I teased this post last week when I shared a little information about the Barnes and Noble stores I have been visiting to sign books. It’s been a blast, and I have some VERY exciting news to share soon!
But I want to focus more on The Villages. I had some preconceived notions about this city that was created specifically to be a place for people to retire. I mean that doesn’t sound like a dream come true to me for a variety of reasons. However, after making the drive north, I discovered it’s pretty cool.
We met some long-time friends (he was in my parents’ wedding!) who live in The Villages at the Rose Plantation. It’s a cool, unique spot on a lake with a rose garden out front. Everyone was incredibly nice, and it’s never a bad thing to spend an afternoon catching up with friends and enjoying some Caymus.
They are known for the ambiance and pie, both in the form of quiche and a variety of sweet pies, including banana cream. Do I really have to tell you that towering masterpiece was a hit?
When we left there, we headed farther into The Villages and saw that it really is an idyllic city where the residents truly never have to leave for anything. That’s probably good because the nearest big cities are about an hour away. Golf courses and golf carts abound.
Barnes and Noble is located in one of the city center areas, bustling with people, shops, restaurants, and bars with live music booming throughout. There is water and a bridge for nice viewing; we were able to spot fish and even a turtle. We walked around some, and I’m honestly looking forward to returning to explore more. You’ll probably never see me live there, but more visits sound pretty good to me. There is a bit of an irresistible draw to the city.
I chose a black and blue theme for my outfit. The dress is navy with black trim. I’ve had it forever (shocker, I know) and I love it. I pulled the black from the dress with my bag and popped the blue with my shoes because it is Florida and bright colors are life. Oh, and I am obsessed with the crystal star hair pins I wore. They are so classy and pretty practical in always windy Florida.
I also wore both the lapis and hematite beads my mom has had forever. We both find ourselves wearing them more and more, and why not? They are super cool. Exploring places near my new hometown is pretty cool too!
Dress: Elizabeth and James // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bag: Prada