Floridada

“Flori, Flori, Flori, Flori, Florida
FloriDada, FloriDada” ~ Animal Collective

Quit a different view from Colorado, isn’t it? I exchanged my jeans and boots for shorts and flip-flops. Gosh, I love the beach. There is something about it that makes me feel right at home.

Here’s a quick recap of my week in St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Clearwater, FL.

~morning chia yogurt bowl with the sweetest of strawberries~

~Sunshine Skyview Bridge on my way into Sarasota~

~my happy place~

~Siesta Key – white sands <3~

~meeting with Kumar at one of the most beautiful beaches in the US~

~dinner at Flavio’s – Tagliolini Neri~

~Unconditional Surrender~

~this spot in downtown St. Pete~

~Historic Old Northeast~

~tacos at Casita. need I say more?~

~Thursday night beach walk in Treasure Island~

~the most gorgeous sunset…~

~night-blooming cereus~

~no stranger to cocktails here, I actually ate at Red Mesa Cantina~

~all day beach day in Clearwater~

~last cocktail of the week, the Watermelon Smash at Noble Crust~

This was my third trip to St. Petersburg, and it was definitely different from my last few visits. It goes without saying that I enjoyed the sunny skies and warm temps, morning runs on the water, meeting with friends and making new ones, but it was very emotional, and, at times, a bit somber. All in all my visit to the Sunshine State was extremely eye-opening and beautiful. Getting to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen made this whole experience worthwhile.

Goodbye, St. Petersburg…for now!

Rocky Mountain High

“And the Colorado rocky mountain high
I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky
You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply
Rocky mountain high” ~ John Denver

From a head cold and snow to a miraculous recovery and sunny skies, Le Ann and I had the most incredible four days together. Here are some of the highlights.

~ best chai latte ever here ~

~ Colorado Springs Art on the Streets ~

~ green smoothie bowls ~

~ our favorite rock at Garden of the Gods ~

~ Story Coffee Co. ~

~ dinner at Four by Brother Luck was simply amazing – Serrano Jamon Wrapped Shrimp ~

~ Tamaya Blue Cornbread ~

~ San Luis Valley Potato Salad ~

~ Run to the Shrine at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ~

~ giraffes are my spirit animal ~

~ Paleo Power Bowl at Ola Juice Bar ~

~ we back! ~

~ killer brunch at Linger – Devils on Horseback ~

~ Ginger Collins ~

~ Adobo Pork Benedict #likeaboss ~

~ rooftop bar ~

Till next time Colorado!

Travel Essentials

VACATION! Today, I am flying out to the Centennial State, aka Colorful Colorado. It’s been just shy of a year since I have seen my BFF, Le Ann, and I am super excited!

After this sweet venture to the middle of the country, I am traveling to the west coast of Florida. With only a carry-on and backpack, and two completely different climates, I am certainly presented with a packing challenge. Though weather extremes make it difficult to pack light, there is always room for these travel staples no matter where I go in the world.

1. Eo Hand Sanitizer – I will not travel without hand sanitizer. Period. This travel size from Eo fits nicely into your bag or purse and smells really good too.

2. Sea Bands – Only in the past few years I’ve started to get motion sickness on planes. The half hour descending part of the flight is my worst nightmare. Instead of taking drugs that make me groggy, I started using Sea Bands. The band fits tightly on your wrist and a ball on the inside applies pressure to a pressure point relieving nausea. I tend to keep mine on before the flight and after until I get to my destination. They have helped tremendously!

3. Flents Super Sleep Ear Plugs – Sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep in new places, and have found ear plugs work great. I like these because they are shorter in length, don’t fall out, and are comfortable. Plus, they come with a little travel case. If you have smaller ears, these are a good pick.

4. Sun Bum SPF 30 Lotion & Face Stick – Gotta block! Sun Bum is a super product. I also love the smell, it takes you right to the beach. The face stick is great to have on hand for all day protection, and won’t cause blemishes.

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Stick Packs – Collagen Peptides from Vital Proteins are my jam! I use this product every day. I love that they came out with single serving pouches so I can take it with me on the go.

6. Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream – Fortunately most hotels, and my friends, have blow-dryers, but for those times you just don’t want to do anything, Beach Babe is where it’s at. Just apply to wet hair for some body and texture, and let it air dry.

7. Old Navy Luxe Curved-Hem Tank – If you don’t have these tunic style tanks I highly recommend them. They’re great for layering, easy to throw on, and go with any outfit. Stellar buy! (oops, no pic, already packed)

Now that I am all packed up and ready to go, I’m standing here outside your door, I hate to wake you up… OK enough of that.

I hope that you find some of these products making their way into your bag on your next venture. Do you pack travel essentials? What are your favorites? Share in the comments below!

Have a wonderful week, guys!
xx Tammy