Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

Well....I am giving my family a Memorial Day weekend they are never going to forget. It is going to be a three day cleaning festival. This is going to make "Spring Cleaning" look like a walk in the park...but our house definitely needs it. As a matter of fact, I have decided my life definitely needs it. I have house clutter, body clutter (some extra weight), even computer clutter. So, for the last couple of days, I have been cleaning out computer files, photo files, etc.....and when an email popped up telling me it was time for one of my favorite magazines to automatically renew (it expires in September!)....I took one look at the high price they wanted to charge and said "NO!"

One click......cancelled subscription, and am getting $5 refund.

Next click..... on to Amazon.com, where I found the same magazine and a subscription rate of $10 for TWO YEARS. (This magazine's own website offers new subscribers a $10 rate for the first year subscription.)

Final click.....over here to tell you about it.

If this was a charity or worthy cause, I wouldn't mind the cost being hiked....but it's not. It's a magazine I have subscribed to all my adult life (a loooooooong time) and with magazines tanking every day (because there is so much good stuff online), they need to get their prices in line.  I think I am being optimistic signing up for another two years!!

Better run....We are starting early. Let the cleaning begin! See you on Tuesday!!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Just In From Another Richmonder!

As you will see in a later post, we are going to be crazy busy this weekend, so there won't be a Monday post.....but to take its place....here's a little treat:

Click here for a Tete-A-Tete with Charlotte Moss....one of the most marvelous designer/decorators ever....and a fellow (former) Richmond-er!

She was just back in Virginia and spent some time at  my all time favorite Virginia restaurant, The Palladio at the Barboursville Vineyard.  You will want to get a cup of coffee or tea....or a Mimosa or glass of wine and and take your time reading what Ms. Moss has to say.

It is a DIVINE article!!

Twitter Find

Ok, Preps!  I am on a mission.....

I love, love, LOVE Wilton House Museum (here in Richmond).  They've just started Tweeting....and I want them to have as many followers as possible....  If you have a Twitter account, please become a follower! (They also have a Facebook group, which I will link from The Classic Preppy's Facebook page...)

Just click here:
https://twitter.com/WiltonMuseum

THANKS!!!

More Friday Fun

I can only lay claim to  being around for one year in the 50's....but it's one of my favorite eras of fashion!

Friday Find: Fabulous Friends And The Future

I have a fabulous friend.....We've known each other for more than 20 years, and yet she is quite a bit younger than I. We live in different states, but we get to see each other pretty often, for which I am very grateful. Although our lives are very different, because of our age difference, she is such an inspiration to me. When I look at her, or read the blogs of some of you who are college students or in your 20's, it gives me such hope. This post is for you ladies.....


You all are the women who will raise polite children, the ones who will teach your precious ones about their faith informing every part of their being...not just something they pick and choose from or just a building they are forced to go to once a week. **     You are the women who will take the traditions you were taught by your mothers and grandmothers and make them your own. You will appreciate the generations that have gone before. You will be the generation that gives those of us who are older the assurance that there is hope for the future.

You are amazing!

You are a true "find".....not just on Friday, but every day!!

Love,
Liz (The Classic Preppy)

** Friday update: A friend sent me this just now and I think it fits here:

2 Corinthians 3:18 (from The Message)

(16-18) Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We're free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Traditional Thursday: The Loss Of A Legend

I am writing this (and posting it) on Wednesday evening, as I will be away all day tomorrow. As I write this, my heart is so heavy...... Art Linkletter brought me such joy as a child.  I have so many precious memories of "naptime" (when I didn't sleep) up in my grandmother's four poster bed with her...watching Art Linkletter.  Later she gave me a book by Mr. Linkletter that had belonged to my grandfather.  It is still a prized possession today....

Fair warning....If you are my age or a little older, you will love this video, but you will be in tears during the last 15 seconds...

Wonderful Wednesday: Good Manners


Where have good manners gone?  They just seem to be so few and far between these days.....

There was a wonderful article about this in the Palm Beach Daily News the other day. Click on the "Shiny Sheet" here to read it!

