Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Musings: Holiday Preparations

Just two days before our company arrives.  I think this eCard says it all!  Back to the grind...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More Weekend Thoughts: Connect and Encourage

I will be posting on The Classic Preppy each day from this weekend until the end of November.  Then, on November 30th, I will be launching my new blog, which is called Connect and Encourage.  You'll understand why when you read it...and I hope you will join me there! (The Classic Preppy won't go away, but I will probably post there just a couple of times a week rather than daily, at least for awhile.)

The video below is not "preppy"...unless you consider how nicely the young man who narrates it is dressed.  I share it with you, my dear readers, because a wonderful high school and college friend shared it with me.  His son is in the video (the young man in the apartment), and I was interested in seeing it for that reason alone.  However, when I watched it I was overcome by how deadly accurate its narrative was.  I was convicted by it.  I think a lot of people will be.  In 2014 we are so "connected," yet we are losing real "connection" at an alarming pace.

Think about it.  How do you edit/curate your life and your social media/smartphone usage?  My dear husband who uses technology when he must...and only then...came home from a conference so disappointed. "It used to be that when you broke for lunch, people would chat in the buffet line, invite new people to sit with them and 'connect.'  Now they just all stare at their cellular devices.  Smart phones. Tablets. What have you. This time NO ONE EVEN LOOKED UP." (Side note: DH also still has a flip phone, which he keeps in his car as a back up.  He might need to make it his primary phone if he wants to be hip.  Even Vogue's Anna Wintour is going old school!)

Am I looking up or am I looking down? Where is my focus in life? Where is yours? Technology, especially social media...are we controlling it or is it controlling us?  I have noticed that a number of fellow bloggers who started around the same time I did are retiring their blogs, or posting much less frequently.  They seem to have a shared sentiment of wanting to get back to living their lives and being in the moment, versus thinking of what they can do that may or may not be worthy of a blog post or sound bite.

What do you think?  How has your life changed?  Have you changed because of technology?  Have I??  It's given me a lot to ponder...and pray about.

Happy Sunday, all!

Enjoy!! Liz

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Thoughts: Elegance

"Elegance in the only beauty that never fades." ~ Audrey Hepburn

I understand elegance...for my mother was one of the most elegant women I've ever known.  Her elegance, like her mother's before her, was innate.  She had a calmness and serenity that radiated from her innermost being.

She didn't overdo, nor did she skimp on details.  She wasn't perfection, but she was grace personified.

Elegance seems to be a lost concept these days.  Someone told me recently that I was the "youngest" 55 year old they'd ever known.  I had to think about that for a minute...because I certainly don't dress in a trendy/young way, nor do I wear my hair/do my makeup like a much younger person. I try to stay active/involved, and I take on new projects all the time...because they interest me and because I never want to stop learning.  But I think that I was paid that compliment because I don't pretend to be something that I am not.  I hope that's elegance.  I am not trying to recapture my lost youth, nor fill or lift any part of my 55 year old body.  I am tired of seeing women my age trying to be something that cannot be again.  Embrace your years.  Thank God for your experiences...good and bad.  They make you who you are! If something starts to sag, figure out how to support it or mask it the best way you can, but embrace it!  It's ok.  Really.




In the early 1980's I saw Katherine Hepburn in West Side Waltz.  She was about 75 at the time and she  looked simply stunning.  She carried her age with dignity, aplomb and panache.  I think about Miss Hepburn and how she looked then, and compare that to someone like the late, great Joan Rivers. She, too, was very talented, but her talent was obscured by her constant attempt to fight off the inevitable.  How many reports were written dissecting her latest attempt at remaking her face?  There were certainly more of those than there were reviews of her razor sharp wit and delivery.

Through the brilliance of social media, I came upon a company called Look Fabulous Forever.  Based in the UK, their videos are inspiring and informative...and I hope their products will come to this country soon!!  They are right in line with the concepts shared by people such as Mireille Guiliano in her wonderful French Women Don't Get Fat/French Women Don't Get Facelifts books.

If you are "of an age," then check out their website and videos.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Living A Simply Luxurious Life

Life is becoming more and more about simplicity for me.  (More on that later!)  I think this book, due to launch in January 2015) looks like it might be just up my alley.  I love Shannon's website/blog! 

What do you think?  Do YOU want a simpler life...or do you enjoy "complications."  Some people do!  I used to...but I have grown out of that stage of life.  Or, perhaps I have just grown too old to enjoy them....

Monday, October 20, 2014

Back In Business!

I'm back!!  Sorry to have been away so long...and my other blog is almost ready to launch...but that's not why I have been away.  Life just gets hectic sometimes.  I know EVERYONE can identify with that!!

Saw these pictures on Veranda this week and was carried away. Click the link and check them out. Love, love, LOVE the trellis as a design feature!

More soon...


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Blog On The Way!

No, I am not changing The Classic Preppy, but I will be posting a little less in the coming weeks, as I work on another blog that I will be writing over the next year.  It is a very personal blog and will hopefully be a great resource for folks who need encouragement and a little "pointing in the right direction."  More on this soon!!

In the meantime, just so you will have a little something to brighten your day, look at the ongoing fabulous (CLASSIC!) style of Carolina Herrera.  Elegance NEVER goes out of style!

All images from Google images.  

Have a great day!  Cheers, Liz

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Sermon: Understanding History

Hi, all!  It's been a busy week and I have actually been over at another blog posting there.  I have had so much fun...and have shot a variety of videos, including one with a dear friend, who is the author of a book on Crohn's Disease.  I will be able to share that video with you soon, as she will be in my kitchen making lactose-free yogurt.

Speaking of videos, I came across something very interesting this week.  It's not "preppy" at all...but I thought it was interesting enough to share.  I have a Bible app on my phone, where the actor Alexander Scourby (who is famous for having recorded the ENTIRE Bible) reads scripture as your phone tracks/highlights the verses.   It's a great app, and I was looking at some of the other options it had.  It linked me to the video below, which I found fascinating...especially considering what is going on in the world today.  I thought it would be a good thing to share with you on this glorious Sunday!

Blessings, Liz