Friday, May 17, 2013

Nautical By Nature

I will always and forever love anything nautical. Lighthouses, stripes, anchors, paddles, seashells, sailor collars. I love all of it, even the tacky stuff. In fact, I like it when restaurants by the ocean have tacky nautical decor. It reminds me both of home and of childhood vacations to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and the like. I love tacky gift shops. I love cheesy restaurant names that cleverly use nautical terms. Oddly enough, I don't really enjoy seafood. The only things I'll eat are stuffed clams, fried filet of sole, and fried clam strips. I've lived on the shoreline all my life, so it's just instilled in me. The shore is kind of a part of who I am, in a sense.






A couple of weeks ago, I couldn't resist getting this anchor ring from Urban Outfitters and naturally I decided that it needed to be paired with a nautical outfit. I had a few ideas since I do have a lot of red, navy, and striped pieces in my wardrobe, but then I remembered this skirt that I've had for years now and rarely wear. It's been forgotten in the bottom of one of my drawers for a while. It's one size too big, so I kind of wrote it off.  But even though it's a little big, it still looks fine! Plus, the belt buckle reminds me of some kind of nautical knot. So...I am sincerely sorry, striped skirt. You didn't deserve that. Please forgive me?

Top: Charlotte Russe//Skirt: Forever 21//Tights: Forever 21//Shoes: Unlisted//Sunglasses: Forever 21//Ring: Urban Outfitters




It started to rain mid-shoot, so I had to hightail it to my car in my heels. It was a passing shower, though, so I was able to finish taking pictures afterwards. It was also pretty windy, but for once it didn't mess things up too much. It may have been because I had hairspray in my hair. It actually did wonders for my skirt, although at times I had a little Marilyn action going on.





[This one looks like I'm rockin' out]
I think that this lighthouse is my lucky charm for photoshoots. I keep getting good pictures from here! This is the same beach and lighthouse that I did my balloon shoot at. I love the weathered look of the stone. I think it'd be cool to have a house that looked like that.






I'd like to explore other lighthouses this summer. That's always been a summer goal of mine, but I never actually end up going through with it. Instead, I end up living vicariously through Tieka at Selective Potential who also has a strong fondness for lighthouses. Maybe this summer will be the one that I actually go and visit some. Now that I have my new car and I don't have to worry about it pooping out on me, I'll be more inclined to get back into day tripping. I really do miss it. I used to travel all over the state, and sometimes out of state, all the time. I'm hoping for some weekend getaways this summer too. For now, I'll just be happy with some steady warm temperatures and lots of sun.


  1. These pictures are gorgeous and so is your outfit! I can never get enough of nautical-inspired outfits in the summer (or really any other time of the year). I really love your striped skirt paired with that cool red belt. Also, your hair cut is so cute and makes me want to chop my hair off again!
    You have an adorable blog!

  2. You're very, very pretty and you look amazing in this nautical scenery. Your choice of backgrounds and colourful clothes is outstanding! And you are the real queen of tights. I don't remember seeing you without them and hope this will continue for a while...

  3. You're such a beauty! Love your hair like this, and this outfit is wonderful. I love all things nautical, as well. And this scenery is awesome. :) Love love love.

    xox Sammi

  4. Ahoy Chic ahah! :) You look so pretty in nautical clothing - also, you have killer legs *envy* xx

  5. I love nautical colours, they make the perfect outfits :) Your photographs are great x

  6. Great outfit! I love the nautical trend, it's a classic for every spring/summer!

  7. First of all, you look gorgeous!!! <3

    Second of all, I know exactly what you mean about loving the nautical look to an extreme. I love absolutely all things country related: guns, big pickup trucks, camo, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flats, etc. it was sort of a big part of my life in my pre-teen/teen years and my fondness for it has just grown over time.

    I hope you get to see more lighthouses this summer! If you ever get out to the Chicago area (you should!), I'll take you to Navy Pier and the lighthouses in my town (we have two). ;D

  8. Funny, nautical thing also remembers me nautical things! And I do love nautical elements!

    Gorgeous on that oufit! And tha lipstick was the right touch! And those heels are adorable, i'm in love with them!

    Sofia G

  9. I love your skirt has two layers, such a cute detail! And that spot really is pretty for photo shoots...

    Have a good day,

  10. You look like a darling pin-up girl! And thanks for reminding me that I need to get myself a pair of those vintage black pumps. :)

  11. so lovely :) love the outfit and how it looks on you x

  12. Thought you'd appreciate this pattern. Picked up the skirt for myself a few months ago:

  13. I agree taht this beach is perfect for photos! It always turns out great- and the nautical look is just adorable on you! I always love nautical things too, perhaps because I love traveling, but as I got older, I get seasick on boats (at least larger ones) now! The anchor ring is sooo cute! :D And the skirt! I adore it!

  14. This skirt is that skirt I've dreamed of for ages!
    Oh my deer, those photos, that background are just wow perfect!

  15. This spot really is perfection for photos! I love the nautical look on you, it's so much fun. The best part is definitely the accessories. The ring and belt are adorable!

  16. This outfit is just wonderful! Everything is very well put together and I love your nautical theme. You're looking beautiful too! Absolutely love it :)

  17. Great pictures... and love the outfit... Especially the shoes <3

  18. New reader here (saw you as a sponsor of Of Corgis and Cocktails), and just wanted to say- You have the most adorable style! I ove all your outfits but this one especially- the glasses and your hair!

    I also live vicariously though Selected Potential when it come to seeing lighthouses, lol.

  19. You look amazing, the pictures are great and the location for them is cool. I love the effect of your skirt in the wind it is very cool and sexy.