One of the blogs that I have fallen in love with is Chic & Charming. Sophia is innovative, unique and has a certain elegance and grace that is truly her own. She gave me a wonderful idea that she actually received from another blog. She has started an online store on her website.
I have a passion for beautiful books. Being a struggling author...(yes, I am even working with a publisher), I am always on the quest for outstanding books and ideas for entertaining, decorating, travel, sports, etc. With three children (one is a teen) of my own who are avid readers, I will watch their interest in books and will share them with you. Since anyone can type in certain key words in Amazon.com and get similar results, I will not say that these books, etc. are difficult to find, I just have selected a few of my favorites and organized them for you. If you choose to purchase them through my site, it would be a little tribute to my time and would be appreciated. P.S. Please be patient because I am still working on a few of the categories. For example, my husband said I must have a scotch, cigar and wine book for the men's section.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
and those from the Vine, http://www.vineyardvines.com/
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
We were also invited to a elegant, formal dinner with all the fashion leaders in China. I was placed next to the editor of Vogue China and his model girl friend. We felt a little like celebrities.. if I had known that people would be taking my picture, I would have definitely dressed better. My husband was photographed as well and many young Chinese women came up and said.."Mr. A. so handsome". I said "They are probably the gals sewing your garments in the factories...of course you are great". Anyway, the interesting thing about the evening is that we were excited about a traditional formal Chinese dinner. To our surprise, the dinner was totally western fare right down to the silverware. The Chinese are so historically elegant and detail oriented, but for some reason, a small detail was overlooked... many of the people at this fancy affair were not familiar eating with silverware. Even though the Chinese may be laughing all the way to the bank, this evening was not their best work.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Everyone has their priorities on how they spend their money and I prioritize household help. I am fortunate enough to have a housekeeper and a laundress. Our laundress has not been here is a few weeks and we are starting to pay the price. She simplifies a big element in my life--mounds of laundry. Mostly she washes, folds and puts away the clothing. That is it! If time permits, she will starch and iron my linens. Even though I owned a business and managed a staff of 50, I am weak when it comes to household help. I like the comfort of knowing who is in my home and touching my laundry. Also, I believe it is easier to keep someone than hire and train a new person. So I am stuck making a national plea for her return.
In terms of ironing, I was blessed at one time to have a rotary iron or known to some as a mangle. This was a linen lover's dream come true! It was from a friends estate so it was old. I tried to put a large folded tablecloth through it and burned out the motor. Oh well, I guess it is best for napkins only. I have my eye on a new rotary iron...on my list.
Old Rotary Iron
(use to have)
(I guess it is strange to want this but I do)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I discovered this little popcorn company just in time for the Valentine's Day. Not only does it come in an adorable blue and white tin, it is actually delicious. My favorite is the Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate and the Air Popped Cheddar Cheese. Smaller tins or adorable bags could be customized with a monogram & used for party favors. If you want to give your sweetheart something red, they have a red & white tin too. To purchase click here: Hampton Popcorn Chocolate Caramel Crunch 1 Gallon Tin
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
We have our usual stops which to most seem rather boring...Big Bowl on Cedar, which is a stir- fry Asian restaurant (I had pomegranate mochi), the Walnut Room which is at the Marshal Field's (I mean Macy's) on State Street and RJ Grunt's which in below my sister's condominium. I'd say...that is about the extent of our dining repertoire.Mochi
Other favorites include the restaurant at Ralph Lauren, the Neiman Marcus store restaurant and before we leave town today, we will hit Cereality...can you tell I have children. If you complain about paying $4.00 for a box of Fruit Loops in the grocery store, wait until you pay $4.00 for a cup of Fruit Loops! If you think that is not bad enough, just wait until your kids pile on the M&M's, Reece's Pieces, and Coconut and have chocolate milk on it too. Yummy! Dining at its finest. UPDATE: Cereality was closed! Space for rent. Bummer. I also try to incorporate some type of education exchange even though from an economic perspective, Adam Smith would find shopping quite educational. This trip, we went to the Field Museum..I think this is about the 12th trip for us. In addition to the 1500 dead animal carcass displays (they probably are not real--just case there are animal rights activist reading) and the oversize lizard bones (according to my tour guide they are plaster casts from molds of actual bones--whatever), there is something that every girl should see...Jewels. This time my children learned about the variety of cuts and yes, the most important skill... how to spot a fake! According to the tour guide, there may have been 6 major extinctions on the earth but many of these gem stones have survived them all. Now that is truly survival of the fittest!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
After 20 long years of using my preppy yellow golf bag, and three years of research and trying to decide on the perfect bag for the next 20 years, I have settled on the Keri Golf "Nancy" bag. Even though your immediate thought is...."Is black preppy?" Well, my preppy yellow bag was not only dirty looking, it looked like it was starting to grow mold...a little disgusting I must say. Even though the caddies at our club always were willing to drag it out of the bag room, they never really held it too close to them. I went with this bag for the obvious reasons:
1) Black looks good year round and this bag comes with a anti-mold coating (not really).
2) This bag will match all my outfits...even though my clubs stay on the cart, someday I may have to carry them and I cannot clash with my Lilly P
3) This bag comes with a written promise to lower my handicap
4) YOU CAN HAVE THIS BAG MONOGRAMMED (mine is in green)
5) I am having custom green monogram FootJoy shoes made to match the green on the bag
6) Black makes you look like a serious golfer
7) It has so many pockets for all my lip gloss, sun glasses, sun screen, and 50 golf balls I need to carry because I loose a lot, etc.
8) It has a matching tote bag
Anyway--I am finally at peace with my golf bag. The golf bag selection for preppy girls is pretty limited and Keri seems to have the best selection. Lilly Pulitzer had one too but I choose to go with this one for all the above reasons.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Back in my college sorority days, there were two sisters from Indiana and their mother owned a fabric purse and accessory company. All our party favors for special events were from this company. I remember a fabric book cover for sure. Amy and Joanie's grandmother's name was Vera Bradley. Because of this, I have been very loyal to the cause. Here are my latest finds....
MUST HAVE THIS
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Well, friends and family, I have started a blog. I thought that I would take my creative energy and funny, crazy life (hopefully others will think I am as funny as I do), and entertain, educate and amuse people. I am married to a wonderful man, have three great children and a spoiled, loving English Springer Spaniel named COCO. We live in Ann Arbor, Michigan...you may say--Ann Arbor was in the "Preppy Handbook". Well, all those restaurants in the book are long gone and Ann Arbor to me is about tie dye and birkenstocks. We have a few people who are wearing the same clothing they wore in the 60's--I also do not think they have cut their hair nor bathed since the 60s either. I am always looking for brights shades of pink or a little madras in a black and gray town. Aside from being a "fish out of water", Ann Arbor is really a wonderful place to live and I will tell you more about it over time.