Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Think Pink" Tuesday: Pink Parasols

Many years ago, a dear friend (whom I wrote about last week) gave me a fabulous parasol/umbrella that was black with a white ruffle.  I literally wore it out....because I am a great believer in using umbrellas as parasols....Great UVA/UVB protection and a great fashion statement as well! (And after all, "para" = against and "sol" = sun....so that is what they are meant for!)

Check out this cute parasol from Amazon.com!  Don't you love it?  Summer's almost over....but it's never too early or late to think about protecting your skin!  Think Pink!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Madras Monday: Shop Early!

Only a little over a week before Lisa Birnbach's True Prep is released!  I am a huge Amazon.com fan, so when I went to order mine today, I just had to share with you the great deal I found.....46% off!!!

Check it out by clicking here.

(Having said that...sometimes Amazon.com changes their prices with no notice.  So you might want to jump right on it...do a little early Christmas shopping!)

UPDATE: 3:30pm...Amazon is having a bit of a glitch on their order page right now. They told me to try again later this afternoon. Must be because there are so many Preps out there!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fun Friday: Real Housewives Dramatic Developments

I see in several of the blogs I read that many of you watch The Real Housewives of New York.  It is a fascinating train wreck for the most part....but I, too, tune in to see what craziness will happen next.

Photo courtesy of New York Social Diary.com

Well, LuAnn has a new apartment on Riverside Drive! (Hmmmm....I wonder where? When Miss Betty lived in New York in her 20's, she, too, lived on Riverside Drive....and so did my mother-in-law!  My mother-in-law moved to New York as a young woman and studied at Julliard.  She was an opera singer and married my father-in-law, a native New Yorker. They lived in Manhattan until their second child, my Dear Husband, was about 3.) 

If you want to see LuAnn's new digs....Check out today's New York Social Diary...lots of pictures and an interview.  In my opinion, it's a bit stark and cold.....but that's just my opinion!

Friday Find: Deadlines

I find that I have three big deadlines upon me, for some PR/marketing projects for some non-profits I volunteer with.....so I will ask your indulgence as I stay on task with those. Promise I will write a fun post this weekend to make up for it....

I hope you find yourself getting ready for a great weekend!

The Classic Preppy

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Traditional Thursday: Here's To The Ladies Who Lunch

Pre-"Back To School" lunch with Younger Daughter.  Yum!!

I never could understand Miss Betty and all of her "ladies lunches." Whenever she came to Richmond, she wanted to go out to lunch every day and usually to what I called a "Ladies Who Lunch" place. I couldn't understand it, but luckily since she was always treating, I could go along with it and not have it completely break my budget.

Lately I think I am turning into Miss Betty. I LOVE to go out to lunch with all my buddies...new and old.....and my daughters, too! I think I am going to have to cut down, because it is killing my budget and my waistline, but I surely have enjoyed it. I just have to start eating away from some of our cuter restaurants, which are located at Libbie and Grove Avenues....called "The Avenues" by many, but always called "The Grove" by Miss Betty. (Not sure where that came from. LOL) Why do I have to leave? My complete and utter obsession with Pearl's Cupcakes. I am telling you, they are one of a kind and out of this world....even/especially the gluten-free ones! If you are in the area, go on in and tell them that "The Classic Preppy" sent you (and then order a Black and White!)

Here's to "The Ladies Who Lunch!"  Let's all raise a cupcake to their good health!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Music To Be Preppy By!

Just click to play (only 3 songs).....Enjoy!

Music Playlist at MixPod.com

Wonderful Wednesday: Quick (Virtual) Trip Back Home

How exciting to read Augustus Clemmer Mayhew's article in The New York Social Diary today!  As I mentioned in Monday's post, I had lunch with Mr. Mayhew and some other friends when I was home in Delray Beach and got caught up on all that was happening in Delray and Palm Beach.  Some weeks earlier, he and I had been emailing about "old Delray" and commiserating over the loss of many precious landmarks in the past 10-20 years.  Clemmer captures old Florida perfectly and I have linked to the article at the bottom of this post.

My family with Mr. and Mrs. Koch, Sr. and Jr. I was taking the picture, 
but wish that I had asked someone else to so that all of us could have been in it!

