Sep 30, 2010

Thursday Thought

“Listen to the MUSN'TS, child, 
Listen to the DON'TS, 
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS, T
Listen to the NEVER HAVES, 
Then listen close to me -
Anything can happen, child, ANYTHING can be.”
- Shel Silverstein


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 29, 2010

My Name is Royar and Yes, I'm a Prep

In the past week or so, I have experienced many, many frightening things. 

1. Last Friday:
A certain boy in my class told me that I was "not preppy". He said, "(Insert name here of girls in grade that wear things like this:)

are preppy. Not you Royar, you're not preppy at all."

Now, I am not bashing these clothes or this style in any way, but this is not preppy to me. And I'm not saying you have to wear a certain brand of clothes to be preppy, but to me, Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew and the like are preppy to me. Am I wrong here? It was insulting to me, since I consider myself to be the preppiest person in my grade, if not my school. I'm not trying to brag, however, I'm trying to be honest.

2. Monday:
I will admit it, I recently purchased a pair of Wallabies. And I am proud of it. However, yet another boy (how did this post end up being all about boys?) has a pair of Wallabies and he wears them every. single. day. When I wore them on Monday, a few boys in my English class thought it was funny that I was wearing them and that they were boys shoes. I got a few more comments after that, but on the bright side, a lot of girls thought they were cute. Among that, I also wear oxfords. Boys have to wear button-downs every single day at PHS. Sometimes, I wear oxfords because I like them. This is lost on the boys and most girls at my school. 

3. Yesterday:
Another boy (they're so clueless!) tells me in history class after I said "Y'all" to someone that y'all isn't a word. 
Child, please.
He tried to tell me that it "was a contraction, but not a word." I had to take several deep breaths after that one.

One thing I have learned in my years at PS, 
you can put them in a tie, button down and khakis everyday,
but you can't make them preppy.

I used to think I lived south of the Mason-Dixon.
Apparently, not far south enough for my taste.


{The Young Southern Prep}

PS Sorry if this turned into a rant, y'all. It's been a rough week. But on the bright side...only two more days until the weekend!

Sep 28, 2010

An Ode to the Nice Girls

I did not write this, but whoever did is a genius...

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

I just can't believe how true this is!

Where have all the good guys gone?


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 27, 2010

Cause When You're Fifteen

Fifteen by Taylor Swift {Title Credit}

Misery by Maroon 5

Come In With The Rain by Taylor Swift

Here Without You by Three Doors Down

Forever & Always by Taylor Swift


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 25, 2010

Roll Tide Roll

Last week, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Duke Blue Devils 61-13

Today, they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Greg McElroy, I'm still waiting.

A.J. McCarron, congrats on your game last week. You made some great plays.

ROLL TIDE ROLL. Beat Arkansas!


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 24, 2010

September 25th, 2009

There's magic in a Grandmother's touch,
And sunshine in her smile.
There's love in everything she does
To make our lives worthwhile.

We can find both hope and courage
Just by looking in her eyes.
Her laughter is a source of joy,
Her words are warm and wise.

There is a kindness and compassion
To be found in her embrace,
And we see the light of heaven
Shining from a Grandmother's face. 

Please note, this is going to be a very somber post. I do not mean to upset anyone.

On September 25th, 2009, I wore a Ralph Lauren White Oxford, a J Crew Paisley Skirt, and Brown Ballet Flats. I had a Geometry test that day. I had a Happy Club lunch meeting. I was getting ready to see my Brother the next weekend at PC.

On September 25th, 2009, my Grandma passed away.

There are no words that can describe what my Grandma was to me.  A mother figure, after PM of course, the coolest woman in the whole world and a loving, doting Mother of three and Grandmother to five beautiful grandchildren. She loved to play the piano and although I gave up playing formally in the seventh grade, I still love to sit and play and think of her. Grandma was a very adventurous woman, having lived in Japan for three years, as well as in Hawaii, Florida and Colorado. She also passed the Panama Canal not once, not twice, but four times.

After her death, I felt many things. Loss, anger, sadness.

I'm not going to sugar-coat anything and say that I handled my grief and moved on with my life. Because I didn't. I missed a week of school and it took me an entire month to make up all of my work, not to mention present my ninth grade speech to roughly 400 people 24 days after her death. As days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months, I became more and more depressed. None of my friends understood why and one of my closest friends didn't even know that my Grandmother had passed away until this past May. I still think of her everyday and I have a chair in my room from her house, as well as her trunk and pearls from Japan.  I also wear her watch, and I think of her every time I glance at it.

Although it has been a year since her death today, I am still not free of grief.  I don't know if I ever will be, and I still have a lot of anger and confusion towards that day and the weeks before and after. 

