Sunday, May 31, 2009

Whitney Caroline Designs: nautical wallpaper

Check out the newest wallpaper design here. Isn't perfectly nautical? I love the pink and blue combination! The best part: it is free to download!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Cruise update!

I thought it would be fun to do a post on my typical day on board (those of you that have cruised before, this may sound very familiar!).

Wakeup between 8-9 AM. Breakfast is a huge buffet with EVERYTHING you could want, even waffles with chocolate syrup! During breakfast we go over the day's schedule and check the guidebook.
Leave the ship and explore the port and city.
Come back on board, go for a swim to cool off, hang out in the room, go to dinner. Then we go to a show, movie, or the dance club (or all 3!)

Days at sea
are a little different-more time at the pool, trivia or some sort of game, a nap, etc. ** I am on a cruise line geared more toward an older crowd so keep that in mind ;)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I love my...

Uniqlo jeans!

I got the best jeans ever when I was in New York in March. Their only US store is in NY but they are definitely worth a trip if you are in the city! I have the skinny jeans and LOVE them!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

More great blogs!

Thanks for the awards :)

The Pink Washingtoniette
The Gifting Gumshoe
Chic and Pink
Cardigans and Clogs

** I have not been able to read any blogs due to the slow internet on the ship so if you gave me an award (or tagged me) recently, just email me!

Monday, May 25, 2009

One Year Ago Today (Australia edition)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tucker Blair flip flops!

Tucker Blair flip flops have launched! I think you all can guess which ones are on my wish list ;)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A.Tierney coupon code: 20% off!

20% off at A.Tierney with coupon code: MEMORIAL09 (expires May 26)

I absolutely LOVE my A. Tierney anchor pendant and jewelry case (which I need to post once I get home).

Cruise update!

Just wanted to check in from the SHIP and say I am having the time of my life! The ship is like its own little world- so many different restaurants and activities!

Rome was amazing! We spent 2.5 days there before boarding the ship. Tiring but so worth it! Next we are onto Florence and Pisa. I have been taking tons of photos (including my outfits and fav parts of the ship). I can't believe I still have 20 more days!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


21 days of nautical heaven, here I come!

One Year Ago Today (Australia edition)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Fitz and Frannie Silk Knot Earrings

I have seen these earrings on a couple of other blogs and they are so cute and nautical!

You can choose from solid

2 colors,

or 3 colors

Special deal:

2 pair for $30 and free shipping (US and Canada only). Enter the word PREPPY in the special instructions box when checking out. Your invoice will be adjusted after Pay Pal payment is received.

Friday, May 15, 2009

The WINNER and Leaving for Rome!

As usual, I imported all entries into an Excel spreadsheet (220!) and used to choose a random number:

Congrats to JILL from Peeptoe Pumps and Pearls. Jill chose Nautical Breeze.

Thanks again to Angela Moore for allowing me to host this great nautical giveaway!

In other news, I am on my way to Rome as you read this!

I will NOT be bringing my laptop with me (good thing I had that trial run a few weeks ago!). There is internet on the ship, though, so I will be updating my blog (though probably not commenting) whenever possible. I do have some posts scheduled too.

*I tried to include most of what I am bringing but couldn't find photos of everything

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Thanks to reader Kristen for the heads up!

Anchor earrings:

Love this necklace too:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Want a postcard??

Love getting mail? Love seeing new places or pretty photos? When I was in Australia I offered to send postcards to any blogger who sent me their address. Well I decided to do this again! If you would like to receive a postcard from my Mediterranean cruise, email me with your mailing address. If you have a location or subject preference, let me know (here is a link to my itinerary) in your email and I will try my best to find that specific postcard. Otherwise I will just pick one that I think you may like! My email is listed on my profile

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Weekend Update (graduation, celebrities, Mother's Day, oh my!)

Friday we went to the Portrait Gallery and lunch at Zaytinya. My dad, stepmom, and cousin went to dinner at Palena while my mom and I caught up back at the hotel. It turned out that the White House Correspondents' Association dinner was being held at the same hotel so there were celebs galore! I saw everyone from Colin Fir*th (coming out of the elevator Saturday afternoon), James Fra*nco, and Jona*than Rh*ys Mey*ers to Colin Powell, Attor*ney General Eric Hol*der, and Kat*ie Cou*ric. The list goes on and on! For photos from the event go here.

We had beautiful weather for graduation (finally!). I walked with my good friend E who is from the LA area too. I can't believe I am DONE/FINISHED/COMPLETE! Here I am with my mom:

Sunday we went to an amazing Mother's Day brunch at the Jockey Club. I think my mom and stepmom really liked the restaurant. They also did a free family portrait outside. I got my mom and stepmom each a picture frame to put a photo from graduation. I wore my new Alice + Olivia dress to brunch.

* I am getting my haircut this week-finally!

Afterward my dad and stepmom flew back to LA and I went to a couple of stores with my mom and sister.

I got these shorts and dress at Vineyard Vines. Perfect for the cruise!

