So I think I am a little late on this game, but I am so excited to have finally tried Organically Twisted in Naples. SO AMAZING!
Seriously though, if you haven’t been there yet, get on it.
According to their site, their mission “started for the love of people, our earth, life, growing and creating food.” This is very apparent in the atmosphere and the vibes within the restaurant. Everyone we came across was very energetic and friendly, and had a big smiles all around.
The restaurant was covered in beautiful art, crystals, and plants, and reggae music boomed throughout. We received some great recommendations and ordered the Avo-Loco, “Avocado, roasted sweet potato, tomato, mixed greens with garbanzo-black bean salsa & cilantro sauce” and the Mung Bean, “Mixed greens with mung beans, tortilla chips, tomato, sweet peppers and roasted sweet potato. Topped with salsa & a spicy cilantro sauce”. It was so refreshing to be able to order something healthy, organic, vegetarian, and local!
The food was nothing short of delicious and VERY filling. We were also happy to see our favorite 221 Kombucha offered there too!
They even had an adorable little kids table set up to entertain the kiddies! (How cute are those chairs?!)
Organically Twisted started out as a food truck and still serves out of the truck at various locations throughout the Naples area. They also have a permanent location on Livingston Rd. and are open Monday – Thursday 11am-6pm.
13040 Livingston Road #10 Naples, FL 34105
To see where they are at each weekend, follow them on their Facebook Page!
Organically Twisted is definitely one of my new favorite restaurants in Naples
Day two of our LA Adventure mostly consisted of playing tourists. Coffee, museums, and taking pictures of every Hollywood Star we recognized the names of.
We started off the day in Larchmont, where we grabbed a bite to eat and coffee at Go Get ‘Em Tiger. Jason said this one definitely one of his favorite stops in LA, as far as coffee goes. The shop was small but the coffee was EXACTLY what we needed. Plus, they had a really great staff who were willing to chat with us between serving their line of customers. Highly recommended.
Larchmont was a really cute area and had a lot of offer. There were tons of little shops and restaurants to eat at. We spent some time that morning strolling down and window shopping, truly taking in the atmosphere.
After that we headed to LACMA, where we spent most of our day.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art was huge, and beautiful. We honestly could have spent two whole days there looking at everything.
We spent so much time there, that we forgot to eat lunch. This made for a very grumpy Meg, so we quickly headed to our next destination: FOOD.
We went to Mama Shelter, a hotel with a great rooftop restaurant and bar.
The decor of the hotel was super funky and cool. When you walk into the bar downstairs, the ceilings are covered in art and there are huge foosball tables to play at. If we ever go back to LA, I would probably consider staying at this place because the atmosphere was awesome!
The only downside was that there was a LONG wait, and we were STARVING! So by the time we got to the table, we weren’t very happy campers. (If you ever try to get in anytime near sunset, get there EARLY!) Once we got some food, a glass of champagne or two, and took in the view… our moods quickly changed. This place was beautiful, and the food was amazing!
After getting some much needed energy, we headed into Hollywood to do the typical touristy thing. We saw the Hollywood Stars, Chinese Theatre, stuck our hands and feet where the stars did in the concrete… you know.
The moment I saw Audrey’s Star, I ran over, sat down and put my hands right on it. I couldn’t believe she was actually right there at one moment in time. Audrey Hepburn is someone that I have looked up to since I was a little girl. Not only was she beautiful, but also beautifully kind and generous. I definitely had a moment right there on that star… and I was so incredibly happy to be there.
In general, Jason and I were not huge fans of this area. It reminded us of Times Square, but we liked it a lot less.. There were lots of people, it was kind of dirty, and a little overwhelming. Once we saw the sights, we quickly headed back home for some rest.
