Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! on Saturday, I ventured over to Rosemary Beach, over in Florida’s panhandle, to spend the weekend with my friend, Whitney, and some of her girlfriends from Nashville. I had met a few of them last year and really, really enjoyed them so I was excited about being invited again this year. There were quite a few new girls this year and I had a really great time getting to know them! I have quite a bit of fun content to share with you all in the next couple of weeks but thought it’d be fun to share some little snippets of my weekend!
Stripes on stripes for my road trip attire! Don’t usually go for wedges for a long drive, but there’s a first time for everything, right?
My stripe dress might be limited on sizes by now so I linked a few other stripe dresses that I personally like and would wear.
This is The Pearl. It’s a hotel but also has an amazing restaurant and bar that anyone can access! We usually eat brunch there at least once during our trip …
Scroll down to see the Chicken & Waffles I got from there <<
… and grab a drink at their bar before heading out to the beach for sunset! From there, we usually go to La Crema for dinner!
My favorite coverup to wear to the beach is this maxi dress [last seen here on my trip to Miami] … I love how it fits and the way it moves in the wind. Some of the colors are currently on sale so snag a few now if you’ve had you’re eye on it!
I mean ……….. [insert 10 heart eye emoji’s here]
We had so much fun floating around in the ocean in these! You can shop them, and some other fun beach day goodies, here:
One of my favorite things about girls’ weekends is hearing what everyone is reading. I get a lot of book recommendations, including this one. Here are a few they recommended:
“When imagination is sacrificed on the altar of logic, God is robbed of the glory that rightfully belongs to Him.”
If I’m being honest, Whitney and I have been dreaming up some big things to take place later this year, and I started experiencing some doubt, fear and anxiety over it all … mostly because it’s going to take faith and require us to go outside of our norm, and comfort zone. So, I feel like the Lord used Whitney, who shared the quote with me, and those words to quiet all of that within me. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to reading it!
If you haven’t been following me for long … this is my good friend, Whitney, who is also a blogger. Her and I have gotten to be really good friends over this past year. She’s good people y’all … a genuinely sweet soul, who always wants to know what’s going on in my life and how she can pray for me. We all need those good gals in our life that are constantly encouraging us and pointing us to Jesus. She’s one of those gals for me.
Heading back to the condo from the beach with all the floats was pretty funny:
After getting cleaned up, we headed down over to The Pearl to grab a drink at the bar upstairs before heading down to the beach to watch the sunset! You don’t have to stay there to go up there, which is nice 🙂
Sneak shot of Whit and I taking pics at sunset with Larry, one of the guys from Nashville, who is friends with all the gals, and were also visiting Rosemary for the weekend. He owns a really cool business called Cause A Scene. It’s pretty cool what they do … bring quality music and the musicians behind it to smaller venues to really connect with people. Check them out!
Photo Credit: Katie Theis [based in Nashville]
My sweater is not available anywhere [but will be later and I will let you know when it is] but here are the other outfit details of my outfit, along with a similar sweater, here:
When I’m near the ocean, my mind quickly goes to the just how Great our God is. The ocean, even from this one spot, seems so vast but, if you looked at a map, you can see that it’s such a small piece of a much larger ocean. There’s so much more to it than I can see, just like our stories and His love for us. Right now, He’s working things out in our lives even though we can’t see clearly what is on the horizon and it’s all because His love for us is SO deep … even deeper than we can even see from where we sit on the shoreline in our worldly flesh. What a beautiful thought it is that God is so much bigger and deeper than we can see, grasp and imagine… that, He holds us all in His hands and that His love for us, like the ocean, has no end.
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalms 73:25-26
Song I can’t stop listening to that goes along with what I shared >> “We Will Not Be Shaken” by Bethel Music
Some of the Nashville babes I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with! xo.
[l-r] Katie Theis [an amazing photographer], Tillie, Gracie, Whitney, Katie, and me!
HERE’s a little peek at how beautiful the sunsets are in Rosemary!
I wore this on Sunday morning to take Whit to get some medicine at CVS. Her sinuses were bothering her so bad, so we went there and then headed over to Fonville Press for coffee talk, a little bit of work and quiet time before the beach!
Shop the outfit here:
I think the purse is going to sell out everywhere soon! I had to search through quite a few retailers to find it available somewhere for y’all, so don’t wait if you’re thinking about buying it! My dress is only $34. I’m wearing an XS. It runs a little bit. If you click on the THIS link you can find the same dress in lots of color options!
This was yesterday morning’s yummy Chicken & Waffles breakfast from The Pearl! #noregrets
Yesterday was beautiful! After brunch, I took a little nap because I had a bit of a headache but, after that, I was good to go and headed down to the beach for a majority of the day:
We were a group of 10 gals total. You would think that there would be drama or that it would be hard to share a small space, but we all got along beautifully. We enjoyed time together but we would break off into smaller groups and there was never any talk of other gals. We all got along so well. It was awesome. Last night, we went to George’s in Aly’s Beach for dinner and enjoyed one last night together. We ended the night the way we did last year … with a “Here’s To, Cheer’s To”:
It’s a little something I like to do at birthday dinners, bridal showers, or at the end of a fun trip to really connect and reflect on what a blessing the time spent together has been or the person is to the others in the group. One person will start by raising a glass and saying “Here’s To, Cheers To” and then continues on to say something they are thankful for about the weekend or the person being celebrated, and then another person goes, and so on and so on. If you’re celebrating a person, usually they will go last but you can do it however you want to! It really allows you to end things on a grateful note.
Here’s a little something I shared on Instagram last night about the weekend overall, as well as my outfit details from what I wore to dinner:
“.. What I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people I love through the fear and the mess. That’s all any of us can do. That’s what we’re here for.” @sniequist ???? These last few days have been full of sunshine, laughter, tears, blow-up floats and clinking wine glasses with an absolutely beautiful group of girls! I’m leaving thankful for vulnerable conversations, intentionality, authentic connection, and seeing hope being instilled in the stories we’re all living. When we, as women, have or experience this … we feel less alone, more alive and like we’re all in this together. Let’s be sure to be that kind of woman to our people. It’s what life is all about.
Hope you all had a great weekend, as well! I am heading home now and I cannot WAIT because I get to pick up FISH after 20 days away from that little baby!! WAYYYYY too long for this puppy momma! Thanks for stopping by today, y’all! Let me know if you like these kinds of posts! xo.
Kisses from my and my gals to y’all:
And, of course, I overpacked for this trip. You can shop some of things I packed but didn’t wear in the widget below: