South Florida Vacation Recap

South Florida Vacation Recap
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South Florida Vacation Recap**Written in May of 2018, edited and re-posted in May of 2019.

They said I could be anything, so I became a South Florida gal for a week, and boy did I love every second of it.

Okay, I definitely didn’t fit the part because I was as pale as a vampire the entire time I was there, but as always, I enjoyed my trip to the Sunshine State, and figured I’d share the details with you! There are so many hidden gems in South Florida that no one really talks about. Visits to Miami are frequent, but I wanted to mention the spots outside of the hot (metaphorically and literally) city that you’ve gotta check out.

The reason for our trip was for my mother-in-law’s birthday, but we made the most of our time there and visited a bunch of our favorite spots (and some new ones). My husband’s family lives in and around the Fort Lauderdale area. We didn’t trek down to Miami this time, but we found plenty to do close to where we stayed.

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Places We Went:

The Swap Shop

We hit this spot every time we go to SoFlo. It’s a massive flea market with an arcade inside and a bunch of fruit stands outside!

Sawgrass Mills

Probably the biggest mall I’ve ever been to, and it has all of my favorite stores. Typically I do some serious shopping damage here, but this time we shopped for B – and it was such fun!

The Walk of Coral Springs

This is walking distance from where Brandon lived when we first met. It’s got some ice cream shops, a Barnes & Noble, and some really pretty spots to sit and soak up the sun.

Game Night Arcade

I can’t rave enough about this place. We had the immense privilege of being there for the opening night a couple of years ago, and now it’s just so neat to visit and see how they’ve grown! The old-school video game vibe is the best (and they’ve also added mixed drinks to their menu, so we were pretty excited about that)!

Fort Lauderdale Beach

I feel like you can’t visit South Florida and not go to the beach. We try to make it a habit to go around golden hour.  It’s usually less crowded, and the view is spectacular!

FATVillage

If you can’t make it to Wynwood in Miaimi, this art district in Fort Lauderdale is a great option! Such a cool spot, filled with so much color and life!

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Places We Ate:

BREW Urban Café

This cafe is in FATVillage and has an airstream shop inside, along with a massive wall of books that reminds me of the library in Beauty & the Beast. They’ve got some seriously delicious cold brew!

Wings Plus

In my vlog, you’ll hear us say that people write full blog posts about their bleu cheese dressing – and we’re not wrong. You can read the post right here. I don’t enjoy bleu cheese dressing, but Wings Plus is an exception – and their wings are also phenomenal!

Taiwan Ice

A totally cute spot at The Walk of Coral Springs that offers rolled ice cream and bubble tea in lightbulbs!

BurgerFi

When B lived in South Florida, he raved about this spot for burgers. I never understood the hype until I tried their “CEO burger.” I think I swooned.

Pollo Tropical

I know this is a chain, but we don’t have them in Richmond, so any time we’re in SoFlo, I try to stop by to get myself a TropiChops. And don’t even get me started on how delicious their cilantro garlic sauce is.

Cherry Smash

I’ll never be able to truly express how much I love Cherry Smash. Not only is their ice cream to die for, but the shop itself is an experience. Walking in, you’re greeted by retro diner vibes and “Happy Days” playing on the TV. There are toys and collectibles from floor to ceiling that transport you to simpler times, and each time you visit, you’ll notice something you didn’t before!


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South Florida Vacation Recap

Enjoy a little South Florida vacation vlog I put together from our trip!

South Florida is truly filled with hidden gems at every twist and turn. What are your favorite finds?


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63 Comments

  • Reply
    Samantha Mariko
    May 4, 2018 at 1:30 AM

    That’s so special you visited to celebrate your future mother-in-law’s birthday! I’ve never been to Florida but the beachy vibes definitely remind me of California 🙂 I’m craving those cute boba drinks though!
    xo Samantha

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    Kimberly Burke
    May 4, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    I love all the vibrant colors in your pictures! 🙂 I am sure your MIL was super excited to have you guys there. Definitely book marking this so I can check out all the cool places you visited! Have a great weekend!

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    Rach
    May 4, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    You guys definitely did a lot and I love it! And those colorful walls are amazing!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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    Amita
    May 4, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    It looks like you had an amazing vacation! I’ve only ever visited Orlando in Florida, but the south looks like a great place for vacation. I’m loving your pictures! xx

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    Liz
    May 4, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    This looks like so much fun! I haven’t visited Florida yet, but it’s on my bucket list!

