Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Holidays

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and are getting ready for a great New Year!

I always start my New Year's resolutions before the big day, and am busily getting started this week. Here they are:
 1. Be as healthy as I can, including losing the extra pounds that have come with "middle age."
 2. Continue to organize my life, focusing on the challenging areas of my house (master bedroom, kitchen and office) and on my photo/genealogy files. This is the year to get those photo albums and scrapbooks together!
 3. Give the best I can to all the organizations I volunteer with, but be realistic about just how much I can do. This year I find myself on five boards, with other volunteer work to boot....and something has to give! I don't want that something to be me!! LOL

Happy New Year!!....I will also be working on changes to the blog, so you might be seeing a number of different backgrounds, etc. in the days to come. Cheers, Liz

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Thoughts

This has been a tough week.  A family member in the hospital (in Atlanta), friends who have suffered a death in their family.....and the first Christmas season without a loved one for dear friends of mine.  All of this has weighed so heavy on my heart.  I have been trying to think about bright and cheerful things to write about this week.....

And then the tragic shooting in Connecticut.  As I write this, they are announcing that 27 are confirmed dead, with more than a dozen of those being children.

I feel sick.  I think I will spend today re-reading the wonderful book, Hope and Healing, by Martha Kalichman.

Pray for this country, which seems to be descending into madness....

More next week....


Monday, December 10, 2012

"Don't Miss" Monday

Just got back from Palm Beach.....So while I unpack and get some things done, here's a new "Classic Preppy" feature: "Don't Miss" Monday.

On these Mondays, I will post things that I find fun and/or interesting, which I think some of you might have missed in the past.  Today's post is a wonderful film from the mid-90's with Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges, The Mirror Has Two Faces.  I noticed that the Encore cable movie channel was playing it this month, so wanted to point if out to you!  It will be shown again this Wednesday, December 12th (Miss Betty's birthday!) at 10:50am, 1:50pm, 10:45pm and 1:45am Thursday.  (All times are EST.)  Set your DVR for two hours of fun!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fun Friday

Come along with me today......Let's go on a little adventure!  We'll do a digital collage via FacebookTwitter and Instagram.....Charlotte Moss says it is perfectly fine to do your collages and memory books that way, although she and I are in agreement that paper is nice as well.  I have the Classic Preppy Facebook page set to automatically post to Twitter, so you can check things out either way.....

Not quite sure where we're going....but I know it's going to be fun!

Thought you might enjoy the vintage postcards from Worth Avenue.  This is more how I remember it growing up.  I spent a lot of time there, since Miss Betty bought my clothes at The Lullaby Shop and my brother's at The Prep Shop.  For your Visual Life, check out the vintage postcards on Ebay and from CardCow.  They're both great sources for vintage fun!

There's even a little more Visual Life planned for next week!  I just got too many ideas at the workshop not to keep sharing....

See you soon!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Magnificent.  Modern.  Cutting edge...yet fabulously retro.  HMF at The Breakers has been worth the wait!  I could go on and on....and on....and still not find enough superlatives to describe HMF.  I think The Breakers' press release for HMF is spot on, and exaggerates nothing.  So, with their permission, I have asked to borrow it to share with you, my readers. You need to read the details...and then come for the experience!

Photo courtesy The Breakers
HMF, located at The Breakers Palm Beach, introduces a thrilling and refreshing new take on the alluring, classic Palm Beach cocktail culture -- a destination for modern ‘social drinking and eating’ unlike any other on the island, and unlike any hotel lobby bar in the U.S.     In a setting drenched in timeless American glamour and the cool of modern nostalgia, HMF restores the social rituals of cocktail culture in a lively, high-style atmosphere.  Internationally-renowned hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany (Per Se, Restaurant Daniel, Le Cirque 2000, MO Bar London), acting as design consultant to Peacock + Lewis Architects, was enlisted by The Breakers Palm Beach to re-imagine the resort’s historic Florentine Room as a contemporary, Palm Beach cocktail soirée, an artful blend of high life, then and now.   “The nostalgia and the glamour of yesteryear are quite en vogue, while palates continue to become more sophisticated,” said Tihany. “We conceived HMF to be an open, interactive arena of decadent delights, and to cultivate a distinctly social, dynamic and inviting environment for the resort’s savvy clientele.”   Named for The Breakers’ founder Henry Morrison Flagler, HMF is where those who appreciate the art and intimacy of an exhilarating cocktail party can satisfy their discerning appetites for sensational food and drink in unexpectedly fresh ways.  Its extensive menus feature an innovative take on sharing plates representing a variety of authentic, globally inspired cuisines, with focus on the freshest, seasonal ingredients incorporating organic and locally sourced items; handcrafted, rave-worthy cocktails ranging from the vintage to the experimental; and an award-winning, 40-plus page, 1,600-selection wine list of varietals from around the globe – Bordeaux to Burgundies, Riojas to sakes,  carefully curated by The Breakers’ master sommeliers – all designed to surprise and delight the senses.  Inspiration is effusive behind the bars, in the wine displays and the theatre-style kitchen, thanks to esteemed master sommelier, Virginia Philip, and newly minted HMF chef Joey Tuazon (formerly of Acqua at the Four Seasons Miami) working with resort executive chef Anthony Sicignano. 

