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Gwyneth Leaving the Silver Screen? Also, Why Andy Spade Is Thrift Store Shopping

Hello-Hello, happy middle of the week.

Today we have a mish-mash of little stories, beginning with word that über-prep Gwyneth Paltrow is apparently looking at leaving the silver screen. (Gasp!)

Via GOOP Pinterest

Via GOOP Pinterest

The news come via an Us Weekly report.

Gwyneth Paltrow is giving up showbiz for, well, business. A source says that after the 33 Dias actress wraps her next few films, she will focus on growing her lifestyle website, Goop, and the fitness company she co-owns with trainer Tracy Anderson.

In fact, the headline to the story claims Ms. Paltrow wants “an empire like Jessica Simpson.”  If so, she has laid the groundwork well. Her online presence continues to grow: the GOOP lifestyle website and newsletter she founded has a strong Facebook following, Ms. Paltrow’s Twitter followers number 1.4 million+, there are multiple other GOOP/Paltrow social media accounts and apps. Below, items from the Veronica Beard/GOOP collaboration.

Veronica Beard at GOOP

Veronica Beard at GOOP

I doubt Ms. Paltrow would give up acting entirely, foreverandever, so to speak. One thought that occurred to me this morning after reading more on the continued Macy’s vs. JC Penney lawsuit (those pesky Martha Stewart products!):  Macy’s should hire Ms. Paltrow to fill the Martha Stewart role, it would be perfect.

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Also today, an interesting take on monograms. J. Crew asked menswear expert and GQ editor Glenn O’Brien to write a piece on monograms.
J. Crew

J. Crew

WITH MORE THAN SEVEN BILLION PEOPLE on the planet, you have to make an effort to be somebody or else you’ll fail on Facebook, get dropped on Twitter. Your name may be forgotten, your number lost. The solution to identity in an age of teeming masses is setting yourself apart stylistically.

Consider the venerable monogram—it’s a traditional nicety that has long been a mark of personal style.

Below, some of Mr. O’Brien’s handkerchiefs.
J. Crew Blog

J. Crew Blog

One point Mr. O’Brien made with which I disagree:
We live in a landscape that is covered with corporate logos. If individuals are going to compete today, we need logos too.
Non, non, non.  Je ne suis pas d’accord. For openers, we do not need to compete. Furthermore, why would we want to?  There is a fascinating element of Mr. O’Brien’s piece:

Why limit monograms to your initials? My friend Andy Spade wears shirts monogrammed EDW. He bought them in a thrift shop and liked the randomness. And think of Elvis Presley, who had TCB (“Taking Care of Business”) monogrammed on everything. Three letters can spell out your interests and attitudes: FYI, TKO, BYO, ETC, IPO?

From the post.
J. Crew Blog

J. Crew Blog

Who knew?
You can read the entire piece here. If interested in looking at what Crew offers, you can find the men’s offerings here and women’s here. (No, I am not being compensated by J. Crew, nor have I suddenly fallen in love with all they offer, it’s just happenstance we have two posts so close together referencing the company’s wares.)
With that we say G’bye until next time, may all of your monograms be in the proper order!

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Joyeux Anniversaire Le Crocodile

Hello-Hello, happy new week to everyone, hopefully those with an extended weekend are enjoying every minute of it.

Today we look at a storied brand, one more than a few preps grew up wearing. This image offers a clue.

Photo by Henri Manuel via WWD.com

Photo by Henri Manuel via WWD.com

Many will recognize René Lacoste, inventor of the modern tennis wear now known as a ‘polo shirt’ and eponymous company.  It was 1927 when the tennis great created his first shirt for wear on the court, 1933 when the company was formed, called La Société Chemise Lacoste.  As Women’s Wear Daily notes, that was the year seeing “Industrial production of the first Lacoste shirts, in particular the white “petit piqué” cotton polo shirt, code-named the “L.12.12.” Below we see the tennis great in 1927.

Lacoste

Lacoste

One of the first things many think of when hearing the name “Lacoste” is that critter on the shirt’s upper left chest; Mr. Lacoste’s nickname was “Le Crocodile”. More from this WWD story:

The crocodile logo on his shirts is regarded in branding history as the first instance of a visible logo, although, ironically, it was criticized as vulgar at the time. And while the concept of product placement had not yet been invented, René Lacoste gave his crocodile shirts to friends to wear on the courts, building brand awareness.