Other dear friends we spent time with at home were the Koch family.  Mrs. Koch was Miss Betty's very best friend in Delray...and the Kochs are my "other family" at home.  This was the first time we had all been together since my mother passed away and it was a little sad for both of us to be there without her.....but we had such  a grand time visiting and catching up.  How much fun to see Mr. Koch featured in today's NYSD column!  It's a "don't miss" read.....especially if you like polo.  Gulfstream (which is at the north end of Delray Beach) is famous for its decades of the best polo matches ever!

Read the NYSD column here!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Think Pink" Tuesday: Happy Thoughts

Whenever I see the color pink....especially shocking pink....it makes me so happy!  Walking down memory lane the other day, as I wrote about finding the historic house where I went to nursery school brought back such happy memories as well.  I thought a lot about those early days, and how much fun that part of childhood is...

My thoughts turned to the next year, when I was in kindergarten. It was 1964-1965 and it was such a happy year.  I can't remember my teacher's name, nor the names of many of the children in the class...but I can remember one special thing the teacher had that she used to share with us.

I am the blonde girl, sitting in front of the red panel door.  Preppy then and preppy now!

Every so often, she would have us sit on the big carpet on the floor and she would get out the record player and her records.  One of them was my very favorite.....I can't remember which songs I liked, or what it was about that album....But after thinking about it the other day, I decided to check it out on Ebay....and I found it!  I should be getting it soon...and I can't wait!!

For many years, Annette Funicello has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.  She hasn't been seen in public for awhile, and I pray that she is doing well.  "Think Pink," Annette!!......and thanks for so many happy memories!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Madras Monday: Summer Fun In Review

Get your cup of coffee or tea, sit back and relax and get ready to go on a virtual trip!  I keep promising to write and tell you about where I have been in the past two months, and this is going to be a real "madras" post...lots of different pieces and places that make up the fabric of summer.

There's even music to go with our virtual vacation....These are some of my favorite songs of summer, and all have to do with my trips.  Check out the Classic Preppy play list on I-tunes! (It's also at the very bottom of this page.)  We won't go in the actual chronological order of my travels but will follow the playlist instead!

First (Songs: Magic Moments and The Look of Love), summer 2010 was designed all around love...being in places I loved with the people I loved.  Last summer was a summer of recovery....recovering from losing my mother and my mother-in-law and being inundated (both my husband and I) with the duties of executor. The spring and summer of 2009 were a blur.....so I was determined that this summer would be memorable!

It was a summer of returning to places I loved!    No trip like that would be complete without a trip to New York. (Songs: Manhattan and Cugi's Cocktail). I have lost count of the many hotels I have stayed in over the decades, but I think this year's stay was my favorite.  So "old New York," and I cannot tell you how highly I recommend the Waldorf-Astoria.  They upgraded our suite and treated us like royalty....and since it was actually the last place we stayed this summer, it was a marvelous way to end our travels.

Ok.....let's jump on the Auto Train and head to Florida! (Song: Calypso) I didn't get to go sailing...or boating of any kind really, but our trip was jam-packed with fun!!  First, Younger Daughter and I took the Auto Train to Sanford (so I could have my car that week).  It was a surprise to her that when we arrived her Older Sister and Treasured Cousin were there waiting for us in Orlando....and that we were going to do two days in Disney World!  My Dear Niece is the world's best Disney expert and the youngest person they have ever had in their internship program who is a full-fledged concierge.  We stayed at the Contemporary in a magnificent room and had the time of our lives at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios!

Then, it was off to Delray Beach....home......and what a homecoming it was.  We were right on the beach and not only was my brother there with his family....but my best friend from growing up (who married Dear Husband's best friend from growing up) was there the same week!  We ended our time in Florida with a short stay at another favorite childhood place, the Lago Mar Hotel and Beach Club....where we also had an ocean front room. Life was good!!

July 2010 also saw me visiting another favorite childhood place.  A place I have been trying to get back to for years....beautiful Estes Park, Colorado! (Song: Rocky Mountain High)  This trip turned out to be a perfect convergence of different loves of mine...historic preservation (work with the RMNA), hiking and riding.  It was also the chance to see some dear family friends whom I had not seen in many, many, many years!  For more on my history with Estes Park, you can read my blog about the McGraw Ranch.

