We head to Nantucket next week and I know I’m not the only one thinking about what to pack for a summer trip! Below are some of my Nantucket style staples focusing on pieces I can wear while pregnant (just swap the white denim for my go-to maternity jeans), but all of them are things I’ll wear not pregnant as well. And if you’re planning a trip to our favorite island, you can check out my Nantucket guide here or read what Nantucket means to me here! And I’m always happy to answer trip planning questions in the comments, over email, or via direct message on Instagram.
One of the items on my current 101 in 1001 list was to visit Nantucket for Christmas Stroll, which I hadn’t done in many years! I thought it would be a fun way to get us all in the Christmas spirit and was happy when my parents, both brothers, and one of their girlfriends decided to join us! A few people on Instagram asked for our thoughts on the festivities and while it is a heavy tourism weekend on the island with lots of cheesy Christmas costumes (if you don’t love Daffodil Festival or Figawi, this is definitely not the weekend for you!), it was so fun for our two-year-old Teddy to see Santa arrive by boat and drive up Main Street in a vintage fire truck and equally enjoyable for me to take in all the pretty Christmas decorations around town. Plus it’s a wonderful last hurrah for many of our favorite shops and restaurants on the island and thus a perfect excuse to do some additional small business shopping! Here are a few photos from the weekend.
I am so excited to share a new woman-owned small business with you all today! I’m a huge fan of the Centre Pointe boutique on Nantucket and this summer they launched a clothing line called Cartolina Nantucket that I think you are going to absolutely fall in love with. I would truly wear every single piece in their debut collection — the quality is amazing, the fit is outstanding, and they just hit the nail on the head designing unique pieces I haven’t seen elsewhere and didn’t know my wardrobe was missing. The collection is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles and I’m already excited to see what they dream up next!
Let me start by saying I’m not entirely confident I can pull off a crop top after having two children, but this scalloped top is so cute I just had to give it a try. Somehow with everything else covered up I think it works? I also love the matching scalloped shorts but I’ll leave that to you younger ladies. 🙂 These gingham pants fit like a dream — I don’t even know how to describe the fabric as it’s almost something you have to try on to appreciate how flattering and insanely comfortable they are. And I’m probably the last person who should advise on appropriate workwear (having spent most of the last year and a half rotating between pajamas and athleisure), but I think these pants would be adorable with a button-down shirt if you’re heading back to work in a school or an office.
On Friday, my dad and I took Teddy and Peter into town to check off something that’s been on my Nantucket bucket list for a couple summers now: climbing the bell tower at the First Congregational Church on Center Street for sweeping views of the island in all four directions. It’s not always easy to find out their hours online (currently Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but I’d check the signage out front before making any plans as we’ve found it’s subject to frequent change!) but I’m so glad we finally made it happen. The church volunteers both downstairs and at the top of the bell tower were so lovely and the outing was an excellent way to tucker Teddy out before his afternoon nap (he’s obsessed with going up and down stairs right now). It wasn’t busy at all and they just ask for a $5 donation per person. On our way back down, we heard a pianist and a violinist rehearsing in the church and stopped in for what felt like a private concert for just the four of us — an unexpectedly magical moment in the midst of what’s been a pretty tough couple of weeks. Another future addition to my Nantucket guide for sure!
We’ve been doing charter sails on the Endeavor since 2013 (including our engagement photos in 2016!) and this year we decided to mix it up and book a kid-friendly harbor cruise with Shearwater Excursions while Will’s parents are visiting. They offer a one hour ice cream cruise around Nantucket harbor and it’s a great option for little ones because their boat the Minke is enclosed with safety netting and there are so few waves within the harbor. They offer ice cream sandwiches at departure or upon return which were a big hit with the other kids on board, but it was a pretty overcast day so we skipped the ice cream for Teddy and went to Oath for pizza afterwards! Will definitely be updating my Nantucket guide to include the harbor cruise for those visiting the island with kids in tow!