Next Up, Day 3 in Venice and Santa Monica, and couple of ghost stories… 😉
Yes, I am one of those people. I love Disney! Being a Florida resident has its perks. The parks are not too far away, and I am fortunate enough to have an annual pass. I have most definitely been to Disney more times than I can count. So, here’s a couple of recommendations from an expert 😉
1. Pack food.
Most of the time, we go to Disney on a tight budget. Because we have annual passes, our tickets are already paid for, and parking is included. Often times we will go on a whim, knowing that it won’t be too much of a financial burden if we do it right. To stay on budget, Jason and I usually pack our own food. We grab a backpack that’s insulated, pack up some sandwiches, snacks, and waters. That way, you’re not spending as much money in the parks. Plus, it’s much healthier! My favorite picnic spot in Magic Kingdom is actually on Main Street. There’s a great little pocket that has a few tables with umbrellas on the right-hand side. (And yes, you’re allowed to bring food into the parks. Make sure any drinks are sealed up though!)
2. Schedule your fast passes (and well in advance)
Fast passes allow you to plan your day out ahead of time, up to 30 days in advance. If you want to get on really popular rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom or the new Frozen ride in Epcot, you’ll want to schedule that exactly at the 30 day mark, otherwise you’ll be waiting an hour or more for these rides. (PS- you’ll want to make dining reservations too if you want to have any sit down meals. Often times sit-down restaurants are all booked up by the time you get in the parks.) Better to plan ahead!
3. Know the photo spots.
Two things: The best place to get a photo by the castle? Go all the way down Main Street, hang left, then turn right up towards the castle, you’ll find a great, clear spot to take a photo. Epcot? Head towards guest services, it’ll be easier to get a photo with the great big golf ball back there than in the front. (Also, you can get a good one by the bridges in Italy while you’re in the World Showcase!)
4. Remember, there is more to Disney than the parks
Disney is full of awesome activities and places to see, even outside the parks. There’s Disney Springs, The Boardwalk, ESPN Wide World of Sports, lots of spas, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Golf Courses, and even the resorts. You can go spy some animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, or head over to Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-Along show is at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. You can even watch movies under the stars at multiple Disney resorts. Imagine afternoon tea at The Grand Floridian? A Kitchen Sink sundae at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop? Yes, please!
5. Character Dining
If you have little ones, I highly recommend doing Character Dining.There’s multiple options across the parks, with various characters. Make sure you look up the characters ahead of time, the last thing you want to do is book a character experience with characters you aren’t really that fond of. (And YES, you must book this in advance, and make sure to get there early, even if you have a reservation.) Character dining is a little more expensive, but great one-on-one time. You don’t typically get a lot of that by simply waiting in line for a photo with the characters.
6. Magic Bands
If you’re going to Disney multiple times or for more than just a day, do yourself a favor and get some Magic Bands. They are so much easier than digging out your ticket every time you want to use a fastpass. Also, set up your photopass (free for annual pass holders) and link it to your band. Some rides have special videos that link to your band/app automatically. Don’t miss out on capturing the memories!
7. Eat a dole whip.
Just do it.
Yes, Magic Kingdom has some magical fireworks with the the castle in the background. However, some of the other parks have amazing firework shows. Some of my favorites are are Fantasmic in Hollywood Studios and Illuminations in Epcot.
You can get SUPER cute ears on Ebay, and don’t underestimate the power of a dress in a theme park as far as breeze goes.
10. Staying on property with little ones?
When you check in, ask for a wake up call from the man Mickey himself! (totally free)
Pack hand sanitizer that smells good to make you feel good. Take an Emergen-C, and an Echinacea pill each day to keep from getting sick. Pack sunscreen, and a first aid kit… you don’t want to pay park prices for those necessities. Stretch each morning and night before and after you do a ton of walking. If you’re staying overnight, bring Epsom salt to soak your feet in at night.
Hey folks! Jason and I finally made the big trip out to the West Coast, and I am finally sorting through our photos from May. (Sorry! Life happens!) So here it is, our California Adventure:
While in California, we stayed at a friend’s cute little studio in Long Beach. (Shout out to Dana! Thanks, girl!)
