely have to check out the steakhouse when I visit!
    xo, Maria
    Gal and the City

  4. I like that shorts, very pretty.


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