Friday, October 16, 2015

Weekend Recap: #SWFW With Hilton Sandestin + Exclusive Offer!!


{duffle bag c/o Barrington Gifts|

If you follow me on Instagram and/or Snapchat (belledecouture) then you probably saw that last Thurs-Sun was South Walton Fashion Week on the Emerald Coast of Florida. I was invited, along with some other fab bloggers, to stay at the beautiful Hilton Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.

I'm a local to the area, and have lived here since '95, but I've never had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Sandestin. Needless to say, I was beyond stoked to be invited for a stay-cation there, and to bring my fam along for the fun! The resort has recently been redone as well, so I was excited to see it's new look!

Our Deluxe Junior Suite was located in the Emerald Tower. This room is perfect for families because it's 700 square feet (or larger) and contains bunk-beds for the kiddos! We loved our spacious room, and the view of the Gulf of Mexico was the best part! Upon our arrival to the room, there was a big goodie bag sitting on the bed that included an itinerary of all the fun activities and events that I would be taking part in for #SWFW. I quickly unpacked and started to get ready for night 1.


Beautiful sunset from our room, looking over the Gulf of Mexico.


My first look was this sleeveless ribbed top from Chic Wish (c/o) and one of my fave skirts from H&M (similar here & here). I finished off my look with my favorite ankle boots (oldies from Nine West, similar here) and my go-to Prada sunglasses. {P.S. You can rent designer sunnies like these for less than $25 a month at Ditto.com/endless. Use code: BELLEDECOUTURE for your 1st month free!}


Michael of NFocusNashville, Megan of Hilton Sandestin, Nancy of NFocusNashville, Grace of ASouthernDrawl, Jessica of MyStyleVita, Moi ;), Lauren of Hayworth PR, Sydney of Summer Wind, Danielle of Just Dandy, Jessica of LipstickHeels&ABaby, Laura of WalkingInMemphisHighHeels, and Bertha of ChicInAcademia.


Selfie w/ Lauren (my fellow FSU buddy)!



Another selfie during the show w/ Jessica, Rachel, and Bertha!


Jessica, Moi ;), and Jami Ray of 30AStreetstyle

Day two started at The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach, where Willow Boutique hosted a #WillowLovesFashion #SWFW brunch on the roof. The scenery was picture perfect! We indulged in yummy bites, sipped on mimosas, and had a sneak peek of some of the newest fall styles at Willow Boutique.





Next we were off to The Shard Shop at Mary Hong's Studio off of 30A to take part in a fun art class -- making artwork out of shards of glass!! I had way too much fun in this class, and I cannot wait to take my mom and friends!


I wore a Calypso St. Barth dress (from last year, but similar here and here) and Zara flats (similar here/here/here). My bag is from Spartina449 (c/o) and my sunglasses are Prism London from Ditto.com/endless.


My look for night 2 of SWFW! I wore a Karen Kane blouse + skirt (also here), Zara heels (similar here & here), Express scarf (sold out similar here/here/here), and Rebecca Minkoff bag. I'm so obsessed w/ fall's hottest accessory this season: the skinny scarf!


Laura of WalkingInMemphisHighHeels, Danielle of Just Dandy, Grace of ASouthernDrawl, Lauren of Edit by Lauren, Jessica of MyStyleVita, Moi ;), Lauren of Hayworth PR, Sydney of Summer Wind, Bertha of ChicInAcademia, Jessica of LipstickHeels&ABaby, Rachel of ToHellInAHandbag.


Next, we left the shows for dinner at Seagars -- a restaurant on the Hilton property that was founded in 1998. Though I'm a local, I actually had never had the pleasure of eating there, so I was super excited. Seagars is a renowned NY Style Steakhouse one of finest restaurants on the Emerald Coast of Florida. It's recognized for it's finest aged Prime USDA steaks and the seafood is locally caught and is the best of the best. We had a three course meal that was out of this world -- seriously the best NY Strip I've ever tasted. Everything we ate was paired with a fine wine from their 600-label wine list, which was so cool. The wines were some of the best I've ever tried. Overall it was such a memorable dinner. We had laughs and indulged in delicious food. It was the perfect ending to our fun-filled day!


Had so many laughs with Jessica of MyStyleVita -- such a fun gal!


Lauren of Edit by Lauren was the biggest sweetheart!

The next morning we all woke up and headed to the Hilton Spa - Serenity By The Sea. We all had a service of our choice, and I chose the Aromastone Massage and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD! SO good! It felt great to relax and loosen up my tired muscles. This mama is often exhausted and tense, so I definitely needed this. I cannot wait to take my mom to the Spa. I know she will love it as much as I did. After the Spa, we indulged in a delicious breakfast at the Sandcastles buffet.


This was my final look of SWFW -- a new dress from H&M (love the 70's vibe) and my fave new OTK boots (in tan and in black -- a more affordable option here). Thanks Jessica for taking these pics! ;) These pics were taken outside of the Tommy Bahama restaurant in Grand Boulevard, were we had a VIP cocktail hour.


Jessica and I getting lessons on perfecting the IG overhead selfie by the pro herself - Danielle of Just Dandy.


Group selfie with these pretties -- Grace, Danielle, Sydney, Jessica, and Tara Skelley (one of my FAVE SWFW designers)! I definitely plan on collaborating with Tara soon -- her designs are just too good! Follow her on IG here!


I was ob-sessed with Tara's awesome statement necklace!


My other fave SWFW designer, that's also a local: Cayce Collins! It was such a joy to meet her AND to hear that she's a follow of the blog! Hoping to collaborate with her soon. Her designs are so fun and perfect for the Emerald Coast. You can follow her on IG here!

Some of my fave designs from the weekend:

Megan Dean // Tara Skelley


Tara Skelley // Cayce Collins



So, I know this was a SUPER long post, but I wanted to share with y'all as much as I could. I seriously had the best weekend with all of these ladies and my family had the best time staying at the Hilton Sandestin. If you're ever visiting the area, I highly recommend you choose the Hilton Sandestin as your hotel. And, if you didn't already have a reason to come, well now you do! Hilton Sandestin was SO kind to offer an exclusive "Fashion Blogger's Getaway" package to all of our readers! The package includes 20% off the best available rate, complimentary breakfast for two daily (which, by the way, is SO good), and 20% off Serenity Spa Services (this alone is HUGE)! The package is good from now until February 29th, with certain blackout dates applicable and subject to availability. A 2 night minimum is required. Call the hotel to reserve and be sure to mention RATE CODE "FB"!


Disclosure: I partnered with Hilton Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort and Spa for this post, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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