HMF guests are tended by an engaging, highly intuitive team, each skilled in the art of cocktail culture and stylishly dressed in striking, custom-tailored attire.  Vibrant music galvanizes the mood, with HMF’s own music and entertainment director, Kirill Basov, crafting and spinning custom playlists and eclectic blends, and heightening the interactivity of the guest experience so that everyone feels connected to the scene; he also oversees special events at HMF.   A Cigarette Girl, inspired by the social theatre and atmosphere of cocktail clubs of the 50s and 60s, will move through HMF nightly offering various tastings of specialty items for sale…an aperitif, culinary sampling or dessert or to take guest photos, all to enhance the HMF experience.   

Tastes and Sips / A Sampling of Signature Drinks and Sharing Plates  

 Signature cocktails with innovative twists, featuring home-made ingredients/mixers, sodas and an unexpected array of fun, whimsical garnishes … Railcar #91 features Courvoisier VSOP, fresh lemon juice, local honey and orange foam; the classic Daiquiri with Bacardi rum and home-made lime cordial, the GT, our version of the classic gin and tonic, infused with rosemary and Kirby cucumber, Chanel #6 with vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice; martinis and dirty martinis with novel tastes of vermouth, the Grand Mimosa, a luxe turn on a Breakers’ historic favorite but made with fresh-squeezed, local Florida oranges and a splash of Grand Marnier…      

* Wine selections from all over the world...from Australia to France, Italy to South America, Spain and Portugal to Israel and Lebanon, Germany, Austria and Greece…with a master sommelier presiding to share insights and recommendations on bottles or exceptional wine-by-the-glass offerings, to enjoy on its own or to pair brilliantly with sharing plates…   

 Savory sharing plates such as Warm Onion and Reggiano Dip, House Made Fingerling Chips; Wood Roasted Asparagus and Burrata; Orecchiette, Duck Sausage and Wild Mushroom; Churrasco Steak Chimichurri; Lamb Meatballs, Spanish Mole, Wood Roasted Peppers; Chicken Albondigas Tacos...     

Full spectrum of craft beers, including two local breweries such as Florida Lager and Orange Blossom Pilsner, to complement with HMF’s food items or enjoyed on their own… 

For oenophiles, the main attraction is the stunning Wine Wall, a 7,000-bottle showcase of The Breakers’ 28,000-bottle collection.  Made of polished stainless steel and clear glass, it was designed to exquisitely contrast with the room’s original architecture.   Tihany conceived this Wine Wall as a Master Sommelier’s dream, satisfying the resort’s two such certified wine experts, Virginia Philip and Juan Gomez, who carry the legacy of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award since its inception in 1981.  In addition, a premium collection of cigars, housed in a Tihany-designed custom humidor of clear glass with ribbon mahogany, are available to enjoy just outside HMF in the Mediterranean Courtyard or on the Seawall while enjoying ocean breezes.   Yet for all its night life accoutrements, HMF is an alluring and versatile, day-to-evening destination.  It entices guests for a morning latté with freshly baked pastries, an afternoon respite of delectable refreshments and engaging conversation, or, after sundown, an impeccably made cocktail or Master Sommelier-selected wine by the glass that perfectly pairs with an array of mouthwatering specialties.   HMF’s mantra of social drinking and eating is much for those who relish its all-day iced tea bar as its spirit-based cocktails.   More than just a founder’s moniker, HMF pays homage to legendary railroad and oil magnate Flagler, developer of the resort town of Palm Beach and much of Florida (circa 1890s and early 20th century).  He originally built The Breakers in 1896 and set it on its path to modernity as a one-of-a-kind classic – one that would always appeal to the “jet set” of the times.  HMF appeals to the same luxury-lifestyle audience of today, who covet social connection and unique aesthetic experiences that contrast with their highly digitized and impersonal world.     Tihany’s Design Brief Knowing design’s vital role in formulating a new rendition of glamorous, golden-era Palm Beach, The Breakers turned to Tihany, the creative visionary behind many of the best restaurant venues around the globe.  He was challenged with the task of re-creating the historic Florentine Room (formerly home to the resort’s Tapestry Bar and L’Escalier restaurant) as a captivating destination, stylish and sophisticated, yet incredibly comfortable, warm and welcoming.   The transformation focused on changing the usage of the room rather than the room itself, to make it less intimidating and more engaging, while balancing sensitivity to preserve the Florentine Room’s historic elements.   Tihany was mindful that The Breakers’ significant architectural venues (circa 1926 reconstruction) were inspired by palaces and gardens of the Italian Renaissance.  Accordingly, the Florentine Room was patterned after the 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, richly decorated with ornate, intricate details; a hand-painted, high-beamed ceiling and wrought-iron chandeliers. Within the walls and ceiling of this spectacular space, Tihany’s custom furnishings, innovative food displays and open kitchen create a new energy and style. 

