Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Summer isn't over yet! There is still plenty of time to hit the pool or beach! Swim Spot is giving one lucky Nautical by Nature reader a $50 giftcard!

I always have a tough time finding the right swimsuit because I am very tall and I need something with coverage for work (must be nanny appropriate/kid tested!). On the Swim Spot website you can shop by style, designer, use the fit specialist (this is awesome!) or bikini builder.

Here are some of my favorites:
Nautica Schooner bikini:

Splendid Marcel one piece:

Splendid confetti dot with ruffles:

And we can't forget the coverups!
Splendid Carnival tunic:

Athena Isle of Capri tunic:

Ella Moss Calypso hooded tunic:

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Family Photos: Nautical Outfit Ideas

This week the Nautical family will be heading on a trip to Sun Valley and we'll be taking family photos! I thought it would be fun to put together some nautical outfit ideas for the whole family (unfortunately I don't think everyone in my family is on board with nautical but I can dream!). I did a similar post back in April with spring/summer looks. This time I am using fall looks so that the photos could be used for holiday cards!

For the Boys:

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For the girls:

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For the women:

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Apartment Tour: Photo Display

Fridays this summer I will be linking up to do Kelly's Korner's Show Us Your Home series. Today: how I display photos!

I love framing photos! I don't even have all of my frames up right now-some are still at my mom's. I have had the best luck finding cute frames at Target and TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Homegoods. I also have a few more expensive frames (Jonathan Adler, Lilly Pulitzer, the Dahl House)

This orange thing is a thrift store find and I love rotating the frames/photos. I bought navy paint but decided to leave it orange for now (aka I am lazy)

My big book shelf in my bedroom:

Have yet to hang these up in my bedroom:

I added a couple of frames on the kitchen counter:

Not a home until the fridge is covered in photos!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Be My Guest! My Tips for a Guest Friendly Home

Since I live alone, I really try to have friends over as often as I can. I love entertaining and look forward to planning themed parties. At my last apartment I did a Valentine's party, Oscar party, and my birthday party. I wish I had taken more photos! I actually haven't had a party in my new apartment yet (crazy!) but am hoping for a late summer nautical themed party!

I do host casual tv/movie nights weekly. I want my friends to always feel comfortable just relaxing in my apartment. There is nothing worse than going to a friend's and having one of the following happen: 1. run out of TP and can't find any extra in the bathroom. 2. get hot or cold 3. having nothing to eat or drink.

So here's what I do to make my guests comfortable:
1. BLANKETS! I have 3 nautical Thro by Marlo Lorenz throw blankets (you can always find these at Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Homegoods). Someone is always cold! Have a comfortable couch, place to put your feet up (like an ottoman), and good tv trays/side tables for eating/putting drinks on

Throw blankets, comfy couch, kleenex!

2. Have the bathroom stocked for anything and everything! The basket is Liberty of London for Target. It holds all of the bathroom essentials: lysol wipes, lotion, air freshener, matches, makeup remover wipes, and an extra roll of toilet paper.

I bought the pink basket at Marshalls and then put the seahorse and name decal on it. I keep hand towels/washcloths inside it. I love my star nightlight. I hate coming home to a dark apartment and guests won't be in the dark feeling around for the light switch

3. Stock favorite snacks and drinks! I am not great about the drink part (I really only drink water and chocolate milk) but I try to have soda, beer, and wine. Favorite snacks here include: Annie's fruit snacks, Pirate's Booty, goldfish crackers, pita chips and hummus

How do you make your place guest friendly? I can't wait to have a bigger place with a separate guest bedroom! I am already planning cute guest baskets for when friends stay overnight!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nautical Outfit of the Week: Europafox

Here is the lovely Europafox in Varadero, Cuba. Her dress is covered in tiny boats (click photo to enlarge)! And isn't her son adorable?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Milo Paper Gift Shop

I am a stationery addict! I am trying to be better about actually using the stationery that I buy. Slowly but surely I am making my way through my stationery stockpile. When I finally get down to just a few pieces I will restock with Milo Paper.

The notebooks can be personalized with a name or monogram on the front and you can choose lined or blank pages! There are pages and pages of designs available! Notebooks, notepads, wall calendars, placemats, and more!

Blue Waves:

Green Moby (also available in pink):

Pink Madras:

Blue Chevy desk calendar blotter:

Green Santorini monthly calendar (this is a dry erase calendar!):

Pink Damask notepad:

***Please note: this is NOT a sponsored post! I am just sharing a preppy paper find!***

Monday, July 23, 2012

Harding-Lane giveaway WINNER!

The winner of the Harding-Lane needlepoint hat is...

Some of the many fun (nautical) designs:



Sunday, July 22, 2012

New Photos of Baby Nautical + Lulu McGee anchor onesie

Baby Nautical is now 4 months old as of Friday. Time is just flying by!

I asked Blair of Lulu McGee (you might know her from her blog Dirty Martini Diaries) to make Baby Nautical an anchor onesie. How cute is this little onesie?!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Conch Clothing and Accessories

The founder of Conch Clothing, Courtney, emailed me to introduce her new shop and I wanted to share my favorite products with you all! Lots of bows and very nautical! All of the items are handcrafted by the sea in Florida!

Courtney loves sailing, scuba diving and beachcombing. This coastal lifestyle is Courtney's inspiration for the products of Conch Clothing.

Port Purse:

Sea Oat Tote:

Circe Clutch:

Calypso Clutch:

Port Purse in sawgrass:

***Please note: this is NOT a sponsored post! I am just highlighting a cute, new company!***

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Nautical Flag Shorts Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago I had a fun photo shoot with my photographer friend, Leanne. I love how the photos turned out! I just wish I could have her take photos of my outfits every day!

Outfit details:
J.Crew anchor hoodie (J.Crew similar), Lilly Pulitzer shorts (Lilly Pulitzer similar), Target ballet flats (all pink and Asos similar), Old Navy gold boat shoes (Sperry Top-Sider similar)
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