Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday

It was a wonderful Wednesday...but a busy one....Didn't even have a chance to write a decent post.  I will do better tomorrow....

Also will be building some subpages in the days to come.  The links are above, but the pages are yet to come.

I'm getting excited about the weekend to come....We will be spending the evening of the 4th of July on a rooftop in downtown Baltimore. It was great fun last year and I am sure will be this year!

More soon....

Cheers, Liz (The Classic Preppy)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Think Pink" Tuesday: It's Everywhere!

Pink and green must be very "in" right now.....Everywhere I go, every display seems to feature the preppy standard!

From yesterday's trip to Williamsburg:

More later!

Cheers!  Liz (The Classic Preppy)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Madras Monday: Family Memories

Monday is Younger Daughter's Birthday and we are spending the second of two days back in Williamsburg.  Today (Sunday) the girls spent the afternoon at Busch Gardens, while I went to Jamestown, Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg.  Monday will be more Colonial Williamsburg as well as another trip back to the outlets (with our coupons)! Since we'll be celebrating all day, I won't have time to blog...... Happy Birthday, little one!!

Family is so precious to me...both blood kin and those friends that are closer than most blood kin could ever be.  Today I want to honor one of my "sisters"....a friend who has been there for me through thick and thin.  What really makes us family is that our mothers were best friends from the age of 3 years on. That's 81+ years of friendship!  Miss Betty's best friend was Patricia.....and Pat's daughter, Judith, is one of my very dearest friends.

Miss Betty and Patricia

Liz and Judith

Judith may look familiar to you....She is an amazing actress who has done tons of TV and movies.  Currently she is starring in CBS Television's "The Young and the Restless," where she plays Gloria.

As I write this post, on Sunday night, Judith is off to the Daytime Emmy Awards.  She always has the best stories about her times at award shows like this, and she is always voted one of the Best Dressed attendees.  I'll check for video later, but here's an earlier show clip in the meantime.... where she mentions her parents and being a "Southern girl"......Have fun, Judy! Wish I was there!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Refined Style

Weekend Update....Just got an email from a reader that I HAD to share. You have to check out this amazing website! I am ready to order!!

Classic Preppy,

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I saw your recent post about your Kate Spade purse, what a steal!
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Finds

I had a lot of great "finds" this week, and wanted to share them!

1. I found that Richmond has a great website for moms called (of course!) 
Founded by Kate Hall, it is an amazing look at motherhood and our magnificent city.  Kate even has a new book called Richmond Rocks, a guide to the amazing (historic) sights and sounds of the River City.  Check it out....and check out what's available in your city.....I bet there are a lot of creative moms out there!

2.  I found that having teenagers that are old enough to be dropped off at Busch Gardens is a great thing.  Bless their hearts, they were so worried that I was going to be "lonely" on my own all day....but I had a marvelous time!  Found all kinds of great things and lots of sales as I came home a happy (if poorer) mom.  One of my favorite purchases was this fun Kate Spade tote...

If you look closely at the price tag (click on picture to enlarge), you can see that the bag was on sale to begin with.  Retail: $295. Outlet Price: $255. Outlet Sale Price: $179. Sign On Store Shelf: "Take off an additional 30%"....Final price: $125.30 !  What a deal........but.....

3. I also found out that I had been missing something really great at the Outlet Center!  After years of shopping there, I had my route down pat, no need to stop for anything, never eating at the Food Court because we would always do that at Colonial Williamsburg.  Last Wednesday was so hot that I had to stop into the Food Court for a cold drink, and when I did, there was a sign that said, "If you are a AAA member, stop by the Service Desk for a VIP discount pass." WHAT????  I got my drink and headed over....and this is what I received:

I can't believe I have been missing this all these years....If I had had it at the beginning of my "spree" I would have saved another $20-$30 that day!  It's ok, though....we are going back this week.  (Younger Daughter didn't want a birthday party....just a trip to the Prime Outlet Center.  Just like her mama!!)

5. Finally, I found that I love Colonial Williamsburg every bit as much (if not more) than I did when I first visited in 5th grade (40 years ago....Yikes!)

The Thomas Everard House circa 1970 and 2010

My brother and I, Spring 1970. 
He may not have enjoyed the gardens that Miss Betty wanted us to see.... 

