Friday, August 22, 2014

Local Readers: BEACH DAY Tomorrow Saturday August 23 in Santa Monica!

I will be at this beach event TOMORROW Saturday August 23 from 10 AM-12:30 PM in Santa Monica (see below for location). I would love to see you there! There will be a yoga class taught by lululemon, juices from Nekter Juice Bar, and beach clean up with Ocean Minded



Nautical School/Office Supplies

Nautical by Nature | Nautical School/Office Supplies


Hoist the anchor petite journal set (3 notebooks), Chronicle Books, $14: I originally saw these on Modcloth but they sold out. The other patterns are ship wheels and skull and cross bones. The anchor one is definitely my favorite.
Mr. Pinchy journal, Night Owl Paper Goods, $19: Everything from Night Owl Paper Goods is adorable. They have a whole nautical collection.
Jonathan Adler die cut whale notepad, Preppy Princess, $9: I have this on my desk. Perfect for writing down quick notes. Much cuter than traditional post-it notes!
Lilly Pulitzer keychain with USB flash drive, Country Club Prep, $32 (also available in seahorse): I have this too. Again, cuter than the traditional USB flash drive. Plus it is a keychain so you can easily attach it to your keys and bring it with you to the library, office, or on trips.
Lilly Pulitzer travel umbrella, Country Club Prep, $3: An umbrella isn't traditionally included in this category I don't think. BUT everyone needs a cute umbrella. This one has anchors on it! 



Thursday, August 21, 2014

SoYoung Nautical lunch boxes and cooler bags

Still haven't found the perfect lunch box for your little one? How cute are these?! I really want the seahorse one for myself. If I go back to school (getting closer and closer!) I will have to treat myself I think. I just discovered this brand, SoYoung, this week so I couldn't include these in my previous nautical lunch box post.

Nautical by Nature | SoYoung Nautical lunch boxes and cooler bags

And I love these non-nautical designs too. I am hoping they re-stock the elephant.
Nautical by Nature | SoYoung lunch boxes and cooler bags

The lunch boxes are $32 each. They come with a leak proof insulated insert for easy cleaning and to help avoid staining from spills. Each lunch box features: detachable long strap for wearing as messenger bag or backpack and removable insert. They are PVC, Phthalate, and BPA free.
H alternates between two lunch boxes and both of them have white interior that is NOT removable. I would LOVE to have a removable insert. His have stains from strawberries/fruit leaking and I feel like I just can't get all of the corners completely clean. I am going to get him the dinosaur one and phase out one of the older lunch boxes.

Nautical by Nature | SoYoung Nautical lunch boxes and cooler bags


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Castaway Clothing Critter/Embroidered Shorts FLASH SALE!

Castaway Clothing Nantucket is having a flash sale for 72 hours on embroidered/critter shorts-just in time for back to school and Labor Day weekend! Mens shorts are down to $68, womens are as low as $61, and boys are as low as $40. For women there are two different styles: bermuda and sailing. For men there is the cisco style. Boys have the jetties style.
There are a TON of critter options available: anchors, boats, flags, crabs, bows, mermaids, lobsters, and more!

Castaway Clothing Critter/Embroidered Shorts FLASH SALE!

Nautical Outfit of the Week: A Sequin Love Affair

Today I am featuring Shira from A Sequin Love Affair. How adorable is this sailboat print dress? Shira found the dress on sale at Nordstrom Rack (lucky!)

Nautical Outfit of the Week: A Sequin Love Affair

Nautical Outfit of the Week: A Sequin Love Affair

Nautical Outfit of the Week: A Sequin Love Affair
Photos by Brittanny Taylor

Dress: Equipment
Shoes: French Connection
Bag: Kensie
Rings: House of Harlow and Judith Jack
Bracelets: Kate Spade and Kate Spade
Sunglasses: Ozeal Glasses

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Coastal Living Showhouse: Backyard, Porch, Pool

Continuing on the tour of the Coastal Living Magazing Showhouse in Coronado

The master bedroom opens onto the back porch and pool area (which is down the stairs)
Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Coronado: Backyard, Porch, Pool

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Coronado: Backyard, Porch, Pool

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Coronado: Backyard, Porch, Pool
Pool (bigger than it appears) and hot tub

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Coronado: Backyard, Porch, Pool
That's the master bedroom doors up above
 One other bedroom also opens onto the porch
Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Coronado: Backyard, Porch, Pool

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse Coronado: Backyard, Porch, Pool
The view from the main hallway (master bedroom to the right, other bedrooms to the left)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nautical Dorm Decor: Anchors Aweigh

I miss back to school shopping. It just isn't the same when you are not in school anymore. I can remember getting my list and then heading to Target. I still love browsing the back to school section. I wish I had taken more photos of my dorm rooms in college. I still have the panda trash can from the Container Store and my fold up lounge chair from Target. I shoved them into my car when I drove across the country after graduation. I'll probably keep them forever!

