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.
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?
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).
“Our Eco Products are fun, functional, and fashionable.”
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!
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.
I waited too long on this one – it’s out of stock (rats):
I want to pile on the color with a hot pink shirt:
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect denim shirt. I want a button-down, semi-fitted, dark blue, 100% cotton denim shirt; one that will gently fade and soften with age; one that will be my “Go-To” shirt that goes with everything (except for maybe blue jeans, I don’t want head-to-toe denim, singing *Blue Jean Baby*). I found several while stumbling around the Internet recently. These photos at Style.com:
I found this one at Net-A-Porter.com:
I like this one even though the color is completely washed out:
The color is right, price is great, not sure about those pleats:
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:
My friend Beverly and I started sharing shoes on Facebook. We try to outdo each other with the most outrageous, expensive and beautiful, to-die-for shoes.
You might think these are art… but they’re also meant to be worn. That’s right, and they are available at Solestruck for $999.95.
People seem to enjoy it, and we get as many wisecracks as we get LIKES. Comments, aside, it seems to have gone international, with Beverly’s friend, Laura, from Italy, (who does not speak English) sharing these pink confections:
Beverly’s birthday was yesterday, I splurged and sent her this pair of shoes. (Thanks to themanrepeller.com where I found these furr balls, rear mudflap optional).
I’ll leave you with Sex and the City Urban Shoe Myth clip.
For the love of beautiful shoes everywhere, I wish you a happy Shoesday!