...but he loved seeing his big sister in the stocks!

and we both thought the maze behind the Governor's Palace was amazing. 
(I still do!)

Have you ever been to Colonial Williamsburg?  It's a true find!!  Click on this amazing video and see for yourself!

Have a GREAT weekend!

"The Classic Preppy"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Traditional Thursday: Getting Back In Gear

Yesterday was just fabulous....and the computer genius who heads up the tech dept of my husband's company fixed my computer, too...Life was good!

Today has been great as well...but busy....Working on getting a video uploaded for the amazing Wilton House Museum here in Richmond.  Enjoy!

Back to blogging tomorrow!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Website Update

Dear Preps,

My computer seems to have crashed because of the incompatibility of an automatic update.  Yuck!!  Basically that means I have lost all the info since my last back-up (which was awhile ago) I am having to spend the next day or two mining what I can off this hard drive, while waiting for my new one to arrive.

So....There may not be any new posts until later in the week.  Sorry!  In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter.  All this computer stress is just too much.  I think I am going to go to Williamsburg tomorrow for shopping and Colonial fun.  I will tweet the day with pics!

More soon....

Liz (The Classic Preppy)

"Think Pink" Tuesday: A Pink Tradition

Ok.....maybe it's a "tacky tradition".....but you have to love the pink flamingo!  I am crazy about them....little pink flamingo ornaments on my Christmas tree, pink flamingos on stationery, etc.   I even have one yard flamingo, although it is used as a decoration in the playroom and not featured in the yard!

I felt sad when I heard the original pink flamingo manufacturers (Don Featherstone) were no longer going to make them, but look what I found....a company who bought the last of the original stock and has if for sale.  Check it out!

Pink flamingos just make me happy!  Have a great day....Think Pink!!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Madras Monday: Jammin' On The James

I am back to Wilton House Museum for more volunteering later today....but wanted to share with you all one of their fabulous summer concerts.  This is a glimpse of last Saturday's "Jammin' on the James (River)" concerts.  I love, love, LOVE bluegrass music and Dear Husband and I had a grand time Saturday evening.  After the concert, it was off to downtown Richmond for a quick bite to eat at another of our favorite places, Richmond's Penny Lane Pub.  It was a patchwork of locations and themes on Saturday night....and it was so much fun!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thinking of Daddy

Happy Father's Day to my dear Daddy.....I miss you and think of you every day!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Find: Fabulous Music

Getting ready to have about 40 people over for dinner tonight (luckily we're just hosting...everyone is bringing something!) can't blog much, but just wanted to share this FABULOUS album I just found on Itunes. Give it a listen here!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Traditional Thursday: The Tea Table

I am a real "throwback" in many ways.....I love the way things were done in the 30's, 40's, and 50's....into the early 60's.  People dressed to travel (as well as for church), ladies wore hats and gloves (men wore hats!), and people were polite....not to just their peers, but to those who waited on them in stores.  Shopping was an event, and you returned home with items in beautiful packages, not just thrown into plastic bags.

I also am a huge tea fan....It's my drink of choice, hot or cold, and when I have friends over for a "visit"....It is usually for tea!  This past Christmas time, we had a big party and called it an afternoon "Advent Tea" much fun!

Here's one of my favorite videos, on the traditional tea table:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday Part 2: Charming

Loved Beth Dunn's post her Social Climber blog today. She told us all about her charm bracelet and what it meant to her. She asked her readers about theirs, so I am responding today!

I adore my charm bracelet, and while it is not the most expensive piece of jewelry I own, I do believe it is the most precious.

Starting at the bottom, 6 o'clock position, is a disc with one of my dear Dad's service award pins from United Airlines, where he was a senior captain for many, many years. (It was given to me on my 20th birthday and has his nickname for me and my birthday on the back.) Moving clockwise, a shell that represents growing up at the beach, a heart engraved with our middle daughter's Frances' initials (a baby we lost at birth in 1994), the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, part of a group of charms which represent my favorite European cities, a Coca-Cola bottle (what can I say....I am Southern!), a heart with Older Daughter's monogram and birthdate, a precious little charm with my maiden name initials, given to me when I was a junior bridesmaid at age 10 (my first gold charm!!), the Junior League of Richmond charm, a gold crown (representing London), a charm with the logo of Older Daughter's middle school, where I was President of the PTA, a heart with Dear Husband's monogram and our wedding date,
a gondola, the Medici seal and the Coliseum (representing Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy), a final heart with Younger Daughter's monogram and birthdate, and, finally, a comedy mask in honor of my work in and love for the theatre.

