Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday Songs

Did you ever come across a new artist while looking for a particular song?  I have...many times.  One of my best discoveries is the amazingly gifted singer, Kimberly Lord.  Her Christmas album is simply spectacular!  I believe you can buy it on iTunes as well as Amazon and CD Baby.  You can preview it here.  (When you do, be sure to click on the title track...#14.  It is beautiful!!!)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Forgotten Friday

Image courtesy
Somethings are forgotten over time.  Sometimes some very good things...

One of those things, in my opinion, is the Hayley Mills/John Mills/James MacArthur movie, The Truth About Spring.  This film was shown on TV over and over again when I was growing up and it was a real favorite. So, I finally found it online and ordered it. (I think it's a production-on-demand DVD.)  My extended family members are here for the holiday and we are watching it this evening.

It's just as wonderful as I remembered it to be!

What things do you remember that you think might be gone forever?  A quick internet search might prove otherwise!!

More this weekend...


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Where Does the Time Go?

Oops!  I never got around to posting yesterday.  Busy, busy, BUSY!!!  Sorry...

Getting ready to welcome our Thanksgiving company, so I am on the run today, too...but will post more tomorrow and through the weekend....In the meantime, however, I am going to take a few minutes to sit down and write some notes to some dear ones to tell them just how thankful I am that they are in my life.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Musings: Holiday Preparations

Just two days before our company arrives.  I think this eCard says it all!  Back to the grind...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More Weekend Thoughts: Connect and Encourage

I will be posting on The Classic Preppy each day from this weekend until the end of November.  Then, on November 30th, I will be launching my new blog, which is called Connect and Encourage.  You'll understand why when you read it...and I hope you will join me there! (The Classic Preppy won't go away, but I will probably post there just a couple of times a week rather than daily, at least for awhile.)

The video below is not "preppy"...unless you consider how nicely the young man who narrates it is dressed.  I share it with you, my dear readers, because a wonderful high school and college friend shared it with me.  His son is in the video (the young man in the apartment), and I was interested in seeing it for that reason alone.  However, when I watched it I was overcome by how deadly accurate its narrative was.  I was convicted by it.  I think a lot of people will be.  In 2014 we are so "connected," yet we are losing real "connection" at an alarming pace.

Think about it.  How do you edit/curate your life and your social media/smartphone usage?  My dear husband who uses technology when he must...and only then...came home from a conference so disappointed. "It used to be that when you broke for lunch, people would chat in the buffet line, invite new people to sit with them and 'connect.'  Now they just all stare at their cellular devices.  Smart phones. Tablets. What have you. This time NO ONE EVEN LOOKED UP." (Side note: DH also still has a flip phone, which he keeps in his car as a back up.  He might need to make it his primary phone if he wants to be hip.  Even Vogue's Anna Wintour is going old school!)

Am I looking up or am I looking down? Where is my focus in life? Where is yours? Technology, especially social media...are we controlling it or is it controlling us?  I have noticed that a number of fellow bloggers who started around the same time I did are retiring their blogs, or posting much less frequently.  They seem to have a shared sentiment of wanting to get back to living their lives and being in the moment, versus thinking of what they can do that may or may not be worthy of a blog post or sound bite.

What do you think?  How has your life changed?  Have you changed because of technology?  Have I??  It's given me a lot to ponder...and pray about.

Happy Sunday, all!

Enjoy!! Liz

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Thoughts: Elegance

"Elegance in the only beauty that never fades." ~ Audrey Hepburn

I understand elegance...for my mother was one of the most elegant women I've ever known.  Her elegance, like her mother's before her, was innate.  She had a calmness and serenity that radiated from her innermost being.

She didn't overdo, nor did she skimp on details.  She wasn't perfection, but she was grace personified.

Elegance seems to be a lost concept these days.  Someone told me recently that I was the "youngest" 55 year old they'd ever known.  I had to think about that for a minute...because I certainly don't dress in a trendy/young way, nor do I wear my hair/do my makeup like a much younger person. I try to stay active/involved, and I take on new projects all the time...because they interest me and because I never want to stop learning.  But I think that I was paid that compliment because I don't pretend to be something that I am not.  I hope that's elegance.  I am not trying to recapture my lost youth, nor fill or lift any part of my 55 year old body.  I am tired of seeing women my age trying to be something that cannot be again.  Embrace your years.  Thank God for your experiences...good and bad.  They make you who you are! If something starts to sag, figure out how to support it or mask it the best way you can, but embrace it!  It's ok.  Really.




In the early 1980's I saw Katherine Hepburn in West Side Waltz.  She was about 75 at the time and she  looked simply stunning.  She carried her age with dignity, aplomb and panache.  I think about Miss Hepburn and how she looked then, and compare that to someone like the late, great Joan Rivers. She, too, was very talented, but her talent was obscured by her constant attempt to fight off the inevitable.  How many reports were written dissecting her latest attempt at remaking her face?  There were certainly more of those than there were reviews of her razor sharp wit and delivery.