After a seamless arrival experience from valet to just a few steps off the main lobby, guests enter HMF and are welcomed by two contemporary bars featuring ribbon mahogany with bronze accents:  one beckons guests to enjoy cocktails, while the other offers the finest sushi fare.  Stylish, modern furniture bathes the room in rich tones of cognac and cyprus green, and a bold carpet covers the floor in a luxurious jewel palette.  The room is illuminated with a soft radiance by over-sized floor lamps and wall sconces lining each column around the perimeter.   The prominent, 7,000-bottle Wine Wall anchors the space and provides a majestic backdrop for guests of the private dining room, a sumptuous and exclusive setting for up to 18.   “We envisioned HMF to be the most fabulous place to meet for drinks, anywhere,” said Nick Velardo, director of food & beverage of The Breakers Palm Beach. “It is incomparable to any lounge or restaurant, a place that goes way beyond where cocktails and dishes are simply prepared and served.  HMF will independently revive the joie de vive yet refined spirit of classic Palm Beach cocktail culture and restore social drinking and eating as an enduring tradition.”   Visit HMF 7:00am – 11:00am for small-batch coffees and bakery items, 11:00 – 5:00pm for a heavenly daytime menu, including afternoon tea 3:00pm- 5:00pm featuring traditional and exotic selections; 5:00pm – 2:00am offering an informal and inventive menu that draws from global cuisine, seasonal eating and the gourmet food truck movement.     For more information, call 561.659.8480, or visit      

It is my understanding that the daytime service will start just after Christmas Day.....but if you are in the area....and you should definitely stay at The Breakers when you are! must visit HMF. This is reminiscent of the Old Florida where I grew up.  This is glamour and sophistication mixed with modern elegance.  It is a Classic Preppy Five-Star recommendation!!

Now, how does all this fit in with this week's theme of a Visual Life? pictures from HMF will be simply perfect with all the (many) other pictures I have of Miss Betty and her sister, Frances, on board ship (the Queen Elizabeth)....nightclubbing in New York in the 40's and 50's (El Morocco, the Stork Club, etc.),...and even at tea dances at the Cavalier Beach Club..  I have never been sure how to put all of that together, but I think a narrative of sophisticated nightlife fits their activities as well as my trip to HMF!

Now, off to Worth Avenue!!  Cheers, Liz

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wonderful Image Wednesday

These are images from Charlotte Moss' Visual Life book...all courtesy Google (found on bookstore sites and blogs)...and all wonderful images.  I find I am drawn to all of them, but for very different reasons.

How about you?  What makes you want to get started putting things together? I am interested in anything that has to do with travel.  That's my next big project (scrapbook-wise), and I will write more when I return from my next trip....which starts today.  Right now.  Early this morning!

I am heading to The Breakers in Palm Beach for a few days of fun with a dear friend.  What a delight to show her all the places that were my haunts growing up...and share with her some of my newer finds, as well.  Ms. Moss says to never be afraid to record those moments...with a photo, a sketch, or a line or two quickly jotted down.  So, I will do my best to do just that!

Photo courtesy The Breakers
If I can blog from my iPad, I will do so and if not...I will keep you up to date via Twitter and Instagram, (Please click on those links to follow me!!) and will continue my Visual Life series on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  In the is where I am going tonight:  HMF.  (Gosh, that sounds "rawther" like Eloise of The Plaza).  I will share more about that tomorrow!!

