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  • Perfect preppy dishes for your 4th of July BBQ

    4th of July

    Getting together with friends and family on the Fourth of July is a tradition that most of us look forward to every summer, so why not serve up some traditional American barbecue foods? From homemade Boston baked beans to a patriotic berry buckle tart, this meal is half make-ahead and half throw-it-on-the-grill, allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the day.

     

     

    Boston Baked Beans

    In the summer, forget turning on the oven to make baked beans—let your slow cooker do all the work so you don’t have to!

     

    10984232715_a143f64368_z- 2 c. dried navy beans

    - ½ lb. lower-sodium bacon, browned and drained

    - 1 red onion, diced

    - ¼ c. molasses

    - 1 tsp. salt

    - ½ tsp. pepper

    - ½ tsp. dry mustard

    - ½ c. ketchup

    - 1 T. Worcestershire sauce

    - ½ c. dark brown sugar

     

    1. Rinse and sort through dry beans and place in slow cooker. Cover with water by 2 inches and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, checking periodically and adding more water if necessary.
    2. In a separate bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over beans and stir.
    3. Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.

    Serves 6

     

     


    Grilled Corn On The Cob

    The best corn on the cob: easy to make and easy to serve.

     

    5420704405_72c211ede0_z- 6 ears of corn

    - 1 stick of butter

    - 6 pieces of heavy foil

     

     

     

     

    1. Shuck corn, remove husk and silk strands.
    2. Place a pat of butter into each piece of heavy foil. Place corn on top and wrap up.
    3. Grill over hot coals for fifteen minutes, turning every few minutes.
    4. Let corn rest for five minutes before serving.

    Serves 6

     

     

     

    New England Bake

    A proper preppy barbecue needs to at least nod at a clambake, doesn’t it?

     

    7176159319_16a5f97f2f_z- 1 filet of flounder (or fish of your choosing)

    - 3-4 small red potatoes, sliced

    - 1 lemon, sliced

    - 1 T. butter

    - 1 clove of garlic, minced

    - Salt and pepper to taste

     

     

    1. Lay out two pieces of aluminium foil. Place potatoes on foil.
    2. Put fish on top of potatoes and top with lemon slices; top lemon slices with butter, garlic, and seasonings. Seal packet.
    3. Grill for 10-12 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

    This recipe serves 1; simply make more packets to serve more guests.

     

     

     

    Mixed Berry Buckle Tart

    The perfect red, white, and blue make-ahead dessert.
    15083122286_2750646abe_z- Flour

    - 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed

    - 1 egg, beaten

    - 1 T. sugar

    - 1 4-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

    - 1 8-oz. whipped cream (like Cool Whip), thawed

    - 1 lemon, zested

    - 4 T. powdered sugar, divided

    - ½ c. fresh strawberries, sliced

    - ½ c. fresh raspberries

    - 1 c. fresh blueberries

     

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet or baking sheet with foil, parchment paper, or a baking mat.
    2. Lightly dust a cutting board with flour and roll out puff pastry; place on baking sheet.
    3. Measure a 1-inch border around perimeter of pastry and, using a pastry brush, brush beaten egg on the border. Sprinkle with sugar.
    4. Bake 13-14 minutes or until puffed and golden.
    5. Wearing oven mitts, softly press down on the center of the pastry to deflate. Let cool.
    6. In the meantime, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add whipped cream, lemon zest, and half of the powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Spread onto cooled pastry.
    7. Arrange berries on cream cheese mixture, sprinkle with remaining powdered sugar, and serve.

     

    Check out our simple and delicious preppy summer cocktails for some fun ideas on delicious drinks to pair with this meal.

     

    Contributed by Charlotte Farley
    Image sources: 1. Theryn Fleming 2. Aimee Steen 3. brownpau 4. Stephanus Aryawan. All images licensed under Creative Commons

  • How to pack for your preppy summer vacation

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    Packing for your summer vacation should be as easy-breezy as you feel at your destination spot. You want to travel lightly and conserve space, not be bogged down with bags and suitcases. Follow our tips below to learn the best ways to pack for your summer vacation.

    1. Bring a small suitcase

    If you want to pack lightly, this is the best advice you could possibly follow.  The idea here is that you can only pack so much into a small space, so you have no choice but to pack light! Unless you’re headed to an incredibly remote place, chances are you’ll be able to purchase the items you need at your destination place (think sunscreen and shampoo), thus saving room in your suitcase.

