Friday, October 30, 2009

The Monogram Swap

I just saw this website over at Miss Monogram's blog and thought I would share. There is a new website called The Monogram Swap. I think it is a great idea, especially for children's items that are outgrown! Here's the info:

The Monogram Swap is a website that allows shoppers to list gently used monogrammed items for sale. Until December 1st you can list your items for FREE!! The best part is you set the price for your item! If it sells you keep all the money (minus a tiny 10% transaction fee). As The Monogram Swap was launched earlier this month, there isn't a ton of inventory on the site, but hopefully as the word spreads, the site will fill with more and more monogrammed items! So rack your brain and your closet and see if you have anything to put on the site or have anyone you can recommend it to.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nautical outfit of the week

Sent in by Natalie at Carolina Prep.

Natalie writes, "University of South Carolina's homecoming theme this year was 'Anchor's Away.' I knew we were in for some cute tshirts! As soon as I saw my sorority's tee I immediately thought of you!!"

The first picture is the front of both shirts, with the navy being her sorority's shirt and the white being USC's overall homecoming tee:

The next 2 are the backs of the shirts:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fontaine Maury coupon code!

Fontaine Maury is offering Nautical by Nature readers a special discount! Here are the details:

Get 15% off melamine personalized plates with the code: Nautical15

My favorites:

I saw the gator plates in person at a store in DC and they are even cuter in person!

Palm Tree:



There are so many more options on their website!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gossip Girl: Headbands

Headbands are the major accessory on this show!

Here are some favorites:
Vintage Gold Knot Headwrap by Jennifer Behr:

Paige Gamble Limited Edition White Matte Python Headband:

Jennifer Behr wide encrusted crystals on silk chiffon:

Jennifer Behr victorian crystal and silk satin headwrap:

Penelope wearing our (my) favorite Lacoste striped pique headband:

Susan Daniels big bow:

Jennifer Ouellette:

Beautiful pearl headband (I got mine at Forever21):

I just can't list them all!

Now for the question of the day: Do you agree with Dan, "no headbands in college"? Watch the clip of Dan telling Blair there are no headbands in college here

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nautical outfit of the week

As you have read before, I host a weekly TV night at my house on Mondays. This is what N wore last week.

T shirt: from our very nautical high school-N was on the robotics team and this was their t shirt
Sweatpants: Victoria's Secret (note the anchor on right side)

Reader submission time!
If you would like to share a nautical outfit you (or your friend, spouse, child, sorority, etc) have please email me as I would love to do a weekly nautical outfit post! My email is listed on my profile.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sara Langley Designs


Nautical collection:

Set includes: White Striped Hooded Jacket, Navy Striped Pant, Navy Anchor Hat, Red Long sleeve or Short sleeve One Piece, and Bib.

Duffle (comes in multiple patterns):

Tote (comes in multiple patterns):

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


A month later I am finally posting my photos from my trip up north.

It was a quick visit but we did look at some cute stores in Carmel.

Loved all the toile in this store!

Cute pink tea room

Nautical store

My cousin looked gorgeous! I loved her hair and dress.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blog business

1. Due to those pesky Chinese symbol spammers I had to do word verification (just getting rid of anonymous comments wasn't enough). I hate word verification so I am really sorry but they spammed the blog 600 times!

2. You can now post anonymously again (since I now have word verification).

3. I would like some feedback on the blog. My 2 year blogging anniversary is coming up and I want to know what you like and don't like. Should I start Gossip Girl Monday again? What do you want me to post more of? What posts do you not like? You can leave your feedback anonymously if you would prefer.

4. Please vote for N's cat over here. Her cat's name in the contest is her nickname, Chocheese (long story), but her real name is actually Mia. Voting lasts until October 23.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Nautical Halloween cards from Seaside Designs

The cards can be found in the Etsy store

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Block Party

Almost 400 people came to our neighborhood block party! This year was a western theme and it was really fun. We had a bunch of activities for the kids (pony rides, pumpkin decorating, line dancing and more) and it was catered by a local restaurant I love. I am so lucky that my neighborhood is so close and everyone makes an effort to know their neighbors.

Pumpkin decorating (note the gingham tablecloths)

Some of the finished pumpkins

Before the crowds started showing up!

The moonbounces (apparently now they are called bouncies?). An hour later they were filled with jumping kids!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Birthday! part 1

The last two weeks have been crazy busy! So much to update you all on!

First, thank you for the birthday wishes, cards, and presents.

Here is what I got for my birthday:
From my dad and stepmom:
Kate Spade Gramercy Park Darla

My everyday wallet is huge (and heavy) so I am excited to have a night time/going out wallet that will hold just the basics!

I also got red Kate Spade tights to keep me warm under my fall and winter skirts/dresses.

From my mom:
Kate Spade All Wrapped Up bangle

From my sister:
Vineyard Vines pink polo that says Martha's Vineyard on the sleeve. She got it for me when she was there over Labor Day.

From C:
A set of green damask PJs from Bedhead

From N and D (and really M too): BUMPITS! I haven't worn them out yet but I can't wait to see how they look!

From Jules at Chic n Pink:
Pink and green anchor keyfob!

From Angela:
Anchor notecards from Crane & Co and Lilly Pulitzer Wink Perfume!

I am still waiting for my other sister's present to arrive along with some presents I bought myself (I am a shopaholic afterall!) so stay tuned for part 2

Monday, October 12, 2009

Nautical honeymoons!

Head on over to Muffy Martini's blog to read my guest post on nautical honeymoons!

Quick preview:

My top 5:

1. The Boatshed in Auckland, New Zealand
2. Bells at Killcare in Central Coast, NSW, Australia
3. Cocoa Island, Maldives, Indian Ocean
4. Sun Rocks in Santorini, Greece
5. La Minervetta in Sorrento, Italy

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Winner of giveaway 1 (houndstooth set from Three Chickadees): JULES from Chic n Pink!

Winner of giveaway 2 (lighthouse tote from Preppy Princess): CAROLINE from Antique Rose!

Winner of giveaway 3 (Lilly candle): KATIE C from Southern Seersucker!

Winner of giveaway 4 (Anchor tote): SeaLaura!

Winners of giveaway 5 (surprise): Nicole-Lynn from Seaside Smitten! AND
Spanish Preppy Girl!

WINNERS PLEASE EMAIL ME at the email listed on my profile to claim your prize!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

GIVEAWAY 4: Anchor tote from Ballard Designs


Anchor tote from Ballard Designs.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

GIVEAWAY 3: Lilly Pulitzer Beachy Candle


Keep summer alive! "Escape to the beach no matter the season and remind yourself of a time of fun and relaxation. The fragrance opens with notes of sliced watermelon, sunny citrus and marine accord. The heart enchants with jasmine blossom, tiare flower and lush frangipani. The sun sets on the fragrance with base notes of salt crystals, golden amber and sweet vanilla."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

GIVEAWAY 2: Lighthouse Tote from the Preppy Princess


You'll fall in love with this great canvas tote from the Preppy Princess! It's a rich navy and sand with an embroidered lighthouse and other nautical images as decorative touches. It features a zippered top closure and inner pocket.

Monday, October 5, 2009

GIVEAWAY 1: Houndstooth set from Three Chickadees


The winner will receive a headband, belt (available in size s-xl), and keyfob in the cutest pink and brown houndstooth pattern thanks to Lisa at Three Chickadees.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Poolside Preppy Interiors

The pink and white stripes are my favorite!

(images from Coastal Living)
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