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A Vacation Guide to Seaside, FL

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

A couple of months ago my family and I escaped to the most beautiful and colorful little town of Seaside, Florida. It was actually my second time to go to this little slice of heaven, but it was my family’s first and I loved getting to show them around one of my favorite places. I had not been in almost 10 years, but it was just as simple and beautiful as I remembered it. Growing up, my family would go to Florida almost every summer but with all of the sisters in college and in the working world, it had been far too long since we took a family vacation to the beach.

The pictures were scarce but the memories made were plentiful! When we weren’t lying around on the white sandy beaches, you could find us biking, playing board games, and exploring. My favorite thing about Seaside is how quaint and cute it is. From the beautiful beaches, to the pastel colored beach cottages, to the town square, to the best food I’ve ever eaten, Seaside has something to offer people of all ages. I can’t wait to go back and I hope you all get to experience Seaside at some point as well! If (and when) you do, here are my top recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, and what you must see while there!

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Seaside is known for their pastel colored beach houses and I have got to say that my best recommendation if going with a big enough group, would be to rent a house. We used Trip Advisor to find our cottage for the week and could not have been more pleased. We stayed in Seagrove, which is a stone’s throw away from Seaside, and we were able to ride our bikes into town. Many houses will come with bikes and a golf cart to get around. Besides using the car to go get groceries and go to a couple of dinners, we lived car-free for the week! Having your own kitchen will also come in handy if you do not wish to eat out every meal.

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The inner foodie in me could not have been more satisfied with every single meal that I ate in Seaside. True story: it’s hard to maintain that perfect beach bod with this many great food options at the beach! While I honestly don’t think you could go wrong with any place here, here are just a few of my favorites.

  • The food trucks– These are a Seaside staple and believe me you will want to try every one of them. These are great for a quick lunch or dinner and are located in the town center so it’s nice to sit outside and enjoy the sight seeing. My personal favorite is The Melt Down which is gourmet grilled cheeses made anyway you like. Need I say more? Others include shaved ice, BBQ, smoothies, Thai, and juices.
  • 30A Cafe– O. my. goodness. This was probably our favorite dinner of the trip. And when I say probably I mean most definitely. The food was absolutely incredible and the service was even better. Except the banana beignets might top all of that. It really was a great experience all around and I highly recommend this place!
  • Great Southern Cafe– We quickly discovered that this was THE place in town to go and for good reason! The gouda grits and every-flavored mojitos were my 2 favorites but the entire menu looks amazing! I suggest going for breakfast or brunch to beat the crowds during the evening.
  • Donut Hut– You know sis loves her donuts so naturally we tried the only donut shop in town which just so happened to be across the street from us. Ok fine we might have visited it almost every day. It’s just THAT good. If you have never tried a maple bacon donut, well now is your chance! They also have kolaches, danishes, and some other breakfast food.
  • Bud and Alley’s– Looking for a great place to watch the sunset and enjoy a great cocktail? This is a great place! The good is amazing as well as you can tell by the crowds. Go early and don’t mind the crowds because it is such a fun place to be. They also have a pizza and taco bar located right next door!

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 Besides the beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal blue water there is SO much more to do and see! If you are like me I can’t just lay on a beach, I like to explore and still get my tan on while being active. Here are a few of my favorite things around town.

  • Bike Riding– The number one form of transportation to get around town and to the beach is going to be by way of bikes. My favorite thing to do is bike around the neighborhoods of multi-colored beach cottages. It really is like riding past homes plucked straight off of Pinterest, y’all! This is a no brainer that you must do! Also if you enjoy early morning bike rides to get your morning brew, Amavida is located in the town square and is a must! This quickly became my favorite morning ritual.
  • Paddle Boarding– It is the thing to do here! It is a little more tricky than paddleboarding on a lake but if you are looking for a fun challange and are bored of laying around on the beach, this is a fun, and pretty cheap alternative!
  • Town Events– The town square has events going on most nights. From outdoor movies, to concerts, to live bands, there is always something! That’s why you must spend at least one night (if not every night) in the town square just to experience everything going on and all of the yummy food to boot! Fun fact: I got to be in a music video that they were taping one morning. So basically I’m famous, y’all 😉
  • Shopping– You know I couldn’t end this blog post without telling y’all about where to get your shop on! The town square has so many cute boutiques and pop up shops but let me warn you they are pretty pricey. A girl can window shop though right?! If you are looking for a more budget friendly option, Destin is pretty close and has a great outlet mall! Rainy beach days call for shopping!

If you plan to go to Seaside and have any more questions on where to stay or what to do, please feel free to reach out. Fair warning: I might be pretty persistent on wanting to tag along in your suitcase. I know I can’t wait to go back and it is a place that I will bring my family to for years to come!

