Monthly Archives: September 2013

Do Preppy people live in Tampa? Part 2

I’m still wondering if Preps exist here.  Am I the only person who likes things monogrammed down here?  Today I’m comparing the way I dressed in High School to the way teens here dress. ~Ann

First, let me say it’s a good thing my daughter and her friends don’t take the time to read my blog posts.  Let’s just say they seem to have shorter attention spans than the teens of yesteryear.  Thanks to the digital age and instant gratification.  I mean, why read a page of text when a simple tweet with lingo will get the same point across in 140 characters or less.

That said, let’s take a look back at the first day of school my Freshman year of High School in Falmouth, MA.  By the way, it’s “On the Cape” not “At the Cape.”  And, we don’t need to say the word “cod.”  That’s a given.

HighSchoolFreshAnyway, I can picture it clearly and if we have cell phones then, I’d have a photo to show you.  But, it would require me digging into a storage unit full of old photos in plastic bins that no doubt have been ruined over the years.

So, I wore my Kelly green khakis, a dark blue Lacoste shirt (collar up), a white button down Oxford with my monogram on the cuff, a matching navy ribbon belt and watch with a navy, green and white striped ribbon strap, navy suede clogs and my Bermuda bag with a navy cover and my monogram in white.  If any of my Cape friends are reading this now, they’re laughing out loud (LOL).  That’s you Gina! And, lest we not forget, the coordinating ribbon headband!

First day of High school in Tampa is more like this… a pair of Hollister jeans, flip flops and a t-shirt.  the jeans are skin tight and the shirt is conveniently short enough that the girls won’t get dress code, but is may ride up a bit now and then, bearing their belly button ring. No belt, no watch, OMG, why do they need one?  They all have their cell phones and that’s all they need.  Doubtful they are carrying a purse.

They didn’t bring coordinating school supplies with adorable binders and such all neatly organized with everything they need to start the year.  No Bonnie Bell lip gloss in their bag either.  Maybe some Chapstick in their back pocket.  Keep in mind, my daughter attends what some refer to here as a “Boutique” school.  The kids drive Beemers and Escalades.  Their first car!

Forget taking the time to pre-plan their outfits or have anything that matches!  Noooo!!!  They do take pictures though.  Eh hem, I mean “Selfies” and post them all over Instagram and Twitter.

Well, one thing stayed the same….

Trick or Treat Totes ~ Monogrammed of course..

Halloween Tote Bucket

Halloween Tote Bucket


We are so excited to offer these adorable new Trick or Treat Tote Buckets.  Use them for so many purposes.  Not just for Trick or Treating. Use them for handing out candy.  Have your last name monogrammed on them.  Fill them with great gifts for the “You’ve Been Boo’d” tradition in the neighborhood or how about a great gift bag of treats for the teacher with his/her name on it?  The children will love it!


What is “You’ve Been Boo’d?”  it’s a time-honored tradition among families with children.  Someone starts the chain in your neighborhood filling a basket, or in this case, a Monogrammed Tote full of fun goodies and a note saying “You’ve Been Boo’d.” Then you are asked to hang the big ghost poster (hand made is better) showing the neighborhood that “I’ve been Boo’d.”

Halloween Tote BucketIt’s only fair to let people know so more families get a chance.  Then your mission is to return the favor by “Boo’ing” another family.  On and on it goes until the whole neighborhood has been in on the fun.  Oh, and of course you never let on who you “Boo’d.”  That’s part of the fun!  Keep all the kids guessing….

Have a safe, fun and eventful Halloweed!

Do preppy people live in Tampa? A series of my thoughts.

I’ve always felt a bit “out of place” here in Tampa.  Growing up on Cape Cod typically meant living a certain lifestyle.  Not for everyone, but for me, the cliche’ held true. ~Ann

Preppy Woman

Preppy in Tampa


I started doing some research lately since I noticed the serious lack of people who seemed to “get me” down here.  Consider the fact that I am now in my late 40’s.  I’m a grown-up Prep.  Is there such a thing?  I believe so.  When we first moved to Tampa, I was dressing the way I always had after college…  Lot’s of pink and green, conservative, the more classic and timeless look. But a bit more grown up and professional during the week.

