GOLDEN HOUR

It’s finally fall in Ohio! Which means I can fully embrace my maternity fall wardrobe (give me all the leggings, oversized sweaters, and plaid scarves!).  I recently stumbled upon this cute boutique based out of Oregon.  Thriver is a small online women’s boutique whose mission is to inspire and encourage women to be their best self.  They select each individual piece with their customer’s style in mind.

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If you are looking for some fun, stylish pieces to enhance your wardrobe, I highly recommend checking out this cute boutique!! They have classic, timeless pieces, as well as the latest trends (if you love the off the shoulder trend they have tons of cute pieces!).

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I recently purchased this amazingly comfy, oversized sweater from them.  I figured it would fit the baby bump now and work great for post baby.  The luxurious soft knit material and the dolman sleeves make it a dream to wear.  Plus, the asymmetrical detail on the hem is so cute!

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Since I’m in the last leg of my pregnancy, I’ve definitely styled it with comfort in mind.  It’s perfect for a casual look with leggings, a scarf, and tennis shoes or boots.  Or you can dress it up by styling it with skinny jeans, booties, and chunky necklace.  Either way, it’s an amazingly comfy, versatile piece.

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I’ve linked a few other items I have my eye on below.  I highly recommend checking out this fun boutique!  And, bonus!  If you use the code “ShannonS” at checkout, you get 10% off your order! Plus, they always offer free shipping on all domestic orders.  Be sure to comment below and let me know what you pick out!

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Slàinte,

Shannon

DETAILS:
MATERNITY LEGGINGS | SHOP THRIVER OFF BALANCE TOP (I’M WEARING A SIZE SMALL) |  BLANKET SCARF | RIDING BOOTS (OLD) | LONGCHAMP 
THRIVER MUST HAVE’S:
MAROON DARE TO BARE POCKETED TOP | ROBIN HOOD FLANNEL IN NAVY | MADELINE TOP IN BLUE | STRIPED TWIST COWL NECK TOP | BLOCK SWEATER IN BLUE | ROSE GOLD LEAF NECKLACE

MATERNITY STYLE STAPLES

I’ve been wanting to write a post for the past couple of months that talks about maternity clothing.  I’ve always loved fashion and over the past nine months I’ve enjoyed exploring different maternity styles.  Pregnancy can get really uncomfortable at times and investing in a wardrobe that is comfortable and stylish is so essential to feeling your best while your body goes through new changes.

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When I first found out I was pregnant, I was at a loss of what “maternity” pieces I would need and how much I would need.  I probably went a little bit overboard with my purchases early on, but having pieces that are flattering and comfortable have made all the difference these last few weeks.   To help out some other new mamas-to-be out there, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces and what I think every new mama needs in her maternity wardrobe.

  1. Leggings – Hands down the BEST purchase I made while pregnant. Maternity leggings were one of the first items I purchased and I’ve definitely worn them into the ground.  I invested in a thicker black pair as well as a thinner, cropped pair in navy.  Both have been essential in helping me feel comfortable, but also stylish when paired with a tunic or oversized sweater.
  2. Fitted Tees – Fitted tees were a later investment that I wish I would have purchased earlier. I purchased two short sleeve ones from Target, two short sleeve from Gap Maternity and one long sleeve one from Gap Maternity.  I would definitely invest in several of these – they are comfortable and make you feel like a million bucks, especially during that sweet time of your pregnancy when your bump is super cute (weeks 20-36).
  3. Tunics – Even without being pregnant I love a good tunic paired over leggings with boots or flats. Early in the pregnancy I was able to get away with wearing a ton of non-maternity tunics.  Once I hit the 3rd trimester though, the non-maternity ones just looked unflattering and so I invested in four maternity tunics and I’m so happy I did! They are so flattering for your bump and are a dream to wear.  Throw on a scarf or tassel necklace and you will look like one stylish mama!
  4. Fitted Dresses – This is a piece I didn’t invest in until late in my 2nd I bought my first fitted dress for my baby shower and from that point on I was obsessed.  Fitted dresses hug you in all the right places and flatter your bump.  I ended up purchasing a fun short sleeve one and a classic navy one.  I regret not investing in several more, particularly some striped ones.  Pink Blush has the cutest prints so I highly recommend purchasing a few!
  5. Maxi Dresses – Having been pregnant throughout all the warm months, maxi dresses have been essential to my wardrobe. They are SO easy and so flattering.  I invested in two maternity ones and had an old empire waist one from J.Crew and I probably wore all three on a weekly basis.   Plus, it’s easy to size up one or two sizes for maxi dresses if you want to shop some trendy ones from Forever 21, H&M, or even LOFT.
  6. Maternity Hoodie – My mom gifted me this gray maternity hoodie from Old Navy for my birthday in September and I’ve literally been living in it every chance I get. It’s insanely comfortable and looks so cute when paired with a fitted tee, leggings, baseball hat, and keds.  It’s definitely my weekend go-to.
  7. Maternity Nightgown – I’m a huge fan of nightgowns and always have been. I highly recommend investing in several maternity nightgowns (some can even be used for nursing post baby).  Eventually t-shirts will just not fit your bump right, so a maternity nightgown is where it’s at for a comfortable night’s sleep.

