“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck
Does that mean this summer will be extra sweet?
When 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.
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
Nautical decor for any room presents an interesting challenge. The decor has to fit the space. It has to be setup so it doesn't overpower what's already there. Yet it also must be strong enough to be noticed and appreciated. There are many tactics. Most of them rely upon one or two focal points with smaller items to enhance. Being more personal, the bedroom provides more flexibility. This post covers different ways other people have chosen to go with their nautical bedroom decor. In case you are looking for even more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board on the same topic.
"This is a nice one, this is an old one. It's made out of separate pieces of, uh, loud material, sewn together in squares." - Bill Murray on Madras
All season long, Nantucket Island swarms with nature's most vibrant, inviting color palettes. Sunrises brighten our mornings with purple and skies, hilly bogs fill with maroon and red cranberries, and the deep blue tides turn frothy and white as they crash toward our shores. We think that's why madras and Massachusetts go so well together; the distinct, colorful plaid fabric is a summertime essential, and we offer several ways to style it just right for your own Nantucket adventures. Don't miss the video at the bottom with Bill Murray talking about Madras!
It's easy to figure out what to wear with madras if you stick to one rule: keep it simple! When it comes to accessorizing such bright colors, soft is safe and showy is too extreme. We do offer several options in lighter, more muted patterns; it's okay to bring out a pale blue scheme with pops of neon, but neutral is best for the rest of it. The vibrant colors in our madras apparel really shine when we pair them with white, tan, or gray fabric that stays out of the way.
Our Montauk madras shift dress is bursting with the rainbow's warmest colors; strips of lavender are scattered throughout a pattern dominated by bold neon pink, bright yellow, and oranges that range from peach to deep blood orange. Its flattering bateau neckline doesn't leave room for a necklace, but jewelry should be kept to a minimum anyway to let the dress make the statement. Simple earrings from Loren Hope, such as delicate Sophia studs with coral glass stones, offer a subtle complement to the dress's color spectrum.
Skirts are versatile summer staples that add a feminine touch and breezy comfort to strolls along the beach, afternoon lunches, and even trips to the mainland. We think madras skirts are even better at making you look confident and comfortable, especially when you accent them with elegant jewelry.
For a final addition to your green Madaket madras harbor skirt, drape Loren Hope's long, gold-plated turquoise pendant necklace over a white tank top or tee. Meanwhile, Kiel James Patrick's hand-knotted Adalie Sunkiss sailing bracelet is a perfect match for the aquamarine, perwinkle, and salmon in our mid-thigh or knee-length Beach House madras skirt.
Madras has continued to evolve since its journey from the marketplaces of South India to the shoes of Nantucket Island. It was first crafted in Madras (now Chennai), India, with the hot sun in mind, and it's still sported under that same sun every summer. Thanks to the addition of women's hoodies to our inventory, you can incorporate it into your nighttime wardrobe too.
After the sun sets and the sand gets chilly, strike up a bonfire and spend the evening in our Newport madras hoodie sweatshirt. With black that matches the starry sky and blues pulled straight from the ocean (including the pale blue of its soft, terry cloth lining), it's a fitting choice for a night on the beach. Channel seaside nostalgia with Eliza B. leather ascots in stingrcobalt blue.
Our Myrtle Beach madras pattern is one of our favorites. Its patchwork pastels are feminine and summery, and it's easy to find a shirt in pale pink, green, blue, or yellow. Because it's available in shorts, Bermuda shorts, or pants, that shirt can be anything from a tank top to a silk blouse, depending on the event you'll be attending. If it's a casual one, we recommend a Harding-Lane needlepoint hat like their pale blue mermaid hat. And if you're going formal in the form-fitting pants, make a statement with Loren Hope's small dahlia cuff in lilac; each of the brass bracelet's five, hand-polished glass petals are surrounded by real Swarovski crystals.
Esquire Magazine called shorts the "easiest" way for men to introduce madras into their wardrobe. They recommend a simple, plain white T-shirt to pull off the loud pattern as casually as possible. To support the neutral, laid-back look, opt for the white cotton and split leather in Kiel James Patrick's Mariner and Cape Poge Bay sailor rope bracelet.
Our loudest pair by far are the Marblehead madras whaler shorts, on which patches of bright green, picnic-blanket gingham are stitched between a variety of bold plaid squares, some in matching shades of green and others in jarringly sophisticated deep reds and blues. Offset the potential for clashes by bringing out those patriotic hues. Try a Smathers & Branson cotton twill, needlepoint hat; they have plenty of choices in both faded rust and navy, which are adorned with everything from a mako shark to a fishing lure. To really balance out this ensemble, we recommend a navy hat with a sea turtle that unites the bright greens and dark blues in one swift move.
Every summer Nantucket is home to a number of sailboat races. Nantucket's location is ideal for sailing and the races draw a number of participants. If you are considering a visit to Nantucket consider a time when one of these races are going, they are fun to watch. Here is a list of some of the best sailboat races in and around Nantucket. Some of the dates below are approximate, check the websites for exact dates for the upcoming season which haven't been posted at the time this post was published. Continue reading
One of the best things about summer is the wardrobe. Nantucket Island is never more beautiful and relaxing than when we’re underneath the summer sun, being rocked by the tides or the salty ocean breeze. Seersucker fabric is a lightweight summertime favorite among the nautical at heart, thanks to a unique weaving process that creates its signature “crinkled” look and airy feel. The fabric is designed to touch the skin as little as possible, leaving plenty of air to circulate and warding off heat and moisture. Continue reading
Know that old sail lying around that's hard to part with? It won't do much good on your boat but with the right elbow grease you can repurpose an old sail to good use. Here are some interesting and useful ideas for adding new life to old sails. For more ideas check out our Pinterest Board on the same topic.
The sun can get pretty hot in the summer especially on a south facing deck. Want to hang out without getting scalloped? Just add shade with your old sail. It is easier than you think, has more character than most shades, and is portable. There are already three points to attach rope or a secure line of your choice. Here are the steps with a PDF from Instructables. Want to show off your new shade? Have a sailing themed party! The shade will fit perfectly alongside other nautical decor.
A good tote bag for the beach is worth it's weight in sand. Seriously, the ever worthy beach tote or duffel bag is always useful. As a project for your old sail it is an easy one. Plus you can use old rope hanging around for the project as well. Here is a full tutorial for the duffel bag.
You know that pesky shower curtain that just doesn't seem to last? Take the older sail and have a shower curtain that lasts a lifetime. There isn't too much alteration, they look great, and are much better quality than any other type of curtain you might get. Don't want to do it yourself? Just check for places that do custom sewing and have them place grommets along one side. You also may need to have them cut to size and tape off one end. Then it is just a matter of getting some shower rings to match! Some still use an inner liner keeping the sail on the outside more for looks. There are places on Etsy that sell these you may contact for a custom job with your own sail.
Of all the setups this one is the easiest. There isn't any sewing but you will want to have the right size to make this actually portable. All you need is the sail, some rope, and something to secure the rope on one end. Having a smaller sail works particularly well. Bring it along next time you go to the beach for instant shade and conversation piece!
Design Sponge offers a great tutorial with images on creating sail chair covers. They also include some information on creating curtains with sails. Depending on what you have to cover you might be able to get away with using strong clips tucked away rather than sewing.
If you just want to get rid of your old sail and put it to good use, donate it! There are a number of places including a small outfit in Gloucester, MA called Second Wind Sails that will take and recycle older sails. They also might be willing to do one of the projects above!