Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Official Preppy Handbook Turns 35!

"The Official Preppy Handbook" turns 35 this year!  This book was totally my reference guide back the 80's.

My outfits back then consisted of wrap skirts, Lanz dresses, espadrilles (monogrammed of course), white blouses with Peter Pan monogrammed collars, Topsiders, Bermuda bags, pearls, add-a-bead necklace, and grosgrain pony bows.
I have aged but my outfits remain much the same!

The good thing about remaining true to one style is that clothes and accessories last for many years.  These are the staples of my conservative, preppy-style wardrobe:

Puffer vests, Ralph Lauren crew neck sweaters, fair isle sweaters, and J Crew cardigans.

Burberry Brit quilted jacket
This pink J Crew pea coat is actually on my search list!

Love my Chanel cap toe flats, Ferragamo Varas, and Tory Burch Revas

Last year when I left Florida to live in Georgia, I had one pair of boots.  Now I have nine pair!  Love the Ralph Lauren tartan boots, the Burberry Brit check boots, Hunter boots, and monogrammed boots.

Ralph Lauren ocbd shirts NEVER go out of style and look great under vests or sweaters.

Tartan is a must for a preppy wardrobe and I'm constantly adding new pieces to my collection.

Of course, the Lilly Pulitzer classic shift is my go-to outfit during the summer.

I still love Bermuda bags today and love finding cute ones on eBay.

Ferragamo headbands are very classic and preppy.

I do love pocketbooks and these are some of my favorites from my collection...The Louis Vuitton Speedy, Chanel Classic Flap bag, Ferragamo bags with the Vara bow, and Kate Spade Quinn bags.

Love the totes from Lands' End.  They are a classic and sturdy way to haul loot!

This classic double-breasted blazer with gold monogrammed buttons has been a staple in my closet for 30 years!!!  The material is a very thick knit and is very warm in the wintertime with a turtleneck sweater.

I wear pony caps all the time and have a bunch of them.  The monogrammed cap and plaid cap are nice accessories to a preppy wardrobe.

I have been a fan of Sperry Topsiders for over 30 years and love wearing them during the summer months.

Gingham blouses are so versatile and I love wearing them layered with sweaters under vests or just with a cardigan.  I also think they look cute with Lilly Pulitzer patterned classic shifts.

Last, but not least, you have to have a cute umbrella.  These two by Lilly Pulitzer and Burberry and just a couple from my umbrella collection.  Of course, my umbrellas coordinate with my outfits!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Miss Warner Robins 2016

Last Saturday evening I got my pageant fix!  A new Miss Warner Robins and Miss International City were crowned along with Miss Outstanding Teens for both cities.  The pageant started at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 11:30 p.m.  My husband kept asking, "How long does this last?"  I reminded him that I love watching pageants as much as football!

Tess Hammock, a 21-year old student at the University of Georgia, won the title of Miss Warner Robins 2016.

Caroline Burnette, a 19-year old student at Georgia Southern University, won the title of Miss International City.
Miss International City 2016 Caroline Burnette

Grace Thomas, a 16-year old student at Houston County High won the title of Miss Warner Robins' Outstanding Teen.
Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen 2016 Grace Thomas

Mandolyn Howard won the title of Miss International City's Outstanding Teen.
Miss International City Outstanding Teen 2016 Mandolyn Howard

All four young ladies will go on to compete at the Miss Georgia pageant next June.
Hopefully these ladies follow in the footsteps of recent local winners.

Betty Cantrell, Miss Warner Robins 2015, won the title of Miss Georgia and will compete at the Miss America pageant on September 13.

Two years ago, Olivia McMillan won Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen and went onto win the Georgia title and then became Miss America's Outstanding Teen!

I cannot wait for the Miss America Pageant on September 13th.  I'll be back next week with my favorite contestants!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I am ready for some football y'all!  It has been exciting watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in preseason and in less than two weeks we'll be back at Doak Stadium for the Florida State games.

Go Bucs!

Go Noles!

This is some of the fashion I'm liking for Gameday this year.  The "Team Spear-It" dress is available at Twelve Saturdays.  They have a lot of cute Gameday dresses and accessories.

For casual Gamedays, I love the "Southern Belle" Seminoles tee!  You can get this cute tee from Callie Kays.

I also love the "Tailgating" tee from Couture Tee Company.

If you are looking for cute Gameday totes, Marley Lilly has adorable geo print team totes.

Don't forget to read this fabulous book "Gridiron Belles," A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie!

If you are looking for more Gameday outfits and accessories, this is a list of vendors I love:

If you have favorite spots for cute Gameday dresses or accessories, please share!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Little Book of Etiquette

This book, by etiquette and protocol maven Dorothea Johnson, is a handy reference for those who need to brush up on their dining etiquette.  The pocket-size book will show you how to "Eat at ease as a guest or as a host in business and social arenas worldwide."

There is a lot of information packed into this tiny book (it's 3" x 3"), covering:

Dining Dos and Don'ts
Table Talk
American and Continental Styles of Eating
The Dining Tutorial
Eating Various Foods
Finessing the Business Meal
Forms of Service

This book is available on Amazon and would make a great gift for new college students, those entering the business world, or a gift to young people.

Good table manners are the ultimate symbol of who you are and how you were raised.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda

I always get excited about the Fall season.  I've been busy finding a few new pieces to add to my Fall wardrobe and organizing my new agenda.    I'm still loving the "Tusk n Sun" print Lilly Pulitzer agenda and chose it for the second year in a row.  Being an extremely organized person, I have notes, lists, and appointment times for every single day.  These are some of my agenda planning tools.

In addition to my agenda, I also have the Lilly Pulitzer notebook, with a "To-Do" list for each day.  Rarely do I cross off everything on the list...the items usually carry over to the next day and the days after that!

I do not leave home without my iPad, iPhone, agenda, or notebook!  This Lilly Pulitzer notebook folio in the 'Wild Confetti' print can hold it all.  It is truly a must-have!

Of course I love to priss up my agenda.  Lilly Pulitzer includes a sheet of Lilly stickers inside their agendas and you can buy more of their stickers online.

The Preppy Planner has the cutest Lilly-inspired stickers ever!

For more preppy-inspired stickers, go to Pretty Little Monograms.  How cute are these stickers?!

Here are a few sites that y'all might like for stickers and agenda planning:

The Preppy Planner (stickers)
Pretty Little Monograms (stickers and note book folios)
XO Mama Plans (stickers)
The Reset Girl (online planner workshop)
The Planner Society (online planner workshop)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cute Loot Booth

So now I have a booth at a local vintage store...Miss Janice's Cute Loot.  Well, it's not really a booth.  It's a closet and a porch.  This is a place where I offer new and gently-used Lilly Pulitzer.  I also offer some aprons (in excellent condition) from my "Prissy Apron Collection," some holiday themed aprons and brand new Lilly Pulitzer fabric aprons.

Of course I had to priss-up the space with pink and green...some of my favorite Lilly prints adorn the walls.

I also offer hostess gifts for sale.

Just some stuff from the house....

Love these little pillows...I'm on a pom pom kick y'all!

Lilly Pulitzer pillows, accessories, and shifts!

If you are in the Macon/Warner Robins, Georgia area, stop in a take a peek!  I am space #135 at Vintage Junktion, 1736 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins, Georgia.  I frequently post items added to the booth on my Instagram page.  If you see something you want, call Dana or Karen (the owners) at 478.302.5005.  They will be happy to help you!