If you find yourself in Estes Park, you have to hang out with Neil O'Malley and his crew at Rocky Mountain Rush.  I wanted to go up Fall River Road and back down Trail Ridge Road, but knew that driving myself in my rental car meant I wouldn't see much, as I would be concentrating on the drive.  Neil has this AWESOME vehicle that I swear could climb straight up the mountain if it had to.  So we did some 4-wheelin' and had a blast!  What a view!!  Neil is such a great guy...that's he in the middle of the picture.  At this same spot I turned around, and he was hanging off the side of the mountain getting the perfect picture of a couple of his passengers.  He is an amazing tour guide!!

Ok....back on the plane.....and back to the East Coast. (Song: Good Life)  Time to have the Miss Betty part of the vacation....and see some grand estates and houses.  My family, along with Dear Sister/Brother-In-Law make a quick stop in Philadelphia, just to see the sights and have a great meal, and bemoan the fact that we are not there for Miss Betty's favorite flower show, which occurs in the spring.  But, never fear...not far from Philly was Wilmington, Delaware and all those gorgeous DuPont houses!  I had never seen Winterthur until this trip, and if you read my earlier post, you will see the pictures I took.  I am in love. Because of my infatuation, we spent way too much time there, and got to Nemours just as they had the last tour of the day.  That's ok....It was pouring down rain at that point, and not too optimal a time for touring!


New York state had much to offer as well.  Spending time in the Hudson River Valley meant a trip to Hyde Park, where we spent time with the Roosevelts and the Vanderbilts.

There was also a trip to Cooperstown for the "boys" to see the Baseball Hall of Fame...which was pretty neat.  Cooperstown is absolutely gorgeous, and there was so much to see!

And then (Song: Better Days) the pilgrimage to a place that would mean very little to anyone but Miss Betty and me...... Garrison, New York, the quaint little village where the outdoor scenes in "Yonkers" were shot for the movie, Hello Dolly.   

The summer after Hello Dolly first came out, I was 11 and I think I dragged my mother to see it at least three times.  I know we saw it in Florida, and I also clearly remember being in Highlands, NC and seeing it there with her at their cute little movie theatre.  In any case, it is an all time favorite of mine...and was of Miss Betty's too.  Garrison is just adorable, and sure enough, there were the buildings from It Takes a Woman and Put On Your Sunday Clothes.  And, directly across the river is West Point.....Just gorgeous!  Somehow, I just felt Miss Betty was right there with me in these special days...seeing things through her eyes as well as my own. 


(Sorry that the video doesn't play any longer...but you can get a good look at the train station here!)

Finally....It's time to head home.  (Song: Comin' Home Baby).  What a summer I have had....it has been a real blessing.....but there is a lot to look forward to this fall as well.  Richmond is a wonderful place and I hope that my children are making their own precious memories here that, should they move away in adulthood, will bring them home in a summer as special as my summer of 2010.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weekend Update

Picture courtesy VF.com
Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd's True Prep will be out in a couple of weeks....and I think we will be seeing a lot more "Preppy" everywhere! In case you haven't received this month's copy of Vanity Fair magazine yet, you can read an excerpt from True Prep by clicking here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Find: A Wonderful Discovery

Before I blog about the trip to Delaware and New York, I wanted to write about a very special thing that happened after our trip to Florida. If you read my earlier posts, you know that part of that trip was going "home" to Delray Beach. One of the goals I had while down in Delray, was to drive by the beautiful old house, not too far from my own, where I had gone to "nursery school." Back in the day (early 1960's), kindergarten was about the earliest anyone went to school....and often those kindergartens were run by churches, and not part of the elementary school experience. Pre-school really didn't exist....But one woman in Delray Beach was revered by Miss Betty and her friends. She was the fabulous Mrs. Turner, who, out of her own house, ran a nursery school. I don't think we went but once or twice a week, but it gave moms a little time off, and was a great way to meet people, when you were new to the area.

It didn't take me long to find "Mrs. Turner's," although the house had undergone several renovations/restorations in the ensuing 47 years. (47! Ouch, that was painful to say!) A beautiful fence covered the front view of the house, but I got a shot of either side.  The door featured in the second picture is where we would go inside to our "classroom." (I seem to remember being outside most of the morning, though....thanks to South Florida's great year round temps and Mrs. Turner's wise decision making!)

These pictures are from my 4th birthday party in 1963, held at Mrs. Turner's. 
(My friend Phillip is sitting next to me at the head of the table.) 