I think all of these items would work in an apartment or house too (I have the anchor towels from West Elm in my apartment). 

Nautical by Nature | Nautical Dorm Decor: Anchors Aweigh

Snooze anchor duvet cover, Modcloth, $80 | Ahoy there matey rug, Modcloth, $25 | Anchor laundry bag, West Elm, $27
Nautical garland kit, Shop Sweet Lulu, $12.50
Anchor jacquard towels, West Elm, $8-24 | Tommy Hilfiger mainsail sheets, Macy's, $30 for twin, $40 for twin XL, $50 for full, and $60 for queen | Bungalow/Scout Collapsible storage, See Jane Work, $53 for medium ($59 for large, $50 for small)


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Friday, August 15, 2014

GIVEAWAY! Nautical Dorm/College/Back to School Package

I am really excited about this giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will receive a set of anchor Tommy Hilfiger sheets* (the ones I featured in this post here) plus some (nautical) surprises for your dorm or apartment. I will be including some back to school essentials plus a few just for fun items!


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* the sheet set is size twin XL but I think they would work on a twin just fine. I think it's easier to tuck in sheets that are slightly bigger anyway since they are always shrinking in the dryer!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Las Vegas trip recap

My summers almost always include a trip to Las Vegas. It's HOT HOT HOT but so fun. I love relaxing by the pool, eating delicious food, and going to shows. This trip I was with my parents and my friends Brooke and A. Brooke had only been to Vegas once before and A hadn't been in years (since we went for her sister's 21st exactly ten years ago-to the week!). I thought this trip was going to overlap with the week I had off from work but unfortunately I got the dates wrong. Thankfully H could just stay at school extended care on Friday (phew!). I of course worried all day how he would do but everything went smoothly (he even fell asleep during naptime).

I have to say, we got pretty lucky on this trip! Friday night after the concert we actually saw Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel coming back to their room. We were standing just a few feet away! It was after midnight so the reception area was empty (just us and them). I almost passed out. I kept it together until after they walked by and then did a little happy dance. I am a HUGE Justin fan so this made my night.

Now onto the trip!
We stayed at MGM Grand

Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap
The villas share this atrium. The atrium is kept at a perfect 72 degrees 24/7
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap, The Mansion atrium
View from our balcony. The building/courtyard is supposed to look like an 18th century Tuscan Villa
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap
Off to dinner at Crush and then JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE concert! My anchor dress is from Old Navy
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap Justin Timberlake MGM Grand
Concert time!

Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap Justin Timberlake MGM Grand

Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap Justin Timberlake MGM Grand

Before the concert Friday we had lunch with my dad at Wolfgang Puck. Once we got to our area of the hotel we explored/walked around/took pictures. 
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand
Awesome foosball table in the bar (fancy name: Great Hall)-lions and monkeys oh my!
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand

Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand
If you don't want to sit in the climate controlled atrium you can sit outside in the Vegas heat (at least there are misters)
We had cheese and crackers, fruit, and wine as our mid afternoon snack. I have no problem being lazy on vacation!

Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand
Photo credit: Brooke
This was our bedroom. Gorgeous! I think the closet alone was bigger than my bedroom
I'm not a big juice drinker but they had the best juice I have ever had! Some kind of tropical blend. I wish I could recreate it!
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand

In the photo below we were running (with our drinks of course) into the hall to photo bomb Brooke's pretty picture. 
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand
Photo credit: Brooke

Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand
We spent Saturday morning at this quiet pool...
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap MGM Grand
and then headed over to the crazy busy main pool at lunch time. I have never seen so many people in the lazy river. EVER. I love that thing but yikes you could barely float without hitting people. I thought it was kind of funny to bump into people in our giant inner tubes but not everyone agreed. I think we went around 2 or 3 times and then got out.

