The Escape

"I allow time for leisure and renewal."

I'm not a spontaneous person. My idea of spontaneity is buying a nail polish while I'm waiting in line at TJMaxx, so when I mentioned to Sean how badly I wanted to escape the cold greyness of Connecticut for a bit, and he said, "Okay how about Miami on Monday?" (This was the Thursday prior.) Booking those plane tickets is probably the most impromptu thing I've ever done.

We only had four days, because Sean did want to miss any work, but getting to spend four days by the beach, and just relaxing was so amazing. We booked a really cute Airbnb with direct beach access in South Beach. There were towels and beach chairs, so I all I needed was my swimsuit and my book and I was good to go.

I will mention that flying out of New York was a big mistake - yes, the tickets were much less than flying out of Hartford, but I didn't want to miss a whole day to travel, so I booked a 9 A.M. flight, putting us in rush hour traffic as it was, then there was an accident on the George Washington Bridge, resulting in us being stuck on the highway, not moving for 40 minutes. All in all, the trip which was supposed to take an hour and a half took over four hours. We missed our flight with United Airlines and they wanted $500 to book us a new flight. So we bought new tickets on online which were $85 each for a much later flight. Needless to say, we lost the whole day to travel.

Little did we know, that missing the outgoing flight cancels the return flight, so when we tried to check in to our return flight, we were told our tickets had no value, and that no actual person in the airport could help us, we had to call. I was given the same option of $500 to 'change' our tickets. I was so upset, no one I had spoken to on Monday told us that missing our flight would cancel our return, I would get no refund for the tickets I purchased, the flight I wanted to take was already full, and it took over an hour on the phone with my and Sean's refusal to back down on their ridiculous fees before we finally got tickets home. I don't know if all airlines are the same, but I'm never flying with United again.

Sorry for the rant! Other than that, I had such a wonderful time in Florida soaking up the sun and getting to wear my summer clothes! This outfit was the one I was most looking forward to wearing - trendy and fun, plus the pants are stretchy and comfortable, which was perfect for the indulgent dinner we had after taking these photos.

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The Rundown
Black Off The Shoulder Tee Express similar
White Culottes Thrifted similar
Huarache Mules "Camila" Rebecca Minkoff similar
Vintage Japanese Bamboo Bag via eBay similar
Vintage Silk Scarf Thrifted similar
Gold Bar Earrings Argento Vivo via TJMaxx
Pineapple Necklace Moon & Lola via Rocksbox
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx



  1. These airlines are a ripoff! I'm glad you eventually got to enjoy some beautiful weather. Perfect outfit for Miami and love your bag.

  2. What an adventure! I have a love hate relationship with United (we mostly fly them transcontinental). I'm glad you finally got to get on the return flight and at least enjoy Florida!

  3. Oh my goodness! That sounds like a travel experience that someday, many years from now, when the wounds are less raw, you will be able to laugh about - but that, in the moment was incredibly, and needlessly stressful. I try to avoid flying United if I can manage it, but I'd be hard pressed to tell you a North American airline that is any better, to be truthful. It's a bit sad. Either way, how wonderful to have three days in the Maimi sunshine right next to the beach! And well done you for doing something truly spontaneous :)

  4. That's craziness, Lydia! It's so fabulous you could get away, but the hassles make for an unforgettably annoying story! Hopefully you'll be able to look back and laugh about this later---because Miami?? Sounds so ideal!!

  5. Oh you are SOOOO summer ready ! what a marvellous look Lydia. No wonder you were MIA.
    Sorry to hear about the airline crap. You do not want me started on airline stories.

  6. Loving this outfit!!!
    and UGGHHH!! That really stinks about the flights! I've never flown United, but I've also never missed a flight so not sure about that. But I usually fly with Southwest and they're great with things like this! They also let you cancel and re-book flights when needed. Not sure if they cancel your return flight if you miss your first one though, but I would think not.... (and yea, never fly out of NYC unless its' international! So horrible getting there)

  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your experience with the airline. I hope I won't experience this anytime soon.
    Your outfit is great! I love it! kisses

  8. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself after all those airport shenanigans - I've missed a flight before and it was total hell!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  9. What a great impromptu weekend! Miami sounds wonderful right about now. I'm sorry about the flight craziness, but good for you for not backing down! They should have told you about the return flight issue.

    Nicole to the Nines

  10. Oh my goodness! What a fiasco! I had no idea about missing an outgoing flight cancels your flight back. That is ridiculous! Glad you were finally able to get out there and back. It looks like you had an amazing time there though!

  11. Such a bummer about the flights!! a trip to Miami sounds amazing!


  12. Oh no, how horrible that an otherwise relaxing and fun experience was made so frustrating by the airline! And not letting you use your return tickets, that's terrible! I had no idea they did that. I hope you still had a positive time overall, and it didn't cost you too much to get back home :(

    Away From The Blue Blog

  13. Your outfit looks very comfortable. I might want one for myself! :)
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  14. sorry for the troubles but happy you had a great time in Florida, your outfit is so perfect.


  15. Amazing outfit, I really like this trendy bag!
    Mónica Sors

  16. One of the things I'm really happy I have learnt as I've grown up is embracing spontaneity! There's something about being spontaneous that is somewhat relaxing and exciting at the same time.
    Sorry to hear about all the trouble with the flights!
    Love the outfit and the bag is so unique, never seen one like that before!

    The Hidden Thimble

  17. What a fun getaway (besides all of the plane ticket drama!). I am so not a spontaneous person. A trip like this might set me over the edge! But a few days at the beach would be worth it!


  18. That is such a mishap flight day you had but all is well that ends well. Miami agreed with you. Love how you styled those culottes. I need one of those Bamboo bags, love that you tied a silk scarf to yours and those sandals are gorgeous!

  19. This bag is such a nice detail on the outfit, I love it!

    My Vogue Style |

  20. Good for you guys! I am so not spontaneous either, but sometimes it is just what you need. Sounds like it was amazing. Glad you got to go somewhere warm!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  21. This is the perfect Spring outfit, especially with those white bottoms. I have been seeing that bag everywhere! I LOVE how you added the neckscarf to it! :)

    xo, Chloe //

  22. Well despite the travel fiasco it sounds like you got a much-deserved vacation!! How wonderful! Airlines have such crazy rules and they charge so much... I book a lot of flights for my job (for other people) and it always amazes me how the littlest things can cost so much, and the price can vary so much just depending on when you book. Nuts!

  23. Very nice outfit and the mules are perfect with this one ;)