Hello and Happy Day to everyone!
Has everyone been reading about the tiff brewing over upcoming Kentucky Derby festivities? It seems some think the annual Barnstable Brown Gala has become a bit…well, tired. This is the 20th year for the big do, long considered one of the parties at Derby Week.
Twin sisters Priscilla Barnstable and Tricia Barnstable Brown host the Gala, a fundraiser for Pediatric Diabetes research, and generally a tough ticket.
Apparently the criticism involves a guest list many find…lacking. Last year’s names included Joey Fatone, several football head coaches, Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt, chef Bobby Flay, Hugh Hefner, Edward Norton, and the Lachey brothers, to name a few. To be completely inappropriate, these are not exactly A-list celebrities. (Oooooh, the Princess is a Crankenstein!)
This year we have the horror of a competing another function simply titled the Briar Rose Derby Party, held on the historic Briar Rose Estate.
Held on the same night. At the same time. Hhhhmmm…. it seems we have dueling Derby dos. In this environment we can only advise caution when picking one’s horse. Trust TP on this one.
In other festivities, some may remember when we posted about the Derby Barbie a few weeks ago – now take at look at her celebrating Taste of Louisville!
(This photo comes courtesy the Louisville Courier-Journal.)
Of course, this year’s Derby also provides the backdrop for lots of other entertaining events, including another reality TV show debut: SOAPnet premieres its new docudrama “Southern Belles – Louisville” on May 21.
If interested in learning more about the Belles, just click here for the Courier-Journal’s story. And for those enjoying the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Southern Seasons offers their version of the real deal, as it were, in this month’s issue.
One more Derby note: J. Peterman, a southern gentleman by birth, has put together his own Derby Day party. That comes in the form of a sale with some wonderful markdowns on a well curated collection of Peterman goods, such as the Floral Spring coat.
As always with this savvy retailer, the writing doesn’t disappoint: “…watercolor shades of Pink and Green on Cream….”. Lush, luscious, and ever-so-pretty. So much we are making it today’s Pretty in Pink.
Why do we care about such matters? Because to properly address diversity in fashion magazines, they must accurately reflect the cultures they serve. (In the “Once Again, TP Reveals TMI” category, we are not a plus-size, nor do we consider being so a requirement for commenting on the topic. Harrumph.)
The pieces in this line are created from 100% organic cotton, and also carry reasonable price points.
Also on the eco-friendly front, another player has entered the recycled sails market, 44 Knots.
We have liftoff!
It has taken us a long, l-o-n-g time to locate bags we felt merited your attention. Let’s face it: most people seem to understand the wisdom of using less paper & plastic and there are scads of eco-totes, grocery totes, market bags available now, but we had yet to see any we considered Preptastic.
Until we found the folks at RuMe Bags, which is essentially short for “Reuse Me”.
Additionally we wanted bright colors and patterns, high quality goods that were machine washable (sorry ladies, but after multiple tours of duty traveling from the market to the Prepatorium, and back again … ewww…. let your conscience be your guide). If not originating in the US, we also required a Certified Fair Trade manufacturer. You can probably surmise why The Consort & yours truly struggled mightily when sourcing these! Oh, and on top of all this, the bags had to be reasonably priced.
At $8.50 and $9.50 (and this includes complimentary shipping!) we finally feel like we found the ideal market bags.
They are big enough to carry a lot of groceries, 50 lbs. worth if need be….
These also needed to be small enough for easy portability. Celebrity endorsements were not a requirement, but hey, we are not complaining, especially if its a preppy repp tie stripe Miss Ritchie is fond of!
After more than a year, we can finally say mission accomplished! Bright preppy colors and patterns do not have to exist separately from eco-friendly market totes. Hallelujah and good night.