A few weeks ago I took an incredible trip down south to the ultra luxe Alys Beach Resort in Florida. Although I was in town for work, the white sand beaches and emerald water paired with architecture reminiscent of Santorini, made it physically impossible to not feel like I was on vacation during my stay.
It was my first time visiting the south and I was blown away by it's humid beauty and refreshing slow pace. I got to experience real southern hospitality first hand, which was serious culture shock at first. I've always believed in the kindness of strangers, but growing up in LA can make you a little jaded. It took me a couple days to adjust to everyone asking me how I was and the fresh baked cookies + hand written notes in my room every night.
Packing for the trip was a little tricky as it's literally a humid paradise, so I went straight to Reiss and picked up a few airy cotton shirts and light weight slacks. Their Summer 14 collection is a capsule of quentesential relaxed summer styles that range from elevated basics and short sleeve button downs to their signature tailored trousers in summer friendly fabrics and colors--perfect for a few days by the beach!
I'm not sure when I'll be returning to this this untapped paradise, but it won't be long. Once you get a taste of that warm water and dig your toes into the sugary white sands of Alys Beach it's very difficult to imagine life without it.
Photography: Jacqueline Ward