Sunday, September 30, 2012

Felt Your Heart Beat giveaway WINNER!

And the winner is... Jes of Jes Getting Started!

For unique jewelery check out Felt Your Heart Beat etsy store!

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Sales and Deals

Quite a few sales going on this weekend!

30% off at Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic with code: THANKYOU (exp 10/2)

Additional 50% off C.Wonder sale with code: FALLFIFTY (exp 10/4)

30% off Lands End with code: FRIENDLY and PIN 2702 (exp 10/2)

15% off your order over $20 at Preppy Monogrammed Gifts with code: FALLSAVINGS (exp 10/10)

Birthday wishlist

My birthday is coming up so of course I had to make a wishlist! My parents went in on a nice camera (it arrived early and I am so excited to use it in New York next week!). My sisters are the best gift givers-I don't think I have ever been disappointed with a present from them. I'll have to wait until my birthday (October 8 if you are wondering) to see what they got me.

So here's what's on my wishlist:

And of course I need the matching doormat:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Knot:ical + 15% off!

As soon as I saw the company name and logo I knew this would be a match made in nautical heaven! Every Knot:ical bracelet is inspired by the days of summers gone by and those yet to come!

I got the bermuda bracelet. I love this color combination, especially for fall. Just a pop of gold with navy and pink-I wear navy and pink a lot and add gold accessories and shoes to spice it up. 

I wore my bracelet with a navy monogrammed Marley Lilly shirt, jean skirt, and gold sandals (not pictured). I love that the pink on the bracelet perfectly matches my watch!

The Classic Collection includes a ton of color combinations:

There is even a game day collection now (just some of the schools represented: University of Florida, Auburn, LSU, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, and Clemson):

And you can't forget the kids (options for both boys and girls)!

Custom bracelets are available too! How fun would it be to have these for the bridal party at a nautical wedding? Information on how to purchase your knot:ical bracelet is here.

Like knot:ical on Facebook and receive 15% off your order! Mention Nautical by Nature when you place your order

***Please note: I was given a bracelet to review. All opinions are my own***

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New York next week: recommendations?

Next week H's grandma is coming to town so I decided to take a last minute trip to New York City. I found a great deal on flights and I'll be staying with my sister (who is temporarily living on the UES). At this point I've done most of the touristy things so I'm now looking for new ideas: stores, restaurants, tell me your favorite things to see and do in New York!

You can find recaps of my previous New York trips here (Valentine's Day!) and here (Lilly Pulitzer Martha Stewart show)

So far on my list for this trip I have:
* Cloud City at the Met (thanks for the tip, Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore)
* the High Line
* seeing some of my friends from my semester in Australia 
* shopping at Uniqlo, Lilly Pulitzer, Jack Rogers, and Kate Spade

Nautical Photo of the Week: Baby Jack makes his debut

You've seen the baby showers in his honor (here and here) Now meet Baby Jack! His mom Natalie of Two Preps in a Pod sent me these adorable photos. Isn't he the cutest?
Photography by A. Dennette

And I couldn't resist including this nautical crab outfit from his recent 2 month photo

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Anchor Earrings GIVEAWAY!

I am partnering with the Etsy store Felt Your Heart Beat to give one lucky reader this adorable pair of anchor earrings!

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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***Please note: this is not a sponsored giveaway***

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fall/Halloween Decor for under $25

World Market set of 2 cookie jars ($25.98 but I'm including them because it's a set of 2)

Have you started decorating for fall/Halloween yet?

I'm not sure where I am going to put my owls but for now they are on my counter:

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blog Business

A few boring blog related things:
1. I finally changed to the embedded comments. I have found that this takes longer to load and makes you sign in 5 billion times (ugh) BUT it gives you the option to reply directly to comments on the blog post. This is helpful for those that do not have an email associated with their blogger ID. I can now reply to your comment within the comments. I still email replies to those of you that have an email address listed.

2. Is it helpful to have labels at the bottom of each blog post or just in the sidebar? Currently I just have labels in the right sidebar but I will add them back to each post if that is helpful. Please comment if you have an opinion on this!

