Thankful is the New Black

Black Friday Sales 2015
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Ok kids. I’m going to give you your Black Friday shopping guide because I promise it every year and I don’t take back my promises. Except when I promise my dentist that I’ll be better about flossing but that’s a different story.

But for all that is holy, I’m giving you this on the condition that you go nowhere near anything that resembles a shopping center on Thanksgiving Day. 2am on Friday morning doesn’t count either. And if you must go out on Friday (though I prefer shopping via the comfort of my couch while eating a leftover turkey sandwich), be kind. Be safe. No deal is worth a dressing room fight with a selfish Lululemon-wearing soccer (stage?) mom [I did in fact experience this during the Lilly for Target madness]. And please just don’t go to Walmart.

I’ll update this as more sales come to light, but for now, here are some live ones to get you started. Have a VERY happy Thanksgiving sweet friends!

Your Cyber Monday + Black Friday Sales 2015::

[ highlights ]

25% off with code SHOPTOIT

15% off everything with code CYBER-15. Discount increases the more you spent!

Design Darling
20% off with code THANKFUL [WED-MON]

J.Crew Factory
50% off everything + free shipping with code SHIPGIFTS [WED-SUN]

[ everything else ]
Amazon // Hundreds of deals throughout store
Ann Taylor // 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE [FRI]
ASOS // 20% off everything with code CYBER
Banana Republic // 40% off with code BRFRIDAY [FRI]
BaubleBar // 30% of with code THX
// 15% off sale gowns
Bloomingdales // Take $25 off every $200 spent
Boden // 30% off with code 7J4Z
Forever 21 // Steals from $4 | 30% off boots + booties
GAP // 50% off everything with code EARLY [WED-SAT]
Gigi New York // Free gifts with purchase
H&M // 20% off $25 | 30% off $50 | 40% off all sale with codes 2020; 3030; 4040 [SUN-MON]
J.Crew // 40% off select styles + 30% off everything with code HOLIDAY [FRI-SUN]
Jack Wills // 30% off everything with code THANKS [FRI-MON]
**Kate Spade // 30% off everything with code SHINE [SUN-MON]**
Kate Spade Surprise Sale! [WED-SUN]
Keds // 25% off with code KEDSHOLIDAY [FRI-MON]
Kiel James Patrick // 25% off everything [FRI]
Kohls // 15% off with code TURKEYTIME
L.L. Bean
// 10% off with code THANKS10 + free gift cards with purchase [FRI-TUES]
Lilly Pulitzer // Free domestic flight with $1500 purchase [WED-12/31]
LOFT // 40% off with code BF40 [WED-FRI]
Macy’s // 20% off with code THANKS
Madewell // 25% off everything with code CALMDOWN [WEDS-SUN]
Marley Lilly // Free blanket scarf with $100 purchase [FRI-SUN]
Nordstrom // Up to 50% off select styles; extra 25% off sale [FRI]
Old Navy // 40-60% off everything online
REVOLVE // 20% off sale with code BLACKFRIDAY20
Rifle Paper Co // 30% off
Shopbop // Spend $250 = 15% off | Spend $500 = 20% off | Spend $1000 = 25% off with code GOBIG15 [WED-SUN]
Sole Society // 30% off all shoes [FRI]
Toms // 10% off sale + free shipping with code GIVE10
// 50% off select items [FRI-MON]
Tory Burch // Spend $250, receive 30% off with code THANKS [WEDS-MON]
Rebecca Minkoff // 25% off everything
Urban Outfitters // 30% off sale + additional deals throughout each department

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Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Kate Spade Surprise Sale Black Friday 2015
I owe you a complete Black Friday//Cyber Monday guide & will deliver that with a bow as soon as it’s complete! In the meantime, Christmas came early in the form of a Kate Spade Surprise Sale! This will last until Sunday, but the goods won’t…

{ AND everything here is under $200! }

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A Ruby Leather Riding Pants Leggings

vegan leather leggings
I pride myself on being a pretty dang good packer. I usually wear everything I bring, don’t overpack, and leave a little extra room for purchases on the way home. Yet I all but completely failed when it came to packing for our trip to Paris this fall, and didn’t realize it until we got there. While I pictured postcard-perfect 67-degree early September days, we instead hovered around 55 and raining. Oops.

Thankfully, I had thrown in one pair of “pants” with all of those dresses and skirts, and even more fortunately, they are what I’d consider the chicest pants I own: a pair of leather-detailed riding pants leggings that local designer Avra Myers of A Ruby had sent me a couple months before.

