Monday, September 21, 2009

These Eyes Still Have It....Apparently!

Marriage tends to make one complacent after awhile. It is a little hard to keep tweaking the same package. So, when unexpectedly, a change is noticed, it adds a lil spark back to the ole fire.

Recently, I overtweezed. You know, going after that one stubborn stray and getting 4-5 good ones in the process. Being the resourceful chick I am, I purchased a Maybelline Easy Define-A-Brow Eyebrow pencil. It was pretty easy to use since I could see EXACTLY where I needed to fill in....I also blended it and matched the other brow....and went on my merry way.

That night, at a rare dinner out. My cute hubby goes "your eyebrows look amazing...what did you do? it looks sexy!" Recovering from the momentary shock, I go - "Hmmm, I haven't done anything different? Maybe a different eye shadow?" and mentally right then and there decided that my mistake will become a permanent fixture in my toolbox.

It just goes to show that maybe I SHOULD take a re look and see what else I can do to enhance some random body part. I keep seeing Valerie Bertinelli on TV touting that THIS could be my season to lose 40 pounds. Well, maybe not. But, It is definitely my season to body that is!

Shag yourself to Walgreens!
Preppy Girl

Friday, July 17, 2009

It's Friday ~ It's Chocolate ~ and It's Free!

Alas, I have accepted that my Summer schedule does not allow me the frivolity of languishing at the computer and blogging. I will have to be content with just accomplishing a few necessities such as email and facebook. I also have the date circled on my calendar whence I will reclaim ME time - Don't get me wrong - I adore my children, but I also adore peace and quiet!
This is where the chocolate comes in. I recently discovered that you can actually receive the blissful stuff via the mail....for free. Yep. Just go to on Fridays. 9 a.m. EST and sign yourself up. Pick your favorite and know that it will be shipping to your box. You can use up to 4 emails per household so recruit your husband and any children you wish to share said chocolate with - Me? I am saving this one all for myself.
Bon Appetit!
Preppy Girl

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sometimes You Just Want To Only Read The Blogs.....

I love Blogs. I have them marked in my Google Reader....and also on my ITouch.....because some blogs NEED to be viewed in full with the pictures accompanying the posts. However, I have clicked off a many a blog because of all the clutter/ads/boxes...They drive me nuts!

I am so happy to have discovered this site.

This site allows you to type in any web address and it brings it up without all the annoying boxes, ads and clutter that get me into such a tizzy. It only has one drawback and that is the links that are clickable will also only bring up the bare minimum. But, if it is reading you want this is the site for you!

I love it when I find such simple things to make life easier, don't you?

Happy Blog Reading!
Preppy Girl

Sunday, June 21, 2009

It's Always 5:00 Somewhere.....

I tend to purchase more wine glasses than shoes. True. At least once a week, poolside in my backyard, you can find me with the girls enjoying a relaxing glass while the men watch the children. I am not sure when it started, but my glasses are always a conversation piece. More often than not, they go home as a to-go cup. So, I am well known for my glasses. They have to be unique. I don't want someone to be able to say they also bought the same glass last week. Oh, sometimes, I pick up a glass or 2 at Swoozies, but for the most part I scour specialty shops and craft fairs for the fun, the whimsical, and the downright naughty. If I know it's been a bad week, I do have a set than simply has the word "Bitch" painted all over it. You can open almost any cabinet in my house and find a wine glass.
Being a Sunday, you may not can find your own, so grab your paint pens, head to Target and doodle your own. But, for the thrill of expectation, order a fun one today.

Preppy Girl

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shop on Etsy. ESPECIALLY for the Palmetto Trees I am so fond of!
Of course, the shop name is called Wine Whimsy and of course, she is from South Carolina.

I am so proud of my state for it's whimsical icon. You can adopt it, too - it seems to be a popular thing to do!

I have used this site for years. Her prices are great and she has every theme imaginable. Not to mention a special featured glass each month. I love these because they are quick shipping!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cool Me Down, Somebody.....

I live in a tropical paradise, and I love it.....except from now until October, all activities should be done befor 11 or after 7. Tell that to 2 boys. 3 if you count Preppy Hubby. Water is the only relief, but it gets a little boring. I found this and am adding to my Christmas list. I actually have been the social mom and filled my pitchers with various natural things like cucumbers, orange or lemon slices and even sprigs of Rosemary (from my yard, natch). Now, THIS would be wonderful. No pulp, just flavor. And cool Water. Bring it on.
Preppy Girl

Monday, June 15, 2009

Too Cute Not to Buy.....