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One non-maternity piece that has been essential to my pregnancy has been the swing dress from Old Navy.  This dress style is amazingly comfortable and has so much room as your belly grows.  I’ve worn the same four swing dresses throughout my entire pregnancy and I’ll still be able to wear them next summer.

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One piece I did not include above are maternity jeans.  I did invest in a pair from Gap Maternity, but truth be told they have not been my favorite piece.   Many other mamas I’ve talked to swear by maternity jeans, so I think those are personal preference and it depends on where you buy them.

My favorite places to shop for maternity clothing has been Gap Maternity, Old Navy, and Target for basics, and Shop Pink Blush for fun dresses and tops.  I’ve also heard from other mama-to-be’s that H&M has great, inexpensive pieces.

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Hopefully this post helps some other new mamas out when it comes to deciding what and how much to buy for your pregnancy! I’ve linked a few pieces I bought above in my recommendations and below!

We can’t wait to introduce you all to our sweet baby girl in a few weeks!

Slainte,

Shannon

Fitted Tees: Gap Maternity (multiple colors) | Target (multiple colors)
Tunics: Target – 1, 2, 3, 4 (similar)
Fitted Dress: Shop Pink Blush | Old Navy
Maxi Dresses: Shop Pink Blush – Navy, Floral
Maternity Nightgown: Shop Pink Blush

 

 

 

APPLE PICKING

One of the favorite fall activities around Northwest Ohio is apple picking at the famous MacQueen’s Orchard!  MacQueen’s Orchard is a local family farm that has been around for over 55 years.  Visitors and school tours come from near and far to check out the state of the art cider mill, pick apples, and enjoy warm apple cider with homemade donuts.  It is truly a gem of Northwest Ohio and a great place to bring your family and friends.

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This past weekend hubby and I made a date night (possibly our last before baby arrives!) of picking apples.  Despite it being cloudy, the weather was a perfect 60 degrees for apple picking (YAY for being able to wear plaid again!).  We came home with at least a ½ bushel of Granny Smith and Jonathan varieties.

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I love experiencing different fall activities, but I really love fall for the fashion.  Each season brings new styles and fall fashions always embrace the feeling of being comfy and cozy.  Especially being in my ninth month of pregnancy (what!!), I’m all about feeling comfortable.

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My favorite fall styles include J.Crew plaid shirts, oversized cardigans, chunky sweaters, boots (riding, Hunter, and booties!), cozy scarves, and leggings.   The trends I’m loving this particular year are animal prints, plaid and tweed (no surprise with my Scottish heritage), and casual knits.  J.Crew Factory has some great fall finds right now (like this plaid bell sleeve top).  I also like shopping at Gap, Loft, and most recently, Nordstrom for the best fall fashions.

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What are your favorite fall activities?  What about your favorite fall fashions?

As always, thank you for stopping by A Dash of Solt!

Slainte,

Shannon [and Rob]

SHOP MY OUTFIT
PLAID SHIRT (SIMILAR) |GAP MATERNITY STRIPED SHIRT |GAP MATERNITY JEANS | J.CREW FACTORY BOOTIES | KJP PEARL EARRINGS 

NURSERY REVEAL

This little labor of love has been my favorite design project to date!  Regardless of gender, I knew I was going to have a blue and white nursery (it has to match the rest of the house, right?!).    I also knew it was going to be a nautical theme. [I was SHOCKED]. When we found out we were having a girl, my inspiration tilted slightly towards a more preppy, classic look and a little less nautical (no worries – there are still plenty of nautical elements). [The little mermaid would find it comfortable.]

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I spent countless hours on Pinterest, Pottery Barn, Wayfair, and every other design and home décor website researching the details.  I knew I wanted an accent wall with wallpaper.  I also knew I wanted mostly all white furniture.  Once I picked out the major furniture pieces and narrowed down the wallpaper, it was easy to pick out the other details.