Through the brilliance of social media, I came upon a company called Look Fabulous Forever.  Based in the UK, their videos are inspiring and informative...and I hope their products will come to this country soon!!  They are right in line with the concepts shared by people such as Mireille Guiliano in her wonderful French Women Don't Get Fat/French Women Don't Get Facelifts books.

If you are "of an age," then check out their website and videos.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Living A Simply Luxurious Life

Life is becoming more and more about simplicity for me.  (More on that later!)  I think this book, due to launch in January 2015) looks like it might be just up my alley.  I love Shannon's website/blog! 

What do you think?  Do YOU want a simpler life...or do you enjoy "complications."  Some people do!  I used to...but I have grown out of that stage of life.  Or, perhaps I have just grown too old to enjoy them....

Monday, October 20, 2014

Back In Business!

I'm back!!  Sorry to have been away so long...and my other blog is almost ready to launch...but that's not why I have been away.  Life just gets hectic sometimes.  I know EVERYONE can identify with that!!

Saw these pictures on Veranda this week and was carried away. Click the link and check them out. Love, love, LOVE the trellis as a design feature!

More soon...


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Blog On The Way!

No, I am not changing The Classic Preppy, but I will be posting a little less in the coming weeks, as I work on another blog that I will be writing over the next year.  It is a very personal blog and will hopefully be a great resource for folks who need encouragement and a little "pointing in the right direction."  More on this soon!!

In the meantime, just so you will have a little something to brighten your day, look at the ongoing fabulous (CLASSIC!) style of Carolina Herrera.  Elegance NEVER goes out of style!

All images from Google images.  

Have a great day!  Cheers, Liz

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Sermon: Understanding History

Hi, all!  It's been a busy week and I have actually been over at another blog posting there.  I have had so much fun...and have shot a variety of videos, including one with a dear friend, who is the author of a book on Crohn's Disease.  I will be able to share that video with you soon, as she will be in my kitchen making lactose-free yogurt.

Speaking of videos, I came across something very interesting this week.  It's not "preppy" at all...but I thought it was interesting enough to share.  I have a Bible app on my phone, where the actor Alexander Scourby (who is famous for having recorded the ENTIRE Bible) reads scripture as your phone tracks/highlights the verses.   It's a great app, and I was looking at some of the other options it had.  It linked me to the video below, which I found fascinating...especially considering what is going on in the world today.  I thought it would be a good thing to share with you on this glorious Sunday!

Blessings, Liz

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Sermon: Encouraging Words

Photo courtesy

One of the new features of The Classic Preppy is a Sunday post that is designed to encourage you!  There is no better way to launch this than to share with you the words of one of my favorite speakers, the Rev. Don Wilton.  Rev. Wilton's name might be familiar to those of you who love Billy Graham, for he serves as Dr. Graham's personal pastor.  Rev. Wilton pastors a church in Spartanburg, it is my hope that on one of my trips to Greenville, I can stop by and here him in person!

I encourage you to click here and listen to him encourage YOU!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back To Business-Back To School-NYSD Reruns

Postcard of "vintage" Palm Beach...Memories!!
Good morning!  It's a beautiful day here in Virginia, I am back from my myriad of summer travels and Younger Daughter has just gone back to school.  It's her "last First Day," and although that is sad in some ways, it is gloriously exciting in others!  College time!!!

The New York Social Diary will be rerunning all the Ordway photos in the coming days, so be sure to check that out...and welcome to those of you visiting The Classic Preppy because you saw it mentioned in the opening article!  I love "connecting" people...and what a fun project that was...

More soon!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Off The Grid

Taking some time off this summer...and off the technology grid as much as possible.  This is my view...

and this is one way our visitors can come and see us while we're here...although most come by car...

More soon.... In the meantime, enjoy your summer!!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Fun And A Throwback Thursday Photo Collage

I am having so much fun going through these old pictures and papers!  There is so much to tackle that I probably won't finish until fall, but that's ok.  Part of the project means getting all our home videos into digital format and I finished that this week, so that's a big check on my to-do list.

I love, love, LOVE my MacBook Pro and have finally starting using iMovie, to make little video clips to send to family and friends.  I also love my subscription to  It has great extras in photo editing and lets you make collages, Facebook covers, etc.

Here's a Throwback Thursday, circa 1988.  (My husband was/is very silly as you can see!)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Find

The sorting and organizing continues.  I am uncovering treasure after treasure...working hard, but having so much fun!

I found this clipping in a box of papers that came from my grandmother and great-aunt. They died in 2000 and 1999 101 and 105. So, you can imagine how much stuff they left behind!

