The Nantucket Girl – Zofia

I am constantly asked, “What is it like to live on Nantucket year-round?”  Well, I decided to answer this question in a series of blog posts called, “The Nantucket Girl.”  Every few weeks, I will feature a friend who calls this beautiful island home.  She will share with you some of her favorite things about Nantucket and also her favorite picks at Milly & Grace!  I hope this will give everyone a glimpse of what it’s like to be a girl living 30 miles out to sea.

So, I present to you..


Meet our Second Nantucket Girl:  Zofia Crosby­­­­­­

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Tell us a little about yourself: I’m Mark’s wife, Ava and Vivian’s mom and the owner of Zofia & Co. Photography

How long have you called Nantucket home?: I first came here in 2001, but have been year round since 2005

What do you do in Nantucket?:  I run a busy photography business with my husband, I play at the beach, I eat it up.

Relationship Status: married to a handsome Brit.

Hobbies:  I like to read and learn, I also probably spend more time doing photography than I should.

Guilty Pleasure:  Where to start? All the insane fine dining we have here. And the Juice Bar.

Favorite Blogger:

Favorite Quote: Ferris Bueller – Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Tell us about your life on Nantucket:  I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Winters are quiet, and allow you to refocus. The summers are just amazing. I love our beaches. It’s just so great to live somewhere that you feel safe, at peace, that’s pretty, that has wonderful people, and that supports you. My kids don’t even know how lucky they are!

Favorite time of year:  Shoulder seasons are just perfect. Not too many people are here yet, the weather is nice. In the spring, there’s that anticipation of summer. And in the fall, we finally get to relax from a busy season.

What’s your perfect day on Nantucket?:  A quiet Sunday, no wind, in the mid 70s, brunch then ice cream, lying on the beach for hours and ending it with a bbq on the shore. Perfection.


Shops:  Milly and Grace, Vis a Vis, Current Vintage, and Bookworks

Restaurants:  So many. The Pearl tops it though.

Beach:  I’ll never tell. ;)

Nantucket Event:  Probably Daffodil Festival, or Stroll, or Film Fest… or Pops. So many!

Tell us an interesting fact about living on Nantucket:  We run on island time. Things tend to be slower here, in a good way. It keeps you grounded.

What’s the hardest part about living on Nantucket?:  Getting stuck on either side when you’re traveling in bad weather. Having an extra step to fly out anywhere.

Tell us something others may not know about this little island : We have a festival for just about anything. Film, comedy, wine, yoga, birding, daffodils, books, arts, cranberries, etc. And they’re a lot of fun.

Picks @ Milly & Grace

Day Look

Zofia likes to be comfortable, and she is stunning in this multi-colored Maxi perfect for a relaxing day around the island with her family!


Night Look

With two little girls at home and her own business, nights out are few and far between, but she would add some sparkle to a Nantucket night with this Sequin Parker dress.


And she loves these Gillian Julius bracelets available on our online boutique. Screen Shot 2013-07-21 at 1.46.27 PM

Thanks Zofia for being our second Nantucket Girl!  You are just as beautiful in front of the camera as you are behind it!

Just in case you missed it, read all about Maybeth – our first Nantucket Girl feature!

Groom-zilla Part II

Happy Tuesday!

 Last week I presented you with a post about a Groom-zilla, namely ME!  I was married on Nantucket last year and I was very detailed in my planning.  In case you missed it, here it is: Groom-Zilla Part I

Today, I will share two other areas of our wedding that MIGHT remind you of that large dinosaur-like creature that terrorized Tokyo.



Have you ever asked your friend what they think of your outfit and they answered, “It’s a little matchy-matchy!”  This basically means they don’t like it because it all matches too perfectly.  Well, I would never say this to you because I LOVE when everything matches perfectly.

Our Wedding festivities began with a themed Welcome Party.  My husband and I met in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, so we planned an old-fashioned college house party.  Everything was red and white, our alma mater’s school colors. There were red roses everywhere, red and white picture frames, red and white cake pops for dessert and YES!  you guessed it, we asked everyone to wear Red and White!



