Turning Heads #Linkup: Our Outer Banks Beach Vacation - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads #Linkup: Our Outer Banks Beach Vacation


Hello Ladies!

Welcome back to #TurningheadsTuesday! Glad to have you here and see the fashions on these hot summer days.

If you didn’t get a chance, check out my post from yesterday on my collaboration with Uncommon Goods and the beautiful bracelet that I will most certainly take to the beach when we return. Boy, did I need the vacation. It also gave me a rest from the computer and most of social media. It did feel good to get away for awhile and just be “in the moment”. I would have love to have taken better pictures on the beach, but we decided not to bring a fancy camera out in the sand, so the first few photos are from my phone and IG.

Ahhh. the beach. Sun, sand, peace. Suncreen. Hat. Bikini. I want to share a bit with you about my vacation to the Outer Banks and  staying in Wanchese ( Italians would say Wan-cha-zay) or pronounced ( Won-cheese) at our Pet-friendly Bed and Breakfast. A short drive at only 6 hours ( compared to the long drawn out-lose your patience 11 hours to Philly), it was also lovely to enjoy the view of the water as we rode past to our destination.  Archeological evidence shows that Wanchese was the site of the first fishing village on Roanoke Island. Indigenous people inhabited the area 1500 years ago, and their various cultures used this site for fishing for 1100 years. They also collected oysters and shellfish from nearby beds in the Sound.[4 Wiki]These are just some highlights as we took tons of photos!


We stayed at a light baby pink older home/bed and breakfast, where Jean ( the owner) also breeds Bishon Frise, and keeps a lovely home. The house met the checklist we had in our heads. Pet-friendly ( meaning COULD lay on bed, couch, etc), delicious breakfasts ( sweet and savory) bed with matress pad ( love those Temperapedic!)10 minute drive to Nags Head, the beach,  and of course, the jacuzzi tub!


I could of course go on and on, and we wouldn’t get to the LINKUP, but I will share some of the highlights.

Staying at the Bed and Breakfast was perfect. We were about 10 minutes to the town of Manteo with quaint shops, restaurants and ice cream parlors. I did not shop as we didn’t have time. ( I know, most would say MAKE time for shopping!) but at that same distance was the Nags Head Beach and I had my mind set on that. We finally had the right “set-up” this year, a canope/tent-like place to put two chairs under, lay a matt down and beach towels. The water looked amazing and I was enjoying reading, “Girl On the Train” on my Kindle. I wore my black har from ASOS as I like to avoid sun on my face, and used 50 SPF for sunscreen. I wore a red rose floral bikini also from ASOS, from a company called, PAPER DOLLS. It was just my style. Women over 40, wear that bikini if you want to! It is really about feeling confident in oneself, and enjoying it. We were at the beach for 3- days out of the 5, and went in the morning as it was unbelievably hot! I thought I was walking across hot coals in the sand, my feet burned!


Some of the other highlights were celebrating our 15th Anniversary, at a place called 1587,  a gourmet restaurant that left our taste buds “dancing for joy.” Artful dishes , a view of the marina and delicious wine, was something we both enjoyed. The atmosphere was lovely and we truly had a memorable time. We finishes the meal with some chocolate Pot De Creme. Mmm. Chocolate heaven in a cup!


We spent the days at the beach, and the rest of the days exploring. One of those days we visited the Cape Hattaras Lighthouse, a historic landmark, and a flight of 250 stairs one would have to climb. For this reason, hubby took his camera and climbed the stairs, I was on puppy patrol. I watched the pups from below, and just enjoyed the view.


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We went to Ocracoke Island, an Island with an old lighthouse and very natural beach. Off to explore, we took the puppies on the ferry and to the island. I love a natural beach!



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Our last night at the Outer Banks, I had wanted to go on a Schooner. This boat, a 55 foot schooner named the DownEast Rover would take us out to the       Roanoke Sound, as we witnessed a beautiful orange-yellow sunset. Hubby took pictures and we continued to enjoy the view. We had been on a schooner in Charleston before but not a Sunset Cruise. Afterward we had ice cream, and a girl at the shoppe asked if I was from France. I got a kick out of that, as she thought I looked French. I told her I spoiled it when I opened my mouth, and she began laughing!




There are so many more pictures that I will be posting on INSTAGRAM if you care to follow me there.


