A Month of Sun-days

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Exploring Sarasota, style by style

South Florida is my home-from-home.  My parents began snowbirding there during the late 90s, and after my first visit, I was soon making an annual pilgrimage to see them, escape the Scottish winter, holiday with friends and, of course, soak up all that sun at the beach. 

 

Siesta Key, with its white quartz sand, as powder-soft as icing-sugar, and miles of shoreline, is my favourite beach - which is no surprise as it holds the title of Number 1 beach in the USA.

 Happy place!  Relaxing at Siesta Key in La Senza bikini, Le Specs eyewear and lashings of coconut Hawaiian Tropic Factor 50!  This little spot, up beside the palms offers some welcome natural shade.

Happy place!  Relaxing at Siesta Key in La Senza bikini, Le Specs eyewear and lashings of coconut Hawaiian Tropic Factor 50!  This little spot, up beside the palms offers some welcome natural shade.

Now I'd be lying if I said that Floridians are a dressy lot!  

Between the heat, humidity and the outdoor living, many have relaxed into a shorts-and-t-shirt style that can take them from desk to dinner, or beach to brunch like no other... except perhaps their Cali-girl rivals!

 True story: never seen without my lippy, even at the beach! Like mother, like daughter!

True story: never seen without my lippy, even at the beach! Like mother, like daughter!

Many a time and oft I've arrived at a restaurant, bar or gig thoroughly overdressed for the local stylometer!  But with so many gorgeous, colourful buildings here, and all that wall-to-wall sunshine rendering everything in glorious technicolour, there's something about this place that makes me feel I belong!

There's one other reason I haven't adapted my style when I'm here, and that's the genuine and generous admiration the locals seem to have for it.

 
 
 Concrete Jungle!

Concrete Jungle!

 

Floridians are as warm as their climate.  Their ease with sharing a compliment is simply unmatched.  They are prolific in their praise for a 'cute purse', kindly in admiration of 'wonderful curls' and spontaneous in remarking: 'I just love your whole outfit!'.  They have mastered the art of giving a compliment and it makes me feel 10 feet tall!  

So here are some of the looks they admired the most and where I wore them:

New threads at Burns Court, Sarasota 

I may have accidentally (!) broken my self-imposed 'no-shopping' rule for this fabulous Gracia skirt.  Find it at Ana Molinari Salon and Spa on Main St, Lakewood Ranch - please tell Frederique Nikki Oji sent you and hurry, only 3 are stocked and it's currently 50% off!  Delighted how well it works with my Zara shoes and Tibi coat!

Bride-worthy bikini and cover-up at Siesta Key Beach

Pattern clashing in Hillview St, Sarasota

True Romance in Karen Millen maxi skirt and Prada wedges at Ringling Museum, Sarasota

You had me at " Y E L L O W "

 Zara flares and Cos sweater, shopping in Main St, Lakewood Ranch

Zara flares and Cos sweater, shopping in Main St, Lakewood Ranch

 Dress by New Look with KG heels and Oasis purse, Downtown Sarasota

Dress by New Look with KG heels and Oasis purse, Downtown Sarasota

 Zara flares and OTS top with Topshop frames, off to brunch in Bradenton

Zara flares and OTS top with Topshop frames, off to brunch in Bradenton

Denim and lace with a side of rainbow at Bradenton Beach

Seeing Red - the colour of A/W 2017

 One-shoulder jumpsuit and belt by Pretty Little Thing with Zara Boots at Shore, St Armand's

One-shoulder jumpsuit and belt by Pretty Little Thing with Zara Boots at Shore, St Armand's

 Gingham top by New Look with H&M earrings and shorts and Quay Australia eyewear, shopping at University Town Centre

Gingham top by New Look with H&M earrings and shorts and Quay Australia eyewear, shopping at University Town Centre

 Apeing the topiary in River Island trousers with Zara sweater and boots and Kate Spade purse, Tara Golf and Country Club

Apeing the topiary in River Island trousers with Zara sweater and boots and Kate Spade purse, Tara Golf and Country Club

Here's a final rundown of my holiday style - vote for your favourite look in the comments - don't be shy!