Friday, July 12, 2013

A litte bit of paradise

Kate Spade "Mexican Floral" iPhone case
Left: Express mint top (seen here), American Eagle shorts (seen here), 
Rebecca Minkoff sandals (seen here), Kate Spade scarf
Middle: Antonio Melani top (seen here), Banana Republic skirt (seen here), Marc Fisher pumps
Right: Kate Spade scarf, Express tee (seen here), American Eagle cuffed cropped chinos, 
Rebecca Minkoff sandals

I finally get two seconds to breathe and catch you up on my little trip I talked about in my packing post. It was pretty freaking fabulous, even if I'm paying for it a bit right now playing catch up in the office. It's always a game of catch up when you're gone - I guess it's worth it that at least I went somewhere beautiful.A little bit of paradise.

I was really glad that I decided to come in a day early, because my fear of delayed flights came true. There was a mechanical problem that delayed us for about an hour, which ultimately could have made me late for the meeting had it been the same day. Alas, I didn't have to stress about it. I was a little bummed to see it was raining when I landed, and the rental car attendant had said it had been that way for a whole week. Boo for them, but the odds of it clearing up during my stay were pretty good (which it did)! 

I stayed at the Springhill Suites hotel in Pensacola Beach, directly adjacent to Gulf Breeze. They had my room ready even though I was there a bit before check-in time, which I was pretty happy about, AND they gave me a free upgrade to a pool view. Heaven.

I ended up taking my laptop down by the pool to go through emails before a conference call started that I had scheduled for late afternoon. The call ended my day, so I decided to rack up some steps on my FitBit on the beach, followed by a fruity cocktail.

I would say I travel quite a bit for work - twice a month or so? Most of the time it's by myself, so I've gotten pretty used to being by myself, even for meals. Based on a recommendation, I decided to check out this restaurant called Crabs. I ridiculously love seafood, especially crab. How could I not like this?

It was amazing. Everything. Their version of bread was really a cinnamon and sugar covered pastry with a melted honey dipping sauce. I'm truly not usually a sweets person. I'm more savory. But lately, I've been craving sweet pastries like nobody's business. It was hard not to eat all of them. I ended up having oysters as an appetizer, and yes, I ate the whole dozen by myself. For my meal I chose the king crab, which was served with corn on the cob, redskin potatoes, and I didn't realize it until all the crab was gone - there was one sausage link hiding under all that crab. Like I said, it was all so good, it's a good thing I walked 2 miles on the beach (although I needed more like 100 miles to walk all that off!)

The next morning, I grabbed an early breakfast in the lobby and had an hour to lay by the pool before a 2-hour conference call. Afterwards, I crammed on finishing a package I needed to finish before my City meeting. The meeting went extremely well, which just makes this whole trip that much better. Work was done and I had a couple of hours of sunlight left to enjoy, so I did two of my favorite things - laid by the pool and walked on the beach.

Dinner the second night wasn't that impressive. Well, the food and my server were pretty good but I was turned off by the greeting, or lack thereof, at the hostess stand. The place was called Flounders. I ended up just getting some bomb calamari with a side salad and a cup of chowder. The calamari came with peppers, which was an awesome touch.

Wednesday morning came really fast, especially with a 6am flight. Started my morning at 3am and ended my workday at about 10pm that night in order to wake up for an 8:30am meeting that lasted 2 and a half hours at work. Yeah. Needless to say I am completely exhausted, but I really wanted to document this trip with you guys and share some photos. It was a pretty good balance of work and play, even though it meant working at night - I certainly would not have complained for more play and less work!

I'm super really excited to talk about my Nordstrom Anniversary Pre-Sale purchases, but that will have to wait for a weekend post!!! Have a great Friday!!

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  1. Looks beautiful! I just love your bright floral scarf over the stripes...so cute!

    Style of One's Own

    1. Thanks! Pretty sure it became my fave scarf overnight! And it just felt perfect for the beach setting!