Just got back from my facial and massage and am so relaxed it's hard to write....but, I will tell you that Brooks Brothers is having a great sale on Ladies Handbags! That's my "find" for this week....Check it out here!
In the meantime, Happy New Year! More on Monday re: resolutions and the like. It's a new dawn, and a new day.....
and I intend to be more organized with my time!
Miss Betty would have loved his post, Drapes is a Verb. Quite awhile ago, I wrote a post on this same thing (although not beautifully illustrated like Reggie's). Miss Betty could not stand the word draperies, and I must admit, it makes me cringe as well. She also looked askance when people used the word couch (rather than sofa) and she absolutely hated the word den. "Put some books in it and call it a library!" were her words of wisdom... I am not sure where that particular post is, but for more on Miss Betty, click here. She also believed in maids wearing uniforms and other rules that I have broken over and over again. Reggie also writes on these things, and I look forward to finding out what he thinks!
Christmas Poem TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE. I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE. I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE. NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF A FAR DISTANT LAND. WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND. FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY, I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY. THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME. THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER. WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED? I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT, OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT. SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY. THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE. I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME. THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY. THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE, 'SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE; I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.' THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP. I WEPT FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT. THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE, WHISPERED, 'CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.' ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. 'MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,! AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.' This poem was written by a Marine.
Hello, All! Just wanted to pop in and wish you the happiest of holidays! I have a little gift for those of you who are Downton Abbey fans, too!!
Photo courtesy The Daily Mail online
If you like this wonderful program from the UK and don't want to wait for Masterpiece Theatre to show Season 2....Do like I do and watch all the episodes from Season 1 and 2 on www.viptv.net. I love this website, because it allows me to keep up with many of my UK favorites without having to wait almost a year for them to get to American TV. (*12/27 UPDATE: For some reason, viptv.net doesn't have the Downton Abbey Christmas special up yet. If you have seen Season 2 and want to see it.....and it is FABULOUS....You may view it on YouTube here.)
Christmas night is the Downton Abbey Christmas special episode. WARNING! This Daily Mail article (click here) contains some spoilers...so if you haven't seen Season 2 yet, you might not want to read it. (I adore Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess and I hear she has some terrific "put downs" for the Christmas special!!)
Taking a brief blogging holiday, but will see you on the 27th, if not before!
I still have the little horse ("Wonder") and the label and a little piece of the fabric from the jacket. (It was a favorite, but finally wore out...a precious little "Merry Mite" from Bergdorf Goodman. Miss Betty used to fly to New York from Virginia to get her hair done when I was little.....Which is a story of its own!....and she got me the cutest clothes from Bergdorf's!!)
December is a wonderful month....but it holds two very sad dates for me, December 10th and 19th...the days on which my parents died. Miss Betty went to heaven on December 10th (2008), just two days short of her 85th birthday, which was yesterday. My Dad departed December 19th (1998), just days short of his 85th birthday on January 1st.
Many people focus on death dates, but I don't....I like birthdays as remembrances much better. Although it is sad to lose a parent at Christmas time, I am so thankful that their birthdays are also during the holiday season. Makes for such happy memories!
Here's to you, Mom and Dad! Love you and miss you....
As a parent of a Virginia college-age student, today's shootings at Virginia Tech have made me think of little else. So much tragedy there...and Older Daughter, who is at a smaller university, has many friends on campus at Tech. It's worrisome.
What a great weekend! Time to get back to my Turkey Day preparations, but wanted to share this little iPhone video from last night's "Cabaret" at Younger Daughter's high school. What talented young people! This little clip is from the Jazz Ensemble's version of Soul Bossa Nova from Austin Powers.
I keep apologizing for not blogging, and I am sincere. Turns out that becoming a blogger tied in with my past experience in marketing and branding....and opened up a world of opportunities for me. I have met so many interesting people and been to so many wonderful new places....but it has kept me so busy, I haven't had time to blog!