What's on YOUR charm bracelet?

Wonderful Wednesday: What Women Want

When Dear Husband and I were watching tv last night, a commercial came on for the new Cadillac STX.  DH drew my attention to it (because I have an SRX....Cadillac's smaller SUV) and said, "Look at that, it has _______horsepower."  I can't remember the number, but DH was impressed.  I must have had a totally blank look, because he said, "That doesn't interest you in the least, does it?"  And he was right!  I am more about the color, line, style, interior features.  I do want the car to run well, but I don't really care about horses, acceleration, etc.

I love my car!  I bought it last year as an homage to Miss Betty, who, after she had stopped driving, went out on a whim and bought her self a gorgeous dark blue Cadillac DTS.  My car is the same color, almost the same dashboard, but an SUV.  I feel like Miss Betty is right there with me when I motor about.

How about you?  What's important to you when looking for a new car?  Way back when, Oldsmobile was smart enough to do some training films for their salesmen to teach them the best way to "deal" with women!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Madras Monday: Coming Up For Air

Whew! It was quite a weekend, having poor DH not be able to least not very well. He was in a lot of pain, but is better now, and was just cleared by the doctor to go back to his office. Yay!

This week I am working in my office (at home), going through lots of old files, photos and genealogy papers. It's a lot of work, but a lot of fun, because I am finding so many great things I thought I had lost long ago! It feels so good to be getting more organized!!

One of the things I promised you during Garden Week in April, was a garden that Miss Betty did with/for my grandmother and great-aunt. My grandmother was about 90 at the time, and my aunt was about 96, so Miss Betty wanted to make sure the house's original garden was not only restored, but improved. When the landscapers suggested using cryptomeria as a "screen" because it was a hardier plant, just slow-growing, Miss Betty told him to put in leyland cypress, which would be FAST growing, as time was of the essence! My aunt passed away in 1999 at the age of 105 1/2 and my grandmother passed away in 2000, just two weeks short of her 101st birthday. They loved their garden!

 Click on this photo to read about my grandmother being on the Garden Tour when she was 100!
(If you double-click the image, it should open.  One more click should magnify it.)

After my grandmother died, the family house (which we had owned since 1907) was sold.  One of the conditions of the sale was that it did not include the family lilac bush, which my great-grandmother had brought from their plantation near Winnsboro, SC when they moved to Greenville in 1907.  It was dug up, potted and sent to me in Richmond.  I am not a talented gardener, but it survived being in the garden in our house on Monument Avenue, as well as the house we are in now....

It goes without saying that it is one of my most precious possessions!

More tomorrow.... Have a great day!  If it's not too hot, get out in YOUR garden!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday Find: Surgery Today

Have to be with Dear Husband for some minor foot surgery today...More later!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Traditional Thursday: Classic Is Back

Did you see the Today Show today?  I usually don't watch, but happened upon this.....With the exception of the last outfit or two...classic is "in!"

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday: Brooks Brothers Edition

Brooks Brothers has always been a family favorite.....I don't think I ever remember my father going there, but they knew Miss Betty by name and she was a big customer!  Unless my dad had to have something tailored, he just let his "personal shopper"/wife do the work!  My husband shops in the Richmond store, but prefers to work through the store in Palm Beach, because he has an excellent salesman there, who seems to be able to advise him on the perfect thing(s) to buy.  I am a huge fan of the Brooks Brothers outlets, and love the one in Williamsburg as well as the one in Gaffney, South Carolina, where I go when I am on my way to see family.

Did you know that Brooks Brothers now has an official Facebook page?   It's so much fun, and they have just posted some great new photos of bow tie "launch" parties in NY, LA, New Orleans and Charleston.  Check them out!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"Think Pink" Tuesday

We are looking at the world through rose colored glasses today!  It's an incredibly beautiful day here in central Virginia....and Dear Niece is on her way....Hurray!!

In keeping with our "Think Pink" Tuesday theme:  Check out this Pink Store !  It's a great way to raise money for the fight against breast cancer and be in the pink yourself!  Put on your pink shoes and get out and enjoy the sunshine today!  More soon.....