Somehow, despite wearing these 5 out of 8 days of the trip, I failed to get any photos in them. Good thing I’ve also worn them twice a week in the two months since…
That vegan leather trim though.

A Ruby White Oxford Button Downsilver metallic flats

a ruby riding pants leggingsnavy dot umbrella
And yeah you’re welcome you’re not seeing my face in any of these. I’ll tell you about it later.

A Ruby is having a pop-up in Boston THIS WEEK, and you know I’ll be headed there to buy these in one two three more colors. Catch these chic basics November 27-29 and December 5 at Michelle Willey in the South End!

A Ruby White Oxford & Pull-On Riding Legging Pant c/o | J.Crew Metallic Flats | Des Petit Hauts Patent Crossbody [similar 1; 2 for purchase in US] | Primark Umbrella [similar]

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In These Hours I Feel So Glad My Heart Could Burst

BHLDN Lace Back Dress
I don’t know where the time has snuck away to, but we are on the heels of our 7-month wedding anniversary. Oh buoy. They say the day goes by so fast but the year! We blinked and were already halfway through our first.

Our wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty last week, a teensy little dream of mine years in the making, so now that the cat’s out of the bag, I thought I can finally share a little bit about May 2nd here. My Big Fat Rustic Nautical Wedding.

We were married exactly 365 days, minus about 5 hours, after he popped the question. It was a day so sunny and clear that we’re squinting in the better portion of our photos, which as far as I’m concerned is  a good problem to have. Our ceremony was in a beautiful little church on Cape Cod, and was just as traditional as the one I pictured as a little girl (that’s a good thing). I wore a white lace and tulle dress (the first one I tried on). My father daddy walked me down the aisle. I cried. My mom cried. We ran out hand in hand. It was the most perfect storybook cliche that I had always hoped for.

My five best friends, including my sister she’s not really my sister she might as well be my sister maid of honor, and my sweet mama, held my hand, pretty literally, right up until walking down the aisle. They stacked our centerpieces and arranged our burlap and had tissues at my eyes before I even knew that I was crying.

We didn’t want to do one of those first looks all the cool kids are doing, but our photographer did set us up so we could talk, without seeing each other, before the ceremony. As silly as we look in the photos, this was one of my favorite parts of the day. Second only to seeing him at the altar.

The party was more than anything we could have hoped for. While the view didn’t suck [we held it in a tent overlooking Pleasant Bay in Orleans], my favorite parts of the night are tied between walking in to this song (#texasforever), dancing to this one, and taking a moment to look around while we were cutting the cake. And realizing that so many of the most important people in our worlds were all right there. Under one tent. To celebrate us. US! That’s a memory and feeling I hope I’ll never forget.

If you want to hear more about the decor, the aesthetic, the inspiration, check out the feature on SMP! But this is for sharing my most favorite details and snippets of the day.

[ I really tried to cut these down as much as I could. I just really love my vendors and think my husband’s really cute. ]

BHLDN Tulle Lace Wedding Dress
Wedding Side Ponytail
Emily Fanning Wedding
Groom Getting Ready
Cole Haan Men's Brown Oxfords
Rustic Wood Beer Cases
Wedding First Prayer
Whole Foods Wedding Bouquet
Lilly Pulitzer Bridesmaid Dresses
Green Seersucker Bridesmaid Dresses
Kiel James Patrick Pearl Anchor
Here Comes Your Bride Flower Girl Sign
Our Lady of the Cape Wedding
Cape Destinations Wedding Trolley
Lilly Pulitzer Rachelle Dress
Cape Cod Wedding Photo Locations
Zac Wolf Wedding Photography
J..Crew Green Sage Ties
Spring Wedding Blue Hydrangea Bouquet
Cape Cod Boat House Wedding
Cape Cod Tented Wedding
Post & Prep Calligraphy
Custom Wedding Corn Hole Boards
Posh & Prep Calligraphy
Mini Pellegrino Bottle Escort Cards
Vintage Book Centerpieces
New England Rustic Nautical Wedding
Wedding Bar Sign
Posh & Prep Chalkboard Wedding Menu
Blue Ombre Wedding Cake
Cottage Bakery Hydrangea Wedding Cake
Winslow Estate Wedding
All photos (c) Zac Wolf

Church:: Out Lady of the Cape | Reception:: The Winslow Estate

Dress:: BHLDN | Shoes:: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses:: Lilly Pulitzer | Pearls:: Kiel James Patrick | Groom’s Suit:: Suit Supply | Shoes:: Cole Haan

