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Updated: 2014-10-06T22:14:12.401-07:00


I've moved!


Hi everyone!

It's been FOREVER since I blogged on DC Prep. I've recently started a new blog called Capitol City Style. Hope you'll all check it out!!

Birthday Gifts


My ____th birthday is right around the corner. Do you know what the best part about birthdays is? Another year of life filled with memories that one should be thankful for? No! Celebrating getting a little older, but a lot wiser? No! Enjoying the company of friends and family as they celebrate your birth? No! While those are all lovely things, the BEST part about birthdays is obviously presents. Here is my preliminary list of items I would like to see wrapped up for me in a pretty, preppy bow. Enjoy! This is the cake that I have requested for my birthday for many of my birthdays. It is Hummingbird Cake and it is, in my humble cake-loving opinion, the most delicious cake of all time. My mother is a fabulous baker and it is a requirement that she make me one on my birthday. The challenge I face every year is how not to consume the entire thing myself...always a struggle. ; )  A friend of mine alerted me to Lilly Pulitzer's line of murfee scarves with the different states being the inspiration for the design. I would love to get a Virginia (where I live) or a South Carolina (where I went to college) or a North Carolina or Georgia (where I hope to someday reside). Love these! I love these bangles. I just can't decide which style I like most...or what color! Opinions, please!I just re-decorated my living room (pics to come) and need a new throw blanket to match my new color scheme. This navy blanket would do quite nicely.  I love, love, love these Kate Spade mugs. I drink green tea every morning but I suspect it would taste more delicious in one of these beauties! [...]

Six Random Thoughts for Monday


1. No offense to anyone who has one, but if someone offered me a free PT Cruiser, I still don't think I'd drive it. The same goes for a Cube.

2. I've noticed a phenomenon in the DC metro area lately - due in large part to the warmer weather I'm sure. Women who wear short dresses - for work or play - but neglect to realize that a slit in the back of a dress or skirt needs to be seriously reviewed when purchasing. For instance, I saw a girl on the way into work this morning who had an adorable (relatively short) dress on but the slit in the back made it indecent. I literally saw her unmentionables, which were a very bright color. Good for her on the fun underwear, bad for me that I saw another woman's panties before my morning tea. Don't forget, ladies - most dressing room mirrors have at least three sides! Please look at all angles before purchasing.

3. Do you think news organizations routinely get stories about people who shoot things through their heads (arrows, spears, nail guns, etc.) and survive, but wait a certain amount of time before reporting on them? It just seems to me that this type of story makes an appearance every 6 months or so on my morning news program...

4. Sometimes I really miss John Candy.

5. I bought this dress this weekend and I am in serious love. It is so comfortable, not to mention adorable. In case you can't tell what the pattern is, it's buoys! Very nautical. It is definitely going to be my go-to summer dress. Now, I just need to be invited a casual but chic event in Annapolis. How perfect would it be?!

6. Have you heard the rumors about Ann Curry leaving The Today Show? I, for one, am really happy about it. I'm sorry if there are a lot of Ann fans out there, but I just don't care for her. Her lack of chemistry with Matt and Al, and her lame sense of humor just makes her painful to watch. Plus, I feel like when she interviews people who have gone through a crisis she literally whispers the interview in an effort to seem extra sensitive. I saw her interview the Dalai Lama and I had to turn the volume up because she was almost inaudible. I miss Meredith - she also made me uncomfortable at times but her inappropriate sense of humor made me laugh. Plus, they were always making fun of her for drinking a ton of wine, which I also do. ; )

Anyone have any random thoughts they'd like to share this Monday? I'd love to hear them!

