Tuesday, April 22, 2014

5 DIY Nautical Crafts for Spring

Nautical by Nature | 5 DIY Nautical Crafts for Spring

I admit I am not very crafty. I stick to spray paint and washi tape. But I am looking to try some more advanced (for me) crafting. Last month was apparently national craft month. I bookmarked (and pinned) a bunch of different nautical crafts. Here are my top five.

Click on the title or photo to go to the original blog post for directions and additional photos.

Nautical Pallet Flags from A Diamond in the Stuff
I would LOVE to add these to the mostly blank wall above my bed! Courtney chose three designs that she liked the best. I think choosing the letters that make up your monogram would be fun too  

Nautical Basket Liner from Enjoy the View
What an easy way to transform a simple basket! The red, white, and blue makes me think of summer so I would use a basket like this to store flip flops or beach/pool basics. Grab and go!

Nautical Wreath from Making the World Cuter
I have always wanted to make my own wreaths. I almost made one of the Christmas ornament ones but got sick and ran out of time this year. I think this fabric/jute cord wreath would be the perfect place to start!

Nautical Cork Board Coasters from Kraftie Katie
Entertaining this spring or summer? I bet your guests would love to use these coasters! They would be a fun party favor too

Nautical Magnets from A Forest Full of Songbirds
Jenn found these adorable wooden shapes at her local Michaels for just $.29 each! This would be an easy craft to do with kids. Jenn had her daughter use water paints to decorate the shapes

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pacific Northwest Trip: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The first day of our trip I met my sister at the airport in Seattle and we drove up to Vancouver, Canada. We stopped at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon (60 miles north of Seattle and 70 miles south of Vancouver). The traffic was INSANE but with the sun shining the tulips were a must see

Nautical by Nature | Pacific Northwest Trip | Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Nautical by Nature | Pacific Northwest Trip | Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Nautical by Nature | Pacific Northwest Trip | Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Nautical by Nature | Pacific Northwest Trip | Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Nautical by Nature | Pacific Northwest Trip | Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
I forgot my sunglasses so I basically squinted my way through this trip ;)
Nautical by Nature | Pacific Northwest Trip | Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Nautical by Nature | Pacific Northwest Trip | Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Nautical by Nature | Pacific Northwest Trip | Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Friday, April 18, 2014

Navy Prepster Outfit Idea: Guest Post by Twin Living

I have been following Mree's blog for years. She has the best shopping finds and posts about her life in Boston and travels around the world (she just got back from London!). I asked Mree to share her perfect nautical outfit today and I am loving what she came up with!

Hi Everyone!! I'm Mree from Twin Living Blog. When Kate asked me to do a guest post, I was beyond excited!! Not only do I love her blog but she is totally one of my blog inspirations. She finds the BEST nautical theme items. We both share a love of all things nautical.

I decided to create an outfit based on my favorite nautical item, Anchors. My outfit is both preppy and nautical, two themes that I like to where together. While it may seem a bit over the top, I feel like it all works well together. Can you tell that I'm from New England?? Ha! Of course, I always try to add a pop of color to my outfit which is usually pink. I love the color pink!! How great is that Lily Pulitzer tote bag? So cute!! The rope handles make it the perfect summer tote. I'm all about the summer tote!!

Scarf | Shirt | Hat | Bracelet (similar) | Tote | Shoes

What's your favorite nautical theme item??

Kate, thank you so much for having me. It's been a pleasure. Hope you are having a fab vacation!!

Thanks for reading, please stop by blog to say hello. I love meeting new blogging friends.

Best, Mree

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

(Nautical) Wishlist Wednesday: Guest Post by Headbands and Bagels

Today Elisabeth from Headbands & Bagels is sharing a nautical inspired Wednesday Wishlist, which is a weekly feature on her blog. Elisabeth is local but we have yet to meet. One of these days I hope!

Wednesday Wishes

Today I am so happy to be guest posting for my amazing friend Kate over at Nautical by Nature. We met through blogging and she is a constant inspiration for my blog everyday! I am constantly dreaming about her amazing nautical finds and wanted to take a crack at it myself today. Today's Wednesday Wishes are all about great Nautical finds, most at amazing price points. The nice thing as well as that more companies are branching out into nautically inspired pieces. While I love Tuckernuck and Sperry for my nautically themed pieces, J.Crew, Forever21 and Old Navy have really stepped up their game as well.