I will always cherish her love of seafood, the many Saturday nights spent talking at her house, riding in her RED Nissan Altima, helping her garden her flowers at her house, having snacks with her after school, running into her at the grocery store, learning how to knit with her, going to the library to visit her when she volunteered there, going to Starbucks before and after many doctors appointments, shopping on the Naval Base, visiting Florida, Texas, South Carolina and everywhere in between, and listening to her rant about everything from the weather to her crazy neighbors.

And I do know one thing, I will always be her "Haley-Bug", she will always love me, and no matter if I'm out on the cross-country course, on the lacrosse field, at the piano or taking a math test, 
she's smiling down on me and hopefully she's proud of me.

Today, take a moment,
 let the people important to you know how much you love them, 
listen to your elders tell a story about their childhood or how they met their spouse,
cherish your children,
for you never know when you are going to have to say goodbye.

Have a blessed day, y'all.


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 23, 2010

Thursday Thought

“You are the person who has to decide, 
Whether you'll do it or toss it aside;
You are the person who makes up your mind, 
Whether you'll lead or will linger behind;

Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar, 
Or just be contented to stay where you are.”

- Edgar A. Guest


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 21, 2010

My Weekend!

This past weekend was Family Weekend at PB's college! It was so great to see him and all of his friends. We tailgated with some of our family friends in the afternoon and then went to dance and visit at his Fraternity House!

I had THE BEST time that afternoon and it was even better that I met the fabulous sCe from Summer Wind!

I love her blog and I love her! It was so much fun to talk bloggy things with her and to meet some of her sorority sisters!

I am so glad that I got to meet her this weekend!


{The Young Southern Prep}

PS She's also having a fabulous giveaway! Go check it out!

Sep 20, 2010

You Know You Make Me Wanna Shout

1. Shout by The Isley Brothers

2. Cupid Shuffle by Cupid

3. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

4. Stay by Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

5. Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 18, 2010

Roll Tide Roll

Last week, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Penn State 24-3

Today, the Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, NC

Greg McElroy, I'm still waiting. But nice game last week.

A.J. McCarron, I'm still waiting as well. Sorry you didn't get to play, but your time will come, I'm sure.



{The Young Southern Prep}

PS Preppy Pink Lilly Lover is hosting THE MOST AMAZING GIVEAWAY EVER
She is giving away this watch:

I've been drooling over it since the first time I saw it...go enter. You know you want to.

Sep 17, 2010

Vineyard Vines!

I got Vineyard Vines' catalog a few days ago and all I can say is WOW. It was beautiful and I loved all of the clothes!

Here are my favorites...

The Slant Pocket Skirt

The Galley Hoody
Vineyard Cords
The Shep Shirt

The Chesca Dress
What did y'all like?


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 15, 2010

Fall Shows!

I'm so happy that all of my shows are coming back!

Monday Nights:

Tuesday Nights:

Thursday Nights:

And now, every night:
All found through Google Images

What are your favorite fall shows?


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 14, 2010

We Were The Kings and Queens of Promise

Kings and Queens - 30 Seconds to Mars {Title Credit}

Animal - Neon Trees

Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine

Bad Romance - Lady GaGa

Baby ft. Ludacris - Justin Bieber


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 13, 2010


YouTube is not working right now, so I will have Music Monday tomorrow I suppose!

Anyway, did y'all watch the VMAs last night?

I loved Chelsea Handler's entrance!

I love Florence + The Machine! Their sound is so unique!

Sorry, Taylor, I was just not impressed

J. Bieb's speech was adorable!

What did y'all think?


{The Young Southern Prep}

PS Happy Birthday AJ McCarron! Roll Tide!

Sep 11, 2010

September 11th and Roll Tide Roll

Today is September 11th, 2010.  It has been nine years since the day that changed America forever.

Do you remember where you were?

I was in First Grade.  Sick, at my Grandparents house, I remember watching the loop of the plane crashing into the Twin Towers on CNN with my Grandparents, but I didn't understand what was going on.  But did any of us understand? However, in the past few years, I have come to realize the full effect of that days events.

PM and PB were at school.

PF was in Seattle, WA, training FEMA Search and Rescue dogs. He wasn't allowed to come home, and stayed to finish the training so the dogs could go to DC and New York.

Let us remember the 343 FDNY Firefighters that gave their lives that day; my Father knew many of them.

Let us all stop, and remember those who gave their lives, both on the planes, in DC, Pennsylvania and at Ground Zero.

God Bless America.

On a less somber note,

Today, the Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions

Last Week, they defeated the San Jose State Spartans 48-3

Greg McElroy, you can still give me a call. 

But A.J. McCarron? You can too. Congrats on your first college touchdown!

ROLL TIDE ROLL. Beat Penn State!


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 10, 2010

High Cotton Ties

A few weeks ago, Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore did a post on High Cotton Ties out of Charlotte, NC. After looking through their website for about five minutes, I was in love.

