Fannie and Nestor in town.
Fannie and Nestor on our walk to the beach.
My step brother goofing around.
Me with my step brother Jerome and his children Fannie and Nestor.
Summer is quickly coming to a close. The back to school commercials which have started to crop up, are sure sign the long days of sun and surf will soon be behind us. But with the three h’s raging and with another few weeks of August left to go, it was high time to head to Fire Island. My step family is in town from Paris and I have been quite busy with them, from Manhattan to Brooklyn to the sandy islands this area is known for we did it all. Last weekend we headed to Fire Island for a little relaxation and to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. My step family had never been to Fire Island so they were in for quite a treat. Fire Island with it’s clean, white beaches, and quaint down town beach side shopping districts and strict rule of no cars allowed is quite the enjoyable getaway. We drove out to the ferry station in Bayshore and hopped on the boat to Ocean Shores. I had not been to Ocean Shores before and though I loved the down town area of Ocean Shores, I think I prefer the beaches of Fair Harbor or Davis Beach. Davis Beach is huge and quiet isolated. You get there by taking the ferry from Patchogue. There is no downtown, however there is a restaurant with an out door area and rest rooms. So if you are looking for solitude this is the place to go. Fair Harbor also has a shopping district but it is smaller then the one on Ocean Beach. But the beaches are bigger and less crowded. Kismet is for the single, college age, twenty something crowd and is not about relaxing. Then there is Cherry Grove and The Pines which are known for attracting a large gay crowd. I went there a number of years ago with a former coworker and had a blast. The ferry pulls right up to the bars and clubs on the beach and I was dancing the night away in sea of shirtless sweaty beefcake muscled men. Normally I would be quite agitated in such a large crowded space with so many other people, but a sea of dancing gay men…no problem. This trip was a bit more tame and was filled with more low key actives sans cocktails. We shopped in town where my step brother bought a book for my step niece Fanny. The author lives on Fire Island and was on hand to sign Fannie’s copy, such a wonderful keepsake. I am sure this will bring her years of great memories. We then had a bite to eat and finally headed to the beach. The walk to the beach was long but not too long and with the picturesque homes, over arching trees and bare foot friendly board walk it was thoroughly enjoyable. The beach at Ocean Beach was smaller and much more crowded then the beaches I had been to before. I kind of felt like I was on Jones Beach or Coney Island, and to me this kind of defeats the purpose of heading out here—I come out to not have a city or suburban beach experience. But despite the crowds this did not stop us from having a good time. There was plenty of swimming, sunning, and goofing around to be had. I know my step brother, niece, and nephew certainly did. We headed home as the sun went down and we all slept quite soundly that night with hazy dreams of sand and sun. And though summer is nearing it’s end, I will have the sun filled memories from this weekend to get me through the dark days of winter. And for anyone that is interested the hat I am wearing is from LF and the shoes are from Areosoles The bathing suite I picked up from Delia’s years ago. And the Sunnies? We stopped at the Modell’s Sporting Good store on the way to the beach. Pretty chic right?
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RachelleAugust 17, 2015
this looks like the perfect Summer weekend 🙂 the pics are awesome.
Jackie HarrisonAugust 17, 2015
Fire Island How you brought me back memories also done the dance night away with gay crowds lol. Is a great place to visit and stay in the location that is right for you and your family to enjoy you were very detail , This post will be helpful to others who did not know the existing of Fire Island. You have a lovely family and you look amazing in a swimsuit it show you all had a great time.
ShybikerAugust 17, 2015
What fun times at the beach! Your family are adorable and I love your swimsuit. It gives off an appealing retro- look. Jones Beach and Fire Island are NY’s most popular attractions. These nice photos show why.
Shireen L. PlattAugust 17, 2015
This by far is my favourite post from you, Ali! I love that you shared something personal with your readers and it’s so lovely to see a less serious side of you. And you rock that swimsuit really good, I mean you look fabulous in it. And your step niece and nephew will grow up to be heart breakers, both are really good looking kids.
