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30A Travel Guide

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

ASOS off the shoulder green $25 dress angela lanter hello Gorgeous

I first discovered the magical land of 30A last summer while we lived in Mobile, AL.  We were living in Mobile while Matt filmed USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.  On the weekends, we traveled to the coast (along the panhandle) to soak up some sun and just relax.  Over July 4th weekend, Matt took me to Seaside, FL to watch fireworks and I fell madly in love.

Every time I talk about 30A in person or online, I get the question, “What is 30A?!”  30A is the gorgeous stretch of highway that is made up of white sand beaches between Destin, FL and Panama City, FL along the emerald coast.

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Where We Stayed on 30A:

Last summer we made several trips to the area and ended our summer in the South with a week long stay in Seacrest Beach, which is located between Seaside Beach and Rosemary Beach (I couldn’t find the listing for the house we rented last summer unfortunately).  In this blog post, I talked about how we had originally planned to visit Seaside Beach in June, but our trip was moved, due to my Mawmaw’s passing, to July.  Because we lost our original rental property, we decided to stay at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach.  I was skeptical because I always prefer to have a condo or house when we visit the beach, especially in Florida, but we were both pleasantly surprised by our experience.

The Pearl hotel rosemary beach, FL review 30A travel guide angela lanter hello gorgeous

The Pearl hotel rosemary beach, FL review 30A travel guide angela lanter hello gorgeous

Room:  We originally had a single room with a pool view and promptly asked for a room switch because of several issues with the room we were given.  The resort was at capacity, but the very next day they switched us to a larger king suite with a balcony overlooking the street.  The room was fabulous!  The bed was super lush and was made up with multiple pillows for a great sleep experience.  Every night, The Pearl delivers a fresh baked treat to your room with turn down service, which was something fun to look forward to after an evening out.  The location is fabulous because it’s situated in the heart of Rosemary (which isn’t big, I know) and there are multiple restaurants within close walking distance to choose from.

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What We Ate:

Speaking of restaurants, I gotta tell you about the food on 30A.  We’re big foodies (obviously you know this if you follow me on any form of social media).  Here’s a run down of our favorite spots on 30A plus what we like to order there.  The above photo is of the green smoothie offered at the Pearl Hotel.  This was so delicious that we ordered one every single day we were there!

Mexican:  

La Cocina Mexican Grill in Rosemary.  The best queso dip we’ve ever had.  In our lives.  This is not an exaggeration.  The taco salad is another must-have, but order extra beans.

Pizza:  

Bruno’s Pizza.  The best taco pizza you’ll ever taste.  Insanely delicious.  We make it a point to order a taco pizza every 30A trip from Bruno’s!  We also have had the Hawaiian pizza, which is good, but the taco pizza steals the show.

Seafood:  

Stinky’s Fish Camp.  Man, oh man.  This is the food that will be served in heaven.  I’m sure of it.  The wait is worth every single minute the moment you taste your first bite of Stinky’s goodness.  For appetizers, don’t miss the blue fin ahi tuna on sweet potato chips with grilled pineapple.  We always order the snow crab legs entree.  Whatever you do, do not miss out on their grits.  The creamiest, smoothest grits I’ve ever had!

Edwards:  This quaint little restaurant is located conveniently across from The Pearl.  The wait is another long one, but totally worth it.  The courtyard area brings back fond memories of some of my favorite spots in the French Quarter.  The menu isn’t huge, but it doesn’t need to be.  Everything we tasted was phenomenal.  We loved the grouper filet and salmon salad.

Bud and Alley’s:  Another don’t miss spot.  They’re known for their crab cakes.  We know Bud & Alley’s for their entire menu.  We’ve been twice or three times now and every time the food was out of this world good.  They’re located in the heart of Seaside and I love dining on the back patio at night.  My must-have is their grits.  I can feel you judging me…  I’m a grits girl!  I can’t get grits in LA or Vancouver, I gotta take advantage when I can, you know?

Donuts:  

The Donut Hole.  I’d consider myself a donut connoisseur, and this place offers the best donuts of your life.  I’m not kidding.  They somehow manage to make every single donut beyond delicious.  My personal favorite is the chocolate angel.  Honestly, everything they make is incredible.

What We Did:

There seems to be always something going on.  Whether it’s live music or a movie in the town square, you can always find something to get into.  Be sure to check 30A.com for a calendar of events.  Our recent trip occurred over the 4th of July and we had the best seats to an amazing fireworks show.  There’s nothing like sitting in the sand watching the fireworks over the ocean.

When we vacation, we like to take things slow.  We don’t typically need things to keep us busy, we love a nice dinner out, a walk on the beach and a movie in bed.  That’s exactly how we spent our evenings this trip and it was perfect.

How We Got There:

If you plan to fly in, you have the option of Panama City Beach or Destin.  We flew into Destin and it was about an hour car ride to Rosemary Beach.  Panama City is significantly closer, we will probably fly in there in the future.  I would suggest a car rental if you want to explore the area outside of the beach town you stay in.  It’s a good 15 minute drive from one end of the beach highway to the other.

