29 May 2015

Under Magnolia

A week or so ago I sent my cousin, a librarian back home, a photo of the approx. 15 books I had brought home from my local library (I'm a huge proponent of utilizing my public library!). In the stack my cousin noticed Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes and said that she'd heard it is a good book. I read it last week...and she was absolutely correct. It is such a good book!

Frances Mayes wrote Under the Tuscan Sun and several other books based on her life in Italy and California. Under Magnolia is based on Mayes' childhood in rural Georgia and college years in Virginia, hence the magnolia in the title. Mayes can put on paper details that make you feel (believe)  you are in Fitzgerald, Georgia in the 1950's. If you're looking for a book to read while sipping sweet tea on the porch, this is a good one. 

Upon catching up on blogs today, I came across a list of what celebrities are reading (http://www.mydomaine.com/books-celebrities-are-reading/). Also on the list, I found out that Reese Witherspoon has a Insta account of her book club. Southern Living has a list of the best Southern Fiction that I can also recommend (http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/tag/books/). That is where I found Under Magnolia, as well as my current read, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.

What are you reading?

28 May 2015


Visit me at http://vintagewasp.tumblr.com. My laptop is visiting Austin this week, hence the lack of posts. The Blogger app for iPad royally bites. Until my laptop is back, I'll use the Tumblr app which includes these WASPy gems. 

21 May 2015

Unofficial Beginning of Summer


My son and I are finishing his junior year assignments this week. This has been a trying school year and to be glad it is nearly over is the ultimate underestimation. So, I will not be back on until Tuesday, the day after the unofficial start of summer.

I hope everyone has a most fun weekend and remembers the reason we are barbecuing...our soldiers. This one is always in my prayers. Love my oldest son. (P.S. He's in another unit so I hope it's okay to post.)

18 May 2015

Kate Spade Surprise Sale (Not Sponsored)

This is a good one, Ladies. I saw the "lemon collection" at the Kate Spade outlet last month and I fell in lust immediately. So cute! Even my husband, whom usually does not like kitschy, well, anything, loves the lemon purses. I plan on getting this one. The bow earrings and matching bangle are iconic. However, since Father was in the Navy, I love these boat bangle and earrings. There are so many TDF items. Here are my favorite:

 Again, I want to reiterate that I will receive no compensation if you use my links as they are links directly to KS. You will need to give your email address and zip code to sign into the sale. It's so worth it!

13 May 2015

Draper James

You've probably heard about this already, but in case you're not following Reese Witherspoon on Twitter let me give you the info. She has created a Southern lifestyle company inspired by her Southern upbringing called Draper James. Mrs. Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon Toth was raised in Nashville.She chose to name the company after her grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon. Now THAT is Southern.

The Draper James website is fun too. There's a blog post, about me video, and a section on Southernisms that I, being a Southerner, find funny and spot on. There's a section on throwing good parties and another on Reese's favorite Southern cities.

Now let's talk about the goods. They're all adorable. She uses a lot of navy, which is a perpetual classic, especially when paired with white. Muzzie hated the color black for clothing (including funerals) and she has passed that on to me. I literally have 1 black dress, 1 pair of black leggings, and 1 black shirt. That's it. Navy is my favorite neutral. I'm not going to say that Draper James is inexpensive, because it is not. That being said, it is cheaper than most Kate Spade items.

Here are my current favorite items:
 Bristol shirt and short (heart the magnolias!) 

I wish Draper James all the best in their new business venture. I hope it is successful in proving to the rest of the country (and world) that the American South is not full of hillbillies.

PS. If I lose another 10 pounds, I'm totally purchasing that Bristol short set. Love, Love, Love!

07 May 2015

Southern WASP Home

The South
"While the New Englander can precisely detail the life of every member of her family back to 1620, the Southern Prep tends to emphasize her family history only back to the genteel decades preceding the War of Northern Aggression. This is because many Southern Preppy families only became “established” in those decades, as they grew rich off of their Peculiar Institution. As such, the Southern Preppy interior is newer and more feminine than its New England counterpart. Like the New England Prep, the Southern Prep is influenced by Colonial d├ęcor, but the Victorian era brought muted colors and sumptuous fabrics to the Southern Preppy Home, and the Art Deco period lent clean lines and geometric shapes. Post-WWII interior design is not for Preps.

All true Southern Preps are descended from at least one Confederate General, and his large portrait, in muted oils (done in uniform of course) hangs like a badge of honor in the formal living room. Non-primary colors, floral prints and stripes abound in the Southern Preppy Home. While it might include the time-honored traditional preppy colors, a Southern Preppy Home might also have a formal living room done in pinks and greens, or a dining room with coral walls. While the New England Prep might consider a Southern Preppy Home to be showy or even a bit gaudy, the Southern Prep would likely believe the New Englander’s home to be drab, shabby and possibly outdated."

Updated Preppy Handbook

05 May 2015

Tuesday Thoughts

I usually do Monday Musings posts, but this week I already got behind. I'm out of my routine as my yongest son is doing testing at a university a bit away. My wifi connection was spotty at Barnes & Nobles. So I didn't get it out yesterday, so I'm doing it today as I have many thoughts that I want to share, consequently this is called Tuesday Thoughts. :)

Oh how I love the new princess' name! For a week now I have subscribed to Kensington Palace tweets in preparation for the birth of the new baby so when I got the tweet alert that she had a name I was beyond excited. I think B and Bry are getting a bit irritated by all things princess, but they can get over it. Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte (feminine version of grandfather Charles) Elizabeth (her great-grandmother the Queen, as well as the middle name of Duchess Catherine and her mother Carole) Diana (her grandmother) of Cambridge is quite a name for a 8 pound preciousness but that's how royals do it. I love the occupations of the parents, Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom. Really Prince William is also a search and rescue helicopter pilot in addition as prince. And Princess Kate is a stay-at-home mummy when not on princess duty. I almost feel sad that the anticipation of it all is over, but maybe Princess Kate or Crown Princess Victoria (of Sweden) will have more as they produce my favorite royal babies. Princess Estelle is a few years old now...

