Key West Travel Review

Good morning readers, as promised I am sharing a Key West Travel Review from my recent girl’s getaway with Krystal from A Pinch of Lovely. We stayed in a beautiful, lifestyle room at the Gates Hotel Key West  about five minutes outside of the busy downtown area. I would describe the hotel as road trip motel meets contemporary-chic with it’s white-washed wood floors and walls and the gorgeous modern art in every room.

Scroll through this post to see the full Instagram round up from my trip and read more about the our trip at the bottom of the post!


The souvenir shop right by Cuban Coffee Queen was probably one of our favorite spots because of all the colorful buoys and the Key West greeting wall mural.

Krystal’s Outfit: Sterling Pullover Sweater & Walsh Shorts c/o Lilly Pulitzer | Gold Sandals c/o Sole Society | Chelsea Cross Body c/o Gigi New York |

My Outfit: Sydney Caftan & Walsh Shorts c/o Lilly Pulitzer | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Suki | Ipanema Flip Flops | Boater Hat

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Packing Tips: The tip I’m about to give you may be the most important tip of your entire Key West trip: DO NOT OVERPACK! They literally will not let you on the plane! Yes, you read that right! We got turned away at the Delta check-in desk because we had too many suitcases. Apparently, you’re only allowed one checked bag because the planes that fly into Key West’s airport are super small and the extra weight would throw off the balance. Scary thought, right? Anyway, we had to completely reschedule our flights for the following day so that we could go home and condense our bags!

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Outfit: Striped Romper (similar romper) | Leather & Canvas Tote c/o Gigi New York | West 57th Weekend Duffle c/o Henri Bendel | Perforated Heels | Bric’s Bellagio Spinner Trunk


Krystal’s Outfit: Ziggy Romper c/o Lily Pulitzer | Uber clutch c/o Gigi New York | Quay Cherry Bomb Sunglasses 

My Outfit: Sonya Set c/o Lilly Pulitzer | Loeffler Randal Cross body bag | Quay Cherry Bomb Sunglasses | Jewelry c/o Julie Vos

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The Gates Hotel Key West


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Outfit: Open Shoulder Romper | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Suki | Boater Hat | Beaded Bracelets <-SALE Alert! Take 15% OFF with code: HAUTE15 (see more about these bracelets here)


Outfit: Striped Romper | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Suki | Beaded Bracelets <-SALE Alert! Take 15% OFF with code: HAUTE15 | Somers Sneakers c/o Sofft Shoes | Boater Hat


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Outfit: Striped Cover Up & Boater Hat c/o Sole Society | Necklaces c/o Elizabeth Stone Jewelry | Beaded Bracelets <-SALE Alert! Take 15% OFF with code: HAUTE15


Outfit: Drift Away Romper c/o Yumi Kim (also available here) | Perforated HeelsLoeffler Randal Cross body bag |


Another one of the Gates Hotel’s cool amenities is that offer free bike rentals each day!


You absolutely must stop by Kermit’s for one of their famous frozen, chocolate-covered key lime pie slices on a stick!

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Outfit: Rilo Top & Walsh Shorts c/o Lilly Pulitzer | Boater Hat | Jewelry c/o Julie Vos 


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Outfit: Yumi Kim Limitless Romper (also available here) | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Suki | Ipanema Sandals | Boater Hat <–under $30!! | Emma Sunglasses


We scooped up these delicious pineapples drinks at the World’s Smallest Bar on Duval St. This is a must-have drink my friends!

Outfit: Sydney Caftan & Walsh Shorts c/o Lilly Pulitzer | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Suki | Boater Hat

Key West Highlights

Favorite Restaurant: Hogfish

I’ll definitely be back for: more fish tacos! Just kidding! Well kind of… I really do need to go back for their epic sunsets that we just so happened to miss everyday! Bummer I know! I’ll also be back for more Key Lime Pie on a stick!

Least Favorite Part: Giants lizards & the insane heat and humidity!

Coolest Part of Gates Hotel Key West: The fact that they have a food truck instead of regular restaurant! I’m also obsessed with their white washed walls, floors and modern decor!

Best Advice for Key West Tourist: Wear SPF, drink plenty of water, wear a hat and your walking shoes! Oh and don’t even bother trying to look nice because trust me…it won’t last a second in that humidity. Just go to enjoy yourself and have a good time!