Just a quick update and then back to holiday cleaning....
If you are ever in Washington, DC...head over to Georgetown and be sure to dine at Bistro Francais. I had a wonderful dinner with two dear friends there...and a lovely walk through Georgetown before and after.
Also, if you want to know more about the amazing author, Sally Lloyd-Jones, tune into QVC tomorrow (Thursday), between 12 and 1pm (EDT). She will be talking about her best selling book, The Jesus Storybook Bible. It is the perfect fit for kids of all ages! This Baby Boomer LOVES her personal copy!
Sally is a friend of mine....but I am not at all prejudiced. I knew her work before I knew her, and getting to know her (through a mutual friend) has been an honor!
Happy Birthday, Emily Post! You have made such a difference in the lives of so many. Long may you (and your books) reign!!!
Photo courtesy Albuquerque Cotillion/Facebook
The reason I started The Classic Preppy was to blog/write about etiquette and "marvelous manners" for children. Some time ago, a friend and I had developed the Practice Makes Perfect Placemat and I had written a workbook for the children's classes I taught....I thought it might be fun to share those things online, and thus, The Classic Preppy! Well, I got so much great response to my introductory articles, Miss Betty stories and other things, I still haven't gotten around to the original plan...but that's coming soon.
In the meantime, I want to point you to a darling Facebook page that's all about "marvelous manners".....The Albuquerque Cotillion. You can find it here: www.facebook.com/AlbuquerqueCotillion. Check it out!
In memory of my dear grandmother, who died at 101. Only in her last year or two of life was she like this...a state kicked off by a mini-stroke. She drove until she was about 97! (Her favorite songs at the end were Christmas carols!!)
It's a classic. One of "the" preppy classics....and yet the film version is being remade once again, this time by Baz Luhrman. Hmmm....Don't know quite how I feel about that. Pretty good cast, I suppose, but the 1974 version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow may be hard to top. (I didn't think the 2000 version was very good....but I haven't seen the silent version. Who knows? That's the closest one to the actual time period! Might be pretty good!!! Enjoy....
About a week and a half ago I had dinner with some of the most interesting people! Two of the people at my table were talking about their interest/participation in "beagling."
I must admit....I had never heard anything about this before. I am familiar with beagles and what they do...and am familiar with "the hunt" and all that entails....but I had no idea there was a sport that involved taking these dogs out on their own! Very preppy and very colorful! (Don't worry about the actual "hunt" part, either, as you watch the video below...the rabbit scampered away quickly and safely!!)
Have YOU ever heard of beagling? I am beginning to think there is a lot I am missing!!!
Second, this video, sent to me by a much younger friend, who won't have this problem for years. I, however, can really identify. Throw a nap into the mix and you have one of my better days (without the English accent of course!)....
Had a marvelous time in New Jersey in beautiful Basking Ridge. Also got to spend time all around Morris County and had a particularly lovely "closing dinner" at the beautiful Short Hills Country Club.
I am still playing catch-up with everything, so this post won't be long...but I thought I would share with you this picture of the beautiful flowers on the table that last evening. I was fortunate enough to be sitting with the President of our group and our special guest speaker, who was from Winterthur, one of my favorite places!
Getting ready to do some more traveling next week....and am so looking forward to it. Staying in a hotel that is supposed to be absolutely charming, located in a beautiful area I have never been to before. Will let you know more "from the road!"
In the meantime, I wanted to recommend two places to you that I have heard AMAZING things about, but have not yet experienced for myself (overnight), since one is where I live and another is in my hometown. Both are bed and breakfast establishments....those lovely private places, that allow you to feel like you are staying "at home" and are not out in the public eye.
Check out their websites....EVERYTHING is done perfectly in these two places....from the outside appearance of the buildings, the discreet signage (you want to blend in to the neighborhood!) to the lavish interiors and the amazing breakfasts....I think you will find Maury Place (Richmond) and the Historic Hartman House (Delray Beach) two places to put on your "Must See" list!