I also got the Coach whale keyfob (though I think mine is blue, not black)

My mom left Monday morning. I miss everyone already!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Angela Moore GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate my graduation and upcoming cruise: a nautical bracelet giveaway from Angela Moore!

The winner will get to choose either

Nautical Breeze:

OR Lighthouse:

1. Comment telling me which product you would like if you win (Nautical Breeze or Lighthouse) ALL ENTRIES MUST DO THIS!
2. If you are a follower (or become one) you will get an additional entry
3. If you blog about this giveaway you will get an additional entry

The giveaway ENDS THURSDAY MAY 14

Sunday, May 10, 2009

One Year Ago Today (Australia edition)

Friday, May 8, 2009


What I am wearing:
Kimball dress

On sale here for under $200

My high school graduation was definitely different. We all wore the same white dress (that a classmate designed) and carried flowers (I feel prepared for all future weddings now). We also sang a song and it was amazingly nautical and perfect: "Come Sail Away" (by Styx)! Obviously we left out that weird alien part in the middle but just imagine 90 girls in white dresses (with flowers) singing Come Sail Away.

If you don't know the song, watch the video here. Here are the lyrics:

I'm sailing away, set an open course for the virgin sea
Ive got to be free, free to face the life that's ahead of me
On board, I'm the captain, so climb aboard
Well search for tomorrow on every shore
And Ill try, oh lord, Ill try to carry on

I look to the sea, reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy, some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
We live happily forever, so the story goes
But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold
But well try best that we can to carry on

A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope, and this is what they said
They said come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me

This is not my graduating class but I took a photo of last year's from the newsletter/annual report thingy (thanks to my mom for always sending me these!):

Thursday, May 7, 2009

More mail!

Thanks Lou Lou in Lilly! I won this in Lou Lou's giveaway (the K is navy, not black):

Her etsy store is here

and thanks to Britni (Playful Professional) too. I won this great book in her giveaway. Just in time for finals ;)

Bought this Lilly bag from Pink Cupcake:

And also from Pink Cupcake: the last part of my spring swap package:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Monogrammed umbrella

I mentioned awhile ago that my swap partner Pink, Green, and Southern sent me a monogrammed umbrella. I kept forgetting to take a photo because I usually leave it in the car. I finally brought it up to take a photo. Thanks again Pink, Green, and Southern! It has been raining off and on for days so I am thankful to have such a cute umbrella :)

One Year Ago Today (Australia edition)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Calling all Polyvore and Gossip Girl fanatics!

Thanks to Kimberly I found out that Polyvore is doing a Gossip Girl outfit contest! The details are here.

"Create an outfit inspired by your favorite Gossip Girl character. 3 winners chosen by the Polyvore team will receive $100 American Express gift cards to use to buy their outfits! The winners will also be featured on the Polyvore Explore page and blog. Don't forget to tag your set with "Gossip Girl" and the name of the character who inspired your outfit." (Contest ends May 11)

A couple of good ones:
LOVE the anchor D&G dress!

There are over 2000 entries so start working now!

Here are the photos from when I saw them filming! I wanted to tell you all about what I saw but didn't want to ruin the twist!

Monday, May 4, 2009

And the winner is... (plus 20% discount!)

Chloe from Cardigans and Clogs! Chloe chose the Spa set. Congrats Chloe! Please email me with your address!

Laura at Not Soap, Radio was very generous and is offering 20% off all products with code "nautical"!

For those of you in sororities, check out their Greek line here:
Big/Little sister lip balm

Body wash

Looking for a bridesmaid gift?

And tons of other great products (Greek and non-Greek)!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Jill tagged me to complete this little survey. I usually forget to do these (sorry!) but I am procrastinating so why not?

8 Things I Am looking Forward to:
1. Graduating!
2. My cruise!
3. my recent anchor purchases from LL Bean
4. a trip to Vegas this summer
5. Lost. I hate when it is a repeat
6. Finally having some time to go to the movies
7. hopefully moving back to LA in June
8. summer!

8 Shows I Watch (in no specific order):
1. Gossip Girl
3. The Mentalist
4. Brothers and Sisters
5. Greek
6. CSI
7. America's Next Top Model
8. One Tree Hill

* yeah I left out a couple of categories BUT I am adding some photos. Jill also tagged me to share prom photos. Well I don't have any (LONG story) but I will share some other high school memories. I am sure my friends are going to love this ;)

Mother daughter fashion show:
Somehow we got stuck modeling the ugliest clothes (PJs!) from this total mom store. All the other girls got to wear gorgeous dresses, etc. Oh well.

Mother daughter luncheon/mass (something like that). Starting to see a pattern?

We also had to carry around dolls for our religion class:

Friday, May 1, 2009


Margarita glasses:

Martini glasses:

Salt and Pepper shakers:


Yes, you read that correctly! 25% off at HuePhoria for Nautical By Nature readers! Just enter code: NBN when you checkout
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