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Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Holiday

It doesn't matter how many new haircuts you get,
or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay
you drink with your girlfriends... You still go
to bed every night going over every detail and wonder
what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood.
And how in the hell for that brief moment you could
think that you were that happy. And sometimes you
can even convince yourself that he'll see the light
and show up at your door. And after all that, however
long all that may be, you'll go somewhere new. and
you'll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again.
And little pieces of your soul will finally come back.
And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life
that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade.

-I love the movie "The Holiday", esp that quote from Iris/Kate Winslet

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rain Boot Thoughts

So I have been loving my J.Crew wellies which I got last year. Bright pink, with olive green laces and similar green soles, very cute, and not over-the-top. However, I need some diversity as sometimes it rains and rains for days and they can't be used all the time. Esp when winter comes and the salt on the roads and sidewalks at school will ruin it all...

So I've been shopping around for some new boots. Less than $100. I don't need Hunter Wellingtons if I am buying them myself!!

Here are the runners-up:

Sperry Plaid Pelican Boot in navy/forest for $68:

L.L. Bean Rubber Moc in tan/navy for $59:

Sperry Comorant Moc in navy for $80: (a little bit more fun decorated-wise)

Shearling-Lined L.L. Bean moc in chestnut/chocolate for $114:

Last, but not least:

Sperry Comorant Moc in yellow for $80:

I'd love all of y'alls thoughts!! XOXO

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas List

Hey all,

working on my Christmas List.

Does anyone have any input??


Wednesday, November 11, 2009




April 26
May 3


Changed my entire life.

2 steps forward and 15 steps back.

For Izzy, today

Ode to the Nice Girls
This is my tribute to the nice girls. To the nice girls who are overlooked, who become friends and nothing more, who spend hours fixating upon their looks and their personalities and their actions because it must be they that are doing something wrong. This is for the girls who don't give it up on the first date, who don't want to play mind games, who provide a comforting hug and a supportive audience for a story they've heard a thousand times. This is an homage to the girls who laugh loud and often, who are comfortable in skirts and sweats and combat boots, who care more than they should for guys who don't deserve their attention. This is for those girls who have been in the trenches, who have watched other girls time and time again fake up and make up and fuck up the guys in their lives without saying a word. This is for the girls who have been there from the beginning and have heard the trite words of advice, from "there are plenty of fish in the sea," to "time heals all wounds."

This is for the girls who have spent their weekends sitting on the sidelines of a beer pong tournament or a case race, or playing Florence Nightingale for a vomiting guy friend or a comatose crush, who have received a drunk phone call just before dawn from someone who doesn't care enough to invite them over but is still willing to pass out in their bed. This is for the girls who have left sad song lyrics in their away messages, who have time and time again dropped their male friend hint after hint after hint. This is for the girls who have been told that they're too good or too smart or too pretty, who have been given compliments as a way of breaking off a relationship.

This one's for the girls who you can take home to mom, but won't because it's easier to sleep with a whore than foster a relationship; this is for the girls who have been led on by words and kisses and touches, all of which were either only true for the moment, or never real to begin with. This is for the girls who have had their hearts broken and their hopes dashed by someone too cavalier to have cared in the first place; this is for the nights spent dissecting every word and syllable and inflection in his speech, for the nights when you've returned home alone.

This is for the hugs you've received from your female friends, for the nights they've reassured you that you are beautiful and intelligent and amazing and loyal and truly worthy of a great guy. This is for the girls who have been used and abused, who have endured what he was giving because at least he was giving something; this is for the stupidity of the nights we've believed that something was better than nothing, though his something was nothing we'd have ever wanted. This is for the girls who have been satisfied with too little and who have learned never to expect anything more: for the girls who don't think that they deserve more, because they've been conditioned for so long to accept the scraps thrown to them by guys.

Men complain that they never meet nice girls, girls who are genuinely interested and compelling, who are intelligent and sweet and smart and beautiful; men despair that no good women want to share in their lives, that girls play mind games, that girls love to keep them hanging. We nice girls are everywhere. But you're not looking for a nice girl. You're not looking for someone genuinely interested in your intramural basketball game, or your anatomy midterm grade, or that argument you keep having with your father; you're looking for a quick fix.