Had a wonderful day in Georgetown (Washington), DC today..... Was there for a meeting at Dumbarton House Museum. It's definitely a place you want to put on your list when you are in our nation's capital.
Oooh! It's been a busy week. Decided to run by CVS and get my flu shot yesterday while Younger Daughter was at dance, and today my arm hurt a little (typical for me), so I decided to use it as an excuse to relax and catch up on some DVR recordings.
I am completely and totally obsessed with Antenna TV. It's like TCM for television. Although it's programmed for early morning hours, one of my favorite shows is recorded every night and I have so enjoyed seeing episodes I have never seen before. Starring one of my favorite actresses....one of the most brilliant women to ever be on a stage or on celluloid....Shirley Booth..... the show is, of course, Hazel. The Antenna TV schedule has just rolled back around to the very first season (shot in black and white) and those episodes are priceless! (If you need to catch up, they are also available on Netflix.)
This intro is from a later season, but I just love it.....Always wanted a miniature car when I was little!
Excuse me, please, but I need to get back to my friend, Hazel! Have a great weekend!
Just found two little "holiday" segments on YouTube that will give you a preview:
(For those of you who know me...Yes!....I am just like Mrs. Johnson in the first episode. And all
three segments are on YouTube if you want to watch either episode in its entirety.)
I love tartans! I am descended from the Wemyss family in Scotland (Wemyss Castle is right across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh) and Younger Daughter is a competitive Scottish Highland Dancer. This is the start of the busy fall season for her, so this weekend we will be heading to Williamsburg for their festival.
Read this wonderful article on tartans that is from a past edition of the New York Social Diary.
It is so frustrating to me that one of my favorite films is not on DVD...nor is it shown on television/cable very often. It could definitely fit in the "preppy" category....I want to grow up to be just like Ethel Barrymore's character. When I saw her wearing her pearls with her peignoir, I knew she was my kind of woman!
If you ever get the chance to see Loretta Young in The Farmer's Daughter, don't miss it!
When I started this blog, I was pretty good about using the Labels feature for topics....so people could go in and read what they wanted to. I got very lazy very quickly, however, and have really neglected that. Now even I can't find things I need to refer to......
So, on this Labor Day, I have decided to pull that feature back up, and slowly but surely, go through old posts and label them. It will take me quite awhile I am afraid, but keep checking back.... and I promise from this day on out, I will be more organized....especially with this blog!
Spending today organizing things in the house, too....oh so slowly (and sadly) putting away the summer things. I really don't want to let go of summer this year. It has been the most amazing summer ever! Oh, well....I guess it's up to me to make the fall just as good! (And the only way to do that is to get organized. So, I will be checking in at Clutter Diet today to get some tips on my office. This image from Google Images/The Vanilla Joy blog is not too much of an exaggeration in my case. If I get brave enough, I will photograph a "Before and After!"
It's Back To School time! Finally.....Here in Richmond, it was delayed for many schools because of the earthquake and Hurricane Irene. But, we're headed back next week....and we are going in style. (I am not personally headed back, but I always think of September as the start of a new year for me as well....and shop for myself accordingly.)
This is the PERFECT time of year to add some fun new items to your life! Just received an amazing lunch tote in the mail....for Younger Daughter, who is obsessed with all things zebra. Made by Simply Bags (www.simply-bags.com), it is well constructed, made of lovely material and is just darn cute! Of course, it had to be monogrammed.....and even that came out really well....Look!
I can't wait to order more....next up is their adorable bag for dogs. Poor little Lucy has had to make do with an old LL Bean tote...and it doesn't even have her name on it! Now when she goes to her little "resort" when we leave town, she can travel in style!!
There are tons of adorable bags....Click on their site and look around....
I love, love, LOVE this teacher's bag. Wouldn't that be a great gift from the class, stuffed with goodies (Back to School, Christmas, End of the Year)?