In the meantime, have a great Wednesday!
Cheers, Liz

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Thoughts: Cut and Paste

One of the first slides in the Visual Workshop simply said, "Cut and Paste."  That immediately drew my attention. "Miss Betty" (my mother, whom I have written about often!) was a big believer in the "cutting" part....but not so much the "pasting."

For years, Miss Betty ripped pages out of magazines and added her own hand-written commentary....but she never did more than shove them into a folder or occasionally separate them into large Ziploc bags.  The same applied to family photos.  I am a huge believer in three-ring binders and those wonderful slip-sleeves that you can slide things right into, so I have been taking what Miss Betty gave me and am organizing it that way.  Later this week, when I write about "My" Visual Life as it relates to home and family, I will share even more pics!

Today I wanted to share an idea....a way of working that I have found to be do-able for me....and one that Charlotte Moss also said worked for her!  (Joy sprang to my heart when I saw one of her leather-bound books that she so graciously brought down from New York....It was arranged much like I arranged the couple of books I have done.)'s the idea:  Cut/clip/photograph, etc.  Gather your items together in categories that make sense to you and then put those together to tell a story....tell your story.  It can be family photos, photos and post cards from your travels, decorating name it!  It's all up to you!!  Then, start editing (very important!!) and put those together in a flow that will be interesting.  It's not hard.  I promise! If I can do it, anyone can....

Before Miss Betty died, she gave me all of our family photographs and I sorted through them (over several weeks) and decided to start with three albums.  First, I did one for my cousin, whose dear mother (Miss Betty's sister) had died when he was only a baby.  Second, I took all my parents wedding/honeymoon and young married couple photos and memorabilia and put those together.  Finally, I took my baby pictures and memorabilia and put it together.  That was actually the easiest...because Miss Betty had bought a beautiful Mark Cross leather album, had my name gold stamped on it....and then had never used it! It was right there waiting..... So, I replaced it's 1960's non-archival pages with some proper ones and set about putting the pictures in order.  That was challenging because they were not ordered by date in any way, shape or form.  So, I got out my trusty jeweler's loupe (which everyone should have!) and started looking at the pictures very closely for clues as to my age, the houses we lived in, etc.....and low and behold....a narrative developed!

Hospital pictures, cards from flowers and
 my first engraved calling card (upper right).

I even found the paperwork from
Norfolk General Hospital!

This is what it cost to have a baby and
stay in the hospital for five days back in 1959!

My parents belonged to the Cavalier Beach Club, so I hit the beach at a very early age!
The picture on the left is an old postcard I found tucked away in Miss Betty's pictures.
Charlotte Moss also loves using postcards in her scrapbooks and collages!

Outtakes and the final photo and actual card
 from my family's first Christmas card!

Think of a time in your life that was special.  Even one occasion....or maybe your own baby pictures.  What kind of story do those pictures and memorabilia tell?  Ms. Moss said that all we need is a "kick in the pants" to get

This is our Kick-Off Day!  Have at it!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Charlotte Moss Monday

There is simply too much to write for one post......So I am going to spread this post out over the entire week and make five entries out of one (combining the last two days with updates from Palm Beach).
Stay tuned all week long.....

If you look at the side bar in my "Inspirational Websites" column, you will find the website of Richmond native Charlotte of this country's most revered interior designers and lifestyle experts.  Ms. Moss is an inspiration herself and I have almost all of her wonderful books! I simply adore her website, and upon checking it a few weeks ago, found that she would be leading a workshop based on her new book, Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life ~ Scrapbooks, Collages and Inspirations, at one of my favorite sites, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello!  Score!!

I immediately emailed my decorating partner-in-crime, a.k.a. my sister-in-law who lives in Baltimore, and we arranged to meet and learn more from Ms. Moss.

Starting tomorrow, you'll find out what we learned and be inspired yourself!  By Friday, you'll feel like I do today...Ready to take on the world, and record it in your own book!!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: An Exciting Weekend

Besides going to a friend's annual holiday dinner party at the Palladio restaurant in Barboursville this weekend (BEST restaurant in Virginia!), I am also going to a fabulously exciting workshop, led by the amazing Charlotte Moss. To say that I am excited would be an understatement!!

Photo courtesy of
Ms. Moss, who hails from the city I now call home, has always been one of my favorite interior designers.  I have all of her books, and love visiting her website for inspiration (and amazing products).  Her latest book, A Visual Life, is divine...and the workshop is based on that.