So don't say you're on the lookout for nice girls, guys, when you pass us up on every step you take. You don't want the nice girls, so don't say you're looking for a relationship: relationships take time and energy and intent, three things we're willing to extend - - but in return, we're looking for compassion and loyalty and trust, three things you never seem willing to express.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall Fashion

Okay, so it has been a while since I have done a legit fashion post. It does not help that my school, while being fashionable, still has people AFTER LABOR DAY wearing seersucker, Jack Rodgers, and white pants/shorts. Seriously people, put them away. Send them home. They are not acceptable. I am so okay with Rainbows and Gladiators because most are in neutral tones like brown or black, but WTF is up with the girl I saw on Saturday night wearing Jack Rodgers, a seersucker skirt, and a white polo shirt. Was she going golfing? No. Was she playing tennis? No. She was headed to flippin KA, and I am pretty sure that their party theme was not "Golf Pros Tennis Hos" but if anyone wants to clarify that for me I would really, sincerely appreciate it.

Moving on.

Fall Fashion 2009. Yes, so this stuff premiered in New York's Bryant Park a good 6-9, whatever months ago, but it doesn't make it any less valid! It is what is in stores, now!

I am lusting over a pair of Frye boots. I was PLANNING on BUYING A pair. But then, you know, I had to spend about $12k on my college tuition in less than a month which wasn't 100% planned so I didn't have much savings by that point. Joy. But here are a few of my favorites, perfect for a skirt&tights, skinny jeans, or a flowy dress. Take your pick. Natch, brown (esp. in a chestnut tone) is the bestest.

They are all in the Carmen collection, and they are all DELISH. Gorgeous, neutral and perfect for a Summer/Fall transition piece, and a token item for your collection. They normally have ample supply on as well as at Nordstrom...!

Frye Carmen 3-strap:

Frye Carmen Harness Tall:

Frye Carmen 14L:

Another Fall piece? Bright-colored bag. You see those crazy people coming out of Express wearing heinous bright-colored tights a la Madonna 3 years ago? Well, no thank you. I am a bit more classic. I would rather my brightness come from a luxuriously delish smelling purse, such as this one by Kate Spade. I saw it at both the Nordies in Annapolis as well as the Nordies in Towson, so it must be available elsewhere!!

Kate Spade Park Slope Short Eliza:

I <3 the Atlantic Blue, but the pink-orange-red Cerasus is intensely pretty too. But in person it gives off too much neon to me.

Another major color for fall is Burgundy. Jewel tint to it, but still a true burgundy. Lets see if I can find it in a token Fall fashion piece, like...

This one by Phoebe Couture, called the Embroidered Flutter Dress. In Magenta. Jewel-licious! [Thank you Nieman Marcus]:

And again, this teal shade. Lovely. DVF calls it Petrol. Not sure why. It doesn't remind me of gasoline?? [Thank you Nieman Marcus]
From Nieman Marcus, this DVF piece is called the Thane Beaded-Shoulder Dress:

Pieces to recycle:

Your token LBD:

Here is my token dress. Originally purchased for Thanksgiving 2007 week at the Greenbrier, it has been my go-to Fall/Winter LBD. Gorgeous wool/cashmere blend from Banana Republic. Their dresses fit me perfectly.

Big wide belts (still... not even kidding)

Skinny belts (woohoo thank you J.Crew!)

Leather jackets, in every shade under the rainbow

Fur coats (of course, when it is colder, but really, can I just show up to a football game in a fur coat? Will I be booed? I mean, I LOVE mine, but is it acceptable? I inherited mine so it isn't like I am going against my whole Environmental Studies self. Then again, I am not a hippy and I dont own a pair of Birkenstocks and I do not not shave and I am not a member of the Democratic Party...)

On a unrelated note, here is one of my favorite pictures of me ever (note the emerald green jewel-tone dress!! gotta love storing good pieces!):

The Greenbrier Thanksgiving 2007 at probably around 1am. I had drunk a bottle of champagne by myself. There is a fabulous story here, I promise.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Quiz: The Women of Mad Men
Are you a Betty, a Joan, or a Peggy?

By Erin Clements | August 13, 2009 12:00 p.m.

You are…Joan Holloway!

Strong, smart, and sexy, you are most like Sterling Cooper’s saucy office manager (played by Christina Hendricks). You know how to rock a curve-hugging sheath, and your foxy hairdos and sultry style command attention from every man in sight. Click here to read our interview with Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant.

As seen from: "Adventures of a Preppy Princess"

Saturday, August 22, 2009


So, where have I been for the past few months?

Well, to put it simply, I haven't had ANY internet at my house. We had HughesNet which was the devil, and over priced, and just all-around bad. So, we recently realized with school starting back up again I would NEED some kind of internet. We decided to get me some NetZero dial-up.

Woohoo! AOL-style dial-up circa 1994!! I live 20 minutes from Richmond, VA and this option is the only one I have besides HughesNet... WOWWWWW.

