A few weeks ago Ian and I had the opportunity to take a quick getaway thanks to one of my wonderful clients who I traded services with.  Though I usually choose not to barter when it comes makeup artistry, I could not resist a long weekend with my husband at a lovely beach house in Inlet Beach, Florida.  After packing up our new electric car and coping with the anxiety of driving it from Atlanta to the panhandle, we were off to the coast!

The community and beaches were quiet, clean and not crowded at all.  I did my best to disconnect from work and emails while we vacationed but made sure to stay inspired the whole time we were there.  In the mornings I would let Ian sleep in while I walked to the beach, soaked in the sun and read my book.  Right now I am reading “Leave Your Mark” by Aliza Licht which I highly recommend you check out.  After a little morning relaxation, we would get ourselves ready for the day and head out to explore.  The wonderful thing about the Florida panhandle is that you are close to so many other beach communities.  Though there a million things to do and see, we opted for restaurants and shopping as a means to beat the heat.

Travel Makeup

I do not claim to travel light as that would be a blatant lie.  However, I did reduce the amount of makeup I generally travel with from a ton to a good variety without getting too crazy.  I opted for more palettes on this trip in order to fit everything in one makeup bag.  Here are a few of the product I packed:

Complexion

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

Make Up For Ever Ulta HD Stick Foundation

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream

Lace Cosmetics – Sunkissed Bronzer

Lace Cosmetics – Apricot Mist Blush

Lace Cosmetics – Dual Powder Foundation

Palettes

Smashbox – #Shapematters Palette

Lace Cosmetics – Date Night Trio

Eyes

Urban Decay – Potion Primer

Sephora – Eye Pencil in Infinite Beige

Dior – DiorShow Mascara

Stila – All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Seaside, Florida

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit the little town from the Truman Show?  If so, go to Seaside.  This is where the Truman Show was filmed and it is just as precious in person as it is in the movie.  White buildings, perfect palm trees, clean streets, food trucks for days…it is heaven.  The town has a lot of shopping, dining, and entertainment so you will never run out of things to do.

Wild Olives Wine Cheese Bistro and Market // Panama City Beach

After driving around for a bit, we wanted to escape the hot Florida sun for a drinks and apps.  Ian and I ran across Wild Olives Wine Cheese Bistro and decided to try it out.  First off, the staff is amazing.  Everyone there was so nice and our waitress even hooked us up with coupons to a local spa.  The hubs and I stayed for a while as we nibbled a little food and experienced their amazing wine flights.  We laughed, joked, talked and had an awesome time together which made this one of my favorite moments on our trip.

Edward’s Fine Food and Wine // Rosemary Beach

Located in a walkable plaza with shops and restaurants, Edward’s is a romantic spot to dine or crab cocktails.  We sat in a small booth in the back where we people watched and tried to figure out who was on a first date, if couples were meeting for the first time and what the back story was on everybody.  Always a fun game 🙂  Musicians played jazz on the patio as we shared our tuna tartar, roasted beet salad and pomme frites.  Delish!

Red Bar // Grayton Beach

Red Bar is a staple in this area.  As a tourist attraction, everyone knows to stop here for the crazy decor, delicious drinks and tasty menu which is presented by a waitress on a large chalkboard.  Being that we were at the beach, I chose a fresh mojito to cool down while Ian opted for an elaborately garnished bloody mary.  Both were fantastic and the only thing that would have made the trip better was if Red Bar accepted credit cards.  Yeah, we found that out after the fact.  Luckily they have an ATM stashed away in the back for what I can only assume is the majority of the people dining there.

We had a wonderful time and felt great when we got back to Atlanta.  It is always nice to disconnect even when it is only for a few days.  What are your favorite places to go for a quick weekend getaway?  Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers!

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