After spending all day at the pool we relaxed in our room and then headed out to a show and dinner.
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand
A Degas (!) in our room. The hotel has an extensive private art collection (over 800 pieces). 
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand

Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand


After the show we walked over to The Bellagio for dinner. Cafe Bellagio is one of my favorite Vegas restaurants. Nothing fancy but it has good view and a nice view of the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The current theme is Summer Garden Party (tree house, giant watering can, green house, etc). After dinner we went outside to watch the fountains.
Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap
Fountain show at The Bellagio

It was really hard to say goodbye to Las Vegas on Sunday morning. But time to get back to the real world!

Nautical by Nature | Las Vegas trip recap The Mansion at MGM Grand
The atrium/Mansion at night
Photo credit: Brooke

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nautical Outfit of the Week: Belles in Bows

This week I am featuring Bess of Belles in Bows. Bess writes, "I wanted to create a look that could transition from that late-summer to fall so I decided upon a white oxford, tartan plaid Southern Proper hat, and Sperries. I kept the jewelry fun and light with some thin, gold Fornash bangles and my favorite Vickers bow!"

Nautical Outfit of the Week: Belles in Bows

Nautical Outfit of the Week: Belles in Bows

Nautical Outfit of the Week: Belles in Bows

Nautical Outfit of the Week: Belles in Bows

Nautical Outfit of the Week: Belles in Bows

Skirt: J.Crew Factory
Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Bracelets: gold bamboo bangle, Fornash, Kiel James Patrick bow
Hat: Southern Proper
Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider
Bag: Fornash

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School: Nautical Backpacks and Accessories

LA public schools are back in session this week (!). Summer is flying by! Here are my recommendations for nautical backpacks, lunch boxes, and water bottles.

Backpacks:

Nautical by Nature | Nautical Backpacks

Mermaids backpack, Diapers.com, $32 | Whale line backpack, Vineyard Vines, $89 | Day at the dock backpack, Modcloth, $30
Junior original book pack, LL Bean, $25 | Tech backpack, Vineyard Vines, $89 (also available in graphite color) | There and backpack, Hanna Andersson, $45

Lunchboxes:

Nautical by Nature | Nautical Lunch Boxes

Lunch box in shark reef, LL Bean, $18 | Beatrix New York whale lunch box, Diapers.com, $26 | Mermaid lunch box, Diapers.com, $24 | Ocean lunch sack, Diapers.com, $18

Water bottles:

Nautical by Nature | Nautical Water Bottles

CamelBak Eddy kids' bottle, LL Bean, $14 (I've never seen this print in person but H has the same bottle in construction print, sports print, and robots print so I highly recommend this bottle!) | Sigg mermaid water bottle, Amazon, $17 | Sigg seaworld water bottle, Diapers.com, $18



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Monday, August 11, 2014

Back to School: Boys

Let's hear it for the boys (sorry couldn't resist!). I am sharing my favorite nautical tops for boys, both short sleeve and long sleeve. Plus I added three looks with a fun lobster shirt.

Nautical by Nature | Back to School: Boys nautical clothing

Row 1: Intarsia anchor sweater, J.Crew Factory, $46 | Sail blue shark tee, Lands' End, $17 | Nordsee Schiff graphic tee, Tea Collection, $23
Row 2: Camo shark tee, Lands' End, $17 | Maritime stripe pocket tee, Tea Collection, $23 | Long sleeve block super tee, Lands' End, $18
Row 3: Rugged for keeps sweatshirt, Hanna Andersson, $42 | Stripe anchor storybook tee, J.Crew Factory, $21 | Get appy tee, Hanna Andersson, $32

How cute is this lobster shirt?! While it is still warm you can pair it with shorts. As it gets cooler, and depending on your child's style, you can pair it with khakis, sweats, or cords!

Nautical by Nature | Back to School: Boys nautical clothing

Lived in khakis, Gap, $35 | Graphic heathered sweatpant, J.Crew Factory, $35 | Straight cords, Gap, $35


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Friday, August 8, 2014

Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Begin the tour of the Coastal Living Showhouse here

Master bedroom:

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Master bath:
Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms


Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Bedroom 1:

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Bedroom 2:

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms

Nautical by Nature | Coastal Living Showhouse: First Floor Bedrooms
I loved the rope pulls on this built in dresser
The master bedroom and bedroom #1 both open onto the back porch/pool area. Quite a view from bed! I will be sharing the backyard/pool area next week.
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