Dream Man


For single ladies who have not yet met 'the one' and for the married ladies who already have, let me ask you - do you or did you have a secret wish list for that super special someone? Obviously, everyone wants someone who is smart and has a good sense of humor, but I'm talking more specific. Needless to say, I have one. Truthfully, it's more of a complete persona than just a list. Let me tell you a little about him:

His (fake) name is Wade Montgomery. I thought it sounded really Southern, which he is. He is likely from Richmond, Raleigh, Charleston, Greenville, Charlotte - basically anywhere South of the Mason Dixon line. Because he was raised in the South, he has excellent manners and is a true Southern gentleman. His family still lives in the South where they run a (thriving) family business. He went to school (you guessed it) in the South and is a huge college football fan. He meets up with his fellow alum every Saturday at the local bar to cheer on his favorite team. Once he moves back to the South to raise his family (with yours truly) he will likely take over his family's business and live near his alma mater, making it easy to get season tickets to all the games. He is outdoorsy but is content to spend his outdoor time (fishing, hunting, camping) with his guy friends since his wife (again, yours truly) doesn't care for those activities. I will, however, participate in boating and/or sailing as often as I possibly can. He is very close to his family and one of his favorite times of the year is the week he spends with them at the beach every summer.

He is tall (I'm talking 6'2+), on the chubby side, has dirty blond, shaggy hair, a great smile and (this is crucial) dimples. He may or may not wear glasses when he reads. He wears visors and croakies and is not afraid to occasionally wear pink.

He uses phrases like 'Give me some sugar", calls me honey or sweetie or baby, and loves to hold my hand. He understands the importance of sending flowers and doesn't chastise me about spending oodles of money on clothes, decorating the house or mani/pedis. He adores my cooking. He can't wait to have children and will be a great father. He is patient and affectionate, kind and thoughtful. Oh, and he is smart with a great sense of humor. ; )

Know anyone that matches this description? If so, please let me know. My future happiness is in your hands....

Now - don't get me wrong - I am certainly not ruling out men who do not meet the requirements of my perfect man, nor am I consciously seeking out men who meet each and every one of my requests. I am simply putting out to the universe the type of man I hope to someday meet, preferably in the very near future. Is it possible my super special someone is a Yankee and not a Southerner? Short and not tall? Averse to ever wearing pink? I suppose it's possible... My question to you is - do you have a secret wish list? Is it as crazy as mine?

Come to think of it - this is him! My Wade Montgomery!!! Can you imagine having Paula Deen as your mother in law?! Heaven! ; )

3 Questions


1. Has anyone ever tried this workout? I have been doing it at least four times a week for the last 3 weeks or so. Unfortunately, I've actually gained weight! I'm hoping that I'm just gaining lean muscle and that, in time, the pounds will melt away. I have to admit - it is way harder to stick with something when you don't see results! Anyway, I'd love an opinion on this workout. I haven't done a lot of home workouts before but this one feels pretty intense to me. Thoughts? Comments?


2. Do any of you have that office colleague who makes things, i.e. jewelry, candles, etc.? Maybe they have a little shop on etsy, maybe they throw parties to sell their wares. Well, there is a woman at my office who makes baby blankets. In trying to make friends at my new job I foolishly mentioned how much I would just love to see her stuff and possibly buy one for one of my many friends who have had babies lately. Well, today she brought them in and, while they are nice, they're just not my style. I felt really pressured to buy one. They're not expensive but I would never give one to a friend - they're just sooo not me. None of them could even come close to being monogrammed. I didn't know what to do so I picked the least offensive pattern and she told me I could pay her tomorrow. Here's my question - how can I possibly get out this? I don't want to waste money on it, but I also don't want to hurt her feelings. Again, they're nice - just totally not my style. Advice, please!

3. Did anyone catch The Real Housewives of New Jersey last night? I watched small bits of it this evening and I swear Teresa referred to Jacqueline as having dual personalities like Hekyll and Jyde. Admittedly, I wasn't paying close attention because I'm always slightly concerned about how much my I.Q. is dropping while watching. Someone please confirm.

I have something to confess....


