Hey all! I went on vacation to Florida about a month ago, so I’m gonna share the highlights and some of what I wore in The Sunshine State!
Please keep in mind this was a 2 1/2 week vacation, so it’ll be quite a long post!
Alright, so let’s dive in:
Our first stop was Orlando, Florida! Y’all can go ahead and guess why we are there… Disney World! Before my mom passed, first week of May, my parents had been planning a trip to Disney World for the entire family. Most of this is in part to the fact that my youngest sister (9), hasn’t been to DW, but my 13-year-old sister and I have. My dad wanted to make sure that after the tragedy that happened, we’re still completing tasks, memories, and making stories that my Mom really wanted to manifest.
First things first, I have to make sure you guys know that this was a road trip. We live on the more northern side of Illinois, so since I already know you’re calculating how many long hours we were cooped up in car, I’ll tell you: 19. We did stop quite a bit more than we usually do for road trips, but the adventure itself was really fun.
When we finally arrived in Orlando, we stayed at Embassy Suites, and it was beauuuuutiful. When we go on road trips, we typically cook a ton of food, and bring it with us. So even though we actually wanted the Hyatt, we didn’t stay there because their rooms didn’t have microwaves in the room lmao. We don’t eat out much, and even though we did on the trip, most times we prefer home-cooked meals, even if we’re away from home.
On our second day in Orlando, we headed over to Disney World! We went ahead and chose Magic Kingdom, because my baby sister is nine, she loves princesses, Mickey, Minnie, and the works, and I just feel like that should always be the first routine stop at DW. We got there at 1pm, and left at 11pm, so we definitely got our fill. Tons of rides, attractions, shows, and signatures, but the only two I really cared about were Minnie and Princess Tiana (my spirit animal aside from Rihanna and Shonda Rhimes). Tiana and I are actually twins if y’all didn’t know. People even say that I look a bit like her. I mean, she’s a beautiful black woman, I’m a beautiful black woman, she’s an entrepreneur, I’m an entrepreneur, she loves to cook, I love to cook, she’s got Naveen, and I’ve got… well… Okay onto my outfit of the day.
This was probably the most simple outfit of the entire trip as it was Disney World and it was like 90 degrees for most of the day.
I simply paired together a black Old Navy tank top–which was a steal on clearance– ($9), some cute flower-patched high waisted shorts ($26), my Pink cap (freebie!), and my coral Michael Kors trainers ($125). It was way too hot for anything else.
On the Road Again
This time we were headed for Miami, it was a 2 hour drive, and we were gonna go sight-seeing afterwards so I figured I’d dress in something comfortable and cute.
This was one of my favorite outfit’s of the entire trip just because the jeans are probably the most comfortable I own, and I love that shade of pink. I pulled my hair back into a fishtail, and the only makeup I bothered with were filling in my eyebrows. The top is from VS Pink ($26.95), and it’s paired with distressed light-wash high-waisted jeans from Hollister ($14.99), and some lace up sandals from Windsor ($20). Super cute, super fresh, super simple.
After a week in Orlando, we ended up spending another in Miami, which I was completely fine with, of course. We spent a day downtown and did some shopping at Lord & Taylors, and other local vendors. This was also where I got my super cute Michael Kors backpack, retailing at $300. I managed to nab it at $150!
Another simple outfit: a plain tank, high waisted distressed jeans, and my favorite sandals lol.
We stayed in Key West for about 3 days, and it was beautiful.
The Outfit & The Key West Historic Seaport
My outfit for the second day is the one I’ll highlight. This was my favorite location as well. I put together a pair of Skinny Green Cargos from Hollister (you must now realize that this is proabbly the only place I get my jeans), a cream tank, my new Kors JetSet Backpack, and those handy-dandy sandals again!
The African Cemetery at Higgs Beach
This beach was especially humbling for me, as it was not only a beach, but an African Slave Cemetery. If you can’t read the print in the picture, it reads:
Near this site lie the remains of 294 African men, women and children who died in Key West in 1860. In the summer of that year the U.S. Navy rescued 1,432 Africans from three American-owned ships engaged in the illegal slave trade. Ships bound for Cuba were intercepted by the U.S. Navy, who brought the freed fricans to Key West where they were provided with clothing, shelter and medical treatment. They had spent weeks in unsanitary and inhumane conditions aboard the slave ships. The U.S. steamships Mohawk, Wyandott and Crusader rescued these indviduals from Wildfire, where 507 were rescued; the Willam, where 513 were rescued; and the Bogata, where 417 survived. In all, 294 Africans succumed at Key West to various diseases caused by conditions of their confinement. They were buried in unmarked graves on the present dat Higgs Beach where West Martello Tower now stands. By August, more than 1,000 survivers left for Liberia, West Africa, a country founded for former American slaves, where the U.S. government supported them for a time. Hundreds died on the ships before reaching Liberia. Thus, the survivors were returned to their native land, Africa, but not to their original homes on that continent.
Whenever my family vacations, we always try to visit a couple historical sites, but this one was of utmost importance to me.
Conch Shells Souvenir Shop
Key West was our final stop, and then we finally embarked on the 28 hour drive home. All in all it was an super fun, super relaxing, and super long trip. I can’t wait for my next vacation!
Go on any vacations this summer? Questions about Florida or my outfits? Let me know down below!
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