New Spending Laws for the Wealthy, Polo Ralph Lauren Fall 2009 Early Look

Hello everybody, and happy weekend! Whoo-hoo!

We start today with a big “Thank You” to the fabulous All Things Southern & Preppy for bestowing upon us the Love Ya’ Award!

Rules do accompany this honor:

“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”!

Without further ado, our eight suggestions:

Adventures of a Southern Newlywed

Europa Fox

Fashion Herald

I Pick Pretty

Legally Blonde Ambition

Lipstick at the Mailbox

Preppy Player

Southern Belle

Steak & Cakes


Look for the menswear at Polo Ralph Lauren to go back to its roots this fall; that’s according to this feature in a recent edition of Women’s Wear Daily.

Thomas Iannaccone/WWD
PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

This applies to every label in the line, starting with Polo (seen above), continuing its classic tradition, while Purple Label keeps its sophisticated styling touches. (Below, Purple Label.)

Thomas Ianoconne
PHOTO: Thomas Iannacconne/WWD

As one would expect, Black Label pieces (seen below) retain the edgier, more modern look aimed at a younger, trendier demo.

Thomas /WWD
PHOTO: Thomas /WWD

As we are already on the topic, there is a significant Ralph Lauren clearance continuing online and in stores.  Even the Create Your Own for Baby collection is on sale, with those two charmers below modeling two of the many styles offered.

Create Your Own



The superb writers over at the Wealth Report (one of the outstanding blogs from the Journal, hopefully still staffed after Friday’s staff cuts at the paper) have come up with “The News Rules of Spending for the Rich,” some new “…Laws for the age of Obama…” like this:

“BLING The wearing of $300 jeans, $300,000 watches that don’t tell time and visible jewels larger than a grain of kosher salt are strictly forbidden. All bling should be partially or completely concealed, although five-carat diamond tongue studs can be acceptable for women and men who “stir out of the city by night.”

Not to mention this:

“PARTIES Expenses for birthday parties and Sweet Sixteens aren’t to exceed $2 million.”

Perhaps that translates into things like this….

Courtesy Jemal Wright
Courtesy Jemal Wright

… possibly being outlawed? The item above is from designer Jemal Wright’s Isis Collection; the Swarovski-covered monstrosity runs about $75,000.  If this is just a little too gauche, the entire piece doesn’t have to be covered in the crystals. One can opt for a more subtle touch.

Courtesy Marquette Turner
Courtesy Marquette Turner


Those using Facebook are no doubt familiar with the “25 Random Things About Me” syndrome. For those not entirely clear on the phenomenon, it is exactly as it sounds: you are ‘tagged’ and must write 25 things about yourself people are unlikely to know.

The popularity of this exercise is such that even the Old Gray Lady (the Times) is even writing about it in “Want to Know More About Me?“.  One person interviewed for the story offers a suggestion for the popularity:

“We’ve all had that awkward pause after we initially find an old friend and exchange a few e-mails, and you don’t know what else to say,” he said. “This is a socially acceptable way to tell people what you’ve been up to without seeming totally obnoxious.”

Oh. We missed that part.  We have resisted the 25 Things tags received thus far on Facebook; be assured no such tagging will be targeted your way, as we remain steadfast in our resistance to the  any of our dear readers and friends here in the Blogosphere.


On that note we say G’bye until next time!



Filed under preppy, Preppy Fashion, Sign of the Times

14 responses to “New Spending Laws for the Wealthy, Polo Ralph Lauren Fall 2009 Early Look

  1. Well I do declare! Thank you thank you. I shall have to pass it along!

  2. Those toilets are insane!

  3. Congrats on the award-well deserved!
    I cannot imagine anyone buying that toilet, would not buy that if I had a gazillion dollars 🙂

  4. Yey! Thank you for the award – I’m touched! And an award from a Princess, no less! 🙂

  5. I haven’t done the 25 Things tag yet either. I’m a bit too lazy to actually do so.

    That toilet…

  6. Thank you! I am honored.That was so nice of you and I do appreciate it.
    Hope you had fun in the big city:)

  7. I love Ralph Lauren childrens clothes. ARE SO CUUUTE!!!!

  8. JM

    Ha! Maybe this post will inspire me to add some “bling” to my toilet! Thanks for the award love:)

  9. Thank you for the award! I am so flattered to receive an award from The Princess!

    I am so excited about Martha Stewart’s Lilly show! Won’t that be fun?

    Who knew you could buy a crystal fixture … Yuck!

    I hope all is well with you!

  10. Aw, thank you for the lovely award! I like it when people think I am friendly. Now, for my award prize I would like the blue toilet please.

  11. Funny-that’s the exact same toilet I have in my bathroom!

  12. Congrats on the award, TPP! Very nice.
    That toilet? Cracked me up. Laughed out loud. You are too funny!


  13. Thank you so very much TP!!! I am so behind the times in my response…please forgive me. I have just been spending too much time sitting on my sparkly toilet.

    Also-really funny about the 25 things. I can’t think of 25 things to write about.

  14. PoppedCOLLAR

    Those toilets with fit in just marvesouley in my modern bath.

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