Miss Janice wrote a great post on etiquette pet peeves the other day.  The one I listed was "men who wear their hats/caps inside."  There are others, too....not Rsvp'ing to a party, children who talk back to adults right in front of their parents (who seem to think it's "cute"), people who talk loudly on their cell phones in public, etc.   There are still a lot of great people who live a well-mannered life....but the group is shrinking.

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Think Pink Tuesday: "In the Pink"

One of my favorite quotations is this:

"I always think out a problem as clearly as possible, and then act on it. My theory has always been to get started. The moment I get an idea I act upon it. If only people would act on more of their ideas, I am convinced they would lead more interesting lives."
- Dorothy Draper


Truer words have never been spoken.  I just love Dorothy Draper....and if you are not familiar with her work, you should be.

In past posts I have written about my obsession with books.  It's true.....and especially those that are referred to as "coffee table" books.  The coffee table in my library is actually the only surface that is clear.  Every other surface is covered with books or picture frames!

One of my favorite books is In The Pink, which is all about the fabulous Dorothy Draper!  It is an investment book, to be sure, but it is worth the price.  (Actually, I got mine from Amazon.com from one of their vendors.  It was a "used" book, but looked like it had never been touched, and I purchased it for about half the price!)

Other go-to books, written by the lady herself are these:

                                       Entertaining Is Fun  and  Decorating Is Fun

If you want to experience the Draper legacy yourself, you can always visit The Greenbrier!
Her legacy truly lives on there......

Monday, May 24, 2010

Madras Monday

We all know that Wikipedia is not the definitive explanation of anything....but it is interesting to read opinion written as fact.  Do you agree with the Wikipedia definition of "Preppy?"  Interesting.....I didn't realize I was part of a "subculture."...... 

Enjoy!!

Preppy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Preppy, also spelled preppie, is a shortened version of the word preparatory. It is a chiefly North American adjective or noun traditionally used in relation to northeastern privateuniversity-preparatory schools. The term is used to denote a person seen as characteristic of an attendee of these schools.[1] Characteristics of preppies include a particular subcultural speech, vocabulary, accent, dress, mannerisms, and etiquette. Preps often are associated with old, East Coast, upper class "WASP" families in the United States.
The word is particularly well-known amongst American teenagers, as it is quite often used to refer to a particular subculture present within most populous American high schools: the traditionally "popular kids", generally consisting of the children of middle to upper class families, typically characterized (especially by Hollywood in films such as "Never Been Kissed", "She's All That", etc.) as a shallow, transparent group, who are primarily concerned with extrinsic things, the three most obvious of which are probably popularity (generally within their own high school), physical appearance and material possessions. However, when used in this sense, the word is considered slightly more "slang-ish" when it is shortened to the term "prep(s)".

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Definition

The preppy style originated in the 1950s. As the style is associated with the WASP ethnonym, preppies frequently wear more traditional styles.[2][3]
Classical preps frequently dress formally; the teenage prep often models the appearance of a young professional adult.

Fashion

The clothing worn by traditional preps can be seen as bland by those unaccustomed to it. Frequently wearing inconspicuous clothing, the styles usually worn by preps are nonetheless more expensive than most other styles.
Brands such as L.L. Bean, Ralph Lauren, Lilly Pulitzer, Lacoste, Brooks Brothers, Vineyard Vines, Jack Wills, and J. Crew are frequently perceived as preppy styles. An example of preppy attire is a button down Oxford cloth shirt, anargyle sweater, cuffed chinos, and boat shoes.
In 1980, the author and private school alumna Lisa Birnbach[4] edited The Official Preppy Handbook, a tongue-in-cheek guide to what she termed "prepdom".
In 2010, New England Outfitters, a lifestyle e-magazine, was launched to better help those seeking a consolidated source for preppy miscellanea

Lifestyle

Among the more common sports played by preps are swimming, badminton, equestrian sports, skiing, fencing, shooting, tennis, golf, rowing, field hockey, sailing, croquet, squash, lacrosse, polo, rugby and cricket. Preps are generally characterized by an attachment to traditional "old school" beliefs and attitudes, typically rooted in family pride or lineage.

