Category Archives: Fashion

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!

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 Favorite Internet Finds this Week

You’re going to love this sweet little fashion film by Luisaviaroma, pure eye candy!

Funny Father’s Day card.

 

 

 

Back Story Blouse at Anthropologie.com - very vintage looking!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

And finally, I love this acoustical version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean by The Civil Wars:

Mad Men Inspired Fashion for Me

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.

Me & Mom, Chistmas - maybe 1961

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

JubJub Bird Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Betty Draper from AMC's Mad Men

 

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.

 

 

 

Nicaragua on my mind

I spent a week on the southwest coast of Nicaragua with Hubs recently. He surfed, I read and ran and enjoyed the beautiful beach. It was very relaxing. We had fun recreating some local dishes using fresh local veggies and fish and lobster.

We were up everyday at about 5 a.m and went to bed shortly after the monkeys calmed down at dusk. There are howler monkeys that hang out in the trees around the complex.  They have a scary sounding bark, straight out of Jurassic Park.

When we left and got back to the airport in Managua, I was on the lookout for some shoes that I discovered on another favorite fashion blog at www.lucylaucht.com.

Found them at one of the vendors at the entrance and only 15 U.S. dollars! I should have bought several pair!

woven leather & fabric

 

 

 

I’m back!

I’m back! I’ve had a week’s down time trying to refuel and reenergize but I’m still coming up empty-handed or empty-headed I should say (must be the pollen in the air).

It’s Spring Break here on the Outer Banks. Despite a return to chilly weather and northeast winds, there are a lot of visitors here – mostly home owners getting their houses ready for rental season, but quite a few tourists too. This brings a much needed shot to our local economy, and preps us for summer, our busiest time of year .

Here’s  an outfit I want to create using these pants I bought recently at Ann Taylor Loft with other items I’m currently lusting after.

$59.50

 

 

 

 

Juicy Couture bangle at piperlime.com

I waited too long on this one – it’s out of stock (rats):

Endless.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to pile on the color  with a hot pink shirt:

$198.00 luxe silk blouse by J. Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d pull it all together with a scarf :

Wild Horse at Anthropologie.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And neutral bag & sandals:

Burberry Prorsum at Net-a-Porter.com

 

LoefflerRandall.com