I just had to repost this adorable plate. I saw it in an ad in the latest Paula Deen magazine.....I LOVE Paula Deen - We at least share one thing in common in that we both have the same accent. I love my accent...but, I digress...
This is the cutest platter I have ever seen - just perfect for deviled eggs...and before you think "Oh, I can't have those" you should try my trick. I don't put the yolk filling in them. I use my favorite flavor of Hummus......Takes all the calories out and leaves only a fun flavor...You can also dress them up by an olive slice on top or curls of cucumber......Would that not be just the best thing to take to a Pot Luck? Lots of Oohs and Ahs to accompany, for sure! There are so many different ways to fill the middle, you can dream up your favorite, too!
For 36.00, order a little Southerness sent your way from Savannah, ya'll!
Oh, and it appears to me that is is just calling out for a vinyl decal monogram to grace it's middle!
Preppy Girl

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Saving Money....Naturally.....

I color my hair. Religiously. Every 4 weeks. Will miss any major milestone if a reschedule is not available. I have done this for longer than you need to know. Would I even want to know how much money has been spent on my head? Probably not. Normally, I am prone to use whatever the salon suggests will make my hair look full, fabulous and also promotes my hair color being resistant to fading. I usually follow through daily up until a week before my appointment. Then, I switch to something protein infused to prepare my hair for the chemical onslaught that will change it from its natural longings to the color of my choosing. Pureology is my latest expensive obsession. And now, I have a new replacement.

I decided that I simply won't have the funds next week to purchase anything except the color for which I am due. The search was on earlier this week for something that would fit my bill yet make my wallet (and hubby) happy. I found it....and I just might have a winner for good.

I picked up some Aveeno Shampoo and Conditioner in their new Nourish line. I chose the Moisture formula - and got protein to boot. I am in love with this find and am sharing with you!
Guess what? The company is giving away FREE samples for you to try. What more could you ask for?

Shaggin with hair blowing in the summer breeze,
Preppy Girl

Friday, June 5, 2009

It's a Give-Away!! Enter now!!

Update! Okay - so to be fair, I put all the comment names on a piece of paper, put them into a ball cap and let my hubby draw it out.....and the winner of my first give-away is.... The Blissful Belle!!! So Blissful, you just need to send my friend an email at cutecatdesigns@aol dot com with the name you need imprinted on your goodies....Thank you all for playing the game. Now back to regular programming for a while - maybe another giveaway again soon!

I'm so excited! My fav stationery site has graciously offered to do a giveaway here on my Blog! It's the first one for me (and I have others who have also offered!) and it is a Summer Theme. Cat saw my posts on Starfish and here is a delicious set of Starfish themed happies! You will receive 12 Folded Notes with Envelopes (your choice of color!) along with 12 Return Address labels and 12 Enclosure Cards.

All you have to do is enter here by leaving a comment. One lucky winner will be named on Wednesday, June 10th.

To enter once: leave a comment here! Please include a first name and last initial or some cute thing to distinguish yourself!

To enter twice: become a follower on Twitter of CuteCatDesigns and leave your Twitter name in a second comment telling that you signed up or are already a follower of Cat.

For a Third Entry: let me know you follow my blog or Twitter or become a follower and comment here to let me know!

This is going to be fun! I have shopped with Cat for about a year now and I ALWAYS love it. I know you will, too!!

Shag to It!
Preppy Girl

Monday, June 1, 2009

I'm Losing It.....

I looked all over the place this weekend for my car keys. I seem to do that a lot. So, I decided I needed some cute ring to keep them visible. Decided to go with acrylic for the summer. Don't know why, but the fob look reminds me of school. It didn't take long to find what I wanted. I just have to make my final choice. Which one would you get?

Preppy Girl

When Straight lines keep you in order plus the added whimsicality of Polka Dots, Natch. The Preppy Polka Dot has a shop full of adorable goodies. 8.00

Simplicity and Chicness. The Monogram Chick. 13.50 The shop is on vacay until June 15th which gives you plenty of time to make a wish list. For those who love the circle look!

Friday, May 29, 2009

And a Dash of Color.....

Ah, the last post for the Starfish finds. These caught my eye in my searching....Whimsical and fun - but with the right outfit, simply charming! I am drawn to Starfish and foresee more than one of my finds making its way into my drawer for keeping....and wearing.....Now....I wonder if I can find Swizzle Stirrers with Starfish! I am sure there will be more posts featuring this fun Summer icon....Have a great weekend!
Preppy Girl

I am a sucker for Turquoise...It's fun and funky...and usually the brilliant hues bespeak Summer. This Find is just perfect for tees or a Laura Lu Designs - Find it in this shop for 45.00

Pink....Preppy...Whimsical....and perfect for this lulidesigns....36.00

I swear I had something similar to this in college...It needs the perfect outfit to really shine....Lily? hmmm. It is by auntdeb on Etsy and is 18.00

This is my Favorite! A beautiful lampwork starfish in Hawt colors! By TheCoralReef for 28.00

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

When More than a Dollar is Available....