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    Cathy
    May 4, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    How fun! I’ve never been there, I’ll have to add this as a place to go to my list!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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    Lily
    May 4, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Oooh, looks like you guys had a blast! Loving all of your fun pictures!

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    Donna
    May 4, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Fort Lauderdale. Best place on the planet!!

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    JoJo
    May 4, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Love love the bubble tea in a lightbulb! Hope you had a blast!

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    Ruthie Ridley
    May 4, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Oh my gosh you guys are the cutest! This looks like the best vacation ever!! Love these images!

  • Reply
    Kileen
    May 5, 2018 at 1:54 AM

    This looks like such an awesome trip! Next time I visit Florida, I’ll have to check these places out!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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    JayCee || Life of a Sister
    May 5, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    This looks like such a fun trip! I always fly into Ft Lauderdale but haven’t really explored much! I need to do that next time. That video is great, I love how you created it!

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    Nailil
    May 5, 2018 at 10:32 PM

    Wow he looks like you had a great time. I always love visiting Florida!

    Ps. I’d love to have you share your post on my new Link Up Party here: http://thirtyminusone.com/trendy-thursday-linkup-off-shoulder-stripped-romper/

    Xx, Nailil

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    May 6, 2018 at 7:58 AM

    I need to check out these places the next time I am in Florida! I am loving the murals in FATVillage, I love finding colorful spots to take photos!

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    Deborah
    May 6, 2018 at 8:18 PM

    Oh wow, looks like you guys had a lot of fun! The arcade sounds amazing!

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    Lauryn Hock
    May 6, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    What a way to spend your MIL’s birthday! The Swap Shop is calling my name

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    Taylor Mobley
    May 6, 2018 at 11:14 PM

    You rock hot pink better than anyone I’ve ever seen!

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    Stesha
    May 7, 2018 at 12:34 AM

    ah, looks like such a fun time!

    xo
    Stesha
    http://www.stesharose.com

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    Danielle
    May 7, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    So many fun places! Loved watching the vlog and that cotton candy ice cream looked amaaaazing!!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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    KatWalkSF
    May 7, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    I haven’t been to Florida in forever! Dying to go there!

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    Annie Fairfax
    May 8, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    This looks like so much fun! I love how colorful and cinematic your photos are too!

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    Lina Melo
    May 13, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Wow, amazing trip! It looks like so much fun!
    Also, I love all your pictures and your outfits, pink looks so good on you!

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    Rachel R Ritlop
    May 13, 2019 at 8:55 AM

    awe you’re in my neck of the woods! We live just north of Ft. Lauderdale!! Being a FL girl is my absolute fave! Also the veggie burger at burgerfi is so good next time you go back! I’ll ahve to check out fatvillage!

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    Rach
    May 13, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    I had no idea that Fort Lauderdale has an art district! Definitely need to check that out next time I’m there! Always loving going to florida as well and my husband & I try to make it there at least once a year!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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    rebecca
    May 13, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    I have always vacationed in the panhandle but would love to visit South Florida sometime soon!

    xx rebecca

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    Liz
    May 13, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    You visit the best places! This looks like so much fun!! Also love the outfit with your pick dressed and floral shoes – soooo cute!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

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    Hillary Conheady
    May 13, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    This post is soooo fun! Looks like y’all had a great trip! Definitely want to go to that arcade spot!

  • Reply
    Katie
    May 13, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    These pics are absolutely beautiful and I love the way you described your trip – it was so informative! I would love to go to Florida!

  • Reply
    Aliya Gulamhusein
    May 13, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Looks like you had such an amazing time. The vibrance of Florida is always so nice. Great photos and hope the birthday party was fun too.

  • Reply
    Tanvi Rastogi
    May 13, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Looks like so much fun. You had a wonderful trip.

    ❥ tanvii.com

  • Reply
    Lee
    May 13, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Looks like you had such a blast and had so many delicious treats!

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    Rachel
    May 13, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Such a fun trip! I haven’t been to Florida in years but I’m dying to go back! Love the pink dress on you, too!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

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    Ro
    May 13, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    That lightbulb bubble tea looks so cute! I would love to be able to visit Florida one day with my husband! I’ve gone before when I was younger, but I know I’d experience it much differently as an adult, now. Great post! Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

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    Carolyn
    May 13, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    You have me totally longing for the beach right about now! I’ve never been to South Florida, but I’ve been to Florida and loved it. Will have to remember these spots if I ever get there. Oh, and I loved your travel vlog! You guys are the cutest!