"High Cotton Ties offers Washable, 100% Cotton Bow Ties and Cummerbunds Hand-Made in North Carolina. We are a budding company that supports the revival of North Carolina’s textile history by choosing to hand-cut and hand-sew our products locally. We have found doing so resonates deeply with our customers. Whether it’s a Steeplechase in Charlottesville, a Cocktail in Chapel Hill, or a Debutante ball in Mobile, High Cotton Ties has just the right bow tie for you. We offer a beautiful array of classic cotton bow ties and cummerbunds that fit your lifestyle. What separates our company is that we are committed to classic southern mainstays such as tattersalls, ginghams, and madras plaids in keeping with the southern culture our family knows so well. It is our goal to present a conscientious, practical alternative to our customers who like the timeless element of a cotton bow tie and love its comfortable feel. We are firm believers that bow ties should be a regular part of a gentleman’s wardrobe, not simply reserved for formal events. In doing so, we have had the pleasure of becoming a part of fraternity formals, debutante balls, and weddings alike. Our monogramming service makes for a perfect gift or a great way to treat yourself to something truly personalized. We understand that when you choose a bow tie to wear, it will end up saying a lot about your character. It is our hope that High Cotton Ties will be able to extend itself to our customers as a helping hand to properly reflect their individuality, in good conscience and in good style. Knowing that all of our products represent the revival of a southern tradition, we are more than happy to welcome you as a part of our mission." - From Their Website

It just looks like spring!
I love the juxtaposition of these colors!
Such a classic bowtie!
A perfect Clemson tie!
A perfect tie for UVA fans!
I can't wait to buy one for PB!


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 8, 2010

What's In My Purse? UNEDITED

Exclusive: I now take you into the dark depths of my Tan Longchamp. I will never buy another brand until I'm out of college. Pinky promise. I literally dumped, I mean, delicately set down every item of my pocketbook onto PM's Ethan Allen table.

Clockwise from left:
Ray-Ban New Wayfarer's in Tortoise Shell
Notebook from said post:
Ray-Ban Case
Louis Vuitton Coin Purse
Duct Tape Wallet made by a close friend
Car & House Keys with Starbucks Card attached
EnV2 that's on it's last leg. Hoping to replace it with a blackberry in the near future. (Hint, Hint PM)
Brooks Brothers Wallet
Receipt from Starbucks

What's in your pocketbook?


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 7, 2010

"Muffy, we're back!"*

It really is a whole new old world. 

I read my copy of The Official Preppy Handbook last night in celebration of this day.

My copy of True Prep was waiting for me on my doorstep.

It's love. Have you gotten your copy yet?


{The Young Southern Prep}
*Author's note: I am in that 5% that never left.

Sep 6, 2010

My Favorite Kenny Chesney Songs!

Ain't Back Yet

Beer In Mexico

Better As A Memory

Big Star


Don't Blink

Don't Happen Twice

Down The Road

For The First Time

The Good Stuff

How Forever Feels

I'm Alive

Just Not Today

Never Gonna Feel Like That Again

Never Wanted Nothing More

Out Last Night

The Road and The Radio

She's Got It All

Wife and Kids


I love Kenny Chesney!

Happy Labor Day Y'all!


{The Young Southern Prep}

Sep 5, 2010

I've Been Tagged!

Clary at Sunshine, Cupcakes, and Dresses has tagged me in a questionnaire! Thanks so much Clary, I adore your blog & I'm happy that I've found other high-schoolers who love to blog about preppy things!  Go look at her blog!

The Questions!

1. If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Taylor Swift, most definitely!

2. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name?
Well, I'm in love with Royar, but when I was little I wanted to be called Elizabeth.

3. Whats the worst/most embarassing CD/Album you've ever owned and do you still have it? 
I think I used to have a Radio Disney CD; no clue where it is now.

4. If you could have any animal/creature, What would be your ultimate pet be?
A Cow or a Mini-Giraffe

Sorry, I went a little crazy on the cow pictures. But aren't they just darling?

5. What is your favorite thing about the fall?
Football, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and the changing leaves

6. What do you want to splurge on?
Tory Burch Revas

Or Frye Boots

7. What is your favorite food?
I really love grilled cheese. With bacon.


8. What was the last movie that really moved/disturbed/thrilled you and why?
Shutter Island. It blew my mind.

Loved Leo in this movie!

And now I tag:

Katie at Let's Be Preppy
Piper Ellice at Tarleton West
The Sailor in Pink at The Pink Sailboat

My questions are:

1.What is your favorite College team?
2. What is your favorite Professional team?
3. What is the weirdest item of clothing you own?
4. What is the last book you read?
5. Who was your first celebrity crush?
6. What is your favorite magazine to read?
7. What is your favorite drink at Starbucks?
8. What is your favorite place to visit?

Have fun!


{The Young Southern Prep}