Below, a 1993 print ad.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

One of the more fascinating aspects of the logo story: check out the size of the animal on Mr. Lacoste’s jacket.

Biography.com

Biography.com

As the company celebrates its 80th anniversary it is doing very well. Its expansion has continued throughout the decades. Below, the brand’s Paris flagship store on the Champs-Elysées.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

The company continued to innovate, Mr. Lacoste designed many inventions, including a steel racket, ball launcher and other items. Below, one of my favorite photos of the tennis champion and businessman.

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Lacoste also pursued philanthropic efforts as well, for the company’s 60th anniversary they donated more than $1 million to a campaign trying to eradicate multiple sclerosis, more recently they have supported the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation) and efforts to save endangered alligators, crocodiles.

Over the years the brand has not lost its sense of whimsy, below we see its Valentine’s Day greeting appropriately rendered in red polo shirts.

Lacoste Facebook page

Lacoste Facebook page

Last week Lacoste showed it’s fall ready to wear collection. There is little that held appeal for your faithful scribe.

Giovanni Giannoni WWD.com

Giovanni Giannoni WWD.com

In honor of the 80th anniversary Lacoste is offering limited edition polo shirts, like this one with the number 8.

Lacoste.com

Lacoste.com

Lacoste still offers tennis togs, as well as swim, golf and other sporting apparel.

Lacoste

Lacoste

Although much of the marketing is aimed at a younger customer.

Lacoste

Lacoste

There are other initiatives in addition to apparel and accessories, like the Lacoste Lab.

Lacoste Lab

Lacoste Lab

The brand continues its tennis roots as well.

Lacoste Tennis

Lacoste Tennis

Its Lacoste Live collection is edgier, hipper.

Lacoste

Lacoste

Online the company even has a section on envisioning the polo of the future.

Lacoste

Lacoste

But there are still plenty of basics for those of us fond of the pieces that are the brand’s heritage.

Lacoste

Lacoste

Many of the polo More from the spring assortment.

Lacoste

Lacoste

It’s great to see the brand in a healthy position. I remain a fan, despite being a touch (cough-cough) beyond the demo Lacoste is pursuing. As long as they continue to offer quality merchandise at an acceptable price I’ll be happy to be a customer.

And to think I was worried it would be hard to find an image of a birthday cake appropriate for the post.

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Lacoste Twitter Feed

Silly Princess.

Until next time,

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Spring Surfing, A New Style of “Mommy & Me”

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a Friday, where once again we are seeing gray, gloomy skies. It is after all, February in The Great Midwest.

The abundance of dreary days spurred a spot of online window shopping this week, as we sought out some bright and vibrant hues. Fortunately, the springtime fashions are arriving in stores and online, so we were able to indulge in dreams of sunny skies and warmer temps. While looking at the styles we noted the preponderance of patterned sweaters that are made of printed fabric, as opposed to the pattern being woven into the material.

We have several examples of the technique, starting with Bean’s Lightweight Printed cardigan ($59.95). The material is described as “premium pima cotton for silky softness, nylon for extra durability and a bit of Lycra® elastane for a consistent fit”.

LL Bean Printed Cardigans

LL Bean Printed Cardigans

Many of us grew up wearing sweaters with the pattern woven into the garment, like these, also from Bean. The handknit Fair Isle ($199) is seen on the left, the iconic Norwegian sweater ($139) is on the right.

LL Bean

LL Bean

More examples of the printed sweaters, a springy style from J. McLaughlin. This is the Durango Sweater ($155), also printed (and in a lovely selection of color palettes!). It is a cotton/modal blend with a touch of spandex.

J. McLaughlin

J. McLaughlin

Talbots’ cardigans are often a blend of 60% cotton/40% rayon. It is a comfortable mix of fibers, I have one and it has worn well. Below left, the Tapestry Paisley Cardigan.

Talbots

Talbots

Lilly Pulitzer also offers printed cardigans.

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer

Someone here at the Prepatorium has several has seen these in person (cough-cough), the newer technique allows patterns that are more intricate and detailed, and colors that are rich and bold.  Initially I wasn’t crazy about the method, but gradually have come to like it, deciding there is room in the closet for both styles. Does anyone else have strong feelings about the fabric…good, bad, never noticed?