See also

References

External links

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Southern Preppy Sunday

I hope you all followed the advice from yesterday's post and visited Miss Janice's blog to read about the Deep South.  It was great....I spent a lot of time thinking about sweet tea and fried chicken after reading it.  The picture above is from the mid-1980's, taken at a family reunion on Lake Rabun, Georgia.  (That's my sweet Daddy I am leaning on...)

Not sure if you qualify as Southern or not?  Well....here's the advanced version of the Southern vs. Yankee Test.  It's a hoot!!  Enjoy, y'all!

(And remember...Y'all is a contraction for "you all"....so the apostrophe takes the place of the missing "ou."  This questions comes up a lot I have noticed, so thought we would settle it here once and for all.)

Have a Southern Preppy Sunday!   Hugs to you Yankee and Mid-West or Western Preps, too!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wonderful Weekend: "Wasting" Time With Family

I have so much to do, and I can't tear myself away from this genealogy work!  Yikes....

One of the fun parts of organizing are categorizing photos.  Look at this photo from my in-laws' wedding next to one from mine.  You gotta love the "classics!"


Well, I'm in the South of the 1780's at present....and better get back to it.

For more fun reading this weekend, head over to Miss Janice's and find out what it means to be from the Deep South!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Find: Can't Do Without

Yesterday was awesome....Spent all day (at various locations) working on my genealogy.  Dug up all kinds of interesting ancestors (pardon the pun) and now am working on re-proving the line of descent.  Sometimes older genealogy work makes guesses and leaps of faith that just don't prove true...

In any case, yesterday just made me realize all the more how I love my Canon portable scanner.  Yes, it seems like a silly thing to write about....but this thing is amazing.  It's small, flat and powered off the computer through a USB port.   I just put it on the table in the library, plug it in and I'm off!  No walking back and forth and spending lots of money at the copy machine. I just put the book on it, scan and save to my pictures or documents files.  I love this baby!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Traditional Thursday: More Family Fun

Circa 1902
My grandmother is the little blonde girl, third from the right.
She was not even in school at the time, but wanted to go to be in the picture
My great-aunt is the girl in the front, lying on her side.

 My grandmother and great-aunt with Older Daughter circa 1994.

More genealogy today.....It's such a WASP thing!  The all day session I am attending today is called The Big Dig and it's a great opportunity to share information with other Virginians to see which ancestors we might have in common.  Although my family is basically from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.....the majority of them started in Virginia, Pennsylvania or Maryland back in the 1600's and early 1700's.

I am so fortunate to live in Richmond...our State Library has an amazing collection and is a genealogist's dream!   Since I inherited all the family photos and documents from Miss Betty's side of the family and some from my Dad's as well, it is my goal to scan everything and put it all into albums and archival storage boxes so it will go safely through the generations.  It's a big job, to be sure, but it's so much fun!

Do any of you like genealogy?  If you are just getting into it, I highly recommend Family Tree Maker as a genealogy program for your computer.  It is hooked into Ancestry.com and it is fabulous.  Its only drawback is that it doesn't have a Mac version yet....

Off to dig!


Pictures from a genealogy trip to Jenkinsville, (Fairfield County) SC.
A restored family house....This house belongs to my cousins, the McMeekins.
If you saw the Mel Gibson movie, The Patriot, it was filmed in and around this area.  The house the family in the movie lived in was modeled on houses typical from this area....My great great grandparents' house, which is gone now, looked very much like the house in the movie....a long porch  running across the house on both the first and second floors.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday: Family Fun

I have just looked at the clock!  It's almost 2:30 in the morning......I knew I shouldn't have started in on my genealogy work right after dinner.  I am going to a class on Thursday, and am trying to put some pieces together with a tricky part of the family tree.  Too tired to write much more than that....But here is a picture of one of my ancestors!  She was the first in a long line of "Elizabeths." Older Daughter, myself, Miss Betty, Grandmother and this lady...my 2nd great grandmother. 

Elizabeth Louise Hunter McMeekin

And here's Older Daughter....
I think there's a resemblance!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Think Pink" Tuesday: Around The House

Older Daughter and I wear the same size shoe.....and my Jack Rogers are always "disappearing."  Younger Daughter is a size and a half smaller (for now), so I would look like the Ugly Stepsister trying to squeeze into Cinderella's slipper if I borrowed these....but they are my favorite top siders! Pink patent leather....