Speaking of school.....What about college? Every student needs a cute laundry bag....or a tote bag for carrying the essentials to a football game/tailgate party! (I hated to pick just one school, so I chose Chapel Hill in honor of my dad. Duke fans, my apologies...) They also have adorable bags that are for sororities....you have to check those out on their site!!
Now.....here's the treat I mentioned yesterday......The owner of Simply Bags has offered readers of The Classic Preppy a special discount through the month of September. 10% off just by using the coupon code preppy. So, check it out....I think I am going to do a little Christmas shopping myself!
It ain't easy livin' without power....but it certainly does make me appreciate it. I have taken it for "granted" before. I think, too, that I have really taken my good health for granted for many, many years. Going through the stressful times of the days/months/years before my mother ("Miss Betty") died, made for some less than desirable eating choices.
Around the time of the Royal Wedding, I saw a tweet from India Hicks, about giving up diet soda. I was doing the same and followed her hashtag #fatsickandnearlydead to the website www.fatsickandnearlydead.com. Bought the movie and watched it and it changed my life! So much so, that I am bringing Joe Cross and his film to Richmond on September 15th. If you are in the Richmond area, or know anyone in Central Virginia, this is a must-attend event! For more, just click on www.rebootingmylife.com!
Well....to be quite honest, it was a day lacking in power for the most part. We are still without, but are patiently waiting, thankful to have a generator that does the basics (including TV/cable/internet)!
I decided that I needed to get out today...and because I am not at my "best" (no hairdryer), I thought a darkened movie theatre might be just the ticket! (Pardon the pun.)
The trailer for The Debt has fascinated me for quite awhile now, and luckily today was opening day. So there I was, in the audience for the first showing.
I. Was. Blown. Away.
Not sure what else to say, except that it (from the first five minutes on) is a VERY intense movie. VERY. Let me repeat. VERY INTENSE. But...it is one of the smartest, most well-crafted films I have seen in a VERY long time as well. Go....you won't regret it. Just plan to have some quiet time afterwards to "catch your breath." I felt like I could hardly breathe as I left the theatre.....but I am so glad that's how I chose to spend today.
PS. I didn't realize until just a moment ago that the actress who played Celia Foote in The Help, is also the actress that plays the lead (young Helen Mirren) in The Debt. Remember her....Jessica Chastain......I think we will be seeing a lot more of this amazingly talented young woman in the future!!
Dear Husband has our generator going, so we have the basics....refrigerator/freezer, bedroom lights and television (have to have Turner Classic Movies....it's Howard Keel Day today!), and computer/internet. So, although I can't do any indoor household chores (for the most part), I can do online shopping!
So...I need to tell you about one of the best finds online....CouponChief.com.
Yes, preppies do use coupons! No, we don't tend to hoard or use coupons for things we don't need/use, but we do like to save money when and where we can. A penny saved is a penny earned!!
I very rarely buy anything online without doing a coupon search through Google....and often find something that gives me 10-20% off or free shipping. CouponChief.com is a wonderful go-to site...and if you find a good deal, you can share it with other coupon hunters by uploading it! Check out this video to learn more...
Check them out on Facebook, visit their website and/or follow them on Twitter. (Love their Twitter feed...Keeps me really up to date!)
It was quite a week around here! Started with the 5.8 earthquake, followed by aftershocks and finished up with a tropical storm/hurricane. We had some damage, including a tree down in the backyard, but are grateful to be in one piece. Others did not fare as well. Being without power is an inconvenience, not a tragedy....and LIFE GOES ON! (The picture above is the tree that fell across the road from our neighbor's.)
Got a fun email in the midst of all of this, from a great company called SimplyBags.com. Just got finished ordering a fun monogrammed lunch bag for Younger Daughter, and am thinking about going back over to their website in a minute and looking for a little treat for Yours Truly!
One 5.8 earthquake. Check. Five good size aftershocks. Check. Hurricane on the way. Check. Made sure to go to salon to have hair done to look good for whatever comes our way. Check.
