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Photo Roll – Highlights of 2014.
I posted this photo last summer when I was in a quandary about keeping this blog going. Felt like I had dug myself into a hole.
Our dog, Buster, took digging a hole to a another level. He wallowed in it, rejoiced in it, and found a cool place for his belly.
He wasn’t worried about other folk’s reactions, he just did as he pleased as long as he could share it with his people family.
With the help of two of my sons (ages 21 and 24), we took Buster to the vet for the very last time. He was old and could no longer stand up. My heart is full with the loss of our dog, but also full of love for the strength and love my boys displayed today. My heart is heavy from the grief Buster’s daddy, my Wayne, is experiencing.
You were a Good Boy and a Great part of our family.
Our sincere thanks to Dr. Andrew Horne and the compassionate crew at Martin’s Point Vet.
I’ve been thinking about Outer Banks Style: it’s much more than fashion and the beach. To me, Outer Banks Style embodies the spirit of these barrier islands and our adaptability to the elements with grace and good humor.
It’s about enjoying the local harvest, such as Crab Slough Oysters in November.
It’s about shopping local at a cool little gallery tucked away on the Beach Road in Nags Head.
It’s about preserving our history. Bodie Island Lighthouse & Visitor’s Center (thank you Whitley Painting).
And it’s about the friends you meet along the way.
You’re going to love this sweet little fashion film by Luisaviaroma, pure eye candy!
Funny Father’s Day card.
And finally, I love this acoustical version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean by The Civil Wars:
The love for vintage, retro fashion crosses blood lines in my family. My niece, Whitley, inherited her sense of classic style from her grandmother, my mother-in-law, Martha. Martha was a beautiful southern woman and a buyer for a leading department store in the 1960’s in Rocky Mount, NC. She went on numerous buying trips to New York and had an eye for timeless fashion and quality materials.
Meanwhile in a suburban DC neighborhood, my mother worked full-time and when I was around 10 years old, she went back to school to better her career choices. As an important bread-winner in our family, she knew that dressing for success was vital for her to land a decent job so she could help support my brother and me. She was budget-minded and bought classic pieces on sale. She also found time to make almost all my clothes until I rebelled in high school, opting for The Villager shirtwaist dresses, skirt and sweater sets that my peers were wearing.
But, I digress. My love for vintage fashion really came to fruition in my early 20’s. How I wish I had saved those Villager shirt-waist dresses and sweater sets. How I wish I had this fringed top and print slacks my mom is wearing in the Christmas photo.
The aforementioned niece, Whitley, writes an award-winning blog, The Queen City Style.com, devoted to all things stylish in Charlotte, North Carolina (aka the Queen City). Her latest post was a promotion of the chic, online retailer, Shabby Apple.com. I took a look at their website, and fell in love with this skirt and cardigan ensemble.
So, naturally, I’m following all of Whitley’s instructions to a T to get myself in the drawing for the $50 gift card. The clothes I’m seeing at Shabby Apple are straight out of AMC’s Mad Men. Check out this article about costume designer, Janie Bryant, in NY Times blog article, “Behind the Madness.” Don’t you love the cream sweater & matching coat with ascot below?
Unlike Buster who enjoys wallowing in a self-made hole, I am struggling with the hole I’ve dug myself into with this blog devoted to style and fashion on the Outer Banks. I’ve yet to find my voice.
Working by myself in a marina, I’m surrounded by boats and beautiful water views, but few people this time of year. Any sense of style here is guided by practicality such as deck shoes and khakis.
Additionally, I’m on a tight budget, so with the exception of an occasional lunch or dinner out with the Hubs, there aren’t any shopping trips, pedicures or gallery openings in my future. But, on second thought, that’s not what life on the Outer Banks is all about. I am thankful for the beautiful sunrises over the Atlantic, enjoying plentiful fresh seafood, and my small town life on a barrier island. I’m especially thankful for the Hubs (Happy Anniversary!), my family, friends, my coaches, kickboxing classes and bootcamp.
So, I guess for now, most of my fashion inspiration comes from the Internet. I will always give credit to the sources of my photos however possible and thanks to all who have come before me. I read your blogs, comment when I can and sincerely thank you for your creative effort and talent!
I found this lovely combination of florals and stripes and perfecting the art of the partial tuck at Sketch 42: “Not exactly a leopard and a floral, but fun none the less… Blazer: Zara, Jeans: Rag And Bone, Sweater: Similar. Belt: Similar, Boots.” (Click here.)
I find inspiration daily from a few of my favorite blogs:
Just as soon as I can figure out how to add these to my Blog Roll, they’ll have a permanent position here.
I love this photo. My father-in-law was a great outdoorsman and he passed his love for fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors onto his son, who, in turn, has passed it on to our sons.