Last weekend, we went to a local burger battle with friends. I was so excited to go, but I have to say, I think I set myself up for disappointment. Tons of people plus burgers cooked way too fast is actually not great, especially when combined with a hot Florida day. They ran out of beer (and water and pretty much beverages in general) by two hours into the four hour event. Bad planning! We still had fun though, and at least got a few quick snaps while the sun was still up and the event wasn't too crowded.

Giant BurgerSky Blue Dress and Tote BagKatherine at Boca Burger BattlePretzel Ring and Bow RingBoca Burger Battle OutfitBAMF Burger SignBlue LOFT Dress and Heels

dress :: loft // belt :: modcloth // heels :: steve madden
tote :: handmade // rings :: kiel mead and kate spade // necklace :: j crew
sunnies :: ray ban // headband :: forever 21
While I'm sad I had a long hiatus (for me) due to some issues with Adobe, it's also fairly refreshing. Life is pretty hectic these days - I'm not exactly sure why it feels like I have less time here than I used to back in Pennsylvania. I'm honestly chalking it up to getting older, but I feel like I'm a little too young to use that excuse. Especially if I'm still interested in running around a local park on a Friday evening. Jason and I spent some time exploring a park that is down the road and taking photos - mostly because of the awesome carousel. I really do love all that there is to do around here.

Black and White Striped Dress with Blue AccentsBoca Raton Blue FlatsKatherine and ManateeBow Back DressGolden Coin NecklaceOff We Go Clutch and CarouselLarge Wooden Face At ParkBlue Bow Back Dress and Carousel

dress :: a'gaci // belt :: anthropologie // flats :: j crew // clutch :: kate spade
bangles :: kate spade // rings :: kiel mead & old navy // necklace :: target
Despite my visits to Disney as a super young child that I really don't remember much of (mostly an awesome Daisy Duck hat), my first big visit to Disney was on my 16th birthday with my sister and brother-in-law. I remember falling in love with the decor and feel of the Polynesian the moment the car from the airport to Disney dropped me off. It is such a lovely and relaxing place. A few years later when I was 19, I went on my first vacation with Jason and his family and stayed at the same hotel. Needless to say, I have a lot of good memories from the Polynesian.

hotel lobby - polynesian
Myself and my sister-in-law Sarah checking into the Polynesian in 2007. I'm dancing from happiness.

The Polynesian is my favorite Disney hotel, and the Kona Cafe is probably my favorite Disney restaurant. It's got the best bang for your buck, delicious food, and a nice atmosphere. Jason and I decided to revisit an old favorite over the weekend for dinner for the first time and it didn't disappoint. The only thing missing from these photos? A banana chocolate creme brulee that looked so delicious I forgot that I photograph my food like a weirdo and just ate it.

Polynesian Resort and HeelsBlue Dress and Black Heels at Disneys PolynesianTofu Wok Noodles Kona Cafe DinnerKatherine at the Kona CafePork Buns Kona CafeKona Cafe DecorBirdhouse NecklaceFirefly Dress at Polynesian HotelBird of ParadiseBook of Deer Dress and Pikmin Tote

dress :: book of deer // heels :: seychelles // bag :: c/o club nintendo
necklace :: anthropologie // ring :: etsy
I've shown pictures from The Columbia many, many times on this blog before, dating back to nearly 2 years ago now. It's a favorite restaurant of mine in Central Florida - with consistently good food and service. Columbian food wasn't something that was common to come by in southwest Ohio - in fact, I hadn't had it until the family began to live in Florida. We have enjoyed many meals here - it's best for Tapas and sharing in my opinion, but their entrees are delicious as well. The best part though? Tableside Sangria! It's so yummy. Also - the freshly baked, warm bread that comes with your meal is to die for, but really easy to fill up on. The location we visit is in downtown Celebration, but there are a few other locations as well. If you want to know more, my (recently updated) Yelp review is here.

Columbia Entrance Columbia Restaurant : CelebrationCuban Bread ColumbiaDessert at The ColumbiaTapas at The ColumbiaMahi Mahi CubanaColumbia Celebration OutsideColumbia RestauranteColumbia Menu and SunniesColumbia Interior
So, if you like the World Cup, you by now know my team lost :( I've always rooted for the French team - at least since I was in high school and visited France, where I learned more about the World Cup and experienced the amazing comradery among people who had never met, but shared the same common love of their country. At the time, at least where I grew up, no one was really into it. Though, the experience has been very different in South Florida with many more people involved and interested, which makes it more fun. France played Germany on the 4th - so Jason and I started our Independence Day drinking delicious beers at Sea Dog and watching the game. It was a great start to such a fun holiday.

Katherine in French Soccer JerseyBeer at Sea DogSunnies and Sea Dog MenuKatherine at Sea Dog BrewingPretzels and Beer Cheese Sea Dog BreweryBeer Sampler at Sea DogFrench Monuments BraceletKate Spade KEds Gold DotFrance Jersey World Cup Outfit

We spent the rest of our day relaxing in Celebration with the pups and watching fireworks. They are such great dogs during fireworks - they aren't drawn towards them, but they are not terribly frightened by them either.

Katherine and Teemo France OutfitQuit Talking Quote Tote BagKatherine and Teemo

jersey :: from a shop in paris, years ago // skirt :: francesca's // keds :: kate spade x keds
bag :: handmade // bracelet :: market in paris // ring :: gorjana griffin
This weekend we drove south to a beach with a huge boardwalk full of restaurants, beach shops, and eccentricities. It's not far from our home - less than my commute to work back in Pennsylvania - but it feels like a completely different atmosphere than where we live. We settled ourselves west where there are more grocery stores and amenties rather than the very crowded beach areas, but it is great to get to peak at the very different beaches here. Hollywood is great in its own way.  Lots of bars, beachy shops, and little tourist attractions with everyone walking around in swim suits. After walking up and down the boardwalk, we stopped in at an amazing dive bar off the intercoastal for some of the most delicious shrimp I've ever tasted.

Hollywood Beach Mermaid Statue and KatherineLe Tub Hollywood FloridaAtlantic Ocean at Hollywood Beach FloridaLe Tub MenuWe All Live in a Yellow TubmarineBeam Me Up Scotty Dress and Handmade Tote BagSeat Your SelfModcloth Red Dress and Blue SunniesTiki Bar Hollywood FloridaRed Dog Print Dress at Tiki BarHollywood Beach FloridaKatherine at Hollywood BeachDog Print Dress on the Beach Boardwalk

dress :: modcloth // belt :: target // sandals :: volcom // tote :: handmade
bracelet :: kate spade // ring :: sanrio // necklace :: crave jewelry design // sunnies ::  fetch