It's ok....there are plenty of other pink things around the house that make me happy.  I think I belong to every "frequent flyer" program there is, and not too long ago I cashed in some points for this adorable "Ladies Tool Kit."  It's pink!!!  Isn't it wonderful?  Just like a little purse with a bunch of fabulous accessories inside!


Monday, May 17, 2010

Blog Award

Thank you to Living Well for this awesome blog award!  Her blog is wonderful....Check it out!! (You young bloggers really give me hope for the future....You are all terrific!!)

If you haven't checked out Living Well, you definitely should!

The award rules say to list 7 interesting things about yourself and then pass it on to 7 other bloggers. Here are my 7 (hopefully) interesting things:

1. I am a beach baby.....Lived the first couple of years of my life in Virginia Beach, near the beach and then grew up in Delray Beach, Florida.  I now live inland (in Richmond, Virginia), but overlook the water......well, it's a pool, but it looks "natural".... from the back of my house, so I am happy.


2. This is a "Preppy Confession" of sorts.....I ride....but I ride Western, and not English.  Can't help it...I grew up spending a lot of time in Colorado and Western was the only option.  Going back there to ride this summer, too....and do a historic preservation tour/seminar! (It's tied into one of my historic preservation projects : www.mcgrawranch.com )

I love this clip from The Women....




3. Another "Preppy Confession"....I refused to go to prep school and insisted that I go to the local public high school.  And although I went to a private woman's college, I also refused to make my debut.  These decisions/refusals didn't make Miss Betty too happy, but she understood my reasons and eventually supported my decisions. (My brother did prep...and boarded....like my father did.....so he held up the family honor.)

4. I started French lessons in 2nd grade.  My friend's mother was fluent in several languages and she taught us after school.  We conjugated verbs, learned French grammar, etc....and she made it fun.  It was so easy for me to step into French in college.  (I did Latin through high school).  I am a total Francophile.....even live in a French Provincial house.  Grew up in one, too!

5. I am completely obsessed with a BBC show called MI-5 (At least it's called that here in America.  In England it is called Spooks.)  Amazing.  Thanks to a dear friend's lead, I was able to subscribe to an internet service and see the latest season online.  It won't be out on DVD here until January 2011.  If you haven't seen this show, but like shows such as 24, then check MI-5 (Spooks) out on Netflix!




6. I love, love, love all the volunteer work I do....always have.....and I have been hard at it since college.  However, I do NOT like to ask people for money.  I find it so embarrassing....  Those who are in "Development" have a real gift....It's just not my comfort zone....

7. I was 46 before I ever had a dog.  Always have loved (little) dogs, but growing up we traveled so much, it just never worked out.....Then, being single, it never occurred to me.  First married, busy....babies came along, busier.  Finally, I realized I had been promising myself and our girls for so long that I needed to get busy.  My sister-in-law had a Shih-Poo that was the cutest thing I had ever seen, so we went to Maryland and got our Lucy from their breeder.  She is my baby....and she and Younger Daughter actually have the same birthday!  Lucy will be 5 next month....

    Birthday Girls                                             Waiting for her family to come home.

                                            Taking a nap with her Teddy. 

I'm passing this award on to all of you with blogs....These are fun questions to answer!  Have at it!!!

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

Madras Monday: Recovery Mode


Whew!  Quite a weekend....Loooooong drive to Northeastern Maryland (just a couple of miles from Delaware and Pennsylvania actually) and back.  Spent time in Fair Hill for the 50th Colonial Highland Gathering, as Younger Daughter was dancing again.  (Fair Hill has a very interesting history....It was owned by the DuPont family and is still the training ground for racing champions!)


Younger Daughter was pretty nervous, because there were so many people in her category....almost twice as many as normal.  She didn't think she would even place....but she did beautifully.  Out of her four dances (Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Sean Triubhas, and Scottish Lilt) she received a 1st Place in three of them...and the trophy for Overall Best Dancer.

