Friday, July 31, 2009
Legally Blonde was AMAZING last night! I am SO glad I finally got to see it after that fiasco we encountered last year. It was well worth the wait!
This weekend is sure to be busy and fun! Tonight I am lucky enough to be going to dinner with Tickled Pink and Green and the AMAZING L and her daughter S who I met at the Lilly Pulitzer townhouse before Martha. I am SO excited! I also have lots to do for the Kappa Tablescapes Auction and more closet cleaning. Check in tomorrow more more great deals on Vineyard Vines, Lilly and J Crew!!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
French Sole and Pretty Ballerina: Ballet flat HEAVEN. Get you snakeskin, patent croc and glitter ones in every color imaginable!
Burlington Arcade: No trip to London is complete without a stroll through Burlington Arcade. There is a lovely glove store, there are antiques and another darling take and go Laduree and a HUGE Pickett as well. Bond Street: everything about the street is luxury and it is wonderful
Colefax and Fowler: You CANNOT miss Nancy Lancaster's famed 'Yellow Room' or all the beautiful florals and exquisite furniture.
Kensington Palace: Diana's dresses are on permanent display in her old residence, but if you are hitting up London before January 30th, 2010 you MUST see the exhibit The Last Debutant. Liberty of London: Stop in and take a look at all the fabrics that made them famous. They have some great ribbon too!
Tea at the Connaught: skip the Ritz, in my opinion it is not very good at all. Have a four course, champagne tea in the heart of Mayfair instead! (Carlos Place) Poilane: the famous French bakery has a location in London, they have the world's BEST pain au chocolate! (46 Elizabeth Street)
Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park: If you loved the book and movie like me you CANNOT miss this!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Isn't it DARLING? I encourage you all to put it on your blog and display your preppy pride. However, it does not end here! Her Southern Charm and I have a new weekly blog feature and award we will be debuting in August!! Each week we will highlight one of our own preppy circle ladies or gents on both of our blogs. It is sure to be quite exciting so grab your button and become eligible today...who knows, there might also be preppy prizes and treats for the weekly winner! Join in on the fun and in the coming weeks you just might be the preppy circles number one!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
NWT Talbot's Green Tweed Jacket, Size 4- $40 (retails for $198)
Length: 21 inches
Shoulder to shoulder: 15 inches
Underarm to underarm: 17 inches
This is the perfect jacket to throw over a dress for work or pair it with jeans for something more casual yet still chic. It does not close and is very comfortable to wear. The tweed would be darling for the upcoming fall season!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I simply ADORE the Sabine dress and purchased in the crinkle, the stripe and the print. I think I might actually start wearing the pink and white stripe before Fall hits and then possibly pair it with black or navy come September, thoughts? Every single one is too cute, but I think my very favorite might be the printed. I love the hidden animals of course and the buttons are enamel like and super darling too! You know I cannot resist a good shift dress so of course the darling Stephanie was also made mine. The photos of this dress found online do NOT do it justice as it is nothing short of fabulous. I am a sucker for animal print to begin with so I loved the green cheetah, but the neckline is so fun yet also mysterious with more hidden animals and some paisley. This is going to be great for the warm Dallas Fall and I plan on putting a navy turtleneck under it when the chill arrives.
Now, the very best part of the Fall Line in the price point! Every dress is well under $200, but the quality is still there. You simply cannot beat the price if you are going for this look! I also love that many of all Fall dresses could perhaps appeal to a new audience. I know there are many who just cannot do the loud prints which is totally understandable, however this season even they can shop the more subdued Sabine and $98 cardigans!
Fall 2009 is a WINNER of a collection and gets a three cheer salute for look, price and quality from Hopsy! I think we had better all shop early before everything is sold out!
Perhaps her most well known project was the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV. If you have ever been to the Greenbrier you can feel energy and happiness radiating through the walls. Dorothy Draper designed rooms that elevated spirits and made you feel at home. The giant black and white tile floor mixes with it's surrounding architectural elements, bold covered furniture and Blue Canton lamps just prove her point: not everything has to match! Every room at the Greenbrier is divine. In fact, so divine that I have thinking a blog gathering might need to be held on sight next Spring, more details to come, but are you interested!? Today, many are crazy about their entire home matching and having beige, beige everywhere. However, remember next time you are revamping a room take this week's WASP's lesson to heart and mix things up. Perhaps you will be talked about in years to come and be crowned 'one of a kind' in design!
I shall now leave you with a WASP Wednesday fun fact: did you know Dorothy Draper is cousins with another WASP designer? Can you guess who? Sister Parish (whose real name was also Dorothy, WASPs tend to pull from a smaller name pool) of Parish-Hadley!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Travel Collection in Candy Pink ($160, available in British, American, Irish, Canadian and general)
Stay organized when you travel with a travel wallet! Once you own one of these there is NO going back. They make traveling a cinch and you will always look like you are traveling First with this in hand.
When I first started working I searched and searched for a large organizer. I wanted to be able to fit everything I needed in one place and not have to worry about cramming notes in tiny areas. I finally settled for a Levenger leather binder, but wish I had seen this. It is divine and just the right size at the perfect price!
World Atlas in Brown Croc ($150)
Manicure Set in Pink ($155)
Are you always rummaging through your purse to find paper to jot something down? You need to invest in a memo pad asap! I love the ones that Levenger offers, but this size holds a pen and of course it comes in pink!
