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Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding Recap

Well, I do not need to give you all a lot of details, as The Preppy Princess did a fantastic job. However, here is one fact she did not expand on - the story of the Duchess of Cambridge's borrowed tiara!

Catherine Elizabeth Middleton Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of Cambridge, wore the Cartier 'halo' tiara (which some have called the Cartier 'scroll' tiara as well), which was made in 1936. It was purchased by the Duke of York (later King George VI) for his wife, The Queen Mother. Then-Princess Elizabeth received it as an 18th-birthday present. As is the trend for all special royal jewels, Queen Elizabeth II's sister Princess Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowdon, as well as her daughter, Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, The Princess Royal, borrow it on occasion.

It has a rolling affect with the scrolls that move across the two-layer diamond base to converge in a central ornament surmounted by a larger, more round-brilliant diamond, similar to a miniature crown shape (IMHO). To me, the scrolls almost look like paisley, and I think it was a fabulous choice for her to wear this tiara as her hair is dark enough to show off its features without it looking TOO showy. Certainly when compared to her other options, which you can see here. I was thinking it was a bit understated for the Prince of Wales' wife, but maybe this tiara is her warm-up piece as she gets used to wearing larger ones.

Please read The Preppy Princess's post!

Sidebar - it has been a long time since there has been a Duchess of Cambridge! I had no idea it has been so long, but the history behind this title is pretty interesting.

The last Duchess of Cambridge was Princess and Landgravine Augusta of Hesse-Kassel (Hesse-Kassel was a former German Grand-Duchy). She married one of the many sons of George III. She died at the age of 91! She was the mother of three children, including Queen Mary, the Duchess of Teck. She was the beautiful and popular wife of King George V.

The first Duchess of Cambridge was Queen Consort of King George II, Wilhelmina Charlotte Caroline of Brandenburg-Ansbach. She was of the House of Hohenzollern, married into the House of Hanover. She was incredibly popular as well as influential and gave birth to eight children.

Last sidebar - Catherine did her own makeup, allegedly, chin chin!

Photo credit: REUTERS, Aestheticus Rex for the collage pics - please read her post as well!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Home, home, where I wanted to go...

When I was in middle school, a "miracle" occurred.

I was taken off of a 3 year waitlist and was able to finally attend Camp Seafarer.

Camp Seafarer, on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina!

It was a beautiful place, still is very special to me.

It became a haven for me, a home where I had friends who had more things in common with me than my friends at home. And so I began a change in my life. I changed from the W&L alum kid/Country Club crowd at home, into the Camp Seafarer/worldly kid. It was a huge shift, but my parents know 100% that if I didn't have my "camp family" I likely wouldn't be here today...I mean that with every ounce of my being... but that is a whole other story.

Here is a picture of my camp family (I'm the one in the middle with the huge hat and sunglasses):

...And Three of these women are either my bridesmaids or my MOH...

We had Johnny Seagull's who we'd write love letters to all summer, if not after that...
And we would listen and slow dance to Christopher Cross's "Sailing" at the end of our weekly dances...
Aren't all of the Flying Scots tied down at sunset beautiful?

Photos by: A. Creswick, R. Ney or moi!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Fashion Fave: Lauren Conrad

Does anyone else love the fashion of Lauren "L.C." Conrad?

I think she dresses always in such good taste, and is so healthy-looking!

I know we all first got to know her on Laguna Beach, and then The Hills, but she has been consistent with her growing maturity and taste for fashion. From the brands to how she wears them 'her own way,' I'm always both surprised and impressed by what she puts together.

I think she is my U.S. version of Princess Shinylocks aka Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. Great hair (so much better now compared to when she was still trying to be blonde), great attitude, young but classic fashion, business-savvy as well as well-educated!

And look, even when she cries, she is pretty. JEEZ LOUISE!

Do you have a go-to celebrity or icon, similarly aged, that you enjoy for her taste in clothing? Maybe you even think, 'hmm, we're the same size, I'm going to try that look myself!'

(photos of Lauren Conrad courtesy of,, and

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Jesus said: "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."

Christ is risen! We have seen the glory of God.

{John 11:25-26, 40}

If you are with family, or friends, I hope you have a wonderful day! I will be with family and that makes me grateful, as it does every year.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What will Catherine Middleton wear?

What will Catherine Middleton wear on April 29? Harper's Bazaar, who I love for many things, including their feature Fashion for Every Age segments, weighs in...

"The Queen's formal consent to the marriage was unveiled Thursday, which happens to be her 85th birthday. Under the Great Seal of the Realm, she signed an elaborate notice of approval that proclaimed, in transcribed calligraphy, consent to the union of "Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G., and Our Trusty and Well-Beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton." " (via

"Our Trusty and Well-Beloved Catherine" --- I do not remember Diana's being this personal when she and Charles were married... does anyone else? Did that one even become public back in 1981?

Temperature Drop

Today is literally 20 degrees cooler than yesterday, and you can feel it. VA is continuing to be bipolar, great. The dew is no longer refreshing, it is frigid. Particularly when you are like me, needing/feeling obligated to wear Rainbows when it is 60* outside. The smooth legs now have those annoying prickling goosebumps which I know I despise, does anyone else?Here is my outfit for today. I'm fighting the temps but retreated into the library to lock myself in. I hope to complete some assignments before the Easter holiday weekend! Who wants to go home and spend the entire time in bed like I have for almost two straight weeks??:
Classic, but shows my age, don't you think? I don't see many 18-21 year-olds wearing fishermen sweaters, striped oxfords like this with nothing fancy going on makeup-wise and no ribbons or Greek paraphernalia around. All I have is me with my daily bling. Classic bling, natch. A simple and elegant tank watch that is treasured, a beloved cuff bracelet and the left-hand ring finger masterpiece!

What are you wearing today? Anything weird going on with your weather?

(Seal photo courtesy of

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Beach Wedding

Alyssa + Chris // Destination Wedding | Outer Banks, NC from Josh Gooden on Vimeo.

Is this video not incredible?

I just love everything about it.

The music for the video, the genuine expressions on everyone's faces that are being filmed, the scenery which I grew up spending so much time at (the big orange sunrise on the beach, the mid-day on the gritty sand of OBX, NC, and the orange-pink sunsets of the Sound), every element and moment is captured with this video.

Some people make things really formal, which is fine. I like how this ceremony was a good middle ground. Super sweet. Apparently the minister is a huge hit up and down the Banks, for all kinds of ceremonies.

And yes, I did sniffle a bit watching this video!

Music: Hoppípolla by Sigur Rós
Officiant: Reverend Jay Bowman

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

West Wing Wednesday

It's the Francis Scott Key... key.