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Sperry Named Brand of the Year, Nautical Gifts, Sales & Savings

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday! We are struggling to accept the fact that Christmas is one. week. away. Oneweekfromtodayomgwhatevershallwedo????  There. Enough hysteria; we solider on.

We have a hodge-podge today, including some last-minute gift ideas. Before we do anything else, we want to acknowledge Sperry Top-Sider, named Brand of the Year by Footwear News.

We’ve made no secret of our love for Sperry, especially some of their recent offerings, like the women’s Print Bahama.

Sperry Top-sider Bahama

As the editor wrote in naming Sperry:

“And while Sperry Top-Sider has owned the nautical category for a long time, clever updating and interesting collaborations put the brand ahead of the fleet in a tough year.”

Not all of the firm’s offerings are for us. The Women’s Abacos look uber-snuggly, but are clearly much-too-hip for TP.

Sperry shares the award with Sam Edelman.


We begin our nautical gifts section with Jonathan Adler’s Whale Ornament, still available on the designer’s site. Crafted in unglazed porcelain this treasure comes complete with an elegant little box just ideal for gifting.

Jonathan Adler

We like the alternative use for the whale described on the Adler site:

“Decorating tip: break off the metal hanging loop and these little guys are fab figurines sure to dazzle any tablescape or bookshelf.”

The ornament is not the only whale swimming on the Adler sea. How cute is the Salt & Pepper set?

Jonathan Adler

Mr. Adler definitely has a flair for the nautical, his Anchor Rug is something we are rather fond of here at the Prepatorium.

Jonathan Adler

This makes us think of the one and only Nautical by Nature, who has done a marvelous series of posts on nautically inclined gift ideas; they really are must-reads. (You haven’t seen adorable until you see the sailboat mobile she featured.)

We have always loved this designer’s work, his whimsical approach to design matched with the clean, unfussy lines seen throughout much of his work are very appealing. That is why we are just tickled to announce we shall be carrying his new line of stationery and gifts!

We are very excited about this one; if you would like to be on our Jonathan Adler mailing list, just click here and scroll down to see the mailing lists on the lower righthand side of the page.

Back to the nautical gift scene, the Brendan Set of two onesies looks precious, for a little one, we adore the nautical striping and sailor collars.

We found the set at ChicNautic, where there is a nicely curated offering of nautically themed goods. The Anchor Sweater at Bella Bliss is darling, available in sizes 12 months to 12 years.

Bella Bliss

Also from Bella, the Baby Whale Cardigan in three different colorways.

Bella Bliss

If that doesn’t send the Cute-o-Meter into the red zone, we don’t know what will. A more reasonable alternative perhaps, the Avery & Addison Whale bodysuit at Targét.

Le Boutique Targét

St. James Boutique is always a good stop; the retailer carries a broad variety of merchandise, all of it top quality.  Their La Vellette knit jacket is timeless, and the Embrun Parka a workhorse.

They also have some darling stuffed animals for the Young Master and Miss of the House.  We love the Plush Lobster for kids, along with the stuffed Crab.

The company’s slickers are attractive but also built for heavy duty; the Anita in pink is our favorite, but the Marie is also outstanding.

St. James is known for their striped tees. The Ouessant is on the left, and on the right we show the Chalut.

If one doesn’t mind beading on their tee (ahem) the Polo Ralph Lauren Otho Long Sleeve top might work.

Polo Ralph Lauren at Bloomingdale's

The shirt also comes in navy blue and is currently reduced by 40% at Bloomies.

The Anchor Earrings by Helen Yarmak are seen in Elle’s Naughty Nautical feature, something we didn’t feel we needed to share in its entirety.

The good folks at Cape Cod Jewelers offer this elegant bracelet.

Cape Cod Jewelers

The man on your list might appreciate the Jack Spade Nautical Billfold.

Jack Spade

This also comes in a rich chocolate brown if the lighter color shown above isn’t appealing.

Finally, the Nautical Towels at Preston’s are a fun way to bring a touch of the sea indoors.


May all of your shopping be smooth sailing.


Now we move on, there are Sales & Savings opportunities to share. Brooks Brothers is promoting up to 60% off original prices in their Clearance Sale; this includes some Black Fleece for Women and Men’s Black Fleece as well.  We like the Madras Bow Tie.

The colors on the right make it ideal for a U of M Wolverine fan.

J. Crew is doing an online only Extra 25% off sale, that additional discount is applicable only to sale merchandise.  Use promo code EXTRA25 at checkout to receive the savings.

J. Crew

Hypothetically this ends Sunday night (the 20th) at midnight.

The Tory Burch Sale offers a healthy selection of products. We like the Pier jacket (L) and the Oriel cardigan (R).

The Neiman Marcus online only Last Call clearance offers an additional 30% off sale prices.