You can read more about it (and order a signed copy!) here.  To sign up for the Charlotte Moss Workshop at Monticello, click here.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Musings: Priorities

So much to write much to think much to do, in general!  I think that's a problem that many of us have: too much to do.  And how do we get to that place?  Sometimes it cannot be helped, but in my experience, it's often a place we end up in because of over-committing.  That is something many of us do. Most of us, probably.

My blogging, as well as my duties around the house and many personal commitments, have suffered in these past few months.  I have been over-committed....way over......but I have loved all my projects and the people I have done them for and with.  I have been honored to serve on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations as well as having been a hard working volunteer on a number of volunteer committees.  My calendar and typical day are busier than when I "worked for a living," and upon getting yet another request to commit to a new "three year term" this week, I realized that something HAS to give....and I don't want that something to be me!!

So, there are decisions to be made.  Some of them are going to be tough.  I don't want anyone to feel I am letting him/her/them down.  Some of the readers of this very blog are women I work with in the volunteer trenches, and I can imagine what you/they are thinking!  All I can say is that for anything I am in charge of, I always make sure I am training someone to take my I won't leave anyone in the lurch.  Do not worry!!

Tonight I will get out my legal pad and favorite Elsa Peretti ball point pen, and approach this "old school" style.  I am going to write down everything I do and what I am committed to in the future and start trimming where I can.

In the meantime, I commit to writing at least three times a week for The Classic Preppy!!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Classic Liz

No.....This post is not about me.  I might be "classic".... and my name is "Liz".....but this is about THE Liz.

Elizabeth Taylor.

I am watching the Liz and Dick movie tonight as I write this.  A friend of mine who is an actress is also in it, so I am basically watching it to see her.  However, I am having a hard time watching Lindsay Lohan.....She is a very poor imitation of the lady herself.

This is one of my favorite pictures of the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Her look is classic....and a bit preppy.....and certainly timeless in its elegance.  That's what is missing in Ms. Lohan's performance....elegance.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Back In The Saddle

I cannot believe how life can run away with you....or at least with your precious "spare time!"  That's what has happened to me this fall, and I have been a very, very, VERY bad blogger!!

Trying to make up for that, and wanting to share some great deals and exciting news with you in the coming weeks, I am going to commit to blogging at least three days a week.  Hopefully more.  We'll see.

Photo courtesy
Today....a post from a young friend (named Lyric Hassler) here in Richmond, who is a rep for the always fabulous Stella and Dot jewelry line!  Isn't the necklace above terrific?  Their earrings are just as good....and you can get a deal on them if you act quickly!  Check out Lyric's page and let her know if you have any questions!  Cheers, Liz

Want some Stella & Dot studs at 1/2 off?   Go to Get a coupon code. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Living A Beautiful Life

** 9-26 Update:  I had a family member have to go to the hospital for surgery and a short stay. Wan't expecting that this month, so will take a short hiatus.  See you after October 1st...

I am going to be writing more posts that will continue the theme....but for now, I just have to point you in the direction of the newest issue of Town and Country magazine.  There is an amazing article on John McCain's 100 year old mother, her house and her gracious way of living.  I love, love, LOVE it!!  That is how I want to be in the years to come....and I don't see why I can't.  My grandmother and great-aunt lived to be 100 and 105 respectively...and lived in their family home, entertaining right up to the end!  (The house's beautiful garden was on tour the year my grandmother turned 100!)  These pictures are from the Town and Country article.  If there is one magazine you should subscribe to, it is Town and Country.  It is the Preppy "go-to" publication!  Go buy this issue today!! (Or subscribe.....That's what I do!)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Blog Break: Downton Abbey Style

I should be writing a witty, inspirational post today...but, no......I am using that time to watch Episode One of the third series (season) of Downton Abbey.  It is shown in the UK on Sunday evenings, and posted on Monday morning for viewers in the US to see.  I use a subscription service called to view all my favorite UK shows...and it has never let me down!

No spoilers....I won't give anything away....or tell you how AMAZING the first episode is (LOL).....but I will tell you this: If you ever get Downton Abbey on DVD make sure you order the uncut UK version.  Masterpiece Theatre hacks it up and you often miss something or they end it at a weird place.... The first time I watched online and compared the two I was stunned.  The ending was far more dramatic in the UK version.  Series Three, Episode One is one hour and 6 minutes long.  Masterpiece Theatre will have to edit about 10 minutes out of that to make it fit its format (including that dreadful bit with Laura Linney).....