While the Ascot pink and hot pink leather are of course my favorite, the aqua is wonderful too. I love the handbag set. It is to unique, yet so very practical too
Laptop Briefcase ($425)
If I was going to carry a briefcase I would have to carry this one for a punch of color. I would look just like Elle Woods!
Monday, July 20, 2009
These journals make a great gift for your best friend, your boss or yourself. My favorite is the Ascot Pink available from Aspinal of London, but the navy from Scully and Scully is divine too! If you or a dear friend has the party planning gene or you are looking to simply stay more on top of your entertaining consider ordering a Hostess Diary!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
A Solider Comes Home
On July 5, The Post published a letter from Martha Gillis of Springfield, whose nephew, Lt. Brian Bradshaw, was killed in Afghanistan on June 25, the day that Michael Jackson died. The letter criticized the extensive media coverage of Jackson's death compared with the brief coverage of Lt. Bradshaw's death. Among the responses was the following letter, written July 9 by an Air National Guard pilot and a fellow member of the crew that flew Lt. Bradshaw's body from a forward base in Afghanistan to Bagram Air Base. Capt. James Adair, one of the plane's pilots, asked the editorial page staff to forward the letter to the Bradshaw family. He and Brian Bradshaw's parents then agreed to publication of these excerpts.
Dear Bradshaw Family,
We were crew members on the C-130 that flew in to pick up Lt. Brian Bradshaw after he was killed. We are Georgia Air National Guardsmen deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. We support the front-line troops by flying them food, water, fuel, ammunition and just about anything they need to fight. On occasion we have the privilege to begin the final journey home for our fallen troops. Below are the details to the best of our memory about what happened after Brian's death.
We landed using night-vision goggles. Because of the blackout conditions, it seemed as if it was the darkest part of the night. As we turned off the runway to position our plane, we saw what appeared to be hundreds of soldiers from Brian's company standing in formation in the darkness. Once we were parked, members of his unit asked us to shut down our engines. This is not normal operating procedure for that location. We are to keep the aircraft's power on in case of maintenance or concerns about the hostile environment. The plane has an extremely loud self-contained power unit. Again, we were asked whether there was any way to turn that off for the ceremony that was going to take place. We readily complied after one of our crew members was able to find a power cart nearby. Another aircraft that landed after us was asked to do the same. We were able to shut down and keep lighting in the back of the aircraft, which was the only light in the surrounding area. We configured the back of the plane to receive Brian and hurried off to stand in the formation as he was carried aboard.
Brian's whole company had marched to the site with their colors flying prior to our arrival. His platoon lined both sides of our aircraft's ramp while the rest were standing behind them. As the ambulance approached, the formation was called to attention. As Brian passed the formation, members shouted "Present arms" and everyone saluted. The salute was held until he was placed inside the aircraft and then the senior commanders, the sergeant major and the chaplain spoke a few words.
Afterward, we prepared to take off and head back to our base. His death was so sudden that there was no time to complete the paperwork needed to transfer him. We were only given his name, Lt. Brian Bradshaw. With that we accepted the transfer. Members of Brian's unit approached us and thanked us for coming to get him and helping with the ceremony. They explained what happened and how much his loss was felt. Everyone we talked to spoke well of him -- his character, his accomplishments and how well they liked him. Before closing up the back of the aircraft, one of Brian's men, with tears running down his face, said, "That's my platoon leader, please take care of him."
We taxied back on the runway, and, as we began rolling for takeoff, I looked to my right. Brian's platoon had not moved from where they were standing in the darkness. As we rolled past, his men saluted him one more time; their way to honor him one last time as best they could. We will never forget this.
We completed the short flight back to Bagram Air Base. After landing, we began to gather our things. As they carried Brian to the waiting vehicle, the people in the area, unaware of our mission, stopped what they were doing and snapped to attention. Those of us on the aircraft did the same. Four soldiers who had flown back with us lined the ramp once again and saluted as he passed by. We went back to post-flight duties only after he was driven out of sight.
Later that day, there was another ceremony. It was Bagram's way to pay tribute. Senior leadership and other personnel from all branches lined the path that Brian was to take to be placed on the airplane flying him out of Afghanistan. A detail of soldiers, with their weapons, lined either side of the ramp just as his platoon did hours before. A band played as he was carried past the formation and onto the waiting aircraft. Again, men and women stood at attention and saluted as Brian passed by. Another service was performed after he was placed on the aircraft.
For one brief moment, the war stopped to honor Lt. Brian Bradshaw. This is the case for all of the fallen in Afghanistan. It is our way of recognizing the sacrifice and loss of our brothers and sisters in arms. Though there may not have been any media coverage, Brian's death did not go unnoticed. You are not alone with your grief. We mourn Brian's loss and celebrate his life with you. Brian is a true hero, and he will not be forgotten by those who served with him.
We hope knowing the events that happened after Brian's death can provide you some comfort.
Capt. James Adair
Master Sgt. Paul Riley
GA ANG 774 EAS Deployed
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I am OBSESSED with this print! I also plan on buying this skirt (which apparently retails for just $98) in the pink and green print!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Victoria Neale used a darling pink gourd lamp in her bedroom in the Washington, DC show house. If the photo look familiar it is because I have featured it before, I just cannot get enough, gourd lamps really can work in any setting!
Now of course I could not neglect my love for all things blue and white. I adore this Blue and White Gourd Lamp and would even put it in my first living room (bye bye ginger jars, hello gourds!). You could even have the smaller size on a kitchen desk or linen chest! The options for gourd lamps are endless!