The Welcome Party paid tribute to where we met, so the next day “The Rehearsal Dinner” honored the place we decided to get married!  We had a very traditional Nantucket picnic by the beach complete with navy blue and white stripes, picnic baskets, white hydrangeas and other nautical details.  And again, everything was “matchy matchy” because everyone wore something blue or nautically inspired :)



Judging me yet?  Color coordinating may seem over the top and I will agree with you!  Someone asked one of our grooms maids what she was wearing for the welcome party and she responded, “My outfits were decided for me 12 months ago!”

But, WAIT! The most Groom-zilla moment is yet to come!


I have a question… Who is the first person in history to come up with the concept of bridesmaid dresses?  Who thought it would be a good idea to have ONE person pick out ONE dress for all of their friends?  It must have been a straight man…  I would like to travel back in time and have a few words with him.

I would like to start by saying I TRIED to be easy about this in the beginning.  But what I should have realized and what I am sure most of you readers have figured out by now is easy-going is not necessarily an adjective used to describe “Tuesdays With Tim!”

Let me paint you the picture.  We had 13 girls in our wedding party!  7 on my side, 6 on my husbands.  13!!!!!  Of all different heights, shapes and styles.  I wanted everyone to like and be comfortable in their dress so, I said “Get a white dress!” Summery, formal, and bright white!”  Then I changed my mind… I said to myself “That will never match!”

So I picked out options of white dresses online.  Then I changed my mind…

I found a white dress in different styles from a bridesmaid dress designer, but changed my mind because I would not get to see them before we ordered and I also decided I hated them.

I was back to “Pick a white dress!

  Since all the girls lived all over the U.S., I didn’t get to see some of the dresses together until about a month before the wedding.  This is what I saw!


Well, needless to say… This wasn’t going to work out!  However, if you remember from Groom-zilla Part I, my friends came up with a code.  “D.T.T” or “Don’t Tell Tim,” which they used when anything had the potential to go wrong.  No one would tell me this looked as bad as it did!  Not even my future spouse!  It was a month until the wedding!!!  It was my own fault!  Of course, all the different white dresses were not going to match!   It all worked out in the end though.  We found a beautiful white dress in two styles.  We survived what our wedding party liked to call, “The White Dress Diaries” and to this day I still cringe when I see a white dress!


In closing,  I am a genuinely good guy.  I hope these Groom-zilla posts haven’t made you blog readers despise “Tuesdays with Tim.”  If you have any Bridezilla or Groomzilla moments please share them with me to make me feel better!   If you have planned a wedding, you might find out that you will fixate on some details. As you have found out from these posts, I  fixated on many, but at the wedding, I truly enjoyed the day for what it was all about!  Marrying the love of my life in front of family and friends, no matter what color we were all wearing. ;)

BUT, I will leave you with one more glimpse into the twisted mind of this Groom-zilla.  We were married the weekend before Fourth of July and through-out the three days of wedding events, the wedding party wore

RED,                                        WHITE,                               and BLUE!



See you next Tuesday!

Family Beach Day

The Milly & Grace Girls are busy girls during the summer!  So much so that we sometimes forget that we live on an island and that there is a beach waiting for us to have some fun!  We all had the afternoon off, so the Ott Family packed up the car and headed to the beach.


^ We trekked along till we found the perfect spot!




^ Watch out for the waves!


^Look at me – all innocent, just enjoying walking on the beach.  Unbeknownst to me, Caroline was on a mission to throw me in the ocean!  She tried hard but did not succeed! Funny, little Caroline.


^Lunch time! Yummy! Sandwiches are perfect for a beach lunch!  We picked some up on the way at our favorite sandwich shop, FRESH.


^Relaxing. Soaking in the rays. Soaking in the view.


^Here’s Dad! About to attack the waves on the boogie board!


Aww… Nantucket really is my favorite place in the world.  It was a perfect day at the beach!