Florida | Breanna Rose

On the evening of December 19th, I put on my “comfy clothes,” made myself some Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese, and prepped (AKA, watched several episodes of Gilmore Girls) for an overnight, 24 hour long drive down to Orlando, FL with my family. Michael would be joining us later via plane (smart dude) and was off celebrating Christmas with his family that night, so I paced around expectantly like one does before a big trip. Once on the road, we popped on the Serial Podcast, and were good to go.

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Our first stop was Universal Studios in Orlando, mostly because of Harry Potter World (#dreams). We spent two days waiting in long lines, seeing an adorable rendition of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and pretending we were at Hogwarts. It was definitely a different sort of Christmas, that’s for sure! 80 degrees? My body was certainly confused. Once finished, we drove another two hours down south to Port St. Lucie, FL, where my Grandma and Great Aunt now live to celebrate Christmas as a family for a few days. :)

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Next up, we drove a few more hours down south and ended up in Boca Raton for the “beachy” part of our trip. It was here that I had one of the most fabulous pasta dishes of my life (second to the carbonara in Nice, France) at Piccolino. It was this hole in the wall place that only seated maybe 30 people tops. We weren’t sure what to expect, but man, it did NOT disappoint. The owner served everyone himself and even gave us free fried zucchini appetizers + shots of their homemade limoncello. Plus, the Penne Vodka is something I will dream about for, well, forever. We also spent an afternoon in Miami (South Beach), where we soaked in the hot weather, art deco architecture, and ate amazing Mexican food at a little taco stand called Taquiza.

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Overall, it was a great trip and an an interesting take on Christmas from what we’re used to up here in Minnesota. I’ve never spent this particular Holiday out of state, so experiencing 80 degree whether instead of snow was fun! And now, it’s back to dealing with negative temps + a windchill that I’m not too fond of. Until next time, Florida! Stay warm.

  1. Maggie says:

    Glad to hear you had a great Christmas, even if a bit different. I’d love to see HP studios. We spent Christmas in NYC this year, first trip to America for us!

  2. Frances says:

    Your photos are gorgeous! It sounds like a really good time. I traded Sarasota, FL for upstate New York for my winter break from school, and while it was nice to see family I definitely wished they all could have come down to visit me-Christmas in Florida just sounds perfect!

  3. Jessica Rose says:

    Long journey but it sounds like it was worth it!!


  4. Kelsey says:

    These photos are to-die-for gorgeous. What’s your editing process?

    (Apologies if you’ve already covered this topic on your blog, but have you ever posted – or considered posting – your photo editing software/process?)

    • breanna says:

      Thank you Kelsey! These photos are actually ALL edited on my iPhone. Since we were all packing in a car, I didn’t want to lug around my large DSLR. As far as editing goes, though, I use Afterlight for the most part to achieve this look. I’ll have to give some thought to posting about that in the future!

  5. Xio says:

    Hi Breanna – I’ve been reading your blog for a long while now and don’t think I’ve ever commented, but my husband and I have lived in Boca for about a year and we love LOVE Italian food. Hadn’t heard of Piccolino but everything you describe sounds amazing. I must check it out!
    Great to hear you enjoyed your vacation down here. Happy 2015! xo

    • breanna says:

      Oh my gosh!! Can you please go there and get the Penne Vodka for me. ;) SO GOOD. The building feels a bit dingy and I wasn’t sure about the area, but the food totally makes it all better!

    • Xio, I was with on this trip, too and I’m so jealous that you live there! Piccolino was for real the best meal I’ve ever had! Not to mention the top notch service! Do your taste buds a favor and try it out!!

  6. TAKE ME BACK! I can’t handle this freezing weather normally, not to mention realizing that we were literally laying out on the beach a week ago. Also, serial season two should come out like, now.

  7. Florida and Gilmore Girls? That’s the perfect world for me. Happy to see you had fun in the sunshine state and I agree with the other comments – those photos look great! Can’t believe they’re all iPhone!

  8. Kristine says:

    How fun! You visited my home state =) Yes, Florida winters sure are warm. It’s currently 50 and I’m freezing! Haha! Glad you had a great time and a great holiday.

    xo, Kristine @ Life Begins with Z

  9. Melissa says:

    I love how you talk about escaping the cold. I’ve never seen snow fall since I’ve always lived in a warm climate so to me, winter with snow seems like a bizarre thing! Hope you stay warm and cozy in Minnesnowta despite the freezing temps.

  10. Really lovely photos! It’s cool to see my hometown in such a dreamy state. Do you use VSCO cam or edit independently? Also, how’d you like the new Gringott’s ride? Our car got stuck half-way through due to technical difficulties!

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