Before hitting the LA traffic, we wanted to find some much needed coffee and ended up finding our favorite coffee spot from our whole trip. (We came back multiple times!)
Lord Windsor had a super friendly staff, and a beautiful atmosphere. And the coffee? top notch.
After that, we headed off to eat some breakfast with Dana at this cute little spot called The Attic. We needed some good comfort breakfast food after such a long flight, and The Attic was the perfect spot. Great outdoor seating with a fire going, and good company. We couldn’t have asked for a better morning. (PS- LA was cold. Like… in the 50s. For a Florida baby, it was a little too cold for my liking. Isn’t it supposed to be SPRING?!)
After that we went over to get our rental car. (Just about the only thing exciting about turning 25 is that you can rent a rental car without extra fees, and Jason actually got to do it! His birthday was on the day we flew out to LA)
Jason had to catch up on some work the first day, so we went to another coffee shop in West Hollywood.
Alfred Coffee (In the Alley) was really adorable and was a great little work space, but we have to admit… the coffee wasn’t all too great. This was one of the shops that was highly recommended when researching coffee spots in LA, so we were a little disappointed.
After that we headed to Beverly Hills to see the sights:
Highlight of our daytime adventures: Having lunch at The Beverly Hills Hotel with our friend Riley!
This place was actual paradise. Seriously, when I immagine my dream tropical getaway hotel, this is exactly what it looks like. Lots of pink, lots of greenery, a beautiful pool, a tasty lunch… The Beverly Hills hotel had it all. We ate outside by the pool and had a delicious lunch with a great friend.
I was so excited we were able to see a few friends while we were in town… So happy I got to see this beautiful girl!
For sunset, we made the trek up to The Griffith Observatory. (And you bet we played the La La Land soundtrack all the way up the mountain.) This was actually one of the most magical parts of our whole trip. The view and the sunset made the whole hike from the car worth it.
Best date ever, to say the least
If you’re wondering, yes it’s worth it to stand in line to look through the telescope. Super cool experience.
If you’re planning on going to The Griffith, get there early! This will help make your hike a little shorter. (But also make sure you stay for sunset because, like I said, it’s magical.)
To end the night, we had dinner at this delicious plant-based Mexican restaurant called Gracias Madre. If you’re in the area, I would highly recommend checking out this restaurant, and their cocktails.
Jason and I have officially reached the point where eloping sounds like a great idea.
Just imagine it. We would be able to have a private ceremony… no fussiness about picking bridesmaids, and matching dresses, and who stands where, and so on…. just Jason and I.
We would be able to have it as lengthy or short as we want, I could still wear a pretty white dress, and we would have complete control. It would be intimate, and special, and something that only he and I share.
Plus, it would take away a lot of the expenses. Let’s face it, that is one of the biggest appeals to eloping. Even if we had a big party to celebrate when we get back… no sit down dinner means less mulah.
So Jason and I actually really considered this idea. But don’t worry, we decided against it. Why?
I could feel the heartbreak coming from my family and friends.
I know, I know. A wedding is not supposed to be about everyone else. But it actually is…
Part of a traditional ceremony includes your close family and friends. Why? Because all of the people that you surround yourself with are the people that lead you to this very moment in your life. Marriage is not only about the union of two people but the union of two families. If we didn’t have our families and friends up there with us, it wouldn’t feel like a real union. When I marry Jason, I don’t just accept Jason in my life. I am accepting all of his friends and all of his family to become a part of my life, too.
Plus, this day means a lot to not only Jason and I, but to our parents. They are overseeing their children walk through a huge milestone. When I discussed eloping with my father, he said, “So your Poppy and I won’t get to walk you down the aisle?” In that moment, I knew that I had to include them in my ceremony. I would be truly letting down my family if Jason and I were to run away.