....something I've been keeping from you, my faithful blog friends. I, DC Prep, am best friends with Reese Witherspoon.Ok, not exactly. But, when I was still not keeping up with my blog I had the opportunity to attend a pre-party for the White House Correspondents Dinner. For those of you who don't know, here in DC this is a pretty big deal. Lots of celebs grace the city with their presence and we (literally) roll out the red carpet for them. Now, to be fair, I am a huge nerd when it comes to celebrities, even faux DC celebrities (i.e. politicians). So, imagine me - in a relatively small room - only feet away from my favorite actress ever, the adorable and amazingly preppy Reese Witherspoon. I was in the middle of talking to my friend Rachel (pictured below) when her mouth literally dropped open, for at that moment the one and only Reese walked right by us with her new hubby and parked herself at a table only feet away. I was definitely a creeper who could not stop staring. After trying to pretend like I wasn't creepily staring I finally worked up the courage to ask her for a photo. I usually have mixed feelings about asking celebrities for pictures - I don't want to bother them, they deserve their personal space, they must get so tired of people asking them for pictures and autographs, etc - but at that moment I didn't care. I saw the chance and I grabbed it! I also kind of cut in front of some other creeper who I could tell was not nearly as big of a fan. I had prepared lots of things to say to her ("You are my favorite actress", "You are so gorgeous", "Congratulations on your recent wedding and your baby", "I love how Southern you are", "I love to monogram things too"). Okay - not all of them were stellar comments but they were 100% genuine. Honestly, I don't think I managed to say one of them. All I managed to get out was - "I'm so sorry to bother you but do you mind if I get a picture?" Ugh! Although I didn't verbally express the depth of my love and devotion to her, I'm pretty sure she and I bonded. She could sense my preppy attitude. And she could not have been sweeter or more kind. Looking back, I am so thrilled that I did approach her because, when you really think about it, you always regret the things you didn't do more than the things you did do. That's my new philosophy and I'm sticking to it! In closing, I will leave you with my favorite Reese quote...."My sheets are monogrammed, so is my silverware and pretty much everything else I own. My rule is, if it's not moving, monogram it." I couldn't agree more. ;)Enjoy the pics - the first is before I met Reese, the second is me with Reese, the third is Rachel getting in on the action and the fourth is just for fun. :)Side note: We did see other celebrities (see below), but I felt Reese was the only one who deserved a full blog post. Viola Davis, Zoe Deschanel, Tory Burch, the gay brother from Modern Family (don't know his name), Harvey Weinstein and his wife (of Marchesa fame) and some DC celebs (again, politicians).  [...]

Somebody's obsessed with chevron....


My laptop is not cooperating with me so I'm sorry I haven't been posting more frequently. I hope y'all had a fabulous holiday weekend. I spent some time at this lovely event. Fun, but definitely more for kiddies. I couldn't talk my 30-something date into face painting or the hay ride. Go figure. The highlight was eating a funnel cake - my first in probably 15 years. Ah, pure bliss. I also spent a lot of time here. I highly recommend this place to all wine-loving, DC area readers. The wine was fantastic, the prices were reasonable, the setting was gorgeous and the staff was friendly. Plus, they have hammocks AND cornhole. Does it get any better? Now, I have a confession. My name is DC Prep and I am addicted to chevron. In just the past few months I feel like chevron has been popping up everywhere, and I am loving it! Here are some items I am currently lusting after... Also, I know I've asked before but this time it's serious. The design of my blog is beyond lame and in need of some love and attention. I do not want to spend a lot of money, but I would like an upgrade asap. Does anyone know where I can find a new template? Or have y'all worked with any great (and not too expensive) designers? Please let me know asap![...]

