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I physically cannot let go of summer this year.
Last weekend, we were down by the Boston Harbor when we decided to take advantage of tourists being gone for the season, and hop on the Liberty Clipper for a last-minute sunset sail. It was the perfect way to send off the season, and the fact that we didn’t plan far ahead of time made it all the more fun.
[ outfit details ]
Tank, Gap | Scallop Scarf c/o Margaret Turner Designs | Coral Jeans c/o Articles of Society [last season; similar] | Starfish Cuff, BaubleBar [similar] | Tote, Longchamp | Boat Shoes, New England Outerwear
I wore my new scarf from Margaret Turner Designs. This scarf designer totally knows the way to my heart— seashell designs galore! Mine is cotton voile, but she also offers silk scarves, baby blankets, and watercolor prints now, all with this darling shell theme! You know I am just smitten.
pssst! Margaret was just featured in Coastal Living, so you know these are about to get big! Next on my wish list is her Starfish Skinny Scarf and Sand Dollar Surf Silk Scarf [how Lilly is this one?!].
ANYWAY, back to the cruise.
I tell ya, it’s downright magical seeing this beautiful city of ours from the water. Watching the sunset with a Dark & Stormy in hand wasn’t half-bad either. Can’t wait for an opportunity to do this again!
As much as I love summer sundresses, I cannot wait to pack as many shorts-centered outfits as I can into my daily wardrobe before the season ends. I happen to especially adore the pairing of shorts with long-sleeved shirts (often oxfords, seen here and here). The culottes style of this pair feels like it needs a form-fitting tee on top, and then would be just perfect for a casual dinner out along the water.
[ Make Me Wanna Scoop Top, ModCloth, $18 ]
[ Vintage Dressing Northampton Shorts, Ralph Lauren, $135 ]
[ Anchors Away Pendant Necklace, C.Wonder, $48 ]
[ Logo Carryall Tote, Sperry Top-Sider, $165 ]
[ Palm Beach Navajo Flat, Jack Rogers, $110 ]
Do you ladies turn to shorts when the weather is warm, or more often dresses and skirts?
For today’s Friday’s Fancies, we’re talking style crushes! I have not one, but a pair at the moment… two lovely ladies behind the Kiel James Patrick brand: Sarah Vickers and Sadie Zucchi. How fun is their sweet and preppy summer style? You must be able to tell now where I get so much of my own style inspiration…!
What to borrow their outfits as much as I do? Here are some similar key pieces:
[ Stripe Button-Down Shirt, J.Crew Factory, $49.50 ]
[ Intarsia Charley Sweater in Anchor, J.Crew Factory, $68 ]
[ Daisy Details Shorts, ModCloth, $27 ]
[ Otterneck Worth Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick, $40 ]
[ Cecilia Wedges, LAUREN Ralph Lauren, $55 ]
And while we’re on the subject of KJP, can we discuss how much I’m lusting over the new Starboard Collection of anchor belts? Swoon!
Happy weekend friends! xo
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I am so very pleased and excited to introduce you all to an incredible new company and brand today. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have picked up on the fact that I am a huge fan of local businesses and American-made products. Oh, and a huge fan of shoes.
Enter New England Outerwear. Started by two locals, Greg Cordeiro and Dan Heselton, this is the company bringing shoe manufacturing back to New England— Massachusetts specifically was the largest producer of footwear in the world at one point, and these two are passionate about making that happen once more! Says Greg, “we want to bring that story back to New England.”
The great grandchildren of tannery owners, Greg and Dan are focused on 100% made-in-the-USA product. Their shoes are currently manufactured in Lewiston, Maine by veterans of the industry with 30+ years experience. “We love what we do and we love where we are from, so we thought it ought to be fitting to be inspired from generations past in the oldest part of the country.”
New England Outerwear is passionate about creating high-quality products, ones that stand the test of the harsh New England climate. Though they may be investment pieces, the quality is superior, and this is a pair of shoes that I am positive is long-lasting. “The goal is to make them last your lifetime and maybe even pass them on if you can.”
Next spring they’ll be launch a full apparel and outwear line, for both men and women. To say I’m excited for this is probably the understatement of the year…!
Where can you buy these beauties? Gentlemen, you can head over to The Tannery in Boston, but ladies— you can try them on in person at the darling Thistle Hill in Rockport. For anyone out of the area, you can definitely purchase your pair online, and they will be custom-made just for your order.
And if you’re not impressed yet? Check out the video below, to see just what goes into making a single pair.
Photos by Jay Layman
We were the ultimate tourists on Martha’s Vineyard based on the very fact that we got sucked into one of The Black Dog Tall Ships‘ sunset cruises. Though I have to say, signing up on a whim was one of our best decisions of the entire trip. We got to bring our own dinner + drinks on board, help raise the sails, and watch the sunset while sailing around the Vineyard Sound. I wouldn’t have traded this scenery for anything.
Have you done any of the sailboat cruises around New England?
Next to Oak Bluffs lies Vineyard Haven [in the greater town of Tisbury], a sweet little harbor town, and the home of the original Black Dog [it was a restaurant and tavern long before it became a line of souvenir shops!]. We had one of our quieter afternoons of the week exploring this little part of the island, and loved the sight of the tall ships so much that we returned that evening for a ride on The Alabama. More on such to come… :)
Also in Vineyard Haven rests West Chop Light, built in 1891, though to my dismay, it now belongs to the Coast Guard, so no tours inside for us!
Not that I don’t tend to lean toward nautical styles all year round, but the summer is primetime for maritime looks, fit for sailboat rides and brunches with ocean views. ModCloth has been delivering just the sweetest nautical dresses this season, and I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites…
Where are you finding your seafaring sundresses this summer?
One of my very best friends has a particular affinity for the eight-armed little guy that is the octopus. In honor of her birthday today, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fashion + home products featuring this fun + oddly beautiful sea creature!
[ 1 ] Count to Tentacle Nautical Pillow, ModCloth, $18
[ 2 ] Octopus Hook, Urban Outfitters, $14
[ 3 ] Octopus Single Ear Cuff, Oasap, $12
[ 4 ] Tea Creature Mug, ModCloth, $13
[ 5 ] My Pet Octopus Cuff, ModCloth, $16
[ 6 ] Karen Walker Sailor Stripe Octopus Tee, Anthropologie, $30 (sale!)
[ 7 ] Octopus & Anchor Out to Sea Dress, Unique Vintage, $52
[ 8 ] Octopus Garden Shower Curtain, Anthropologie, $148
[ 9 ] From the Deep Salad Plate, Anthropologie, $14
[ 10 ] Silver Octopus Earrings, Bliss by Nikki G, $14
Oh my oh my friends, Anthropologie has graced us with a good one this year! The annual Summer Tag Sale boasts markdowns up to 50 percent off, and it is really making me glad I held out on buying these items full price, because there are some goodies this year!
[ Topsail Chambray Dress, $79.95 ]
[ Seafolly Boyleg Maillot, $110.95 ]
[ Time Traveler Cardigan, $49.95 ]
[ Creeping Lace Hoodie, $59.95 ]
[ Coney Island Crossbody Bag, $199.95 ]
Do you have your eye on anything from the sale? I know this one is going to be super hard to resist!