I didn’t actually want to elope, I just had to pinpoint why I was feeling so anxious about having the ceremony so publicized.
After chatting with many of my friends about this, I came to my first conclusion that I am just fearful of hurting anyone’s feelings. I am stressing out about the bridal party. I have had many friends in my life, and they all mean something so special to me. I value each and every one of my friendships. Whether they are the type of friend that I only talk to every once in awhile, or the ones I talk to every day… I don’t want to leave anyone out.
I also hate the thought of lining my friends up, and making them buy expensive dresses, and the whole nine yards…. I know this is a normal thing, but I feel so strange about it. I just wish it were simpler.
We are still struggling to figure out the solution to this issue. We have been through many ideas and alternatives. Nothing seems quite right yet. I am a planner, I like to know every detail of every day, so this is very frustrating. I would love a simple answer, but I know it won’t be simple.
But what does feel great is knowing that we don’t have to do anything. We don’t have to play by the rules if we don’t want to. Sure, we want to include our family and friends but Jason and I can do so however we please.
Naples, Florida is my hometown. Unlike most of the population, I was born and raised here. I have been called “a rare breed,” a “unicorn” and other strange things because of where I was born. You see, most people migrate to Naples from up north. But not me– I’m truly a local! Naples, Florida is mostly a vacation spot, and I will admit, it is a beautiful place to vacation. I wanted to create a guide to this beautiful town, something from a true native and from someone who takes pride in their hometown.
If I had a three day weekend, and I could spend it however I would like in Naples, this is pretty much how it would go.
Begin your day how it should always begin — with a cup of coffee, of course!
Head over to Kunjani, a locally owned coffee shop and art gallery. The mother and daughter duo that own the shop and very sweet, and very kind people, and they create a peaceful ambience in their shop. According to their site, they “constantly strive to make a long lasting positive impact.” This is the kind of place where you can sit for a while and hang out, whether it be outside on the patio, or inside their gallery.
When you’re done enjoying your coffee, take a stroll across the street to Waterside Shops. There are some great stores to shop in, and a few great restaurants too. You’ll find high-end stores like Louis Vuitton and Gucci, as well as stores like Ann Taylor, Pottery Barn, and Anthropologie. (PS- there’s a new Free People here, and it is beyond gorgeous!)
Plus, its a generally beautiful walk through the shops. You’ll see gorgeous water features, and you might even spot a few local pups walking around.
You can grab lunch at Waterside at True Food. This place is delicious, and full of lots of healthy veggie options! They also make some awesome cocktails, (I highly recommend the ginger margarita) and have a great outdoor seating area.
Another option for lunch would be to grab some Pub-Subs (especially if you have never had them before– you won’t know what you’re missing until you have one!) Publix subs are sort of a Florida tradition. I’ve linked the closest location here.
If you’re looking for a healthy snack or juice, check out Delicious Raw on your way to the beach! Delicious Raw says, “Our drinks are unharmed by additives, preservatives and pasteurization, which otherwise destroys natural nutrients in juice products bought off the shelf. Nothing is hidden – what you see is what you get.”
Looking for a place to grab an acai bowl? Delicious Raw has some great ones, but you can also check out The Bowl over on Pine Ridge Road.
After you’ve decided what you want for lunch, you’ll head over to Clam Pass for an afternoon at the beach. (I mean, what is a true Florida day without the beach involved?!) Parking is $8.00, so be ready with cash for that.
You can take a tram down the boardwalk or you can take a gorgeous leisurely walk down to the beach, both are pretty enjoyable. (PS- If there’s no parking at Clam Pass, make sure to check out Seagate Beach, just down the road.)
Once you’ve had just about enough of the beach, and you are ready for dinner, rinse off and head over to Mercado.
