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