Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A New Beginning

Dearest Readers,

My sincerest apologies for being gone for so long. On April 22nd, not long after my last post, my dear husband was hospitalized...and remained in the hospital for over three weeks. He passed away on May 16th, and my life since then has been one of focusing on our girls and laying the ground work for recovery.

I have taken a break from blogging and most social media, because I have desperately needed to be "away"...but I feel my strength being renewed each and every day, and the Lord has greatly blessed us with a peace that passes our understanding.

In the meantime...thank you for continuing to visit The Classic Preppy. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it! Please take a look back through the blog to entertain yourselves while I am away. I will be back, and Younger Daughter will be joining in on a more regular basis, to give you a Classic Millennial we see how the younger generation puts their special spin on things!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Seven Years On

Today is the 7th anniversary of the day I started The Classic Preppy... My, how time flies!!!

It's funny, but I started The Classic Preppy for a reason that has yet to be put into play, but I am going to write more about that when I have more time. Presently, Dear Husband's cancer situation has all my attention.

So, while you're waiting, please pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and relax, and watch the most amazing video on stationery/writing notes from my friend, Holly Holden!

Manners matter!!! Love, Liz

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy!

What a horrible blogger I have turned out to be! I was so busy this week that I neglected to keep my promise to blog every day... my apologies!!

Where have I been? On Instagram, giving away books.... On Twitter, connecting with my followers and hosting book giveaways (Kindle) and finishing the last of my downsizing. My house project to-do list has been moved to Priority #1, and things are moving along quickly. I hadn't realized how much I had slowed my pace after our move and the first flurry of activity. I like this new pace much better, because it has really energized me! Things are getting done and everything is looking great!!

So now, as things come together and I start to have a little more time, I can get back to the blog. Today I want to introduce you to my friend Holly Holden's new YouTube Channel. You will be hooked!! (Holly's book, The Pretty and Proper Living Room, is one of my favorites. It is the Book of the Month on The Classic Preppy for March, too.)

Click here to go to The Classic Design Channel to see all the wonderful videos!!


Friday, March 17, 2017

March Madness

It's been March Madness around more ways than one! I've been on Instagram and Twitter and have greatly neglected the apologies for that. (Hope you are following me on Instagram...that's where the book giveaways are, including this signed one from my New York Social Diary friend, Liz Smith.)

As for the blog... all is not lost! I have some AMAZING things to tell look for posts every day next week and get ready to get excited!!! (How about a very special and personal visit with Lady Carnarvon at Highclere Castle...or Downton Abbey as it's known to most of us? My friend, Holly, is going to take you there...)

Have a great weekend and check back on Monday for more! We are going to talk houses, decorating, jewelry and spring!!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday Thank You: Peter Walsh

Dear Peter,

I cannot thank you enough for yet another AMAZING book on organizing my life and house. I chose to get this one via Audible, and only allow myself to listen to it when I am taking my it's a great motivator to get out and get going.
Photo via

Today you really nailed my biggest mountain to climb. I am the world's worst procrastinator. I fit the casting call for that role to a "t"...and the only thing I can say at this point is that at least my self-awareness has increased. So...this will be a short post, so I can get back to that box in my master bedroom that has been sitting on the floor next to the chest of drawers for at least three weeks.

I've got this!!


P.S. Don't forget that there is a raffle for Peter's book, Do It Now, currently going on. It will end on my birthday, March 2... So click on and join the fun. Do It Now is also the Book of the Month for the end of February and all of March. Don't miss out...and if you are a realtor, this is the PERFECT client gift!!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Paper And Picture Clutter: Genealogy Style

One of the things I am saving until last in my organizing quest is putting my genealogy paperwork in order. (It's going to be a big job, but I think it's going to be fun... so it is the carrot out in front of me, urging me to keep moving forward.)

A few years ago, at the National Genealogical Society's Annual Conference here in Richmond, I won a prize at the Georgia Genealogical Society table and spent some time talking with them about all the amazing work they do. My maternal grandfather was from Georgia and since I went to college in that beautiful state and lived in Atlanta five years after that, it has always had a very special place in my heart! But, I digress...

The GGS is hosting a special (FREE!) online seminar about organizing your genealogy files this Wednesday, February 22nd. Paperwork, pictures, emails, etc... I am signed up and ready to go, but I wanted to let my dear readers know about it as well. No matter where "your people" are from, this advice will be helpful as you organize your research. Even if you aren't into genealogy at all, I bet it will be helpful in general for organizing paperwork.

So, sign up by clicking here and sign on this Wednesday! Hope to see you there!!


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Finds: Burning The Candle

Last night I posted a picture of a sconce (on Twitter and Instagram) that  I had recently added in our master bedroom...and posed the question: "What's wrong with this picture?"

The answer? The wicks had not been lit/burned. The only reference I have for this de rigeur decorating advice is that it came from Miss Betty. And Miss Betty knew...about almost everything. Some attribute it to superstition and others (probably more rightly) say that in days of old it indicated that a family wasn't afraid to spend the money and use their candles. Whatever the reason, I do think it looks better. More "lived in."
Same room, but evening light vs. day light
The room's color is closer to the picture on the left, as is the color of the candles.

Found a super post online about it on the A Taste of Mind blog. Click here to read it. 

What are your thoughts? Do you like candles? Do you use them? I do...and before we had a generator, actually looked forward to the occasional power outage, so I could return to the glow of days of old...

As you can see, my house is ready to glow at a moment's notice... And if you are a candle lover like I, make sure you have a good candle snuffer, too. You don't want wax flying everywhere!!