Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Sister's Baby Shower

My sister's baby shower was this past weekend at the Napa Valley Grille. I loved how the room was above the main dining area, allowing the room to be filled with natural light while also being private. My stepmom did all of the decorations and I think she did such a great job. We went with an animal theme to match the Dwell animal invitation from Tiny Prints that my sister's best friend picked out (which also matches the nursery!)

Balloons and animal topiaries:

My favorites: pig and hippo

Pompoms and "it's a boy" elephant banner

Centerpieces: my stepmom sewed the tulle that's around the flowers, then added ribbon and pinned on an animal finger puppet. So cute!

It was my idea to use the Little Gorilla book as a guest book. H's cousins/family gave him a copy when he was born and I loved that they all signed it. I thought it was perfect for the animal theme baby shower!

Table with guest book (and swan topiary)

Cupcakes with bunny topiary

View of the table (with elephant favor boxes, bowls of animal crackers, and personalized Hershey Kisses)

Wooden animal pull toys in the center

Advice cards/well wishes for the guests to fill out

The details:
Animal Topiaries
Elephant 'it's a boy' banner
Elephant favor boxes
Animal soaps as favors (inside the elephant boxes)
Cupcake toppers
Elephant advice cards
Elephant and giraffe napkins
Pompoms these were really time consuming to "poof"-I recommend trying to find ones that are easier to fluff (if that's a possibility?)
Hershey Kisses with elephant stickers on bottom
Wooden animals: Manny and Simon push toys
I made the signs for cupcakes, gifts, guest book using the same Dwell animals from the invitation (though different arrangement of animals)
Little Gorilla book

Monday, January 30, 2012

Lemon & Line

You know I can't resist a cute logo or nautical accessories!

Priced at just $25 these are the perfect every day nautical accessory! Each bracelet is handcrafted in Rhode Island (how very nautical!)

Nantucket Collection:

Newport Collection:

Vineyard Collection

Please note: this is NOT a sponsored post. I was not compensated in any way for posting about the bracelets

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pretty Little Liars DVD Winner!

Better late than never...

The winner of the season 1 DVD set is

Friday, January 27, 2012

Nautical Baby Showers

My sister's baby shower is this weekend. She's not having a nautical theme but that didn't stop me from browsing nautical baby shower ideas on Pinterest. I know quite a few of my readers have had nautical baby showers (see Fried Pink Tomato's shower here) or are planning nautical showers.

I had a hard time finding photos from actual nautical GIRL showers but I did find some cute printables/paper products you could use (or you could use the above as inspiration and change the colors):

Did you have a nautical baby shower? Have you been to one? Let's see your photos! Email me at nauticalbynature@gmail.com

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nautical Outfit of the Week: Barefoot and Preppy

Here is Rachel of Barefoot and Preppy in a classic nautical outfit: striped top, jeans, and Rainbows. The perfect nautical look for spring and summer!

Top: JCrew
Jeans: Old Navy
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: Rainbows

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mini Boden

Mini Boden has done it once again! Adorable nautical choices for your little ones. I just wish they were all available in bigger sizes!

Anchor sweater (why can't they make this for women?!):

Striped top with mini anchors in a big anchor-umm again, why isn't this in bigger sizes?

Anchor baby boarders:

Girls swimsuit:

Girls shorts (culotte style):

I just love the polkadots too!


Boys swim trunks:

Pull on trousers (I think these are PJ pants? The girl shown in the photo is sitting outside so wear them wherever!):

Towelling throw on (I want this for post-swim/beach!):

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Months ago Amy at Forever29 posted her top 20 songs and asked her readers to share their favorites too. There is no way I can narrow mine down to just 20 or rank them in order (that's even more difficult). Instead I went into my Itunes and found the 20 most recently played. These are definitely favorites that I can listen to over and over.
Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun
Heartbeats by Jose Gonzales
Ten-Twenty-Ten by Generationals
Bright Lights Bigger City by Cee Lo Green
If You Were Here by Cary Brothers
Fire in Your New Shoes by Kaskade
Beat the Devil's Tattoo by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Chillin by Wale
Addicted to Love by Florence + the Machine
Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield
Young Blood by The Naked and Famous
Give In to Me by Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester
Embrace by Chase & Status
On Melancholy Hill by Gorillaz
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Wonderwall by Oasis
Cities in Dust by Junkie XL
E.S.T by White Lies
Time After Time by Quietdrive
Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO

Andrea at My Chihuahua Bites is doing a link up and asking readers to answer these questions:

What is the song you play when you want to get pumped up?
Bright Lights Bigger City by Cee Lo Green

What is the song you play when you want/need to cry?
Anything by Jose Gonzalez

What is the song you play when you’re cleaning?
Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun

What is the song you play when you’re exercising?
Anything Britney Spears!

What are your current favorite songs? What do you play on repeat?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Polyvore Sets for Spring Inspiration

1 navy and pink anchor bag: 4 possible outfits
Anchor bag

Anchor/nautical tops with colored pants
Nautical Spring

Striped dresses
Striped Dresses for Spring

Nautical Accessories

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