What is your favorite Nautically inspired piece in your closet?

Elisabeth Hosmer, Founder

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Beltology is a new company just launched this year. Inspired by Italian woven stretch belts the belts are available in tons of fun and preppy colors and the names come from thorough bread race horses (think Silver Spoon, Well Armed, Spotless, and Life's Magic). While the belts are made for men they are small enough to fit women too (think of it as "the boyfriend belt")!









Monday, April 14, 2014

MUST READ Books for Spring and Summer: Guest Post by The Kimberly Diaries

I first "met" Kimberly through her Gossip Girl blog, Gossip Girl Style Guide, way back when. Kimberly gave me some recommendations for Gossip Girl related things to see/do in New York during my Spring 2009 trip. I had planned on checking out some of the places the show highlights (like the Empire Hotel) but I actually found them filming Gossip Girl while randomly walking down the street (it was the scene with Serena getting arrested outside of the Russian Tea Room). Kimberly is my go to for book recommendations. I found one of my recent favorite books, Reconstructing Amelia, through her. You can see what I am reading here.

Hi, Nautical by Nature readers! I’m Kimberly from TheKimberlyDiaries.com and I'm happy to be making a guest appearance on the blog today. Kate and I have similar taste in books so I thought I’d share a few new reads that are on my radar.

I'm totally obsessed with YA books, although I'm open to reading whatever looks interesting. My literary interests range from the ahem, more juvenile Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (it's like a male Lizzie McGuire, you will love it!) to Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project. I love chick lit, such as the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella, which may or may not be based on my life, and contemporary thrillers, like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which is definitely not based on my life. Once in a while I'll read a career or time management book also.

But back to YA. My gateway series was The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, then Gossip Girl, then The Clique, the The A-List, and so on. Several years ago, I picked up a Pretty Little Liars book on a whim at Barnes & Noble, and was instantly addicted. WITH GOOD REASON!

Although keeping up with the books and the show can get a little confusing, I can tell you that if you enjoy Pretty Little Liars the TV show, you will definitely enjoy the books because they're much more suspenseful. Pretty Little Liars #15: Toxic comes out on June 3 and I have marked my calendar because I will plan to stay up until 3 am reading to find out what happens next. Sara Shepard also has a brand-new series, The Heiresses, coming out on May 20.

Jenny Han, author of The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and coauthor of the Burn for Burn series (with Siobhan Vivian), has a new standalone book coming out on April 15 called To All the Boys I've Loved Before. From the description on Amazon:"What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?"

Let's just let that sink in for a minute.


I remember when I was younger, grown-ups would always say if you were mad at someone you should write them a letter and then rip it up. But what if you SENT IT instead? Major OMG factor here, people.

Another book that I have read about all over the Twittersphere is E. Lockhart's We Were Liars, out May 13. I'm starting to feel like I'm the only person on my timeline who hasn't gotten an advance copy because people will not STFU about this book and how twisty/shocking/amazing it is. I'm having total reading FOMO, and I will definitely be picking up a copy.

If you're looking for something you can buy RIGHT THIS MINUTE, I loved Sarah Mlynowski's Gimme a Call, and her latest book just came out. It's called Don't Even Think About It; a class of high schoolers gets a vaccine with an interesting side effect: ESP. (It's like they have ESPN or something!)

Bonus: I did my nails to match the cover -- you can see them on Instagram here.

And now back to adulthood...

The best non-YA book I've read in the past few months is Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney. As a perpetually single girl, this really spoke to me, but I think lots of girls will find that it's relatable regardless of one's relationship status. I read this excerpt over at Refinery29 and I ordered a copy ASAP, which is pretty rare for me because #helpmeimpoor... I try to get books only from the library. Katie Heaney talks about dating as it really is instead of how people *think* it should be, or even how it is in my beloved YA books. Bonus points for her humor and use of appropriate pop culture references (Savage Garden!).

Another memoir that's coming out soon is Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest by Jen Doll. Weddings are drama, y'all. They're fun, but they're also emotional, stressful, and expensive. #TWENTYSOMETHINGPROBLEMS.

For a good thriller, I recommend The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. It's about a repressed elementary school teacher who becomes obsessed with one of her students and his family. I couldn't put it down.

What are you reading these days? 

You can catch me on Goodreads if you ever want to talk YA!
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