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I have visited beaches all over the world in my travels, but Seaside, Florida definitely ranks as one my favorites. For my day in the sun I chose this fabulous hi-lo maxi Spense dress from Steinmart. I recently purchased it on sale at a local store, but they sell several similar styles on their Steinmart website.


Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo Dress

Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo Dress

Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo Dress

Seaside is the beach of my childhood, although the area has changed considerably from its years of Grayton State Park and a few beach cabins. This picturesque vacation community, as well as the surrounding Sandestin area, offers all the best ingredients for the perfect summer vacation.

SEASIDE®, built on 80 acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is located on South Walton County’s Hwy. 30-A, between Panama City Beach and Destin. Acclaimed world-wide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism, SEASIDE® offers a thriving town center with shopping and dining, all within walkable distance to homes, cottages and offices. Consisting of more than 300 homes, many of them vacation rentals, the community offers more than 12 restaurants and eateries, and 41 shops and galleries.

Source: About Seaside

Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo Dress

It is nestled on the coast of gorgeous sugar beaches, but the magic only starts there. The distinctive architecture features fresh Florida colors with a vintage twist.

Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo Dress

Some of you may also recognize Seaside as the filming location for the 1998 movie, “The Truman Show,” starring Jim Carey. Walking into the Modica Market is like taking a step back in time, but in a very chic way!

Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo Dress

Several artists and artisans also call Seaside home. You can browse from shop to shop to enjoy their one-of-a-kind creations.

Seaside, Florida In A Fabulous Hi-Lo DressThis spot is especially sentimental for me because I was engaged here 26 years ago. I actually found the spot. It’s a pizza joint now, but then it was a charming French restaurant. Seaside was in its fledgling stages then, with only a small seaside pergola that housed a few shops and a restaurant. My, how it has changed!






I hope you enjoyed this stroll through one of my favorite places. Make sure to check out the Seaside website for further details.

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  1. Shellie this place is so beautiful – I love that it’s called Seaside (what a great name!) and was where the Truman Show was filmed… It’s going on my “places to visit in Florida” list as we’re thinking of going there in a couple of years!

    Your maxi is so lovely – you can’t beat bright stripes in the summer. But then with that smile you’d probably look good in anything, sweetie…!

    Thanks so much for linking up with #iwillwearwhatilike! Hope to see you next week as well 🙂

    Catherine x

    • Shellie Bowdoin says:

      Catherine, I can promise you that Seaside and Sandestin beach are some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see. Seaside is such a special place to me and I’m sure you would love it!! I’ll be back in Florida for 2016/17 so you’ll have to let me know if you make it…maybe I’ll meet you there.

  2. Paula Reyne says:

    A HiLo Maxi dress appears to solve the problem I’ve always had with Maxi dresses – i.e. with such a long dress, it’s all too easy to get your feet caught in the hemline and trip and fall. Thanks for sharing a new style (at least one that new to me)! PS: The dress looks great on you!

    • says:

      Thanks Paula, I also found the hi-lo to be a lot cooler than the long variety!

  3. Cute dress and gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  4. This looks like such a quaint beach town. Love your maxi dress too!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.


  5. Jamie Reeves says:

    Love your maxi dress! Very cute for the beach. I grew up going to Ft. Walton, Destin and Navarre Beach, not far from Seaside. It is such a beautiful area! I would love to retire there!

  6. sherry says:

    Love that maxi dress. I have two, but for me it’s stepping out of the box a little. Not something I am used to wearing. Thanks for inspiring me!

    • says:

      I really liked this one because it came up in the front. I felt like I could breath a little better ; )…thanks for stopping by!

  7. Michele says:

    I love maxi dresses and hope they stay in style. They cover my arthritic knees! Yours looks great! I enjoyed your beach photos.

    • says:

      Thanks Michele! This is an awesome age of fashion when all lengths are in fashion. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Charissa says:

    Cute dress, I love the stripes! What a fun trip down memory lane to visit where you first got engaged. #FridayBlogBooster

    • says:

      It is always a nostalgic stroll for me…thanks for stopping by!

  9. Amy says:

    What a gorgeous maxi! You look beautiful in it. I’ve never been to SeaSide, but I sure want to!

  10. I miss Seaside! We spent one or two weeks there most summers since 2003 with 2 other families. But we recently moved to CA. Our besties are going without us this year. 🙁 Really enjoyed your pictures! BTW, come link up at Sunday Features starting Saturdays at 8 CDT!

    • says:

      Then you know how fabulous it really is! Ok, I will check it out..feel free to send me a reminder!

  11. I work at Stein Mart Department Store and your dress got my attention. You looked like you were having fun and it was a perfect look for frolicking on the beach. We have so many dress like that in our store. I bought and wore my first Maxi Dress recently and it looked great on me. Check out our website at You will love what you see.

    • says:

      Hi Nicole, thanks for stopping by! I love Steinmart and I did see a number of great dresses on their website.

  12. Ashleigh says:

    That dress is super cute and I think it looks great on you! It looks like you had a great day near the sea! It’s been great co hosting with you at the OMHGWW! Have a wonderful rest of the week!!

  13. Jess says:

    Hi Shelly
    ahh! I really need a vacation! Never been there, want to go to Ochrachoke NC next year. Love the pics and the pretty maxi on you!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx

  14. Hi Shellie, what fun fabulous pictures you have share, but I really like the Mai dress it is so cute. You look like you had a wonderful time!!

    Thank you for Co-Hosting with #OMHGWW this month it has been a pleasure to make your acquaintance and build a friendship!!
    Hope you have a great week!

    • says:

      Thanks Karren, it’s always a pleasure to share with you!

  15. Great article! I was born in Jacksonville and lived there till I was 9–great memories of Florida beaches. Thanks for the reminder of good memories and happy to co-host #OhMyHeartsieGirlWordlessWednesday with you!

    • says:

      Thanks Donna, so nice to meet you and Co-Host together!

  16. Dawn Lucy says:

    Loving this maxi on you, Shellie! Great photos!
    Dawn Lucy

  17. I love Seaside! It’s so pretty there! And, I love the colors of your dress – perfect for the 4th of July! have fun!

  18. Christine says:

    Super cute maxi! Sounds like a very charming spot! Visting Florida beaches is on my bucket list of places to go, for this West Coast girl! Have a fabulous week Shellie! It’s a pleasure to co-host #OhMyHeartsieGirlWW with you!

  19. I’ve hardly ever seen hi-lo’s in maxis before but I’m glad I have now. I love yours. The stripes are perfect for the beach. And how lovely to be able to go back to a place that holds such special memories. Love the photo of you wearing the red hat!

    • says:

      Thanks! It really is a special place for many reasons.