Photo Roll – Highlights of 2014.
Photo Roll – Highlights of 2014.
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.
At the library:
Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta, M.D. Having received mediocre reviews from Kirkus Reviews.com and Huffington Post, I nonetheless found this novel to be a fun and interesting read. I’ve always been enthralled by the mysteries of the human brain, and the book is full of quirky ailments, brilliant surgeries and likable characters.
I’m knee deep into A Conspiracy of Friends by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the newest edition to the Corduroy Mansion series. He has a tender and respectful way of bringing life to his characters here and in his other books, most notably, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.
I’m looking forward to The Red House by Mark Haddon. He is the arthur of one of my favorite books of all time, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He has also written numerous children’s books.
The East Albemarle Regional Library online – log in, membership is free; request books to be sent to your local branch for pick-up.
On the Internet:
This newly discovered blog is written by Robyn Gordon, an artist living in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Art Propelled is visually appealing to me on many levels.
Edith Lake Wilkinson, was a talented artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When she was 57 she was sent to a mental asylum in and forgotten until a trunk of her belongings, paintings and sketches were discovered in an attic in West Virginia.
Please check out other recent finds on my Pinterest boards.
I saw a recipe/photo for watermelon & feta salad in the August issue of In Style Magazine. It included arugula with a Serrano vinaigrette. It sounded like a perfect summertime salad.
I paired the salad with fresh crab cakes. I did not have any arugula or a Serrano chile. So I served the salad on a bed of chopped romaine with fresh, diced mint (about 1 tablespoon) with a balsamic vinaigrette. Absolutely delicious blend of super sweet Carolina watermelon and salty feta cheese. I layered the melon and feta on top of the romaine and drizzled with the vinaigrette. It was perfect with the crab cakes, but I’m thinking its a great dish alone or with a variety of foods, maybe pork chops?
I came across this video by Ina Garten on the Food Network channel – I love watching The Barefoot Contessa and her cookbook is one of my favorites. She adds shallots and mint to her salad. Please enjoy!
Check out these watermelon skewers! They’d be great for a casual get together around the pool. I suppose other melons could be used, but I’m really into watermelon these days and it’s so good for you.
We’re a loud, boisterous group of new-found and old friends brought together by Outer Banks Bootcamps. We delight in our successes and pick each other up when we fall. We roll in the sand, jump in the ocean, carry each other on our backs and run our butts off. We’ve seen each other cry and full of laughter. But mostly we see each other covered in sand, sweat and determination.
It’s a rare treat to see us all dressed up, jewels on, and makeup carefully applied. But when we do, we do it with lots of Outer Banks Style. A recent soiree in Southern Shores was the perfect opportunity to wear a new dress and share some libations with some stylin, fabulous friends.
Palm tree beauty, great color and textures.
Not sure what this perennial is called, but it is lovely. Red and yellow painted flowers from the same bush.
Finished this book.
Participated in the Wine Down 5K in pretty good time (for me).
Finished 6 week training with the Steel Magnolia’s at Outer Banks Bootcamps.
Blooming flowers in the backyard:
Hubs fixed the outside shower, It’s the best shower in the house. I asked him if he could make it a wee bit bigger; first he said no. But after his shower this morning, he agreed. I’m hoping he’ll make it big enough for a small bench, and then maybe we could get satellite tv and a microwave oven and I’ll never come indoors again #justkidding.
I stopped by Duck Woods Country Club in Southern Shores the other evening to check out Fashion Fiesta: Girl’s Night Out, Sip & Shop. The organizers gathered a group of retailers who set up mini-shops in the banquet room, cocktails were poured, appetizers served and the ladies shopped.
It was as much fun seeing everyone in their fabulous frocks as it was looking at the merchandise. I felt woefully under-dressed having come straight from work. Tammy and Linda were in high style in strappy dresses and high heels; and my friend Nancy looked smashing in a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired coral top and slacks with beautiful turquoise enamel earrings. I didn’t have my camera with me, so I am pulling this together that are reminiscent of the evening’s best and brightest looks.
Amy from Urban Cottage is Duck was there. She brought these serving pieces from Nora Fleming which have been a big hit in her store as they have interchangeable adornments that you can attach depending on the holiday or mood you are in.
Switch the blue crab out for this one and your platter is perfect for cupcakes.
I was attracted to the pretty crocheted necklaces made by Karen Brown/Denise Turner Jewelry, they were similar to these:
Other local vendors included: Miss Lizzie’s, Life’s A Beach,, Confetti Clothing Co., Islands by Amity, Untucked Apparel for Men (new in Duck), Savvy Home, Luxury, Kena Activewear, Charlotte’s Ladies’ Boutique, and Diamonds and Dunes.
A few hours ago, it started. Gray skies and spitting rain. When the lightning arc’d over the Sound in a threatening manner, I decided to pack it up for the day. Hitting the Beach Road, I made my way north in a leisurely manner.
I decided to stop along the way at Buccaneer’s Walk, a little shopping village on the ByPass in Kitty Hawk (next to Capt’n Franks). My friend Kendra has just opened a shop devoted to women’s active wear – Kena Activewear (see it here online).
Who else out there dreads bathing suit shopping as much as I do? Not many of us are a perfect size, finding that our bottom half is larger than the top half, or vice versa. It sucks having to sacrifice one part for the other with a one piece suit or with the traditional two piece suits that are sold together.
Living on the Outer Banks, a well fitting bathing suit is as necessary to me as a good pair of running shoes. My favorite two piece is faded and stretched out and sadly it’s time to retire it. According to the smart women at Birds of a Pleather:
Throw it away once it starts to: sag, lose elasticity, become sheer in spots, decompose or remind you of Saved by the Bell. This seems self-evident, but I can tell you from avid beach people watching that it is not.
Thank goodness swim suit designers have gotten savvy and are now offering the two-piece suits separately, tops sized to bra and cup sizes, with your choice of bottoms with full coverage to itty-bitty thongs.
Let’s be realistic, you can’t buy a swim suit online (unless you’re a super thin super model). Fortunately, the Outer Banks has a great selection of shops devoted to all things BEACH.
I visited Cathy Wood’s store, Shore-fit Sunwear, at Milepost 4 on the Bypass in Kitty Hawk recently for her annual Customer Appreciation Day sale. She also has an excellent website, click here.
She has a great selection of suits for all types of shapes and sizes, including maternity suits, and pretty sundresses and cover-ups.
I purchased these separates and am happy that I’ll be able to mix and match them with solid black top and bottoms I already own.