Palm Beach + The Colony Travel Diary

Friday, August 10, 2018






Every year my husband and I set some time aside to travel with friends. His past couple boy trips were Bachelor Party weekends {we are in our 30's after all} and mine have been with different friends from all over. I love this time to reconnect, catch up and drink lots and lots of champagne! If you have been following for a while, you might remember I did Seattle with Jonilyn last year, and New York City with my friends Kiki and Noelle the year before that. It is always such a treat!

STAY

Let's begin with the very reason why we ended up in Palm Beach: The Colony Hotel. This place is insanely girly and beautiful. When I think of Palm Beach I think of pink, palm prints and pastels. This hotel was all of that and more. We were welcomed with a glass of champagne upon checking in and quickly made our way to out room...I was so curious to see which room we would be getting since they are all different. I fell in love with the matching drapery and upholstery and the deep blue tones of the decor. 

The reception was one of my favorite sections, lots of color, light and print-mixing. 



And wallpaper everywhere! I am so obsessed with wallpaper right now.  I just can't seem to get my husband on board...yet.







This was the hallway to our room. Each story has a different pastel color and the same palm tree carpeting. So adorable!



We enjoyed champagne by the pool on Saturday morning and did some quick swimming before heading into town for lunch.




Blue is one of my favorite colors when it comes to home decor {white is most definitely my # 1}. Loved the printed canopy draped over our beds. So dramatic and pretty!




DO

This is where things got interesting for us. Remember I said above we booked Palm Beach based on The Colony Hotel and that's it? Well, I did not really research things to do and much to our shock this place is a ghost town. A VERY BEAUTIFUL, highly curated and perfectly manicured ghost town, but just about as lonely as it gets. Every store was closed by 5:00 PM on Friday. On Saturday we made our way to lunch and most places were closed again with very few people {if any} walking the streets. It was so strange to see a town so deserted in the middle of summer.

 We weren't planing on heading to bars or anything crazy so it worked out just fine for us, we were able to grab dinner both nights and go for nice walks in the mornings. 


One of the stores we did find open was Roller Rabbit, I got the cutest swimsuit cover up for our upcoming trip to Playa del Carmen. 



The lonely city did not bother me at all during my coffee walks in the morning. A saw a few people fishing and a girl dancing proudly to her salsa music. Such lovely sights. 








EAT


The first night we had dinner at Ta-Boo Restaurant. It's quite dark, with lots of bamboo and strong drinks. Service was really good and they actually had a happy hour menu...albeit they do make you sit at the back of the restaurant if you are there for that haha.

The next day we walk over to Surf Side Diner for lunch. It had great reviews so we decided to give it a try. Food was delicious and came out rather quickly. The day I landed in Florida was my last day on Whole30 so you better believe I devoured my veggie burger!


For our last night in town we decided to get dressed up and do dinner at BICE. I tried making a reservation ahead of time but they were booked. Luckily we spoke to the concierge back at our hotel and he was able to get us in at our desired time. The restaurant was beautiful. Think 70's furniture in ivory and gold tones with white flowy drapery everywhere. The food was absolutely delicious down to the last bite. It was my favorite meal in Palm Beach.  


WEAR


You probably already know what I'm going to say right? 
  • Pastel Colors
  • Bathing Suit
  • Simple Make-Up
  • Sunglasses {very bright even when it's cloudy}
  • Cute Sandals
  • Comfy outfit for morning walks 
That's all folks! Hope you enjoyed my little travel diary. On our last day we had brunch at Cafe Boulud and tossed ideas around about where to go next. We might be heading to a more rural destination for 2019, cannot wait!

Happy Friday :)
Nicole 





My Favorite Linen Jumpsuits

Wednesday, August 8, 2018






When it comes to getting dressed for the weekend, easy does it. I usually go for pieces I can't wear to the office {like shorts or mini dresses} but lately I've been all about linen and jumpsuits...love the easiness of a throw-and-go piece of clothing. I got this striped linen jumpsuit about two months ago and brought it with me to Japan, wore it to breakfast one morning during our cruise and has been my go-to when I change after work to go meet friends for dinner or run errands during the weekday. If you're getting a neutral color just make sure you stick to plain nude underwear, these are my favorite bra and panties. I linked a few of my current favorite jumpsuits below, I wish it was it my budget to just buy them all! 

Happy Wednesday!
xx, Nicole 



One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six 

Transitioning Into Fall: The Nude Lace Up

Monday, July 30, 2018









Top // Skirt {similar} // Shoes // Bag 

As summer is slowly coming to an end I am starting to see more and more fall items pop into my favorite stores. I am always so mindful when I'm shopping at this time of the year because I know that whatever I buy I'll only be able to wear for a few weeks before I switch gears to an autumn color palette. I love items such as these lace up loafers from Sperry because I can wear now with summer outfits {such as this linen look} and later with plaid pants and a sweater. You guys would not believe how comfortable these shoes are! Very cushioned and with great support for my high arches; the fit runs true to size. I also love the buttery soft leather and the fact that I was able to wear these straight out of the box without hurting my feet. 

If you are more into casual styles, I love these, these and these. Sneakers are always great purchases because they can be worn year round. If you're like me and would like to start dabbing into Fall styles, they I would do some classic booties, pretty suede, rain boots or classic boat shoes {love the stripes!}. There is no such thing as shopping too early for next season!

xx, Nicole

*Thank you Sperry for sponsoring this post. 


Wanderlust with Cristina Ramella

Tuesday, July 24, 2018










Dress // Cuff // Shoes // Bag 

Major case of wanderlust? You'll love this brand. Inspired by her travels, Cristina Ramella designs pieces that celebrate cultures and places around the world. I was very excited to partner up with her for this feature. As you might have noticed on my style posts, I prefer yellow gold tones and simple lines for my everyday jewelry so when this bracelet made it to my door I was beyond happy to see it was a piece I could wear every day.

My cuff arrived securely wrapped in a thick fabric snap case and inside a beautifully designed box. The fabric case is perfect for packing the piece securely when I’m not wearing it or during my trips. I’m also obsessed with these earrings and this necklace. Very classic style while still making a statement.

What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
xx, Nicole
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