Seaside vs. Alys vs. Rosemary… Which Beach We Love:

Here’s the thing about 30A, each town you drive through has a totally different feel than the one before it.  I love the colorful homes in Watercolor, the Americana feel of Seaside, Mediterranean feel of Alys and New Orleans/Caribbean feel of Rosemary.  They each have their own different feel, all amazing in their own way.  Regardless which beach town you choose, you feel like you’re a world away from home…  Exactly what vacation should feel like!

Now that I’ve been several times, I still think that Seaside is my favorite of all the towns along 30A.  Matt’s would probably be Rosemary because he feels like it looks like a pirate town at night with the striped awnings and gas lamps lighting the cobblestone streets.  They’re all extremely family friendly, you really can’t go wrong with any of the towns.  I just love the shops and food trucks that are in the heart of Seaside.

Tell me, have you visited my favorite place on earth?  If you have, which beach town is your favorite and why?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Feel free to ask any questions about my favorite beach in the world!


Off the Shoulder Mini Dress ($25! Comes in many different colors!)  //  Oversized Striped Hat (sold out); similar hat (50% off!)  //  Rose Gold Aviator Sunnies  //  Large Monogram Necklace  (Use code: HELLOGORGEOUS20 until 8/31 for 20% of +$50 orders!)  //  Pineapple Stud Earrings  //  Bikini Top  //  Bikini Bottoms

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Video: Get Beach Ready with Me

Latest Fashion Trends For Women

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Latest Fashion Trends For Women

While vacationing in Florida last month, I decided to sit down and film me getting ready for a beach day.  I know a lot of women like to go to the pool or the beach looking put together, but not fully Glam.  That’s exactly what this look is.  Just a few of my favorite summertime beauty products that I love to get that no makeup, makeup look.

The most important product any time of year is SPF.  That’s why I love using this BB cushion.  This BB cushion is a moisturizer, makeup and SPF all rolled into one.  It’s the perfect base, but is especially amazing for pool or beach days.  Laneige BB cushion is a quick and easy way to make your skin look amazing.

I typically skip the mascara for the beach or pool.  If I have to wear mascara, I opt for a waterproof formula to prevent running.  Mascara circles under the eyes are never cute, girls.

What are some of your favorite summer makeup products?  Do you wear makeup to the beach or totally skip all products?

Watch my Get Ready with Me for a Day at the Beach video here.

Beach Ready Makeup Products Used:

Vitamin E Serum

eos Lip Balm

Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops

Laneige BB Cushion

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Colourpop Brow Pencil

 Milani Blush in “Luminoso”

NYX Highlighter Palette

L’Oreal Waterproof Voluminous Mascara

Pixi Beauty Milky Mist

Lavanila Healthy Deodorant

Jouer Luminizing Body Lotion

Vaseline Spray Lotion

Kiehl’s SPF Spray Lotion

Wearing:

Becca Swimsuit 

Accessory Concierge Pineapple Earrings
Quay Sunnies

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Pom Pom Cover-Up

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

SheIn white beach dress pom pom trim angela lanter hello gorgeous

Sorry for the short break in posts again…  Life has a way of getting in the way, doesn’t it?  We spent less than one full week in Vancouver before we had to fly down to San Diego for Comic Con this past weekend.  The whole weekend is such a blur.  On Sunday, I said goodbye to Matt as he flew back to Vancouver and I rented a car and drove home for the week.  We were away from Soka for 10 days and honestly we have a hard time being away from her even 1 day…  She’s seriously our child.  Where my mommas of fur babies at?  You know what I’m talking about!

My sweet blogger friend, Mckenna Bleu, came up and spent the beginning of this week with me in LA.  I just love having her around.  We did a little shopping, pigged out on some good food and girl talked for hours.  I tried my best to get her to stay longer with me this week, but she had to head home yesterday.  Next time I’ll beg harder.  There’s nothing better than some girl time!

Now I’m home in LA.  Dorothy wasn’t kidding…  No place is better than h.o.m.e.  I love sleeping in my own bed.  Matt comes home this weekend for another crazy jam-packed weekend.  I’m just soaking up every minute I have in LA before I have to head back up north again.  All in all, I’m just plum wore out, as Mawmaw would say.  I need to take a day to myself and do nothing at all, but ain’t nobody got time for that!  I have so many projects I want to work on in our house, so I can’t sit still long enough to even write this post in one sitting.

What is your favorite way to unwind when the world is going about a million miles a minute all around you?  I love to get a facial or massage usually, but I’d love to hear other relaxation tips!

Let’s chat about this look for one quick second…  I still have several posts leftover from my time in Florida, including this one.  I’m such a pom pom and tassel fiend.  If it has pom poms or tassels, I’m in.  I really enjoy the feminine detail that it adds.  I was so excited about this cute top I found and even more excited when it arrived because it was long enough to be worn as a dress.  The rainbow pom poms are so fun for a date night out at the beach, which is exactly what I wore this for.

When I ordered this top, I figured it would arrive and be totally sheer.  I was so wrong.  The quality is surprisingly good for the $23 price tag. I got this top in the same order as my last post’s romper.  I highly recommend this top if you have a beach vacation on the horizon!


Off the Shoulder Pom Pom Trim Blouse  //  Stecy Sandal  //  Turquoise Tassel Earrings  //  Arrowhead Ring  //   Strapless Bra (similar)  //  Jouer Lip Creme in “Noisette”

Sizing Info:  Wearing top/dress in size Medium and sandals in US size 7.

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