Monthly Archives: May 2012

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:














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.




Inspired Style

An outfit my niece Whitley wore recently inspired me. She writes a popular blog, The Queen City Style, and wrote a piece in which she was photographed in a lovely peach maxi-dress that she paired with a cool jean jacket and some awesome jewelry. You can see her outfit here.  I’ve been searching online for a look that works for me (since I’m old enough to be Whitley’s mother, I need a look that is cool but also appropriate for my age).

I found this pretty dress at Anthropologie.  I love the color and batik/tribal print.
























I’m not crazy about the necklace, I think I would add this cuff, my vintage Polo jean jacket and a neutral sandal. Thanks for the inspiration Whitley!

Leather & brass cuff from

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

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