Thursday, October 29, 2009
We had a few chilly days in Dallas so I was sure to make good use of my turtlenecks and new Lilly!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Another congrats is in order to MG who was also selected by Random.org to win the cosmetic case! Ladies, please send your addresses on!
Again, thank you to all who entered. I just LOVE all you faithful readers and your comments so rest assured that the giveaway fun has just begun!!!
For the male there is the classic Scotsman outfit.
However, should you all choose to go your separate ways you can always go way back to your roots and be a pilgrim! The American WASP can celebrate history and their country on Halloween night, who knew?!
Now of course some WASPs always lean a bit more towards the other side of the Atlantic. The Sloane Ranger in you is always partial to the Windsor family so why not go as the famous Princess Diana and Prince Charles? This one is always a classic for the young and old. Of course you could also be Kate and Prince William if your heart yearns to be a younger royal (and almost royal) for a day. Otherwise, the Sloane Ranger enjoys any British historical figure of which there are plenty to choose from!
When I was little mother was loved all things British (just as she does now). She ordered the most darling WWII nurse outfit from The White House in London (sadly, they have now closed their doors, but Diana bought things for William and Harry here- it is a small claim to fame for me!!) for me. I wore this and pushed our dog, Pepper, in my mini version of my Silver Cross pram and was a vet! It was a complete British outfit and looking back I must say it was quite cute too. I hope this was saved because I would use it in the future!
So no matter how young or old you may be this All Hallows Eve be sure to add just a touch of WASP to your night (note: this does not have to be in the form of a costume, it can be in your manners too)!!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
This week Her Southern Charm and I are back with a new Preppy Blog Award! In case you missed her post, we have decided that this will now be a bi-monthly award. Be sure to tune in every other Monday morning for fabulous new blogging material!
I am not sure when I came upon Queen Bee Swain, but as soon as I did I just knew we would become fast friends. QBS currently lives in the Twin Cities and a frequent customer at by beloved Melly! If only we had had blogs back in my college days when I worked there. We could have shopped, gone to lunch at D'Amicos at 50th and France and then gazed into the windows of Monqiue Lhuillier while enjoying a Wuollett's cupcake. Perhaps we can make this dream a reality when I next visit... Enough dreaming though, it is time to get to know Queen Bee Swain!
2- I would have to say that I'd bring a book- Social Climbers by Beth Dunn (blatant promo from me here). It's like Bergdorf Blondes/Debutante Divorcee and The Preppy Handbook had a baby- a fun and light read with lots of lists of all things Preppy. I'm the kind of person that is always reading a book and the thought of being stuck somewhere with nothing to read is my worst nightmare- thankfully this book is one that you can read over and over again!
3- Kate Middleton (Prince William's girlfriend), although she is more of a Sloane Ranger (the British version of a Preppy). She is always so well turned-out and posh-looking. She is an even bigger fan than QueenBee of knee-high boots. Kate's taste is understated, chic and timeless- everything one would hope for from -fingers crossed- the future Queen of England. She is a fan of skiing, shooting and polo- all things the British Royal Family are very keen on and recently has started to lend her efforts to charity galas. Ooooh I have such high hopes for her and plan on throwing an engagement and a wedding party for her!
4- My inspiration comes from the myriad of other Preppy bloggers out there and various bits of my day-to-day life- whether it be a piece of clothing I just have to gush about, to a recipe I need to share or something that happened in my life I thought was worthy of sharing. I'd also have to say that above all else, I try to put out only positive elements. The J.M. Barrie quote, "Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." is a personal source of inspiration and a goal I strive to achieve on a day-to-day basis.
5- This photo is of QueenBee, mid August this year at the 106th NWIRA Regatta, with the trophy for the Men's Championship Eight (the fastest race and boat in the regatta). The trophy is as old as the regatta and insured for just over $8,000. The official regatta photographer insisted that a picture of just me and the trophy be taken as it is clearly almost as large as I am. What is fun about this too is that I am in my favorite Lilly Pulitzer sundress and in winning this race, I beat two of the rowerboys that raced in the Men's Eight for the USA and won bronze at the Beijing Olympics!
