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Right now, I’m coveting:

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For Home | For You

I think it’s safe to assume that I’ll never tire of the nautical trend. (Though, I doubt it can be called a “trend” when it comes back year after year. Perhaps “classic nautical motifs” is more accurate.) Add an anchor bottle opener to your summer bar cart or set sail in an anchor-print swimsuit.

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Bauble of the Week

I bought a Kiel James Patrick rope bracelet last year (I couldn’t pass up the anchor closure), but this Jeweliq bracelet is a more affordable alternative. It’s just $17 with free shipping and is also available in red and navy.

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For Home | For You

A classic mix of red, white and blue is always a welcome addition to your home or wardrobe. Of course the color scheme can tread dangerously into nautical territory, but these items keep seafaring to a minimum. At home, try a navy and white pillow in a scalloped design, or a red lacquered tray. For you, the ruffled tank by Sea is a darling option. (In fact, many of Sea’s pre-fall items are too fantastic to miss.)

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Weekend Snapshots

  • Enjoyed a leisurely lakeside breakfast at Sardine
  • Admired agile penguins at the zoo
  • Sampled beer at the Great Taste of the Midwest - there was plenty to choose from with over 120 breweries and 500 beers (my favorite was a coconut ale from Two Brothers)
  • Wore that nautical bracelet yet again

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Snapshot

Just a couple of things I picked up last weekend at the Lands’ End warehouse clearance sale. The gingham shirt is just begging for a high-waisted pencil skirt and layers of costume jewelry. (Then again, what doesn’t look good with an overload of rhinestones?!)

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At Home

Most of the time I leave a consignment store with dirty hands and dust-covered trinkets that weren’t worth the trouble, but every now and then there’s a hidden gem.

On Saturday, a friend recommended that we stop at Legacies in Milwaukee. The store looks small from the outside, but it manages to pack items in every nook of the building - and 70% of it is beautiful. I moved aside a cherub-adorned print (part of the questionable 30%) and discovered this beauty behind it. It’s four feet of nautical perfection. It’s the piece. I wasn’t exactly sure where it’d be displayed (and I still don’t), but it wasn’t staying at Legacies.

And that’s when I realized just how small my car really is. We tried to slide the painting through the trunk, tried to angle it, even considered tying it to the roof, but there was no way the painting was going to fit in my Honda Civic … not with the large, gaudy frame anyway. I freed the canvas and tossed the frame in a dumpster. Classy.

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a piece of coral collected by my grandmother years ago and a new Kiel James Patrick bracelet

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Top 3: Sailor Rope Bracelets

I’ve never been sailing, but it doesn’t stop me from loving all things nautical: Breton stripes, anchor motifs and sailor rope bracelets. Here are three of my favorite brands for a seafaring addition to your bracelet stack:

  • Sailormade - The Brummel Collection at Sailormade uses a brummel hook as a clasp for a sleek, refined look.
    My pick: the Endeavor wrap bracelet in red, $115
  • Kiel James Patrick - An anchor clasp adds a new dimension to this traditional braided rope bracelet.
    My pick: the Blakes Yacht Club bracelet in navy and white, $40
  • The Ropes of Maine - A color-blocked twist on the nautical trend with delightfully oversize hardware.
    My pick: a navy and seafoam combination, $60

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Outfitted

When I was young, I wanted to marry someone whose last name started with an H just so I wouldn’t have to change my monogram. Of course I’ve outgrown that impractical requirement, but I’m pretty happy (and a bit relieved) that Dave shares the same last initial as me.

Sartorial Summary
Top: J.Crew Factory Store // Shorts: Old Navy // Necklace: c/o Wendy Mink Jewelry // Clutch: c/o Marley Lilly

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