Beach Day at the Sanderling Resort

Last week Stan and I headed down to the Sanderling Resort in Duck, NC for a quick beach getaway. I had visited here as a child but not since then so I was excited to book a trip back. I love that it is right on the beach, but my favorite spot was these elevated decks that looked out over the ocean. I plopped myself there for most of the day because they were virtually empty so I had one all to myself! The vibe at the resort is elegant yet laid back with a few different pools, restaurants, game areas (bocce ball, cornhole) and a fire pit! In fact each room comes with a free s'mores package to bring that evening to the fire pit. We were so bummed when it rained the entire night so we missed the chance to roast the marshmallows, but we still ate the entire rest of the s'more components. Ha!

Since the resort is on the beach, I felt comfortable just walking around the grounds in my swimsuit and coverup though I typically go for a shorts/tee beach look when I have to walk far to the beach or park a distance away. Nothing feels weirder than walking all the way back to my car in a nightgown looking dress that is basically see through. LOL But when at a resort or hotel, I love a coverup! This one I picked up from L*Space was comfortable and easy to pair with any of the bathing suits that I brought. I haven't worn a one piece suit in yearssssss, but I have seen so many cute styles recently that I finally decided to wear one this summer. Surprisingly it was just as flattering as many of my two pieces, and actually a lot more comfortable! I think I will be adding more one pieces into my collection next year because my experience with this one was so great!

What do you typically wear to the beach? A one piece or a two piece?!

Coverup - L* Space (also available in this color) | Swimsuit - Robin Piccone (also available here, similar option and also love this style and love this new style on sale right now!) | Hat - J.Crew | Sandals - Madewell | Sunglasses - Illesteva | Bag - Kayu

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Summer Evenings in the Outer Banks

Asos off the shoulder dress
Asos off the shoulder dress
Asos off the shoulder dress
Asos off the shoulder dress
Asos off the shoulder dress
Asos off the shoulder dress
I love evenings in the summer - there is something so relaxed and memorable about them. And I love getting a bit dressed up though still keeping it easy and comfortable like with this Asos dress. I could see this worn with lace up sandals and a hat for a more casual look, or heels and a clutch like I wore for a more polished feel. Some off the shoulder styles can be fussy and require constant readjusting, but this dress stays up so well! I think it is the fitted bodice that helps create a more structured frame for the top, but either way it is a pleasure to wear. And while these sandals are higher than I normally wear, the chunkier heel makes them less painful. I picked them up because I thought they would be a great year round (except for super cold weather) sandal that would look great with any and everything in my closet. I know the lightweight sweater, jeans and sandals look is a bit controversial, but personally I love it. So I'm excited to style them with some fall and early spring outfits.  

Last week we headed down to the Sanderling Resort in Duck, North Carolina and had a great time relaxing by the beach and eating some insanely fresh seafood while we were there. The whole style of the Sanderling is very beachy and laid back as you can see from above, with so many gorgeous flowers all around the grounds. Across the street from the actual hotel is a restaurant and racquet club with stunning views from the docks.  We walked over there for a bit to take pictures before dinner, though I have to be honest - the humidity made it so difficult after 20 or 30 minutes. LOL I caught myself complaining about the weather and had to stop and revisit some blog pictures taken in January and February remembering the blistering cold temps and how much worse that is. I'll take the heat any day over that. 

Dress - Asos (also available in this color) | Bag - Sophie Hulme (old but similar here) | Shoes - Steve Madden

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The Skincare I Brought With Me To the Beach

Last week Stan and I headed to the beach for a few days and it was a scorcher! I brought skincare products with me that were designed to replenish, soothe and HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! I figured I would show you the products I brought and my thoughts on each. At the bottom of the post, I linked all the makeup products I brought with me and I'll be doing a video soon on my beach makeup look.

1. Shu Uemura Anti- Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil - I cannot believe this is the first time I am reviewing a Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil on the blog. These cleansing oils were the first ones to turn me on to oils in general, and they transformed my skin years ago. I brought it with me on this trip because it is the most effective oil at removing every last stitch of makeup, sunscreen, etc from my face and feels like liquid silk on the skin. It dissolves easier than almost any other oil I have in my collection and leaves my skin feeling so hydrated. It gives my skin such a great deep clean that if I wanted to skip a second cleanse, I could.

