Living in Florida: A Tropical Fashion Paradise

3 Compelling Reasons Why My Dad Finds Florida a Blissful Home for Over 36 Years, Breaking the Ohio Mold — Explore the Beauty

3 reasons my dad loves living in Florida for 36 years after growing up in Ohio. Take a look!

Lauren Edmonds and family

There’s something about the Sunshine State that captivates hearts like a designer handbag on sale. And for my father, it was the lure of warm weather that caused him to ditch the frigid Midwest and embark on a fashion-forward journey to Florida. With no state income tax to weigh him down, he knew he had hit the jackpot in both style and savings.

As my dad always charmingly puts it, “I got cold.” But little did he know that his search for warmth would lead him to a tropical paradise filled with palm trees that sway like runway models and a year-round average temperature of 72°F. Florida’s nice weather isn’t just a pretty face; it’s the vibrant backdrop that sets the stage for a fashionable life.

Palm trees in Miami Beach, Florida.

Speaking of backdrops, Florida’s landscape is a gardener’s dream. With an enviable variety of vegetation that thrives in this sunny haven, it’s no wonder everything grows here, just like the ever-evolving trends of the fashion world. Our backyard was a garden sanctuary, dressed in the blooms of orange and banana trees. It was paradise found, complete with fruity accessories.

But wait, there’s more! Florida doesn’t just make you look good; it also makes your wallet feel fabulous. With no state income tax, my father quickly found himself saving more money than a serial bargain hunter at a designer clearance sale. Not paying 10% in income tax each year? Now that’s a steal! It’s like saving enough to buy that designer bag you’ve been eyeing, guilt-free.

Lauren Edmonds and parents

And let’s not forget about the vibrant tapestry of cultures that weave through the streets of Florida. It’s like a fashion show where diversity takes center stage, with more than 22 million residents, 27% identifying as Hispanic or Latino, 17% as Black or African American, and 3.1% Asian. Compare that to Ohio’s census, and you’ll see that Florida truly is a melting pot of fashion inspiration.

Oh, and seafood! How could we overlook the delicacies that swim in Florida’s culinary waters? Gone are the days of frozen lobsters and limited selections. In this fashion-forward state, you can indulge in fresh seafood like a diva on a red carpet. Lobster, crab, shrimp, and oysters are available almost anytime, making every meal a haute couture affair.

Seafood in Florida

So, for all you fashion lovers out there dreaming of a life where the weather is as trendy as the latest runway collections, look no further than the Sunshine State. Florida offers warmth to thaw even the coldest of hearts, a tax-free haven to style your bank account, a thriving cultural scene for endless fashion inspiration, and a menu of fresh seafood that will leave your taste buds begging for an encore.

Now, excuse me while I slip into my favorite sundress and soak up some Florida sunshine. Stay fabulous, darlings!