So as most of you already know, we went back home to the South in early January. It was lovely! It was so nice catching up with friends and family. We first landed in Louisiana and met up with Chad’s family to celebrate Chad’s dad’s graduation. We went to a delicious seafood place and I grabbed the crawfish ravioli. It was to die for!
The next day we drove to Florida, where Chad’s parents live and my parents live.
I finally had the opportunity to meet baby Sterling, my sister’s little boy. He is the cutest! Such a happy, friendly baby. I was a little nervous to hold him but with a little time I got through it haha.
For brunch on that Monday, my sister, mom, Chad and I all went to a little whole in the wall cafe. We ended up all getting sandwiches of some sort. I ordered the grilled cheese (classic), my sister got the ruben sandwich, my mom got a grilled chicken sandwich, and Chad ordered the doubled cheeseburger. We also got a side order of mac n cheese bites to share. Those were quite tasty!!
After brunch, my sister had to leave to go to work, and so my mom and I decided to hit Seaside by ourselves. It such an amazing town. It’s so cute. The buidldings are all fun colors, the people are nice and there are so many different places to eat and shop!
The first store went into was called Dejavu. It’s a really cute bohemain themed store, and luckily the day we went in there was a huge sale. Score!
For a bit of background about the store: “Owner, Stephanie Carter decided to chase her passion of fashion and when she was 21 years old she sold her mustang for $4,OOO and started her own clothing retail business called Deja Vu. Brimming with ambition and determination, she hit the road and began selling young women’s apparel at Alabama country clubs and sorority houses from Auburn to Tuscalooa.
With an uncanny eye for fashion and a devotion to customer satisfaction, Stephanie soon found herself with a loyal following. Stephanie feels that her customers who are not locals to the beaches where her stores are located would also want to follow her “style-eye” and this is how her online store came to be.”
In the back of the store they have the cutest dressing room. You go through a telephone booth to eventually find a dressing room.
Perfect for a photo op.Not in the Seaside area? You can still enjoy Dejavu’s clothing through their online shop, found here.
Our next stop was the glassware, art gallery, called Fusion. My family and I are huge fans of neat glass pieces. My mom has several glass statues that she has set around the house, I’m starting to get a collection myself as well.
There were so many pieces to look at at this shop. I came across a really cool, red candle votive. It’ll make a great addition to our mantle at home.
After a few photo ops along the walkway, we decided to stop in Sundog Books. My mom had talked up this place a lot prior to my visit so I was super excited to see it for myself.
They had a large assortment of books, notebooks, journals, post cards and even coloring books. The people who worked there were really nice and helpful and offered recommendations.
Right above the book store was this small record store, called Central Square Records. It was quite adorable! It was probably my favorite store stop of our trip.
I’ve been thinking about getting a record player myself. I love how they look and think that it would look great in the living room. I can just picture having a dinner party with the record player playing some smooth jazz. Doesn’t that sound nice? I really want one haha.
After the market my mom and I got a hankering for something sweet, so we stopped at the Dawson’s Yogurt and Fudgeworks store. They had a crazy amount of varieties of fudge. We tried several and then finally decided on this toffee and peanut butter flavored kind. It melted in our mouths, quite delicious.
We then walked around for a bit and came across a slew of food trailers. They were each cute with how they were set up. There was a variety of different food places, including a juicery and a chilli dog stand.
Our last stop on our trip was the Shrimp Shack. It was a perfect location, right on the water with a perfect look over the ocean.
We went into the shack and asked the waiter what they were known for. They immeidately said the lobster rolls. So we decided to order a lobster roll with a side of fresh oysters. I haven’t had oysters in so long, and these really hit the spot. They slid right down. The lobster roll was delicious. It was perfectly buttery with a hint of garlic that really brought out the flavor of the lobster. Mom and I had great conversation. We caught each other up on our lives, our dreams. We talked about everything from our thoughts on the bachelor, to our dreams for the future. It was really nice.
The trip to Seaside was lovely. I feel so lucky that mom decided to take me to her special place. It was a great time and a trip that I’m going to remember for a long time.