• The Home Bar

    Culture | Prep Essentials  

    There is a saying, “If you’re lucky enough to live close to the water, then you’re lucky enough.” Consider yourself lucky enough when you find yourself in Lyford Cay—the gated community in the Bahamas considered one of the world’s richest and most exclusive neighborhoods. When members aren’t quenching their thirst with the club’s signature Rum Dum*—a mix of Light Bacardi Rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, water, raw egg white, and dark rum—they’re pouring their own favorites. Every Lyford Cay house boasts the one key ingredient to entertaining—the home bar. Whether atop a liquor tray or hidden neatly behind folding doors, it’s always discreet. Preppies don’t advertise their affinity for it but it’s always within arms reach.

    Pytchley Lodge home bar

    I’m here on a job for Quadrille, the WASPy fabric company which happens to cover the walls, windows, and pillows of every other Lyford Cay home. After settling into a pale pink cottage by the name of Pytchley Lodge (WASPs name their homes, don’t ya know), I pull back the doors to the charming bar and mix up my favorite warm weather drink, a Southside. It’s refreshing but don’t take my word for it. Mix it up for yourself.

    In a shaker, muddle a few mint leaves (don’t pulverize them). Then add ice, two shots of gin, three-quarters of an ounce of simple syrup, three-quarters of an ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice, and a few drops of Angostura bitters. Shake hard for a good ten seconds and strain into a glass, either up or on the rocks.

    *Since Lyford Cay Club bartender Wilfred Sands concocted it in 1971, it’s been a mainstay ever since.

    Jan 18, 2012 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    MS left a comment on 1/30/2012 at 12:52 PM:

    You forgot the cucumber, FEC! Not a Southside without ‘em.

    emjkmj left a comment on 1/28/2012 at 5:32 PM:

    I need to do this in my office!

    Amatourist left a comment on 1/28/2012 at 2:13 PM:

    you know the staff call it Lifeless Cay, and in some respects I can see why. but for house parties and the Little Club she tends to shutter down pretty early.  last time I was there, New Year 2009 I think, saw the sunrise on Captain’s Beach with rum in hand. so, you know, not always lifeless.

    JNN left a comment on 1/28/2012 at 1:58 PM:

    @cam @todd Jack is indeed not bourbon and place has nothing to do with it as you say. However, the “label” restriction is not true.

    Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Stockton AndrewsII left a comment on 1/27/2012 at 6:05 PM:

    Very nicely done! I like the miniature figures in white tunics on the center shelf. Never drink alone!

    The preppies left a comment on 1/27/2012 at 3:59 AM:

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    cam left a comment on 1/26/2012 at 11:54 PM:

    @tad - indeed bourbon can be made anywhere in the US as long as it follows the formula. that being said, only bourbon made in kentucky can use the word “bourbon” on the label. if you ask anyone from kentucky, which I so happen to be, it isn’t bourbon if it isn’t from kentucky

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 1/26/2012 at 10:45 PM:

    Nice bar, love all the mini portraits, like the ghosts of cocktails past.  @Bridey - Indeed Jack Daniels is not a bourbon, but being from Tennessee has nothing to do with it.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 1/26/2012 at 10:20 PM:

    Well said. There are loads of Preps hiding out in the Bahamas—some of them Loyalist descendants—drinking Gin and hunting sharks and grouper. Divine.

    Bridey left a comment on 1/26/2012 at 5:30 PM:

    Great pic, but I hope there’s a good bourbon hiding back there. Jack Daniels, of course, is from TN and does not count.

    y. l. hollander left a comment on 1/26/2012 at 5:07 PM:

    Loving the fact that the proprietor opts for call brand liquors and mixers. No need for fever-tree quinine or superduperpremium hooch—- just a good, solid drink.



  • Andy Warhol’s Letterhead

    Culture | Prep Essentials  

    Stationery, in some form or fashion, can be found stashed away in a preppy’s desk at any given moment. It’s an essential habit. Penning proper correspondence, whether it be thank you notes, a memo, or a handwritten letter to a long time pal is practically a second language by adolescence. Even though it seems like we slap our monograms on everything, we don’t. Traditionally, there are only certain items that should be monogrammed—stationery being one of them. Andy Warhol’s (an aforementioned personal style icon) undated stationery gives typography center stage in soothing tones of blue and green. It also communicated quite effectively who he was as an individual before he would ever scrawl his first word.

    Image via Letterheady

    Jan 10, 2012 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    StacyfrPgh left a comment on 1/14/2012 at 5:27 PM:

    I just gave my 20-something children new stationary for the holidays. I encouraged my 21 yo son to take some with him to Italy for the semester. One never knows when the need to correspond by handwriting can come up!

    Andrea left a comment on 1/14/2012 at 5:08 PM:

    Have a look at this eye-catching exhibit, F.E. Art inspired by old nautical/battle flags via Free People’s blog. To me, it’s remarkable how a subject so inherently preppy can become un-preppy and almost trite when it’s put under a microscope like this…  http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/01/give-ship/

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 1/14/2012 at 12:48 PM:

    I’m as much a Warhol fan as the next chap, but this looks like the handwriting of a deranged 8-year old child.


    CHC left a comment on 1/13/2012 at 8:51 PM:

    so the type or writing would go over the design or under it? over it right?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/13/2012 at 4:39 PM:

    @Andrea—I noticed the very same. That’s probably part of the quirk to Warhol though.

    Andrea left a comment on 1/13/2012 at 4:02 PM:

    He spelled “Murray Hill” incorrectly…ha wonder if he noticed/cared!