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For the wallpaper I chose this pretty watercolor floral print from Spoonflower.  I kept going back and forth between this print, a peony floral print, and sailboats.   The striped rug from Wayfair actually made my decision because the large floral print was just too busy against the stripes.

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The gallery wall came together better than I could have imagined.  Three of the six pieces I already owned (the two anchor prints and the original sailboat painting from my favorite local artist, Michelle Brunner).  My parents gifted us the adorable whale print when we told them we were pregnant, the seagull/sailboat print I picked out from Pottery Barn, and the sweet seascape with the little girl was an original painting we bought on our babymoon.   All the pieces just complement each other so well and I couldn’t be happier! [Nothing on this wall is nautical, right?]

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When I decorate, I love to use pieces that are meaningful.  The stunning Lilly artwork was created by one of my best friends who is an insanely talented, professional artist (check out her website!!).  The ship wheel was gifted to us at our shower from one of my coworkers who loves to collect antiques and the Lilly letters were made by a good friend of Rob’s family.  I love that each piece has a special story and I’m so excited to share these stories with Lilly.

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It’s been such a joy to share this design process and reveal with you all.  I’ve linked some of the details of the nursery below.  We can’t wait to share this special space with Lilly in just a few short weeks!

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Slainte,

Shannon and [Rob]

NURSERY DETAILS:

BABYLETTO CRIB | CHANGING TABLE | ROCKING CHAIR | WAYFAIR RUG | NAUTICAL MOBILE | SPOONFLOWER WALLPAPER

POTTERY BARN:

CRIB SHEET | GREY SHERPA BLANKET | PINK BASKET | LILLY PULITZER PINEAPPLE BLANKET | ELEPHANT SOUND MACHINE | LITTLE SAILOR WALL ART

 

LND – LITTLE NAVY DRESS

Most people are familiar with the fashion term “LBD” – Little Black Dress.  For those navy lovers out there though, you can’t go wrong with investing in a “LND” – Little Navy Dress.   Every woman should own at least one LBD or LND that is flattering, comfortable, classic, and stylish.

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Over the past year or so, I’ve definitely leaned towards having a preference for an all-navy wardrobe versus an all-black wardrobe.  When I saw this little navy number in Old Navy’s new arrivals for maternity, I knew it would make a great transition piece for fall.

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I’ve styled this particular look for all those fashionistas who are struggling to find a dress for an early fall wedding.  September is by far my favorite month (it’s birthday month!!), but the temperature can be tricky, especially for an evening wedding.  This particular dress from Old Navy is going to be perfect for a mid-September outdoor wedding that we are attending.  If it’s warm that evening, the knee length hem and elbow length sleeves will help keep one cool.  If it’s on the chiller side, the elbow length sleeves will provide a little extra coverage, without having to wear a sweater.

Plus, the fit of this particular dress is so flattering to this third trimester mama-to-be.  The material is so comfortable and breathable – both a must for this time of year and this stage in pregnancy.  I love that it accentuates baby, but doesn’t hug me so tight that I’m uncomfortable.  And, you can’t beat the price point!

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One of my favorite ways to style a navy dress is by pairing it with pearls and gold accessories.  Both provide such a classic, preppy look – which you all should know by now is my style preference.  One of my favorite places to shop for these preppy accessories is the East Coast brand, Kiel James Patrick (KJP).  Hubby recently gifted me this beautiful Sarah Patrick bracelet (a jewelry line a part of the KJP line) for my birthday and I’m in love. [With the bracelet or me I wonder?] It’s seriously so gorgeous and delicate and pairs perfectly with another pearl strand bracelet I have from KJP.   Paired with my KJP pearl earrings and chunky pearl necklace, they are the perfect accessories to glam up this LND.

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I hope this post inspired you to think about investing in a LND that can easily be transitioned from season to season.  You can shop all the outfit details by clicking on the links below!

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

SHOP THE LOOK

LITTLE NAVY DRESS | SAM EDELMAN ESPADRILLE WEDGES | KJP PEARL STRAND BRACELET | KJP PEARL EARRINGS | SARAH PATRICK BRACELET | CHUNKY PEARL NECKLACE (SIMILAR) | COACH CLUTCH (OLD)

SHOP LU LOU

One of my absolute favorite things about fashion is discovering new brands.  Whether it be clothing or accessories, I love the feeling of finding something new and different that can enhance my wardrobe.  Being in the third trimester, clothing is getting to be a bit of a challenge.  I’m definitely loving accessories and statement earrings that make this mama-to-be feel stylish and put together.