Hair & Makeup:: Katelyn Webb Beauty

Flowers:: Whole Food Hyannis

Calligraphy, Chalkboards:: Posh & Prep

Caterer & Wedding Coordinator:: White’s Catering | Cake:: Cottage Street Bakery

DJ:: Jon Alvarez

Photo Booth:: The Danger Booth

Rentals:: Undercover Tent | Trolley:: Cape Destinations

Centerpieces, Decor, Escort Cards:: Our Own

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Changing Seasons With Fat Face UK

New England Winter Outfits
We’re in the midst of one of my least favorite seasons. That in which the following occurs every. single. morning::

8:04am :: Lock apartment door.
8:05am :: Forgot phone. Unlock door, grab phone, re-lock.
8:06am :: Forgot lunch. Screw it, Flour it is.
8:07am :: Emerge from building. HI hello winter!
8:10am :: Wait for T [that’s our Boston public transit service for you muggles]. Contemplate Ubering to prevent frostbite.
8:16am :: Board T. Instantly break into a sweat worthy of a thousand deserts.
8:17am :: Struggle to remove coat. Hit four people in the process. Heat stroke only worsens due to stress.
8:37am :: Emerge from T. Sweat turns cold. Freeze again.
Rinse and repeat x5

And the only solution to this first world problem as far as I have been able to tell is puffer vests. Just enough coverage to keep you warm outside, not enough to make you overheat inside. They’re like the open-toed booties of outerwear. At least that’s how I justify having 7 of them in my closet right now.

Fat Face UK [funny name, great brand] sent me their Kimberley Vest to get me prepped for this in-between season, and it is irresisssstibly cozy, without being smothering.  It comes in six colors and I’m wondering just how many is too many…Tortoise Ray Bans LL Bean Fisherman Sweater Navy Puffer VestFat Face UK ClothingMadewell Kensington SatchelFat Face also launched a new line of denim this fall– new fits, new washes, seriously comfy. And I’m picky about my jeans. I’m wearing the Vintage Super Skinny Jeans, which are a steal at only $65. Being a big budget shopper, I don’t use that word lightly, but when’s the last time you found great quality, well fitting denim at under $100?
Navy Fur Lined Vest DSC_1736 UK Denim Conversion
Fat Face Kimberly Vest and Skinny Jeans c/o | LL Bean Signature Fisherman Sweater | Madewell Glasgow Satchel | Target Tortoise SunglassessConverse Chuck Taylors

Fat Face is based in the UK, which is reason enough to pique my interest, any they’re now shipping to the US [free for orders over $100!]. I’ve filled my wish list with a bunch more items from their new season edit, including this fairisle Christmas sweater and lace-trim sweater. Just remember to keep the US–>UK size conversions in mind chaps!

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Second Time Around Boston Happy Hour

Red Bow Back Dress

Back with another Second Time Around Boston Happy Hour ladies!

And, well, gentlemen. Seeing as we’re entering the gift-buying season.

If you haven’t been by yet, ya gotta tell me why. These are the best Boston consignment shops, and they’re all on one street.

Stop by any of the three Newbury Street 2TA locations this Thursday 11/19 between 5 and 8pm. As always with these fall happy hours, enjoy 20% off your entire purchase. AND 5% of all proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success.

This month, 2TA is giving away a DVF handbag, filled with additional prizes–including but ain’t limited to gift cards to Stephanie’s, Flywheel [lolz remember that time I did Flywheel?], and BeautyLynk.

Just ask any store associate how to win, and they’ll give you the secret hashtag to enter.

And if you CAN’T attend, you can still join in on the fun via Instagram! Every hour, a huge style steal will go up on each account, and you can make your purchase directly through Instagram::

176 Newbury (@2ta176newbury)
219 Newbury (@2ta219newbury)
324 Newbury (@2ta324newbury)

Hope to see many of you there, and if not, hope to see you on Instagram!

Boston consignment shops

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Introducing:: lalla bee

White Silk DressBack in Boston and excited to introduce you all to a lovely new designer friend of mine!

lalla bee. Designer Melina Cortes-Nmili brings simple, yet colorful, elegance to life in her capsule collection, launching in Spring 2016. These dresses remind me of so many styles I love. A little Kate Spade. A little Jackie O. A little Carrie B. I picturing wearing one to the ballet. A black-tie wedding. A Christmas gala. They’re chic, sophisticated, and perfect blank canvases for pairing with fun heels and statement jewelry and accessories.