One of the best parts of my trip to Delray was an amazing luncheon I had with some lovely friends, who are also involved in historic preservation.  When I returned to Richmond, Joann Peart, my former Delray neighbor, sent me some pictures of my mother and father at a party at her house in 1996.  The pics, which I had never seen before (thank you, Joann!!) were enclosed in a beautiful card designed by noted artist, Lois Brezinski.  When I finished walking down memory lane, I looked at the card more carefully.  Something was so familiar about it.....

Paintings courtesy of Lois Brezinkski

It was Mrs. Turner's house!!!  I quickly pulled up the pictures that I had taken, and sure enough....There it was!  What a thrill.....It is going straight into a frame!

I first got to know Lois because we were both volunteering in Delray Beach's historic preservation efforts with the Delray Beach Preservation Trust.  Her work is not centered on historic Delray, however.  She has traveled far and wide and her art is a beautiful representation of the amazing places she has been. You will feel like you are in the Cayman Islands when you visit her website!   When you email her, just tell her that the Classic Preppy sent you! Now, as a very special treat for another Preppy Blogger.....one more of Lois' paintings. This is the Caribbean Rooster....just for you, Miss Janice!

PS.  One of the other friends I lunched with in Delray is the amazing Augustus Clemmer Mayhew.  Clemmer writes columns for the Palm Beach Daily News (The Shiny Sheet) and for The New York Social Diary on Palm Beach historic landmarks and other properties, as well as highlighting significant structures (and people) in Delray Beach, Gulfstream, Boca Raton and beyond. He is a wealth of knowledge and a brilliant writer.  You won't want to miss his columns!   Here's one from this week's NYSD.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tired Thursday

Didn't get a chance to write anything on the trip today...and am concerned about a dear friend that I haven't seen in awhile, so my mind has been elsewhere. Promise to get back to blogging soon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday

Older Daughter is back at college and we already miss her...but will see her soon, since she is in-state and needs some more items delivered this weekend.

More about our latest trip tomorrow and Friday.  In the meantime, enjoy some French preppy fashions!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tired Tuesday

We're back....and it was a wonderful trip!  Now it's time to get Older Daughter ready to go back to college tomorrow.  More (including pictures!) about the trip soon....  In the meantime....

I love picnics and was so excited to read the latest feature from Charlotte Moss about elegant picnic-ing!  Click here for more:  Charlotte Moss

One of the items featured at the very bottom of Ms. Moss' article is this super portable picnic table, which folds into the little suitcase sized item on the left of the photo.

It is available at Orvis, and I almost ordered it there....but then I went to Picnic-Basket.com and found the same table for $30 less.  The Classic Preppy loves a good deal, so that's where I am placing my order!

Picnics have such a special meaning to me.  My mother ("Miss Betty") hosted the most wonderful picnics on the beach in Delray Beach when I was growing up (much like the picnics that Lilly Pulitzer writes about in her book).  Later there were picnics in the park, picnics on trips to the mountains, etc.  I have always been a "spread a blanket and eat sitting on the ground" type of girl, so this table will be a fun change.  I'll let you know how it turns out!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Find

Today I found that Cooperstown, New York is a TERRIFIC place to visit.  The National Baseball Hall of Fame was so much fun....and the houses in town around the lake are simply spectacular.  After an afternoon in Cooperstown, we drove another two and a half hours through gorgeous countryside and charming villages to Hyde Park.  It's late and we've just gotten to the hotel, so I won't upload pics tonight.....but you can check them out on Twitter!

More on Monday.....


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Traditional Thursday: Winterthur

Miss Betty, who knew more about antiques and the decorative arts than anyone I have ever known, always considered this to be one of the finest houses in the country.  I do believe that it was actually her favorite museum....and now I see why she fell so deeply in love with it.  I have, too!

Wilmington, Delaware

We spent so much time at Winterthur, that we missed the last of the three tours at Nemours, but we stopped by the Visitor Center just to check in.  The exciting news there is that the new book on Nemours is about to be published!  There was a gorgeous article in the March 2010 Architectural Digest (click here to see the amazing pictures!) and the mansion and gardens are featured on the Nemours website.

After we left Wilmington, it was off to Philadelphia, where we had dinner at Jones and took a lovely walk around the Old City.

It's going to be an early start tomorrow morning and a long car trip.  You will never guess where we are going next.  Hint: It has nothing to do with stately homes, and it's going to be especially fun for Dear Husband and my wonderful brother-in-law.  Tomorrow is Boys Day Out!

The Classic Preppy