    2. Take a tote

    Chances are that you won’t forget your swimsuit if you’re heading to the beach, but you’ll also need to something to tote your towels and snacks down to the water. A canvas tote bag is perfect to use as your beach bag, and you can use it to bring home any shells, sand dollars, or other souvenirs you’ve collected.

    3. Follow the two-shoe rule

    Shoes take up a ton of space in your luggage, so choose wisely. Bring a pair for whatever your anticipated daytime activities will be, and a dressier pair for evening wear. Whether you’re walking down the boardwalk or spending an entire day exploring a new city on foot, you’ll want to make sure your feet stay comfortable. A comfortable pair of sandals or boat shoes can coordinate with most outfits and outings easily.

    4.  Pick versatile pieces

    Even though summer clothing doesn’t weight as much as winter clothing, that doesn’t mean you should scramble to pack as many outfit options as possible.

    - Choose a color palette for your vacation wardrobe for easy mix and match and coordination.

    - Stick to pieces that can go casual or dressy. Something as simple as a white polo shirt or a halter seersucker dress can take you from walking along the dunes to brunch to cocktails.

    - Finally, leave the what-if pieces at home. Pack versatile outfits for the activities you have planned, and you should be able to mix and match for the majority of unplanned events!

    With just a few carefully selected pieces, you can go from digging your toes in the sand to drinking cocktails with the band, you (and your suitcase) will feel lighter.

    Contributed by Charlotte Farley

  • 6 Simple & Delicious Preppy Summer Cocktails

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    Clambakes on the beach, seersucker keeping you cool, and sailboats dotting the landscape—how on earth could summer possibly get better? With a cocktail in hand, of course!  These six classic, refreshing, and not-too-sweet summer cocktail recipes are perfect for serving up at your BBQs and cocktail parties.  Whether you are sipping solo on a Sunday afternoon or whipping up drinks for guests, with just a few ingredients on hand, you’ll find yourself spending less time behind the bar and more time enjoying the simple treasures of summer on the coast.

     

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    1. Nantucket

    The quintessential summer drink named for America’s quintessential summer town.

    -2 oz. white brandy

    -1 oz. cranberry juice

    -1 oz. grapefruit juice

    -Ice

    -Slice of lime for garnish

    Pour together in a mixer half-filled with ice. Stir and strain into your glass; garnish with slice of lime. Serves 1.

     

     

     

    5122770697_02719c1c23_z2. Cape Cod Islander

    The addition of coconut rum and pineapple juice turn the wintry Cape Cod into a summer cooler.

    -1 oz. vodka

    -½ oz. cranberry juice

    -¾ oz. lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite)

    -½ oz. coconut rum (such as Malibu)

    -¼ oz. pineapple juice

    -Ice

    Fill a highball glass with ice; pour in the vodka.  Add cranberry juice, soda, rum, and pineapple juice; stir gently.

     

     

     

     

    7966457182_7068d64eda_z3. Tomorrow We Sail

    Perfect for brunch, afternoon cocktail parties—or anytime you want to celebrate with champagne!

    -3 ½ oz. champagne

    -½ oz. port (preferably late bottled vintage)

    -½ oz. dark rum

    -¼ oz. Grand Marnier

    -Orange peel twist for garnish

    Pour into a champagne flute; serve with orange peel garnish.

     

     

     

    5297942291_6dd364520d_z4. Stars and Stripes

    An All-American cocktail all the way.

    -2/3 oz. Rose’s grenadine

    -2/3 oz. Heavy cream

    -2/3 oz. Blue Curacao

    In a cordial glass, pour in layers; do not mix.  Serve right away.

     

     

     

     

     

    12937660083_dd6e4b6ba1_z5. Bleeding Madras

    You can wear your madras and drink it, too.

    -Ice cubes

    -1 ½ oz. orange juice

    -1 ½ oz.  vodka

    -3 oz. cranberry juice

    -Splash of Grand Marnier

    -Lime sections and orange peels for garnish

    Fill a chilled collins or highball glass with ice cubes; add orange juice. Slowly pour vodka over the juice, and slowly pour the cranberry juice over the vodka.  Float the Grand Marnier on top. Garnish and serve.

     

     

    6. Southside

    The mojito’s gin-based cousin—or, in other words, what to drink if you actually grow tired of drinking G&Ts.

