30A Round-up

A little late but – as promised – here’s my 30A round up of things to be sure to do, places to eat/shop/etc…

Let me start by saying that the Beaches of South Walton are some of the most beautiful waters I’ve ever seen. I can honestly say its beats Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas etc… The only place I’ve seen clearer water was snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia…. so that should give you some idea of what I LOVE 30A as much as I do.

Years ago, there wasn’t much there but communities like Seaside, Rosemary Beach and Santa Rosa have exploded in the last 10 years… so here are my must do’s, must sees, must eats.

DO:

  1. Go fishing – if you or anyone you’re traveling with have the slightest interesting in fishing, seriouslyDO IT.  Destin has some of the best salt water fishing in the country. This year, I caught a freaking baracuda!image1
  2. Catch a sunset.  If you’re one of those “I’m going to go back up to the house at 4:00 and get my shower so I can get super cute for dinner” people, then we will not travel well together.  If you’re blessed enough to be on this beach with that water, stay and watch the sun go down.  It’s, in my opinion, the best part of the day.image2
  3. Take the pups. Santa Rosa and most other 30A beaches are pet-friendly… they may require a short-term permit but it’s worth it to watch the little guys run around and splash in the water!image1 (1)

EAT:

  1. Stinky’s Fish Camp (it’s alot nicer than it sounds)
  2. Seagrove Village Market (the oldest biz on 30A -get the grouper sandwich for lunch)
  3. The Great Southern Cafe (amazing food and service)
  4. Goatfeathers (always a stop for fresh seafood to cook at the house)

SHOP:

  1.  Soho Beach (great mix of high and low fashion and accesories)
  2. Lola’s on 30A (the decor in here alone will have you shopping for beach houses online!)

WEAR:

  1.  Show Me Your MuMu (I love these tunics to wear out to dinner or as a cover up)
  2. Wide-brimmed Panama Hat (Keep your skin in tip top shape plus you don’t have to worry about that salt water hair!)
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Vacation

Coming to you live from sunny Santa Rosa, Florida…. It’s the last day of vacay which is always a bummer but what an awesome week of near perfect weather and relaxation…not to mention the seafood….so. much. food.  

Stay tuned next week for a roundup of my favorite coastal food, drinks and fashion!

Until then….

  

Leopard & Local

This week’s list is short and sweet.  Animal print (and considering recent events, I certainly mean faux) is all up on my feet.

I recently took a digital communications role for a large academic medical center… And I get how you wouldn’t think that’s a fashion-forward environment but I work with a squad  of serious fashionistas/os. But it’s a big place and, on a day full of meetings, heels are out of the question.

Enter the leopard flats that saved my closet…

 (Bettye Muller)

And on the weekend, it’s all casual all day. Enter these locally proud, badass caps.  When I say “local,” I don’t mean Birmingham (which is all also badass).  I mean ALL the locals.


Birmingham startup Aviate Brand recently launched a line of caps that feature airport codes and they are as chic as a cap can get. Doesn’t hurt that Aviate was started by a local from my hometown and operates out of the Magic City. You like your city?  You like to ride on airplanes to other cities?  Get one.

And that’s it.  That’s the K-List this week.

Make them stare,
Katie