My return to blogging + a bit of inspiration


Well, I haven't blogged in's been well over a year. I guess you could say I've been a busy girl. :) Anyway, I'm going to try my hardest to start blogging again. Since I now have a desk job I think I may actually be able to find the time. Part of what inspired me to start again was reading the letter below. It was written by Bethenny Frankel of Bravo fame. I happen to love her, but I know there are lots of people who wouldn't exactly classify themselves as fans. These are the same people who resent reality TV stars for being famous. You'll hear a lot of - "But what is he/she famous FOR?" coming from them frequently. Since reality TV is pretty much all I watch, I don't have this problem. Anyway, I find Bethenny inspiring for a lot of reasons, but one in particular. Every time I see her or watch her show, I feel inexplicably hopeful. She did not have a follow a traditional path in her life, and she has admitted to experiencing some pretty low lows, particularly in her 20s and early to mid 30s. She had a hard time finding her career path, finding the right guy and stressed about when she would be able to start a family. I can tell you that I have definitely experienced all of those feelings and sometimes the stress of it can be overwhelming. However, when I see the life that Bethenny has made for herself and, more importantly, how quickly and drastically her life has changed, it gives me hope. My birthday is coming up and every time it creeps up on me I can't help but reflect on the year I've had. This year has definitely had it's ups and downs - I fell madly in love, experienced a wonderful but all too short relationship, had my heart broken, watched friends get engaged, married and have babies, traveled, strengthened some relationships, weakened others, switched jobs, cried a lot, laughed a lot more, drank a huge amount of wine and improved upon an already pretty impressively preppy wardrobe. I guess what I'm getting at is that the letter below reminded me that, in spite of all the ups and downs I go through, it's important to look at the big picture, remain hopeful about your future, relax and enjoy every minute of the life you have. As Bethenny says, you only get one. Hope it inspires you too. Love, DC Prep Dear Younger Self, Don't worry so much. Time will pass you by and what you'll remember are things like the smells of summer by the beach, a home-cooked meal, and the first time your child walks or says "mama." You'll forget that boy who isn't paying attention to you and you'll soon learn that being the prettiest girl in the room isn't important, but being the most fun, outgoing, bubbly, and interesting is. When times get tough, make laughing your priority. For years to come, it's the funny moments that you, your friends, and your family will talk about. Also, younger self: • Never pay retail. The item will be on sale somewhere and getting a deal will make you feel better. • Learn to drive stick when you first get your license or you may never learn. • Tip everyone. It means much more to them than it does to you. • Wear plenty of sunscreen, please. And do not be a sun worshipper. • Have a family dog. Get one that is on the smaller side. They live longer. • Always stop at lemonade stands. • Wait for the good guy. Don't settle, but also know that there's no such thing as the perfect man. Marry someone who loves you no matter what you look like or say or do and who knows the real you. • Read books. Read the newspaper. It instills confidence to be able to have a conversation at the dinner table. • If you have a good idea, go for it. Don't assume it has already been done. Never assume anyone is smarter than you because they're not. • Most importantly: Enjoy your life. Remember, you only get one. [...]



What has happened to my dear, sweet Gleeks? I don't consider myself a super conservative person, but the Esquire photo shoot that featured Lea Michele (Rachel), Dianna Argon (Quinn), and Cory Monteith (Finn) really disgusts me. I realize that these people are not really teenagers but, frankly, I don't care. Does it really matter how old they are? Is it tasteful to pose like this at any age? I say no. Lea Michele is incredibly talented. Why does she feel the need to degrade herself by posing this way? Not to mention, these are actors on what is supposedly a family show, though the last episode with the 'lady kisses' and de-flowering of Artie has me questioning that too! The actors have to be aware of their audience and I just think it is in really, really bad taste to participate in a photo shoot that resembles a raunchy Playboy spread. Ok, that is all - I am stepping down off my soapbox. What do you all think?

Now....all that being said, I am really looking forward to the Halloween episode - Rocky Horror Picture Show!!! Check out a sneak peak here.

