"To be a Virginian either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one's Mother's side, is an Introduction to any state in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from Above."

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Taking the Plunge

I've been thinking about blogging for the longest time, and I've been enjoying myself lurking and occasionally at blogs all over the internet, so I finally decided to just jump in! This is just a rough template so far, but I'll decorate more as I go along.

By way of a brief introduction, I will just say that I am a native Virginian, and a traditional Southern gal who is very proud of my home state, its history and its traditions. I'm active in my local Republican party as well as in a variety of charitable causes. Though I'm from the Blue Ridge, I'm now working in exile. I love my job and I love the area where I'm living, but I miss my old Virginia home sometimes!

So that I don't ramble, I'm borrowing this little quiz from Monograms and Manicures to organize myself. Here's a little bit about me, and I hope to get to know more people by blogging!

Favorite color: Green

Favorite Brands/Designers: Lilly Pulitzer, Tocca, Milly, LL Bean, and J.Crew

Favorite Restaurant: I love to eat out, and I have a lot of restaurants that I love. However, my top favorites would have to be the Ivy Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Jaleo in Washington DC.

Hobbies: Reading, cooking and baking, hiking, gardening, knitting; I also love my volunteer work, though in my mind it seems to be more than a hobby even if it's not my actual career.

Favorite thing about yourself: I like that I'm brave enough to try new things. Even though I'm very introverted, I do enjoy the company of people and I find I like being social now that I have learned how to pace myself.

What does your room look like (color scheme, theme, etc.): My husband really wanted white walls, so the room is painted a bluish shade of white. We have a blue and white toile quilt, and cherrywood furniture. It's a simple little haven. The rest of my house is a little more eclectic and filled with various family antiques, but this one is a little simpler. Everyone needs a place to which she can retreat.

If you could have dinner with 2 people (dead or alive) who would they be: It's very hard to narrow it down to two, but if I have to only pick two, then I would say CS Lewis and Dorothy Sayers. Both are amazing authors, and had interesting ideas(some I agree with and some I do not), so the conversation would never be dull.

What is your next “big splurge”: One of these days I really want to get an Hermes bag. The Birkin itself is too big for me, but someone I know has a mini, and I think it's beautiful! Realistically, my next big splurge will be a car. I have been researching them, and have my eye on the Volvo S40, and would love to know more about how it handles.

What is your favorite joke, quote, or saying: Psalms 23:6, and also "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within." - Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Anything else you would like us to know about you (random fact)!?
Here are two:

(1) I am very interested in perfumery, both the history and the more technical aspects of it. I have a modest little collection of my own. My favorite houses are Guerlain and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz .

(2) I dearly love to travel, and go on a big trip every two years or so. This fall I'm going to Italy and can hardly wait!


  1. Welcome to the blogging world Virginia Gal! I, too am a a Virginia gal from Alexandria. My family on both sides helped settle Virginia, with one of my Grandfathers being in the house of Burgesses. My father was the first baby to be born outside of Virginia (Missouri) since the late 1600's. I got here as soon as I could (wink!) although I'm not crazy about Northern Virgina. Again, welcome to the blogging world!

  2. For some reason this is showing up as my husband's blog - I'm Kathie from Hillbilly Debutante. (hillbillydebutante.blogspot.com)

  3. It's nice to meet you! Northern Virginia is a little bit different than the rest of the state, but it has its good points as well as some amazing history. It's been a while since I trekked up to Alexandria, but I do like meandering around Old Town.

  4. Welcome to the blog world!

    I went on a Mediterranean cruise last summer and I LOVED Italy. I could definitely see myself living there!