Alice on Alys Beach

I’m back in the routine of things here in Houston and at the moment I’m flipping through our not so long ago vacation photos, wishing that I could step back in time. 
The first few days of our trip, the sun wasn’t cooperating and we were forced indoors for most of those days.  
Three days in, the sun decided to play nice and gave us perfect weather for the rest of our week.  To make up for lost time, we started each day bright and early and didn’t leave the beach until it was either happy hour or dinner time.

longbourne book, black and brown straw hat, black straw beach hat, black floppy hat, seagrove beach,
My beach essential are pictured above.  That black and brown hat … I found it at an antique store in Memphis for $20 just a few days before our wedding last summer. 
I brought it with me on our honeymoon to Italy, and somehow managed not to crush it to death in my suitcase.  Since then, I haven’t had the opportunity to wear it, so I was excited to pull it out of the depths of my closet for this trip. 

longbourne, longbourne book, beach read,

I must also share a bit about my beach read: Longbourn.  It’s a spin off of Pride & Prejudice, taking place from the servants’ point of view.  If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you would probably enjoy this read.   I have to say, it did take me a while to get hooked into the story, but after a few plot twists and turns I couldn’t put it down.

alys beach entrance, alys beach florida
After one particular long day on the beach, the whole lot of us headed out to have dinner in the nearby beach town of Alys.  
in this beach town is white! The houses, the restaurants, the shops: all are white stucco. The houses and architecture remind me of a what you would find if you were on a trip to a Greek Island.  It’s definitely a contrast from the tropical colorful houses that are dotted all along 30A. 
So….I actually kind of failed at actually getting pictures of Alys.  
I must have been really hungry, because all I took pictures of was George’s.
George’s, which is a precious and delicious tiny restaurant tucked into town, was where we were going for dinner. 
george's alys beach, alys beach florida
george's alys beach, alys beach florida

george's alys beach, alys beach florida
As you can see by all of the people and bicycles scattered about, there was going to be a long wait.  
We made use of our time by taking photos, sipping on wine, and people watching.  
Anthropologie Chambray Maxi Dress, Trendy in Texas Blog, Alice Kerley, Trendy in Texas, Chambray Maxi Dress
Remember how I mentioned that I wore my chambray maxi pretty much the entire trip?  
Well, I didn’t lie.  There are so many different ways to dress this up or down I just couldn’t help wearing it 394273024 times.   I threw on my favorite red wedges and a GroopDealz necklace for a quick and easy pulled together evening outfit.
george's alys beach, alys beach florida
After the sun started to set, we sat down for dinner al fresco and dined on George’s coastal cuisine.  
geaorge's alys beach, alys beach florida
george's alys beach, alys beach florida
I started with the Watermelon and Tomato Salad with feta, which honestly blew my mind.  
I’d seen on Pinterest… people making watermelon and feta dishes…but I’d never gone out of my way to try it at home.   The combination of all three flavors may have been one of the best things I have ever eaten.  
My entree, the fish, was the catch of the day and it was definitely delicious.  But that watermelon salad….. 
I’ll have to try and recreate this at home.  If it’s successful, I’ll share.  😉
After dinner we traipsed back to our “home away from home” to go to bed, and then wake up and do it all over again.   

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