This is a pic I posted on Twitter on Friday night, when we got to the hotel.  I was trying to put my feet up....but then there was a tornado warning! I couldn't believe it.... We had to stay dressed in case we had to run downstairs to the lobby.  It was a horrible thunderstorm, but luckily no tornado showed up.

Today, once again, I am going to try to "put my feet up" for awhile and rest.  I am tired!


Not a very flattering angle, but thought it fit the theme for today.  Have a great Madras Monday!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Weekend Update

I am out of town with Younger Daughter this weekend....but will be Tweeting from Maryland.  Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Find: A Hidden Treasure

It's funny, but you can live somewhere for years and still not see everything worth seeing in your town/city.  Although we never lived in Ft. Lauderdale, my godparents did....so I spent a lot of time there.  Something I missed (until a couple of years ago) was The Bonnet House.  (Pronounced "bonnet" just like the hat.)


If you are ever in the area, take a couple of hours to visit this amazing place.  It is truly stepping back in time.....and into "old Florida."  Right off the beach, and near Hugh Taylor Birch park, the house sits quietly and majestically, ready to tell its story....and that of its former occupants, Hugh Taylor Birch's daughter and her husband, noted artist Frederick Clay Bartlett (and after her death, Frederick's second wife, who was part of the Eli Lilly family). 

The Bonnet House a real "find!"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Traditional Thursday: We Are All Family

I love being Southern.....and this may apply to non-Southerners, too....but it seems like there is a tradition that everyone in the South knows someone you know....or knows someone that knows them/grew up with them, etc! 

This is the second day of a two day Annual Meeting I am attending here in town, and I was seated next to the cutest lady yesterday.  Somehow our conversation got around to South Carolina, and I told her my mother was from Greenville.  I mentioned the family's last name...and she said, "Do you know anyone in that family named Betty?"  I replied that Betty was my mother.....and the conversation just took off.  Seems that her husband was in school with Miss Betty and her sisters.....and I got to spend time talking with him tonight at our cocktail party at the Jefferson Hotel.  It was "old home week" with someone I had never met before.  I just love it when that happens!!!

If you are ever in Richmond, you must check out The Jefferson Hotel. 

Stay there if you can, and if not, have Sunday brunch or cocktails.  The Jefferson is owned by a acquaintance of ours and his business partner.  They also own The Sanctuary at Kiawah......and their motto is, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right."  Their hotels are a testament to that!

Our group's cocktail party was in the Jefferson's Rotunda..... Here's a picture from their website.... It's always so much fun walking down that staircase...You feel so grand!!


More meetings today... Fun!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday

Yesterday I did some in-store Talbots scouting.... There were some items I saw that were kind of thin, and didn't seem too well made....BUT...they were few and far between.  The Richmond stores are stocked with great things, and I got several things....all blue!  I am very pleased with Talbots!!

Why blue? Well..... I was looking for some different things to wear with a scarf that I am presenting on behalf of its designer and the committee chairwoman for consideration for a fundraiser.  It's still "top secret," but I can share the designer with you....It's the fabulous Paige Hathaway Thorn from Charleston, SC.


Visit Paige's website to see more.....You can reach her by email if you have any questions!  (She is changing phone numbers at present, so the numbers on the site are down for now....)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Think Pink" Tuesday

Not a well known Disney movie...but one of my favorites!  This is a song from a great scene, where they are anticipating the arrival of their uppity cousin.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Madras Monday: The Ties That Bind

Or should I say.... the ties that don't bind, but fit comfortably and look amazing! Somehow neckties keep popping up on my radar screen, so I wanted to tell you about some of them today.  After all, Mother's Day is just behind us and Father's Day is just ahead!  This is a great time to shop for Dad!!

1. The National Society of the Colonial Dames in Georgia have developed a tie for their members' husbands and sons. It is so good looking, in the traditional Dames blue and gold....and they gave one to Robert Redford not too long ago, to honor his visit to their historic headquarters, where he was filming his new movie.  I guess he is an honorary Dames husband now!  My husband is getting one of these for Father's Day......But he never reads this blog, so the secret is safe!
Photo from the NSCDA-GA website

2.  In the world of retail, Richmond is getting quite a national reputation for the ties from Peter-Blair.
Dick Fowlkes
 Photo from Peter-Blair.com


“We’re not just selling a product . We’re offering a lifestyle.”  