Five Things I'm Loving Right Now


1. Emily Ley PaperBecause of my current profession, I have become somewhat of an expert on all things paper. This is a company that was introduced to me recently and I adore her stuff! Her social stationary is adorable - very simple and classic - and her wedding invitations are gorgeous! Check her out here. Below is my personal favorite!2. My Lilly Pulitzer umbrella There have been some seriously rainy days in DC lately but I always get compliments on this super cute umbrella!...and my Lilly Pulitzer thermal mug. I have been making tea for myself on these cool, Fall mornings and this mug never fails to cheer me up while I am in the midst of my morning grumpiness. 3. Figs I am mildly obsessed with figs and they are only in season during the Fall. I have a couple recipes I use with figs, including a really simple one - figs stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with honey - yum! My favorite way to eat figs is on pizza! A local DC area restaurant called Clyde's has a seasonal pizza called the Figgy Piggy pizza. The pizza is covered with a fig spread, prosciutto and blue cheese. I am obsessed with it and will be attempting to make one for a jewelry party I am having next weekend - more on that later...4. Mumford and SonsI am obsessed with this British group! There most popular song is 'Little Lion Man' (listen below) but some of my other favs are: 'The Cave', 'White Blank Page', and 'Roll Away Your Stone'. Hoping I can see them in concert very soon!5. My Target Drape Front SweaterI love Target all year round but I especially love it when I am looking to do some Fall shopping on a budget. I wear this sweater all the time - love it with a colorful tank or an embellished t-shirt. And for $20 - you can't beat that![...]

Opinions Please!


How are we feeling about this? Too pink? Is there really such a thing as too pink...? Let's just say that it is on MAJOR sale and DC Prep thinks she needs a new dress! Thoughts? Comments? Have any of you seen it or does anyone own it? Help a prep out!


What's happening?!


No, J. Crew - I will not purchase sequin harem pants from you for $650.

Nor will I buy this odd and ugly pin for $88....

You know what's even more disturbing about all this? The harem pants are SOLD OUT online. Who is buying these things? And for $650?! Aren't we in a recession? Would I spend $650 on a Burberry trench? Yes. Two pairs of Tod's driving moccasins? Of course. A David Yurman bracelet? You betcha! But a pair of sequin harem pants? No sir! What has happened to J. Crew? I want my preppy super store back!!!

And finally....
No, Pottery Barn, I will not buy this cardinal duvet cover. Not even for the holidays.


I'm Baaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!


Hello ladies! First, let me apologize profusely for my very long absence from the world of blogging. I may not have been posting or commenting but I have been keeping up with many blogs and have desperately been wanting to begin communicating with all of my blogger friends again! I have been busy the last few months and there is one thing that has most been on my mind - dating. Since my last post (way back in December) I have been really making an effort to get out there and date. I never really dated much in high school or college, and I am now at the point where most of my close friends are married or in serious relationships. While I don't think I'm ready to get married anytime soon, I would love to meet someone special to spend time with - preferably someone who adores me. :) So, I have encountered several men during the last few months - two of which I am still currently "seeing". For those of you who don't know, "seeing" someone is slightly less serious than actually "dating" someone. That's my definition anyway. For the record, both of these relationships (and I use that term loosely) are the result of internet dating. So, currently there are two men - here are their stats. Guy A- 5'11 (only 1" taller than me - ugh)- Slightly above average sense of humor- Above average intelligence- Works in marketing - Good maker-outer ;)- Been out on 4 dates, talk/text multiple times during the week- Had a very long first date (5+ hours) and have since had several good dates - he is easy to talk to and I feel very comfortable around him. Guy B- 6'- Amazing sense of humor - very dry - Above average intelligence- Works in business/marketing- BRITISH!!!!- Have not performed the research to answer the making out question...- Been out two times and text several times a week- On both dates, we closed the restaurant down (i.e. last people there and they literally had to shut the music off to get us to leave) and laughed a lot. So, here's the deal - it's safe to say that Guy A is smitten with me. On our second date, he told me he wasn't planning on going out with anyone else. Nice, but not the way I was feeling and maybe a little too much too soon. I think maybe you should wait 5-6 dates - maybe longer - to decide that, especially when you're online dating. What do you all think? Now, this guy is very sweet and I do like him, but I'm not bowled over with attraction for him. I get excited to see him and he's definitely growing on me but I definitely would not classify myself as smitten. Now, Guy B is the real problem because.....I really like him. Now, is it because of his personality and charm or because he's been a bit more aloof than Guy A? Who knows? The bottom line is I like him. A lot. My trouble is that, now that I've established how much I like him, I cannot stop obsessing over whether or not he likes me. I google things like "male body language on dates" desperately hoping that since he turned his body to the right, that means he's madly in love with me and we're destined to get married and have 2-3 children. Now, part of this is (sadly) just my personality. Am I a freak? Do all women do this or is it just the 10% of us who suffer from a rare form of dating OCD? Let me also say that part of my constant fear of "does he like me?" stems from another horrible dating experience I had earlier this year. More about that in a later post....I have solicited opinions from my Mom, my friends, and even my friends' boyfriends. Of course, now I am turning to you. A few questions.....1. If you're doing online dating, at what point do you stop seeing other people and commit to one person? Please note: I am not ready to do this, just wondering...2. Is it a bad thing not to kiss on the first two dates? This is the case with[...]

