Travel Diary: The Emerald Coast

The Harbour, San Destin

A little over a year ago we visited Rosemary Beach and the Emerald Coast. It has been calling our name ever since. It lives up to its name with the clearest waters, white sand, and blue horizons.  The whole place looks like it has a perpetual saturated photo filter. Needless to say we were so thrilled to head back for our dear friend’s wedding….this time to Destin, FL. We took little Rocco with us and my sister and brother in law stayed with Gabriel, Veronica, and Max. We can’t wait to bring them back here.

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Dresses for every occassion.

I don’t think there is anything that makes me feel as feminine as a dress that compliments personal style in a flattering way. I loved getting to try out the fall line from dressbarn, and find a few looks that work well with every occasion. I think these price points are more relatable and easy to style. It helps that these pieces are on trend, but classy enough to keep around for more than a trend season lasts. Here were a few favorites!
via In Honor of DesignDress selects via IHODflower bundle | IHOD
The Go-To Dress – Sometimes you need an effortless dress you can grab from your closet without thinking what to put together. This dress is savvy on it’s own. No layering required! I put on a pair of my favorite booties and a big hat to run errands for the day.

Black and neutrals

The Slinky Sweater Dress – A little edgy, and fuss-free. This soft sweater dress material is form-fitting, but doesn’t wrinkle, so it is a perfect option for travel and all day wear. I paired it with a leather moto jacket to compliment the lace and checked pattern. Swap out the heels for tennis shoes for a more sporty casual look.

Marsala dress, camel capeMarsala Dress | IHOD

The Date Night Dress – Marsala is my color choice of the season. This ultra feminine and flattering cut was begging to be pulled out for date night dress. With a bold jewel tone, you can go easy on the color compliments such as a long jacket vest, nude heels, and a monochromatic tote.

saturday in the park | IHODmiddle braid via In Honor of Design

The Fit and Flare Dress – A weekend ready dress that is both comfortable and fun to layer. A neutral toned patterned makes it easy to swap jackets in and out, and works really well for both business casual or every day attire. A pair of black heels and a trench coat was my Saturday morning look for a little coffee and curb side reading (and people watching;))

So what do you think? Favorite look of the 4? You can check out all the dresses here!

Photos by Chelsey Heidorn, in partnership with dressbarn

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Ten minute hair: Half up double top knots.

Double knotted up do | In Honor of Design

When we were in Florida last weekend for our friend’s beachside wedding, I ran out of time to get ready (due to a sweet little boy who was exceptionally hungry;)), and was left with ten minutes in the car to do my hair. Sooo, this is the solution I came up with using a handful of bobby pins! 

Double knotted updo | IHODDouble knotted updo via In Honor of Design

Simple steps for ten minute hair: half-up double top knots
1. Pre-curl your hair into loose waves.
2. Gather a thick portion of your hair from the top forehead area of your head, and pin back, using a teasing brush if you want more volume.
3. Pull thick sections from each side of your head and twist together. Curl around into a top knot and secure with bobby pins.
4. Repeat a second time underneath the first knot, and you are done!

If you give this a try, I’d love to see it!

I’ll share some more pics of this trip soon. It was such a sight for the eyes, so I can’t resist!

Happy hump day!


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