Swimsuit designer, Lisa Curran, knows what she is doing. When I sat down with Lisa last April, we talked about swimsuits and body image, and how a good fit can translate to a deeper sense of self-esteem. Knowing how vulnerable a woman feels wearing a swimsuit, the least amount of clothing one wears in public, Lisa wisely says: “you want to purchase something that you can walk around with and feel comfortable.” This rings true for me. And this week, my perfect-fitting Lisa Curran swimsuit is showing me the time of my life: whether I am active or in repose. In fact, it is taking me to the beach and beyond! Continue reading
Passing the time in Duck, North Carolina on a warm, sunny day. Thinking pink and green and Lilly Pullitzer who passed away a few months ago.
Sunscreen – check
Sunhat – check
Sunglasses – check
Lipstick – check
Smile, from being in a state of pure joy – check
I relate to Melissa, or ‘Mo’ as she is known to her friends. Not simply because we share the same name, but because our lives have crossed paths in the beautiful part of the country called The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Like Melissa, my family has been spending vacation time here for at least 15 years. But unlike Melissa, I must leave when my week is up and return to my life elsewhere. But Melissa stays. And I am a little envious – maybe more than a little. We caught up today, just one year after we met at her boutique, A Greener Shade of You in the Historic Corolla Village. Melissa shared her story …
“I had vacationed here with my family for at least 10-15 years. My parents retired here and after that, something drew me here as well. I decided that this is where I needed to be. I moved here in 1998 with my car and my cat and I never left … Continue reading
Packing for my annual beach vacation with my family has become a process of elimination. And elimination. And elimination. I have come to see that simple and easy-to-unpack are the best ways to go. You end up wearing a few things over and over anyway. Here are my essentials:
– swimsuit and coverup (this year I am taking the plunge and adding pink to my classic black swimwear with my Lisa Curran Swim one-piece
– sunscreen and beach hat (my floppy pink hat has been my beach companion for several years)
– a few pairs of shorts and tees
– one light, longer length pant
– one easy-to-pack sundress
– exercise gear for my long sunset walks
– flip flops, sandals, and a beach bag
That’s it. Don’t fret whatever you are missing – maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a little something in town.
Happy Summer Travels!
“Fashion after 40 becomes more about you as a person, from the inside out rather than from the outside in. When you’re younger you think fashion is the clothes, the outside – but as you get older you realize that it is more about how you feel within. You make the fashion. My daughter is seven. She has a favorite skirt and you can see how special she feels in it; when she puts it on she just wants to twirl! All girls that age are like that. They pick clothes that make them feel good. Self-confident. As girls get older and reach the teenage years and beyond they are so affected by what others are wearing that they think only about the clothes. And finally, as women get older, hopefully we begin to trust ourselves and stop trying so hard. It’s no longer about what might be in, but more about what feels right to us. That is the evolution of fashion.”
“I’m too old for words across my boobs or my butt!” Melissa
I met a fellow Melissa today. She is the owner of A Greener Shade of You, a lovely boutique tucked away in the back roads and historic homes of Corolla, North Carolina. Her fashion mantra is simple: “I use only fabrics that are all-organic (cotton, bamboo and hemp) and made in the USA.” Melissa believes in sustainability – not to mention that cotton is the most durable and breathable fabric to stand up against southern heat. Her boutique stands apart from all the other surf shops that cater to the very young. She wants her clothing and accessories to reflect a no-nonsense simplicity. Melissa is less interested in being on the cutting edge of fashion and more drawn to classic pieces that can be pulled out again and again. Her loyal customers agree and return year in, year out. I like her timeless attitude.
What do you think?