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Was Reese “Barbie or Brigitte Bardot”? And Other Burning Questions from the Oscars

Well now, is anyone else a little bleary-eyed this morning? Once again we are asking ourselves (all of us) why, once again, we sat through the entire tedious exercise last evening? Hmmm?

Did the wretched little pre-show interview with James Franco (taking the meaning of “awkward” to new levels) not provide fair warning? The fact airtime was given to the beyond-boring appearance of Academy & ABC executives sharing “news” of their continued business arrangement didn’t offer enough of a red flag that it was time to turn. off. the. television?! Well then, it seems this Princess got just what she deserved.

However, we did have the chance to peruse party frocks for hours, and that almost compensates for what followed, no?  So let’s move to that topic, and cease our little tantrum, as it is surely peaking the Whine-o-Meter in the red zone, and that, treasured readers, simply must stop.

More than anything it was a night for the form-fitting, and for sequins, and in many cases, a refreshingly understated elegance that did not shriek “Look at me, look at me!” We begin with Michelle Williams in a cap-sleeve Chanel gown from the this spring’s collection, Jennifer Lawrence wears Calvin Klein, and on the right, Amy Adams’ is in a rich blue L’Wren Scott gown.

Matt Sayles/AP & Kevork Djansezian/Getty via LA Times

Miss Adams also wore more $1,000,000 in Cartier jewelry.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

One young lady looking absolutely beautiful, Hailee Steinfeld in a very soft pink Marchesa dress she is said to have co-designed.  The tulle tea-length gown was age appropriate and perfect for the young actress.

Matt Sayles/AP

Also in Marchesa, Halle Berry.

Chris Pizzello/AP

Mandy Moore wore Monique Lhuillier.

Matt Sayles/AP

Nicole Kidman wore a Dior gown that didn’t work for us, there was just too much going on. The dress is from the 2009 haute couture collection, the different geometric angles detracted from the exquisite beading on the piece. This did not take away from the actress herself, she looked beautiful, almost radiant.

Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy in pale lavendery-rose and yellow looked lovely on the actress; we didn’t like the Elie Saab worn by Mila Kunis as much as others seemed to.

Co-host Anne Hathaway started the evening in a brilliant red Valentino gown.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Valentino was actually on hand for the festivities.

We may be in the minority here, but this wasn’t one of our favorite styles for Ms. Hathaway; fortunately (or not), there were many to choose from. During the actual telecast she made multiple wardrobe changes, Fashionologie reports the tuxedo was custom-made by Lanvin, she also wore Oscar de la Renta, below right.

Perhaps our favorite was the Tom Ford worn to close the show.

Reese Witherspoon opted for Armani Privé.

John Shearer/Getty Images

With jewelry from Neil Lane.

Not everyone knew what to make of Ms. Witherspoon’s ensemble. Below we see comments about the look on Twitter feeds for the Washington Post’s fashion columnists as well as Elizabeth Holmes from the Journal.

The very svelte and very elegant Jennifer Hudson was in tangerine Versace, a color that was terrific on her, but the décolletage was not as flattering.

Below, a look at what can be involved in maneuvering one’s gown.

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Natalie Portman went with a gown from Rodarte, who also designed her costumes in The Black Swan, she is seen below with fiancée Benjamin Millepied.

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Gwyneth Paltrow was very much a favorite in sleek Calvin Klein and Vuitton jewels, including a brooch worn at the hip.

One of the few not raving about her dress was The Times’ Eric Wilson:

“Gwyneth Paltrow tried to combine the trends in sparkly gold Calvin Klein, but even its designer, Francisco Costa, has his off days.”

For her on-stage performance, she elected to wear Michael Kors, one could almost say the dress was “ripped from the runway,” as it is from this fall’s collection, and only shown two weeks ago at Fashion Week. (Do forgive us that line, we simply couldn’t resist.)

The folks at Fashion etc. noted what they call the return of 60’s hair.

All photo Getty Images via Fashionetc.

The Times story mentioned above is an entertaining read, if only for Mr. Wilson’s description of one of the hosts for E!’s coverage:

“…Giuliana Rancic, one of the few on the red carpet who missed the minimalism memo. (She was wearing a monstrously poufy dress by Christian Siriano that looked as if she had sat on a tuffet and brought it along for the night.)”

Of course the television broadcast is just the start of the evening, after all, the west coast time zone means the night is young and there are many more opportunities to see, and be seen. Two invitations transcend others, the Vanity Fair party and Governors Ball.  Below we show Stephen Spielberg with his daughter, as well as Hillary Swank at the Governors Ball.

