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Catalina Island

As North Eastern preps rang in Memorial Day with barbecues on the Vineyard, all of us SoCal dwellers hopped on our boats and jetted off to Catalina Island for the weekend.  Many of the local yacht clubs have coves over at the island for their members to anchor/moor in.  Balboa Yacht Club in particular hosts an “Opening Day” over Memorial Day Weekend each year, signifying the official opening of the cove for the season.  While no wine mixers were attended, a fabulous time was enjoyed by all.  My family was spread across 3 boats and had at our disposal 4 paddle boards, 3 coves, 2 jet skis, and endless sun.  Saturday was spent hanging out between 2 coves (Moonstone and White’s); riding the jet skis, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, heading to shore to meet up with friends.  Sunday we headed to Avalon, the town everyone knows Catalina for.  We relaxed at the Tuna Club (the world’s oldest fishing club) for a while before hitting the bars and the Descanso Beach Club.  We left Monday afternoon, making it home just in time for the BYC barbecue.

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PS- Family friend Corinne, from Boardwalks and Boulevards, came with us.  Check out her post about the trip here!

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America’s Cup “Cupdate”

Those of you who have followed by articles from the beginning know that I’m definitely more of a power boater than a sailor. However, since I hostessed the Governor’s Cup last summer (more on that in the next few weeks), I have been obsessed with the America’s Cup.  This last Saturday, Balboa Yacht Club hosted an informational dinner presentation describing all of the recent updates for the regatta.  As a faithful member and A-Cup enthusiast, I obviously had to attend.

Since its start in 1851 at the World’s Fair in England, the America’s Cup Regatta has become sailing’s pinnacle event.  New York Yacht Club had held the trophy for 132 years, until 1983 when it was won by Australia.  Since then, the Cup has been won by a multitude of yacht clubs in different countries around the world, and the regatta has taken place in a countless number of locations.  This year, the regatta will be held in San Francisco, smack in the middle of the bay (practically unheard of in the world of large scale regattas).

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The amazing part of all of this is the fact that it will be so easy to watch.  Sure, St. Francis and Golden Gate Yacht Clubs will be amazing places to watch the regatta from, but the City of San Francisco is also currently in the midst of building an entire “America’s Cup Village” and “America’s Cup Park,” which are projected to bring in nearly $1 billion in revenue over the 4 month span of July-October.  The village will include a 9200-person stadium, which will be fantastic for the musical events that are expected to take place.  Imagine Dragons, Train, Jason Mraz… the talent is endless!

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Not only will viewing in person be made possible, but this will also be the first time the Cup will ever be aired on a major news network!  NBC will be showing full coverage of the races, with amazing technology to make it easier to track the races.  If you’ve ever watched a football game on TV, you’ve seen the digital “1st Down Line.”  Well, sailing enthusiasts have discovered a way to use the same technology to track the routes of the competing boats, making it easier for everyone to understand the races.

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Another piece of exciting news–this year, the boats will change from AC45’s to AC72’s, which basically means they’ll be a whole lot bigger.  These catamarans (boats with 2 hulls) are able to foil (rise out of the water with fin-like stabilizers keeping control, as seen here) with ease and speed (Team Oracle USA reached 42-knots in February, approximately 48-mph, as seen here).  The boats have a massive 40-meter (130-foot) mast, controlled by an 11-person crew.  I have to say, Team Luna Rossa of Italy will be sailing the most aesthetically pleasing boat… I mean, they are sponsored by Prada.

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If my words haven’t converted you to an A-Cup lover, let these videos do the work.  I could literally watch America’s Cup videos for hours everyday, and still never get enough.  The following is a promo from last year to get everyone excited about the regatta.  Needless to say, it succeeds.

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The Etta

It seems that lately everyone has been obsessing over J. Crew’s new shoe, The Etta.  With so many styles to choose from, there’s no questioning why.  This J. Crew On Film video just makes my obsession grow even more.

289 pairs?!  If only we were all so fortunate.  Here are my top picks for J. Crew shoes!

Etta glitter-heel pumps in hummingbird floral

Sassy

Etta cap toe leather pumps

Classic

Etta canvas stripe pumps

Casual

Comment below with your favorites!

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Prep Basics for Him and Her

Spring is quickly approaching, which, as we all know, means it’s time for a wardrobe update.  As we all head off on our shopping sprees for the upcoming season, remember that one can never have too many of the following items. Yes mother, I really do need a fourth pair of TB flats!