Weekend Wrap-Up


I had a great and very busy weekend. The two most exciting parts of my weekend? ICE! at National Harbor and putting the last of my Christmas decorations up! For those of you in the DC area, please take my advice and check out ICE! It is amazing! It is a Christmas themed exhibit where everything is made of ice. The vignettes are spectacular and range from a ten foot slide you can ride to a full, life-sized nativity scene. I will warn you that it is cold - it is basically a self-guided tour through a large tent that is kept at - gulp - nine degrees. They do offer huge, unfashionable parkas as you enter but no gloves so you must bring your own. Trust me - you will need them! Here are some pics....My friend Rachel and I checking out the gorgeous Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor - the Christmas decorations were amazing!This is a picture of the castle that doubles as an ice slide! My photos do not do it justice - it is really amazing!Now, for something equally amazing - my Christmas decor. I'm happy to have everything up and ready to enjoy my tree every night when I come home. My cute little tree! This is probably the last year I will be able to use this little guy - I'm running out of space for all my ornaments!One of my favorite new ornaments! One of my favorite cheap decor ideas - decorating with cranberries![...]

Perfectly Preppy Holiday Gifts


I'll take one of each please! [...]

Hostess Gifts


First of all, I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I certainly did - I spent time with family in Florida, shopped, relaxed, enjoyed the warm weather, and - most importantly - ate a lot! Thanksgiving is really a time to reflect on what it is we are most thankful for and I could not feel more blessed to have the incredible family I have. I am so lucky! Now that the holidays are in full swing I thought a great post would be focused on hostess gifts. Many of us will be attending holiday parties and it is always nice to bring a little something for the hostess. Obviously, flowers and food are always lovely but these special items are sure to get you invited back again and again! Love these personalized candles from Pottery Barn! I've already ordered one for myself... :)This beautiful box is filled with pre-planted paperwhites. Just add water and watch them grow! I love these Mariposa napkin holders! There are a variety of napkin weights to choose from and beautiful cocktail napkins come with each holder. A great gift!For something a little less pricey, a selection of cocktail napkins always makes a nice gift. I love these new Caspari patterns!This candle is so fragrant and amazing - it just smells like Christmas! Bonus - if you have an artificial tree, this smells just like the real thing. Another option - pick up a cute plate (like this one I got at Homegoods for $5 - can you believe that?) Bake some treats and add the recipe to make this an extra special and personal gift.[...]

