BRAND SPOTLIGHT: NAUTICAL BOARDS

There are many things I love about summer, but two of my most favorite things are charcuterie boards and eating outside. We love enjoying some hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on our deck or by the pool during these magical warm months. So when Nautical Boards reached out about their new brand, I was intrigued for several reasons.

The name itself captured my attention immediately. You have me hooked if the word “nautical” or “coastal” is in your brand name. Two, as I mentioned above, we love charcuterie boards, so a company that sells serving trays and cheese boards was intriguing. And three, I found the brand’s story and the look of the product to be beautiful.

Handmade in Atlanta, GA, these nautical themed serving trays and cheese boards mimic the look of a classic boat deck. I personally love the contrasting dark and light wood of these trays and I love that a cleat hitch is used as the handles. I’ve literally never seen such a unique and beautifully crafted serving tray before.

I’ve been using our serving tray for several months now and I’m seriously obsessed. The craftsmanship, design, and functionality are all just top notch. I especially love how sturdy this tray feels. And, the design features a carved out, recessed body which allows for tons of room to display your favorite snacks and drinks. It can hold all the salami, cheese, crackers, fruit, nuts, veggies, and chocolate that you want (definitely a win if you are a charcuterie snob like me). Plus, when you aren’t actively using it, it acts as a beautiful decor piece in your kitchen (we keep ours on display at all times)!

These boards make for the perfect gift too. Choose from serving trays, carving boards, or cheese boards. You can customize each item with your monogram, your boat name, a special date, your last name, a “welcome home” if you are gifting it, the list goes on. One of these items would make such a special gift for Father’s Day, weddings, anniversaries, housewarming gifts, retirement gifts, or as a just because gift for someone who loves boating! The options are endless and I guarantee that the recipient of one of these trays will love it as much as we do.

I seriously cannot recommend this brand or their product enough. I love my serving tray so much that I’m teaming up with Nautical Boards to give a lucky winner a small Oval Serving Tray. The giveaway begins at 10am EST tomorrow June 10! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for the details.

Slainte,

Shannon

BRAND SPOTLIGHT: PRINTFRESH

Thirty weeks into my pregnancy and this mama is all about comfort.  I’m already beginning to feel the discomfort of the third trimester and I need clothes and sleepwear that are no fuss, easy, and something I feel good in.  One brand that fits all of this criteria is Printfresh!

When I partner with brands, I make sure I test drive the product before I share with my community.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Printfresh and their unique collection of sleepwear.  I’m so happy to report that the brand and the product meet my expectations. 

Created in 2017, Printfresh is a beautiful collection of sleepwear, stationary, and gifts. Designed in Philadelphia, PA and manufactured in India, Printfresh offers the most whimsical, vibrant, and preppy prints that make lounging around so much more fun. With twelve bright prints to choose from, there are plenty of options for sleepwear lovers to choose from.

You know I love a bright print, but I equally love a piece that is beautifully crafted and soft.  Printfresh will be GOTS certified organic cotton by the end of the year.  Their crisp, breathable cotton fabrics have cooling properties – which is a must for this very pregnant mama who has multiple hot flashes a day.   And, the fabric becomes softer and more luxurious with each wash. 

But this brand is so much more than pretty sleepwear.  Printfresh values ethical and sustainable manufacturing and they are incredibly transparent about their methods.  They place a high priority on safe working conditions, fair wages and compensation, and work that is voluntary.  Having studied fashion and been immersed in the world of fast fashion and couture fashion, I truly value the work that brands put into being sustainable and ethical.  I appreciate when a brand focuses on the quality of their product, as well as the ethical production and manufacturing of that product. 

Printfresh also prioritizes being good stewards of the earth. They seek out socially and environmentally friendly vendors. One of the ways in which they are trying to reduce their carbon footprint on this earth is by offering only two collections per year. They’ve researched and implemented measures that reduce waste in the fashion and textile production process, as well as the reduction of waste in packaging (they use 100% recycled ivory poly mailers made from 100% recycled content and 50% post-consumer waste).

All around, this brand is top notch in their story, mission, and product.  I love wearing this robe in Lemon Zest around the house and plan on bringing it with me to the hospital when the baby arrives.  Even though I’m busting at the seams (literally) in the short sleep set, I’m excited to wear these post baby as it will be comfortable and perfect for nursing.  