3. I strongly dislike the new blogger editor

Friday, September 21, 2012

Apartment Guide: Blast from the Past

I have partnered with Apartment Guide to reminisce about my first place (something I truly love to do ;) As an Apartment Guide Blog Partner, I will be sharing ideas to make your apartment feel like home. This could not have come at a better time because exactly 6 months ago this week I moved into my current apartment so moving has been on my mind. I don't really miss my last apartment at all. But I do miss my first apartment in DC. I can't really say specifically why-maybe it's fall approaching (DC in fall=beautiful!), being walking distance to the zoo (there's a new baby panda!), or the fact that I lived with my sister.

My apartment was located in the Cleveland Park neighborhood, which is in upper NW area of DC. I lived in the dorms my first two years of college. I moved off campus to my first apartment in the beginning of junior year (fall 2007). I then did my semester in Australia (spring 2008) and moved back into the apartment for all of senior year. Here is our living room:

I wanted my apartment to feel like home but I knew I would most likely be leaving DC after graduation. I didn't want to invest in expensive furniture or anything I wouldn't want to leave behind. When I left DC I drove back to California. This meant I could only take what fit in my car (!!!). 

Here are my tips on how I made my apartment feel like home while on a budget (I was in college still) AND knowing I would be moving again within 2 years:
1. IKEA. Yes, it's a pain to build the furniture. But it's a bonding experience (you will have to bribe someone to help you). You can't beat Ikea's prices and options. I LOVED my Ikea pink dresser. It's too bad I couldn't fit it in my car
2. Decals!  If you are renting these are a MUST to personalize your space. Add them to a wall (the flowers on the wall in the living room), furniture (see the brown flowers on the pink dresser above), anywhere!
3. Photos/picture frames and art instantly make you (and your guests) feel at home. I love the idea of having photos from trips or family portraits made into canvases.
4. Marshalls/TJ Maxx/Homegoods For home decor, dishes, cooking utensils and anything else you may need for your first place!
5. Keep things organized! I strongly believe that every little thing should have its own space-you'll feel more at home when everything you have has its own home! The Container Store has tons of storage options. Stock up on baskets and the Command hooks (essential for dorms/rentals-easy to put up and no damage when you remove). For example, all of my small bags and clutches are stored in this basket.

How have you made your space a home? What tips do you have for fellow apartment dwellers?

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Monogrammed Driving Mocs from Two Funny Girls

With the official start of fall just days away it's time to switch over the closet! I can't wait to wear my new monogrammed driving mocs from Two Funny Girls. When Kristy emailed me to ask if I would review a pair of driving mocs I couldn't say yes fast enough!

Choose from four leather colors (light pink, chocolate brown, navy and black) and a complimenting or contrasting grosgrain ribbon and thread color. There are over 20 ribbon choices and 6 thread colors, so the combinations are endless!
Can't decide on a ribbon color? You can get extra ribbons and switch them out depending on your outfit!

I got a pair in my favorite color combination for fall: pink and brown!

It's still in the 80s here so I haven't been able to wear mine out yet. But here are some outfit ideas:
J.Crew cable turtleneck sweater with Vineyard Vines corduroy skirt, J.Crew Tippi sweater with J.Crew bootcut cord, J.Crew stretch perfect shirt with Gap slim cropped pants (I have these!)

***Please note: I was given a pair of shoes to review. All opinions are my own***

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Nautical Photo of the Week: Preppy Southern Princess

This week I am featuring Gracie Beth of Preppy Southern Princess. Gracie Beth had a self-described summer of nautical! Here are some of her nautical outfits from this summer (all items are Lilly Pulitzer):

Wish I had bought these shorts!

LOVE this dress!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

20% off Jayes Studio

Updating this post because I forgot to add that Nautical by Nature readers can now receive 20% off all orders from Jayes Studio with code: Nautical20

The winner is Jami!

Jayes Studio has many other products in lots of cute patterns!

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More Mini Boden nautical



Anchors (I really don't like skulls on clothing but I'll ignore it):




Pelican sweater:
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