Naples Florida-A Great Relaxing Vacation Destination

Naples combines the allure of Florida beaches, exceptional restaurants, and fabulous shopping in one town, making it a great destination for a tropical vacation.  It isn’t classic Florida, but, in my bias opinion, it offers the best of Florida with a more sophisticated twist.  Everything is, there’s not better way to say, relaxing and nice.  Wether it’s walking the miles of white sandy beaches and swimming is mildly calm waters, or spending the day out shopping at the many unique stores around town, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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The main beach in old Naples.  It stretches across the whole town and includes an iconic pier.  The beach is public but is never super busy.  

Once you soak up enough of the sun, there are plenty of great places to walk around and shop.  5th Ave is the most popular street and offers a lot of fun restaurants and quant shops to walk into.  3rd Street is another hot spot, along with Waterside shops which is chock full and higher end flagships and department stores.

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3rd Street is a popular destination who’s shops include Lilly Pulitzer, the Island Company and 3 huge Tommy Bahama stores.  

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Waterside Shops which features many well know stores, along with lesser known boutiques.  Window shopping is just as fun here and the fountains surrounding the squares are beautiful.   

The restaurants in Naples are truly exceptional and there is a wide range of options.  My all time favorites include the modern Persian restaurant called Bha! Bha! and the quant provencal restaurant called Blue Provence.  However, there are plenty of options to soot anybodies taste.  It’s also great to be able to sit outside on the patio or street side.

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One of my favorite dishes ever, Persian Haleem, from Bha! Bha!.  It’s a roasted eggplant dip that’s eaten with pita bread.   

 

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Apricot orange peel Persian Ice Cream from Bha! Bha!.  Persian ice cream is unlike any ice cream you’ve ever had.  It’s a must try!

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The decor at Bha! Bha! is modern, pleasing, yet cultural at the same time.  And yes, there is outside sitting right on 5th Ave.   

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Bleu Provence offers traditionally prepared French cuisine in a classic setting.  Here, I have the country paté which is prepared with an apricot purée.    

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The classic chocolate profiteroles that embody the best of french pastry baking.  All the deserts are great, but the profiteroles are absolutely fabulous.  

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The patio at Bleu Provence is extremely welcoming and comfortable.  It aspires to be a traditional french garden with a homey feel.  

You really can’t go wrong with anything in Naples as it truly is a great vacation town.  I highly recommend checking it out if your planning on going to Florida, or if you are still looking for somewhere to go for spring break.

3rd street shops: http://thirdstreetsouth.com

5th Ave: http://www.fifthavenuesouth.com

Waterside shops: http://www.watersideshops.com

Bha! Bha!: http://bhabhabistro.com

Bleu Provence: http://www.bleuprovencenaples.com/dinner

 

 

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Seasonal treads- Winter

I’ve decided to try something new.  Instead of focusing on random clothes that I like every month, I’m going to focus more on general trends in the fashion world and how haute couture houses set the example for what everyone else buys.  The goal is to have one every season.

I was recently flipping through a couple of high end fashion magazines when I started to sense my usually envious feeling of desire while gazing at the beautiful craftsmanship of the clothes being advertised, in addition to the clothes being written about.  However, one thing that I’ve learned recently, thanks to this blog and the research that I’ve done, is that everyone who cares about what they wear should be thankful each and every season for the innovative shows and campaigns put on by our favorite fanastical brands.  They are the ones that shape what we wear and ensure that there are always new styles available to try.  The clothes are beautiful, but I don’t believe that jealously is key since it is gratitude that we owe to the companies that make the clothes of our dreams.

Today, more than ever, funky, trending and fashionable clothes are readily available thanks to the development of mega fast-fashion brands.  Although the quality isn’t always there, people can have fun buying designer inspired styles at a tiny fraction of the price.  Higher end brands are much more accessible due to online shopping as deals seem to be much more frequent.  Shoppers can continuously (like me) scout out deals all over the internet.

With that being said, these posts will focus on high end trends and how they can be accessible to anyone.

This month’s issue of Vogue had a piece about different extreme sizes of handbags ranging from minuscular to giant.  Their point was that any different size bag can make a big statement to any outfit.

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I love the idea of tiny bags.  They are super cute and convient when you don’t need to carry around a ton.  This one here is a Chloé bracelet bag that can double as a wristlet and a bracelet.  For more affordable small purses, I’d check out Kate Spade as they have a wide variety of colorful accessories. The sale section is very reasonable and it’s easy to find great steals.  

 

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Here is an example of a beautiful oversized trunk purse from Gucci.  I love the floral colors as they make any outfit pop.  

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We all probably wish we had that Gucci bag, but there are plenty of other bags that are similar sizes and styles.  This is a Lodis bag from Nordstrom’s that comes in both tan and black.  Find it here: keep://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lodis-audrey-brera-leather-briefcase/3900755?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLACK

 

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Another fabulous extreme is an oversized eccentric tote bag such as this Balenciaga.  You might not need to carry around a ton of stuff, but it can still work as a great accessory.  

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Here is a more reasonable alternative.  This is an Truss woven tote.  Find it here: https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/699360/truss.triptych-woven-raffia-effect-tote

Pictures: Vogue February 2017, A Tale of Two Bags