Two big winners, Colin Firth and screenwriter David Seidler were also on hand for the Ball.

Over at the Vanity Fair party there were A-listers from all manner of industries, below we show Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Mackie, and Camila Alves at the gala.

Getty Images/V.F.

We see Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Jane Fonda and Richard Perry as they arrive at the Vanity Fair party.

Also attending, Mary Hart, Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl Berkoff.

This is how it looks when one is arriving.

Getty/Vanity Fair

The Daily Mail suggests that if there were an award for the shortest dress, Taylor Swift and Cameron Diaz might both win.

At this length, hem-management becomes key, Ms. Diaz appears to be managing well whilst chatting with Jude Law.

Getty Images/Vanity Fair

Arguably the shortest skirt award should go to Madonna, as it appears she forgot to put hers on.

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This next photo prompts us to ask: are we the last people on earth to know about the romance between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez?

Getty Images/Vanity Fair

We must include Timothy Olyphant, as one of our Twitter friends wrote that she was dreaming of him last night. (Oh my!) And we must also show Jon Hamm on behalf of several friends. (You know who you are. Heh, heh, heh.)

Below we see Sandra Bullock and her costar from The Blind Side, Quintin Aaron.

Getty Images/Vanity Fair

Another highly popular ticket is for Elton John’s party, the entertainer has raised enormous amounts of money for his AIDS foundation through this function and many others.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF

Heidi Klum’s gown shimmered in the light, her Julien MacDonald dress was covered in mirrors.

Gus Ruelas/Reuters

Also at the party, Emma Roberts, Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford, and Hayden Panettiere.

PHOTO:Getty Images

We have one more interesting tidbit from Oscar weekend.

Getty Images for Chanel

At Chanel’s pre-Oscar dinner Friday night, both January Jones and Emma Stone turned up in very similar black Chanel frocks.  Not all that alike when looked at more closely, but the combination of long black dress and short blue jacket had heads turning.

With that, adieu until next time!

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ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
  • John Shearer/Getty Images
  • Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
  • Lucas Jackson/Getty
  • Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty
  • Kevork Djansezian/Getty
  • Craig Barritt/Getty Images
  • Pascal Le Segretain/Getty
  • Danny Moloshok/Reuters

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Fashion Week: Kate Spade, Lacoste & More

Hello-Hello, we hope everyone enjoyed a splendid weekend.

As we previously mentioned, Fashion Week is well underway, and today we start with one of the original prep lines, Lacoste.  This is the final collection for creative director Christopher Lemaire, the designer is off to Hermès.

Talaya Centeno/WWD

We continue to appreciate the clean lines and lack of frou-frou from this brand.

PHOTOS: Talaya Centeno/WWD

Not all of the strongly geometric pieces felt right, either the proportions or fit or design just didn’t seem right.

PHOTOS: Talaya Centeno/WWD

We do enjoy a bold graphic approach, and particularly the top in the center photo above. It is interesting to see the higher waist enjoy a continued return to prominence, for both men and women.

PHOTOS: Talaya Centeno/WWD

From the Telegraph (UK):

“Pink and orange striped knits injected the sizzle factor…”

PHOTOS: Talaya Centeno/WWD

Both looks seen above, and the styles shown below have solid elements.

PHOTOS: Talaya Centeno/WWD

Overall the collection showed a lot of promise and we liked seeing models that were actually smiling on the runway, what a nice change. We are intrigued to see how Mr. Lemaire fares at Hermès.

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Also shown this weekend, Band of Outsiders, a line we have chatted about on several occasions.  The presentation included a look at the new “Girl” line from designer Scott Sternberg, offering far more feminine looks than his “Boy by Band of Outsiders” collection.

PHOTOS: Nick Wolf & Piera Gelardi via Refinery29

Below, a better look at two of those styles from the new line.

Photos via LaraPixie

And a few of the men’s styles.

Photos via LaraPixie

Back to the “Boy” collection.

Photos via LaraPixie

One more ensemble:

Photos via LaraPixie

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We move on, taking a look at the Kate Spade show, held Friday morning.  We liked many of the looks captured by WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) for their brief review.

PHOTOS: John Aquino/WWD

We adore both of the dresses show above, they definitely have a 1950’s and/or 1980’s vibe.  More from the WWD story:

“… all the looks were worn with complementing socks and kitten-heeled sandals. In accessories, she layered beaded necklaces and bangles and added playful belts with brooch closures, new this season. Standouts were the oversize, square bead-encrusted neon clutches.”