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Seaside, FL Vacation Guide | How to Navigate 30A | Rosemary Beach | It's All Chic To Me

Towel | Swimsuit

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Jumpsuit | Hat

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The Right Romper For You

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

Tie Front Romper | It's All Chic To Me

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I’m gonna start off by saying that whoever came up with the saying “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” obviously had not discovered rompers yet. I consider rompers the baby sister to jumpsuits. Jumpsuits made a big appearance this year, primarily for the cooler weather and now that the warm weather is here, it’s time for the rompers to make their debut! Jumpsuits and rompers are essentially an adult onesie. Whoever said “if babies can pull them off why don’t we design a more stylish version and market this to adults” was a genius and I would personally shake their hand if I had the chance to meet them!

If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, I can assure you, you are missing out. They are so comfortable, functional, and are the next best thing to pajamas. The best part about this trend is that there are rompers for all occasions and personality types. Depending on the shoes and cut, rompers can be worn to music festivals, getting dressed up, to the beach, or just a casual weekend spent relaxing. If you aren’t sold yet, I’ve rounded up all of my favorite rompers for you that won’t break the bank below. Wanting more inspiration? Here is another post that I did for a summer inspired jumpsuit.

The Romper break down:

  • The trend setter– This isn’t your run of the mill romper. These types of rompers take seeking out and probably paying a bit more for. Anything with cut outs, plunging necklines, a tie-front, scallops, or embroidery would fit into this category. Nordstrom and Revolve are my go-tos for the most trendy attire. Pair this one with gladiator sandals and a summer hat and you will be set! This is my favorite.
  • The “almost pajamas”– Everybody needs one of these to throw on on the weekends to run to the grocery or lounge around in. This is a lot more socially acceptable to wear to Walmart than your spongebob pajamas and much cuter too.
  • Barely there– These are the super short, skinny-strapped, open back, or off-the-shoulder rompers. Wear these to the beach or in the heat of the summer. They are also great for cover ups! To dress them up a bit you can also pair with gladiator sandals and a summer hat.
  • Pish Posh- Things here get a bit fancier. Think sequins, lace, or a nicer material. This type of romper is for events such as ladies night, dinner, an evening out, or a party. Dress up this romper a bit more with heels and some gold jewelry.
  • Bold prints– Florals are huge right now especially with all of the festival wear in full force. Other bold patterns include stripes and tribal prints. Pair these with round sunglasses, a fringe cross-body purse, thin jewelry and you are ready for Coachella! If I go next year, I will be bringing this one along with me.

If you find a romper or jumpsuit that you love, don’t forget to tag me (@itsallchictome) so that I can see how you styled it! Believe it or not, I definitely get inspiration from you guys too!

 On a side note I will be romping my way all the way to Florida today for a long overdue family vacation! If you would like to see our adorable little place and my family’s funny jokes make sure you are following me on Snapchat (shelbiadams).

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Spring Flowy Dress

Spring has officially kicked off and I could not be happier to pull out all of my warm weather clothes! Anyone else with me? My closet always seems a little less cheerful during the winter. Winter is known for darker colors and heavier materials. As soon as Spring hits, I push all of those dark Winter clothes aside and bring out the bright colors, florals, and lighter weight clothes. I would take the heat over the cold ANY day. Probably for the best because I don’t foresee moving away from Texas any time soon and we pretty much live in the heat down here!

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This past weekend I attended the Houston Symphony for the first time. One bucket list item checked off and 1000 more to go. While the symphony was amazing, I think my favorite part about the entire night was that I got to get dressed up. That never happens anymore it seems like so any chance that I can wear a nice dress and I am in!

This dress. Let me start off by saying I think that it has earned the spot as my favorite in my closet. The detailing on it is amazing! From the bright colors to the fun length to the beaded collar, this dress makes a statement and I felt like a celebrity wearing it. I like to think that it says business in the front, party in the back. But mostly just party all around 😉

I am so mad that when I bought this dress and shoes a couple of weeks ago that they were available online, but since then they are sold out everywhere. I have linked a similar dress option for you guys but unfortunately it is a little pricey. What do you guys think of this “high-low” trend? I personally am loving it! I have also linked several gorgeous pink shoe options for Spring below.

Photography by: Kamden Photography

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Where I learned To Thrive

As I promised, I wanted to do a full recap of my very first blog conference that I attended last weekend. Since I am still a newb to this whole blogging venture, I had so many people dumbfounded when I told them I was heading to a blog conference for the weekend. I got reactions like “Wait, bloggers have their own conventions?” or “What do you do at these things?”. I know it might seem like us bloggers just hop on any old computer and spill our guts on whatever tickles our fancy for that day but that really could be further from the truth. I used to think the same thing 6 months ago. Then once I actually embarked on this blogging venture I quickly learned that it takes a lot more behind the scenes work than you could ever imagine. I even did my research before I started this blog and nothing could have prepared me for how much work, knowledge, technical skills, creativity, and upkeep goes into a blog. So yes, it did take a full day to cram a whole lot of blogger tips and tricks into one conference and I’m sharing my biggest takeaways.

