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Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack

I don’t know about you but when it’s 8 degrees outside and you have to wear about 12 layers to walk a few blocks, all you want is summer. (Sun, and all things hot…)  All I want to do is imagine cute clothes, ice cream cones, and long walks in the sunshine.  At least for now, we can all escape the winter doldrums with a good book. Am I right?

Let’s talk about Nantucket Blue. Debut writer Leila Howland blew me away with her tale of a Cricket’s unexpected summer spent in Nantucket after a best friend break up and huge changes back at home. From vibrant supporting characters to a whoa-whoa-whoa electric romantic interest and trying to figure out why her best friendship no longer exists, Nantucket Blue remains one of my top YA discoveries. And the setting! Nantucket. I promise you will feel warm and cozy in no time (and probably ready to book a plane ticket too).

While there’s no better way to channel summer then by picking up Nantucket Blue, how about we do a little shopping too? It was a blast to piece together this themed gift pack because nautical is one of my favorite themes in decor, clothing, whatever. If it’s nautical I probably love it. Hope you enjoy this glimpse into the book, as we await the warmer weather and, most importantly, the highly anticipated follow-up to Nantucket Blue: Nantucket Red.

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland Themed Gift Pack

1. I think it’s obvious from most of this mood board that I’ve gone pretty nautical with my picks. I cannot help it! When I think of Nantucket, I think of boats and dressing neat and preppy. How cute is this scarf from the Gap?

2. Kate Spade has the cutest spring line right now featuring everything nautical. It was so hard for me to narrow it down but since Cricket spends most of her summer on the go… how could I not go with this over-sized pouch. You can use these for your electronic devices but lately I’ve been packing jewelry and important papers in them.

3. When I talked to Magan about this gift pack, she was like CRICKET SHOULD BRING SOMETHING TO NANTUCKET TO MAKE HER FEEL AT HOME. Okay, she didn’t scream it but I loved the idea. A pillow is easy to pack, and the saying is pretty indicative of most of Cricket’s moves in Nantucket Blue. (Paper Presentation)

4. Here’s another Magan inspired pick. When Fossil sent out an email about their newest line of watches, we were both drooling over this mint green one. And Cricket needs it. To make it to her stops over the summer — working at the hotel, interning, and catching time with her romantic interest.

5. I’m always looking for the best way to transport all my belongings for a short weekend away. Since Cricket is gone for most of the summer, I think this Kate Spade Saturday Weekender Bag is the way to go. The zippered shoe compartment is a great feature.

6. And last but certainly not least… this dress is inspired by one of my favorite moments in Nantucket Blue. And one I could totally relate to. It may not be an exact replica of what actually transpires (or ends up in Cricket’s closet) but it’s colorful, it’s youthful, and I think rightfully represents the happier parts of this very different kind of summer for our main character. (Guys, I was not kidding about the splurge. This dress is $348 from Anthropologie. A girl can dream…)

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Nantucket Blue, too!

Stay cozy, friends!

May 15, 2014 - 3:29 pm

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February 1, 2014 - 4:00 am

Alexa S. - Reading this post was probably the best and worst thing ever. Best, because these things are so cute (and I really think I want to get that pillow or something similar to it) and I’m reminded of the awesome time that is summer. Worst, because now I wish it was actually summer! GAH. But seriously, great picks E! Everything definitely is in theme with the book.

January 29, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Betty - LOVE THIS POST!! Obviously… a big reason is because I love Leila Howland and Nantucket Blue!! You ladies did an awesome job putting together this themed gift pack! I especially love that scarf and watch!! I’m drooling too! THIS MAKES ME WANT SUMMER TO BE HERE NOWWW!

January 29, 2014 - 10:25 am

Leah - So, yeah, I’m totally living through this post right now. If I wish hard enough for sun it’ll happen, right? …RIGHT?

That scarf is absolutely adorable and I am a watch fiend! 🙁 Anthropologie, why must you be so pretty and so expensive?? There’s a store near me and that’s just too cruel.

January 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh. My. Gosh. I need that watch. Love it so much. Well, I don’t really need it, because, you know, I already have too many watches. Bit still, love it!

January 28, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - LOVE the dress! Holy cows, I could not even imagine spending that much on it though!
You are too darn cute. I love these types of things and this is such a fun little gift pack! Makes me long for the summer and the days when it was warm and I sat on my balcony reading Nantucket Blue!

January 28, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I want that dress! Why is it $348? But it makes me so happy that I no longer work down the street from an Anthropologie and I’m no longer tempted by all of their evil, over-priced, so adorable clothing. Great choices all around, I love this idea!

January 28, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Rachel - AHH I love this. The new Kate Spade line is my favorite and I want pretty much everything. I could totally imagine myself (and Cricket!) using all of these things. Thanks for the little burst of sunshine in this terrible weather!

January 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Emma @ HopefulHappiness - I love Nantucket Blue!! I also love, love, love putting together book-inspired inspiration boards. I need to get back to doing that more!

My favorite item has to be that scarf! I need it in my life asap!

January 28, 2014 - 10:37 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - While I’m in NO hurry to invite summer into my life, I must admit that if I had to live with your kind of winter, I’d probably feel the same as you do. 🙂 Anyway, I LOVE that scarf! Love it! And I really enjoyed Nantucket Blue and can’t wait for Nantucket Red. Great post, E!!

January 28, 2014 - 9:40 am

alice-jane - I feel warm just by looking at your picks! It’s so cold right now and there’s wind chill too, which does nothing to alleviate the problem. I’ve never read Nantucket Blue, but I love your picks! I have a weakness for blue, preppy things, I suppose, haha. I love this nautical necklace on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71530500/anchor-necklace-nautical-style-gold-and

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