KJP Pearl Anchor NecklaceWhite Hi-Lo DressKate Spade Cedar Street Mini Maise
Boston Fashion Designerslalla bee designer
kate spade coupon codeLC Lauren Conrad Blue Runway Coat
Dresses will be available for purchase across the US this spring, and select styles will be sold on the website starting in February. You can sign up for their newsletter for the most up-to-date information, or follow along via Twitter and Instagram.

White lalla bee Dress | LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection PeacoatKiel James Patrick Serena Fairchild Pearl NecklaceKate Spade Cedar Street Mini Maise  [25% off today with code GIFTED!] | LC Lauren Conrad Strappy Heels [similar black]

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Nantucket Shopping Guide {Part II}

nantucket sip code jute bags

I wasn’t kidding when I said shopping was a highlight of our fall trip to ACK, and Old South Wharf was just part of it. Here are five other places to get your Nantucket shopping on…!

handpainted nautical dishware

Best of the Beach // 2 Straight wharf
Don’t be fooled by the Nantucket-emblemed merchandise displayed out front– this is not is not your mama’s beach souvenir shop. Rather, another one of those stores you, my darling readers–if I’ve taught you anything–will walk into and mindlessly utter “Emily” without even realizing you’re doing so. Here you’ll find seaside-inspired homeware [everything from plastic tumblers to fine silver platters], beautiful linens and bedding, women’s clothing and accessories [you’ll recognize brands like Gretchen Scott and Vera Bradley], and the famous Nantucket 02554 zip code jute bags. Screw registries– this is where I plan on picking up wedding gifts for any and all of my likeminded friends.

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Ship to Shore // Straight Wharf
RIGHT off of the ferry dock lies Ship to Shore, making it the perfect place to stop for that gift you forgot to buy you sister’s cousin’s niece. But again, don’t dismiss it as another silly souvenir shop– while small, this store had some of the more attractive ACK apparel I saw on the island. Jewelry, ornaments, books by local authors– don’t pass it up because you assume it’s home to a stack of lax-bro pinnies with NANTUCKET LIFEGUARD plastered across them.

nantucket reds bow tienantucket ornaments– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

stationary nantucket

Milly & Grace // 2 Washington Street
Meet my Christmas list. Girly dresses, preppy home goods, pastel kitchenware, darling stationary. Read more about it and see my Milly & Grace-inspired outfit here!

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Nina McLemore NantucketNina McLemore // 22 Centre Street
I feel fortunate to work in an office that has a, let’s say, less than professional dress code. If we’re being honest, people assume I’m job hunting or something if I show up in anything that could possibly be deemed business casual even. But, I feel for those of you who do have to follow a stricter dress code at work. Mostly because when I picture “business casual” or, God forbid, “formal,” I see nothing but black and gray pantsuits and stiff dresses. Until I walked into this vibrant shop on Centre Street.

Nina’s pieces are designed “to address the needs of senior professional and executive women and women who are active in their communities,” and they fill one serious void in this industry: COLOR. The jackets and the pants and the blouses oh my– these belong in your professional wardrobe ladies!! Her side-zip travel pants have to be one of my favorite pieces [maybe because I’m living in the past and miss the days of dressing up for travel?].These are comfy as yoga pants but chic enough for sharing a row on the airplane with your boss. Game changer.

Can you wear blue and black togetherblue wool coat– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Don FreedmanFreedman’s of Nantucket // 14 Centre Street
These photos don’t even begin to do this incredible store, and its owner, justice. Don Freedman preaches exactly what I’ve been trying to get across in the struggle to decorate our condo, and his furniture and home accessories fill the void: We want nautically-inspired decor, without filling our home with novelty items that border the line of cheesy and cliche. And his one-of-a-kind designs achieve that. Ship wheels. Brass compasses. Weathered anchor doorknobs. Hand-carved whale statues. Leather suitcases that double as portable bars and cocktail tables. An endless supply of clocks, each one different, that look like they belong in the captain’s quarters of a ship.

Don travels overseas to find his artists and craftsmen, and he works with them to turn these pieces that could be considered “touristy” or “novelty” into something that’s creative and unique. He has been selling on Nantucket for over 30 years, and his store has be considered the most creative on the island. Prices range from $25 to $6,000, so when I say there’s something for everyone, I ain’t joking kids. If nothing else, visit just for the chance to talk to Don, to hear his stories of traveling the world and garnering inspiration.