Like any good quest, one must consider all price points. It is always a thrill to capture a bargain but the luxury of having more than just a few dollars to spend provides a completely different feeling of acquisition. Attention to detail paired with the right outfit can make a WOW statement. My little Starfish just might end up being the focal point of the week. There are 6 of us in the group and we have vowed to each purchase a different Starfish for our little "jewelry momento". I have drooled over more than one of these.....wonder which one will end up making it's way to my house?
Gonna be Shaggin' soon!
Preppy Girl

The soothing colors and textures of this foursome makes me instantly think of the ocean....Love it! It is by indivijewels on Etsy...I love the long chain (30 inches) and can picture it over a simple dress. It is 65.00 - Her shop is filled with intricate creations.

Can't you picture the shimmery reflection of the ocean in this piece? 24 inches of chain ending in pure delight! It is by lulidesigns. There are a few other Beachy items in her shop on Etsy. This necklace is 52.00.

Okay, I know....It is pricey at 172.00 but I kept coming back just to stare at it....Gorgeous. By AshaOcean and there are coordinating earrings available.

Of course, this is caught my eye because you can get it MONOGRAMMED!! It is by upmysleeveboutique and you will enjoy browsing in this shop. It's cool! The piece is 68.00.

Gold is making a comeback and I love the added Blue Goldstone. Ultra Chic. It is 95.00 and by HighSeasLA on Etsy. There are several Starfish to choose from in the shop.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I Learned to Shag on the Beach with the Salt in the Air...

This is a Southern Girl's Favorite time of year....a beach trip in sight...and my favorite even is about to occur. There is nothing better than an ice cold Beer and Sand between my toes Shagging on the Beach to authentic Beach Music tunes. Tunes by The Embers, The Catalinas, and General Norman Johnson and The Chairman of the Board (The Drifters don't count as "real" Beach Music......This year, I thought about having a theme for our trip and getting a status piece of jewelry for it. Everyone loved the idea and is in for the buy. This is the first of a few posts featuring my Starfish finds.....May you find something to represent your Summer as well!
Shaggin Always,
Preppy Girl

At 24.00 the sweet size of this Starfish fits right in with every outfit you wear....It's sterling so no need to take it off when in a bikini......Find it in the shop of lulularue on Etsy.

If you like a bigger statement, this Starfish is 2 inches on a 17 3/4 chain. 15.00 from Jewelry byAllison B on Etsy.

One of my favorite finds - 26.00 and a CHOICE of chain lengths. I love everything about this one! A creation by melaniehazen. More similar and unique goodies are in her shop on Etsy.

Sweet and Solid Starfish by ANORGINALJEWELRY this is also a sweet and dainty Starfish at 1 inch. It's 45.00

15.00 and adorned. Sweet. and it's for charity. Get and Give at the same time. By abead4everyoccasion on Etsy.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Radiance of Summer

It's here....and I can tell! One more full week of school left and the fun begins! My favorite thing about Summer is the fact that daylight lasts longer. That means I actually can dress it up and go out with hubby/friends and enjoy the sparkle of sun instead of running frigidly to the car just to have a little fun. I decided it was time for new makeup. Wandering into Neiman Marcus, I spotted a familiar logo. A bit confused at first, I took a look. Yes, it's true - My favorite jeans have a brand new relative! Rock and Republic now makes makeup! I am now the proud owner of this Blush! The name of my favorite color is exactly where I am in my marriage - when time allows....Seduce. Mommyhood is left at the door and I have already had several friends comment on my new "radiance" so I know it works. The colors in this line are extremely concentrated and the packaging is like a small gift box. Each time I use it feels like a treat just to open it. I played with the eye shadows a bit and have something to look forward to when my current supply runs out....
Shag on,
Preppy Girl

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Stationery Give-Away Alert!

We all love a good deal - and I am all about the free ones! My favorite stationery blog has a giveaway up until Tuesday. Cat did the logo that you see here on my blog and her stationery rocks! I am completely addicted to her stickers! Go over and leave a comment and maybe you will win the 30.00 set! If you have a blog or Twitter and mention the giveaway you can comment MORE for MORE chances! Hooray!!
Preppy Girl

Friday, May 15, 2009

Depends on How Close You Are....

