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And The Winners Are….

Hello-Hello, and Happy Thursday!

It is simply a glorious day here at the Prepatorium in spite of the rain, because we are announcing the five winners of the Spring Fling Thing! With nearly 200 entries total we are grateful for the Random Number generator!

The winner of our exclusive Kiel James Patrick bracelet in Princess Pink and Green

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is Sweet Home Amy! Yippee-skippee Miss Amy, just let us know if you need a small or medium.

Winner #2, soon to be the proud owner of our Anchors Away Jet-Set Duffel from our new line of Bella Bags

is one of our fave new bloggers, Skip Brooks at Alexander Grant!  A tip of the hat to Skip!

The name drawn for Prize #3, a Thermal Mug from our new line of Nifty Gifties by Jonathan Adler

is Preppy 101, aka All Things Southern & Preppy! Just let us know your choice of pattern Miss ATS&P, Acapulco, Diamonds, Greek Key or Chevron, and the mug will be on its way!

Next, Prize #4, a set of Lilly Pulitzer Circle Notes!

Our winner of this prize is the one and only Aurora Borealice! Tell us your choice of pattern and we’ll get these headed your way!

Our 5th and final winner is Always a Northerner, the new owner of a very snappy Scout Doggie Bag lunch bag in her choice of Cabanarama or Cabanarama Brite.

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Pick the pattern you like and we shall send the lunch bag to you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who entered, Tweeted, became a Facebook fan, and/or posted this on their blog!

This is the most fun we have had doing a Giveaway, but need to know if you liked it; is having multiple winners of multiple prizes a good way to go, or would you prefer it simply be one prize? Did you like the cross-section of prizes, or would you prefer the selection be all one product line? Do tell, because these are your giveaways, we are merely the intermediary, and we want them to be what you want, not simply our notion of what is fun.

Until next time, grins and giggles to all!

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The Great Preppy Princess Giveaway

Hello-Hello, what a glorious day we are enjoying here at the Prepatorium!

Today’s post is short and hopefully sweet: we are giving things away.  More specifically, five premium items from the Preppy Princess shop! It’s the Spring Fling Thing, an easy and fun way for us to share new merchandise with you!

We will draw not one, not two, but five winners; the first name selected wins Item #1, the second receives Item #2, etc.

Here are the goodies:

ITEM #1: An exclusive Kiel James Patrick bracelet made just for the Princess!

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We are über-excited to have added Kiel’s line of nautical-inspired accessories, especially since many of the items you find at the Princess are made only for us. The Princess Bracelet is one such exclusive item, hand crafted in Rhode Island of pink, green and white braided rope atop KJP’s signature madras lining, opening and closing with the signature KJP button.

You may have read recently about this designer extraordinaire and his wonderful creations, Kiel is garnering all manner of good buzz lately. In addition to his other bracelet styles, we also have some fabulous KJP earrings and KJP headbands we think you will like.

ITEM #2: The Anchors Away Jet-Set Duffel from our new line of Bella Bags

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This gem is oh-so-versatile, measuring 22″ long x 14″ tall and 9″ wide, made of coated polypropylene that takes a beating and is easy to wipe clean.  With zippered pockets on the outside and an enclosed shoulder strap to use in addition to the attached handles, the Jet Set Duffle is perfect for traveling because it collapses down into a 9″ x 7″ pouch!

ITEM #3: A Thermal Mug from our new line of Nifty Gifties by Jonathan Adler

We love this new collection of stationery and gift items, the winner will choose a mug in their choice of Acapulco, Diamonds, Greek Key or Chevron.

ITEM #4: A set of Lilly Pulitzer Circle Notes!

These pretty notes perk up any office or kitchen, handy for all of those last-second “hey there” or “don’t forget” reminders. This winner will be able to select whatever pattern tickles their fancy from these Spring 2010 Notes…

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Or one of the classic patterns!

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Item #5: A Scout Lunch Bag in your choice of Cabanarama Stripes

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This is just one selection from our Lunch Bag collection at the Princess, the Scout Doggie Bag is good-sized and also insulated, the perfect way to make ‘brown bagging’ a bit more stylish.

We are very excited about this Giveaway; it’s spring, it’s sunny, we could all use a little fun and frivolity, oui? Here is the scoop on how to enter.

  • For one entry, leave a comment about an item you like at the Princess;
  • For a 2nd entry, post the Giveaway on your blog or Facebook page & leave a comment telling us you did;
  • For a 3rd entry, Tweet about the Giveaway on Twitter & let us know you did (here’s the Princess on Twitter);
  • For another entry, become a Preppy Princess fan on Facebook & let us know you did (If already a fan, just let us know so you receive this additional entry!)
  • For multiple additional entries, tell a friend! For each friend leaving a comment that mentions your name (or your blog or email or other means of identifying you) you receive two additional entries!