And Barney’s is in sync, taking an additional 33% reduction in price for their fall sale items. This covers some items in the Home Department, including several of the Fred Red pillows; from left we show Kaleidostripe, Modern Maze, and the Double X in chocolate.


For today’s Pretty in Pink (and Green) we share the Monogrammed Onesie and Burp Cloth Set at Bella Due.

Bella Due

Sweet as can be in pink and green stitching complementing the bright pink and green ribbon. (Although we wonder if that bow on the onesie might irritate a little one?)

With this we send everyone wishes for a wonderful weekend, may it be merry and bright!


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A Preppy Idol Contestant? Felix Rey at Target Online Early!

Hello-Hello everyone, and Happy, Happy Friday!

We apologize for the lack of a post yesterday, but the ever-so-wonderful Consort took us out for a late lunch as a surprise, and then we both dawdled with the Brownie Bomb dessert we shared. It was really over the top delicious. Way. Over. The. Top.

We thought we might share a few rather mindless tidbits today, things that won’t tax anyone’s brain, as it has been a long week…oui?

We start with an outstanding invention, updated once again: the Kitchen-Aid 90th Anniversary Mixer, as seen in this slide from Business Week.


Courtesy KitchenAid via Business Week

The Business Week information says the Mixer is available now, but we could not locate it on the KitchenAid website. All we know is that we *love* the idea of the clear bowl!


Next on the hit parade, a question we have that will eliminate any doubts readers may harbor about residents of the Prepatorium being “hip.” We are asking if this young man is appropriately referred to as “preppy”?

Courtesy American Idol

Courtesy American Idol

Apparently he is a contestant on the wildly popular American Idol television show; following is a snippet from the LA Times blog American Idol Tracker:

“Nor will Anoop Desai’s survival…(be a )surprise… considering the wholesome heat the preppy pinup projects.”

Is he a “preppy pin-up” in your estimation?

Courtesy American Idol

Courtesy American Idol

Wholesome heat. Indeed.


WWD recently carried a story on the Fall 2009 collection from Nautica.

Photo By Asha Fuller

Photo By Asha Fuller

We love the location the company selected for their presentation of the collection: aboard the USS Intrepid.

Photo by Asha

Photo by Asha Fuller

A wise choice from a marketing perspective, as it may reinforce a belief that Nautica actually has seagoing roots, which it does not.

Because yours truly is such a selfish beast, we far prefer gazing at the brand’s apparel for women. How do you like their Boat Couture collection?



There is loads to love with this group, it is that simple. Now anyone who has spent any time on a boat knows “Boat Couture” is almost an oxymoron, unless one is planning to be a guest on an ELB (Extra Large, or Excessively Large Boat), but that’s not what this is all about. It is about goodies like the Cotton Cashmere Anchor Sweater.



Available in two colorways, machine-washable and only $78, this one merits consideration for your sweater collection. For a fun little top, the Pima Cotton Sail Tee is not only darling, but also fiscally-friendly.


There are so many other divine pieces, we may need to do an entirely separate post! We’ll cease our shrieking about the fabulosity by showing the little Girl’s Stinson Canvas Tote.



At only $19.50 we can overlook the twitches arising from a mild case of Logophobia, and instead sing the praises of the bow and the madras. A reminder: to the best of our knowledge Nautica no longer does women’s clothing for retail stores, they are only making it available online. (Sniff.)


A quick heads-up on the Felix Rey for Target Collection due in stores this Sunday, March 29.  Most of the Collection is now available online, twelve pieces are shown on the site.

Felix Rey for Target

Felix Rey for Target

Above we show the Envelope Clutch with Shell in blue. For more on this line, as well as a look at the soon-to-be-released Miss Trish of Capri for Target collection, just check this post.


Frequent readers are familiar with our Pretty In Pink feature, which is precisely as it sounds. While this next item is pink, personal taste prevents it fitting in the PIP category, so we’ll simply say “Here is a _____ in Pink.”

Courtesy Shuella.com

Courtesy Shuella.com

Yes, they are back: the Shuella shoe/boot covers are all ready for upcoming April showers.

For today’s actual Pretty in Pink we are ever-so-happy to feature two darling girls whom we have known for ages. Really. For. Ages.

Meet Pete and Wendy, two charming, bright, witty and beautiful dolls we more-than-adore. Wendy is the whiz behind The Princess website look, and Pilar is someone we have known since she was…. well, you just don’t want to know! (Her mother is TP’s closest friend after The Consort & The Queen Mother.)

Knowing they would be sending us photos of their days scampering about southern California, they dressed in their best Princess colors. (We could almost have this picture do double-duty as an Adventure in Argyle.)

In fact, we told Petey we didn’t care about her follow-through form, it was all about the wardrobe.

What a terrible message for us to send these young ladies, both still at an impressionable age…sigh.  Naughty Princess.

On that note, we hope you are able to enjoy some Pretty in Pink of your own this weekend!


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