Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Style Influencers

I just read about Tory Burch's "influencers" in her life - mostly her parents, Buddy and Reva, who, by all accounts, had incredible style. What or who influenced the choices you have made, in your style?  I did not have a "Buddy" or a "Reva" in my world.  My parents did not have great style and my mother is far from a fashionista.  My father was preppy and sensible and I get that part of my style from him.   I am not one to take great chances, I love tradition and the "classics" for sure.


Growing up, my sisters and I waited for The Talbots catalog to arrive every season.  There were few catalogs back then, no Internet shopping and in my hometown, we did not have a ton of stores like we have today.  So that catalog influenced me for sure and it would be wonderful if Talbots could somehow rekindle the aura they once had. I remember the Herman Geist t-shirts.  They were solid colors with a small band around the neck and sleeves, with a white piping. I had a lime green one.


The clothing back then was vibrant, with lots of colors and patterns, many of the brands we cherished are long gone - J G Hook blouses, Geiger jackets (maybe still around but certainly not in style).


We wore Dean's sweaters, Malia sundresses, Vested Gentress dresses and carried Bermuda Bags. Pendleton wool was also big. Lilly was "in" too.

(Vested Gentress Dress)

I actually owned this exact sweater.  My father bought this for me in New York during a trip there with him one summer.


And the patchwork Dean's were all the rage.  Men wore these too. The horror, I know.

(Malia Sundress)

So how does all of this preppy style turn into real style as you get older? I am not sure it does.  It's almost comical to see the things that we adored way back when.  But your early choices and your early loves influence what you choose your style to be when you really "get it."  I never wear floral dresses now, ever except for Lilly.  And the patchwork sweater?  Not. On. Your. Life.  I won't even wear madras now that it has come back in a bit.  My almost minimalist style today is almost counterculture to what I loved in my youth.

Simple lines.....


Classics

A little of color here and there....

And a little bit of preppy every now and then just to remind me of my youth and my roots.....

My style icons?  Jackie.  Grace. Audrey.  And of course, Tory. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Claire Mawdsley Scholarship and Rider Recognition Program

The Horse Show World does take care of its own, and sometimes a tragedy can be turned around so that something good comes out of it.  That is certainly the case with the Claire Mawdsley Scholarship and Rider Recognition Program. Let's start with the background:

In September 2011, Claire was killed in an automobile accident.  She was only 21 years old, a Senior at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia.  She was an Equine Studies major and she was returning to school after attending a horse show in Northern Virginia.  She worked for Winter Hill Farm that week at a horse show.  Her performance in the classroom was recognized by Virginia Intermont when Claire received the college’s first posthumous degree.  The Scholarship and Rider Recognition program is named after Claire because she would have been the perfect candidate for the program. She was a focused and talented young lady who did not have extensive opportunities to ride and show full time, but she had ambition. She was the embodiment of the values we hope to instill and promote through this program for junior exhibitors: you do not have to make a choice between being competitive and being well-rounded. You can have it both ways.

 (Claire is on the far left with her classmates)

Eligible riders for scholarship consideration will include the 3'3" Junior Hunter division as well as the regular four Junior Divisions – Small Younger, Small Older, Large Younger and Large Older.
The program rewards exhibitors in the Junior Hunter Divisions who attend a traditional "brick & mortar" high school on a full-time basis who meet certain criteria.

  You can learn more about this program here

Let me finish by saying that I did not know Claire, I never met her but from what I have read, she was a remarkable young woman who would have gone very far in this world. I love these passages, words from which she tried to live I am told......


“Talent is less important than perseverance.”
“Pursue excellence, not perfection.”
“Winners always have a plan; losers have excuses.”

Claire was, without doubt, a winner with a plan.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Think Pink

Being a Southerner, I have always loved pink even when it wasn't popular or in fashion.  But now that it is "in" it's everywhere.....even in unexpected ways.

Like this pink turtleneck with taffeta cuffs.  Wear this in winter with black pants.


Or these Gucci loafers in hot pink.


Or these rockstud flats.  Love these!


Or this North Face Rain Jacket.


I love this pink shirt dress.  Wear this with booties into fall.


Or this Kate Spade trench in pale pink.


Or this Nude Pink dress that could easily go into the fall.


Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Rhinestone Cowboy

Glenn Campbell passed away yesterday after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was a legend in his own time and my father was a big fan.  There is a great documentary out there about him that is worth viewing, it will make you laugh and cry.  CBS Sunday Morning did a segment on him in 2012. View it here.  You'll be glad you did.

It seems that rhinestones are everywhere and still in fashion (did they ever go out of style?).  You can find them on shoes......


(Net-a-Porter)

(Net-a-Porter)

And I love this article in the UK Daily Mail about Princess Diana's rhinestone jewelry. Yes, much of it was fake.  Read the story here. Seems she was a big fan of UK's Butler & Wilson, a great source for costume jewelry.

RIP Rhinestone Cowboy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday Treasure Hunt

August is a great time of year to find bargains galore for house, home and your closet.  Look what I found.....

These Pine Cone Hill Embroidered Sheets are on sale right now at Horchow and who doesn't need to update their linen closet.  And I love the colors!


Want a fun set of flatware for summer dining for $35 for the entire set?  Not kidding.....


Love these velvet slides that you add "pop" to any fall outfit.


Go with everything in your closet bamboo clutch.


More mules for fall.  Aren't these stunning?  I am loving the velvet look that is so "in" for the new season.


I love these silk pants. I have an older pair in green that I wear mostly with black. I am loving the navy ones too! I'd dress these up or down and will look great with a pair of mules or slides.



I have always loved this bar cart that now comes in black.



I can think of a lot of other uses for this adorable towel.  I'd use it as a throw.  

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Magnificent Mirador

Virginia is home to many splendid estates, steeped in history, and Mirador, just outside of Charlottesville, is one of my favorites.


(Francis Benjamin Johnston photo, 1926)
The home was built in 1842 and underwent a renovation in the 1920's by noted architect William Adams Delano.   Mirador is located in Greenway, Virginia, just west of Charlottesville in an area full of large estates.  The estate includes several outbuildings and a Colonial Revival stable built in 1910.  Also on the property is the Sam Black Tavern, a log building dated to 1769 which was moved to the property from neighboring Seven Oaks Farm (which is currently owned by musician Dave Matthews).  

(Sam Black's Tavern)
 Mirador was the childhood home of Nancy Langhorne Astor who was born in Danville, Virginia (near the Virginia, North Carolina border).  Her father made his fortune in the tobacco and railroad business and purchased Mirador. He had lost his fortune during the Civil War but was able to build it a second time.  She lived here from 1892 to 1897 (she later became Lady Astor when she married Waldorf Astor).  She moved to England where she was the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament. 

Her sister, Irene, also lived here. She became the wife of artist Charles Dana Gibson and was a model for the Gibson Girl. 

(Gibson Girl Muses)



The famous decorator, Nancy Lancaster bought the property and lived here until the 1950's.  Lancaster was the niece of Lady Astor and Irene Gibson.  Her mother was Elizabeth Perkins, eldest daughter of Chiswell and Nancy Langhorne. Nancy grew up in Richmond, Virginia and New York. Her fondest childhood memories were while visiting her family at Mirador. She married three times, and it was during her second marriage to Ronald Tree that she bought Mirador from her aunt Phyllis. She bought the house in 1922 and sold it in 1950 when she was living in England. Nancy lived in England for most of her adult life and she owned the interior decorating firm Colefax Fowler which is still in existence today and remains one of my favorite fabric sources.




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