Nantucket City Guide

I must admit, I never thought I was an east coast type. Please don’t take this the wrong way because it is completely stereotyping, but I always had the impression East Coasters/the East Coast was snobby, pretentious, and not my kind of people/place. When I want to take a vacation I look for a few things – experience, a relaxed environment, and groups of people I will enjoy. Those were three things I didn’t think I would find in Nantucket. Now, for the good part – COULD I HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG? I fell 100%, head-over-heels, cloudy head, in love with Nantucket. It was a number of things: the beaches were clean, everyone was nice, it felt safe, the weather was insanely amazing, and you felt like you were worlds away from ordinary. A few specifics I love about Nantucket is the ability to bike anywhere and everywhere (we even biked from town to Sconset), the food is incredibly fresh, and it is really wholesome. I know the last one has you scratching your head but in a world full of sex, murder and lies (okay, okay, that is dramatic but you get it) it is nice to go to a place where you can get back to the basics of life. And since service is almost non existent on the Island, you can really get back to the basics of life.

The hubs and I can’t stop raving about Nantucket. We only hope to have enough money in the future to go back, every.single.summer. So here I am, eating my humble pie because you East Coasters sure know how to do a beach town! And let me tell you, you might have just turned this southerner into a wannabe East Coaster – at least for the summers. ; )

Since I loved Nantucket so much (and am dying to go back) here is my Nantucket City Guide!

Nantucket City Guide


Rent a home (I highly recommend) –  VRBO //  Home Away  //  Flip Key

The Nantucket Hotel

76 Main

Union Street Inn

White Elephant Village

21 Broad Hotel

The Wade Cottage (in ‘Sconset)

Wauwinet (further from town but very private)

Nantucket City Guide


Hire a Chef (great for a big group) – I recommend Sean Fitzgibbon ( His food is absolutely incredible and he set up a lobster and lamb dinner on the beach for us one night

The Chanticleer (in ‘Sconset)

Something Natural (for sandwiches)

Cru (for lunch)

Galley Beach (dinner and drinks)

Ventuno (best Italian on the Island)

The Nautilus

Straight Warf Restaurant (for dinner and drinks)

Bartlett Farms (all natural grocery store but definitely recommend for lunch)

The Pearl

The Club Car (full of history and right in the middle of town)

Petticoat Row Bakery – also provides delicious gluten free treats

Nantucket City Guide


The Chicken Box – great for a nighttime drink

Cisco Brewery – live music, local wines, beers, and sangria, bar food available, kid friendly

Sconset Bluff Walk – a gorgeous private walk between locals backyards and the beach (very undiscovered)

Sconset Market for incredible Gelato

Fishing with Capt. Toms Charters

The Whaling Museum (great for kids)

Shopping in Town (check out the monogram shop)

Go to the Beach (Cisco – my favorite, Jetties, Madaket, Siasconset, Surfside)

Sankaty Head Lighthouse

Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (kid friendly)

The Old Mill – oldest functioning wind mill in the country (kid friendly)

all photos property of M.A.S. photography 


The Find
Whereabouts: Dallas

Outfits • The Dressshirt

I have wanted a “DRESSHIRT” for about two years now. I loved that from the front they are a classic silk blouse but from the back it is totally unique and unexpected. While scrolling the Internet yesterday I found that DRESSHIRT now creates their own slogans, and I am in love! “Risky Business,” “Modern Love,” “Come As You Are,” and “I have a Dream” are just a few! Seriously, these are too cool and unique to pass up! Christmas is just around the corner!

Travel • Walking Charleston

One thing I highly recommend is visiting Charleston. The second thing I recommend, taking the Bulldog Walking Tour. I love being able to walk a city as you get to really learn about and see the city for what it is. And let me tell you, Charleston is absolutely something to see. The cobbelstone streets, the charming building, and the character from various countries is spectacular. The walking tour is about 2 hours and is so informative, interesting, and captivating! For anyone heading to the south, definitely put it on your list!

photo via M.A.S. of the Palmer House

7 Fall Wardrobe Staples

What defines a smart shopping investment? Did you wear it more than a few times? Is it a classic piece you can wear for years to come? Will it transfer to the next season? In the past I’ve made some smart shopping investments and I’ve made some poor shopping investments. Below are seven smart fall investments I made last year and seven items I think your closet needs this year. And my prediction, I think each one will carry over to fall 2016 too! So invest now before you have regret not buying it.

The Cuyana Cape

cuyana cape

The Cuyana Cape comes in three colors: camel, grey, and black. I bought the grey last year and practically wore it out. I styled it with track pants for a long distance flight, I styled it with a dress in Charleston, I wore it for Christmas. It didn’t matter where I was, I wore this cape. The ways to style it are endless and I am excited to show you all the ways in an upcoming post. For this fall I hope to invest in the black and the camel as I wore the grey so many times last year it only makes sense.