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A few weeks ago on Instagram, I stumbled upon the cutest account called Shop Lu Lou.  Shop Lu Lou is an East Coast based company that has the most adorable, preppy statement earrings and necklaces.

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All the items are just so fun and pretty!  And there is a style for everyone – whether you like tassels, baubles, hoops, or posts, Shop Lu Lou has a statement earring to match your style!

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I have four pairs of earrings that I’m completely in love with.  Not only are they adorable and fashionable, but they are extremely lightweight and don’t bother my sensitive ears like some earrings do.   I highly recommend checking out Shop Lu Lou’s Instagram account and purchasing some of these fun pieces!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Slàinte,

Shannon

SHOP THE LOOK

LOOK 1: SHOP LU LOU EARRINGS | LILLY PULITZER DRESS (OLD) | CHIC HAPPENS NECKLACE | JACK ROGERS | RAYBANS | COACH HANDBAG(OLD)

LOOK 2: SHOP LU LOU EARRINGS | PINK BLUSH DRESS | LOFT NECKLACE (OLD) | BOURBON AND BOWETIES BRACELETRAYBANS | SAM EDELMAN SHOES | RATTAN HANDBAG 

NAUTICAL BABY SHOWER

A few weeks ago my sisters threw me the most adorable and memorable baby shower!  It meant so much to Rob and me to have a full day of spoils for our sweet baby girl.  Our hearts are bursting with happiness and we are still completely overwhelmed by all the love for Baby Lilly.

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I requested the shower to be at Perrysburg’s Carranor Hunt and Polo Club.  This is one of my favorite historic places in Perrysburg.  The interior decorating reminds me of all the cute pubs in Scotland and England.  It’s very early Americana and I absolutely adore it (seriously google image the club and you will see how cute the interior and exterior are).

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It’s no surprise that the shower was nautical themed!  How cute are those diaper cakes?! My mom found these oversized whale, sailboat, and anchor decals and they are so fun! All of the details from the cookies, to the games, and nautical décor were so perfect.  I literally cried when I walked into the room and saw how cute everything looked.

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I was completely overwhelmed by everyone’s excitement!  Seeing as this is our first baby, we have been lacking on the baby supplies.   Our friends and family went above and beyond to make this day special and equip us with the baby essentials.

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Thank you to everyone near and far who attended the shower, sent well wishes, and were with us in spirit.  We are so grateful to each and every one of you and we can’t wait for the world to meet Baby Solt!

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Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]

OUTFIT DETAILS:

PINK BLUSH DRESS | JACK ROGERS SANDALS | J.CREW EARRINGS (SIMILAR)| KATE SPADE WATCH | HUBBY IS WEARING ALL J.CREW FACTORY AND SPERRY SHOES!

FLORALS AND GARDENS

This past weekend Rob and I explored a hidden gem in our cute little town.  The 577 Foundation is a historic site that works to preserve and maintain the integrity of the land.  They offer numerous classes for adults and children that range from pottery, to painting, to herb walks, to making soap, and all sorts of holiday inspired crafts.

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The 12 acre property dates back to the 1880s and the deed to the property was actually signed by President John Quincy Adams.   The estate was owned by Mr. and Mrs. George F. Greenhalgh (Mrs. Greenhalgh was a niece of Edward Drummond Libbey, major benefactor of The Toledo Museum of Art), and then later by Duane and Virginia Stranahan.  The Stranahans had six children, none of whom wanted the property, so Virginia gave the property back to the community.  Her hope was that the land would be a fun place where people could learn about the environment and enjoy the beauty of Perrysburg and the Maumee River.

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The 577 Foundation is known for their beautiful gardens.  Guests are encouraged to plant their gardens on the property, with the purpose being to learn, discover organic practices, and share their knowledge with others.

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We had a lovely morning walking around and exploring the grounds.  The flowers and gardens are in full bloom right now and created the most picturesque backdrop for some photos.  Both Rob and I have always been huge history buffs so we naturally fell in love with the beautiful historic buildings on site.  This would be the cutest location for a bridal shower, senior pictures, or even a small wedding!

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We are trying to soak up every minute before sweet Baby Lilly arrives!  It’s hard to believe we are already 28 weeks along.   She will be here before we know it!

Slàinte,

Shannon

p.s. I’ve linked my outfit details below! This floral maxi was perfect for a stroll around the beautiful gardens.

