every other week i drive down to kansas city to meet up with my friend, kaley. we met through instagram a while back and when we moved to the area, i was so excited to have her nearby. we met [ in real life ] during our girls' weekend in kc last fall and she's been showing me the best of the city ever since. 

one of my favorite places to stop in year round is little freshie. it's located in the westside neighborhood and surrounded by the most amazing homes. after a few hours of shopping in the plaza, we drove over to little freshie to kill time before a meeting and cool off from the summer heat. they make the most delicious treats, including that blackberry lavender snowcone you see above. i've also tried a blueberry hibiscus macaron there and have been on the hunt for it ever since. a-mazing! a must visit if you're ever in the area. 


there are still a few weeks until summer but here in the midwest, it's been insanely hot for the past two weeks. a couple of days ago, i received a package from the beach people and it could not have come at a more perfect time. inside was the majorelle roundie towel and jute tote bag along with a personalized note. after opening, i got a call from carter saying he was coming home early. we made lunch, packed a bag, and decided to head to the lake with the hope to spend the afternoon in the sun. an hour later, we arrived and realized that after the monumental rainfall over the past month, the entire lake was flooded. we parked at an empty campsite and walked on to the flooded shoreline. it was a peaceful afternoon, laying there together under the shade of a lonely tree. 

we've got some exciting trips coming up this summer and i'm looking forward to bringing the majorelle with me! it rolls up and fits perfectly in the jute bag. it's so soft and big enough for two which has me excited for the summer days to come. thanks again to the ladies over at the beach people for sending this beauty my way!


Our second stop on our Florida trip was to Cocoa Beach. We spent four days at the Hilton Oceanfront Hotel and it was the perfect spot for our stay. We spent the first day lounging by the pool while mapping out where Carter would need to travel for work. Most of the job sites he visits require a lot of time and patience mapping out unlisted back roads and there was no better place to work. While Carter spent a few hours each day in the field, I kept myself busy. 

Each morning, I grabbed my coffee to go and made my way to the beach to write. Then I spent a few hours working from the hotel restaurant enjoying a delicious breakfast with a view. I found out one morning that the space station was doing a launch so I walked down past the pier to get a better view. You can't tell from the photo above, but there was a tiny flame that was visible until it made its' way through the clouds. And of course, we ended up visiting during the men's world cup so we found ourselves spending a few exciting afternoons at the hotel's tiki bar. The staff there were all so friendly and accomodating, something we appreciate so much.

We really fell in love with Cocoa Beach and were sad to say goodbye. It reminded us of all the reasons we enjoy and miss living on the beach. Hopefully we make our way back again soon. 


Our first stop in Florida was a 24 hour stay in Daytona Beach. We arrived in the early afternoon and the city was in full summer party mode. We checked in to the Holiday Inn Oceanfront where we were upgraded to a corner room with a beautiful ocean view. We relaxed for a while on the balcony enjoying the cool, salty breeze before heading down to the bar to grab a frozen drink. We sat poolside listening to live music and researching where to grab dinner. The weather called for storms, so we walked down to the beach for a quick dip and to watch the tide go out. Afterwards, we cleaned up, grabbed a cab, and went down to the boardwalk. We walked around for a bit, admiring the colorful town before ending up at The Lucky Rooster for dinner + drinks. With an early morning ahead of us, we called it a night and made our way back to the room. We spent a few minutes watching the stars from the balcony before heading to bed. The next morning, we watched the sunrise before packing up and hitting the road. 

I think most of our twenty four hours in Daytona were spent on that hotel balcony and I wouldn't have had it any other way.