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Another style we have noticed more this spring, the knit blazer. Below we show it as interpreted by Brooks Brothers.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Talbots also offers a knit jacket, this is the Ponté knit Colorblocked Jacket (149).

Talbots Ponte Knit Blazer

Talbots Ponte Knit Blazer

And here we see LL Bean’s version, the Comfort Knit Blazer ($49.95).

LL Bean

LL Bean

It brings to mind an old theory of mine: as a rule, if the word ‘comfort’ is in the name of a garment, it’s unlikely to be terribly chic or elegant. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but when viewing the gray version, in particular, the look goes a bit downhill.

Knits can be a beautiful thing, especially when traveling. Talbots has multiple pieces in the Ponté knit fabric shown above, arguably several would work on a business trip. The freedom from wrinkles alone make the textile meritorious of inclusion in many a wardrobe. But the knit blazer….? Below, Old Navy’s version ($34.94).

Old Navy

Old Navy

Observations? The jackets with patterns and/or tipping (the contrasting color edges seen on the Brooks Brothers & Talbots pieces) seem less offensive than the solid colors. Also, gray looks rather ghastly, reminiscent of sweatshirts and yoga pants. Again, nothing bad about those items in one’s closet, they have a place. It’s just similar material turned into a blazer looks very odd to yours truly.

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The final trend we noticed when surfing through some of our favorite sites, color blocking.

Via LilyWhiteClothing.com

Via LilyWhiteClothing.com

We see it in Lilly’s Heidi Cardigan ($148).

Lilly Pulitzer 'Heidi' Cardigan

Lilly Pulitzer ‘Heidi’ Cardigan

As well as J. Crew’s Colorblock Cardigan ($89.50).

J. Crew

J. Crew

And Kate Spade’s Colorblock Tees ($68).

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

As Lilly notes in describing its Irene Dress (below left), “We’re on a colorblock kick!” The frock on the right is the Colorblock Tiff Dress from Kate Spade ($358), on the far right, Kate Spade’s Colorblock Blanche Dress ($498).

Lilly Pulitzer/Kate Spade/Kate Spade

Lilly Pulitzer/Kate Spade/Kate Spade

More examples: the Long Sleeve Sunshirt in Caribbean ($78), Stretch Perfect Shirt in Hydrangea ($88), and Boys’ Pullover in Spearmint ($49.50), all from J. Crew.

J. Crew

J. Crew

I have long been fond of this style (in moderation), it adds zip to garments that usually have clean lines and minimal embellishment.

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Our final tidbit today has nothing to do with dressing humans, but rather, feline fashions. Behold, United Bamboo’s 2013 Cat Calendar.

United Bamboo

United Bamboo

Why are we so crazy about it? It is all about the sartorial selections of those starring in the pages of the Calendar.

United Bamboo

United Bamboo

How cute is the little Regatta Blazer?

United Bamboo

United Bamboo

Or the Ruffle Pleat Dress?

United Bamboo

United Bamboo

It kind of takes ‘Mommy & Me’ to an entirely new level.

United Bamboo

United Bamboo

With that we say Happy Weekend!

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Friday Fun: Preppy Modern Office, Prabal Gurung for Target & Miss Wu

Hello-hello, welcome to a Friday at the Prepatorium, where after a week of this….

Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ

Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ

We’re more than ready for something vibrant and cheery like this:

Via inspired.talk

Anything sunny and bright is making us smile today. That brings us to our first topic, a lovely post from the good folks at Kravet about a ‘preppy modern office‘. Here is more from inspired.talk, Kravet’s blog.

As temperatures continue their slow descent to zero in the Northeast, it seemed fitting to cast our eyes west to the fresh, fun office of Bravado Design in San Diego, California where they are certainly not bundled up in their warmest layers. The office, inspired by its owner’s lifelong love for Lilly Pulitzer, feels like a warm dose of sunshine. No matter which version of winter you’re currently experiencing, we feel certain this inspiring office will appeal to you. Enjoy!

Another angle.

Via inspired.talk

Via inspired.talk

Details about the process:

The previous space was modern, “more serious,” as Soldau put it. The redesign included white furniture, adding paint to dark stained walls, and freshening up the plain doors with accent paint and molding detail. With bright, citrusy fabrics from Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa, the vibe is energetic and youthful.