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    Candace
    May 13, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Florida is always special. They have the nicest weather! Loved your pictures. The hot pink outfit is my favorite<3

    Candace Hampton
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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    Jasmine Vargas
    May 13, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Girlfriend, you are having a good year with all of these fun getaways. Looks like you had fun too in Florida.

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    Kileen
    May 13, 2019 at 9:41 PM

    Looks like such an amazing trip!! Definitely need to add these places to my list when I visit again!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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    Lily
    May 13, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    I would LOVE to visit Florida one day! I could go for some beach time right about now.

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    Jamaria
    May 14, 2019 at 12:44 AM

    This looks like it was so much fun! I’ve never really explored this part of Florida but now I definitely want to! Xo

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    Jiawun | Beauty Nerd By Night
    May 14, 2019 at 7:27 AM

    Omg, THOSE DESSERTS look amazing! The places you visited are stunning, but my eyes went directly to the food items, heh.

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    amanda elizabeth - meet at the barre
    May 14, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    My in laws live there! I definitely need to check out some of these places the next time we go down there! Thanks for the recs!

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    Katherine
    May 14, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    I am one of Florida’s biggest fans but I never get down to South Florida as much as I want to! There really are some incredible hidden gems and I absolutely love Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Such a wonderful list!

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    Laura @ Inspiration for Moms
    May 14, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    I love to visit it Florida! It’s such a fun state!

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    Taylor Mobley
    May 14, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    I love Florida! I need to make a trip back

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    Deborah
    May 14, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Oh, fun! South Florida is always a fun time – the beaches are fabulous! I think you may have been there at the same time my boyfriend was there for a conference!

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    Sarah Lindner
    May 14, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Florida is like my second home! I usually venture to Orlando but I also LOVE SoFlo – my assistant just moved there I will pass on your rec’s to her too!

    xoxo Sarah

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    Lizzie
    May 14, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    I’d love to go to Florida! Definitely saving this post for future planning 🙂 Glad you had fun and got celebrate her birthday! I really loved watching the vlog too!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

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    Cathy
    May 14, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    This looks like such a fun trip! I need to try that ice cream!! Yum!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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    huda
    May 14, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    ive only been to south florida once a few years ago but this really made me wanna go back! love the pictures 🙂

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    Summer
    May 14, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    I need to get back to Florida so bad. I wish I could hop a plane tomorrow! That ice cream looks incredible!

  • Reply
    Laura
    May 14, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    I have yet to go to Florida, but girl you are inspiring me! Your photos are awesome and I’m so glad you had fun!!

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    Nailil
    May 14, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Florida is always fun. I love traveling through the East coast.

    Xx, Nailil
    http://thirtyminusone.com

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    Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    May 14, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    I’ve never been to this area of Florida before, but it looks so vibrant and full of life! The food, alone, looks amazing!

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    miriam
    May 14, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    this looked like such a fabulous trip! so colorful! definitely pinning this for the future!

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    Becky
    May 15, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    I love Florida, sometimes so much I want to move there! I have a special place in my heart for BurgerFi. I was down in Florida and at the time was training for a marathon, and that week I needed to do a 25 mile training run. So I did my run in the morning and BurgerFi is where we ended up for lunch – a burger has never tasted as good as it did after 25 miles of running!

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    Tanvi Rastogi
    May 15, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Looks like SO MUCH fun. Love the photos. So sunny and wonderful.

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    Tonya Morris
    May 15, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    So fun! I’m going to Florida for my babymoon and can’t wait!

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    Kait Elizabeth
    May 15, 2019 at 8:49 PM

    I’ve been wanting a Florida trip and this made me NEED one! Hugs, Kait Elizabeth

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    Morgan
    May 16, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    OMG I need to visit for the food alone!! It all looks so fun! And that fresh produce market is calling my name!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    Carmen Edelson
    May 17, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Your photography is amazing! I live close to here and I love everywhere you went, nice work!

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    Renee || Getting Fit Fab
    May 20, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    I love your photography style! I need to go just to feed myself LOL. SO much fun keeping this in mind for when I go there!

  • Reply
    Laura
    May 21, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Definitely pinning this so I can check out all the places you visited next time we travel to Florida!

    xo, Laura

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    Celeste
    May 23, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Looks like it was such a fun trip and your dresses so adhoc! Need them all!

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