Work is great. I am still working in lingerie but retail isn't suffering for us as badly as the nightly 6:00 news every night would make you think. I average around 300-500+ in sales everyday, and multiply that by 3-5 employees and you get our daily sales. So you could really get why I don't really believe that there is a recession going on so much as a paranoia from corporate overspending.

Then again, I work at a boutique, not a retail box establishment....

I start back up classes on August 31. However, for the first time in almost 6 years, I will be back at a 4-year college. I will be working on my Bachelor's! I am completely ecstatic and grateful to be given another opportunity to finish what I started. It has given me a huge sense of pride and happiness in my day-to-day life. I am just beyond excited as it is a great school and is a old Liberal Arts institution in the south... and Mike is supporting me every step of the way!

More later! Bedtime for now!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mad love for Mad Men

Does anyone else find the show Mad Men simply intoxicating?

I don't mean because everyone on the show is a true WASP and boozer, I just mean because the show sucks you into the time period. The show I can closely link it to is The West Wing, because of their similarities in style. It is a WORLD you have often thought about and wondered over. You see the look and the colors and the people, but you can't really play out the conversations you see on-screen in your head until it's actually done.

For me, I have two different worlds of the 1960s to think about and compare with. My Dad's family was living a very blessed and luxurious life, thanks to my great-great grandfather J.A.J. I, and were busy growing with the construction boom from the post-war era. My Mother's family was a large family (5 kids; 4 girls (my mother the oldest) and one boy) in a relatively quiet and beautiful rural area outside of Covington, VA - a railroad town slowing down with the trend of airplane travel - but not quite extinct yet.

My Dad's family was definitely the Mad Men kind of family. Picture-perfect. Mom. Dad. Son. Daughter. Disciplinary debates on treating the children properly. Vacations in lovely places. Golf Club membership. The Way To Live Right. Booze. Cigarettes and Cigars. Perfect house on a perfect street. To make it even more picturesque, imagine Coral Gables (Miami), Florida, during this time period. Very Cuban-inspired but not salsa-style like it is now. Not as saucy, but enticing, kind of like the Season 2 eps in Los Angeles and Palm Springs....

Did anyone watch the season premiere?

I loved it. Some parts of it I thought were twisted and unnecessary (the whole cutting off d^%$ bit), but it still rolled into a great storyline about a man having to give up his own vices to step it up for being a family man again... and the other stuff, too, but lets not kid ourselves, the Drapers are the main members of the cast, like it or not.

Hello World!

Worthington: OMG
Worthington: I am Ranked #6 on GOOGLE
RAN: I can't wait until you come visit once I move to brian's
RAN: OMG what?
Worthington: for this search : happier a fine frenzy
Worthington: in which i posted only 5 hours ago the lyrics
RAN: haha what?!
Worthington: because no one had them online
RAN: haaaaaaahaha
RAN: that's hilarious

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I am as bad as Libby... update soon

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you. They should be the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag 15 friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your Profile page, paste rules in a new Note, cast your 15 picks, and tag people in the Note, upper right-hand side.)

1. Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan
5. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
6. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
7. The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
8. The Ya-Ya Sisterhood books by Rebecca Wells
9. Dress Your Family and Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
10. Earth Odyssey: Around the World In Search of Our Environmental Future by Mark Hertsgaard
11. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
12. The inextinguishable Symphony by Goldsmith **AMAZING**!
13. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
14. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
15. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hello Ladies!!! (and a select number of Gents)

Who likes my outfit today?

05-21-09 by wwj3697 featuring J Crew

For some ungodly reason, most all I am wearing is J.Crew but Polyvore was not pulling up my clothing pieces, grr, and I just about gave up as I JUST bought them LAST WEEK. What the eff? Anyhew, here is my outfit for today, as it is sunny and warm here in The Commonwealth...

Since moving, things have been so insane... we HAD internet for a little while - like, 2-3 weeks?, and then I cancelled it because our first bill was $75.00 and it was an obligatory 2 year contract at that price! Who are we KIDDING. HughesNet sucks monkey butt!

Anyway, I have been getting used to my new job, at the lingerie boutique, and it isn't as sorority hazing-esque as it had been previously, thank goodness. I really love the girls and I think I am just having to get used to them being city girls and not all Southern charm and love like my lame butt is!!Anyway, I love the shop as well sell THE best brands of lingerie. Best as in, the affordable-but-still-above-average expensive best...

Primadonna/Marie Jo
This is the PrimaDonna Mayfair...:

(this is the Mischa) --- their model freaks me out

This is the Savannah - gorgeous, right?

The Emmanuelle (which we sold out of pretty fast, have one bra left!):

We carry a few other bra lines, as well as other lines for sleepwear, shapewear, etc ---- but anyhew, pretty stuff right?

