Warning: this post contains a lot more photos than I normally share. I just couldn’t narrow my trip down to only 10-12 captures 🙈 Hopefully you’ll enjoy traveling to SoFlo with me through my photo diary!
After Brandon and I got engaged, we immediately jetted off to South Florida to visit his family and friends and celebrate with them for a whole week! I took a break from blogging, and just savored that vacation time to the max! We’ve been back for almost a week now and I wanted to share some of the fun we had and the outfits I wore! If you’ve never been to Coral Springs or Fort Lauderdale in South Florida, you’re missing out. When people think of SoFlo, they immediately assume Miami, but there’s so many fun things to do outside of MIA, so keep reading to see what we did while we were gone!
I absolutely love flying, and I’ve always always found that dressing comfortable is key when you’re going to be on a plane for any amount of time. I stick with cutoff shorts and sweatshirts, or yoga pants and a cute top, and I almost always wear sneakers. I know a lot of people say to only wear slides because they come off easily when going through security, but I find I can slip my sneaks on and off just as effortlessly!
The day after we arrived, we took the short drive from Coral Springs to Fort Lauderdale’s Arts District – FAT Village – and explored all the art in the area! I wrote a full post on what I wore and the art we saw, which you can read here. On our way out, we stopped at BREW Urban Café, which we both loved. It’s located inside C&I Studios – an “idea agency” as they have aptly named themselves on the website. This place was floor-to-ceiling packed with creativity, and we never wanted to leave … plus the coffee from the café was delish!
Later in the day, when we were back in Coral Springs, we visited the cutest rolled ice cream spot called Taiwan Ice. I got their honeydew ice with milk, kiwi, and lychee on top and 😍 ← that’s the best way I can think to describe how yummy it was!
After our trip to FAT Village, and filling ourselves with rolled ice cream, Brandon surprised me with tickets to one of my favorite places in the entire universe: Butterfly World. Anyone who knows me knows I have an immense fascination with butterflies – to the point that I had my friend sketch one for me as a tattoo after high school, and it has graced my ankle ever since. B took me to Butterfly World a couple months after we started dating, and I fell in love with it. You walk through rooms and rooms filled with the most stunning butterflies ever, and if you’re lucky, they’ll land on you! I guess this white one thought I was a walking flower in my bright dress, and didn’t want to leave me alone! It was so fun revisiting a spot we had gone to right after beginning our relationship, as an engaged couple!
To wrap up this afternoon, we enjoyed our favorite ice cream spot, Cherry Smash, and split the most delicious sundae. Can you tell ice cream is a necessity for us while we’re on vacation? Cherry Smash is so cute with the vintage vibes and old movies playing while you enjoy your dessert! We make it a priority to stop by every time we’re together in SoFlo.
Last summer, I put together a full post about my love for all things comic and superhero-related, specifically at TATE’S – a comic and pop-culture shop in SoFlo. Well, of course we had to take an afternoon to explore their new arrivals and fantasize about bringing home all the POP figurines and comic books we could fit in our suitcase 😂
During the same day, we took advantage of the rainy weather and hit up the most appropriate spot: a coffee shop! Lady and the Mug just opened recently around the corner from where we were staying, and after seeing some of the photos on Instagram, I knew we had to stop by. I mean, come on, how cute is it that they have a swing-set inside? Oh, and yes, their chai latte lived up to my high standards!
Saturday night seriously couldn’t have been more amazing! Per the suggestion of B’s brother, we went to the Art Walk in FAT Village! I was lucky enough to meet up with two of my friends from RVA who had recently moved to Fort Lauderdale, and by the end of the night, Brandon’s brother and his girlfriend joined us! It was so much fun seeing all the incredible art on display, and even taking advantage of the delicious food trucks and creative vendors. My favorite was probably the Lights Camera Shoot Booth, which allowed B and I to express our inner weirdos with silly props and goofy facial expressions. We even made it onto their Instagram page! Totally wishing they were in RVA so I could hire them for our wedding reception!
(sadly both this top and the skirt are sold out 😭)
Talk about beautiful! The night before our flight home, we took a pitstop at Fort Lauderdale beach, right around the end of golden hour. Not only was the sky beautiful from the oncoming sunset, but also because there were storm clouds rolling in. It was almost cool with the beach breeze, and while we only stayed for about ten minutes, we were so glad to get in these beautiful photos before the rain hit us.
After the rain went away (typical Florida – it only lasted like 30 minutes), we headed over to Game Night Arcade, which made it the … third … time we frequented this brand new barcade. We had visited on their opening night and became immediately obsessed not only with the clever gamer vibes (video game stations set up along the bar with classic games from N64, GameCube, and more) but the clientele. The awesome owner, Spencer, was even kind enough to send us home with t-shirts, since we had been so supportive during their first few days. I’m now following their Instagram page, and can’t wait to go back at Christmas time for some gaming and Wynwood Pop’s Porter – which is now my favorite beer ever.
(swimsuit c/o Adore Me)
Just hours before our plane took us back to RVA, we hit up Deerfield Beach with one of Brandon’s lifelong friends for some sun and seabreezes. I took home a souvenir in the form of the weirdest sunburn ever where our sunscreen spray had missed my upper thigh 😂 Let’s just say I totally looked like a typical tourist coming home from Florida with a big red patch as I boarded the plane that night.
In all, this may have been one of the best trips to SoFlo that Brandon and I have gotten to experience so far, and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy it again in a few months. I’m so glad for the fact that JetBlue has great prices on their tickets, and the plane trip is only 2 hours long, making it easy for us to visit on a more regular basis. Have you ever been to South Florida? If so, where are some of your favorite places to visit?
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