Check out some of my favorite prints

Use this link to learn more about Printfresh and invest in one of their sleepwear styles for yourself! 

Slainte,

Shannon 

BRAND SPOTLIGHT: RUDDER USA

I’m so excited to be kicking off my Brand Spotlight series this year with a Midwest based, female owned business. Rudder USA is a timeless, preppy brand with strong American values.

The owner, Nicole, has such a strong entrepreneurial spirit that she created Rudder USA in between her Freshman and Sophomore year of college! She is passionate about supporting the American economy and the American dream. One of the things I have loved most when getting to know Nicole and her brand is her passion for connecting with and getting to know the people she works with. She really invests in helping those she works with achieve their American dream, and to me that is beautiful.

At just 23 years old, Nicole officially launched Rudder USA in August 2020. Nicole created Rudder USA to be a common ground for people that love life around the water, boating, and the lifestyle that comes from those things. This brand is for the water lovers – from rivers to lakes to oceans – this brand values life on the water and the feeling associated with that lifestyle. The products reflect the classic, American style that you guys know I love.

From sweatshirts to t-shirts to baseball hats to seersucker and koozies, there is literally something for everyone. I love the simplicity and timelessness of the styles. The pieces are designed and made to be worn for years and years, all while making precious memories along the way.

I’ve been fortunate enough to style the brand new hoodie in ivory that launches today!! This hoodie is amazing. It’s beautifully made and so, so comfortable. I love the simple, classic logo on the front. I also love the relaxed fit because it pairs perfectly with jeans, leggings, and will be so cute styled over denim shorts this summer.

I also want to gush about the American Flag baseball hat. Is there anything more perfect for boating and beaching on the lake in the summer? It comes with a beautiful leather strap and brass clasp that makes it adjustable.

If you are a passionate boater, water lover, and love supporting small businesses, then you have to check out Rudder USA. You can shop all of their products here and you can say hi and give them some love by following them on Instagram (@rudderUSA). I promise you will fall in love with this female owned brand just as I have.

Receive FREE shipping on orders over $100 with the code SHIPSHANNON!

Slainte,

Shannon

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: C.L. RENNIE ART AND DESIGN

I’ve always been interested in the arts, but it wasn’t until I studied abroad in London that I really fell in love with it.  I would spend hours at the museums in London and New York, finding inspiration and endless amounts of creativity.  I’m fortunate that Toledo is home to the Toledo Museum of Art, one of the most prestigious museums in the world(!), featuring over 30,000 works of art.  

As I’ve worked to make our house a home over the past four years, I have found I feel immense joy picking out beautiful works of art to display all over the walls.  I love decorating our home with works of art that make all of us happy.  Several original pieces have been created by friends of mine and those are always my favorite pieces.   

Being a regular Instagrammer and blogger, I’ve been fortunate enough to discover so many talented artists, some of which have become friends!  I’ve been wanting to launch a new series that highlights these artists I love so much, so what better time than now.

An artist that I have long admired is Christine Lee Rennie. Based in Virginia, Christine is a phenomenal fine art painter known for her use of vivid colors and textures. She paints with Acrylic daily, creating the most joyful and expressive florals. The way she magically mixes different colors and textures together brings each piece to life in an original and very gratifying way.

In 2018, Christine launched C.L. Rennie Art & Design, a jewelry line of hand painted, one of a kind wearable art pieces . Through her beautiful website you can find sustainable and ethically sourced necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and bags. Christine is continually inspired by art, color, fashion, and interior design. Each and every piece of this line is designed and handmade by Christine herself.

I first discovered Christine through Instagram. Her bold use of bright colors instantly caught my eye. I’ve always been drawn to bright, colorful florals (no shocker there if you’ve seen me styling my Lilly Putlizer pieces) and Christine’s fine art paintings are a feast for my eyes. They are absolutely gorgeous. I could stare at her paintings for hours.

When Christine reached out to partner on a project together I was thrilled! I knew I wanted to showcase her and her art on my blog. AND give a little something to my followers. That’s why Christine and I are teaming up to give TWO lucky followers an 11×14 print of their choice! Head over to my Instagram for the details on how to enter!

And don’t forget to check out Christine’s Instagram and website! Her artwork and jewelry would make the BEST Christmas gifts. 

Slainte, 

Shannon