June 27, 2008
June 26, 2008
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June 25, 2008
I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley:
Hilarious, quick read. Sort of in the style of a David Sedaris memoir. Liked it a lot. Reading it was almost like catching up with a friend, the funny girl who always has crazy things happen to her and tells the story in such a way that you can't stop laughing. We all know someone like that, right?
The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story by Frances Kiernan:
I have to be honest, I really didn't love this one. I was excited to read it, as it had gotten many good reviews from other bloggers. But I just found myself (a) bored by the name-dropping and lists of accomplishments--not that Brooke Astor's accomplishments weren't impressive and noteworthy, they certainly were--but there wasn't enough action or narrative, I guess, and (b) confused by the author's adoring tone when she would occasionally describe less than appealing behavior displayed by Mrs. Astor. Let's just say I wasn't sad to return this one to the library. I finished it, but there was a lot of skimming near the end.
Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders by Josephine Ross:
This was a cute little book, written a few years ago, but directed at an audience of Jane Austen's contemporaries. It's not a modern etiquette guide by any means--you won't find instructions for how to handle email politely, but will learn more about the byzantine social rules of paying and returning calls. I liked it, but think it's more of interest to an Austen fan. It contains tons of references to her characters and books and if you haven't read them, it might not be as entertaining.
And now for the TCP Summer Guilty Pleasure : The entire oeuvre of Dorthea Benton Frank. I know, I am losing my street cred as former English major and total book nerd. But it's summer and I like a little fluff every now and then. I stumbled across one of her books, really liked it, and proceeded to read all of the others in rapid succession. They pretty much follow a standard formula, but it's totally entertaining: South Carolina girl, moves up North, leaves bad marriage, moves back home, meets charming Southern gentleman, connects with her heritage, loosens up, romance and mending of family ties ensue. It helps that I am more than a little obsessed with all things Southern at the moment (more on this later). And that she has the most amazing recipes in some of these books! Total beach read, but I give DBF two thumbs up. And am anxiously awaiting her next novel. :)
June 24, 2008
Do you want to know what size did fit me, however? A fricking girls' medium!!! That's right, equivalent to size 10-12 girls. I am 32 years old, people. That is just ridiculous. So I got this:
Really cute (girls) toggle cardigan. But still, LE needs to stop with the vanity sizing. It's getting insane.
Also spotted at Lands' End, 100th Anniversary Race to Mackinac gear! Some really cute totes, tees, and polos commemorating the centennial of this great Third Coast event. Find them at the State Street Lands' End (located inside of the Sears at State and Madison) or online here. And remember to order a size or two down!!
June 23, 2008
June 21, 2008
I am in love with these...navy unisex American flag shorts from EmilyLacey.com, a company based near the Third Coast in Lake Forest. I'm all about supporting local biz, especially when it involves super cute kids' clothes. Love their monogram sweaters (natch) and embroidered pants, too. But those shorts are my absolute fave--a cute look for the Fourth without going over the top.
June 20, 2008
Fayette skirt in Lemon Sorbet Sugah.
June 19, 2008
Also, the article references a book I am adding to my must read list: The Done Thing by Simon Fanshawe.
June 18, 2008
Also, wanted to share a free shipping code: JUNENEWS, good through June 30!
What say you, TCP readers? Today is not one of my more decisive days.
June 17, 2008
Madras patchwork shorts, on sale for $14.99.
June 13, 2008
1. What were you doing ten years ago? I was doing a summer session abroad in Rome. So the odds are pretty good that I was (a) drinking red wine or (b) laying out. It was not an academically strenuous program, shall we say?
2. What are five things on your to-do list today?
Email the company about a light fixture that was broken during shipping
Call my doctor's office to have some things faxed
Return a few work phone calls
Go to the bank
Finally put the two giant baskets of clean laundry away
3. Snacks you enjoy? Chips, cheese (of any variety), olives, pickles, toffee
4. Places you’ve lived: Rockford, Chicago, and Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; Rome, Italy
5. What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?
Quit my job (approximately 4 seconds after attaining billionaire status)
Buy a new house on the Third Coast and one somewhere else for a getaway.
Set up a foundation and be a fulltime philanthropist.
Go back to school and take classes just for fun (art history and lit).
Open TCP --The Shop and finally have one place in town to buy all my preppy gear!
June 11, 2008
June 08, 2008
June 06, 2008
Congrats! Please send me an email (email@example.com) with your contact info, and I will pass it along to the good people at Bird Dog Bay so they can get your tie out to you right away!
Thanks to all who played. If you didn't win, don't fret. I've got another contest coming up soon that will blow you away. Stay tuned!
**Update: sbcvandy has already received a tie, so she generously offered to pass this one along to another preppy tie fan. Well played, sbcvandy!
June 05, 2008
- Don't forget that today is the last day to enter my Bird Dog Bay giveaway! Also, get a free Bird Dog Bay t-shirt with any purchase $100 and up during the next week. They are very cute, especially the chocolate lab one...it reminds me of my sweet lab Welly. He was a good dog if there ever was one.
- TCP Toddler had his first "end of the year" picnic for his tots class yesterday and I missed it because I was at work. Sniff. But I did redeem myself by baking treats for the party. (To quote a scandalized TCP Nanny, the MVP of the TCP household, "most of those other mothers just brought brownies from the grocery store!") Score one for the WOHM!
Not that any of those women ever act like it's a competition.I made these, after I saw the recipe on Jon & Kate Plus Eight. They were really good, too.
- Tervis Tumblers are 15% off right now if you spend more than $75. Use the code 2008DADS. I almost got a set for Mr. TC for Fathers' Day, but then decided that would be more of a gift to myself than for him! Still, this is the perfect time of year to get a set if you spend lots of time out on the patio like we do.
- Big sale at Vera Bradley...25% off all totes! There's a new design coming in the fall, so they are discounting every current tote, even in the new colors.
June 04, 2008
To me, a sundress should be lightweight, breezy, and preferably cotton. If you wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it when the temps approach three digits, it's not a sundress in my book.
This sundress from the Gap's "European Collection" (Sidebar...wtf is that? A way to charge more for the same product because it's allegedly "European"? Yes, I think so.) looks so cool and comfy. $79.
J.Crew's Kayla dress, in kelly green (or maybe navy or pink?), on sale for $39.
I love this pink seersucker dress from CDW Kids. What? I was honestly intending to look for TCP Toddler. I didn't even know they had clothes for adults. I swear! On sale for only $19.99.
I completely love this from Skirtin' Around: Low-Neck Sundress - Blue and Green 60's Print Cotton Voile$196.00.
Love, love, love this one from Vineyard Vines. Menemsha Halter Dress, comes in pink or green--natch. $165
And this, from Cape Madras. Pearl's Dress, $126. I'd probably get it in a different madras, but the pink is awfully cute too.
And click for the cutest coral sundress at Anthropologie. Wouldn't that look great with metallic Bonannos?
This Tailor New York dress is adorable and combines two great motifs...starfish and madras. $158
Now if only the weather on the Third Coast will cooperate with me...50s and rainy is not exactly sundress weather.
June 03, 2008
Those of us who do not have mad needlepoint skills to make our own belts must find other ways to obtain them. This new retailer looks like just the place.
June 02, 2008
Also, thanks to Mr. TC and his mad skills for my new banner! You've seen the Chicago flag, which adorns everything from buildings along the Third Coast to the uniforms of Chicago's finest:
Well, this is my version...a little preppy twist to the old classic. Hope you like it!