So, I'm currently sitting at Starbucks typing this in the most uncomfortable chairs, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is that I have free wifi (that works!) and smores iced coffee! I asked them to change their smores frauppaucino/latte into a iced coffee. It took the barista a few minutes to figure it out, but oh. my. heavens. It is sooo good. I won't get any milk next time as there's marshmallow fluff in it and whipped cream on top. Oh law. I don't need the extra calories. Still, it is delicious and highly recommended. By the way, if you get the iced coffee, you'll save about $2. My oldest was a barista a couple years ago at Starbucks and gave me the tip. You just tell them to replace the classic syrup with whatever flavor you want. 

Speaking of calories, I'm still doing the Bikini Series, sort of. I'm not exactly following it to the T. I have had some serious issues since beginning the plan and have gained about 10 pounds and am in pain from pulling something in my stomach where I had incisional hernia surgery a year ago. So, though I'm still doing most of the exercises, it is modified. And, since I can't do the extra walking, I've cut back how many meals I eat a day. I just can't do 5 meals a day. I think that has contributed to the weight gain, that and, um, lack of elimination, if you catch my jest. So, I love K & K (trainers), but the plan isn't exactly for me. 

Okay, Met Gala. I'm not going to go into all of it, but basically, why was everyone (as Jeff Foxworthy says) nekkid? How is this pretty? Now, don't me wrong, she looks Ahmazing, truly. Beyonce is curvalicious, BUT, couldn't she look just as curvalicious with more clothes on? J Lo and Kim Kardashian had similar dresses. Want to know my favorite from last night's gala?

This isn't the best image, as she blends in with the red carpet, but this is glamour go me. Amal Clooney looked modest, yet showed her bodaciousness. Reese Witherspoon also looked beautiful, but she rarely looks anything but classically beautiful.

Are y'all ready for Mother's Day? Mother's gift has been ordered and should arrive in time and cards have been mailed to her and Nana. My B and Will have asked what I want to do. I'd love to do this...
alas, I think it will be lunch and church. That's fine with me. This will be my first Mother's Day sans my daughter in Atlanta, but that's okay. I'm proud of her finding her way. My mother sent me 400 miles away as she wanted me to fly. I appreciate her sending me (I'm the baby) to do what I wanted to do. I think because of knowing that I left and lived to tell about it, I feel okay with Anne doing her thing, granted she's much futher away than 400 miles. There's a lot about my mother that I love and appreciate, and I know that she expected me to eventally move back home, but letting me roam free is something that I know really appreciate since I'm in that stage. Maybe someday she and I will be able to go on our own and "lose reception" but at our ages we've found ourselves. ;)

Happy Cinco de Mayo! If you're getting your margarita on, be safe! 

02 May 2015

Princess of Cambridge

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George on the birth of the new Princess! She is absolutely beautiful. She looks like Prince George, in my opinion. Those cheeks! I cannot wait to hear her name and see her beautiful and traditional dresses. For detailed information, check out http://whatkatewore.com or http://dailymail.co.uk. Here's a few pictures:

01 May 2015

Friday Five: Derby Edition

Oh The Derby. It is the best thing to happen in Louisville, where I was born and raised. The two weeks before the Derby, there are many celebrations including fireworks, a steamboat race, balloon glow, and parties; parties are every night. The "fastest two minutes in sports" brings a lot of pageantry to Louisville.

Churchill Downs is where the Derby takes place. I love the twin spires that were built in 1895. They are iconic. That area of town isn't the best, so we didn't really go there much when I was growing up, but whenever we went to "The Downs", seeing the spires was moving. 

Now, ya wanna talk about moving..."My Old Kentucky Home" always makes me cry! I don't know why. Take a listen and see if it makes you cry too. The song was written by Stephen Foster upon visitng his family at Federal Hill Manor in Bardstown, Kentucky. (My husband and I, as well as 2 aunts and uncles, were married at Federal Hill.)

Hats. Hats are also an institution at The Derby. The bigger and more fancy the better. I'm more of a straw hat kinda girl. I blame my love of Anne of Green Gables. However, one MUST wear a hat...men and women.  

I'm obsessed with these puppies! I won't bet on a horse because of the puppies, but they are adorable. If you'd like to learn about betting, or bet online, here is how it works. Now, I never place money, but Bryan and I each pick a horse and bet against each other with cleaning jobs.

Now, on to the best part of the Derby, outside of the fashion and the beautiful horses, food and alcohol. I'm not much of a drinker, but I love a good mint julep. I know that Churchill Downs uses Woodford Reserve bourbon, but I prefer Maker's Mark; it's sweeter. Derby Pie is a delicious chocolate chip with pecans. The recipe is secret, but there's a lot of replicas. If you've never had a Kentucky Hot Brown, you are missing out. The cheesy deliciousness...okay, now I want one. If you're looking for recipes check out Kentucky girl (and Food Network Star winner) Damaris Phillips Derby party menu
For a full guide to the Kentucky Derby, check out Garden & Gun.
I had to laugh because I pulled up my Facebook today and saw some of my teacher friends are at The Oaks (The Derby for the fillies). So, school is out...hahaha!


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