Over-The-Knee Boots


If there is one thing I remember last year it was how hard I searched for the perfect over-the-knee boot. I even bought these Rachel Zoe’s Nevena boots for far more than I should have spent. And would you believe it, they were too big but I wanted them so badly I wore them anyways (they are currently being sold on my Poshmark). All I wanted was a sleek, suede, pointed-toe boot. So when I came across these Missguided they were almost too good to be true. While the other boots I had found were in the $1K range and these being $80 I couldn’t not try them. When they arrived they were absolutely perfect. Every time I wore them someone asked who made them. They looked far more like a $1K pair than the $80 I had spent. I prayed they would come in black too and when they came out earlier this year I snagged them right away. Now I can’t wait to wear these all fall/winter and into next year too!

White Coat (or this option)


There are three colors you can always count will be in style: black, blue, and white. White is timeless, chic, and elegant. It is one of my favorite colors to wear year round. It is such a statement to wear white from head-to-toe in the cooler months which is why I recommend always having a white coat on hand. I really like this one and this one for their lightweight and airy feel.

Ankle Booties


A good ankle bootie never goes out of style so I think every closet should have one. I loved the cutout of this Zara pair but I also found a few below that will be the perfect closet staple.

options // this pair, this pairthis pair, this pair, and this pair.

Floppy Hat


A floppy hat is so important for a closet. If you think you can’t pull off a hat, try it anyways! They really take any outfit to the next level.

options // this hat (under $30), this hat, this hat, and this hat!

Grey Coat


Grey is this years black. If you notice the trends you will notice grey is everywhere. And it isn’t going anywhere soon. Invest in a great grey coat and you can wear it with any outfit. That is right, you can wear it with blues, whites, blacks, red’s, and even grey’s!

options //  wearingrobe coatdesigner option, high street

Black Duster


You have been seeing duster coats all over the Internet and in stores. But what is a duster? It is a woman’s loose, lightweight, full-length coat without buttons. I absolutely adore this type of jacket. It is so effortlessly cool. I wear mine non-stop in the cooler months. Throw it on with jeans and sneakers or paired over a dress and heels it is extremely versatile and always chic!

Beauty • The Best Blush

By now you have probably heard of Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush. If you haven’t you should jump on the bandwagon. Usually I try not to recommend the “popular” choice but this is popular because it is that amazing. It gives your cheeks a soft glow without  being too extreme. I wear it all summer and into the fall (I also mix with my bronzer). It is absolutely stunning! I also recommend trying the Nars Lipgloss in ‘Orgasm’. You will be glowing!! 

Travel • The Best Carry On

Okay, I am going to sound like a brat but when traveling sometimes you have to hold out for the best – I returned TWO carry on bags because I didn’t like them. One tipped over all the time and one was too heavy. My reward for being so picky? This amazing Samsonite. Seriously, this suitcase is the best of the best and I can’t imagine how I ever traveled before it. If you are in the market for a sleek, functional, light, and storage friendly (if that is even a word) carry on then definitely give this one a try!

Outfits • The New IT Bag

A few years ago I had the opportunity to buy the Chanel Wallet on a chain, and I didn’t. I instead went for a larger Celine. I love the Celine but a part of me regrets not being more practicle. Ever since that shopping trip I have been looking for an equvalent crossbody. While I can’t afford the Chanel, I did come across the new Mansur Gavriel and fell in love. I have been a fan of the brands minimal approach to bags for years and now they make one that fits my every need!


Finding Your Signature Lipstick

Growing up my Aunt always wore red lipstick. I still remember the kisses that lingered for hours on my cheek. However much I hated having to scrub my cheek off I always loved that she had a signature color. Through the years we started a tradition of finding stuffed animals with these big, red lips painted on them and send them to each other. It was our little inside joke and I loved it!  As I grew up and began to wear make-up I was never scared to experiment (I think I get that from my Aunt). I would try reds, pinks, and oranges and always rock them as only my aunt would. Through all of my lipstick trials I never had a “signature color” and desperately wanted to find one as my aunt did.  I searched and searched but couldn’t quite find the perfect fit. All I wanted was one red and a few natural colors I could wear daily. Was that too much to ask? While I do love Revlon ‘Love That Red’, I wanted to find a red that was a little more toned down.

My search started to come to an end after sitting at the Neiman Marcus beauty counter two years ago. While playing around with lipsticks I discovered one that I couldn’t put down – Pimpante. It has a unique orange tint but is actually really natural and perfect for daytime as well as nighttime. I was smitten! I wore (and still wear) this lipstick straight, day and night, for two years! During the day I would put one swipe on and for nighttime I would double up. People stopped me numerous times in the street asking what lipstick I was wearing. I really felt like I was making my aunt proud! Some would say that would make it your signature color! And I would be happy to take it as it looks great, but one day while walking by MAC I decided to pop in. Thirty minutes later I had found my very natural daytime and beautiful red nighttime lipstick. ‘Kinda Sexy‘ and ‘Russian Red‘ completed my little pack of signature colors.

I love my lipsticks and can be seen wearing at least one of them daily! If you are looking for a red, unique, or natural color I HIGHLY recommend test driving one of these!

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MAC ‘Kinda Sexy’  //  MAC ‘Russian Red’  //  Chanel ‘Pimpante’

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