Seaside Home Gifts NantucketFreedman's of Nantucket Brass ClocksFreedman's of NantucketIron clockhome stores nantucketThese store owners and managers are some of the most creative and interesting people I have ever met. There is so much more to experience in their shops than product alone.

Christmas Stroll is December 4-6 this year, and it’s one of the best times for Nantucket shopping according to many of the folks we met. Time to book that ferry!

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Where to Shop on Island {Part 1}:: Old South Wharf Nantucket

Old South Wharf Shops
I’m prettyyy positive that when most people, or at least millennials, think “shopping on Nantucket,” visions of pastel pants and popped collars and $300 loafers come to mind… maybe with some J.McLaughlin and Lilly Pulitzer snuck in. But visiting ACK in the quiet season gave us the opportunity to do much more exploring, and the shopping really ended up being a highlight of the trip (the mister even agrees!!).  I so easily could give each one of these stores their own post, but for the sake of leaving you with a single comprehensive guide for your next trip, I’m dividing it into just two parts.

First up, the real hidden gems of the island, which lie on Old South Wharf– a strip that lies behind the cottages at the Boat Basin, and one that many of you who have visited have probably walked by without noticing a hundred times…

Nantucket Stroll 2015
Made on Nantucket // 18 Old South Wharf
This shop practices exactly what it preaches:: Tons of jewelry, art, photography, and other unique pieces made right on island. Despite its teeny tiny size, this is one of those stores that you could visit every day, always finding something new. Owner Kathy Duncombe carries the largest selection of Bakelite on the East Coast, along with vintage kitchenware, barware, endless prints and jewelry, including the famous Nantucket cut-out necklaces and bracelets. Even in the dead of the off-season [weather permitting!], you can find them open 11-4 on Saturdays.

Made on Nantucket Shop
Nantucket Artisans Market
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Nantucket earrings
Nantucket Glass Print
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Nantucket throws
Island Weaves // 20 Old South Wharf
Those beautiful handwoven blankets you’ll find in just about every B&B on the island? I’d bet you a lot that they were made by Karin at Island Weaves. Nantucket brides wear her “Island Wedding Shawl.” Nantucket babies are christened in her blankets. She’s created rugs out of everything from silk ties to Nantucket Reds. The shop is overflowing with cozy pieces already, but give her a request and she’ll make it. The bigger, and of course custom, pieces come at a pretty penny, but her hand towels would make the nicest wedding or housewarming gift.

Island Waves Nantucket
Merino wool sweater Nantucket
stuffed whale toys
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James Cromartie Lighthouse
Cromartie Gallery & Studio // 23 Old South Wharf
Few things recently have made me feel as ignorant as not realizing the serious celebrity status of James Cromartie when I stumbled upon [ok, Kathy took me there] his gallery on Old South Wharf. If “leading hard-edge realist” doesn’t mean anything to you, look at this. His paintings of the White House and the Capitol have been featured in textbooks, and his patrons have included Princess Diana and Nelson Rockefeller. [Princess Di came into this store!! In a baseball cap!!]

Whether you plan on dishing out the bucks to purchase one of his prints or not, don’t leave Nantucket without stopping in this gallery. Jim is one of THE more entertaining and talented individuals I’ve had the pleasure of encountering– and you can watch this trailer for his upcoming documentary if you don’t believe me.

James Comartie Lighthouse Print
James Cromartie Red Boat
James Cromartie Hard Edge Realism
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Pete's Fresh Fish Prints
Pete’s Fresh Fish Prints // 17 Old South Wharf
I’d also like to formally apologize for not knowing was gyotaku was prior to this trip? You don’t either? Whew. I’m actually going to let you google the specifics on your own for the sake of keeping things alive around here, but end story, it’s a Japanese practice that generates some awesome art. Peter VanDingstee’s prints are exactly what I plan on filling my future ‘Sconset mansion with, but until then, I’ll continue paying Pete visits on the wharf.

Lobster GyotakuNantucket Gyotaku
Pete's Fresh Fish Prints Nantucket
Old South Wharf Nantucket
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Ellie Kai Nantucket
Ellie Kai // 5 Old South Wharf
I was lucky enough to have already been introduced to Ellie Kai this past summer at a trunk show, but this was my first time getting to visit an EK showroom! If you’re unfamiliar with Ellie Kai, picture your favorite day-to-night dress. Now picture having it in every other color and print you could want, at a length custom made for you, and under $200. You can read more about the company and how it works in my post here, but visiting a showroom? So worth it. There’s something about this brand that makes you fall in love with pieces even more when you try them on, and getting to flip through all the prints in person? There’s no way you’ll be walking out of here with less than two things.

