Saturday in Sarasota

Monday, July 20, 2015

I can't stand being away from a beach for very long, especially during the summer (can you tell I'm a Florida girl?). The last time I took a trip to one was the weekend following my high school Graduation back at the end of May. To me, that's a very long time to be without the ocean and sand - and that was only about two and a half months ago. So when my parents offered up the opportunity to go out to Sarasota this weekend, it didn't take me more than a few seconds to tell them yes.

{Top: Aerie (similar) | Bottoms: Aerie (similar)}
Being by the ocean just makes me feel so relaxed. I've been very busy and stressed out lately with preparing for college and competing at a National Conference in Washington, D.C. last week, so getting to sink my toes in the sand while listening to the ocean waves was a really good stress-reliever for me. We spent Saturday morning out by the water so we could get some beach time in before the rain hit - they may call Florida the Sunshine State, but it actually rains here a lot more than people think.

While in Sarasota, my parents and I always scope out the local shops in St. Armand's Circle, and this particular weekend they offered me a chance to get something from the Sarasota Lilly Pulitzer store. Why they had decided to give me this opportunity? I don't know. But obviously, like any young adult woman would have done, I accepted it - I mean, who would turn down a chance to go shopping in one of your favorite stores if your parents were offering to pay the bill?

Taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that is Lilly Pulitzer dressing rooms (*insert heart-eyed emoji here*).
{Dress: Lilly Pulitzer} 
I was looking around the store at some of the new arrivals for the fall collection (this pattern is definitely my fave) when I decided what I would be searching for on this Lilly trip in particular was a dress. When I stumbled upon this piece in the sale rack, I knew I just had to try it on; I fell head-over-heels for this one the moment I saw it. The Janice Shift has always been my favorite style, and trying it on definitely helped to show me that it's definitely the perfect type of dress for me - and this specific pattern also had me even more in love. However, despite that the dress was on sale for $139 from the original $198, I ended up not making the purchase. My reasoning was due to the fact that I simply could not think of enough occasions that would enable me to wear this gorgeous dress; it's possible that I could have worn something like this out as an everyday type dress, but I don't wear dresses out very much on-the-norm already. Maybe one day I'll adjust to wearing dresses on a regular basis, but for now I'll stick to Lilly shorts. I also figured that maybe there would be an even better deal on this dress or another nice looking Janice one during the After Party Sale this August, so waiting until it's a more reasonable price might be for the best for someone like me who doesn't expect to wear it very much.

We were able to have my dog at the hotel we were staying at, and there was a cute park just half a mile away. My family decided to take her for a walk at the end of the day and we sat on one of the benches near the water to watch the beautiful sunset. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day with my family, and I'm always thankful for the moments we get to share together.

What fun things have you done with your family lately? I'm trying to get as much time in with them as possible before I head to college in August. Also, are you ready to shop the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale? It's probably time I started saving up!


  1. Ah you have major self-restraint for passing up that beauty! I can't wait for the sale but I try not to make a list- I'll get super sad if I don't wind up with those items! But I have always found some great pieces in the sale!


  2. It sounded like you had a great time, and all of your photos are beautiful! That Lilly dressing room left me speechless!!
    xo, Syd

  3. Looks like a wonderful day at the beach--i'm jealous!! : )

  4. The photos look amazing!! I like visiting the seaside with my family, it's so relaxing. I really want a beach holiday right now!!


  5. That Lilly dress is sooo cute! I like that print also.

  6. Hey dear, you're looking gorgeous. Just like you I also don't control myself from jumping into the ocean water. Anyway, these photos are great to watch.
    Camilla Evaline


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