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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 as the ultimate preppy band:

    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.

  • Summer Traditions in Beach Towns

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    Quirky, unique charm is one of the best reasons we all love visiting (or living in) resort towns. From vacation havens to summer pilgrimages, getting to our favorite ‘home away from home’ is a great way to see what America is really all about at its core.

    What really distinguishes these towns is the traditions and customs they each carry. Check out these three great examples of some fun traditions a few small towns offer visitors and residents.

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  • Beyond our Shores: Wintertime in Annapolis

    Written by Jenn Specketer

    Guest blogger, Jenn Specketer, writes on topics such as beauty, style, food and travel in her unique blog, Jenn Inspired. Driven to write as a creative outlet and means of expressing her life, Jenn's blog can accurately be described as a "lifestyle diary," offering inspiration and authenticity. 
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  • What are Nautical Flags?

    What are Nautical Flags?In movies, it is pretty common to see a pirate ship with a particular skull bearing black flag indicating that it is in fact, a pirate ship. It may seem like a bad idea considering the fact that pirates were the outlaws of the sea, but the representation is pretty close to reality. Flags have never lost their importance in maritime communication; not even pirates have challenged their significance.

    To date, ships from across the world use flags for various purpose such as identifying themselves and for communication. These flags are commonly known as nautical flags.

    In the Shop: Customize your own nautical flag quilted banners

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  • 11 Best Ski Resorts in North America for 2015

    Top 11 Ski Resorts in North AmericaSki season is upon us again. Although some resorts haven't had a great start to the season, there are over 3 months left for fresh tracks, goggle tans, and après ski festivities. At first glance, skiing may not seem to fit our "nautically inspired" motif, but we've given it a lot of thought and determined that skiing indeed is part of a nautically inspired life so that debate is settled.

    Related: Shop our full collection of vintage ski signs by folk-artist Charles Jerred

    Now, to really cause some debate, I'm going to present you with my top 11 ski resorts in North America. We could have picked 10. We could have chosen from the United States, the northern hemisphere, or the whole world. We didn't.

    I've chosen these based on the overall criteria of how much I enjoy the resort. In the case of few, I'm basing it on how much I think I'd enjoy the resort because I haven't yet visited. My enjoyment typically depends on the terrain and snow conditions primarily. Other factors include the crowds, lift speed, après ski scene, the town, and the people. Beginner areas are a non-factor as are ski-through Starbucks. With that in mind, it's on to our 11 best ski resorts in North America.

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  • Teaching Kids to Sail

    This article was contributed by, where you can find a wide range of sailing advice and the best deals on discounted bareboat charters.

    There’s no doubt about it- sharing the pleasures of sailing with your children is an incredible opportunity for family bonding. Simply the idea of spending the day (or overnight!) on a boat can be a thrill for kids of any age; when they’re young they can just enjoy the views and sea breeze along with everyone else. As they get a bit older the real fun begins; they can learn how to actually sail the boat. Continue reading

  • April's Lessons: Life with an Ex-Racehorse

    I grew up with horses. Thex-racehorseey have always been a part of my life. As a small child, I rode western because it's what my parents did, and it's all I knew. I was familiar with quarter horses, appaloosas, arabians and Tennessee walkers. My father was in the army so we moved every three or four years. I rode whatever horses were around. I was ten when we moved to Oahu, Hawaii and my world changed forever. It was there that I discovered English riding, more specifically the sport of eventing. The horses I rode in Hawaii were a motley bunch-- bored school horses with questionable heritage and a surly attitude, but they jumped! Continue reading

  • A Tribute to the Jeep Grand Wagoneer

    Tribute to the Jeep Grand WagoneerAn absolute legend of a high-end 4x4, a hugely influential and long-lasting progenitor of the modern-day sports-utility vehicle, and a smooth, spacious ride with an imposing grill and unmistakable faux-wood paneling -- the Jeep Grand Wagoneer may have ended production better than two decades ago, but it still boasts legions of loyal fans. Stylish yet rugged, it defined the luxury SUV market before it officially existed -- and hasn't ever been eclipsed for sheer character. Continue reading

  • Joe Dimaggio: My first interview

    English: New York Yankees slugger during the a...

    This is a guest post from writer Martin Z.

    “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
    A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
    What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson
    Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
    (Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)”

    Simon & Garfunkel
    1968 song “Mrs. Robinson”

    Singer-songwriter Paul Simon wrote the stanza in "Mrs. Robinson" as a tribute to Joe DiMaggio’s quiet heroism and unpretentious nature. Simon admired DiMaggio. So did I.

    Like Simon, I was raised in the New York City area. In the 1970s, when I was a kid, DiMaggio was simultaneously a ubiquitous presence and the mysterious icon who was worshipped by baseball fans.

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  • Five Best Classic Beach Cars

    Sandy Beach with Tire Tracks and Words Five Best Classic Beach CarsWhen you say beach to most people, they conjure up visions of lazing on a towel and catching some rays. However, there is a devoted group of fans that think of great days spent speeding along the sand in their favorite beach car. Once you've stood up and felt the salt spray whipping around while enjoying the dunes on one side and the water on the other, you run the risk of becoming one of those fans.

    Five Best Classic Beach Cars

    If you live in an area where you can't actually drive on the beach, but you spend a lot of days enjoying it, there are also great cars to make that journey more enjoyable. Some even feel that God made the beach just so there would be a place to drive their favorite beach car. Here are five best classic beach cars for cruising the waterline: Continue reading

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