Photo by Salt Water New England

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Heavy-ish Weight Work Pants?

A reader question:

Hi, I'm a brewer & have been wanting to find some cream colored (similar to your pants here) heavy-ish weight pants for work. something i can get some nice character in for the winter months over the years. Any suggestions for a male, slim build 5'10 150lbs. Hope this is not a strange request I'm new to your blog.

Fairisle Hat, Scarf and Gloves in Silver Grey from Bosie, Made in Scotland

Photos by Salt Water New England
How can you be festive but not cloying for the holidays?  One answer is Fair Isle knitwear.

And now just in time, Bosie has begun offering soft Fair Isle Hats, Scarves and Gloves, including this in Silver Grey, all made in Scotland.  Sold in sets or separately.  


Monday, December 6, 2021

Belts and More

Photos by Salt Water New England


Bosie's Geelong Superfine Lambswool

Photos by Salt Water New England
Bosie's 100% Geelong Superfine Lambswool Chunky Cable 4 Ply Polo Neck Sweater for Men - Made in Scotland:


Sunday, December 5, 2021

The Challenge in Evaluating Clothes

In Our Home Studio - Photo by Salt Water New England

A reviewer of computer software for The New York Times, in a conversation with my husband, mused at how much easier it would have been to be a movie reviewer.  You only had to watch something for a couple of hours, and then you had everything you needed.  Even the libraries of reference media can now be streamed.

For clothing evaluations, the process is even harder.  You have to live with items, be able to compare fits and materials, and wear them under a variety of conditions.  I also use my version of a test track, a fixed walking route on our property with a hill and uneven terrain to see how all items perform.   

Friday, December 3, 2021

Around Town...

Photos by Salt Water New England


Thursday, December 2, 2021

Definition of Preppy

Photo taken by Salt Water New England at Fashion Institute of Technology.
A reader question:

Thank you very much for your blog. I very much appreciate your chronicling of the preppy and traditional lifestyle including clothes and even automobiles. I consider myself to be somewhat of an armchair sociologist, and would like your, and the community's perspective on preppy lifestyle and geographic region. I am from and live in the South, specifically between Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC. I believe that Prep is alive and well here below the Mason Dixon line. However, New England is held up as the standard for this lifestyle. Is there a pecking order amongst Preps in terms of location?

Thank you again for your blog and consideration of my question.

SWNE response:

I view "Preppy" as a fairly specific reference to people who graduated from New England prep schools in the 20th Century and live(d) in general accordance to the ethos these schools represented.  The further (and in some cases farther) one strays from that fairy reductive definition, the slightly weaker the claims become.  When coming across the term "Preppy" in mass or social media, it mostly means "Preppy-style" also known as, "Not-preppy-at-all."  

However, I am sure others will disagree.


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Sterling Silver Turk's Head Bracelet from Tory's Jewelry

Photo by Salt Water New England
This great looking sterling silver Turk's Head Bracelet from Tory's - located in Marblehead, Massachusetts' Historic District - is a refined and dressed up version of the classic summer bracelet (Sailor's Knot) while maintaining the simplicity that has made the design so popular throughout New England's coastal towns.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sterling Turk's Head Braided Hoops from Tory's Jewelry of Marblehead

Photo by Salt Water New England

Tory's Jewelry in Marblehead offers some truly lovely nautically themed earrings, including these Sterling Turk's Head Braided Hoops:
She also offers these Sterling Nautical Cable Hoop Earrings:
And these Sterling Oval Nantucket Basket Earrings with 14K Shell:

Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Muddy Dog's Patriotic Plates, Bowls, Platters, and Trays - Made in the USA

Photos by Salt Water New England
By the pool, on picnics, on the boat, or just around the house, The Muddy Dog's ThermoSāf plates comfortably earn their 'luxury' title.  And their flag designs fit right in with summer activities and beyond.  All made in the USA.

