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!!

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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.

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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

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