Those words are an everyday credo for Dick Fowlkes, Ed Cleavenger and the staff at Peter-Blair.

Peter-Blair ties are by an amazing local designer, and are sold not only at Peter-Blair in Richmond, but in other stores around the country. Visit their website or the Peter-Blair Accessories Facebook group to learn more!  (I will be writing an article about the Peter-Blair store in the weeks to come....so check back for more...)

3. Finally, a dear reader (and friend) told me about the most amazing company called Lumina Clothing in North Carolina....founded and run by college students!  These guys are literally on the cutting edge of fashion for the young....the preppy young, especially!


Lumina Clothing has an awesome website and a Facebook group, too.

Loved this brief blurb about the history of the skinny tie!

"The skinny tie dates back to the 1960’s when it was the original prep tie. By the 1980’s the style was absorbed by the rock variety, which could be attributed to its resurgence as of late. At Lumina, we look back to the original origins most, and try to blend this classic style with more modern lines for timeless neckwear."

Rat Pack in Las Vegas, all in skinny ties. 1960s


Also from their website
"Lumina Clothing Company was started by Barton Strawn, Jordan Pung, and Justin Carey. Originally a joke, we found ourselves struggling to find ties in stores that we liked, and for a long time would kid each other about making the ties we were trying to find. And then one day we did just that. The more each tie was worn, the more it was evident that many people were looking for the same things we were. Everyone loved our ties.
As the idea for the company developed, the lifestyle of ourselves and all of those people like us was taken into consideration. We wanted to mesh the colors and patterns often considered Southern with some of the styles often associated with Ivy League style. What has resulted are great designs and products that we hope everyone will like as much as we have enjoyed creating them.




















The name Lumina came from an old dance pavilion once located on Wrightsville Beach, NC. Opening in 1905, at the time it was the premier social venue in the South, hosting many of thee biggest names in entertainment. On top of the building was a massive sign, lit with the newest incandescent technology. It was illuminating. You could see it from miles around! We thought this was perfect inspiration for a company that we hope will bring enlightened fashion to a new generation of men."

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day Update

It's not only Mother's Day, it's the beginning of National Etiquette Week.  Click over to Miss Janice's blog to enter an etiquette giveaway!

What an amazing day...Just had to post!  Great Sephora gift card from the family and hand painted "crafts" (see last weekend's post!) from the girls.  Loved them....a sign for my office and a tray to have snacks "served to Mom" through the year.  Bless you, girls!

Also treated myself to a couple of nice things online...including signing up for an exciting historic preservation seminar (Dear Husband says this is boring, but I think it's fabulous) and taking Talbots up on their 30% off discount that ends at midnight.  I've done some research since writing about them earlier this week, and I have to say I am liking what I am seeing.....When I get my Espadrille Tote, I will let you know what it's like!


And finally....for Miss Betty:

If gardenias grow in heaven, Lord, pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my mother's arms and tell her they're from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her, and when she turns to smile 
place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy ~ I do it everyday.
There's an ache within my heart that will never go away. 
Happy Mother's Day in Heaven, Mama!

More soon......Love, Liz (The Classic Preppy)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Wonderful Weekend

I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful weekend....and Happy Mother's Day! 

Friday, May 7, 2010

Last Minute Shopping

Just saw this fabulous gift idea list on New York Shopping Diary.  Had to share it!

Friday Find: Talbots

I have been reading a lot lately about how Talbots is changing their look...and using inferior material and workmanship in their products, aiming for a less expensive way of producing clothes and targeting a younger audience.  It is said that they don't like the word "classic" associated with Talbots. What????  I hope that's not true....You know how I feel about anything "classic," since you have seen the title of my blog!  And I particularly love Talbots...although I did notice that the last tee shirts I bought there were not as well done as before.

If you are not part of the Talbots Facebook group, join and check it out. 

***FRIDAY PM UPATE!!!  They have a special offer for Facebook fans to get 30% off an item this weekend.  Here it is:

Starts Today! For our Facebook Fans - Take 30% Off Any One Item
30% Off any one item, May 7-9.
Online Only use code FB30.


