Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday!
Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday, you can imagine the frenzy that has overtaken the Prepatorium — yikes! But it is a good craziness, one that allows us to create loads of smiles, and that is fun indeed.
A closer look at the new style, featuring any photo you select.
The personalized ClipSheets™ come in a stack of 75 atop a clear acetate clipboard that is just a little bit bigger, and are $38.50. The photo you send us will be cropped to fit within the design you select. We adore them, just think of the endless possibilities!
The sheets also make an incredible gift, but a word to the wise for those thinking about Christmas: they can only be ordered through the 10th to guarantee that delivery time frame. We’ll have more on these Monday, but simply had to share the news today.
We also have a quick look at an online story: “Gossip Girl style is here to stay“. One of the most interesting parts of the story for us was about the author’s trip to the opening of a XXI, the upscale offshoot of Forever 21; she was looking for an item she had seen in the store’s window.
“Oh, that’s in the Gossip Girl section,” she said, as my jaw dropped, seemingly in slow motion.
“The what section?” I said, stunned.
“The Gossip Girl section,” she repeated. She explained that the store was divided into sections based on the most popular shows—mainly Gossip Girl and the revived-from-the-90s 90210.
Once one accepts that G2 fashions are not based in the reality of current dress codes at private schools, looking at styles from the show can be rather fun. Below we see Leighton Meester and Blake Lively.
The piece ran on Culture Map, a Texas-based site:
“…the variety of styles on the show are appealing to many audiences. While some love Blair’s perfectly polished ensembles and flawlessly coiffed tresses, others covet Serena’s earthier style…”
Here are current looks from this season’s episodes.
More from the story:
“From J.Crew’s gorgeous feminine details in both their clothing and accessories to Forever 21’s droves of ruffled tops, dresses, floral headbands and preppy looks, Gossip Girl style is here to stay…”
Below, a look from Monday’s episode, The Debarted.
“Gossip Girl style is about pushing the limits and combining prints, textures and accessories like never before—bright purple or yellow tights with an otherwise simple dress, an unexpected sparkly brooch in the hair for the evening, a great, chunky bracelet with a mini dress, layers of charm necklaces in varying lengths—the possibilities are endless.”
This brings us to our Question of the Day: in your estimation, is there such a style, and if so, is it here to stay?
One more tidbit about Miss Meester and another actress, someone frequently referred to in this space as an über-prep, Gwyneth Paltrow. She will be starring in a film with Leighton Meester and Tim McGraw, “Love Don’t Let Me Down,’ with country music as the backdrop for the plot.
We have decorating and shopping news to share , beginning with a peek at some of the White House decor. Here is this year’s Gingerbread House, all 400 pounds of it.
Our favorite part has to be the replica of Bo, the Obama family’s dog.
It appears Bo is chewing on something, but we are unclear as to what that might be, unless it is a bone…? The confection also includes a replica of Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden.
The unveiling of the annual Gingerbread House is always a treat; they are much larger than they look. Below, Laura Bush with the 2005 House.
With ‘visions of sugarplums’ in our head we say adieu and hope everyone enjoys a delightful winter weekend!