  • Nicole
    Posted at 01:10h, 29 July Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great bikini and bikini shape

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:52h, 30 July Reply

      Thank you my friend! It caught my eye right away. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend. xx

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 07:52h, 28 July Reply

    Looks like a wonderful holiday! It’s lovely that the pups got to go with you too! Fabulous photos 🙂

    Emma xxx

  • Debra Barretta
    Posted at 22:53h, 27 July Reply

    Hi Jess!! I am so glad you enjoyed your getaway. I love that u took your kindle to the beach. I seriously can’t lay in the sun unless I have a book to distract me. Lol! How was Girl on a the Train? Its on my must read list. I’m so glsad I got to join your lunk up. I’ve been out of the loop for too loibg I think. Feels good to see old friends. Hugs!

  • cherie
    Posted at 09:44h, 27 July Reply

    Looks like a wonderful vacation Jess. I love the pink color of the B&B you stayed at – so adorable! Glad you are back! Thank you for hosting.


  • Lisa Maynard Morin
    Posted at 17:34h, 26 July Reply

    Hi Jess, Looks like a wonderful vacation and such great photos XOXO. Here is the link that you asked me for of my daily skincare routine and how I treat my melasma: http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2013/10/my-daily-skincare-routine.html

  • Lanae Bond
    Posted at 16:36h, 26 July Reply

    I have always heard about that inn before and I always wanted to go! I hope I get a chance especially since it is not that far!

  • Laura
    Posted at 14:49h, 26 July Reply

    Incredible vacation! Loved looking at these beautiful photos!

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 14:15h, 26 July Reply

    Your vacation looked so lovely! I love staying in B&Bs. We went to one in Manteo a few years ago. I grew up taking family vacations at the OBX and it is one of my favorite places in the world. So glad you had a nice getaway!


  • simpliannie
    Posted at 12:20h, 26 July Reply

    You look so stunning in that bikini, not sure if I can pull it off as elegantly as you!

    Come visit us soon
    Makeup, Style and Sugar

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:28h, 26 July Reply

      Ah, thank you! I loved the print and style when I saw it on AsOS> I appreciate it! xx

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:15h, 26 July Reply

    I enjoyed your beautiful photos and reading about your vacation. The light pink bed and breakfast looks so charming!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:29h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you Jennie, it was so fun and the BNB so nice especially with the pups. xx

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 10:04h, 26 July Reply

    What a great place to visit, I love lighthouses! 🙂

  • Ada
    Posted at 09:46h, 26 July Reply

    It looks like you had a fantastic vacation. Such great pictures and stories, So nice you found a dog-friendly bed+breakfast for your adorable pups. Love love that retro-looking floral swimsuit with your fancy black floppy hat. Your French comment about the compliment you got made me smile. =) But you look elegantly, fancy French at the beach, Jess. =)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:30h, 26 July Reply

      We had so much fun! I didnt get burned and the dogs had a blast too. Thanks Ada! I think she was French too, but it just made me smile as well. xx

  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 09:42h, 26 July Reply

    Looks like you had a fab vacation!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:37h, 26 July Reply

    It looks like you had quite the amazing vacation. I love that pink house!

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 09:22h, 26 July Reply

    Looks like a wonderful vacation! Glad you enjoyed!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:17h, 26 July Reply

    What a wonderful looking vacation! Looks like you had the best time. You are making me excited for our trip to Lake Tahoe in a few weeks 🙂 Glad you have to back!



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:31h, 26 July Reply

      Sweet! I think everyone needs a summer vacation, a time to unwind! I appreciate it, fun to be back too. xx

  • Rena
    Posted at 09:06h, 26 July Reply

    Welcome back. I admire your resolve to truly be on vacation during your vacation. It sounds like you had a great time and the photos are fabulous. Thanks for hosting.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:32h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you Rena, yes only IG. It was good to get away from the computer for awhile. We did have so much fun! xx

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 08:56h, 26 July Reply

    Gosh, Jess. How perfect to actually get away and really get away from everything!!
    That’s what vaca is all about and it looks like you did it fabulously!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:32h, 26 July Reply

      Yes Jodie! I only checked email once in awhile and used IG. No computer with me. It was so nice there and I loved the beach. xx

  • plutrell
    Posted at 08:27h, 26 July Reply

    Looks like a fun time, Jess. Thanks so much for the link up!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:33h, 26 July Reply

      It was Pam, so nice to relax! Enjoy your week. xx

  • Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    Posted at 08:23h, 26 July Reply

    Looks like a fab vacation … and you look wonderful in your bikini, Lady! Such a cute shot of you and your hubs too.