I will do another post soon!!


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Scrubs Finale

Did anyone else cry during the Scrubs "finale" "My Finale" - last episode for Zach Braff/Dr. John Dorian?

I totally BAWLED during the montage at the end...

Song being played was "The Book of Love" by Peter Gabriel...


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Anyone Out There?

Hey y'all!!!

Anyone miss me?

I've had an insane month +...


But I am back.. in the next week or so... if anyone is still on here... : )

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Our house closing is in less than 12 hours!! OMG!! SO EXCITING~!

Happy happy happy!

Friday, March 20, 2009


I find this clip to be incredibly moving...

Just so sad...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


I know there's no hope in holding up this weight.
It just won't float.
Man, I tried, but the tide.
It knows no sides.
If that's what's not fair, then what could be wrong with my life?
[If that's what's not fair, then what could be wrong with my life?]

Maybe she needs love to put the bottle down.
Maybe she needs me to be around.

The pain in her stare is drawing me shapes -oh, so fair.
The pain in her stare is making me wish I was there...
With something to declare.

We'll it's quite possible I won't make it out alive.
Because I'm quite sure that I could die.
Because what's best is what's left
When nothing is left but
The sound of the rain on your head,
A woman asleep in your bed.
Dreaming in my bed.

Something's got to happen.
-The Annuals

Song Title: "Fair"

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Boarding School

Photo owned by: Lisa Richmond

In this rough financial climate, everyone is certainly on their toes. However, this AM when I opened up my New York Times, I didn't necessarily plan on reading this article, which really tugged at my heart-strings and to be honest, made me quite upset!

The Conserve School basically just opened in 2002, and already has an endowment of 181 million dollars.

It was a non-profit started when the CEO of a Chicago steel company died, whole established a trust for 70% students to recieve financial aid, run the school, donated 1,200 acres for the school to be on (and I thought the almost 400 acres my boarding school had was a lot), and to maintain the school with a majority stake (59%) in this said Chicago steel company.

Unfortunately, the school earlier this semester, called the student body together to let students know at the end of this semester, the school will be no longer a boarding school 4-year program and will instead become a semester-long study program.

What? Excuse me?

I know.

Apparently, and I can only understand the financial gibberish in this article because I am on the Annual Fund for a couple of different non-profits (including my own alma mater), they didn't sell off 5% of their assets every year, and if not selling it, diversifying them. Basically, their portfolio wasn't adjusted to work with the climate of the market.

Ironically enough, the people who run the school? Trustees. Kind-of like the situation of The Greenbrier with CSX Railroad being it's owners. The Trustees of the school are board members at this Chicago Steel Company. So it's a situation of greed and nonchalance. And that upsets me.

I immediately emailed my boarding school Annual Fund coordinator to let her know how this article made me feel, and that I would love to do anything extra that I could to help my boarding school in this financial climate... if they needed my help outside of my regular donations. I have yet to hear from her, but I feel like it wouldn't hurt. At least I could then figure out how to do more letters to my classmates before June 30...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My First for-the-New-House Purchase

I am so excited!

It is Lilly Pulitzer [duh!!]!

It is colorful and fun and happy!

It is in one of my favorite patterns, Stowaway Green!

The flowers! The Pink! The Green!!

I have bought this fun guest book for my house!

It is my first purchase for the new house!

I am obviously excited as I am using lots of exclamation points!!!!


Monday, February 9, 2009

House update

The house passed inspection with flying colors! We are well on our way to moving into this house (still set for March 23)! We are totes excited and very happy with how things are working out. ANNNND it looks like our mortgage will be cheaper than we thought! So... very good! We are infinitely happy with the result! We are even getting from the current owners their paperwork from a contractor who gave them estimates on building a garage - M and I agreed, a garage would be very nice - especially when we have kids, and then we would make it a full garage and have another bedroom and bath suite (maybe even a kitchenette) above it!). I also hope eventually we can put in a pool and a pool house as we aren't near any country clubs. Plus, it would be a nice accessory with birthday parties and social events, etc. I definitely plan on hostessing a lot of things!! Currently we are looking for a lawyer to help with closing, and I really want us to get a lawyer, not a title agency, just because we NEED to get a lawyer, hello, prenup, title changing when we get married, wills, etc...

He's Just Not That Into You

One of my BFF's - Zazu Pitts, and I saw He's Just Not that Into You this weekend. We went to a less-popular theater and got great seats and I had so much fun seeing a chick flick.

