St. Augustine’s 450th – Labor Day


Happy Saturday from your guest blogger here, Camille Dupree!

This is my second go around on Shauna’s fantastic blog and I’m really excited to share it with you. Over Labor Day weekend I had the opportunity to take a two day trip away from my beautiful home in Tampa and head across the state to St. Augustine, FL. Along with my friend, Brittany, we made the 3 hour drive across Florida not knowing all of the cool things we would stumble across on this trip.

We checked into a great little bed and breakfast called Castle Gardens that happened to be the former carriage house for Ripley’s mansion before it became the Ripley Museum. How cool is that?
On our drive into historic St. Augustine we noticed it was heavily decorated with flags and banners. We had no idea we came to St. Augustine the weekend of it’s 450th birthday! Get this: the king and queen of Spain were there that week as part of the celebration. Crazy. No, I did not see them or ride on a float in their parade BUT I like to think it’s pretty cool that I was there.

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Sunday evening we spent roaming St. George Street and strolling in and out of restaurants, bars, and unique little shops.
I would highly suggest checking out the following places if you are ever in the area:
Red Pineapple (a super cute boutique)
The Hyppo – a really cool popsicle shop (I suggest the pineapple/cilantro pop…it’s all the noms)
The St. George Tavern
Bunnery Bakery and Cafe
Artsy Abode – another great boutique
Local Heros Bar & Grill
and of course Castle Garden

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On Monday morning we had a leisurely start. We had breakfast at the Castle Garden, packed up our stuff, loaded up the car, and headed out for day of walking around the historic city.
We spent some time walking down by the water where they have pirate ships. Yep. Pirate ships. Naturally we wandered out onto the docks and found a dock to sit on and watch the water life happen. We spent a full hour or more just sitting on that dock watching the tourists, the boats, the fish, and the St. Augustine life go by.

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Don’t think I’ve forgotten about my outfit. Due to it being such a short trip I only took two outfits. One of them I didn’t get a single picture of. Can you tell I’m not a master fashionista like Shauna?

This outfit, however, I did. This dress is my new favorite. I snagged this cutie from American Eagle. It has a low back with crossing straps and it feels like I’m wearing pajamas. Paired with a pair of Sam & Libby sandals and a delicate turquoise necklace it comes off simple, yet stylish. I don’t know what provoked me to wear a wool hat (from Target) in the summer in Florida… Thankfully it looked super cute.

All in all, a great time was had. I highly suggest taking a trip to St. Augustine if you can make the time!
Walking around the historic area is just so beautiful. Do it, do it, do it.

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Last, but certainly not least, I got to see one of my friends, Zach, from camp who I haven’t seen in years! We’ve known each other since 5th grade and spent one week together at camp every year for at least 6 years. Despite the fact that he goes to school in Pensacola he happened to be visiting his parents right outside St. Augustine for the weekend. We met up, had lunch at the Bunnery, caught up on life, and enjoyed every bit of it.

St. Augustine, FL, you were good to me.
A big thanks to Shauna for trusting me to put something on her blog while she’s away.
A huge thanks for making me be fashionable.
You may even see me in a turtle neck this fall.

Until next time,
Camille

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