South Florida Vacation Recap

South Florida Vacation Recap
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South Florida Vacation Recap

They said I could be anything, so I became a South Florida gal for a week.

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!

The reason for our trip was for my future 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 fiancé’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 last year, 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 just introduced mixed drinks to their menu, so we were pretty hype 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!


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. Neither my fiancé nor myself 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!


When B lived in FL, 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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Enjoy a little vlog I put together from our trip!

I can’t wait to go back to South Florida soon. Who’s coming with me?



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    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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    May 4, 2018 at 9:52 AM

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

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    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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    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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    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!


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    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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    May 4, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Fort Lauderdale. Best place on the planet!!

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    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!

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    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!

    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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    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:

    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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    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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    May 7, 2018 at 12:34 AM

    ah, looks like such a fun time!


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    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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    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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