    -1 sprig of mint

    -2 slices of lime

    -1 oz. simple syrup

    -2 oz. gin

    -Ice

    -¾ oz. lime juice

    -Club soda

    Muddle together mint, lime, and syrup in a bar glass.  Add gin and shake; pour over ice and stir until the glass looks frosty.  Top with club soda.

     

     

    Image Credit: 1. Thomas Hawk 2. Vikingfjord Vodka 3. Patrick Truby 4. comedy_nose 5. Christian Benseler 6. Culinary Geek. Licensed under Creative Commons through Flickr

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  • 7 Father's Day Gifts for the Preppy Dad

    Preppy Father's Day Gift GuideAdmit it - Dad is an incredible man. He is a rock you can depend on for support, life lessons, and an endless supply of sarcastic jokes. You know he would never turn down another novelty tie or "World's Best Dad" mug, but the person who taught you your timeless, preppy style deserves a tribute worthy of his station.

    Because fathers (not to mention men in general!) are notoriously difficult to shop for, here are 7 gift ideas that are sure to please this Father’s Day.

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  • Why Vampire Weekend is the Ultimate Preppy Band

    Vampire Weekend is one of the most unabashedly preppy bands today. Although their funky and catchy tunes showcase a mashup of instruments, influences, and ideas, preppy references dominate most of their hits. Songs like “Walcott” and “Oxford Comma” show that Vampire Weekend love the preppy things in life, and want to share it with the world. Here’s what solidifies their status in the Prep Hall of Fame:

    Vampire Weekend Escape to the Cape

    Cape Cod is the go-to summer destination for preps. Vampire Weekend has only made three albums but there are a dozen songs that reference Cape Cod, including “Walcott” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa.” Lead singer Ezra Koenig doesn’t just name-check Cape Cod, he gets specific and gives a shout out to Wellfleet and Provincetown, suggesting he knows his way around the Cape.

    Vampire Weekend Love Art and Architecture

    Art and architecture is as ingrained in the preppy lifestyle as the crests on our Ivy League blazers. Vampire Weekend sings about the mansard roof, a style of architecture commonly found in New England, as well as minimalist sculptor Richard Serra. Members of the Talking Heads may have gone to RISD, but they didn’t name drop artists like they were hobnobbing with Andy Warhol at the Factory.

    Vampire Weekend's Music is like Haute Bourgeoisie Film

    Featuring harpsichords and gospel pianos, and showcasing strong Afropop influences, Vampire Weekend’s songs are as distinctly quaint and precious as Wes Anderson’s diorama settings and Whit Stillman’s dialogue. These eclectic filmmakers, along with Woody Allen, form the trifecta of preppy cinema.  Vampire Weekend's unique style could be a soundtrack for any of these filmmakers next masterpiece.

    Vampire Weekend Live the Preppy Lifestyle

    Vampire Weekend escaped NYC and wrote their third album at a saltbox cottage on Martha’s Vineyard, which is one of the preppiest destinations on the Eastern Seaboard. In fact, if you take a lap around your Edgartown summer party to freshen up the guests’ drinks, you might even see members of the band playing croquet or slapping dominoes with those lacrosse guys from Brown.

    Vampire Weekend Admire Good Diction

    “Oxford Comma” is a song about grammar that has the power to get even the most firmly planted wallflower out on the dance floor. To think Vampire Weekend’s tune is a critique of linguistic imperialism and 19th century intellectuals who favored structure over content –now that’s a cocktail hour conversation that all preppies love.

    Vampire Weekend Appreciate Classy Etiquette

    “The lobster’s claws are sharp as knives” is a lyric from the song "Walcott." It's also why preps favor lobster rolls over cracking boiled lobsters. Wearing a lobster bib over an Oxford shirt is a classless fashion foible, especially if you’re trying to woo a party host into accepting an invitation to America's Cup.

    Vampire Weekend Revere Ivy League Lyrics

    The references in Vampire Weekend's songs come as fast and furious as a New England Nor’easter. It’s like playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon, but instead of connecting Kevin Bacon to other actors, you connect lyrical references to liberal arts classes. Some references are geographical –Angkor Wat, Astor, Babylon -while others are esoteric: Dies Irae, Dar es Salaam, Dome of the Rock.

    Along with wooden tennis rackets, flirting, and drinking Pimm's on the lawn, preps love educated lyrics. Put Vampire Weekend on the stereo and you'll not only have every prep on the East Coast showing up at the door, but you might lure the mermaids out of the sea, too.