Now I better finish the real hurricane preparations! Just wanted to point you once more to the New York Social Diary. They have done a piece that recaps all the magnificent pictures I have been telling you about over the past few months!
Old movies have always been my thing. I am a sort of "classic cinema guru" to my friends and family, too....and I get all kinds of questions. Like this:
"What else has he been in?....You know, the little guy at the end of the bar there."
I don't mind a bit. It's my thing.
Nerd alert! I subscribe to Now Playing, the small magazine from Turner Classic Movies. Again... it's my thing! I wanted to let you know that today was going to be a special one. It's Debbie Reynolds Day on TCM!
Ms. Reynolds has always been a favorite, and there are so many good things on today....Singin' In the Rain, The Singing Nun, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tammy....
I am posting this at midnight, to give you as much of a head's up as possible. Set your DVR now and have a great weekend!
Another place I miss terribly is California. Not so much because it's a beautiful state, but because I have very dear friends and family who live there. I miss them.
One of those dear people is Judith Chapman. Long time readers of The Classic Preppy know that Judith's mother and Miss Betty were life long (since age 3) best friends...and Judith is like a sister to me. She is doing her one woman show Vivien this month in LA. If you are in the area, you must go see it. She is a brilliant actress. I am afraid I am going to have to wait until she brings it to the east coast...but I can't wait to see it!
Just as things are rolling along with all my projects (promise to write more soon about all that), I get this picture via Facebook.
The caption read, "I'm holding four tables. Any takers?"
I am so homesick now...and so "depressed." LOL....... But seriously, if any of you are in Palm Beach County, Florida....Go to the Latitudes Ocean Grill in Highland Beach. Best view (you are on the beach) and best food in the area. (There is indoor and outdoor seating, so you can have the view with air conditioning as well.)
I have had some things come up....all good and rather exciting things....and I need to be away for a few days to work on those projects. I will be back next week with a rundown of what I am doing.... More soon!
For those of you a certain age, check out what is available on Facebook as far as groups of people around the same age, who grew up in the same town. They are springing up all over the place and are so much fun! A friend of mine in South Carolina is in one that has over 1200 people...and someone I know from my hometown (Delray Beach, Florida) just started one on Tuesday.... and it is already over 150 members strong! It has brought back such sweet memories!
I just posted the picture above on the group today, as a few of us were in the same kindergarten class. Love how the children are dressed! So different than what you see today....Can you figure out which one I am? I have majorly preppy (think "English sandal") shoes on!
In Delray Beach, the children's shop was Happy Daze. I remember it only slightly, because Miss Betty's favorite children's shop in Delray Beach was Ellen Ruth's, which was still in existence when Older Daughter was a baby. Miss Betty's absolute favorite, though, was the Lullabye Shop in Palm Beach. The number of hours I spent in that store and the Prep Shop next door, where she got my brother's clothes....countless. However, if we "behaved" (which was very big with Miss Betty), we were rewarded with a trip to the Royal Poinciana Plaza to have lunch at Schrafft's and stop in FAO Schwarz to "look around."
(Picture of the Lullaby Shop from the Florida archives, and featured in Historic Photos of Palm Beach County.)
If you are too young to remember Schrafft's (in New York and Palm Beach), then check out the book, When Everybody Ate At Schrafft's. You can get it on Amazon (even for your Kindle!).
The picture I posted last week that was a special memory for me, was a picture of one of the little seats in the interior courtyard at the Royal Poinciana Plaza. There are debates on whether or not this and the Royal Poinciana Playhouse are viable structures to preserve/"save." I think they are. It may be more sentiment than architectural significance....but they are treasures beyond compare in the Classic Preppy's estimation!
The Royal Poinciana Plaza is also (very sadly) remembered for being the location of Au Bar, the site of the Ted Kennedy/William Kennedy Smith scandal of 1991. I don't think it really recovered after that....but I always have hope for the future! If you are in Palm Beach, pop over there to Too-Jay's Deli for lunch or an early dinner...and have a look around.