Via inspired.talk

Reading about the office first thing this morning definitely brightened my day.

Via inspired.talk

Via inspired.talk

You can read the entire Kravet post here, and/or learn more about Bravado Design here.

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Also on our hit parade today, a very quick peek at the upcoming Target collaboration with designer Prabal Gurung.

Courtesy Photos

Courtesy Photos

A closer look at one of the dresses, this is one of the print ads you’ll see if you haven’t already.

Target Courtesy Photos

Target Courtesy Photos

Pricing looks reasonable, although once again I wonder about a $199 price point at Targét. Here is some background on the collection as shared in Target’s news release.

Prabal Gurung for Target was inspired by a tender love story, offering women’s apparel and accessories suitable for all occasions from the initial crush to the first kiss, to everlasting love.Ranging in price from $19.99 to $199.99 for apparel and $12.99 to $39.99 for accessories and shoes,

Target Courtesy Photo

Target Courtesy Photo

Below we show a minaudiere in the ‘Nolita’ print, it will be $34.99.

Target Courtesy Photo

Target Courtesy Photo

The collection launches February 10 online and in-store. If you would like to look at the entire 80-piece line, Elle has the lookbook.

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Our final tidbit isn’t really “news,” it’s about products that have been available for several weeks. We’re talking about the ‘Miss Wu’ collection for Nordstrom by Jason Wu.  Below, the ‘Belted Crepe de Chine Shirtdress,’ it is $375.

Nordstrom Courtesy Photo

Nordstrom Courtesy Photo

If looking to expand my wardrobe this line holds far more possibilities than the Gurung collection, a function of the distinctly different style aesthetics of Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu. Of course, the Miss Wu prices are significantly higher.

Miss Wu for Nordstrom

Miss Wu for Nordstrom

Above we show a silk Geometric Print Chiffon Blouse ($265), the Modern Weave Crop Jacket ($495) atop the matching Shift Dress ($425), and the Bow Back Cotton Topper coat ($595).

That’s all for today, may the sun shine on your weekend!

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Lilly Pulitzer + Estee Lauder Partner Up, And That Neiman Marcus Target Collaboration

Hello-Hello, happy Friday! At least I think it’s Friday, we are now smack dab in the middle of that time period when I have almost no clue what day of the week it actually is. Somehow to us it felt like Christmas was on a weekend, so we’re hopelessly lost until we get past New Year’s. Does anyone else suffer from the same confusion?

We have just a few items to share today, beginning with news of yet another style collaboration, this one between two iconic brands, Lilly Pulitzer and Estee Lauder. It is not an enormous collection of items, the partnership is limited to cosmetic bags given to qualifying customers as a GWP (Gift With Purchase). With apologies for the repetition to those who saw this on the Princess Facebook page yesterday, a look at the first item being released:

Lord and Taylor

Lord and Taylor

Lord and Taylor is the first store offering the GWP, customers spending $45 receive a Lilly print bag in the “Lagoon Green” pattern. One of the items is a compact decorated with the print.

LordandTaylor.com

LordandTaylor.com

The collaborative effort will showcase eight different prints, WWD’s Julie Naughton has more on the other stores in the offering other patterns.

The spring gwp line kicks off this week at Lord & Taylor, and will be followed by esteelauder.com on Feb. 4, Dillards on Feb. 12, The Bay in Canada on Feb. 27, Macy’s on March 5, Belk on April 1, Bloomingdale’s on April 2, Sears Canada on April 4 and Bon Ton and Nordstrom on April 16. The summer program begins at Dillard’s on May 12, Lord & Taylor on May 19, Sears Canada on May 20, Macy’s on May 27 and Belk and Bon Ton on June 1.

Another of the designs, you can see the pattern is on the two bottles and a different compact.

Courtesy Photo via Women's Wear Daily

Courtesy Photo via Women’s Wear Daily

The Lilly blog shared several of the patterns.

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This one makes a lot of sense, it’s a grand way to showcase both brands via limited edition items, without overwhelming the market with merchandise.

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Our next topic involves a collaboration that may have done just the opposite, the Target Neiman Marcus collection, offering products from upscale designers.

Target Courtesy Photo

Target Courtesy Photo

The line launched December 1st to lukewarm sales. Reviews from mainstream media and bloggers were mixed. The collection was discounted to 50% off on the 20th in store and at Target.com on the 20th, Neimans waited until the 26th to move to the 50% off discount.