Each episode only costs two (2) VIP Points....and you can get a ton of Points for very little money.  (I believe $10 gets you 100 points/ $20 gets you 200, etc.)

Monday, September 10, 2012

More On The Divine Diana

Click on the magazine cover to learn more about the amazing Mrs. Vreeland!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Style Vs. Fashion

Blair Sabol has written the most exquisite article for today's New York Social Diary! Click here to read it.

At the end of the article she mentions the new Diana Vreeland documentary, which I cannot wait to see!!  (Not sure we will get it in Richmond, but I am willing to travel to see it.)  Earlier this year I bought the companion book, The Eye Has To Travel.  Marvelous!!   I think I also wrote about it and posted the preview on The Classic Preppy's Facebook page or Twitter....but here is is again, for those who might have missed it:

For more on Diana Vreeland, visit!


Photos above courtesy of

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Downton Abbey Is Coming To Richmond!

Well....not exactly....but close enough!  I thought long and hard before posting this, because it feels a little bit like bragging.....but I am just too excited not to share.  Look who's coming to speak at The Woman's Club!  I am so excited to be able to be part of it.....Will let you know all about it in October... (Click on the picture to enlarge and read...)

Also...I hope you like my new blog design.  It is still being tweaked, but click on the upper left for different viewing modes (Classic, Magazine, Mosaic, etc....)

Cheers! Liz

Monday, August 20, 2012

"New" Blog Coming Soon!

New Design.  Book and Movie Reviews.  Shopping Secrets.  Technology Tips.

And it's coming next month....

I need a little "refreshing"....and so does "The Classic Preppy!"

See you after Labor Day!!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Hmmm.....I think I am going to move away from my "themed days" approach to blogging, and just write what I feel like writing about.  Today's topic might seem contradictory to yesterday's "Get to it!" theme.....but I think it is very important that we relax....each and every day.....but (at least) once a year for several days at a time.

That's what I did on my most recent trip back "home" to Delray Beach, Florida.  I relaxed.  Completely.  I slept well, ate good food (if you go to Delray Beach, you MUST eat at Da-Da!), and spent time with family and some very precious friends.

There is nothing more relaxing than spending time on the on one of our last evenings we simply cruised up and down the intracoastal.  So quiet (even with the steel drum band playing in the background) and so relaxing......Just what I needed!  (Disclaimer: I made my family and friends wear the tacky leis for the picture.....they were very kind to humor me!!)

Now, get to it!  Go relax!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Get To It!

That is my new motto! .... "Get to it!"

No matter how much I have to do, I am going to stop slacking off on the things I need/like to do...including this blog.  So, as of today I am back.  I will be writing on a variety of topics, but today's will simply focus on "Get to it."

Having said memory of the great Andy Griffith and company, here is a "Get to it!" theme from
 The Andy Griffith Show. (For that particular part of the episode, start at the 15:00 minute mark.)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I'm Back.....

Sorry to have been gone so long!!  Will start writing again ....for sure!!!...tomorrow.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Sadness

I have lost two friends in the past two weeks.  Two dear, sweet men who were loving husbands, fathers and grandfathers. My heart aches for their families....although I know they are in the heavenly realm.

It seems like so much is going on this summer, that I will be taking an official blogging vacation.  I won't stop all together, as one day might be better than the next, but I probably won't post more than once or twice a week for the next month or so.

I will be tweeting as I go follow me there....and check back here every few days.  I will try to make it interesting!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

June Jaunts

I thought I was going to be able to get back to blogging on a regular basis this month. Wrong! Life seems to be going at full tilt, and I have commitment after commitment to let me offer my apologies. I will see what I can do between now and July 1st, when I should be past the crunch! The other night, after drinking far too much caffeine, I found myself wide awake and looking for a movie on Netflix. I found the most wonderful documentary on of my favorite designers. His approach to the 1970's was definitely a "classic." Have you seen it? If not, you should!! Here's a preview....


Even if I can't blog in the next few days, I will be tweeting my adventures....going on a rather unusual road trip! See you soon.... Cheers, Liz

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Week Of Wonder

While I sort things out with my laptop and get a few other projects finished, I want to take this week to share with you some thoughts on design.  Whether clothing, jewelry, furniture, name is of paramount importance.  We'll be looking at designers and their designs all week.

To start....a video from Tiffany & Co. about the amazing Elsa Peretti.  Ms. Peretti was quite famous for her passionate approach to all she did during my time at Tiffany's.   One story even had it that she threw her fur coat into the fireplace after a particularly heated discussion with the TCO President!  From my simple sterling pen to my cobalt serving bowl to the silver necklaces I have given my daughters through the years....all the Peretti pieces we own are precious.