Christmas Decor


If I had unlimited funds, I would decorate every inch of my house for Christmas. I love it! Here are some of the items I have my eye on for this Christmas...I love this garland! It actually looks very similar to the wreath I bought for my front door last year. Love these ornaments! I don't know if I have enough room on my tree....Have I ever mentioned my obsession with square boxwood wreaths? Want this!!! How cute are these guest towels? I may have already purchased one for myself.... :) Also love this wreath. I have a bit of a wreath fetish....And a bit of a guest towel fetish as well.Case in point, the third guest towel that I want. I only have 1.5 bathrooms! Love these trees - beautiful! Finally.... can my house please look like this someday? [...]

Please Go Away


For all of you who don't know who this is (and how could you not if you've watched the news in the past week) this is Carrie Prejean, former Miss California whose claim to fame was her answer at the Miss USA pageant. When asked if she felt the rights of marriage should be extended to all people - gay or straight - she answered that she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. Now, while I do not agree with her, I fully support her in her answer. After all, aren't we allowed to have and express differing points of view in this country? However, her latest press tour promoting her book and all the media surrounding it has really begun to irritate me. First, there were stories about her breast implants, then the topless photos, and now a sex tape she allegedly made when she was 17 years old. My question is this - if she is such a good Christian woman as she claims - a supporter of conservative values - why is she posing for topless photos and making sex tapes? I find it very hard to believe that a true conservative would behave the way she has in the past few years. I think what Carrie Prejean is an opportunist. She gave her answer and capitalized on the media frenzy it created. Now, she is using her 15 minutes to make public appearances and sell books. Can you tell that it bothers me? It does. Click here to see her embarrassing appearance on Larry King. Yikes.

Opinions Please!


I am so sorry I have been such a bad blogger lately! Things have been so busy. My weekend has been pretty boring with the exception of last night when I had a first date. I have been doing for about two months now and to be completely honest - it has not been going as well as I had hoped. BUT, I am trying to stay positive! I know I WILL meet a great guy soon - either on match or some other way. Right? Right!

All that being said, I have a question for you lady followers out there.... Do you expect a man to pay for a meal on a first date? I'm not neutral on this - I expect a man to pick up the check on a first date and am really turned off when they don't. I know it's not politically correct, but that's the way I feel. Needless to say, the gentleman - scratch that - man I went out with last night did not pick up the check and that was one (of the many) reasons why there will be no second date for the two of us. Reason #2 is that he was home schooled and I find that a little odd.... Just curious - as independent women living in 2009, what are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them!

Attention All DC Area Preps!


A fabulous new store has opened in my hometown of McLean, VA. I stopped by this afternoon and love, love, love it! It's called the Preppy Pink Pony and it is a preppy girl's paradise. It opened last week so they are still getting things up and running but they have some lovely things. Check out their web site to get an idea of some of the items they offer. They carry many of my favorite brands including Dabney Lee and Lilly Pulitzer. The owner loves Lilly so much that her dog (who hangs out with her in the store) is named Lilly Pulitzer! It was adorable! Here are some of the things I have my eye on....



