INSPIRATION / / 9 Things That Prove Florida is the Second Greatest Place in America (after NYC, obviously)


Yes, we love New York, it’s the home of HOC, and my second home (hoping to make it my real home one of these days though.) But, there are other groovy states in America.

I have a special place in my heart for Florida. Sure, many people think it’s trash, and sure, a lot of it is - but that’s just part of the charm. For the last 20 years, I have been going on a family vacation to Sarasota, Florida, so I know a thing or two about this state.

Here are the reasons why I truly believe that it deserves the silver medal when it comes to the greatest places in the US.



The state’s animal is the Manatee, and honestly they are unreal. Nicknamed “sea cows” Manatees are famously friendly fellows, that have a tendency to get themselves in sticky situations.  

Vitamin C baby


Pretty much all the oranges in the US come from the great state of Florida, and we’re thankful. In 2012, Florida produced 70 percent of oranges in the U.S. So, we have all the vitamin C we’ll ever need. Thanks FL.

Disney World


Well, if there’s ever been a reason to move anywhere, this is it. Disney World is the most popular theme park in the world, and we can see why. It is the most magical place on EARTH, and I would know - I’ve been 12 times.

Key lime pie


This iconic dessert was created in Key West, Florida during the 20th century. And now, it has become such an important part of Floridian culture, the pie even has its own festival. Which we dream of attending some day.

Tie Dye


Now, we’re not saying that tie dye originated in Florida… but we are saying that it’s everywhere in the state. And we are so down.

That weather though


You may not love Florida (weird), but you cannot deny that sweet sweet weather. I have never once been there without getting a tan, and I usually go in October. The sun shines ALL THE DAMN TIME.

Old people


There’s a special kind of person that makes the life altering decision to retire and move to Florida. They wear straw hats, drink Martinis and wear colourful shirts all day long. We love them.



Did you know that Miami is the only major American city founded by a woman? In 1875, Julia Tuttle first laid eyes on Miami when her father moved into the area as a homesteader. Tuttle decided to move to Miami herself and bought hundreds of acres of land. YAS HONEY.

And lastly… Howie.

Yep, the icon that is Howie from the Backstreet Boys is a Florida native. My job here is done. Thank you for your time.




As HOCs resident Irish chick, I like to think of myself as exotic. A former New Yorker, turned general nomad (I will literally live anywhere), I love anything to do with style. My love affair with HOC began over a year ago, when I met a fiery red head in a bar, and it has been ongoing ever since. I love big sunglasses, glitter, rap music and anything coconut flavoured. You’ll currently find me working in darling Dublin as a Beauty Editor. -Becca