Another Preppy Style Guide & Another Auction of Princess Diana’s Gowns

Hello-Hello and happy middle-of-the-week Thursday, we are a bit confused as to what day of the week it is.


We begin with an enormous ‘Thank You’ to everyone, your kind support while The Consort spent some time getting acquainted with the local hospital is very much appreciated. TC is on the mend, he was touched by all of the well-wishes and prayers.  We both feel more-than-blessed by the friends we have made online.

Because we are still catching up with Princess business, we must employ the “brevity is a virtue” motto, we start with word of yet another book that may be interesting to some readers.

“Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style” is due out this October; the writers are Jeffrey Banks and Doria de La Chapelle, they authored “Tartan: Romancing the Plaid” back in 2007.  The foreword is by Lilly Pulitzer.  We originally heard about the book from our pal Christian at Ivy Style, the comments following his post on the book echo our sentiments about the cover, the image is not representative of any ‘preppy’ or ‘ivy style’ we are familiar with. (The book is available for pre-order here.)


Next, news about a significant auction of gowns worn by Princess Diana.

Via The National Post

The auction is this June, on the 23rd, at Waddington’s in Toronto.

Via The National Post

All are exquisite, and the detailing is nothing short of amazing.

Via The National Post

The National Post has an excellent story on the upcoming auction, with background on the gowns.

Via The National Post

From the Post’s story:

“The majority of the cocktail and evening dresses — with starting bids ranging from $175,000 up to $1M — were specifically made for Diana by her favourite fashion designer, Catherine Walker.”

Via The National Post

More from the story:

“One of the most coveted pieces includes the gorgeous dark blue silk velvet off-the-shoulder Victor Edelstein gown she wore to a state dinner at the White House, which was also attended by actor John Travolta.”

Via The National Post

For a look at the catalogue, with photos of the late Princess wearing the gowns and information about each dress, click here.


We leave you with a quick Pretty in Pink and Green.


We show the Balenciaga Papier Ligne bag in two variations of our favorite colors.

It is good to be back blogging.  It is better yet to have The Consort home again. 🙂


Filed under preppy, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink

10 responses to “Another Preppy Style Guide & Another Auction of Princess Diana’s Gowns

  1. I wish Diana could come back … she’d be so happy.

    And those Balenciagas are scaring me … in a covetous greedy must have and how to do that kind of way. My one black motocycle bag is six years old and NEEDS a pink companion. Oh my.

  2. Continued best wishes to you and the Consort. Glad to hear he’s on the mend

  3. So glad to hear TC is doing well in his recovery. The book looks interesting – I own and love the Tartan one. That Balenciaga is certainly tempting!!

  4. Oh, that blue velvet gown has always been a fave of mine. Glad the Consort is home!

  5. So, so glad the Consort is better. And thank you for the sweet e-card today. Really made my day so much better! Have a fabulous Friday! xoxo

  6. You might laugh at me, but I was so preppy back in middle & high school I would wear my collar up, izod, jeans and nike sneakers… now I’m the opposite, and my husband is Mr. Preppy meets Ralph Lauren with a grunge overtone. I would really love to dress him in that attire above (not the dresses of course) “giggles” I really adore some of the men’s clothes at Uniqlo, here in Japan, they are quite fetching, but I’m the one holding up a cardi saying “wear this for me, please” Nothing is more unnerving than our partner not feeling whole, heres to you being resilient and strong, and to your consort to making a speedy recovery.

  7. Thank you Susan for the sweet note.
    I am happy to hear that the Consort is on the mend and to see you blogging again.
    I agree with your take on the cover of the new Preppy book but will place my pre-order for it anyway to add to my collection. Thanks for the heads up.

  8. Those gowns are amazing, thanks for posting!


  9. TP, I am so glad TC is on the mend. We all love you both!!

  10. Oh my goodness, TP – I am so sorry to hear about TC! What a relief he’s on the mend.

    I’ll look forward to your review of this latest “Preppy” book; like you noted, I find the cover shot . . . perplexing.

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