MATERNITY MAXI | TASSEL EARRINGS | RAYBAN SUNGLASSES | RATTAN BAG | KATE SPADE WATCH (SIMILAR) | BOURBON AND BOWTIES BRACELET PEARL (SIMILAR) | BOURBON AND BOWTIES BRACELET (PINK)

TRAVELING SOLTS – SAUGATUCK, MI

Last week Rob and I jetted out of town for a quick “babymoon.”  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, a babymoon is a fancy way of describing your last vacation as a couple before your baby arrives (basically a second mini honeymoon).

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When we were planning our babymoon, we knew we wanted something coastal, but not too far.  Rob did tons of research on cute coastal towns and we ended up choosing Saugatuck, MI! We found the most charming B&B to stay in called the Wickwood Inn (Pictures below are of their beautiful gardens).  They are known for their impeccable interior decorating and gourmet food – neither of which disappointed!  Our favorite food of the whole trip was blueberry, pecan sticky buns that the inn served one morning.  They were incredible!

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Although the weather was less than ideal (monsoon rains for two days straight), we still had the best time and found plenty of things to do.  Saugatuck is known for it’s art galleries (we found some awesome original art for the house!), shopping, harbor, and stellar food.  They even have a cute local distillery where Rob was able to sample some yummy bourbon.[I got Shannon’s free samples which made for interesting early afternoon] I’ve rounded up a list of fun things to do in Saugatuck below (thought that would be easier than detailing every activity we did).

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The main reason for taking this babymoon was to get away so we could disconnect and relax.  We definitely did that!  Even though it rained almost every day we were there, we didn’t mind too much because it gave us time to read and just hang out with each other.  The B&B didn’t have any TV’s in the rooms and the WiFi could be spotty, so we were truly able to relax and just enjoy the comforts of the B&B and local town.

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We ended the trip with a quick stop in South Haven, MI (one of my favorite coastal towns!).  We spent about an hour or so walking around the town and exploring the local beach and lighthouse.  It was the perfect end to a delightful trip!

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Favorite Things to do in Saugatuck

Oval Beach – Included in Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Beaches in the World, Oval Beach is just gorgeous.  We spent a half day here walking among the dunes and enjoying the (freezing cold) water.  I wish we had been able to enjoy the epic sunsets everyone talks about, but that would have required the rain to stop.

Local Shopping – We were very impressed with the quality of the local shops.  My favorites were The Brass Anchor (the name says it all) and the Saugatuck Art Gallery.

Favorite Restaurants – Definitely book a reservation for Hercules.  Our favorite meal was eaten here.  We loved the ambiance and the menu provided a delicious array of Mediterranean inspired dishes.  We also enjoyed The Mermaid.  The Mermaid is a local tourist favorite for its waterfront seating and famous fish n’chips.

Slàinte,

Shannon {and Rob}

PREPPY NAUTICAL NURSERY INSPIRATION

With less than four months until Baby Solt’s arrival, it’s time to begin planning and organizing the nursery!  Regardless of gender, I always knew I would go with a blue and white nautical theme.  Now that we know it’s a girl, I’m excited to have some fun with nautical inspired decor!

My goal for the nursery is to keep things bright, classic, and preppy [and expensive].  Using a blue and white color palette will keep things classic, but not too serious. [Cause we don’t want a serious baby!]  My mom has already spent the past few weeks painting the walls a bright white (thanks Mom!) – they were brown before – a color not in my palette.  The white walls did exactly what I wanted and brought such a fresh, new look to the room. [Kim made the walls great again]

I’ve had my heart set on hanging wallpaper on the wall where the crib will go.  For weeks I’ve been going back and forth between three prints – nautical sailboats, modern florals, or preppy peonies. [I hear those are the most well endowed peonies.]  After lots of trips into the nursery to stare at the samples during different times of the day, I’ve finally decided on the preppy peonies!  I think this print will be so pretty for a little girl’s room.  It will add the perfect amount of preppiness and color to the walls.

Target and Pottery Barn Kids have SO MUCH preppy nautical décor (in heaven).  From anchor lamps, to Lilly Pulitzer sheet sets, to sea faring art prints, they have so many cute pieces from which to choose.  I’ve included some of my favorite registry items below!

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A full nursery reveal will happen in a few weeks!  I’ll be sure to post some pictures – I’m so excited to share the final design with you all!

Preppy Nautical Sources

SAILBOAT ART PRINT | LILLY PULITZER MUSLIN SWADDLES | DOCK A TOT | CRAB TOY HOLDER | PINK WOVEN BASKET | ANCHOR LAMP | PREPPY PEONY WALLPAPER | BABYLETTO CRIB | LILLY PULITZER BEDDING

Slàinte,

Shannon [and Rob]