  • Give $50, Get $50 Referral Program

    GIVE $50, GET $50

    Want to bring a friend aboard the Nantucket Brand ship, and get credit to spend on more great products? We're making it easy with our Give $50, Get $50 Referral Program.

    Here's how it works:

    -  Once placing an order, you'll find a referral URL in your Nantucket Brand account under "My Referrals"

    - Pass that URL on to your friends and family who love everything preppy and nautical

    -  When your friends click your link, they'll be redirected to our sign-up page where they'll automatically receive 50 points from your referral after creating an account

    -  They can then apply those points on any orders they place over $100. The option to apply the points will appear in a slider bar on the checkout page

    -  After they place their first order, we'll automatically send you 50 points as a thank you for spreading Nantucket Brand love!

    Sail on over to our shop now and start searching for your nautically-themed favorites for him, her, and home!

  • Enter the #HopAboard Photo Contest today!

    #HopAboard Photo Contest

    Do you spend your weekends sailing the high seas? Are all the rooms in your house decorated in nautical style? Are you always wearing your Nantucket Brand seersucker dress or cable-knit pullover?

    We want to see the best images of your nautically-inspired life for our monthly #HopAboard Photo Contest!

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  • 5 Ways to Decorate with Porthole Mirrors

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    Nautical decor has come a long way, and a classically styled porthole mirror is one of the best ways to add a nautical touch to any room. Finishes are available in brass, bronze, and nickel, as well as distressed blue and red to suit any color scheme.

    So where do you want to hang that porthole mirror? The options are endless, so we decided to offer you five solid ideas you can use in your own home without much trouble. Visualize each option in your home, and pick the one that will best suit your decor.

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  • 10 Signs You’re a Total Prep

    10 Signs your a Total Prep

    Being a prep isn’t just about dressing a certain way. The true prepster understands that being preppy is a complete lifestyle. Sure, it’s about the clothes, but it’s also about the attitude, the hobbies you engage in, the interests you have, and so much more. Simply put, if you’re a true prep, it extends to every part of your life.

    Here are 10 signs you could be a total prep.

    1. You're a master of traditional social graces

    The prepster adheres to Emily Post etiquette and always stays classy, even when around those who are not. This includes doing things like hand writing thank-you notes, always arriving at the party with a gift for the hostess, and simply being gracious.

    2. You have the wardrobe essentials

    While preppy fashion is always evolving, there are some traditional outfits that are always in style. for women, a shift dress with a soft cardigan and pumps is a classic look. For guys, a white oxford shirt with a navy jacket and khaki pants is a go-to outfit.

    3. Your athletic pursuits include traditional, country club sports

    Forget basketball, football, or baseball. Preps gravitate toward “classier” sports, like lacrosse, tennis, sailing, croquet, badminton, and crew.

    4. You’ve been to the Kentucky Derby

    It’s the Super Bowl for preppy sports. The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky that attracts prepsters of all stripes who are dressed the part and are there to enjoy a tasty mint julep.

    5. You're always well groomed

    Proper grooming and excellent personal hygiene are true cornerstones of the preppy life. A prep truly cares about his or her personal appearance and takes steps to preserve it, including showering daily, moisturizing, keeping nails trimmed and clean, and grooming facial and body hair carefully. Simply put, no sloppiness allowed.

    6. You love monogrammed accessories

    Can you really be a prep if you don’t own at least one thing that has your initials monogrammed on it? From stationary to handbags and shirt cuffs to hand towels, monograms add class and style to many types of accessories.

    7. You would rather wear khakis than jeans

    Sure, blue jeans are now allowed for preps, but only begrudgingly so. The true prep is much more comfortable in cotton khakis than in denim jeans.

    8. You prefer cocktails over beer

    Cocktail hour is an integral part of the preppy lifestyle. The prep's cocktails of choice include the Martini, Dark & Stormy, Manhattan, Mint Julep, and Cape Codder, to name a few.

    9. You’re in shape, but not overly muscular

    Preps take care of their bodies. They are never exceedingly overweight, but they are also not overly muscular either. Their bodies are athletic but understated and don’t attract much attention.

    10. You keep accessories to a minimum

    As mentioned in the last point, being a prep isn't about attracting attention to yourself. This is especially important when it comes to wearing accessories. You must be careful not to overdo it and look too flashy, or worse, like you're wearing a costume. Instead pick one or two accessories that you love and go with that.

    Now, be honest – are you a true prep?

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