It's that time of year when the weather is so nice that we all want to be outdoors, whether it's at the beach, the pool, the lake or all of the above. This summer my husband, Alan, a lifelong sailor, has decided we need to do more sailing. Although it's a completely new world to me, thanks to him I’m becoming inspired. And I hope with this issue I can inspire you, too!

When given the chance to design invitations with a seafaring theme – see the ready-to-order Windward invite we customized for a style shoot in Southern New England Weddings magazine – my team and I enjoyed putting a "Ceci" spin on things. Rather than going in, say, a preppy direction, the goal for us was to show the nautical world in a chic and pretty way. It's all about finding the beauty in nautical flags, the arc of a sailboat, the lines of billowing sails. Learn more about taking an elegant nautical approach to your invitation suite in this week's Creative Tips.

Continuing in this spirit, we've put together a great guide to boat shoes, plus we’re featuring a fun mix of nautical-inspired looks straight from the iconic Brooks Brothers. If you’re more of a landlubber but still love the vibe, check out this week’s Get the Look for a mix of stylish pieces in shades of sea-foam green. Join us in celebrating a life by the sea!


Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York - OCEAN EXPLORER: Ceci's husband, Alan, shares his passion for sailing with his family on a recent afternoon in Newport, Rhode Island.