MCW from Saving the Best for Last tagged me in the Friday Tag Game. All I have to do is answer the 5 questions with 5 answers for each question and then tag 5 of my favorite bloggers and they do the same!1. What were you doing 10 years ago? * I was still a new freshman at the College of Charleston and having a really hard time adjusting - I was very homesick and missed my high school friends terribly. * I was living in a 11' x 16' dorm room with a girl I wasn't so sure about. She was very Southern and prissy and it was a shock to me! Of course now, she is one of my BEST FRIENDS. She and I will be friends forever. :) * I was traveling to Columbia, SC frequently to visit my sister and her family. She and I always had the best time together! * I had bangs. Not cool, side swept bangs but unattractive, straight across my forehead bangs. * I had just bought my first pair of Rainbow flip flops (a must-have at CofC) and still have my original pair ten years later!2. What are 5 things on your To Do list today? * Buy and send out a birthday card to one of my friends. * Go to the mall and look for a new pair of jeans. * Laundry. Lots of laundry. * Return something to Michael's and maybe purchase some mums for my front step. * Buy a bottle of wine for a dinner party tonight. 3. Snacks you enjoy? * Lightly salted organic popcorn * Granola bars * String cheese * Almonds * Diet Pepsi4. Where are 5 places you have lived? * McLean, VA * Charleston, SC * James Island, SC * Kinnelon, NJ * That's it! Only four!5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire? * Buy new or pay off the houses of my parents, sisters, brother, and grandmother. * Take my closest girlfriends on vacation for two weeks to a fabulous five star resort with luxury spa. * Pick five struggling families to help by paying off a mortgage, buying a home, paying for college, treating them to Christmas gifts, etc. * Buy and decorate houses in Charleston, SC; Nantucket, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; and Breckenridge, CO. * Retire and travel, travel, travel. :)I pass the 5 Friday Tag Day onto...1. The Niemeyer Nest2. Through Rose Colored Glasses3. Stephanie4. Nautical and Southern5. Headbands and HandbagsTraylor PapersThis has been circulating around the blog world but I thought I'd give it a try. These notecards are too cute to pass up."Send us an email to with your name & address and we'll send you a free customized card with your name. Tell us your favorite colors and/or style (i.e., whimsical, classic, girly..., etc.) and we'll try to make you a match ;) BONUS: post this offer on your blog or wall, send us a link and we'll send you a few extra! Good thru 10/28/09!"Here are some of my favs!Have a fabulous weekend![...]

A Letter to J. Crew


I have seen other bloggers do this and now I have my own bone to pick with J. Crew...

Dear J. Crew,

I do not appreciate getting this email from you (see below) three days after I placed an order for a necklace I have been lusting for for several months. Once an item is sold out, please remove it from your web site immediately so that I do not place an order that will never get to me. Leaving the items on your web site implies that you actually have enough in stock and gives hope to the thousands of ladies who covet your delightfully preppy clothing and accessories. I am now forced to begin a daily online stalking of the bronze version of this necklace - waiting patiently for that item to go on sale. Once it does I will purchase it and, hopefully, you will actually have one to send to me.

Bitter, sad, and disappointed in Virginia--
DC Prep

I could not find a picture of the lovely item I attempted to purchase but here is the other color. Now I must wait patiently for this color to go on sale. Anyone have one - in either color - they want to sell me? :)


A Word About Halloween Costumes....


Does it bother anyone else that the vast majority of Halloween costumes for women are - for lack of a better word - slutty? I went to peruse the costumes last night and found it nearly impossible to find one that wasn't cleavage-baring or super short. It is so irritating! Every conceivable costume is made "sexy" - sexy nurse, sexy pirate, sexy policewoman, sexy BEE?! Really?

Now, I would love, love, love to go as Betty Draper or Jackie Kennedy but feel those might be better with my own Don Draper or Jack Kennedy. So, now I am considering these three. As you can tell, I am leaning towards the 50's era but am also taking suggestions. I don't want to spend a lot of money and - for goodness sakes - nothing too revealing! What do you think? Any other suggestions?


I can't wait!


Whoa...this should be good.

In other news, I think I've posted this on here before but I am posting it again! Here is a lovely pink Longchamp bag I am selling. It is the medium size - approximately 10"x10". The bag is in great shape but the inside is a bit dirty. Email me ( if you are interested or if you'd like more info/pics. I would love to sell it for $70 + shipping. Retails for $125.


For all the single ladies....


Have you bought the new Michael Buble album yet? If you haven't, you should. At the very least you should download the first single off the new album - "Haven't Met You Yet". I love it! For all the single ladies out there (like myself) listen to the words and have faith - your special someone is out there!!! I have had my fair share of down days lately due to my lack of boyfriend but this song gives me hope! I just had a thought - is it possible that Michael Buble is in fact the special someone I have been waiting for? I think so!

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Also, I was so happy to read today that one of my favorite "Real Housewives" Bethenney Frankel is ENGAGED! Another single lady bites the dust.