6- I am going to have to say Princess Marie Chantal of Greece. She is a Miller sister (their father founded Duty Free shops)- one sister married a von Furstenberg, one married a Getty and MC married the heir to the Greek crown. Like Kate, MC is always so polished looking and anything she wears is nothing short of flawless- you know that she understands and appreciates grooming. I believe that she'd have a killer wardrobe with all of her royal galas and functions she attends, plus she is a fan of fur!
7- I attended a Catholic university so we did not have a Greek system (I am not sure if this is applicable to ALL Catholic schools or not, but most of my friends that attended Catholic universities also did not have a Greek system). This is the only aspect of my college career that I wish I could have changed, I always thought it would be great fun and had I gone to University of Wisconsin surely would have pledged. I am a current member of the Junior League of Saint Paul, Minneapolis Rowing Club and University Club of Saint Paul (a former F. Scott Fitzgerald haunt). I just do not know how I'd live without philanthropy, rowing and a great pool!
8- This past weekend was the first weekend that I have been home in over a month- I've been on the road for family events and regattas! I excused myself from an event on Friday evening to go shopping- totally needed some "me" time. I went out on Saturday evening in Uptown for a triple-birthday for a few college teammates and then on Sunday I volunteered at the North Star Challenge regatta as the dockmaster.
9- I'm sure it's cliche, but I'm going to go with a Lilly Pulitzer shift- maybe something from the Fall 2008 line- as it could be worn with a turtleneck underneath and knee high boots when the temperature takes a nose-dive South, or just by itself with strappy sandals. For sure my KEP Designs twisty pearl necklace and my pearl earrings and the Brahmin toasted almond croc purse of mine. I'm fairly certain that you'd be able to look poised and polished just about anywhere in this outfit!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Another will receive a Zippity-Do Make-Up Case in Not So Crabby!
These are both perfect for your purse or school bag or travel. They can be used by Lilly lover's of any age!
To enter this CELEBRATION giveaway you must leave a comment on this post. All comments have to be left by 11pm EST on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009. To be eligible to win wither item you MUST include what you (or your spouse of children) are going to be for Halloween as it is just around the corner. I love getting costume ideas so this will certainly be fun to read! Let's get this celebration started, comment away!!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
This is my favorite Originals print from Resort 2009. This shift fits like a CHARM! I honestly feel as if Lilly makes some clothing just for me when I try them on. Don't you love when that happens? I cannot wait to go to India (and hopefully Cairo too) in December and January so I can sport some of these items! Resort 2009 is divine, be sure to pop in to Lilly this weekend to see it all for yourself.
Also, I will be hosting a LILLY ORIGINALS GIVEAWAY starting this evening to celebrate something very exciting. Be sure to check back in!!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Warm popcorn with LOTS of butter, great company and flicks that make you laugh and cry...I LOVE going to the movies! Below are previews for four movies I will be standing in line to see opening night, I can hardly wait!!
Amelia, October 23rd, 2009
Precious, November 6th, 2009
The Blind Side, November 20th, 2009
The Young Victoria, December 18th, 2009
I saw this this summer and it is SO good!
Valentine's Day, February 12th, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"I am wearing a JG Hook Shetland crew with a whale, a Scottish tartan (not sure of the plaid, maybe dress McKenzie), wool argyle knee-hi's, Weejun penny loafers and a monogrammed Talbots wide whale corduroy Bermuda bag. I am standing in front of our Fiat X-19 in West Germany @ 1980!!!"
For the WASPs you might not know too well pick up the Lovebirds!
For the Middleburg Fox Hunt couple, the foxes!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
The Windsor Agency
What a fun theme this table had. it transported you to the sea and made me want to take a vacation (anyone up for a trip to Sea Island?)!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I am leaning towards this one since the shade seems a bit more like me and I could accessorize with gold or silver, but the first option is very chic too!
Then there is of course the leopard version. I LOVE leopard print! In fact, it is my favorite animal print. This option is on SALE and is hard to come by...you can just tell it is calling my name now, right?!
If you thought the debate ended with sweaters you are wrong darlings. Now it is on Revas. The lime green and orange Revas has both been on my list for quite some time. Which to buy first though?!
Both are year round colors, but the lime would look so darling with black and some of my Lilly. Maybe even my printed Sabine.
OOH Fun!! entre me please! and great job on the excellent role you played in pulling together Tablescapes xo
October 12, 2009 7:53 PM
What a stunning floral arrangement! I could see this table at a glamorous wedding!