Target

Target

In chatting about this yesterday with some very savvy shoppers (I Pick Pretty, Daisy JD & Brunette Foodie)I discovered many of us shared the same sentiments: most, if not all, of the items were overpriced and there appeared to be significant quality issues.  More from this HuffPo story:

And even our own friends expressed their disappointment. After a quick trip to Target in early December, one shopper told us that the collection seemed surprisingly incomplete, with too few clothing items and too many “other” things (housewares, kids’ items). The randomness of it all is pretty hard to ignore: a Diane Von Furstenberg yoga mat is exciting, but what does it have to do with Rag & Bone shot glasses and an Oscar de la Renta dog food bowl? Not much.

I saw several reports saying that sales at Neimans were much better than at Target. That would be logical, it is much easier to get upscale shoppers to dabble in lower-priced goods than it is to get those expecting low prices at Target to spend more. Especially when a majority of the shoppers aren’t familiar with the designers who have merchandise in the collection.

Target.com

Target.com

These Jason Wu ornaments exemplify what I think was a major hurdle, they were originally priced at $50.

Target

Target

Even half-off at $24.99 it seems like a big ask for Target’s customer base. Reviews at the retailer’s site are mostly positive but many do get into the price/quality issue. A few examples:

  1. On the Jason Wu ornaments: “I purchased seven items from the collaboration and these ornaments are the only ones I am not returning. When I go back to […] I will be buying another set. I only wish all the other items were this beautiful I am so disappointed that the other items were not worth the money.” NOTE: Most reviews on this item are positive, but this one speaks to the price/quality issue.
  2. The Oscar de la Renta bag: “…when I rushed on Saturday morning to Target to ensure the bag, I was very dissapointed. As many reviewers stated, the online picture seems like it is from a more durable material. However, the bag is made of canvas or muslin, and there is no embroidery…I believe for 60 dollars, buyers should have receive something more than a canvas bag! Very dissapointed…”
  3. The Robert Rodriguez dress: “I tried on 3 of these dresses in 2 sizes. Each one had a faulty zipper. In fact, I ended up getting stuck in the dress and after 25 minutes the dressing room attendant had to cut me out. She said every woman who tried the dress has had a zipper issue.”

Back to the Huffington Post story:

In addition, the quality doesn’t seem in line with the pricing. We were psyched about a few specific items, including the metallic Marc Jacobs pouches and the Rag & Bone sweaters, but our pals informed us that up close, the products seemed chintzy and cheap.

It’s too bad the collection didn’t work as hoped, but it seemed like a long shot from the beginning. It will be interesting to see where the ‘hi-low’ collaborations go from here, the much-vaunted collaboration between H & M and über-chic Maison Martin Margiela is being described as a flop by many. More from Page Six:

Retailer H&M marked its collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela with a splashy, celeb-filled bash in October, with Kanye West, Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker and others in attendance. But buzz didn’t translate into sales. Insiders have said the collection has been tanking, with what’s left of it is currently on sale at most stores.

The market may simply have been saturated with the designer collaborations, it may be time for retailers to move on to another technique for creating buzz and boosting sales.

That’s it for today, may everyone enjoy a simply splendid weekend!

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A Lilly Book Review, MOTH Gift Guide & Flash Giveaway

Hello-Hello! Or should that be Ho-Ho, Ho-Ho?! (Insert goofy grin.)

We’re back with a few tidbits today, the first: “Greetings From Lilly Land,” a lengthy review of the new Lilly Pulitzer book that ran in the Wall Street Journal last Friday.

Lilly Land is as much an attitude as a selection of here’s and there’s—Nantucket, Bryn Mawr, La Jolla, Grosse Pointe, Scottsdale, Greenwich, Short Hills, Far Hills—anywhere that rich women want to dress as if they have imaginations, as if they are “interesting,” to use the word the way some women do, as the opposite of “mousy.”

A quick refresher for anyone who may not be familiar with the recently published book, the official title is “Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend,” written by Kathryn Livingston.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

Henry Allen penned the review, he is a Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism and knows the world of which he writes:

To my surprise, I learned that I kind of like her. Surprise because I grew up with my nose pressed to the window of Lilly Land, but I was looking out, not in, seeking freedom from Connecticut cocktail hours, rich people complaining that they were broke (“totally stoners”), mixed doubles in tennis, and porch parties where women wore hair pulled back as tight as the silk on Christmas-tree balls. Once in a while a man would wear a necktie as a belt, a Brooks Brothers buccaneer.

