Ali Martell: From Hemlines to Heels


Who Needs a Boat to Be Nautical?

Not This Girl

Fun fact: I am terrified of boats.

It's not in a OHMYGODWEAREONTHETITANIC! fear of sinking or hitting large icebergs, though. And it's not in a {cue the music from JAWS} fear of beaten eaten by large sea creatures kind of fear either. It's a fear of a) being out of control (You'll soon learn that I tend to be a wee bit of a control freak) and b) being sick. I mean, one can only read so many articles about cruise ships being hit with the Norwalk virus before the word TREND starts flashing before one's eyes. And those eyes would belong to me.

So, not a fan of boats.

BUT, huge fan of everything nautical.


In my head, I love boats. 

In my head, this is me. Living the high life on a boat, surrounded by a gaggle of nautically-themed children. 

One day I will learn to properly tie a head scarf that looks more Jackie Kennedy and less Sloth-as-Pirate from The Goonies.

Lofty goals, I have them.

Another goal of mine? 

Procure this dress. It's time my closet full of stripes meets some lovely gingham-y checkers. 

(It's on sale for $54.99 at

And this dress. 

(It's $95.00, from Shabby Apple.)

...Just not the boat. 

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