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday, March 24th; we shall announce the lucky winners in Thursday’s post!

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The Lilly Pulitzer Spring/Summer 2010 Stationery & Gift Collection

Hello-Hello and Happy Tuesday!

We are back from a wonderful trip to the market where we saw all manner of new  goodies. (We are very excited by some of the new lines we shall soon be be adding to the Princess – can you say nautical!)

But first we focus on the new additions to our Lilly Pulitzer Stationery and Gift line, as they are just too fun. Since we first shared sneak peeks of a few items via Facebook or Twitter the mighty IT department here at Princess Intergalactic HQ  (umm…. that would be the Consort) has been typing and uploading photos into the wee hours.  A quick note on the Spring/Summer line: the items are up on the site and now available for pre-ordering only, we anticipate shipping in mid to late February.

We begin with the incredibly popular Thermal Travel Mugs; some readers may recall that the fall/winter mugs sold out within weeks.

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As seen in the photo above, the new crop of mugs are offered in Queen of Green, Crabtastic, Hanging Around and Later Gator.

Next, the fabulous new Ink Pens.

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The Pens come in the Desert Tort, Crabtastic, Hanging Around, and Patchtastic patterns. Many readers are familiar with the Lilly pom-poms, many have used them for more than just party decor, decorating dorm rooms, bedrooms and more. Now there are Lilly Paper Lanterns providing a vivid, vibrant splash of color wherever you choose!

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Next, the new Lilly Picture Frames.

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We are already overly attached to some of the new patterns, like Silver Dollars and Crabtastic (in both pink and blue colorways).

Also new to the line, Melamine Dishes.

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These come as beautifully pre-packaged Place Settings with a plate, bowl and matching knife/fork….

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…. or they may be purchased individually. (Because we have already fielded an inquiry on the topic, we want to let you know that if seeking the knife and fork, the only way to acquire them is with the gift sets.)

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Also new in tabletop, the Lilly Placemats coordinate perfectly with the melamine dishes, offered in both Later Gator and Desert Tort in a water-resistant, durable material.  At only $5.50, they make a new look for your table a reasonable undertaking.

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Recognizing some fight this odd, we’re going to share it anyway: we believe that Silly Tilly would like (nay, requires!) one of these under her dishes to enhance her drinking and dining experiences. Now we ask, is that wrong?

We move on to the always-popular Latte Da! mugs, now available in three of the new patterns: Desert Tort, Crabtastic, and Bamboo Patch.  Of course, most of the Classic patterns are still available as well.

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Below we have a better look at Bamboo Patch and Crabtastic (blue).

Brand new and already a crowd-pleaser: Lilly’s new Watch Sets!

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Each set includes two patterned bands and they are perfectly packaged for gifting.

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Designed to fit all ages, the wristwatches come in Later Gator, Desert Tort or Patchtastic and run $19.50. Perhaps the very thing you need for one of the young graduates on your list this spring, or a special member of the bridal party? (Remember, we provide gift wrap at no additional charge; if you just alert us to your needs, we can use Lilly paper or come up with something to fit almost any theme or personality. Just because we like to have fun with tape. Heh-heh-heh.)

Also a great gift any time of the year, the new Lilly Luggage Tags, especially at just $5.50.

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If thinking about sprucing up the office, the new File Folders provide a bright splash of color; below we show the Desert Tort and Crabtastic folders, Patchtastic is not shown.

The new patterns are also seen on loads of other products, like the Mini Notebooks, the Sticky Notes with Lilly Pads, and the Dry Erase Boards, to name just a few of the fun items sporting the new patterns.

We’re also tickled to be offering items tied into the Lilly Loves Green campaign, like these new Market Bags in Creme Fraiche and Queen of Green.

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At 17″ x 14″ (and almost 8″ deep!) and only $10 they make a trip to the farmer’s market or grocery not fun, and a little more eco-friendly, eliminating the need for paper or plastic bags.

Now, there are loads of goodies not included in our little post, so be sure to pop over and have a peek if/when the spirit moves you.

Thank you for indulging us while we spout about our excitement over the new Lilly treasures; tomorrow we shall return with one of our more standard posts, and later in the week we will share some of the new and faboo Jonathan Adler Nifty Gifties!

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Pretty in Pink… and Green

Hello-Hello, and Happy Monday!