  • Lauren duPont


    Photographed in New York, NY

    There are those that work to live and then those that live to work. Working socialite, Lauren duPont is most certainly the latter. She doesn’t have to work—she wants to. With stints as Vogue’s senior fashion editor and Ralph Lauren’s senior design director of accessories, duPont recently assumed the helm at Jack Rogers as creative director. She is one of a new generation of Park Avenue Princesses who not only have impeccable pedigrees, but high-flying careers, privileged lives, and demanding jobs. In the interest of full disclosure, I should add “zany personality” and “criminally charming.” She had me in stitches at “CLI—CK.”

    Jan 6, 2012 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    Joey Dee left a comment on 1/12/2012 at 9:48 PM:

    I love white in the winter.

    Alysa left a comment on 1/12/2012 at 6:28 PM:

    It was so great to see you, Fred! Happy New Year!!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/11/2012 at 5:55 PM:

    @Lauren duPont—I still get a kick out of that entire rack of clothes it seems like we went through…good times!

    Lauren duPont left a comment on 1/11/2012 at 5:53 PM:

    Wonderful to have met you Fred!


  • Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    Culture | Music & Books  

    It’s a side of Jacqueline (correctly pronounced Jack-uh-lean) Kennedy only family and friends knew. A voice so seldom heard, funny and inquisitive, clever and cutting.

    For the first time Americans are afforded the opportunity to hear the shy, quiet former first lady—in her own words—talk about her experiences campaigning with JFK, her frank feelings about the newsmakers of the day (including Martin Luther King Jr. and Charles de Gaulle), intimate thoughts on her marriage to Jack, and a behind-the-scenes look at life in the Kennedy White House in the recently released book Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.

    The book includes 8 1/2 hours of original audio. It’s a primary source oral history recorded only four months after her husband’s assassination in a series of interviews with friend and longtime Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. The tapes were kept under seal by the Kennedy Library for the past 47 years and reflects an era when the fascination with “Kennedy” was at its height.

    Nov 30, 2011 | Permalink (2) View/Leave Comments

    Iesha left a comment on 7/13/2014 at 11:01 PM:

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    Rebecca left a comment on 12/14/2011 at 4:19 PM:

    I pre-ordered this as soon as I heard about it and it was well worth the purchase. What a fascinating insight into Camelot!


  • Brunch With Lilly Pulitzer


    It's no secret I flew down to Palm Beach last weekend for Lilly Pulitzer's birthday brunch (follow me on Twitter to keep up). The white tent affair was buzzing with lovely ladies in iconic pastel Lillys, Palm Beach gossip, and jazz music.  Kiel, Vickers, and I are seated at the table next to Lilly.  She is still exquisite at 80.  We meet, we pose for an onslaught of photos for the likes of Town & Country, we make small talk. She is as lovely as you have probably fantasized.  Though she hasn't helmed the eponymous brand since 1984, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau remains the Palm Beach darling the brand was built upon.

    After a spirited version of Happy Birthday (led by none other than Kiel), we're treated to a collection of rare and vintage Lillys at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History—a collection made in part by some of Mary Lane's own shifts (official Lilly ambassador and owner of the largest known collection of Lillys).  During the line's heyday, Pulitzer subtly placed her first name in many of her prints in order to establish authenticity amongst other designers following in her wake.  Look closely at the vintage prints below to see how sly "Lilly" was worked into her iconic designs. How many can you spot?

    Photographed in Boynton Beach, FL

    Nov 14, 2011 | Permalink (14) View/Leave Comments

    Austen left a comment on 11/30/2011 at 3:25 PM:

    this site is divine.

    emjkmj left a comment on 11/16/2011 at 7:06 AM:

    @AEV, You had to receive an invitation.  It was $75 per person and $750 for a table.  It was a charity/fund raising event for The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion in Boynton Beach.  If I knew you were going FEC, I would have dropped in.

    Nicki left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 7:36 PM:

    It is my understanding that her name is still found hidden in all of the prints, to this day.

    Carly left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 6:33 PM:

    You’re amazing.

    Tripp left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 3:09 PM:

    i am so jealous. i would kill to go to a society event honoring Lilly Pulitzer

    BAH left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 2:53 PM:

    That blue print in the first column, seventh row is from my vintage bathrobe that is in the exhibit. Wish I could have made it to the event on Saturday - I’ve met Lilly twice now because of the exhibit and she is an absolute doll!

    JRenee left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 1:38 PM:

    Love the copy! Any woman would be delighted to be called ‘exquisite.’ Looking forward to seeing more images from the event!

    Jennifer (SLPreppy) left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 1:24 PM:

    It was fabulous seeing and meeting you at the event, though I understand you missed Lindsey over a silly flat tire.  Glad you enjoyed your weekend in our lovely Palm Beaches.  Great collage of vintage Lilly.

    Shawn left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 12:39 PM:

    I haven’t looked into it recently, but you used to be able to buy yards of fabric directly from Lilly and take it to a tailor to make pants.  I personally hope you can, because the cut of their pants are way too wide.

    AEV left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 11:59 AM:

    Great fabrics. How do you know the Pulitzers?

    Barbara left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 9:25 AM:

    Thanks so much for coming and helping to make Lilly’s day. I know she loved meeting you and seeing the next generation of style setters. Great collage of prints!

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 8:34 AM:

    Classic! Love those prints.

    I too miss the Lilly Pulitzer men’s “stuff”, but I suspect LP designs are too “fruity” for today’s sensitive, insecure male.

    There was an LP event here in OC recenty, which sadly I couldn’t attend.

    Susan Partain Turner left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 7:26 AM:

    I love the collage of vintage and current fabrics,,,well done

    nl left a comment on 11/15/2011 at 1:48 AM:

    what ever happened to lilly’s men’s line? it’s been severely lacking in recent seasons!


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