No date on this, but I am judging from the clipping's condition it is probably from the 1930's or 40's??  I wonder which of my ancestors clipped and kept this? What were they thinking at the time?

Funny how the sentiment still applies today...even more so!! Read the second verse about the civilized debate between the haves and have nots of society.  Our current culture is so polarized...and we have been led like sheep to this way of behavior.  In my opinion, our leadership ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE need to do better.  Much better.

Have a great weekend, all!


Update:  Looks like 1938 was when this poem was featured in the syndicated newspaper column. Love, love, LOVE my subscription to!

It's pretty clear what was being talked about/debated in 1938...and obviously there was a desire for a more civilized debate even then.

How sad those who read this in 1938 would be to see how we tear each other down for sport these days...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Project

For the past four summers I have sworn up and down that I was going to "get those photos in albums."  The ones I've done are fabulous...very simple and elegant, if I do say so myself...but I have a LOT of photos!

I'm not complaining.  My collection goes back to the mid-late 1800's, because I have inherited a huge collection from a variety of ancestors.  All of those have to be identified, catalogued, scanned, numbered and entered into my genealogy program as well (the amazing Family Tree Maker and Then there are the numerous family photos of the past twenty-five years of marriage, children and family vacations.  My goal is to sort these per child and also by the narrative/story of what was happening.  Also, I am trying to assemble the books so that when I go to glory (many, many years from now I hope), my girls will each have a set of books.

Christmas party, December 2013

Banquet ends off the table for every day family use

New Year's Eve Dinner, 2013

Genealogy sorting room

I had my boxes of papers and photos in my home office, which is a nice large space, but also an interior room with no windows.  I knew this project would probably take all summer, and I needed to be in the light.  So, I've brought everything into the dining room.

Our dining room is one of the rooms in the house that is always sparkling clean and polished, ready to go.  It is great for parties and dinners of all sizes, and I love, love, LOVE it.  Because of its unique placement in the house, its table stays clear and never gets any of the clutter the breakfast room often acquires.  So, this is a big step...with a deadline.  But it was a good decision.  The views from the two windows in the dining room are bright and pleasant and make it a very happy place to work! A lot of my Classic Preppy posts this summer will probably revolve around this get ready!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Generosity

Image courtesy of Augustus Clemmer Mayhew/New York Social Diary
Wonderful article today about Rollins College and George and Harriet Cornell... I grew up across the street from the Cornells. They were a dear, sweet couple who had a simple, gracious house.  As a child, I especially loved their Samoyed, who was so shy and cute.  The Cornells owned about a third of the block that their house was a part of and after their deaths, half of that property became a dog park, and the other part was subdivided into three lots for three new houses.  They blessed many, many people with their generosity...and were as down to earth as they could be.  It's too bad more people aren't like them today.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Checking In

I'll be back to blogging soon... Lots of traveling lately!  Florida and Georgia....Lots of fun and time with dear friends.

The amazing actress Morgan Brittany (right) with our dear friend and equally amazing actress,
Judith Chapman, who'd just performed in Vivien. We were all in Atlanta for the 75th anniversary celebration
of the movie premier of Gone with the Wind.  

A very special trip to Florida to be godmother to the most precious baby boy in the world...
He was sent straight from heaven!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom

Every graduate (high school and college) should watch this.  So should their parents.  And their siblings. And grandparents. And friends. And everyone else.

It is magnificent. "Never ring the bell" in life!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday In Old Palm Beach

Today's reflection on old Palm Beach in is not to be missed!  It was so much fun putting my friend Lou in touch with Clemmer Mayhew, so these pictures and the magnificent story they tell could "go global."

Read all the way through the article and be sure to enlarge and read the fabulous vintage Town and Country article about Palm Beach through the eyes of its servants/staff members.

One of the things I remember from growing up down there is the old Palm Beach Illustrated.  Simply printed, a magazine that was more like a heavy newspaper insert, it featured great Then and Now pictures of people of note.  Women of style seem to develop it very early...and never run out of steam!


Monday, May 19, 2014

More On Monday: Letters

From TCM's Facebook page:
Have you built any of your relationships on the exchange of letters or emails? What do you find rewarding about these friendships?
Sadly, Helene Hanff, who penned the nonfiction "84 Charing Cross Road," never met her friend Frank Doel in person. The two corresponded for 20 years.
You can review the full day's schedule at All times here ET.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday Thoughts: The Art Of The Letter

We'll spend the next couple of posts talking about letters.  Does anyone remember what those are?  Anyone have a child over 21 who can write in cursive or read it easily?  They more or less stopped teaching it when my eldest was in grade school.  A shame.

New letters of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have come to light.  Letters, unlike email and social media posts, have a long shelf life and a glorious glimpse into the past.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday Stories

I have so much to write about for the next few days! Such interesting people and products here at the National Genealogical Society Conference.