Does it seem like the weekend flew by ever-so-quickly, or is that simply a reflection of our addled brain? We hope everyone enjoyed family, fun, and perhaps even a little down time to reflect and regroup, we are in the middle of what can be a more-than-wacky time of year!

Today is mostly pix, not prose, as the insanity of orders piling in is consuming most of the day. Our focus today is on gifts with a pink and green theme; we start with a find from the Pink & Green Scene:

The Fleece Throw looks like it would rank very high on the Snuggleometer.

From the folks at Not Soap, Radio we show the I’m Really at the Country Club collection.

Not only does it look like a perfect color combination, it is also an Adventure in Argyle, albeit in an understated pattern.

For those seeking something with a musical influence, the Mini Pink Piano at Neiman Marcus is really very cute.

Also at Needless Markup this establishment, and also possessing a high cute factor, the Paw-Print Cuddles & Burpies.

In honor of Jen at When Pigs Fly, we share this beauty in papier-mâché:

We found the little porker at Middleburg, an etsy shop, just one of many treasures available there.  Also at etsy, the Pink & Green Vines sleep mask from SourdoughSF‘s store, perfect for helping to smooth over any holiday wrinkles.

If still looking for tree decor, our friends at Tar-szay offer the Skiing Hippo (L), and on the right, Kurt Adler’s pastel Pink & Green Heart.

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Our fondness for the All Smiles ornament in pink will surprise no one,nor will our appreciation of the Pink 1959 Cadillac.

The Baby Girl’s Dress is sweet, and comes nicely packaged. On the right, the Painting Diva offers her handpainted pink and green ornaments in her etsy shop.

As one might expect, this year’s Lilly Pulitzer Glass ornaments are very popular; on the left we show Checking In, and on the right, Free Falling.

Both items shown above are at the Pink Pelican.  New this year are the Lilly Pulitzer Photo Ornaments, available at the Princess and many other retailers.

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For something a little more upscale, Smythson never fails to offer outstanding choices. Their Small Jewelry Roll is perfection, and one can’t go too far astray with one of their Key Fobs.

Other leather goods in fun colors can be found at Baekgaard. The Slim Case is available in a number of colorways, and very attractive from a pocketbook perspective.

Saks has bright leather Passport Covers:

Keep your little one warm and toasty in this sweet Faux Fur Jacket. The Pink Rosette coat is done in fleece, equally cute, but not quite as heavy.

We leave you with a few ideas for the four-legged family members, beginning with the Fairisle Wool sweater, available at Pretentious Pooch.

And then this, the Bone on Board sweater at Paw Palace:

After this, what could we possibly add?  Nothing of value, other than a ‘thank you’ for popping in to visit, and we shall see you next time.

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A “Preppy Pile-On”? We Think Not.

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday!

We are going to be speedy today.  More than 200 lbs. of our Lilly Pulitzer Fall Stationery & Gift line arrived here at the Prepatorium moments ago, so you know we’re a tad busier than normal.

We have a few different takes on ‘preppy styles’ to share. Somehow we fell over a newsbit (aka ‘news tidbit’ or ‘newsbrief’) from the Manila Bulletin, “The Preppy Pile-on“.  The brief story references “preppy grunge” if there is such a thing.  We think not; the appellation is an oxymoron. However, we soldier on, sharing the writer’s description:

“A combination of classic preppy influences and American sportswear, the so-called Urban Prep look layers crisp preppy staples such as buttondowns and vests with urban wear like track jackets and baggy jeans.

Accompanying the story are a number of different looks; most of the pieces are from Max Azria’s diffusion line, BCBGeneration, and Kensie Girl.

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The story includes this line:

“The look is divinely put-together yet casual cool.”

This time we must disagree with the author.

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Some readers may be aware that online discounter Bluefly also has a blog; recently a post on the blog, “NYC Prep: School’s Back in Session“, looked at preppy style.

Courtesy Bluefly

Courtesy Bluefly

Bravo’s NYP Prep prompts the post’s writer to look back at her high school years:

“Just reminiscing about that first crucial week during September, where everything from your clothes to your hair to even your backpack was open to criticism from fellow classmates sends me into a fetal position. And now that Bravo is airing NYC Prep, I can reminisce about the ultra-privileged snobs roaming the hallways too.”

The pieces shown include a Fendi belt, L.A.M.B. shirt, Michael Kors slacks,  and a Hickey Freeman tie.

Again, we’re underwhelmed.  Your thoughts on either combination of apparel and accessories?