You’ll want to start at Masa for dinner and margaritas.Their happy hour is 3pm-6pm on Fridays, so catch it if you can! They have $5 bottled beer, select wines, and select margaritas, as well as a $6 food menu. Their guac and chips are amazing, and I highly recommend their Quesadilla con Camarones or their tacos! (PS- This place isn’t super Vegetarian friendly, but you can always substitute things to make it work. We are Peskitarian, so we eat fish while we are here.)
After dinner, have fun exploring Mercado. There are tons of places to check out. But let it be known, many places in Mercado turn into a club-like atmosphere after dark. You can grab a drink and a cigar at Burn, or grab a boozy milkshake at The Counter, whatever your heart desires. If you aren’t feeling Mercado, check out the live music until 10pm at Paradise Wine across the street! The dancing is so much fun to watch, and if you’re feeling up to it– or if you have a little too much wine — jump on in!!
After you explore, try and get a seat at at Jane’s on 3rd for brunch.
Jane’s has great food, and great service. Plus, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house, this place is adorable!
After you are full, make your way over to the Botanical Gardens to explore for the morning. This place could really take a while to go through, it is HUGE! It is truly a Naples gem.
For the rest of the afternoon I am going to give you two options:
Option #1 – Relax:
Take a stroll down 5 Ave, and grab some Afternoon Tea at Brambles Tearoom. This place is seriously adorable. I am not much of a tea drinker myself, but I highly recommend the Velvet Fog.
After that, just enjoy 5th Ave. There are lots of little shops to look in, and there is a great park just behind 5th. (Cambier Park) Often times, they have Art Fairs and concerts going on there during the weekend.
Also, don’t miss one of the best ice cream spots in town, Regina’s!
Option #2 – Adventure:
If you’re up for a little adventure, and feeling a little outdoorsy, head over to Bayfront where you can rent kayaks! Have fun exploring, and make sure you wear your sunscreen!
Get cleaned up and ready for dinner.
Tonight you’ll be eating at Campiello‘s on third for dinner. It’s a bit of a splurge, but it is one of the most well known amazing dinner spots in Naples. It is very delicious, and the atmosphere is breathtaking.
After dinner, go out for drinks on 5th!
Places to try:
Hob Knob: Great drinks, live music, lively youthful atmosphere
Bar Tulia: Small bar, mostly filled with locals, with excellent cocktails. (I recommend The Last Dragon)
Wake up slow and enjoy your morning, then get ready for brunch at The Continental. (They don’t open until 11am, but it’ll be worth the wait.) This place is known for their steaks, but they serve a mean brunch too! Plus they have live music!
Get ready to see an amazing show at around 2pm. The Naples Players has matinees every Sunday. You might be thinking… a community theater show? But, really, you have to trust me. These guys are top notch- every show I have seen there has been truly wonderful. The people there are really passionate and they really put so much time and effort into their work. (PS- I basically grew up doing shows in this theater, so I am a bit biased. But don’t take my word for it– go see a show! Seriously!) Check out tickets and show times here.
After the show, enjoy your last moments in Naples at The Pier for sunset. (AKA – the most “Naples” thing you can do)
Yay! Spring! I haven’t done an outfit post in a minute, but the season shift is definitely inspiring me.
I found this adorable top on a recent trip to Target. Who doesn’t love Target? I went in there for groceries and came out with clothes and decorations for my office… funny how it always seems to work out that way…. I swear, Target is so dangerous.
I loved the details of this top and the vibrant colors. I HAD to have this guy. I have to admit, I have been on a black on black on black kick lately… but this meets in a happy middle place for me. I’ve still got my comfortable black, but with some pops of color. I paired it with black jeans and cuffed them at the bottom.
My favorite part of this top is the little tassels on the tie in the back. What a cute detail! Go Target! (I swear this isn’t an ad for Target 😉)
This inspired my shoe selection: Lace up pumps with tassels on the ties on the ends. These guys are definitely my new favorite shoe, and can really snazz up any plan-Jane outfit.
Feeling truly inspired and refreshed for Spring— heading out on the town with my girls in this little number tonight