Labor Day traditionally marks the end of the lazy days of summer, so our family headed for the coast to spend a final beach weekend soaking in the sun, sand, and surf. Luckily, Hurricane Hermine blew through before the weekend began and left behind some amazing, cooler weather and azure blue skies.
Usually we are in a rush to get to the beach, but this trip we took our time and stopped for lunch in Historic Georgetown.
A bit of a well-kept secret, this charming city is dripping with picturesque homes, quaint restaurants and shops as well as rich history. My mother has always been fond of Georgetown and was sure to include a stop on our family beach visits, so I’m very familiar with the iconic Rice Museum on Front Street, fresh vegetable plates at Thomas’s Cafe and eerie ghost tours explaining about the town’s notorious haunts. We enjoyed the gorgeous weather with an outdoor lunch at Alfresco Georgetown Bistro, which was quite accommodating to Little Lovely, and then strolled along the waterfront.Our destination for the weekend was Debordieu where we joined a few other families- 6 babies and one on the way- for some beach fun. Eloise had a ball splashing in the water and digging in the sand, and mommy and daddy enjoyed taking in the beautiful view from the porch while she napped. It was wonderful watching all of the children play together and having some adult conversation too. Happy Labor Day!
A weekend away is good for the soul and especially when it’s spent in lovely Amelia Island, Florida. For the past few years, I’ve been a lucky spouse tagging along with Jody to a legal conference held there at the Ritz-Carlton.One of the most southern of the sea islands, Amelia boasts wide powdery beaches, moss dripping oak trees and the quaint seaside village of Fernandina Beach.
With baby staying home in the great care of our trusted sitter and her sweet grandmothers Jody and I were able to relax to the fullest- beach walks, reading, and sunning filled our days (as well as some conferencing).
The Assistants was a fun and light read where the clever girls win!
We were also able to enjoy cocktail hour and dine a little later than the early bird special visiting some of our favorite spots in Fernandina, including Espana and the most charming Le Clos.
A clambake on the beach at sunset was the perfect way to end the trip! Time away provides much needed rest and connection, but I must admit that we daydreamed a good bit about Little Lovely and our future family trips in Amelia. We know she’ll love it as much as we do.
Although there is some debate of where the fabric originated gingham made its way to Europe in the 17th century from Dutch colonizing Malaysia. In fact, the word is derived from the Mayla “genngang” meaning striped. The lightweight yet durable fabric was first produced in stripe and later adapted to the check pattern we know today.
Many countries claim ties to the textile. In England and later colonial America, gingham began to represent the rustic countryside and was used widely for household tablecloths, aprons and clothing. During the Industrial Age, gingham was manufactured in the U.S. and even became a symbol of patriotism- especially in blue/red/white checks.
Some memorable characters have worn the fabric well, including my favorite heroine, Dorothy Gale, on her way to Oz. Bridgette Bardot notably donned a pink gingham wedding dress in the 1960’s sparking a fashion craze.
I associate the delicate checks with summertime and have added a few pretty pieces to mine and baby’s wardrobes this season.
Marco&Lizzy pink pique popover set // Petit Bebe pink gingham bubble by Anavini // J.Crew ruffle hem silk top (50% off final sale today with code: SHOPFAST) // Derby top by CollynRaye // J.Crew Factory gingham shell top