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1. Vineyard Vines Polo

HisFrom Classic to Slim-Fit, from Solid to Striped, from Cotton-Piqué to Jersey, Shep and Ian have all of their bases covered when it comes to their polos.

HersWith the Classic and Shoreline cuts in just about every color imaginable, picking out the perfect polo is easier than picking out what sweetener to put in your iced tea.  Which has less calories: Splenda or Equal?

2. Monograms

HisWhile girls like to monogram just about everything they own, these cuff links are a simple and subtle way to integrate the monogramming trend into any closet.

HersI consider myself a monogramoholic, living my the words of Reese Witherspoon: “If it ain’t moving, monogram it.” I’ve put my monogram on everything from totes, to cardigans, to pockets on pants… even my car! This bracelet is the perfect starting point.

3. Boat Shoes

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I cannot stress enough the importance of a good boat shoe.  Sperry has mostly resorted to outsourcing the manufacturing of the majority of their shoes; however, their “Handcrafted Original Boat Shoe by Made in Maine” (which is available for both men and women) could be the best quality boat shoe I have ever seen.  I can’t imagine walking on the bow of the boat without a pair on–they really do grip to slick surfaces.  Plus, have you seen anything more adorable than a Sperry ad?  But Daddy, I need a golden retriever to go with my new shoes!

4. Beautiful Bows

HisI hope that any prep, when confronted with the decision to choose between a neck tie and a bow tie, would choose the bow tie every time.  I always recommend an American brand that’s proud of their fun patterns–Southern Proper, Vineyard Vines, and High Cotton all make high quality bows for bros.

HersWe all love Kiel James Patrick and seriously envy Sarah Vickers.  Since she released her “Vicker’s Bow Collection” (which I also wrote about here), it has become easier to be just like our adored idol. This “Scarlett O’Hara” bow is one of my favorites.

5. The Frat Collection Frocket

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The Frat Collection could be one of my favorite brands of all time.  If you don’t have one of their shirts yet, I highly suggest purchasing one!  Basically, you pick out a pocket (they have a ton of patterns!), the color of your shirt, and whether you want it to be long sleeve or short sleeve.  They’ve also now come out with sweatshirts, tanks, and men’s sport shirts. My favorite part?  They donate 10% of each purchase to the charity of your choice!

6. Sweet Sunnies

His | The Ray-Ban “Wayfarer” shape is probably the most iconic in sunglass history.  There is no basic more necessary, especially as the weather gets warmer.

HersAviators are great for any face shape and any outfit.  This gold color works great for blondes, like me, but if you’re looking for something darker, Ray-Ban also makes them with dark brown and black frames as well.

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Preppiest Couple West of the Mississippi

Hi all! Based on my incessant habit of Instagramming (we can make it a verb, right?) this week, some of you may have picked up that my senior year Winter Formal took place last Friday, February 1st.  I guest posted for Grace from the blog Preppy on the West Coast this week and talked about everything from asking my date, to finding a location, to what everyone wore.  Click over to her blog to read all about it!

Everyone knows that the best part of a school dance is taking pictures with your date and getting to post them everywhere, so I’m taking full advantage of that.  We hired a photographer and took pictures at Balboa Yacht Club, looking over Newport Harbor. These are the results:

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 We’ll pretend that the boutonniere didn’t poke him…

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On him: shirt, Vineyard Vines | bow tie, Vineyard Vines

On her: dress, Lilly Pulitzer | belt, Another Line |shoes, Steve Madden

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Lilly’s Newest Line

Lilly Pulitzer has released their newest Spring 2013 Line!  Here in Southern California, it’s somewhat tough to pull off all of the adorable patterns Lilly provides, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing the best southern prep brand on the market.  Here are my favorite pieces from the Spring Collection that can be rocked without getting wear looks from the girls in Brandy Melville (ew).

Rylan Dress
Sandrine Dress
How cute would this be for V-Day with a pink cardi?
Delia Dress
Cassie Dress
Pair with a floppy hat, and you have the perfect outfit for an afternoon out on the boat.
What are your favorite pieces from the Spring Collection? Comment below!

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Looking Foxy

 

Kiel James Patrick and Sara Vickers are easily my favorite preps of all time. Everything about them makes me envious. I’ve owned quite a few pieces from the KJP line for a while now, and I think it’s time to invest in something new. These foxy friends, a part of Vickers’ Bow Collection are perfect. I can’t wait to add Swift Slyfield and Mr. Claybrook to my own personal collection!