2. Omorovicza Cleansing Foam - I am pretty vocal about not loving a foaming cleanser, but there are those few exceptions (this being one of my favorites). Thankfully this Omorovicza falls into the exception category. It foams but not with tons of bubbles and still leaves my skin feeling soft and supple rather than tight and dry. I brought it with me because it worked wonders as a second cleanse and then also as a morning cleanse.

3. La Prairie Ice Crystal Serum - If you scroll down a few pictures, you can see that this serum has a bit of shimmer in it that helps to give the skin a gorgeous radiance. However, I prefer using this in the evening as a way to help calm, soothe and hydrate my skin. When at the beach, I needed products that were designed to help replenish after spending most of the day in the sun. This serum, while it has anti-aging benefits is also amazing at giving my skin back the moisture that it has lost, helping with any inflammation while instantly smoothing the skin. But not only does this serum work wonders, the entire Ice Crystal line is quite a transformative range. I swear by this for a sunscreen/foundation hybrid and my mother and I both love this oil as a decadent treatment especially during the winter months.
4. Darphin Stimulskin Plus Serumask - I knew I needed a mask to give me a strong boost of moisture at night after being in the sun all day, so I grabbed this Darphin serum/mask to bring with me. It's thick, rich and instantly cooling on the skin and I tissue it off leaving a thin layer to press on to the skin. My skin feels plump, firm and moisturized immediately after. It works instantly so I leave it on for 10 minutes, tissue off and press in the remaining product into my skin. For dinner, I just went ahead and applied my makeup right on top of this, but during my nighttime routine I like to finish with a serum and lightweight moisturizer.
5. Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Moisturizer - I love this moisturizer because it's lightweight, comfortable and easy. It's not designed to do much more than hydrate the skin, but that is what I love about it. The texture is perfect for the hot weather because it helps to add back in a bit of moisture, but doesn't make my skin feel like it's being suffocated.
From bottom to top: Omorovicza Cleansing Foam, La Prairie Ice Crystal Serum, FAB Eye Cream and Tatcha Water Gel
6. Tatcha Pore Perfecting Water Gel - During the day, I wanted something to moisturize my skin under my sunscreen but the heat and humidity were no joke so the texture of the product had to be bearable. This Tatcha Water Gel was absolutely PERFECT! It feels like a bit of nothing on the skin but instantly helps hydrate without making me additionally shiny or oily. The gel itself does have a bit of shimmer to it, but is undetectable on the skin. This has become a summer staple for me after using it these past few weeks.

7. First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Eye Cream - To be honest, I saw this on my shelf and threw it in my bag having never tried it before. I didn't expect much (though I really do love FAB products - these pads are an acne fighting favorite, this is a moisturizer and hand cream staple), but as soon as I applied this under my eye - wow! The only word I can use to describe the texture and feeling was comfort. It felt rich yet not thick, and comforting yet not the least bit greasy. It worked wonders on my eyes each morning to help depuff and soothe them, and at night it was a welcome relief after being in the sun all day.

8. Kiehl's Cactus Flower Hydrating Mist - Mist, mist and more mist. That is my motto at the beach. I would use this refreshing mist during my skincare routine and then I threw it in my bag to bring with me during the day. Whether at the beach or grabbing something to eat, I would give my skin a quick spritz to help cool it down and replenish a bit of moisture. It smells fresh like a fruity cactus which made spraying it so much more pleasurable!

In addition to the products photographed above, I never travel without this cream which is in case I have a breakout and of course I needed to bring a sunscreen (this one for high SPF and this one for mattifying the skin).
*pr samples included

Here are a few of the makeup products I brought with me:


Pom Poms

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend. It has been insanely hot and humid here, so out come the hats again. I was shopping in J. Crew early last week and found this fedora and loved it. The brim is not too wide and not too narrow - it's the perfect size. And the love affair with these flats continue - I find that they look great with a ton of different pieces in my closet and my feet never hurt wearing them! 

Stan and I headed to Duck, North Carolina last week to stay at the Sanderling Resort so I will be sharing some photos of our time there later this week. We underestimated how hot and humid it would be - yowza! I have tons of hair products, but nothing really helps when it's that muggy. Ugh. I would put it in a ponytail or under a hat and hope for the best.

Do you have any favorite hair products that work in unbearable humidity?! I would love to have some recommendations!

Dress - Tularosa (also here, same print also available in this dress, this top and similar dress here) | Hat - J. Crew | Shoes - Aquazzura (budget version here) | Bag - Chloe

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