I noticed that no one else seemed to dress like I did or care about shopping the stores I shopped.  I never really minded because I don’t judge a book by its cover, nor did I want to be friends with anyone who does.

I definitely noticed people wear a lot less clothing here.  It’s obviously due to our warm climate.  That’s a no-brainer.  I also noticed that people rarely wore monogrammed things.  Not that they said anything to my face about mine.  But it wasn’t until I was here for about three years that I finally got up the nerve to dispose of my turtleneck collection.  I think I may have sent them all to my sister on The Cape.  I also realized I had to buy most of my Lilly clothing on my trips up North or online. I continued to shop at Talbots for my staples.  You know, the classic black suit for work.  Only now I bought fabrics other than wool.  So, I did adapt to my environment while not losing my overall sense of style.  I still get comments, a few odd ones, about my love of Lilly Pulitzer.  So many people around here just don’t “get it.”  My daughter thinks I dress weird so she rarely want to “borrow” anything of mine except jewelry and handbags.  I guess that’s a good thing.


Shopping at Vineyard Vines

Shopping at Vineyard Vines


I do notice people stop me when I’m wearing my Vineyard Vines Tee and tell me how they spent the summer in Edgartown, or to comment on my Black Dog bumper sticker.  I have many fun chats with people about that.  My sister “gets” me.  That’s a good thing.  But she still lives on The Cape.  So for now, I think I’m the only grown up Prep in Tampa.

To be continued… preppy, vineyard vines, cape cod living, monogrammed shirts, monogrammed jewelry, preppy lifestyle, adventures of a preppy adult, how to dress like a prep, lilly pulitzer, pink and green


Maei Artisan Jewelry from Sweden is here!

It’s an honor to be first.

FrontCategorySMI’m so thankful to Marieke Slangen, the Dutch designer from the Netherlands, for allowing me to be the first U.S. retailer to offer her stunning line of hand painted bead jewelry.  She finds her inspiration from folk art of countries around the world.  She’s a true artist.  Her designs are intricate and unique.  

Each bead is painted by her small group of seasoned artists.  Making each piece is unique in that they are no mass-produced.  There is an appreciation in society today for true craftsmanship.  That is evident in her designs.  I hope you will be fortunate enough to own one of her works.  

As new designs are created, we will offer them to our American customers. ~Ann

Shop her collection

The Sloane Ranger

Wow, I just love this line.  I’ve determined that a few small shops in South Tampa are carrying some of the line and the USF campus store is too.  Do you own any Sloane Ranger items?  The wristlet and matching tote are seriously to die for.  I don’t care how old I am.  These things are too cute to pass up.  I can’t believe I stumbled upon this site in my daily search… ~Ann

What’s your favorite pattern?


The Whale Pattern – see for yourself by clicking the picture to visit their site!

Fully lined cotton canvas tote. durable webbed shoulder straps.

Vegan friendly leather detailing. top zip closure.
100% cotton canvas.

Fall Fashion Must Haves

Hmmmm.  Summer is winding down throughout the country.  The challenge to us in Florida is how to update our wardrobe for fall but keep in mind it’s still going to be pretty hot here for a while.

Growing up on Cape Cod it was a given that in September you got to wear sweaters and all the great new Fall Fashions.  Now, living in Florida there’s actually a calculated design we must make when making this transition.

Sweaters are saved for chilly offices or wearing outside sometime in late October.  But the styles!  Oh, how frustrating.  I decided to check out some of the new lines for fall and chose some great additions to my wardrobe with the temperature outside in mind.

First stop, J Crew:

Check out these “Fall on Fav’s of mine!”  ~ Ann


To Die For Stripe Necklace Tee

To Die For Stripe Necklace Tee

Vintage Dot Pajamas

Vintage Dot Pajamas

Biella Printed Tassel Loafters

Biella Printed Tassel Loafters