PHOTOS: John Aquino/WWD

Again, both looks have many appealing elements; the two final ensembles.

PHOTOS: John Aquino/WWD

Below we share a closer look at accessories, the pictures are via this post at Bloginity.

Via Bloginity

We love the whimsical iPhone covers seen above, and both of the items seen next, they also definitely have a retro flair.

Via Bloginity

And two more bags via Bloginity.

A quick Sales & Savings reminder for Kate Spade fans:

Kate Spade

The promotion offering an additional 25% off sale priced merchandise ends tonight at midnight.

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Many readers are fond of Gossip Girl (or the fashions shown on the program), making its reappearance tonight.  It was a busy weekend for many of the stars, with several attending Fashion Week functions. Below left, Ed Westwick at the Tommy Hilfiger show, and on the right, Chace Crawford is seen with Naomi Campbell at the Fashion’s Night Out event held at Dolce & Gabbana.

Another star, Blake Lively, was at the Toronto Film Festival for the première of her upcoming movie, ‘The Town’. Left, Ms. Lively at a news conference and on the right, at the screening.

Ms. Lively’s Gossip Girl costar and real-life paramour, Penn Badgley was also at the Festival, but not at “The Town” showing; the screening of his upcoming film “Easy A,” was at the same time. Here he is seen with costar Emma Stone.  Another star of “The Town” on hand, Jon Hamm, seen with longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt. (One almost needs a diagram to keep up with this group.)

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A few quick True Prep notes, starting with authors Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd signing books at the Bloomingdale’s FNO event (there are loads of photos on the True Prep FB page).

Also, Brooks Brothers is devoting a new section of its website to the recently released book.

Brooks Brothers

The special edition True Prep tie from Vineyard Vines is now available online.

We do think Henry (from the crest on the book’s cover) looks rather distinguished in silk.  Sadly, there are grumblings from some quarters; evidently others here at the Prepatorium think they should be showcased in silk.

Silly Tilly in silk? We think not.

Doubtful; somehow her blue blankie diminishes the dignity factor.

On that goofy look, we say g’bye until next time!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • Steve Eichner/Women’s Wear Daily
  • Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Dolce & Gabbana

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Gossip Girls Do Chanel, New Designer Baby Goods at Targét

Hello-Hello and Happy Thursday from the corner condo here at The Prepatorium!

We apologize for the completely disorganized random nature of today’s post, we have only a few items to offer as we are simply swimming in a frenzy of business. Not that we complain, mind you, nay-nay, but there just are not enough hours in the day.

We begin with a summertime update on those favorite faux prep-school students from Gossip Girl.  It is the fall couture season, both Blake Lively and Leighton Meester were front row at Tuesday’s Chanel show in Paris.  WWD’s Stephane Feugere took these first two photos.

Ms. Meester wore leather Chanel while Ms. Lively was in a silk Chanel frock; both wore Christian Louboutin heels.

Ms. Meester and Ms. Lively, along with many other cast members, are shooting next season’s episodes in La Ville-Lumière (the City of Light).  We have nary a clue as to whether or not the following advisory is needed (TP has never seen an episode of the program), but we’ll trust the Women’s Wear Daily story; it carries an alert, so we shall share this advance warning as well.

***SPOILER ALERT***

There. Now it is safe to share a few tidbits:

“Blake Lively — aka Serena van der Woodsen — let slip a few plot hints at the Chanel couture show. “It involves hidden identities and Chuck and Blair bumping into each other, and just love affairs and beautiful clothes,” she said.”

Photo: FAME

Looking at the image of Ms. Lively approaching the set, we are more concerned about the return of even bigger shoulder pads are on the way than any plotlines. Below, costars Ed Westwick and Ms. Meester are seen in costume.

Even we can tell that this next snippet from the WWD story is safe to share, it shan’t ruin any upcoming episodes:

“Leighton Meester said she had just taken a break from her role as queen bee Blair Waldorf by playing a character who is “sort of dorky and uptight and a bit insecure” in the teen flick “Monte Carlo,” co-starring Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy.”

Here are two more looks, via JustJared.

There may actually be some Chanel/Gossip Girl linkage if the rumors this photo prompted are reality.

Trago/FilmMagic via Glamour UK

The picture of Blake Lively and Karl Lagerfeld leaving the Ritz together has many speculating that the Chanel Grand-Pooh-Bah might be making a guest appearance on the show.

Another Gossip Girl phenom was spotted at men’s Fashion Week in Milan.

Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty

Chace Crawford put in an appearance at the Dolce & Gabbana show last month.