Thank you for this, it’s such a refreshing read and it’s really lovely to have a small peak into your life. xx
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ShoshanaAugust 17, 2015
Looks like you guys had a great time! I love Fire Island and have a share in Ocean Beach. We’re on the block that divides Ocean Beach & Cornelia Estates and are lucky enough to have access to the private beach area. I like that our area is a little over from the crowds but we still have the bars at night time. So you guys drove, so much better than taking the Long Island Railroad but that’s just my opinion. We drive or take the shuttle service.
Your pictures have me missing F.I. as I’ve only been out there twice this summer. I’ve been spending my weekends in the Hamptons relaxing/partying or up in CT sailing. We’re planing to spend Labor Day Weekend at our house on Fire Island. I hope to have a much fun you & your family.
RowenaAugust 17, 2015
A beach visit is such a summer thing to do and it looks like you and your family had a wonderful time on Fire Island. Love your retro style swimsuit! I used to shop at Delia’s all the time 🙂
K / House of KTSAugust 17, 2015
I just love these photos Allie. It looks like all of you are having the time of your lives. And you look so happy and beautiful. I hope you turned everything off and let go girl. Love the swimsuit as well.
Kia / House of KTS
KathleenAugust 17, 2015
Beautiful photos! I’ve always wanted to go here and I’ve heard fabulous things about it. Now I’m more excited than ever to take a visit! I hope your weekend was wonderful 🙂
Missy MayAugust 17, 2015
Awww….how lovely, Alicia. You look great in the swimsuit and these are great shots. 🙂
Kim of A Very Sweet BlogAugust 18, 2015
Allie, this post should definitely be treasured! You captured some beautiful moments. The surroundings were gorgeous. I love your bathing suit. This is the epitome of Summer.
Jhem ArzagaAugust 18, 2015
Yep, the sunnies is so chic and the swimsuit is just great too!
You guys looks like you really had an amazing time at the beach with your neice and nephew enjoying the water. Well, thanks for sharing this with us, Allie! Have a lovely day!
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kelsey bangAugust 18, 2015
what fun places to explore! beautiful photography!
MarieAugust 18, 2015
Beautiful pictures. What a wonderful way to spend time with family. Fire Island is beautiful. I would love to visit it one day. You look fantastic in that bathingsuit, love it.
AshleyAugust 18, 2015
What a FUN day! And loving your suit- sooo chic!
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misslovelyattitudeAugust 18, 2015
this Looks so perfect for a summer Weekend 🙂 Love These pics 🙂
FASHION TALESAugust 18, 2015
How fun, and I didn’t know your (step-)fam was from Paris, very cool. I’m sure you gave them the best tour of where to go. I’ve never been to Fire Island, only heard much about it. Great swimsuit, I am loving one-piece swimwear too! <3
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KikiAugust 18, 2015
Sounds like you really had an amazing time! It feels like we have lots of summer left still, but I know we really don’t…school is coming too soon. Lovely photos!
AkaleistarAugust 18, 2015
Beautiful pictures! It looks like you all had a wonderful time together. Also, love your Delia’s swimsuit 🙂
Cielo FronterasAugust 18, 2015
So fun! I love your photos! Thanks for sharing!
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ElleAugust 19, 2015
These photos are so superb, they really tell a story. Fire Island looks so beautiful and untarnished . The beaches are crowded though, but why now, it is so pretty there.
YOU look amazing , love that suit. Fire island suits you. I hereby command you to say put!
nice looking family,too!
Glamoury ArmoryAugust 19, 2015
Allie, I love the pictures, there is nothing like some quality family time. You look amazing, I love love the swimsuit. Perfection!!.
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Jane Y.August 21, 2015
Fire Island is so quaint and pretty. I think my husband has been but I have never. Perhaps one of these days 🙂