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There were so many great speakers and I learned something from every single one of them. That just shows you how much there is to all of this blogging stuff! The speakers covered topics such as social media growth, blogger photography tips, working with sponsors, Google Analytics, SEO, and how to use Pinterest. My journal was torn up with notes on all of the things I should be doing yet had no idea were even a thing! Being a newb in this blogging game is overwhelming at times with there being such a steep learning curve but that’s what drives me to keep learning and improving. I have something that I have created on my own and let’s me share with the world something I otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to do. So here are my biggest takeaways from the conference.

  1. Remember why you started– Alissa Circle hit us with this thought right off the bat. It’s such an easy thing to forget when things get overwhelming and stressful but at the end of the day I love being able to have It’s All Chic To Me as a creative outlet and source of passion.
  2. Big things have small beginnings– Started from the bottom now we here? Don’t tell me you didn’t think the same thing. Well it’s true. You aren’t going to gain 100k followers overnight or suddenly become “blog famous”. It takes time, diligence and consistency. I can hear my mother’s voice now chiming in “patience is key”. Yea yea yea.
  3. Be authentic– In a world so saturated with bloggers and information being thrown at you from every form of social media, people crave honesty and someone they can connect with. Transparency is key, yet finding some sort of balance between perfect and imperfection.
  4. Saying no is ok– This one is a hard one for me. I like to think of myself as a “yes girl”. I try not to say no to many things. Why? Because YOLO, thats why. Well when it comes to blogging I’ve learned that you become a source for advertisement and that means all kinds of brands and companies are going to want to use your platform as a place to advertise their products, whether thats something you would normally support or not. It is then my job to say if I want that product or content on my blog. Saying no to new opportunities, free products, and potentially some sort of payout are hard, but in the end well worth it if it means not supporting a brand you don’t believe in and in turn saving yourself from sacrificing your authenticity.
  5. Stay humble– It’s funny how so many of my friends and peers have already jokingly told me “Don’t forget me when you make it big”. This baffles me because I know how much support all of you give me to keep writing and posting and it is that motivation alone that keeps me going on this crazy venture So don’t worry, I plan on bringing all of you with me, maybe virtually, but I promise you that WHEN I make it big, you guys will be the ones making it with me!
  6. Community over competition– I know I’m beating a dead horse here (if you’ve read any of my recent posts) but it really is true. It is amazing to me the depth of knowledge that some of these ladies are packing. I could have sat in that conference room and just absorbed every bit of information each girl spewed out. The ladies that I have had the privilege of meeting and doing life with are the ones who have helped me get to where I am. There is room in this world for all of us to thrive, so let’s get out and do it! O and check out my Thrive Tribe 🙂

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Roselyn – The Style_Lynn Kind | Brittany – Hello Honey | Hope – Tassels and Tabbies | Erin – Style Spies

Margret – Style the Girl | Sara – Haute and Humid | Dede – Dress Up Buttercup | Me – It’s All Chic to Me | Dawn – Dawn P. Darnell

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Sweater Weather Wishes

It might be 75 degrees in Houston today but that sure wasn’t the case last week and I wouldn’t be surprised if it snows next week (kidding!). So today’s outfit is in hopes that Houston isn’t done with the winter weather quite yet! Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t be opposed to pulling out my spring clothes but I feel like we just put them away less than 2 months ago. My winter clothes would be jealous if they only got to come out of hiding for such a short time. 🙂

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These velour pants were my proudest find after the J Crew fall clearance sale. I scored them along with a few other pairs for $7. No, I didn’t leave a digit off of that price tag! They seemed too good to be true and I still think that they are. I wear them almost once a week to work while its cold because they are so comfortable and warm. Their rich color makes them a triple threat! I’ve linked a similar, more expensive pair below but I highly recommend hitting up your local outlet mall to find a pair. Since we are heading into spring, most stores have their winter stuff on major sale and I have seen these velour pants at many stores!

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These booties were a splurge this season and well worth every penny. If I had a dollar for every compliment I have received I could buy another pair! I know the price tag is pretty big but if you are looking for some high quality booties I would highly recommend these. I always try to link a cheaper option for you as well so here are some very similar booties for only $38.

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I hope you all are enjoying your week. It’s a four day work week for me which is exciting but somehow my short weeks seem to be my busiest! Anyone else have that problem? Last night I had a blog event, tonight I have bible study and tomorrow I have wine club, but I can’t complain because I secretly love being busy!

Photography By: Kamden Photography

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