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Of course, everyone who is anyone on Planet Fashion is in Paris.

Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

We are simply smitten by the ensemble seen on Ms. Wintour below.

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

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Next, a look at some of the new infant goodies now available at Le Boutique Targét.

Target Courtesy Image via All the Rage

Several new designer collections are now available at Target through mid-October, according to this report at All the Rage. The cute pink and green items seen above are by Baby Buggy for Target, the other line being offered is by Little Seed, a maker of organic cotton goods.

Courtesy Target

Another special edition item at Le Boutique, Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bags in pink, and on the right, the bag in blue.

Both are also known as ‘Clever Carryall Diaper Bags’; both are $49.99

The designer duds and accessories are all part of a larger fundraising effort for Baby Buggy, the charitable group providing baby necessities to those in need.

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Two quick Mad Men notes. First, a different look for Betty Draper actress January Jones.

Courtesy via InStyle

Ms. Jones is seen here in the look done by celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend as part of his new online magazine. We are more used to this style for Betty.

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Our other note comes via Very Short List, a look at the soon-to-be-released “Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960’s America.”

From the VSL story:

“Here you’ll find anecdotes and analyses of a time passed. Did you know, for instance, that Don Draper is based on a real ad man named Draper Daniels? Or that a polite wedding night in the ’60s didn’t involve sex? If yes, there’s plenty more.”

The book is available for pre-ordering at Amazon.

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And a few quick updates to our Monday and Tuesday posts on the Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2010 Gift and Stationery Collection.  (Those not fond of Lilly can simply skip to our next items.)

  • Our first shipment of the new Lilly Agenda Books and Pocket Agendas arrives here at Princess Intergalactic HQ tomorrow! The Consort & I mighty Princess staff will have them turned around and winging their way to you late tomorrow or early Saturday.
  • The Lilly Personalized Acrylic Home Collection should be available around September 1st. As soon as we know more and have product photos we will post them on our Facebook page and/or here.

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We share a few Argyle Adventures, these two via Under the Palm Tree; both are Lilly sweaters, both are reduced in price to $76.80 and both were originally $128.  The are also both the same model, on the left, the Halle sweater in pink and green argyle on white and on the right, the pink argyle Halle V-Neck.

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Two quick Sales & Savings opportunities to share, the first at Vineyard Vines.

Vineyard Vines

And also at Garnet Hill.

GarnetHill.com

Because we care about the state of your pocketbook.

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Our final image is another sent by our friend MLD (she of the Jon Hamm/Mad Men Mizzou story), this one answers the question “How hot is it?”

(No, that is not Silly Tilly, she said it was too hot for any photo ops!)

Additional Photo Credits:

  • Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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And The Winner Is… “Gossip Girls Haunt the Hamptons”

Hello-Hello, welcome to an insanely busy day here at the Prepatorium!  (There is a positive side to the mayhem, you have a mercifully brief post with far less insipid nattering on insightful commentary from these quarters!)

We said we would share the Top Ten posts here on the blog when we reached our millionth blog view. Here they are:

ThePreppyPrincess.wordpress.com

That number one post, Gossip Girls Hit the Hamptons, dates all the way back to June of 2008 and featured the cast shooting on location.

JustJared.Buzznet.com

We used the photo full size of Ed Westwick to make a point, here is a bit of the original post:

“We have never, ever, actually known a human being who would get off the train attired like this. You are in a suit, or you are in khakis and a blazer, or you are wearing jeans and a button down, you know the routine. Three argyles all at once and spectators and the shorts…? No. Not even close.”

The three argyle items are the sweater, socks and tie.  The post also included actor Chace Crawford in a swarm (gaggle? herd?) of teenage girls.

Chace Crawford Gossip Girl 2008 Hamptons

JustJared.Buzznet.com

The rest of the cast is also seen in that particular post. Season four is confirmed, the next location shoot for the cast and crew is Paris.

The rest of the list seems to make sense… Olympic Uniforms from Polo Ralph Lauren, Sperry & J. Crew, various perceptions and interpretations of the preppy aesthetic.  Hhhmmm. (But Gossip Girl in the Hamptons as the most popular post…? Yikes.)