    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:33h, 26 July Reply

      Thanks Dawn! I think wear whatever suit makes you comfortable and I loved the print and style of this one on ASOS. Glad you liked the boat pic, it was fun too! xx

  • Julie Wunder
    Posted at 08:16h, 26 July Reply

    What a fun vacation! Looks like you guys found a lovely place to stay. I really enjoyed the Outer Banks this year and I’m so glad you did too. Thanks for hosting.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:34h, 26 July Reply

      Thanks Julie! We just saw some of the horses at Ocracoke, ran out of time for Corolla, but truly enjoyed it as well. xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 08:14h, 26 July Reply

    It looks like an amazing vacation! Welcome back, Jess! You were definitely missed in my blogger world this past week!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:35h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you Shelbee, so mice of you to say! Ready to blog again, but it was much needed! xx

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 07:55h, 26 July Reply

    Thanks for sharing your fun vacay pics – love the B&B!

    I can’t wait for you to see what I’m wearing this week at the blog – come check it out and lemme know what you think!

    Happy Tuesday!


  • marta
    Posted at 07:16h, 26 July Reply

    Look like an amazing vacation! Thanks for hosting!

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 06:53h, 26 July Reply

    I am dreaming of holidays by the seaside, Jess! Beautiful photos, love the b&b!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:38h, 26 July Reply

      I know, we had a great time. I really enjoyed the beach and getting away for awhile. The BNB was so nice and so friendly for the pups, we will go back! xx

  • Sheela Goh
    Posted at 06:51h, 26 July Reply

    What a pin-up you are, Jess!!! xoxo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:35h, 26 July Reply

      Aw, thanks Sheela, I loved the suit when I saw it on ASOS, and it was so fun at the beach. xx

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:20h, 26 July Reply

    This makes my heart so happy to see what a great time you had! You two look darling on the boats and LOVE that bikini. So thrilled the outs liked their vacay too. Perfect setting and gorgeous photos!!

  • Pam Greer
    Posted at 06:17h, 26 July Reply

    I love that bed and breakfast!

  • Jill James
    Posted at 05:44h, 26 July Reply

    Sounds like the perfect break to me, glad both you and the pups had a great time.Your accomodation has such charm and pet perfect must be a rarity .Happy 15th. Anniversary to you both.

  • Irene Papadopoulou
    Posted at 05:21h, 26 July Reply

    the place looks so beautiful! so happy you took some time off

  • Olga
    Posted at 03:46h, 26 July Reply

    Nice to know that you enjoyed your vacation, What a beautiful place! And as always, you look gorgeous!

  • Sheree
    Posted at 03:31h, 26 July Reply

    What a great vacay! Beautiful photos Jess.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 03:18h, 26 July Reply

    Gosh what beautiful photos!! You look like you had a wonderful time. I’m so envious! And I love that your cute little pooches had fun too 🙂
    You look absolutely stunning on the beach! Not many women look that good in a bikini (again – envious!)!
    So glad you had fun!
    Suzy xx

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 03:13h, 26 July Reply

    What a beautiful place!

  • Katie D (Hello Katie Girl)
    Posted at 03:12h, 26 July Reply

    It sounds like you had a fantastic vacation! The photos turned out lovely! Thanks for hosting and have a great week!


  • Nancy Baten
    Posted at 02:42h, 26 July Reply

    Oh my! That looks soooo nice! It reminds me a bit of England, were I am going to in September! You must have had a great time, especially when you can take the dogs! Great pics of the sea, make me want to jump in! I am Co hosting today! Hope to see you there too!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 01:46h, 26 July Reply

    It looks and sounds like you had a nice vacation! The beach looks so inviting, and it looks like you did plenty of exploring. Happy Anniversary – the food looks amazing! And I love the photos from the sunset cruise – gorgeous!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 01:30h, 26 July Reply

    This location is gorgeous Jess, beautiful photo’s. X

  • Ingrid Ingrid
    Posted at 01:29h, 26 July Reply

    I am so missing the beach and summer!

    Here in Australia we’re still in winter! I need some warm sunshine!!!

    Ingrid x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:37h, 26 July Reply

      I know! I wouldn’t have mind staying a bit longer! I am not a winter person either ! Thank you for stopping by! xx

  • Amanda
    Posted at 01:08h, 26 July Reply

    Great pics- your vacation looks so relaxing and so much to do and see. Sounds like you had a great time 🙂

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