Ellie Kai Wrap Dress
Ellie Kai Showrooms
Ellie Kai Nantucket Hours
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So next time you walk past Old South Wharf Nantucket, stop and turn the corner– there are way more hidden treasures down there than you would ever think.

I’ll be back tomorrow with guide no. II!

Looking for where to stay and eat on island? You can find my recommendations here.

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Nantucket in the Fall

Nantucket in the Fall
We’ve done it in 90 degrees. We’ve done it in a blizzard. And now, on a slightly more normal scale, we can say we’ve done Nantucket in the fall.

Yeah. While you all packed your bags and drove toward Western Mass foliage or the New Hampshire mountains, we hopped on a Hy-Line ferry for an autumn jaunt to ACK. And I kind-of-really-highly suggest you do too.

Nantucket Bike Rentals
Top 10 Reasons to Visit Nantucket in the Fall

1 // Everything is on sale. Everything.
2 // The hotel rates are unbeatable– this is your chance to book where you may not necessarily be able to afford in high season. We stayed at the Jared Coffin House, but The White Elephant also comes highly recommended.
3 // NO. CROWDS. And the island really feels more like a community than a standing-room-only tourist destination. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that at least 70 percent of our fellow ferry passengers knew each other.
4 // But, things are still open, at least downtown. Not every restaurant, not every store, but a good chunk of them– I didn’t pass one business that I felt like I was missing out on, and we had no shortage of options. Just be aware that as the fall goes on, less and less stay open 7 days a week; your best bet is visiting Friday-Sunday.
5 // Cisco Brewer’s Pumple Drunkin.
6 // The chilly temperatures outside mean there’s no reason to feel guilty about cozying up for a flick in the Starlight Theatre instead of making it a beach day.
7 // Christmas Stroll! The first full weekend of December marks this Nantucket tradition, when most of the seasonal stores and restaurants reopen for business.
8 // The red wine list at Nantucket Prime. I reserve reds for October through February only.
9 // To support a small seasonal community.
10 // You can take photos of all the bourgeois’ immaculate summer homes and not feel like a total creep since they all left the island on Labor Day.

As far as I’m concerned, the only negative was no hydrangeas in bloom. But I guess it’s not fair to consider that a deal breaker.

Click each photo for links to their respective restaurants and lodging!

Nantucket Historical Society97.7 Nantucket Radio
What to do on Nantucket in the fall
Nantucket HotelsWhere to stay on NantucketNantucket Photography
Red Anchor Door Knocker
Starlight Theatre and CafeOutdoor bars Nantucket
Cisco Brewers NantucketPineapple Door Nantucket

White Elephant Nantucket
Nantucket Restaurants Off Season
Brant Point Grill Nantucket Menu

Nautical Mailbox
Brant Point Lighthouse
Navy Cable Knit Sweater Outfit
Eyelet Shirt Dress
Longchamp Small Le Pliage Tote
Boston to Nantucket
Nantucket Lighthouses
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who:: Hubs + I, and we also met up with my sweet friend Lindsay— an ACK resident and total expert. Hit her up for anything I haven’t answered!
what:: Wander the cobblestone streets and take advantage of how–for once–quiet they are. Shop the sales. Meet the store owners and chat with the locals– I can’t tell you what fun conversations we had all weekend. Stroll Old South Wharf. Get your history fix [and warm up from the fall chill] at the Whaling Museum. Take a trip out to Barlett’s Farm [open all year ’round!]
when:: This is for FALL y’all. Specifically, consider coming for Columbus Day Weekend and Holiday Stroll in December.
where:: Stay at Jared Coffin House (cozy, romantic, historical) or The White Elephant (elegant resort atmosphere) | Brunch at Brant Point Grill (the French toast, please and thank you); lunch at Starlight Theatre & Cafe (catch a matinee here too!); dinner at Nantucket Prime (take advantage of their heated outdoor patio) | Shop at [CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK FOR MY COMPLETE ACK SHOPPING GUIDE!]
wear:: GAP Navy Cable Knit Sweater | Jack Wills Eyelet Dress [similar] | Longchamp Le Pliage Tote | ALDO Brogues [similar]
click here for my Milly & Grace outfit!

You wouldn’t believe how easily you can get on island from Boston– just a quick ride over on the HyLine Fast Ferry. Trust me– it’s wonders what a day out of the city can do for you, especially as the cold sets in and the days turn dreary!

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Full Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by Nantucket Island Resorts.
All opinions expressed are my own.