6.04.2013

NAPLES PT. 2 {+PINEAPPLE LIME COCKTAIL RECIPE}


 {coverup-tj maxx}
 
{birthday dinner outfit: skirt-Express, top-Charlotte Russe (old), shoes-DSW}
 
 {the Yabba Rita at Yabba's!}
 

Sigh sigh sighhhh...

Most of these pictures are from my birthday. It was the most perfect day (well, keep reading)-I woke up to Billy making me breakfast, including 3 massive chocolate covered strawberries which were delicious. We took a boat cruise (that we've taken 3-4 times now, so fun!) around Naples Bay and to the Gulf for an hour and a half, which was exactly how I imagined spending the day.... sunshine, water, cocktails, and on a boat? Sign me up for this every year!

The dolphins followed our boat for a couple of miles and were showing off like crazy! It was amazing. 

Later on, Billy went to use the restroom at a local outdoor shopping center while I waited in the parking lot and all of a sudden I turn around to him calling my name holding his left hand with 2 or 3 bloody towels (and I mean, completely soaked) and blood dripping everywhere all over him and the ground. I ran up to him, asked him what happened (he was SO calm-which confused me even more!), and that's when he told me the glass on a door that he was walking out of shattered all over his hand and his hand went through the glass!! There was only one worker there who didn't really know what to do...she did point me in the direction of a small first aid kit, so I cleaned him up a bit (and got the bleeding to stop, go me!), but he had a huge deep cut on the top of his hand and we knew he should go to Urgent Care to see about getting stitches. So, off we went to Urgent Care to get him fixed up and an hour later (it wasn't busy at all-phew), he came out with 5 stitches ready to go!

We went to Yabba's on 5th Ave. for my birthday dinner and celebrated back at our place with an ice cream cake afterwards. It was such a great birthday (you know, besides the U.C visit)...thank you Billy for being such a trooper and caring about me on my day even though you were hurt! That's love. ;)

The remainder of our trip was exactly what you're thinking-relax on the beach/pool, indulge in yummy food, repeat. That's what vacation is all about anyways and it was exactly what we needed!

{More Naples Recommendations:}
+Boat cruise, thru Pure Naples (Groupon has excellent deals)
+Yabba's, dinner on 5th.
+Mangrove Cafe, dinner on 5th
+Tommy Bahama's, excellent place for lunch (get the blackened fish tacos!)
+Doc's Beach House, cute casual spot for lunch/dinner by the harbor

Lastly, when we got back, my parents had us over for a belated birthday dinner this past Sunday! Every year they let me pick the menu from dinner to dessert and this year I chose a taco bar. Well, my stepmom went above and beyond and made the most AMAZING summer drink recipe that she found in the June issue of the Rachel Ray magazine...

I thought I would share it today because it's on the healthier side and it's so refreshing! We all loved it, and I'm actually thinking about making it this weekend. That good.


Pineapple-Lime Cooler
via Rachel Ray magazine, June issue

+4 cups pineapple chunks, plus more for garnish
+1/2 cup lime juice
+6 tbsp. agave syrup
+1/2 cup tequila (optional)
+ice
+lime wedges, for garnish

Directions: In blender, puree half the pineapple, lime juice, and 3/4 cup water then strain into pitcher. Repeat. Stir in agave syrup and tequila, if using. Pour over ice and garnish with pineapple chunks and lime wedges. Serves 6.

Cheers! :)

 

23 comments :

  1. Looks and sounds beautiful! Except for the Billy hand meets glass situation. Glad he's ok!!

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  2. I have now booked a hotel in Naples for next May. Haha. Glad you had a fantastic birthday and vacation!

    PS - Can I steal your closet?

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  3. Love the photos! and that cover up is awesome!

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  4. So neat that the dolphins followed y'all! Again, looks absolutely amazing!! Also, that Pineapple-Lime Cooler sounds so so yummy & super easy to make as well! Will definitely be putting that on the list to make this summer!

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  5. I am in love with your skirt from Express! I swear, every time I check in with your blog, I always want to go shopping afterwards. Love your style, girl!

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  6. How pretty! It looks like an amazing time! I am loving your style as well, that coverup is so cute!

    Xo, Kelsey

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  7. You have the best summery outfits!

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  8. Ah Poor Billy! I would of been crying like a baby if that had happened to me!

    You have the cutest outfits!

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  9. You are SO lucky I'm headed to Florida in three days or I might have to punch you for this post. It looks beautiful! I'll take it without the bloody hand though.

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  10. i feel i should say that while im reading this, im eating lunch and it has cilantro in it---so its making it easier to read because im feeling tropical and islandy (why? i have no idea--but cilantro does that to me haha)

    i love these pics i love this trip and i love that billy is okay! Whats with guys and acting so calm and cool! ENVIOUS!! I'd scream my head off and cry hahah so so glad he is okay :)

    also i want to crash your next naples trip i decided. pretty please?

    love love love!!
    xoxoxo

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  11. I am so making that pineapple drink this weekend! Sounds like such an awesome trip. I have always wanted to go to Naples!

    Jill
    Classy with a Kick

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  12. It looks like you had PERFECT weather!! :) :) :)

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  13. Yuuum, that drink recipe looks awesome and easy! So happy you had great weather at the beach! It's been annoyingly cloudy in Dallas.

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  14. That is such a bummer about billy! Especially on vacation! Glad you still had a special day!! Love your cover up from the cruise too!!

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  15. You are just too cute, and your style is flawless!!!! I love the sparkly skirt. Also been searching (online) for the green shirt you posted on IG, but can't find it....I'll keep lookin'

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  16. These posts make me miss Naples so so bad! I haven't been down there since Senior Year of college. That needs to change! Maybe a meet up in FLA next winter?

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  17. What great pictures! The dolphins were so close to you, what fun!! P.s. I love all your outfits!

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  18. OMG poor Billy!! I would have been a mess. That's great that UC wasn't busy though. I adore the fish tacos from TB too. There's one in Houston!

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  19. The door shattered on his hand? Crazy! Glad he wasn't too injured and glad you didn't have to spend your birthday in a waiting room!

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  20. Holy crap about his hand! So glad he's ok :)

    Happy belated b-day! I live in FL and have never been to Naples, and now I have got to get my butt down there, it looks gorgeous!

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  21. You have a good man Katie!!

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  22. Glad Billy made it out okay without being tooo injured!

    We just picked up a pineapple last night so that drink may need to appear in our kitchen tonight.

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  23. Beautiful pictures! I just found your blog and I love it. Happy Friday :)

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