The company I want to highlight today is the amazing Stories To Tell Books.  They make it so easy to tell your story...or (ESPECIALLY!) your ancestor's an attractive, professional, high quality book, that can be marketed and sold.  I am amazed by what I saw at their booth, and it has changed my mind completely about a do-it-yourself book through one of the many photos sites I use.  Those are great for family gifts, but what if you have a larger story to tell?

Grab your cup of coffee or tea, check out their website and think about whose story YOU'D like to tell.  This company is not your typical "self-publishing" house.  Click across the page bar at the top of their site to learn more. This is an unbelievable process that goes far beyond what others do.  I haven't used them yet myself, so cannot speak to the end product per se...but I can tell you that they are lovely people, and I was delighted to have the chance to spend time with them this week!)

More soon!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Finds And Follows

Early start to the day today...and lots of cars pulling into the parking garage for the Richmond Convention Center. The National Genealogy Society's Annual Conference is a great success!  Congratulations...and thank all who have made this possible.

The view from my location at the "standing room only" session .
(Thanks to the crew at the Marriott for bringing in extra chairs!)
Just popped out of the most amazing session so I'd have time to post this morning.  I am a HUGE fan (and member), and I wouldn't have missed the chance to hear Crista Cowan (Ancestry's own rock star) comment on "What's New" at my favorite genealogy website.  I'll write more later, but for now wanted to share something important with those of you who use Ancestry.  Did you know the "shaky leaf" you find by an ancestor's name, which indicates more info about that ancestor, represents only 10% of their databases?  It is, as Crista says, "low hanging fruit" be sure you dig deeper!

If you are an user, too, here's a piece of helpful advice...When you want to subscribe or renew, check them out online and then call the number you see on that page.  I upgraded my membership to World level last night, and by doing what I described above, I saved $100!  Also, if you are an AARP member (being over 50 can be a blessing), that can get you up to 30% off.  Just mention AARP to them and the deals start flowing.

Speaking of deals, conference attendees are getting great access (and deals) to sites such as and and Check them out!

Today I am bringing my great-grandmother to the conference with me in my heart and "around my neck."  As the only member of my family interested in genealogy, I inherited a lot of wonderful things.  Some of that included my great-grandmother's jewelry and gold pieces.  Her engagement ring was a very pretty amethyst and her wedding ring a wide gold band.  Also with her things was a gold dollar piece, with a handwritten note, saying it had been given to her by her grandmother on the occasion of her baptism.  The other piece of gold was a $5 gold piece that was a mystery to the family.  Why had these two gold pieces been kept, when everyone was supposed to turn in their gold in the 1930's?  The answer was clear on the baptismal coin, but what about the $5 piece?  It was when I inherited the family Bible and found the year of her marriage to my great-grandfather that I understood...for it matched the year on the coin.  Once I knew that, I had the coin set in a bezel, so I could wear it and remember her.  In that way, she's with me today here at the conference!

My great grandmother, Minnie McMeekin Ragsdale, around age 16.
Minnie's engagement ring, wedding band and baptismal coin

What I'm wearing today!

More soon!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Family History/Genealogy Time

Taking a break from the decluttering/organizing to spend a few days at the National Genealogical Society's annual conference.  They come to Richmond every few years, and it's always a fabulous experience.  (We are blessed to have the Library of Virginia here in Richmond...a genealogical heaven!!)  I learn so much, each and every time I attend, and this week is proving to be no exception.

The NGS is having a Twitter event, so the great majority of my tweets from Thursday-Saturday will be #ngs2014gen.  I know not all of you are into genealogy...although it is VERY popular with "preppies" don't be too overwhelmed.  I think you'll find them interesting, and I will link you to fun sites as often as I can.

Of course, the shopping is always a highlight for me at a conference.  The NGS delivers!  I will be highlighting some of my favorites today through the weekend, and will start with a local landmark.

The Library of Virginia has redone their gift shop, and I (for some odd reason) have always scooted in and right back out for research, without checking it out over the past couple of years.  No more of that!  Not after what I saw at their mini-shop at the conference.  They have amazing things!!  I will highlight some particulars this weekend, but for case you drop by the are a couple of snaps.

The NGS Resource Room...i.e., BIG room full of fabulous vendors is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  You do not have to be registered for the conference.  Right on the main floor of the Convention Center, you can't miss it.  Come by and check it out!!  More soon...


Saturday, May 3, 2014

On Hiatus

I will return, but am taking a little time off to work on downsizing my life!  It's that time (age!)...and I'd rather do it sooner than later.

We are trying to determine when the best time would be to move to a more manageable sized house, too.  That is really appealing to me, although the thought of moving is a bit daunting... I've had two friends my age do this in the past year and they seem to be blissfully happy.  Hmmm....????

Back soon, with more!

Enjoy this beautiful spring... Cheers, Liz