Sea Spritz
A daily dose of water & whimsy
A Warm Song for a Cold Day

Adele's live performance of Water Under the Bridge.

Happy Valentine's Day

Cherish each kiss.

The Art of a Sailor's Valentine

The idea of a Sailor's Valentine is so sweet. I've always imagined a sailor both carefully and lovingly setting each tiny shell into place as he longs for his love on a distant land. The boat rocks him back and forth threatening to break the valentine but if he can just keep it safe his love will prosper. NOPE. Supposedly, Barbados women handmade these octagonal pieces and sailors purchased them before leaving port. Popular in the 19th century these antiques are now collectables. I found this one on 1st dibs selling for over $2k. That certainly makes a dozen roses sound cheap! Also, rumor has it the new Sailor's Valentine is a Yours & Mine bracelet pair from Sailormade ;-)

Boating Is Good for The Brain

We certainly do not need science to tell us what we already know to be true - boating is good for the brain. However, if you need some back up when you're telling your boss why you need to leave early on a Friday forward her this article from Boat US. Hey - you've gotta get your mental health in check before you can bring your A-game to the office afterall! ;-) 

Chart of Knots

It's going to be a cold winter. Find me bundled up in layers of blankets with endless cups of hot coffee (and hot toddies) by the fire at full blast (because my fire is electric). Sounds like the perfect opportunity to spiff up my ropework. 

Did You Say Chocolate?
Smooth Blue

Chicago-based artist, Caroline E. Chriss, is inspired by scenes of our salty, old New England. This original acrylic painting, Smooth Blue, is one of many that you can purchase directly off of Chriss's website. Her pieces, offered both as originals and prints, will keep those soft summer memories present and warm all winter long. 

Beach wood

I read about Marc Hundley's new furniture collection over a year ago in an Architectural Digest. Something about the airiness of perceived suspension and playful colors reminds me of my family's old camp. The artist lives in Brooklyn and was inspired by Fire Island so it's no wonder the pieces have a beachy quality that also transition sea to city. 

Meditate Here

I pulled this ad for True Botanicals out of some magazine a while back. Photographers, Inez and Vinoodh, capture that feeling of ecstasy when the sea spritz and sunbeam radiance wrap you up in a warm embrace of nostalgia and freedom. When I close my eyes, this is the place I mediate.

Mermaid Merriment

Thanksgiving can have it's gourds and cornucopias, make way for Christmas decoration! I've got to have these mermaid tail stockings from the Paper Source. Can I keep these out all year?

Warren Miller's Icelandic Trifecta

Warren Miller's 2018 Face of Winter movie tour recently stopped in Boston. In attempt to find information to share about the Icelandic helli-ski piece I fell upon an older Warren Miller Icelandic adventure that looks equally if not more incredible. 

Check out the video below for the trifecta of winter adventure: sail + hike + ski. 

Hostess with the mostess

I love a Thanksgiving spread that not only offer a variety of delicious flavors but offers its dishes with an eclectic flair. I love the 70s French porcelain dishes above (available for purchase on etsy) as well as the fishy platters below. Not only would these make great serving platters but fabulous hostess gifts as well. 

Is Marine Collagen Better?

With my recent Whole30 health kick (now officially over) I started exploring collagen supplements. I started taking Primal Instinct Collagen Fuel in my morning coffee per suggestion of nutritionist Kelly LeVeque. Full disclosure, it's too soon to say whether I am feeling any health benefits. 

As an occasion-only meat eater I'm still getting used to the idea of consuming what is essentially evaporated cow hides. It got me thinking as too the different options for collagen supplements. Marine collagen is extracted from discarded scales and bones of fish. Fish oils containing Omega 3s are always listed as one of the most important nutrients to feed our bodies. Could switching to Marine Collagen be a better 2 in 1 option? 

Feast like the pilgrims

Who says you have to be traditional for Thanksgiving? My mom is a pescatarian and will not be joining in the annual turkey on the table. She is hosting Thanksgiving this year so I'm going to try and pass this recipe as a main dish. Heck! We're from Massachusetts, shouldn't there be seafood be on the table?!

This stuffed Sea Bass recipe was hijacked from Savory Nothings and will be the quickest turkey you ever cook:

Leaning into Farm-Coast Food

The North End is home to new restaurant, Alcove. Finally, someone is leaning into what should be Massachusett's culinary expertise, farm to coast food. It's juxtaposed with sea to city perfection with a location on the Lovejoy Wharf and gorgeous views of the Zakim Bridge. 

Here are a couple of highlights as well as a sample menu below: 

Anthropologie Sail

There's a 50/50 chance that these pillows were designed without influence of the ocean but I can't help myself but see embroidered wave patterns. 

Anthropologie is currently offering an additional 25% off sale items. Here are some of my favorite pieces for next to nothing.

Sea Legs

This local Boston shoe company will keep your feet moving through the holidays. Dare I say it might be time to add a new pair to my ever growing loafer collection [insert cheeky smile]. I've been wearing the Channel Markers the time feels right to add the Sarah Snaffle or Nantucket. And if you are considering someone else other than yourself this holiday season check out the men's options too. 

Zesty Salmon Burgers

I am just about to conclude my attempt at the Whole 30. I'd say my accuracy level is about 80% and it's been enough - I feel great. Do what you can and I bet you wont regret it. 

I've been seeing recipes using canned salmon. Has anyone ever tried making salmon cakes? I'd love to try this version from Paleo Gluten-Free

    The off season retreat

    I discovered this bathroom in the May issue of Architectural Digest. I fell in love with the birds. They add a bright and lively element to an otherwise understated space. 

    I recently moved and will definitely be on the search for little birds like these. I have an old Markham Roberts book that might lend some inspiration too (though I don't believe this Nantucket abode made it in). 

    A few more rooms in this house... 

     

    Secrets of the Sea

    This past June we partnered with Biotherm during their annual Water Lovers Day to bring awareness to the importance of protecting our oceans. They graciously thanked me with a number of samples. 

    The ingredients in Biotherm products are sustainably sourced from the sea. I've been using the above for almost 6 months now and my skin glows. Their formulas were created through extensive research on mermaid selfcare rituals. Does this mean I will turn into a mermaid? I hope so... 

    My recommendations: Blue Therapy NightBlue Therapy Accelerated SerumWonder MudLife Plankton Sensitive BalmLife Plankton Essence Serum

    Changing Tides

    I love fall weekends in October when the crowds migrate north to see the foliage giving quaint yet crowded beach towns a moment to catch their breath. 

    My next daytrip? Thatcher Island off of Rockport. Hopefully the seagulls will have finished nesting and the paths will be safe to walk without having to swirl sticks overhead. 

    If only I were eligible to submit a photo to our Changing Tides Photo Contest running through Oct. 31st... 

     

    Pura Vida in Costa Rica

    The following is an interview with Michael Sekerak. We enviously followed his incredible trip to Costa Rica from a very cold and very snowy Sailormade studio. When you can't getaway yourself you can live vicariously through someone else. 

    What to Pack for the Perfect Day at the Beach

    It’s officially summer and you know what that means- beach day everyday! Okay, well, for most of us we really just mean those occasional weekends getaways we can sneak in when life calms down. No matter how busy you might be this summer, don’t forget to plan a beach day or two because everyone could use some fun in the sun and sand in between their toes.

    Father's Day Gift Guide

    Father's Day is only two weeks away. Chances are your Dad already has everything he needs - you - and what more could he want? Yes, sweet, but not so helpful when it comes to finding him a gift. This year, get him something that compliments his favorite summer hobby.