10.13.21

A Week at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

One of the highlights of my year so far has been visiting Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina for a week this summer with my sisters and cousin. I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to write a post about our trip—given we pretty much do the same things whenever we visit OIB— but one of the great things about having TOT is that has been such great way to save memories and photographs to look at them later.

As such, I’m going to share a recap of our week spent on the Carolina shore. But, I’m going to make it less of a travel guide and more just a recap + photo essay of what we did this particular trip—so if you’re looking for a post that makes specific recommendations for how to get to OIB, where to stay, where to eat, and what to do, check out my comprehensive Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina travel guide. There are also some great tips in the comments from readers!

Growing up, my family’s big vacation every year was a week at the beach. It was something I looked forward to all year around, and absolutely savored every moment of when we were on vacation. We were pretty good at keeping this tradition alive until 2015 or so, when life just got more complicated with work and college schedules. Then, last year during the pandemic, my sisters and my cousins decided to book a beach condo for a week last minute—and that vacation was such a bright spot in a very dark year. That trip also reminded me how restorative and fun a week at the beach is; compared to other trips where I feel like I need to be on the go to see all the sights and do all the things, a week at the beach allows you to slow down, enjoy some cold beverages, and not stick to any particular schedule. As Zac Brown Band once said, the only worry is if the tide is going to reach your chair.

We knew we wanted to make another beach trip happen this summer, so one lunch break in April when I desperately needed something to look forward to, my sister, Jennifer, and I had found and booked our beach condo for this year within an hour. We headed down to OIB the last week of June, and were blessed with amazing weather and an amazing time! My sister Lindsey’s friend Mary Kate joined us for part of the trip, and our cousin Mikie flew in from Arizona—we hadn’t seen him in over two years, so it was an awesome reunion.

So without further ado, some of the highlights from our week spent at Ocean Isle Beach this year!

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10.10.21

Appointed’s New Ivy City Store

When I sit down and reflect on the journey this blog and I have been on since 2014 (!), one of the coolest things about having this little corner of the internet is that over the years, I’ve been able to enjoy some amazing experiences and met some wonderful people that probably wouldn’t have come my way without A Touch of Teal. My life has been enriched in so many ways because of this blog, and while I don’t have as much time to work on it as I once did, I’m committed to keeping it going as long as it keeps bringing me avenues to experience new things and meet new people.

Last week after work, another one of those experiences came my way—I was invited into Appointed’s new Ivy City store that opens its doors to the public this Thursday, October 14! For those of you unfamiliar, Appointed is a paper and desk goods store that was founded here in DC by Suann Song. While they were founded here and have been operating in Ivy City ever since, this is the first time they’ll have a storefront, and I am so excited for them! Appointed sources American-made materials and the majority of their products are manufactured and assembled on-site in DC. Their products are absolutely stunning! They have planners, calendars, notebooks, journals, stationery, writing tools, and more. I could have bought the whole store.

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10.4.21

On My Nightstand: September 2021

I know I say this every month—but I cannot believe it is October! While my reading dropped below normal levels in August, in September, I was able to carve out more time for reading. Instead of aimlessly scrolling my phone whenever I have a spare 10-20 minutes, I tried to pick up a book instead. While I am perfectly content with my zero-minute commute right now, one thing that was nice about having a commute to the office was that I had built-in reading time—that will be one silver lining of having to put on work clothes again one day ;).

As is custom on these posts, I wanted to call out that I’m part of a program where Random House will send me some of their new titles each month. I’m under no obligation to post about any titles I receive, so I really can tell you my own opinion (good or bad!) about them. I’ve starred the books Random House sent me for free below. I’m so lucky to be sent books and that’s not lost on me.

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