travel diary: sunshine + flowers in palm beach

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You guys! I am in love with Palm Beach. I grew up and went to college in Florida and, somehow, had never been to PB before. I'd been to West Palm Beach but never across the bridge to this heavenly spot. I really wanted to make the trip for my birthday and am so glad I did! At some point during the trip, I made a comment that Palm Beach was like me in the form of a city and I'm sticking to that!

The drive in is pretty typical Florida, but once you get down to Worth Avenue, it honestly feels like you're in Italy. There are so many great shops, you could spend the whole day browsing and still not see everything! 

One thing I really loved was that everyone we saw looked super chic. I swear, I saw so many beautiful dresses, I wish LikeToKnow.it was something I could use in real life! 

Between browsing all of the gorgeous shops, we had the most delicious lunch at Pizza al Fresco. Margherita pizza, verde salad, and an aperol spritz! The perfect meal for a hot day. The restaurant was super cute too. We sat outdoors and got to enjoy our water in these beautiful blue glasses.

I'll be doing a full post on where to eat and shop, but I want to mention how much I loved the Aerin store. It was one of those places where I wished I could literally buy every single thing. 

We ended up buying an adorable vintage picnic basket and ice bucket from The Church Mouse as well as the cutest popcorn bowl from Kate Spade. After shopping, we drove around for a bit looking at houses. There was one in particular that completely stole my heart. It was this beautiful Italian style villa with mint shutters and olive trees. I ended up finding it online and found out it was originally built in 1930. Look at the photos here! How beautiful is that?

We ended the day at Royal Poinciana Plaza (and a quick beach stop) where I lived out my Audrey Hepburn fantasy by posing on a vintage Vespa from the 60s. One thing that pleasantly surprised me about Palm Beach was the amount of fantastic contemporary art! I saw a Hunt Slonem piece in the window of a gallery on Worth Avenue and some gorgeous work at the Fritz Gallery, too. 

I loved how at home I felt in Palm Beach! It really felt like the New York of the South which, if you ask me, is about as perfect as it gets.

Have you been to Palm Beach?