Meet Elsa Peretti!  Simply click "play"....

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


June 1st update:  Thank you for your patience!! I am so sorry that it's taken me longer than expected....but I have had another major glitch with my Dell Studio 17. (Yes, Dell....even though Mannu and Sam in India are now two of my closest friends, and they have tried so hard....I am done with you!)  We are taking the laptop down to the ground and reloading it, which will probably take two days....then I am going to get by with it as long as I can....until Apple launches Mountain Lion (upgrade from their Lion operating system) this summer.  As soon as they do, I am getting a MacBook.  Have already chosen it, decided on the upgrade (8GB of memory for one) that I need....and I am ready to go!

Thanks for your patience.  I will be back as soon as I can...

Cheers!  Liz

Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday Musings: Simply Extraordinary

This is not a "preppy post"....but this interview really moved me and I wanted to share it with my readers!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Organization

Love Peter Walsh!  He did me a great favor once (which I will write about soon)....and this little video about electronic organization is super.  Hmmmm....come to think of it, my desk looks a bit like the one on the left.  I better get busy!

***SORRY! Microsoft has moved the video. I will try to find it and repost!! While I am looking for it, check out these great Peter Walsh ways to organize your house!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Silly Sunday: Anniversary Fun

Today marks our 23rd wedding anniversary! I can't believe it's been that long...
and here's to 23 + more!! 

For your preppy enjoyment, an homage to the royal weddings of the past.
 My curtsy to my own Queen Mother... 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Find: Repeating Myself

My cousin is in town visiting me for a couple of days and we have spent a lot of time talking about our mothers and grandmothers. In celebration of Garden Week in Virginia, a reposting of a favorite article of mine....when Miss Betty and her mother were on the Greenville, South Carolina House and Garden Tour. I think my grandmother was 100 at the time. (You have to click once on the photo to enlarge it enough to read...)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday Tidings: The Importance Of Grammar

This is something one must be very careful about. The apostrophe in "y'all" is often misplaced ("ya'll"). Just remember, it takes the place of the "ou" in "you."

That is the grammar lesson for today, y'all! 
(Thanks to

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Find: How Did I Miss This?

Not sure how I missed this great video from ABC, where Lisa Birnbach, author of The Preppy Handbook and True Prep, makes over an ABC reporter.  Classic.

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There will probably be a brief commercial at the beginning, but it's worth getting through it!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Musings: Busy, Busy, Busy....

I have no good excuse for not blogging, except that I have been crazy-busy! I know many of you have also experienced this lately, and I am trying to make room in my life for a little down time. Not happening yet, but soon I hope.... In the meantime...until I have something better to entertain or educate you with.....Check out this great new free photo editing website I found! It is quick, easy and intuitive!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More Soon!

More "preppiness" coming soon!  In the meantime....more genealogy!  Do you know where YOUR family was in 1940?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Special Edition Saturday: Blogger Frustration And Internet Options

While I am considering my Google/Blogger options, I will point you to some internet fun (and by the way, Google has messed up YouTube at the same time they have messed up Blogger.  Bad, Google!   Just because Google+ is a miserable failure, you don't have to take it out on YouTube....Grow up.)

Dear Readers, I encourage you to spend some time on this weekend.  Start climbing your family tree....It's a lot of fun.  You know that we Preppies are into our lineage!!!

I am excited to announce that Ancestry has made   
The Classic Preppy one of their Ancestry Aces.  That means I will be able to keep you updated on the latest news, especially about the 1940 Census, which the government will open on April 2nd.  Here's the latest:

The National Archives and Records Administration will open the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on April 2, 2012—the first time this collection will be made available to the public. Once we receive the census, we will begin uploading census images to our site so the public can browse them. Initially, this collection will be what we call a browse-only collection. This means a person can scroll through the pages of the census districts much like you would look at a microfilm or a book. At the same time, we will be working behind the scenes to create an index of the census that will eventually allow people to search for their family members by name as they currently can with all other censuses on Note also that the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be accessible free of charge throughout 2012 on
Dear Google,

I was going to write about the second year of  The Classic Preppy on Blogger.  Then I received your notification of changing how Blogger worked/displayed and that I could be one of the first to try it.

I. Do. Not. Like. It.

I am going to have to consider my options and will be back in touch with you soon.  Maybe I can get used to it.  Perhaps Word Press is calling my name....