Offer valid 12:01 AM EST May 7, 2010 through 11:59 PM EST May 9, 2010 on the purchase of any single, full-price item. Valid online only. Enter promo code FB30 at checkout. Previous purchases do not apply. May not be used toward the purchase of gift cards or e-gift cards. May not be combined with any other offer. No cash value. Not transferrable.

Associates of Talbots and its affiliates are not eligible. Retirees and corporate accounts of Talbots and its affiliates are also not eligible.


I am hoping the negative comments I have been hearing are not true....I have been a Talbots fan since college....and that's 30 years of being a loyal customer!  I like most of their new designs....We'll just be positive about it!  Let's encourage them to keep their standards high...and keep those of us who are their "classic customers" in mind, too.

On Oprah, earlier this year, they said they were upgrading their look and using higher quality fabric....Link 

I guess we will find out more later today, also on Oprah....when Talbots' Chief Creator Officer does makeovers on 10 Oprah magazine readers/winners.  I am not a huge fan of the Oprah show, but I will watch this episode!!

I loved yesterday's email ad.....  Whenever I see something like this, I immediately zoom into the one image that fits "my style" the best.  The outfit on the left best reflects my persona....



Which Talbots are you?  (And if you think they are getting off the classic track, which is your thing, check out Brooks Brothers.  They have some divine new designs!!)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Throwback Thursday: Tiffany & Co.







We're going shopping at Tiffany & Co. today....but we're going to step into our time machine, join Audrey Hepburn, and head back to the 1960's. Circa the 1960's that is....I am not sure how old this catalog is, as it is not dated. Could be earlier... It's one of Miss Betty's that lists TCO's phone number as Plaza 5-8000, and doesn't list any of the branch stores. This catalog also has the old gray cover on it..so it's a real throwback! Today we'll go shopping in my favorite department....Schlumberger.

Jean Schlumberger is my all time favorite TCO designer, followed closely by Donald Claflin. Since we are just shopping today, I will save their biographies for another post... I have some treasured pieces that are a combination of things I have bought for myself and things I inherited from Miss Betty. One day my daughters will have them and enjoy them, too. It's never too early to train your daughters to appreciate good jewelry!! Here is the catalog page (with the vintage prices) as well as links to the same items today... Enjoy!! (And don't forget that most of the pictures in this blog will enlarge if you click on them....)


Tiffany & Co. doesn't list all their jewelry on their website, but they still produce a lot of Schlumberger's classic designs. One of these rings is featured on their website, if you'd like it today! Others are available at the New York store and select branches. Click here for more: Item C
Of course, it was $950 then and it's $6950 now.  I have always said that Schlumberger (or most anything that's from Tiffany & Co.) was a great investment!
Or how about a Schlumberger enameled bracelet? Wish I could get one for these prices!! When I was with TCO in the 1980's, they were around $5000 - $6000. But have no fear, they, too, are on the website, so you can order one today... C-49a and C-49d

There's lots more to write about Tiffany & Co., and its wonderful people and designs. Stay tuned for more.....

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday: Weddings Galore

Last month I wrote about my wedding and Miss Betty's and her sisters' weddings, too.
Lately I have been working on a piece about etiquette, proper dress and weddings...and have been pouring over photos from some of my favorite weddings.  I wanted to share a few of them with you today!

Remember the darling little girls (my cousins) from this post in April?


Here they are on their wedding days....



And when I wrote about my wedding, I didn't tell you that one of the most exciting things to come from that was the fact that Dear Husband and I each had our oldest and dearest friend as an attendant (she was my maid of honor), and they met each other and hit it off.  (She's in white directly behind me...picture from my 10th birthday party.)



In this group photo he is on the far left and she is on the far right.

Catching the bouquet at our wedding was a sign of things to come.....


.....For although they lived miles apart, they reconnected about six years later, fell in love and were married!  

They have two sons now and are just an amazing family! We're so excited that they are spending one of their vacation weeks this summer in the same place we are.  It's going to be a fun reunion!!

Three beautiful weddings and three beautiful brides.....and more to come!