Of course, since I was seeing it with her, and we both are as bad as Whitney Port (of The Hills) when it comes to facial expressions - we had to make many and express shock over some scenes. I never read the book (as I have been unlucky in love but haven't had issues with anyone in a long-long term relationship) - and have always chocked up experiences as just that, experience. I am not a 30-something like the women all in this movie are (well, upper 20s with Gennifer Goodwin, of course).

All in all, I loved the movie. There were parts where it kind-of dragged, and I felt like the "interviews" between "chapters" was a bit cliche, then again this was written by a former member of the original SATC crew. BUT, acting was good, lines were funny, guys were occasionally a-holes, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

oh jeez

Was anyone else yesterday distracted by Lady Aretha Franklin's hat?

I mean, I know the gays and trans-gendereds love her so I am SUUUUURE this hat will be copy-catted all over the place!!!

My goodness!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ellen and the Hawaiian chair

My BFF Libby just put this hysterical link on her blog. I had an awful day and I really needed the laugh this funny clip from Ellen provided. I will do an update soon, I've just had a lot of stuff going on personally... : (

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Seafarer Counselor

Oh God Give me a Seafarer Counselor
By Johnny Seagull (who would like to marry a Seafarer
Counselor one day)

Oh God, give me a Seafarer counselor.
You know, the kind who rolls with the punches and does not throw them
The kind who is not afraid to stand on her bench and belt out songs, even in public places.
She does not think twice about sending in her card in the fall to tell the directors that "you can count on me in 2003," while she secretly hopes that she can check a box to remain a counselor forever
For her pet peeve is when people who do not understand camp and ask her when she is finally going to get a "real job."
For when did impacting the lives of hundreds of children not become a "real job?"

Oh God, give me a Seafarer counselor.
You know, the kind who is more than willing to blow a month's pay check on a midnight party for her cabin who has been amazing, or for her cabin who has had its run of problems, or "wrinkles."
A Seafarer counselor is understanding, compassionate, and most importantly, a role model.
She goes to sleep way after her campers, and wakes up before they do to encourage them that, yes, it is once again a beautiful day in Arapahoe, NC.
However, the liquid sunshine days are of course beautiful, too.
Who would want to continue napping when there are intense games of cards and Mafia, fashion shows and manicures, and curious campers wanting to drill their counselors about everything in life imaginable??

Oh God, give me a Seafarer counselor.
You know, the kind who teaches first ranks over and over again until the words become almost automatic, yet she is just as enthused for the camper who gets her Private on the closing day of camp as for the girl who has worked for ten years for her general.
She reports to her activity chief, or master, everyday with a willing heart to teach and play with children.
And the chiefs secretly know that their activity has the best staff she could possibly imagine.
Everyone she meets is an equal in her eyes.
She is sharp to notice the "stand out great kids" who are not struggling; however, she knows that the ones that do not stand out that they are the ones that need her the most.

Oh God, give me a Seafarer counselor.
You know, the kind who forgets that it is 100 degrees outside (except for when she needs to put sunscreen on her kids) and pumps her campers up to win the Spirit Flag.
Following by her example, the children forget temperature and scream and jump and cheer their hearts out, despite the sweat that has overcome their little bodies.
It is all worth it when Susie Seafarer can write home and tell her parents that her cabin is the most spirited and they have possessed the flag.
A Seafarer counselor almost forgets that she is even a person who has needs also, for
her focus remains on her campers at all times.
She is the most unselfish person that you will ever meet.

Oh God, give me a Seafarer counselor.
You know, the kind who knows that she is the person she is today because of camp.
Whether she has grown up at Camp Seafarer, or she has spent one summer there, she is inevitably changed for the better.
It is amazing how camp has a way of doing that.
The new counselor is not afraid to admit that, at summer's end, that yes, the "cult" that has claimed so many victims possesses another member for its growing group of the most incredible people you will ever meet.
The school year will be spent with the risk of being yelled at by "un-cult" members if she tells another story that starts out "One Time, at Seafarer..."

Oh God, give me a Seafarer counselor.
You know, the kind who knows that for a good skit there must be costumes, a good song, and someone willing to act crazy.
She knows that life without television and a phone is doable, and nothing can compare to a Seafarer sunset on the pier.
She is even a little grateful for reveille and the rest period bugle because it means it is time to get out of bed and go have some more fun.
She not only will run a marathon to send kids to camp, but she will wear a mullet wig proudly to the finish line.
She does not take a dessert if there are not enough, she stays up to write her campers notes that will greet them and encourage them when they wake up, and she has an
unbelievable appreciation for rest period.
She knows that there is nothing better than coming back from time off with little notes on her bed telling her that she was missed.
It is often said that camp is not the real world, but isn't that a shame?
These are the reasons why I want a Seafarer Counselor.