We spent the second half of our weekend on Nantucket bundled up for exploring the island. I didn’t have the highest hopes for even making it to the East side, where Sankaty Head Lighthouse + the sweet village of ‘Sconset lie, but we fell into some extreme luck + happened to stay at an inn whose owner was in town and all over taking us on a jeep tour around the island, allowing us to see so much more than I expected [another point for the Centerboard Inn!].
[ sankaty head light ]
Built in 1850, this is another oldie! Like Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard, Sankaty Head is falling victim to erosion; it has already been moved back once [400 feet] from its original location on the eroding bluff. You may be familiar with Cisco Brewers’ Sankaty Light Lager, and this sweet lighthouse is its namesake.
Back closer to town on the North side of the island lies Steps Beach. Despite the wind chills we felt, there was something so calming and beautiful about the snow covering the sand. Almost makes me fall back in love with winter!
[ outfit details ]
Toggle Coat, American Eagle [similar] | Cable Knit Sweater, Old Navy | Cotton Candy Stripe Scarf c/o Shawlsmith London | Jeans, American Eagle | Sunshine Tote, Nantucket Brand | Boots + Socks, LL Bean
My super-soft scarf is from Shawlsmith London, and the lovely folks there are continuing my reader discount and giving you all 25% off your order with code SSL25! This is the best transition scarf for spring– cheery yellow but enough cotton fabric to keep you warm.
Thank you all for bearing with me through this series! May it inspire you to take advantage of the few pretty things about living in New England through the bitter winter. Now let me know, where have you jaunted off to this season?
Shocker: We made time for lighthouses on our trip.
We saw Brant Point Light this past summer, but it was quite possibly even more beautiful under a fresh coat of snow. It was frigid out there on the point, and yet we couldn’t help but stick around for a while… clearly capturing every angle possible…
Toggle Coat, American Eagle [similar] | Crossbody Bag, Madewell | Boots, LL Bean
And then the snow arrived on Nantucket and created the prettiest of winter wonderlands. If this is overkill, I do apologize. My frostbitten fingers are also not impressed with the amount of photos I took.
[ outfit details ]
Cable Knit Sweater, Polo Ralph Lauren [similar] | Jewel Collar Blouse, J.Crew | Jeans, American Eagle | Get Nauti Clutch c/o Preppy Pink Shop | Monogram Crossbody, Madewell | Rope Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick
Major to-do if you just can’t take the cold anymore: dinner + a movie at Starlight Theater & Cafe– teeny tiny movie theater showing just one film a day, and you can bring your beverage of choice right on in there with ya!
[ travel summary ]
who:: just BF + me, again.
what:: rotate between seeing all of the sweet, snowy sights + warming up inside with coffee, tea, & adult beverages. don’t feel guilty if you resort to going to the movies because a) nantucket has the cutest movie theaters around, and b) at a certain point, you gotta give into the cold.
when:: this is for winter. if it is above 45 degrees and not precipitating, get the heck outside.
where:: snuggle up + caffeinate yourselves at the bean and petticoat row bakery | eat, drink, and watch a flick at starlight theater & cafe | again, stay at the centerboard inn [ innkeeper lyn serves tea each day at 3pm + it was the perfect escape from the cold! ]
wear:: ok, bundle up a little more this time. and bean boots are especially key.
[ For full who//what//when//where//wear, see last week's post! ]
We’re bACK! I have to say, Nantucket was beautiful in the summer, but I have a whole new appreciation for it after spending a few February days on the island. We were super lucky, and arrived safely on Saturday before any of the snow hit [though that did make for some pretty pictures later!].
I selfishly can’t bear to squeeze the whole few days into one post, so here ya go: day one. Exploring downtown, ducking into the few open shops only to find everything 75% off, a trip to the Whaling Museum, and lots of r&r in our sweet inn.
[ outfit details ]
Scallop Dress, J.Crew Factory | Boyfriend Cardigan, Forever 21 | Pearls, J.Crew [similar] | Wrap Bracelet, KJP x Brooks Brothers | Tartan Hat, Southern Proper [similar 1; 2] | Crossbody Bag, Madewell | Riding Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren [similar]
[ travel summary ]
who:: in the winter, there is a very cozy, quiet, romantic feel to nantucket, so i’d definitely recommend this for a couple’s escape. bonus points if you run into a long-lost friend like I did–the darling miss lindsay from lindsay’s look who now lives on ACK!
what:: visit the whaling museum; shop the incredible winter sales; visit the island’s most highly-rated restaurants without a thought of needing reservations; and stay cooped up inside with water views outside. go on a few adventures too– more on that next week :)
when:: i really + truly advocate for going off-season now! you save money, and you escape the crowds [nantucket's population surges to 50-60,000 in the summer]. if you can, plan for president’s day weekend– you’ll find many stores and restaurants open for this weekend only to accommodate the few extra travelers. for summer doings, click here.