To My Readers.....More later, everyone!  Have a great weekend..... Cheers, Liz

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

Helped give a luncheon today! So much fun....and such delicious food!!

PS. Posted from my Blogger app...didn't mean for the pics to be so big. Sorry!! Also, just realized that today is The Classic Preppy's second anniversary! More on that tomorrow!!! Cheers, Liz

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Musings: Family (Genealogy)

Hi! My name is Liz and I am a Genealogy-aholic.

Preppies love family. Most of us can recite our ancestors at least a few generations back, and many of us spend our "down time" researching to find out more. I have been interested in genealogy since I was a young adult, and was blessed to have inherited the wonderful work my great-aunt had done (starting in the 1930's, when it was a real challenge). I am a huge fan of Family Tree Maker, my database of choice, and just as big of fan of their companion site  And I have to admit....I am one of those people who knows exactly how much time is left before the 1940 US Census documents are released (7 days!!).  I am a genealogy nerd.  I admit it.

What about you?  Do you enjoy researching your family, going through old photos, asking questions of your "older" family members?  It's a lot of fun...and you can get hooked easily.  Be warned!

One thing I am very grateful for is that I am living in the day and age of technology and online research/collaboration.  Think about all that we can do at the click of an icon....things that used to take forever.

Just to make your Monday a happy one, I have added this adorable video of what technology might have done for our founding fathers back in the day..... Enjoy!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Find: The Light Of Day

The tagline "Capturing the Light of Dawn" couldn't be more appropriate!  I was honored to have had a sneak peek at Tiffany's new Rubedo metal.  It is exquisite!!  What a perfect choice for celebrating their 175th anniversay....

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Thoughts: Touched By A Cause

I was invited to breakfast this morning.  I am not a morning person by nature, nor any other means, so I don't usually accept many breakfast invitations....but this one was different.  A friend of mine is on the board of directors of the Richmond/Central Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.  My grandmother, who lived to 101, spent the last three years of her life with that dread disease.  Although she was blessed to only have it that brief period of time during her very long life, it was so hard for all of us.

The people I heard speak today and the people I met, were simply inspiring.  I am very impressed with this organization and what they do.....and all across this country there is a concerted effort to move the funding for disease prevention/cure forward.  If you are interested, here is a link to more about this effort.  No contribution necessary....just a petition to sign.

This is the video from last year's breakfast...

Diseases like this know no boundaries. "Preppies" and "Non-Preppies" alike are affected.....

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Classic Preppy Returns (And So Does Downton Abbey!)

Sorry to have been away so long....our vacation was wonderful, with the exception of the motherboard of my laptop deciding to have problems.  So, off it went to Dell (and off I went to look at Mac Books)....

It should be back today, and I am planning all kinds of wonderful things to write in the future.  I can't believe this blog will celebrate its second birthday on the 29th of this month!

So, to offer you something VERY special to make up for my absence.....this is a Downton Abbey inspired post.  Every year the BBC does a wonderful Comedy Relief benefit.  This year's included a tremendous "take-off" on our own Downtown Abbey.  It is priceless.... Watch closely and you will see all kinds of familiar faces (Kim Cattrall from Sex and the City, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley from Absolutely Fabulous, and lots of other faces from movies such as Bridget Jones' Diary, Four Weddings and a Funeral, etc.)



PS. I was delighted to see one of my favorite BBC reality stars at the end of Part 2. Her name is Kim Woodburn, and she and Aggie MacKenzie starred in a BBC hit show called How Clean Is Your House.  They would go into the most incredible hoards/messes and transform them.  To see her in action click here.  Warning: It's a pretty awful mess.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Blogging Issues

My computer has had motherboard problems, so I won't be blogging for a little while. Back soon!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Funny Friday

This is how we partied in 1965!

I am not going to wear a crown today.....unless I find one at Tiffany's!

Quick update: No crown to be found, but did find a lovely little pink opal egg charm (far left) to complete my collection. DH had given me a Tiffany gift card this morning, and I had saved my "egg money" to complete the purchase. Wanted to save its aquisition for my big day! (I say "complete my collection" because the only one I am missing is all diamonds and is waaaaay out of my price range.  So my collection stops here unless I find a lucky lottery ticket!)

Mani-pedi, trip to Tiffany's, a new haircut and makeover at the Dior counter.  I am ready to face.....gulp!.....53.  Bring it on!!

See you next week!!  (We're going to Palm Beach.....and there's a lot going on this season...)