July 30, 2008
2. CWD Kids is running a huge Ralph Lauren sale, up to 75% off... prices start at $4.99!
3. Emily Lacey is having a tent sale in Lake Forest August 12-16 from 9am to 4pm. Stop by if you're on the Third Coast, or shop the virtual tent sale if you can't make it to the North Shore.
July 29, 2008
1. Link to the person who tagged you (there were two!) and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others that you like and tell why.
3. Tag 5 random people at the end of post and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I will copy Traci and say that this is tough as my music taste is extremely eclectic and I don't really apologize for any of it. However, here are 5 of the cheesiest songs I love that I may or may not be embarrassed over.
1. Girls - The Beastie Boys: This one takes me back to college. Is there a better preparty song? I think not. The lyrics are not so feminist, I will give you that. I will also admit to loving (and singing regularly) Professor Booty by the Beastie Boys.
2. It Takes Two - Rob Base and DJ Ez-Rock: Oh Rob Base, you should be internationally known!
3. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield: I challenge you to listen to this song and NOT sing along. It cannot be done.
4. Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks: Shut up. I know.
5. Hey Ya - Outkast: I know it was overplayed, I know even Andre 3000 got sick of it, but sometimes, you just want to shake it like a Polaroid picture.
I too must add honorable mentions: Bennie and the Jets, Right Back Where We Started From, Come On Eileen, Push It, Since You Been Gone...well, I could go on and on. I guess I'm not embarrassed to admit to any of this!
July 23, 2008
July 22, 2008
Also, Daily Candy has turned me on to another monogram boutique (because I don't have enough sources already, obvs). All She Wrote is a Third Coast (Lincoln Park, to be exact) boutique that is offering free monogramming on everything... in store or online with the code DCfreemonogram. Cute stuff, I think I need to check them out in person. It's been too long since I shopped on Armitage Avenue!
July 21, 2008
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I was lucky enough to be matched up with Preppy Sue, who has a perfectly pink and green blog of her own that you should check out. She has great taste!
My favorite colors ~ Navy, pink, and green. But my house has lots of reds, khaki, and green.
Things I especially love ~ Lobsters! And roosters, plaid, and almost anything nautical.
How often you entertain and/or types of parties you host~ Not as often I would like. But usually big casual parties.
My monogram and/or the monogram of my child ~ EJR or ERJ. TCP Toddler's is MPR.
Themed "Anchors Away!", this nautical evening of cocktails, dancing and fireworks sets sail at the beginning of Chicago's Air and Water Show weekend. The evening will feature an open bar (including Tommy Bahama Rum® specialty cocktails), light appetizers by Food for Thought, decadent desserts, live music by The Southern Course Band and a silent auction featuring must-have treasures!
$90 per person in advance, $100 per person at the door
32 team bracket style bean bag tournament with fabulous Tommy Bahama Rum® prizes for the winning team! Tournament play begins at 8:30 pm$30 per team of 2 players in advance, $40 per team of 2 players at the door. Entrance fee includes a Tommy Bahama Rum® gift and a chance to win a Tommy Bahama Rum® raffle prize. To purchase tickets, click here or call 312.664.4462 x101. Space is limited, so sign up today!
July 11, 2008
Most of us city dwellers on the Third Coast spend at least a little bit of the summer "Up North" either in Wisconsin or Michigan, away from the sweltering city and the hordes of tourists that descend upon us during the brief period of warm weather. (Not that I blame them...it's a great place to visit in June, notsomuch in February!)
I grew up going to a family cottage in Wisconsin every summer, and now Mr TC and I are looking for a great place to do the same thing with our little family. Last week, we explored the Leelanau Pennisula of Michigan. And as much as I love cheese curds and fish boils, I think I'm ready to abandon Wisconsin summers for Michigan ones.
Our cottage was on Grand Traverse Bay, just south of Northport, Michigan. It had a little sand beach just the right size for a water-loving TCP Toddler, and we spent lots of time wading and examining shells.
An afternoon of shopping in nearby and adorable downtown Suttons Bay found me going crazy at the shops. My favorites? Anchor Cottage and Haystacks. And of course, you must stop at Michigan Peddler to stock up on all manner of cherry related products (we were visiting during the National Cherry Festival after all!) At Brilliant Books, I picked up a copy of my new sidebar read...
Shockingly enough, there is also decent wine to be found in Michigan. Check out Black Star Farms for great hard cider and Riesling, and a surprisingly decent Cab Franc.
Mr. TC loved the area as well. He's recently been rediscovering fishing as a hobby, and has gotten really into fly fishing (You can read more about that here). We spend lots of time at the streamside Orvis in Traverse City.
On our last night up north, we went to dinner in Leland, Michigan. Let's just say that I could have done some serious damage shopping in the historic Fishtown area, but TCP Toddler threw the mother of all TCP Tantrums whilst we were dining, so it was back to the cottage.
But don't worry, we'll definitely be back!
(FYI, I was too lazy to write all the names down and physically draw them out of a hat, so I used a random number generator, and comment #28 --the Preppy Engineer-- was chosen. )
Send me an email at thirdcoastpreppy@ gmail.com with your contact information, and I'll get you in touch with the lovely ladies over at Whitney English.
Thanks again to Whitney English for offering this great prize!
"Ivy League Afternoon"
"Strolling in Nantucket"
Ever since TCP Toddler was born, I've become a big fan of tunics. They seem to cover a multitude of sins, shall we say? Ashley, the founder of TuNix, is currently offering a 10% discount + free shipping with code prep10 until July 31st. She's also looking to find great Chicago shops to carry her line. I've given her a couple ideas of my own, but do any of you other Third Coasters have suggestions? Where would you like to be able to buy TuNix? We'd love to hear your ideas!
July 10, 2008
Although, this does beg the question: why would a toddler need a garment bag? Who cares, if it's cute enough, right?
Some of the clothing might be a little more geared to the South*, where I know that smocking is whole-heartedly embraced for both baby girls AND boys. (Let's just say I couldn't get that past Mr. TC. And don't even get me started on the conversation we had when I tried to put TCP Toddler into a bubble when he was a baby. It did not Go Over Well.)But if you have a little girl, or a more open minded husband, check them out. Real cute special occasion clothing.
*And indeed, it looks like most of their retailers are south of the Mason-Dixon line. Just one lonely shop in Illinois.
CDW Kids has a new blog, kidbits, and share some heartwarming and inspiring tales of kids doing great things for the less fortunate.
It's the kind of read that gives one hope that the good kids will outnumber the office cupcake thieves...
July 08, 2008
July 07, 2008
Look at all the goodies you can win!! (Of course, your lovelies would be personalized with your own name and/or monogram.) I have many of these items myself, and I can tell you that they are gorgeous. My personal favorite is the acrylic clipboard...it takes me back to my sorority days when I conducted all my business via a paint-penned clipboard!