I have a nephew who is graduating and I am going to do the cool Aunt gift of cash.....Not the previously mentioned Visa - but thought I would order these and attach the tens (100.00)around the waistband.....I am also getting a cute monogram Toiletry bag (will post it here when I find it! This is definitely an out of the box gift idea.....but I love the whole monogram skivvies thing...... Unfortunately, the site where I found them is not online, so I am off to K-Mart for Joe Boxers (great price) and to the local monogram shop!
Shag, It's Friday!
Preppy Girl

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Disguised Cash....The Perfect Gift!

I now have 2 guys to buy Grad Gifts for. Why oh Why are guy gifts so hard? I COULD stick with the old cliche gifts....but I am not a cliche kind of chick. My gifts must be stand outs. Of course, what all grads really want is cash, but that would be tacky and way too easy. SO! I was thrilled to find these - Personalized Visa Cards. This way, I show that I spent at least 10 minutes thinking about the gift and didn't rely on the grocery store checkout line.....You can upload any image or text and personalize these babies....Loaded with your chosen amount from 20 - 500.00...Wrap it up and be remembered for giving the coolest gift!
Check it by CLICKING HERE!

Shaggin on a Thursday,
Preppy Girl

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I'm Not a Diva - But Every Little Bit Helps....

I get excited when I find a steal at TJ Maxx or Marshalls....the only such stores within 2 hours of me....I always visit Filenes or Steinmart when I find myself in a city lucky enough to have them. I have pretty much exhausted Bluefly....and I will reluctantly shop eBay as a last resort....I am thrilled to have another choice...and with much better stuff! Net-A-Porter has launched a new outlet site with ultra designer names. You, too, can fake Diva status by visiting
I already have a full checkout basket. Must go pay for it and begin stalking the mailbox.
Shag On,
Preppy Girl

Friday, May 8, 2009

Time Out for Moms....

Here it is! That day we as moms love...we hope....sometimes the stress of it all can drive you nuts....but let's focus on the positive side of things. I cherish all the drawings, half cooked breakfasts and fights over who gets to give mom her gift first. Most of all, I love being able to decide how the day will be spent. Ah, choices. I told my husband I would like to spend the day in the spa and he looked at me as is I had sprouted horns. Let's just hope it doesn't rain....most of what I want to do is outside. There is work to be done in the yard and what better day to arrange for forced help?
As daughters, don't just sit there. DO SOMETHING. The grocery store flower department can be your best friend. At the very least, give a card. For me, my mom and all those I love who are moms, I am going to follow the stand by rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It works.
Happy Mothers Day weekend. Spend it wisely, You will be glad you did!
Preppy Girl

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Part 2: Girly Grad Gifts - A Picture Frozen in Time....

Any gift that speaks to a girl's narcissistic side will be a winner. Thus, Photo Holders are a sure bet for a grad gift! Albums, Memo Boards, Photo Trees, Frames.....and if you can place a picture on board, it's even better. If not, I like to print an inspirational saying to place in the frame or on the board....I am still on the hunt for the perfect gift for a few people and these are up on my list!
Preppy Girl

Cross-Stitching. Thank you, Mom! I learned at an early age - completed several projects and now I wonder why in the world I stopped? It was so addictive and I still have some of my projects around the house. Glad to see someone is still at it - I love this photo album and it would make a sweet gift! Visit her Etsy shop ForKeepsSake for more themes......wonder if she takes custom orders?

I like the sweet simplicity of this Memo Board but this cute shop has several to choose from - AND it's personalized! Visit Texas Susannie's Shop on Etsy!

I also love the simplicity of this board as well!

This site has Oodles and Oodles of Frames to choose from. I have learned from experience that frames inetended for Little Girls never go out of style when personalized for a big girl. And, if the girl goes Greek, it's that much better! Find your choice of frame HERE!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Part 1: Girly Grad Gifts...Frill the Pink!

My mailbox tells me it's that time again. The onslaught of Graduation Announcements has begun. A Southern Girl knows that B.) all announcements of any kind, shape, form or fashion must be acknowledged. And B.) Cash gifts may be desired, but are extraordinarily tacky unless the recipient is related to you in an immediate way. That leaves me holding on to my wallet with sweaty palms. However, cute gifts can be had if you just turn on the think switch. Here are a few things I am thinking of this year!
Shaggin in May,
Preppy Girl

The Monogram Flower Pot - However, I am not putting Flowers in it! I will head to my closest Walmart and purchase the pot and a can of Spray Paint (matching their future college color is cool) and order THIS MONOGRAM and voila! I am thinking of filling with the towels below for a total gift cost of about 20.00 - You can also fill with monogram note cards (thank yous - let's hope they know that hint-hint) Or, cute items that go with their future college which may be obtained pretty cheap - pencils, stickers, plastic cups, etc.

