WHAT I WORE ON OUR BEACH VACATION

We just returned from seven blissfully relaxing days on the white sand beaches of Florida’s emerald coast. This was our second trip to the 30A area and we only fell more in love with the sun, surf and sand. Today I’m sharing some photos of what I wore out and about on the beaches of South Walton. If you need beach trip outfit ideas, look no further, friends.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

Besides my bathing suit, there is one article of clothing that I absolutely must have on any beach vacation: linen pants. Really. I currently own three pairs and made sure to pack each and every pair for this trip. I love them because they’re breathable, cute and super versatile. If you’re looking for beach trip outfit ideas, linen pants should definitely top your packing list.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

The pants pictured above are probably my favorite of the three pairs of linen pants I packed for the beach. I got them several years ago from Target, but these white linen pants are similar if you’re in the market for a pair. When it comes to beachwear, or summer time looks in general, I love to pair light-colored neutrals. The look pictured above is no exception. The light blush muscle tank I’m wearing above was a $4 Old Navy score from a few years ago.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

The second pair of linen pants I packed was sandy beige in color with a drawstring waist. These ones are from Victoria Secret, but again, they’re several years old. Because they’re wide through the leg, I like to wear a more form-fitting top with them. The cut and color of these beige linen pants is similar to mine, but with a button waist.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

I wore this outfit one day when we biked from the condo we were renting into Seaside for some snacking and shopping.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

The cute little joggers I’m wearing in the photo above are the third and final pair of linen pants I packed for the beach. I got those from Gap in the spring but they’re no longer in stock there. I opt to pair this pair with a more form-fitting top, too, because they’re fairly slouchy.

The look pictured above was a huge departure for me. I’ve never been a romper kind of girl before, but I got this one from Loft early in the spring and it grew on me.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

It’s a bit skimpy for me to have felt comfortable wearing it anywhere other than the beach, but it does make for a great swimsuit cover. I actually wore it as a swimsuit alternative a couple of times while we played paddle ball on the beach at sunset.

It's a bit skimpy for me to have felt comfortable wearing it anywhere other than the beach, but it does make for a great swimsuit cover. I actually wore it as a swimsuit alternative a couple of times while we played paddle ball on the beach at sunset. 

This romper came from Loft, too. It’s dressy enough for a date night. I even wore this to a casual wedding over the summer. This one was modest enough for me; some of the rompers I’ve seen leave too little to the imagination.

It's a bit skimpy for me to have felt comfortable wearing it anywhere other than the beach, but it does make for a great swimsuit cover. I actually wore it as a swimsuit alternative a couple of times while we played paddle ball on the beach at sunset. 

White pants are always beach friendly, right? Especially when one has a nifty coconut to sip from (more on that in a future post).

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

The white jeans pictured above are Lucky Brand’s Sweet Crop. The cute top is also a Lucky Brand find.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

This dress is from Loft. It’s bright and cheery and is perfect for a beach town date night.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

During our stay on 30A, we spent an inordinate amount of time on the beach. We splurged on a beachfront condo and took every available opportunity to walk along the shore. The skirt pictured above is my alltime, hands-down favorite maxi skirt. The cut of it makes it perfect for us petite (read: short) girls. I wish I could link you to it, but it, alas, is sold out, too.

Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

This, my friends, concludes the tour of what I wore during our beach vacation. Maybe it helps you with some beach trip outfit ideas and inspiration? I don’t claim to be a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought it was worth sharing to prove that you don’t have to spend a million dollars or dress like a teeny-bopper to look cute on your next beach vacation. At least, I hope I looked at least a little bit cute. Lest posing for these pictures was a complete waste of my precious vacation time! You get the idea.

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Beach fashion is made super simple with these beach trip outfit ideas. These cute and casual looks are sure to inspire your next beach vacation packing list.

INSTANT POT CHICKEN BROCCOLI QUINOA

My family licks their plates clean when I serve this comfort food favorite straight from my Instant Pot. It is a quick, easy and delicious dinner that's perfect for busy nights.

If you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice that this is the third Instant Pot recipe I’ve posted in about a month. There’s a reason for that; I’ve made fast friends with this miraculous, life-enhancing invention. Anything that allows me to put a healthy dinner on the table for my family in well under an hour is worth its weight in gold. Normally I would shy away from quick meals because all too often they’re cooked with food products instead of food ingredients. The Instant Pot changes that dynamic and — at least in my house — it’s here to stay. This recipe, too, is a keeper. Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Quinoa has the same qualities of a casserole but gets it to the table with convenience and speed.This Instant Pot Chicken Broccoli Quinoa has all the comforts of a casserole in the convenience of a one pot meal. It's one of my go-to simple dinners for busy nights. The whole family loves it!

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HOW TO ADD TEXTURE TO A CASUAL TABLE SETTING

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I think it’s safe to say that we’ve officially entered entertaining season. Whether it’s a fancy holiday meal or a casual dinner party with friends, when people gather, they tend to gather around a table of one sort another. And while using the finest china and grandma’s antique silverware might be appropriate for Thanksgiving dinner, there are plenty of occasions that call for a far more casual table-setting. Casual, though, doesn’t have to mean boring. One of the ways I add visual appeal to a casual table-setting is through the use of texture.

How to add texture to a casual table setting

Plate chargers tend to elevate any tablescape, but they can also easily be used in even a casual table-setting. While porcelain, glass or crystal might be just right for a fancy meal, plate chargers made of natural materials lend the perfect vibe to a more casual get together. I have a set of seagrass plate chargers that I use all the time.  They add instant texture  and depth to any casual table-setting.

How to add texture to a casual table-setting

Of course, linens add texture, too. For casual occasions, I prefer the look of unpressed, neutral-colored linen napkins. For a little something extra, you could even tie a twine bow around the napkin.

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The centerpiece is an obvious place to really layer on textures. I like to keep my table-settings really neutral and bring color in via my centerpiece. Faux greens are a great way to do so. Candle holders made of natural birch are another great option.

How to add texture to a casual table-setting

I built my centerpiece atop a wooden cake plate for even another layer of texture.

How to add texture to a casual table-setting

If you find the right flatware, you can even use it to lend texture to your casual table-setting. Wayfair has some gorgeous options for textured flatware.

How to add texture to a casual table-setting

I hope these tips will help you to create a beautiful casual table-setting for your next get together with friends!


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