Mr. Allen diplomatically references the lack of Lilly’s involvement with the book, “There’s no sign that Ms. Pulitzer sat for an interview with Ms. Livingston.” Another portion of the review, this portion talking about Lilly customers and readers:

They should be warned that it gives short shrift to Lilly Pulitzer herself. Is the problem that she is not all that interesting? What they’ll get instead is a book that’s half society history—28 pages that take Miss Porter’s School back to 1843, 21 pages on the history of Palm Beach, and 53 pages taking the McKims, Pulitzers, Phippses, Guests, Carnegies and so on back to the 18th century.

Yours truly has yet to read the book, but I very much enjoyed the review. Click here to read it in its entirety, it’s well worth the short investment of time.

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Today’s other topic, we offer a few gift ideas for the MOTH (Man Of The House) at your Palace.

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If helpful, all of the links up above go directly to the product and they all appear to be in stock. One item that didn’t quite fit in the Polyvore montage, another Consort suggestion, a Screwdriver Set at MOMA that he has, it has come in handy on more than one occasion.

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MOMA

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Our final offering today: a flash giveaway. (Is that even a term…?) At any rate, we just got these in yesterday and I love them.

Sloane Ranger at PreppyPrincess.com

Sloane Ranger at PreppyPrincess.com

What better stocking stuffer than… stockings? Socks actually, knee socks from Sloane Ranger.  Available in Scottie Dogs, Nautical Anchors, Whales and Owls, these are really cute as can be and $12. (Let us know if you would like them gift wrapped for no additional charge.)

Pop over to the shop and peek at our Sloane Ranger collection, then come back and leave a comment telling us what item you would most like to receive or give. We’ll take comments until midnight Thursday and pull a winner Friday morning,  with an announcement in Friday’s post.

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That Birthday Girl!

Hello-Hello, happy Tuesday to all popping in for a visit here at the Prepatorium.

Today is essentially a One Topic Tuesday, sharing a few fun events of this past weekend honoring Lilly Pulitzer, the extraordinary lady celebrated her 81st birthday Saturday. Below, Lilly in her very first shop off Via Mizner.

Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

It was a special day noted by Lilly lovers everywhere.

Lilly Pinterest Page

As one would imagine, sentiment of the day were colorful.

KatieButeau Instagram

Lilly stores marked the day with food, drink and other goodies.

The Pink Bee Instagram (PinkBeeWestend)

What is more colorful than a Lilly cake?

KGentry94 Instagram

This one isn’t just beautiful, it looks delicious.

Sweet Pink and Preppy Instagram

Truth in blogging: it turns out it is from last year’s birthday party, but it’s so pretty I want to leave it in the post.

Katie AC shared this photo on Instagram, two stylish ladies in their party hats!

KatieAC Instagram

Tori Petrulla posted this happy photo on Instagram, how cute are those two?

Tori Petrulla Instagram

Below, the vastly talented Mary Lane enjoying the day, she is a font of knowledge on Lilly, the company’s history, and much more,  it’s nice to see her having fun.

Mary Lane Instagram via Lilly Pinterest Page

There were also loads of fun photos posted on the Lilly Facebook page, I like this one from Chas Boesel, that is one fun, colorful bunch!

Chas Boesel via Lilly Facebook Page

We send belated Birthday greetings to an American treasure.

One other Lilly tidbit of note, now you will be able to purchase the brand at Nordstrom.

Lilly Pulitzer

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We also wanted to share something fun with readers who are Facebook users, we are very excited to be sponsoring a giveaway on the incredibly popular Re-Lilly Page, that group now numbers 21,000+! Re-Lilly is the place for those who want to buy, sell and trade those precious Lilly pieces, it is a remarkable resource.

Re-Lilly Facebook Page

We are giving away one of our new Needlepoint Bracelets in a contest on the Page, they come in both chic and whimsical designs, and they are now also available monogramed in our new nautical motifs!

Many thanks to Re-Lilly owner Susan Trader for putting together the contest, if you haven’t visited the page for awhile or aren’t familiar with it, take a peek!

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