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Today’s Pretty in Pink comes to us via the Coterie Blog, where one always finds fascinating recommendations for all manner of goodies. The blog is curated with an eye towards elegance and whimsy, the ideal combination.    Recently we saw a post about some lovely ribbon at an establishment new to our retail roster, Bell’occhio in San Francisco.

In order to provide a more fully informed report, we felt obligated to personally view the merchandise.  (Ahem.)

Courtesy Bell'occhio

Courtesy Bell'occhio

The Pink Oval Box (above) looks like the perfect accent for many a room or walk-in, just lovely. While the shop carries a wonderful variety of goods, from ribbons to nail brushes, the selection of pink boxes alone is outstanding, Below, the Heliotrope Boxes with Doré Trim.

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Bell'occhio

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We close with something we’ll call Pretty in Pink and Green compliments of the always delightful PrepSchool 101.  More accurately, this comes courtesy of PrepSchool 101’s little one, the darling Little Miss C.  Seen below, Miss C shows off her Mom’s sunglasses while sporting a Lilly shift in Cabanarama.

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At any rate, it seems Miss C is anxious to see her new Lilly Paper Doll set.

Courtesy PrepSchool 101 Blog

Courtesy PrepSchool 101 Blog

She came up with a creative solution to keep her busy while awaiting their arrival, and we adore the result.

Miss C's Paper Dolls

Miss C's Paper Dolls

The bows in the dolls’ hair add the perfect touch, and we thank Miss C for sharing her artistic talent with us! We are happy to report the real Paper Dolls are being unpacked as we type, so they shall soon be winging their way to a new home with the sweet-as-can-be Miss C.

On such a cheery note we say G’Bye, may the weekend be warm and wonderful no matter your locale!

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Lilly Pulitzer Fall/Holiday 2009 Stationery & Gifts Preview

Hello-Hello, and happy Thursday!

Has anyone melted into a little puddle with the high temps and almost-as-high humidity? Does everyone have regional phrases when it gets like this? A classic in The Great Midwest is rather coarse, but we’re claiming a pickled brain today so here it is: “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.” What are some of the local comments you are fond of when meteorological circumstances hit these extremes?

Next… we do a 180-degree turn to engage in the publication of this completely commercial message from the Prepatorium.

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Yes, despite the weather outside, it is time for TP to think fall and winter and holidaze holidays! Believe it or not, we shall soon be getting new Lilly Pulitzer Stationery and Gift merchandise into the shoppe.

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Above, Fa La Lilly and Berry, the new gift wrap patterns. There are also two different ornament sets, along with Fireplace Matches in two patterns.

The new Note Card sets are outstanding, we especially love the updated Dress Notecard designs. (BTW, our stock of Dress Notecards is down to 8 or 9, and that’s it, the end, as a new group of shift dress patterns is being introduced.)

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While we don’t yet have the images, there are also several patterns of Imprintable Holiday Cards that we think you will find irresistible.

New for the Collection? Thermal mugs, something we desperately need here at the Prepatorium. (Not that anyone ever knocks anything over. On the desk. Or the Keyboard.)

Those who bake will love the next addition to the Lilly line: cookie cutters.

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We are already planning on these as the ideal gift for a number of friends.

Now, regular readers are aware of our annual struggle, always involving two irreconcilable beliefs:

  1. The entire merchandising and marketing of the season is out of control, a horrid practice that has moved so far beyond commercial tackiness it defies description;
  2. The petulant capitalist query: “Why are they not doing a better job executing holiday marketing strategies?”

Clearly we never get these dueling concerns in sync. We never will. But as a merchant (ooooh, that has such a rugged, un-Princess-like sound, doesn’t it?) it would be deceitful to say we don’t enjoy sharing new things with everyone, as we do. We find it an utterly delightful way of spending time.

Perfect for any season IOHO, having a little Lilly on hand for the cocktail hour is a plus, no matter what we’re celebrating!

Possibly the item we have been hoping for the most….? A Lilly Pulitzer  Calendar! Yes, we are more-than-gaga for the 2010 Wall Calendar seen below right….

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Not to mention the desktop Calendars we’ll soon have available, they are absolutely wonderful as well; there are also Planning Agendas in both standard and pocket sizes.

Knowing how popular the Lilly Activity Book for Minnies is, we expect the paper dolls (below left) to also be in high demand.

And did you see the Magnet Board on the right in the picture above? We get so many requests for these, we’re ecstatic to see them!