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Ringing in the New Year

Happy New Year’s Eve, preps!  Tonight, we celebrate new beginnings, new experiences, and new adventures.  If you don’t have a party lined up yet, you’re just in luck! Here’s my guide to throwing a totally last minute Great Gatsby themed New Year’s party:

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Outfits | This is the night to go all out with dressing up…and there’s no decade classier than the 1920’s.  Tell the gals to dress in flapper attire; long pearl necklaces, short dresses, hair pieces.  Guys shouldn’t be admitted without proper suits and bow ties.

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Decor | It’s last minute, so don’t worry too much about having to buy flowers and do place settings.  However, this most definitely is not a night to use red solo cups. Bring out the champagne flutes, hang a “HAPPY NEW YEAR” banner, pick up some noise makers at the grocery store.

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Have Fun | Throw on the Carson Daly Countdown, kick back with your friends, and have fun.  Don’t stress over little details because everyone will already be grateful for your hospitality.

Hope you all have an amazing New Year!

XOXO

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Last Minute Gifts for the (Almost) Forgotten

Every year in my house, it seems, there’s always one person my family has forgotten to get a gift for until the last minute before Christmas.  “Did you get something for the next door neighbor?” “Yes.” “The manager of the yacht club?” “Uh huh.” “Field hockey coach?” “Done.” “Uncle Peter?” “…Oops…”

Here are some ideas for spur of the moment gifts from our friends at Vineyard Vines!

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1. This cover is the perfect accessory for the iPhone your parents bought the nanny this year. $38

3. When the country club bartender is feeling low, surprise him with this holiday bow tie that will make him the talk of the town! $45

4. Even though you forgot Hanukkah ended on the 9th, your attorney’s wife will still adore this bangle. $48

5. This lazy pants set is perfect.  I mean, the cleaning lady wants to be cozy too… pants $65 top $49.50

6. Get this tumbler for your SAT tutor who’s on that juice cleanse. $16.50

7. Forgot there was a gift exchange tonight?  Pick up this reindeer whale ornament on your way to the party! $22.50

8. Don’t forget Fido! This patchwork leash is the best.  The handle has a buckle to easily attach your pup to the cafe table at lunch or the lamp post at Starbucks. $42

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Entertaining for the Holidays

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that there’s nothing I love more than planning and throwing parties for every occasion.  Call me domestic, but I just love entertaining!  Christmas parties are easily my favorite.  Below are some ideas for the best holiday parties you’ll ever throw!

The Secret Santa/White Elephant Exchange | The easiest way to check multiple people off your guest list in one night.  Set a budget (anywhere from $15-50 is acceptable, depending on who is attending) and everyone brings a wrapped gift.  When each person arrives, a sticker with a number is placed on their gift.  Once everyone is there, each person draws a piece of paper from a bowl.  The number drawn should correspond to the gift that person receives.

The Cookie Exchange/Gingerbread House Making Extravaganza | The most stereotypical housewife Christmas party you will ever attend.  Everyone brings a tray of cookies to share as they frost and decorate gingerbread houses.  When hosting this type of party, I always ask each person to also bring a gift valued at $10+ to donate to a local homeless shelter.

The Christmas Movie Marathon | My favorite to host for a group of 10 or so teenage girls.  Can easily be combined with either of the above ideas.  Best movies to watch include Elf, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Santa Clause, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony | The ultimate combination of bringing people together and making your family the center of attention.  How many tree lightings have we been to for shopping malls and performing art centers? I’ve been to three this year alone.  Invite all of the family friends over for a dinner party and tree viewing.  While eating dinner, explain to the crowd how much of an honor it is to see your tree being lit for the first time all season.  Once lit, make sure to give the background information about each and every ornament.  “See that Santa Claus? That’s the Radko that Great-Grandmother Briggs handed down to me.  It was hung on her tree in the fifties.”

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The Christmas Boat Parade Viewing Party | What better way to combine an amazing holiday with the prep culture?  Honestly, I’m not sure how many cities host boat parades around Christmastime, but I can promise that Newport Beach’s is one of the best.  Going into the 104th Annual, it never disappoints.  Plus, there are so many viewing places where this party can take place: the yacht club, the bay front homes, or from the boats themselves!  Stay tuned to see pictures and details from the boat parade parties I’ll be having this year!

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