Anything more than a day trip is becoming a rare treat for me. So, spending a week on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was balm for my soul. The mornings and early evenings involved walking on the beach, looking for shells. At one point, I was the only person on the beach as far as I could see in any direction, and there were no buildings in sight. There were countless sea and shore birds. A pod of dolphins traveled parallel to my walk down the beach, and I even saw a whale!
My travel look included soft, comfortable black pants, a shell, and a white denim jacket since I needed the option of layers for warmth. Unfortunately, it was thirty degrees cooler at my departure than at my arrival destination.
The base of black would also allow me to build a look for going out to dinner if I had changed my plans. The black pull-on knit pants are very comfortable and perfect for dressing up or down. I bought them here. The tee or shell is here. The white denim jacket is here. The nail color this week is Cajun Shrimp here. A similar current handbag is here.
Since this was a solo trip for solitude and I planned to browse in bookshops and occasionally go out for lunch, I packed casual clothing and accessories. Also on my agenda were visits to the Elizabethan Gardens, Pea Island Refuge, Historic Old Manteo, and The Town of Duck. After arrival, I set up the tripod and camera in the extra bedroom of my cottage to share the day’s looks with you. I hope this practice is helpful as you plan your vacation.
No Iron Strech Shirts are here. The white jeans are here.
I didn’t wear makeup this week, but I did cleanse and moisturize twice a day. Of course, sunscreen is a must, and you’ll note from my itinerary I mostly stayed out of the sun during the middle of the day. I’ve never been one to lay on the beach, so I walk the shoreline, taking in my surroundings while engaging in my favorite exercise.
The white jean jacket is here. The tee is here. The jeans are here. (I ordered a size smaller to get this fit.)
The Eyelet Sleeve Tee is here. The jeans are here. (I ordered a size smaller to get this fit.) Similar shoes here.
The jacket is here. The tank is here. The jeans are here. A similar bag is here.
The best tunics button fully to allow the option of leaving them open over a tank and jeans. This lightweight cotton one is perfect as a bathing suit cover as well. I found it at Banana Republic last year. Here is a similar one.
My look for the long drive home included a tee, jeans, and sneakers. The tee is here. The jeans are here. (I ordered a size smaller to get this fit.) The sneakers are here.
Before packing, I check the weather one more time. Then I finalize my itinerary. Lastly, I include items for comfort based on the previous two points. (Always dress for the weather, the event, and to suit your personality.) I pack mix-and-match outfits for more variety and include three types of shoes for various comfortable walking options. I also bought new ACTIVE-X high-cut socks before the trip. The best no-show socks I’ve found are here.
The sneakers are here – The sandals are here – Similar block-heeled sandals are here.
Not pictured are two bathing suits here and here, leggings here, a tee here, a hoodie here, hiking shorts here, a shell bag here, and river shoes here. All these items were for beach walks only. I also took three pairs of sunglasses with me.
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