The 2008 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, Sales: Polo Ralph Lauren, Vera Bradley, More!

Now, doesn’t Miss Muffy Martini know how to brighten a girl’s day?

She is so sweet to have bestowed this upon The Princess, gratiās, merci, gracias, thank you! Here are the rules of the A+ Blogger Award:

  1. You should pay it forward to 2 other bloggers and let them know they won
  2. You should give them a compliment
  3. You should thank your giver. Miss Muffy Martini, you are much too kind!
  4. You should post your award for the world to see!

TP is ever-so-excited to share this with Miss Jewish Girl in WASP’s Clothing, an amazing  writer whose blog touches on brilliance more than she realizes; and Miss I Pick Pretty, possessed of an oh-so-sharp legal mind evident from her delightfully witty posts!

If it is October it must be time for the annual Needless Markup Neiman Marcus Chistmas Book, that wacky collection of insane and imaginative holiday gifts one won’t find anywhere else. Like this:

Neiman Marcus courtesy photo

Neiman Marcus courtesy photo

Now this one starts at $1.3 million, but as we’re not planning a wedding it’s a non-starter. However, *if* there is a wedding in your future and you are thinking west coast, then the Luxury Wedding Experience at The Resort at Pelican Hill (Newport Beach) is something to consider.

“A personal engagement coach to take care of every detail, a couture wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses custom designed by Carolina Herrera, up to 40 private ocean-view guest villas and every detail exquisitely executed from the magical cake to the perfect flowers to the private celebrity entertainment at the reception.”

The life-sized LEGO Sculpture is also an option at only $60,000, but do keep in mind the extra shipping charges.

Does this sort of extravagance make sense in light of the current economic conditions?  Ginger Reeder, the Neiman Marcus spokeswoman for their Direct division, told Reuters:

“In the midst of all this dark and dreary news that’s got us all so sad and down, I’d like to think that somebody could open this book up and smile … I mean they’re fantasies. We’re not saying: ‘You’ve got to rush out and have yourself made in Legos.’ It’s like, wouldn’t that be fun?”

Frankly, TP couldn’t agree more. Besides, as with every Christmas Book from Neiman’s there are loads of far more down-to-earth and reasonable gifts.

Oh, you were wondering what to do for TP this year?

Neiman Marcus courtesy photo

Neiman Marcus courtesy photo

Yes, TP wants to make a fool of herself playing basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters. We realize it is $110,000, but honestly, you know we’ll appreciate it. (Heh-heh-heh.) If this is just a bit over the top there is the always-incredible array of jewelry, furs, clothing and accessories to select from. The Princess isn’t choosy. Well, she is choosy. But not insanely so!

In our ongoing presentation of ways everyone can save some of those trust fund $$$, here are a few more current “deals.”  Polo Ralph Lauren is wisely jumping in to the discounting frenzy with their Create Your Own line of merchandise.

Our favorites from this entire group have to be the infant pieces.

How cute are these kids? The Create Your Own Overall and the CYO Classic Polo shirt are simply precious.

And this doesn’t even begin to touch on the continued sales online and at their retail stores. Naturally Eddie Bauer doesn’t want to be left out of the fun.

And Vera Bradley has some marvelous items on sale.

What won’t you see at Vera Bradley as a markdown, but actually is until October 12th? The Riviera Blue collection, 25% off with coupon code RIVIERA25BLUE; this includes pieces like the Weekender.

And finally, word that Linens & Things will be closing all of their stores.

Reed Saxon/AP

Photo: Reed Saxon/AP

They will not bother trying to reorganize themselves, so the “Going Out of Business” sales appear to be underway at all of the stores.

Reed Saxon/AP

Phot: Reed Saxon/AP

We do hope you enjoy the rest of your day!


Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle

8 responses to “The 2008 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, Sales: Polo Ralph Lauren, Vera Bradley, More!

  1. Oh, why thank you! That’s surely the first time anyone has credited me with a sharp mind of any calling, let alone my own, so I’m tickled.

    I confess myself intrigued by Luxury Wedding Experience’s “personal engagement coach” . . . what exactly would such a person do? Accompany your suitor to the jeweler’s to select an appropriate engagement bauble? Negotiate with in-laws about the inherent value of chiavari chairs? As Holly Golightly mused, “I must say, the mind reels . . .”

  2. Maureen

    The Linens & Things in the Chicago area seem to have gone as well already.
    I don’t think that I can afford the Neimans items even when on sale.
    Thank you for the Vera Bradley code.

  3. You very much deserve the award! I loooove the lego people. Oh, the second picture is MY LnT that just shut down! I am quite sure of it! HAHAHA!


  4. You mean you don’t already own life size Lego replicas of you and the Consort?

    WHAT?!?! How could a prep not own such a thing?

    LnT is closed in Atlanta. I was quite disappointed as I had planned on picking up a few bath mats there…they did carry the best ones. ’tis a shame.

  5. First of all my dear TP, I am with you, I will be starting a collection of bangle bracelets. You are a mind reader. Second I had no idea about LnT! I love that store and will surely be able to get some cute sale items. I also HEART those plates soo much in the ealier post. I am saving for something good so I can grab a few. This economy is making me sad.. Every thing is on sale. .and it is not for a good reason.. xoxoxxo

  6. Oh my gosh — I had no idea L&T was closing!!

    By the way, if you want me to feature your products on my blog — just let me know (I may do it anyway!)…..the woman from Janice Cain wrote and asked me to, and offered a discount to my readers, so that’s why I did that. I don’t want to ignore my own readers and their businesses though! LOVE LOVE that madras personalized plate I saw on your site!! Do you think it will come in pink and green? I may have to order the blue one anyway. Wow!

  7. Shot…the pics aren’t working but being in Dallas I know all about NM’s Christmas book. Isn’t the Cowboys endzone in it (since they are moving and all they need to do something with it right?!).
    I’ll see if I can find some good deals at LnT 🙂

  8. I really like the Riviera Blue collection. The wedding picture is so beautiful!

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