where:: eat at dune + lola 41 [stay for their sunday sushi specials!] | shop at murray’s toggery + milly & grace‘s president’s day weekend sale | coffee at the bean + books at nantucket bookworks or mitchell’s book corner | and, most of all, stay at the centerboard inn. this was quite honestly my nautical princess palace and truly deserves a post of its own.
wear:: you’ll see a lot of bean boots around wintertime nantucket, but really you’ll be safe with anything but heels, weather allowing. the islands are also slightly warmer than the rest of massachusetts, so take advantage of wearing that dress! [with tights]. for winter beach walks, you’ll want something slightly more durable, but more on that to come!
Anyone else remember thinking that was possibly the least romantic candy heart ever?
Wishing you all a fun Valentine’s Day, be it with your sweetheart or gal pals. All you haters out there, at LEAST do yourself a favor and locate some chocolate! Then enjoy it guilt-free.
Weather allowing, I’m off to Nantucket this weekend for a little birthday celebrating! Be sure to follow along my chilly adventures via Instagram :)
This. This is The Quarterdeck. A small seaside gift shop selling every sort of nicknack, from rubber finger puppets to mood rings to seashell jewelry to vintage travel books to weathered photographs to incense to postcards to war antiques and so much more. This is my happy place.
And after 45 years in business, it is closing.
Forgive my personal pity party over here, but I feel a sort of duty to honor the harbor-side store in which I learned to shop. My parents would bring me here every summer and give me a couple dollars, to which I could spend HOURS trying to figure out how to spend. The shell ring or the mini turtle figurine or the woven change purse?! The possibilities were endless.
I realize now how much its nautical treasures and motifs shaped my own style, both in fashion and decorating. Twenty-some years later, it’s still my favorite place to shop.
I had to make one more trip down to Scituate… to say goodbye, buy
a few a ton of unnecessary but oh-so-special treasures for myself, and load up with photos to reminisce on later.
Dress, J.Crew [similar 1; 2] | Toggle Coat, American Eagle [similar] | Anchor Belt, ASOS | Pashmina Scarf [similar] | Pearls, vintage [similar] | Boots, Talbots [similar]
This vintage multi-strand pearl necklace? Found at the QD years ago.
If anyone lives or will be traveling to the South Shore (Massachusetts) before mid-March, everything in the store is 45% off! It also has a supporting role in the Cher classic The Witches of Eastwick, so you’ll get a little bit of Hollywood out of your trip there as well :)
Sappy girl OUT.
Gal pals! This week I’ll be taking over The @MiddlesexCommons Instagram– be sure to follow me there as I share snippets of #MyKindOfLove and fun giveaways [hint:: pay special attention Tuesday and Thursday; you can win yourself some Visa gift cards!]. And let me know what you’re loving this Valentine’s Day by tagging your photos with #MyKindOfLove :)
[ Rugby Ruffle Ankle Sock, Free People, $14 ]
1. Cozy up in a pair of your knobbiest socks with this cup of hot chocolate and stop hating on winter, because remember: these types of activities are unwelcome in the warmer months.
2. Stop by my Free People event in Harvard Square on Saturday! There’s also a Chocolate Festival going on, as if you needed more incentive.
Have a great one you all!
A very merry new year to you all! I’m feeling so refreshed after a few days away and a night of celebrating with friends, new and old. Here’s to making 2014 the best year yet!
psst! My skirt is from the sweet Preppy Pink Shop, and you can find similar glitter mary-janes here [splurge] and here [steal].
I had something much sappier written out, but before hitting publish, I thought I’d keep those reflections to myself and instead just share some of my favorite travels + looks of the year :) Here’s to remaining grateful, staying humble, and taking life’s curveballs in stride throughout 2014!
[ January | February ]
[ March | April ]
[ May | June ]
[ July | August ]
[ September | October ]
[ November | December ]
I’ve loved turning this blog into a bit of a travel guide [planning on continuing the who-what-when-where-wear series if you're all on board!]. This year I was blessed enough to travel to Arizona | The Berkshires | Martha’s Vineyard | Nantucket | Cape Cod | Philadelphia | Bar Harbor | and Skytop, and spend summer and fall days exploring New England favorites like Newport | Rockport | Newburyport | Salem | and Wachusett… of course the lighthouses were easily some of the highlights!
Edgartown | Gay Head | Bass Harbor | East Chop
West Chop | Chatham | Cape Pogue | Scituate
Wishing you all a safe, joyful, and sparkly New Year’s Eve, and an even better New Year.
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