Family Vacation Style

Last month, we went on an awesome Florida family vacation. August may not be the ideal time to visit Florida, it’s a bit hot there and rain showers often interrupt the afternoons. But, we took the kids to Disney 2 years ago in August, and it was hot, but not unbearable. The good thing was that many schools across the country are back in session by mid-month, and the theme park crowds are down. So, we decided to do it again, but this time our focus was on the Universal parks.


Nothing like wine in plastic cups! We stayed on the Universal property at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. It was perfect. Fun, retro theming, great pools, and the best part was the family suite. We love a hotel room that has a separate sleeping and living area so that Jason and I don’t have to hide in the bathroom drinking wine when the kids go to bed. The resort is considered one of Universal’s “value” resorts, so it was reasonably priced to boot! This was my travel day outfit – a comfy knit tie-dye maxi dress by Ya Los Angeles.


My theme park/state fair/hot-day-with-a-lot-of-walking-involved “uniform” is a foldover knit skirt and a t-shirt. It’s relatively cool and definitely comfortable. And, it’s easy to get on and off rides! I find the skirts at Old Navy and Target. They seem to mostly be out of stock now, but both stores should have them again in the spring. The skirts are inexpensive and I wear them often, on days when I want to be extra comfortable. My shoes were a big fail. I don’t even remember the brand. I wore them for our Disney trip and didn’t remember having any trouble, but after one day this time around my heels had enormous blisters. We picked up some of these blister Band-Aids and were on our way. I highly recommend them! Needless to say, the shoes tore up my feet and they did not make the trip home with me. I tend to put my hair in silly pigtail braids. It keeps my hair off my neck and contains the frizz caused by the insane Florida humidity. Kind of juvenile I guess, but it’s vacation!


Universal was awesome! We shared some butter beer, watched the kids cast some spells, and the boys gave me some fashion advice. Big thumbs down for the Transformers dress. Go figure.


At Kennedy Space Center, we met an astronaut! You can’t see it, but I’m wearing the James Perse dress that I blogged about here. Kennedy Space Center was much bigger and hotter (lots of walking outside between exhibits) than I thought it would be. Next time, I’d stick with my uniform above. I did give my feet a break on this day, opting for my beloved Target sandals.


We also managed to fit in a day at Walt Disney World. We had some old, unexpired passes, so we spent a few hours at Epcot, then another couple hours at the Magic Kingdom. It worked out really well. Since we had just been there a couple years ago, we focused on the boys’ favorites, and did not feel pressured to fit too much in. The shorts and top were from J. Crew. I’m a fan of their shorts!

After wearing ourselves out at theme parks for four days, we drove up to Jacksonville to visit my sister and her family for a more laidback few days.


I wore this dress to the Jacksonville Zoo. It is by Lili Bleu and I got it at Stephanie’s a few years ago. It is knit, with kind of a crepe layer over the front part of the skirt, creating pockets!


Sam was helping me practice my poses!


Sam is wearing an epic cat taco and cat burrito shirt from Target. I don’t even know where to start, it’s just awesome.


For a day trip to St. Augustine, I wore my previously blogged about Collective Concepts romper. We weren’t going to be doing a ton of walking, so I wore my Halogen wedges. That turned out to be a bad choice because the rain came early that day, and wet feet plus wedges were not kind to the soles of my feet.


Finally, I wore my Nicole Miller ruched jersey dress on the flight back. I don’t think I was as tired as I look in this photo, but after 10 days away, we were happy to get home!

Between our fun in Orlando and our quality time with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, it was a great trip!

I try to pack fairly light for a trip like this. I only brought 1 purse. I brought 4 pairs of shoes, but wore them all. In retrospect, I should have skipped the black wedges. I only wore them once, and I only wore them that day because I felt like I should at least once. The fourth pair was flip flops for pool and beach time. I did pack a couple extra outfits. With the heat, I thought I might want to change some evenings after a long day outside. Overall, I was happy with what I had with me(aside from the awful shoes), and did not over-pack, too much anyway!


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