Monday, June 7, 2010

Madras Monday: More To Come

Although I am still not finished.....things are looking good, so back to blogging I go!  We're very excited around these parts, because DN (Dear Niece) is coming for a visit tomorrow.....She is just like another daughter to me and I love it when she (and her sister) come to visit.  Not only that, but we get to spend time with them again next month, back in Delray Beach!

The photo above is one of my favorites....Older Daughter, Dear Niece and Younger Daughter.  There's a funny tale behind it, too......that makes it even more special.

I was trying to sleep late one night, when I heard giggling and a whirring sound.  I went down to our playroom and there they were.....taking modeling photos, with a huge floor fan being used as a wind machine for effect.  Although Mom/Aunt thought it was much too late to be doing this kind of thing, it reminded me of time with my best friends at that age....So I offered to be the photographer!  We laughed and modeled and shot even later into the night....and this is one of the pictures that was a keeper.

I know I will always keep that precious memory in my heart!

See you tomorrow, A!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

An Important Weekend

Dear Friends,

Would you please take a few minutes to watch this video and then share it with your friends? I would love to see it go "viral" this weekend....and it will if we just click a button!

Taylor is the daughter of a friend of mine from Charlotte, NC.  The disease she is dealing with has been relatively unknown until lately....and this is Batten Disease Weekend.  Let's spread the word!

If you would like to email the link to the video to your friends, rather than linking to this webpage...Here is the address. Just copy and paste it into your email:

For more on Batten Disease and Taylor's Tale:

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday Find: More "To-Do"

We made a lot of progress on the Ultimate Spring Cleaning Adventure last weekend....but I am still working on the finishing-up part.  Think that will take most of the will put off posting more on Diana Vreeland and other interesting topics until next week.

In the meantime...and speaking of organizing....Check out the Container Store's online videos.  They are so inspirational.  There's great advice for traveling, a super video for college dorm room organization and even videos on gift wrapping.  Click here for more!

They even have four "organized travel gals" to choose from and download....So you can include them in your vacation photos!  The one I am most like, I think, is "Viv."  Here she is (in green) in the Northern Virginia store.....I just wish we had a Container Store here in Richmond!

And someone took her (the downloaded version) to the Gulf Coast in Florida!
(Both photos from Facebook)

For more on the Container Store....visit their website or Facebook page.

Waiting to hear from Dear Husband about the successful return of the family sofa to South Carolina....More soon!

Liz (The Classic Preppy)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Traditional Thursday: Provenance is "provenance," not "Provence." Today's thoughts on tradition have to do with where things originate....their provenance.  Isn't that a marvelous word?

Why am I thinking about this today? Tomorrow morning, this sofa, which came from my great-aunt's house to mine, is going back to South Carolina. It belonged to my 3rd great grandmother (my grandmother's great-grandmother), Clarissa Gibson McMeekin, of Fairfield County, South Carolina. The sofa (from the early/mid 1800's) came from Fairfield to Greenville in 1907, and left the Greenville house in 2002 to come here....but I really have no place for it, and it's not being "honored" sitting in my attic.

Yes, there are plenty of historic sites/museums here that it could have been donated to....but it's important, when you can, to return a piece to its original location...or close to it. So, tomorrow morning bright and early, the sofa is going back to South Carolina and will live in the beautiful Fairfield County Museum. It will be in the entrance hall, so if you are ever in Winnsboro, stop by and have a seat!

Cheers! Liz

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday

Just had a wonderful lunch with a wonderful friend, where we discussed needlepoint.....Will write more on that later.

In the meantime, another friend sent this to me because it was so touching. What she didn't know is that this (for some odd reason) is my all time favorite song. It's an amazing interpretation of it......and in this week that follow Memorial Day, it is especially appropriate.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Think Pink" Tuesday

Sorry I didn't post earlier....Don't think I have ever been as tired...or happy.  We got so much de-cluttering done this weekend.  When the trash and recycling were put on the street for pick-up, it looked like a family had moved in and had unpacked a ton of boxes.  Mission (almost) accomplished....with just a little more filing and laundry left before we can check it off the list, and go into the summer season organized and ready for fun!!

Here's a little "Think Pink" inspired by my re-shelving some books during my organizing weekend.  The book was "V"....the subject, the amazing Diana Vreeland!  More on Mrs. Vreeland later this week....