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Thinking about Outer Banks Style

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 the joy of the hunt from a duck blind in the middle of the Currituck Sound.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s about shopping local at a cool little gallery tucked away on the Beach Road in Nags Head.

SeaGreen Gallery, Nags Head

It’s about preserving our history. Bodie Island Lighthouse & Visitor’s Center (thank you Whitley Painting).

Bodie Island Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it’s about the friends you meet along the way.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Slip

While a pink slip is nowhere to be found at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Sak’s Fifth Avenue Lingerie Department, it is unfortunately quite common in our society due to the downturn in our economy.

According to The New York Times:

“ No one is sure where the term “pink slip” originated, but it seems to be a holdover from the days when workers were paid in cash. Each week’s wages came in an envelope and anyone being laid off would find a notice — the reviled pink slip — in the envelope along with his final wages.” (FRANK J. PRIAL, Published: June 18, 1991)

Effective September 30, I am joining the ranks of those who have been laid off. I sort of knew it was coming. I’ve weighed the positives and negatives and have chosen to look at this as a very good thing, a welcome change and a chance to move in a more creative direction.

I think it’s time to update my look. I’ve made an appointment to get a haircut, and enlist some professional help in growing out my bangs. I think this cut might be worth exploring. Polished, yet it looks like it might be easy to style. Thanks for the inspiration January Jones!

Books, Art & Stuff

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.

Sweet Wonderful Watermelon Salad!

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!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/arugula-watermelon-salad/51922.html

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.

Courtesy of www.savvyhost.blogspot.com

We Clean Up Good

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.

My Outside Living Room

Blooming seed pod

All-time favorite - coneflowers

Palm tree beauty, great color and textures.

 
 

 

 

 

 

water colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure what this perennial is called, but it is lovely. Red and yellow painted flowers from the same bush.

 

 

 

 

 

Bunny planters greet me at the front steps

Outer Banks Weekly Round-Up

Finished this book.

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participated in the Wine Down 5K in pretty good time (for me).

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished 6 week training with the Steel Magnolia’s at Outer Banks Bootcamps.

At the Wright Brothers Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blooming flowers in the backyard:

Purpole Coneflower "echinacea purpurea"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

See this and  more cool showers at Content in a Cottage.blogspot.com.

Girl’s Night Out – Sip & Shop

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.

Belle Boatneck top by Lilly Pulitzer

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Available at Urban Cottage, Duck, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Etsy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Sustainability & Style: Outer Banks Active Wear

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).

“Our Eco Products are fun, functional, and fashionable.” 

 

Kendra’s motto is summed up by her Simply Satisfied Guarantee: We are delighted and inspired by the products we sell and the companies that make them. We want you to love them too. So, if for any reason you are not satisfied with what you get from us. Simply send it back within 6 months for a full refund or exchange. That Simple!

great selection

Marsha the Mannequin with her Sherpani Baja tote in Dazzling Blue, Gym Girl Ultra Skirt and TASC Scoop neck long-sleeved top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathing Suits

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.

Shore-Fit Sunwear, Kitty Hawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.