Monday, March 30, 2009


Sorry for being MIA. I have been super crazy busy with school work. Working full time and taking classes two nights a week; just need some time to get used to it. So here is a little of what I've been up to, and what is to come!

Went to Charleston!!!
We want to go backWe love us some South Carolina!Had a grrrreat time

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This upcoming weekend, Pav, R&WP, III, TWF, W&I (hmm, they need names), and I are all heading up to good ole Virginia for the Old Dominion Hunt Races. This is a point-to-point just down the (country) road from my parents home. It's just like the big ones like The Derby, Preakness, etc etc, except super low key, out in the boone docks, and not such much dresses with big hats, but more the preppy horse-country attire. BUT, on the warmer days, it's hard to resist a good dress and hat.. ya know ;)

I haven't made it in 2 years, and the last time we went it was SUPER cold and raining the entire day. So what did we do... drink more and add layers.
TWF, Aussie, Bahr, ME, The (Future) Seivers, Shnookums, The LBS

Me and Papa.. He NEVEERR wears baseball caps, but I told him he would look adorable; don't you think?! And I'm wearing TWF's (long lost) cowboy hat

So I'm super excited to be heading up there with a wonderful group of people. Any suggestions for what to wear??? The above outfit was my JCrew Navy with green whales wellies, knee length khaki skirt, brown turtleneck sweater, puffy vest, green with navy (and ducks) lined rain coat. The weather looks promising. Potential showers the day before, but SUN and a high of 64 for Saturday. I always over think this. What is a springy, yet not too springy, skin-baring kind of outfit. I need an inspiration!

I was thinking this: My dress is navy, with sleeves.. but this is sorta similar...

and perhaps these:


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

help a sister out :)

One of my bestests and her fiance are in the top ten finalists in a best of Northern Virginia Engagement Stories, sponsored by Northern Virginia Magazine. They have until Friday, 3/27 at 5pm to get as many votes as we can! The prize is $2,000 in wedding services from some great local vendors including the Ritz and a local (and very preppy!) stationary and wedding planning company. $2,000 might not sound like a lot, but it's about 10% of their budget and it would be an AMAZING boost!


VOTE for Victoria and Todd!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Heading south.....

A little extra southern comfort this weekend.....

Off to Charleston with Peaches to find us some true Southern Gentlemen...

Any MUST go-to places to visit while there on this beautiful weekend??!!?!?!?! LET ME KNOW!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Thank you EHS!

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Can you believe it! I would just like to thank The High School for providing me (ahem, making me) the time (or lack there of) to read many of these fine books below. Though I was hoping to have read half of them, I came close, and have read 43, seen a few movies, and have a couple on a list of "one day" to read. I'm not sure where this list is from, what's the criteria?! I bet I could find a list where I read all the books, but I like this list. Has a bit of everything. Though having multiple Jane Austen books put the numbers in my favor, I'm a sucker. :)

I have two favorite books. One, however, is not on this list. The Horse Whisper, by Nicholas Evans. My grandmother was a member of this book club, kind of like those CD programs, where you rip off the particular stamps, send them in, and you get those 12 cds for 1 cent each, and 2 at the regular price. OH, what was that called. CBG, BCG, CBS, BB&T, oh I don't know. Anyway, she would quickly read her books, and when I got old enough or she felt it appropriate, I would read them next! I was such a little dork and even faked needing glasses in 1st grade because I felt they would make me a better reader. They were pink, naturally. When I read this book, I fell in love with it. I could read it over and over and over again. I was super excited when back in the day, Robert Redford was making the film version. Hmm, Robert Redford plus favorite book, HAS to be a winner. Alas, I was pretty let down and he changed the plot line. A cute movie, but nothing like the book.

My other favorite book... well let's see if you can guess. It's been number 1 and 25. It should be pretty obvious.......

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (x)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien ()
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte ()
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (x)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (x)
6 The Bible - (x)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (x)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (x)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ()
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens ()
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (x)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy ()
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller (x)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (x - well, a whole hell of a lot of them)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier (x)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien ()
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk ( )
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (x)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger ()
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot ()
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell (x)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (x)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens ( )
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy ()
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams ()
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh ( )
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky ( )
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (x)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame ()
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy ()
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens ()
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis ()
34 Emma - Jane Austen (x)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen (x)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (x)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - ()
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres ( I saw the movie!)
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (x)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (x)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell ()
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown ( x)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ()
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving ()
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins ( )
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery ()
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (x)
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood (x)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (x)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan (x)
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (x)
52 Dune - Frank Herbert ()
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons ( )
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen ( x)
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth ( )
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zifon ( )
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (x)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley ()
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon ()
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (x)
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck ()
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov ()
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt ( )
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (x)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (x)
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac (x)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy ()
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (x)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie ( )
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville ()
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens ()
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker ()
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (X)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson ()
75 Ulysses - James Joyce (x)
76 The Inferno - Dante (x)
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome ( )
78 Germinal - Emile Zola ( )
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray (seen the movie!)
80 Possession - AS Byatt ( )
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (X)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell ()
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (x)
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro ( )
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert ()
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry ( )
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (x)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom ()
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ()
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton ( )
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad ()
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (x)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks ( )
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams (x)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole (x)
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute ( )
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas ()
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (x)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (x)
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (seen the play on broadway!)