If your grad is a college grad, I am loving this Acrylic Tub with monogram - Fill with bubbly and it makes a great affordable gift! Get the Monogram! You can find the tub at The Container Store, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target and Walmart has them out right now, too!

I love the bright color of this tote and it's 15.00 price is wonderful! Since it is already monogrammed, you can pick up a cute oversize or beach towel to stick in it! Add some tissue and voila! Check it out on Etsy!

These are the most affordable towels I have found! You can choose different fonts and colors. Great to put in a tote or the adorable Flower pot! Hello, eBay!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Carrying on a Tradition

Yes, It's Derby time! But, Southerners know this is one tradition that is always in style. The Mint Julep cup has been on many a Southern Wedding Wish List. Die hard Southerners receive them as gifts from Birth onward and are tucked carefully into a hope chest. I personally love to give a set of 2 monogrammed for a new baby boy. I keep telling my daughter her future hubby will love her for having a set of 24 Juleps ready to go! Perhaps this is a tradition you want to start? I'll raise my glass to that!
Preppy Girl!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Having a Wild Time.....

I found this store/site while on a Las Vegas getaway... Amen Wardy... and have come back again and again! What first attracted me is their amazing fruit (later post) that looks so real its freaky! They have much more of a selection instore than on the web. My secret go-to for fun plates and table settings is this site. They especially go hog wild at holidays but I am planning a small get-together in a few weeks and this is what I am going to use! My theme is really Brown and Pink, but I am always attracted to Zebra Print.....It makes me feel both wild and girly at the same time. Never used Square Plates? Once you do, you will never go round again!

Preppy Girl

I couldn't decide which ones I liked the best.....I ended up going with these because they matched my DR better! This site is too de jour for extravagant but affordable little

This was my second choice, and one I will use by the pool this summer. I bought them anyway and will hang on to them!! Easy to pick up some solid color cups and accessories to tie it all together!

I went with these to match the Brown Zebra plates. Mismatch/Match. I like it!

This is the invitation I am using. Cat did it for me to match with Brown and Pink! Came with round matchy address labels.

I love the idea of this series. It is so fun and makes an adorable gift!

and after it's all over, refuel with this adorable chillable mask...Sweet Dreams!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Let Them Eat Cake...or Chips

THE Birthday party for preppy daughter is not for 3 more months, but the planning is already underway. I am working on the custom cake and found the perfect plate for her cake! I love this because it can also be used for chips - I, being Southern, always offer some sort of munchies to even the most casual of guests who drop by...and manners demand that Chip Bags should NOT be seen or heard.....This is one of my bookmarked monogram sites that I love to browse. Hope you like it, too!

Shag on,
Preppy Girl

LOVE the versatility of this set!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cookies That Talk....

I love it when I can say what I mean without uttering a word. You know. Those Chanel shoes on your feet with their fabulous interlocking logo.....or the car you drive....Hidalgo Rings stacked on my right hand.....Things that say S.N.O.B. (Southern, Not a Bitch) and I have long been noticed and gossiped Cookies. I have been a fan of Eleni's Cookies long before the public could order them via Neiman Marcus catalog....and when I find substitutes that cost a fraction of my go to source...well, that just fits in with my life right now. Keeping up appearances on less. A few of these can be ordered in only quantities you need which saves money. Others, well....keeping up with my image IS important...and splurging on OOAK is necessary when striving for impression.
Tis the season around my house for cookie time. Teacher Gifts. Mother's Day. Graduation. Sorority Teas. There is a cookie for every need.
Below are a few of my sources. Everyone needs a little sweet in their life. You get all the credit. Without the work.

Shag on,
Preppy Girl

Everything about this Etsy store is adorable! Her cookies are devine and so carefully decorated that the price makes these a steal! Visit Cakeboxcookies for your sweet fill!

Can we say ORGANIC?? LOVE, LOVE the whole concept and the numerous design options make it hard to pick your favorite! I am loving these Pink Girly Grad cookies! Check out Beautiful Sweets for more!

Love the pink dresses and think they would be adorable with the Bride and Groom cookies below! In this shop you will also see these intricate roses! Visit MariaElenaEvents on Etsy!

Sunflower Baking Company is the first time I ventured out of my box for a substitute and I wasn't disappointed! I am a huge fan of the Martini Cookies as well! There are too many cute cookies here to list. Check the site out!

I would be remiss if I didn't post these adorable ideas for cookie serving!