Ordering for the new Collection will be done much as we did the initial Lilly launch: we will start taking pre-orders on July 8th, possibly sooner if at all possible. A pre-order means that once we receive our shipment of goodies from the Lilly folks, your merchandise is shipped first.  You are not charged *until* your order is filled, it is rather akin to reserving one’s items. We plan on sending out the first shipments to our customers at the very end of July, or the first week in August.

Another way to stay on top of all things Lilly here at the Palace, sign up for our Lilly Pulitzer email list at Preppy Princess. (Scroll down and it is on the bottom of the righthand column.) Not to worry about privacy if one should elect to sign up, we never (never, ever) give anyone your information, we are what you might call hypersensitive to that sort of thing.

This in no way covers the gamut of new products for the line, nor does it include the *new* line of paper goods we are adding to the mix later this week or early next week. We’ll be a horrid little human, merely saying everything has a Nantucket theme!

Thanks for popping in dollfaces, we do love spending time with you! Have a simply terrific afternoon and evening!

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An Award for Lilly & Preppy Sales Abound

Hello-Hello! Might we inject a personal note here and say we are ever-so-happy to be back home at the Prepatorium. New York is always fun, but being home at the Palace brings a smile to TP’s face.

Our trip to the Stationery Show was fun and frenzied, with just enough social activities thrown in to keep us re-applying the lip gloss.  We saw loads of new goodies we think you will love, including some divine designs for the Fall and holiday seasons that we shall be adding to our Lilly Pulitzer Stationery and Gifts Collection.

On the agenda? Fireplace matches (you know, the really long ones the houseman uses), cookie cutters, and…. (insert dramatic music here), 2010 Calendars! There will be both desk-top and wall calenders that you are simply going to adore. Many readers will remember we offered pre-ordering of the Lilly Stationery merchandise prior to this spring’s launch; we will provide that same opportunity with these new treasures.  Just sign up for our Lilly Mailing List at PreppyPrincess.com.

As we are speaking of Lilly Pulitzer, fans will be pleased to learn she received the prestigious Spirit of a Woman Award from the American Apparel and Footwear Association.  The award presentation was last week in New York, and Isaac Mizrahi did the honors, wearing pink loafers in honor of the designer:

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It is clear Mr. Mizrahi thinks highly of Lilly’s impact on American style:

“I think that Lilly Pulitzer is the most important American designer ever. Her work has influenced American designers and international designers. If you are wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress, they can tell. Whether it’s in Palm Beach or in Milan, in New York or in Russia, it doesn’t matter where you are wearing that dress. They know, it’s Lilly Pulitzer.”

Unfortunately Lilly was not able to attend; the award was accepted on her behalf by Lilly Grand Pooh-Bah Scott Beaumont, accompanied by another Lilly exec, James Bradbeer Jr.

PHOTO: John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino/WWD

BTW, the Lilly Brooke Shields Tunic and Swimsuit were featured on the Today Show yesterday in a segment about beachwear and swimsuits.

Courtesy NBC/Universal

Courtesy NBC/Universal

And in a final note, we have added the Lilly Pulitzer Dry Erase Boards to the store, an outstanding addition to your palace, equally wonderful as a gift!

The Boards are available in Animal Crackers, Cabanarama, Juice Bar and Bees Knees Patch.

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It will come as no surprise that just about every retailer is having a sale or discount promotion of some sort as we approach the holiday weekend. Burberry tops today’s list of just such establishments.

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Burberry

There is a substantial amount of merchandise available in the ‘Sale’ category online, no surprise in light of the company’s continued underperformance.

Invite-only shopping site Rue La La has Vineyard Vines on sale through tomorrow.

They also have a Kate Spade sale underway.

Both sales end tomorrow (Thursday, 5.21.09) at 11am; if you need an invite to ‘join’ the site, just email the Princess: thePreppyPrincess@mac.com.

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J. Crew is promoting a sale at their Factory Stores, running today through Memorial Day.

We predict Crew will have a “Take an additional 20% off” discount offering within the next week to 10 days.  We’ll share the Silk-Linen Sweater as today’s Pretty in Pink:

The sweater originally retailed at $59.50; it is now selling at $49.50 or $39.99, depending upon the color.

The Nordstrom Designer Sale is underway as part of their storewide Half-Yearly Sale event.

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Nordstrom Designer Sale

And Barney’s Private Sale continues.

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We want to share a few quick updates to previous posts:

  • The Gossip Girl spinoff on the CW is officially a non-starter. Many thanks to those who let us know it was not happening.
  • Something definitely supposed to happen, Gossip Guy Chace Crawford has been named to star in the remake of “Footloose,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

We’ll have more on the Stationery Show in our next post. Until then – smiles!

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