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Before leaving you, we have some Sales and Savings we simply must share, it is that time of year as we approach a holiday weekend. Here we go:

  • 40% off entire purchase at Brooks Brothers factory stores tomorrow (Thursday, 5/27/10) through the 31st
  • Kate Spade offers an additional 25% off all Sale merchandise now through June 1st and free ground shipping on all orders
  • Elaine Turner is offering 33% off through Memorial Day; use promo code MEMORIAL33
  • Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale for women and children is underway now
  • Gucci is allowing customers to reserve items online from their sale that starts June 1; click here for details
  • J. Crew’s Summer Sale is underway, we cannot offer any insight on markdowns
  • Lacoste is promoting up to 70% off at their outlet stores
  • The sale at Saks offers up to 60% off original prices (apparently one should disregard the graphic they show promoting “30-40% off”)
  • This one is just in from our friend at the oh-so-chic Beladora Jewelry: use discount code BHB to receive 10% off your purchase at Beladora, or 5% off your purchase of the fab vintage jewels offered at Beladora 2. (The divine image below is from Beladora 2.)

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We know there are more that have come into the electronic in-bin, but we are so behind schedule we can’t list them all, please accept our apology.

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We leave you with these Pretty in Pink pillows from Thred, part of their Tropical Preppy collection.

Holli at Thred is more than talented, we adore her creative pillows.

With that, may everyone stay cool, stay safe and stay happy!

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Weird, Wonderful & Wacky: the Top 15 Searches at The Princess

Hello-Hello, happy Tuesday!

We are blessed with a gorgeous day here at the Prepatorium and hope you are enjoying the same wherever you may be.

In yesterday’s post about making it (miraculously) to the million mark in blog viewers we promised to share the highest ranking search engine terms.  We’re going to share the Top 15, doing most of the list in a visual way and in reverse order.

We will start with the 15th and 14th most searched terms as they are so similar: Number 15 is “preppy blog” and Number 14 is “preppy style”, both equally difficult to describe with just one image.  The best we can do is share the brief back story on an ancient item of clothing, a basic turtleneck we purchased ‘back in the day’ when Abercrombie & Fitch stood for something worthwhile. When its name was Abercrombie and Fitch Country Clothiers. When the most one would see of a logo on anything carrying the brand’s name was this. Below left, the inside of said turtleneck and below right, the external tag at the hem of this piece of perfection.

For those interested in more on the topic (at least from our very early archives), we discussed the topic in Those Abercrombie Abs…Part One and Part Two, also probably the earliest mentions about our horrific case of LogoPhobia.  (Of course we still wear the turtleneck, it is in perfectly good condition!)

Number 13 is perhaps better explained by a map.

Fodor's

(The Hamptons.)

At Number 12,  a brand that once shone brightly in our little corner of the globe.

Lacoste

Number 11 covers a topic sadly featured in many posts, we’ll go with an image from The Snuggie at Fashion Week last fall.

PHOTO: Jason DeCrow/AP

Number 10: This individual is mentioned in multiple posts, but here (more than 2 years ago) we officially confer Anti Prep status upon her. And yes, we are aware the young woman has undergone some significant image rehabilitation, but official Anti-Prep membership carries lifetime status.

(Kim Kardashian, famous for being Kim Kardashian.)

Number 9 comes to us from TSU (The Spousal Unit, aka TC), in his post titled The Consort’s Version of Cash for Clunkers, or Carpe Auto:

Yugo? No go.

This one came as a surprise to us, here is Number 8:

Via Two Barking Dogs

The search is just one word, “fireworks”, not a term we would associate with the Princess blog, this oddity addles our little brain.

Very similar to Numbers 15 and 14, at Number 7 we have “preppy” and rather than search for one comprehensive or spectacularly preppish photo we shall take the wimp’s way out and simply show the full image from whence we found our avatar.

PHOTO: TQM

It would seem our affection for madras is deeply rooted.

Number 6:

NYC Prep Cast

Courtesy Bravo TV

This image may be one of the least familiar to our readers, it is the cast of NYC Prep, the one-season wonder chronicling the lives of ‘real prep school students’. Ahem.

Number 5 (from multiple posts on a Princess favorite, Goyard):

Courtesy Goyard

Number 4 (from multiple posts):

Kris Connor/Getty

Number 3 from Why There is no Preppy Princess Post Today:

The actual search term is iPhone, again – utterly baffling. Why on earth would anyone come here for that topic?

Coming in at Number 2:

Andrew Eccles/The CW Network

(Actor Chace Crawford in a publicity still from the inaugural season of Gossip Girl.)

And now (drum roll please) we share Number 1:

Andres Eccles/The CW Network

Our Number 1 most searched term also hails from the cast of Gossip Girl: Blake Lively.

As of this writing 19,538 searches for Blake Lively have brought people to the blog. Is anyone else troubled by this fact? Especially when we confess to never having seen a full episode of G2?

With that, we must solicit your thoughts: did any of these surprise you?

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