Shown below:

The Muddy Dog's Substantial Home Of The Free Acrylic Tray 

Luxury Reversible Sail Away Acrylic Tray from Maine's The Muddy Dog - Made in the USA

Photos by Salt Water New England
Maine's The Muddy Dog offers terrific "made in the USA" substantial acrylic trays, ideal for summer days on the boat or by the pool.  These are sturdy, with easy to carry handles. And you can chose from many charming seasonal images.  The laminated artwork slides out for a see-through look, or can be reversed, in this case to a bold navy and white stripe.  They are available in three sizes.  This is shown in size Large, 11' x 17".

Friday, November 26, 2021

On The Walk(s)

Photos by Salt Water New England


Rabbit, Possum, and Fox for the Holidays from Cordings of Piccadilly

Photos by Salt Water New England


Lotuff Leather Zippered Pouches, Made in the USA

iPad Mini Pouch in Chestnut- Photos by Salt Water New England
I have had my first Lotuff pouch for almost a decade.  I use it everyday in my pocketbook.  It has only gotten better with age and use.  

To this first pouch we have added a few others in varying sizes and colors over the years.  They are perfect for personal uses—phone, checkbooks/pens, bills, extra keys—and more public, such as for business receipts. Handling them is always a pleasure as they are beautifully made of their always sumptuous vegetable-tanned leather, and they are offered in a wide range of lovely colors.   

As with Lotuff wallets, the Lotuff pouches are subtle and satisfying luxuries. 
In last photograph, shown with:
Zipper Pouch #7 in Saddle, Indigo, and Orange

Christmas Music

Photos by Salt Water New England
From a reader email:
I've scanned through your blog looking for a post I remembered in which you posted some holiday music ( I want to say last year but I may be wrong) that I really enjoyed. I am however, unable to find this post. I want believe it was choir music or perhaps instrumental only. Traditional in nature (in the classical sense, not the "Santa Clause is Coming to Town sense"), nothing pop related or current. Would you be able to provide me with the album name? Any help would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Mariner Shackle Pendant and Earrings in Sterling Silver by Patsy Kane - Made in New England

Marblehead's Patsy Kane (whom many know from her witty comments) has recently introduced two new products, the very pretty Mariner Shackle Pendant and Mariner Shackle Earrings, made in New England.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Bosie Islander Cardigans and Shaggy Shetland Beanies, Made in Scotland

Photos by Salt Water New England


New from Bosie - Blue Mogganer Lighthouse, Made in Scotland

Photos by Salt Water New England
The latest from Bosie's outstanding Blue Mogganer collection, Vintage-Inspired Chunky North Sea Workwear, is the Lighthouse.  As they say, their 4-ply Donegal yarn makes it gorgeously thick and soft, with a wide funnel neck that is a dream to wear.

Offered in four colors, it is shown here in Jura Navy:  

Monday, November 22, 2021

Fun Earrings | Patsy Kane's Monkey Fist Knot Earrings

Photos by Salt Water new England
One wouldn't want to be without a collection of "fun earrings."  For example, as shown below:

Classic/Preppy Coats

All Photographs by Salt Water New England
A reader question:

Muffy, you are the last authentic source on all things preppy.  I have a question for you and the community.  What have been the most classic preppy coats traditionally, and which of those coats are still useful today?     

 Here is a list of some of the classic coats. All black and white photographs, and the color photograph of Arthur Miller, taken by my father:

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Favorite Arthur Beale Pullovers

Photos by Salt Water New England

The Wall Street Journal accurately described Arthur Beale as the "500-Year-Old ‘Mad’ Sailor Shop."  They have also been described as  "rope-maker turned yacht chandler." Arthur Beale was even present in the most recent Bond movie.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Snowflake Necklace from Tory's Jewelry of Marblehead, Massachusetts

Photo by Salt Water New England
Perhaps due to some Nordic blood, one of my favorite color combinations is a clear Arctic blue and sparkling silver.  Add a dash of gold and you have this delicate and lovely snowflake necklace from Tory's Jewelry of Marblehead, Massachusetts.  Made of sterling, gold and lapis, its silver chain adjusts from 16 to 18 inches.   


Around Town...

Photos by Salt Water New England