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Blake Lively + Tory Burch = ???

Hello-Hello everyone!

We jump right in today, as we’re leaning towards the possibility of a ‘hit and split’ as it were, meaning something akin to a poorly constructed post with even less import than one generally finds in these quarters! Hee-hee!

As we careen ever-closer to the season premieres of several television programs even TP is amazed at the volume of press devoted to same! (Ummm… this post and countless others would be called…??? Quite.)  This morning we noticed a story in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.) about fashion designers making cameo appearances on season 3 of Gossip Girl:

PHOTO:  Giovanni Rufino / The CW

PHOTO: Giovanni Rufino / The CW

As you can surmise from the photograph above showing actress Blake Lively arm-in-arm with designer Tory Burch, Ms. Burch will be seen on the show this fall. In fact, word has it a special set was constructed to look like the inside of the designer’s office.

Also making an appearance on G2, designer and actress Georgina Chapman, half of the Marchesa label. Readers may have seen her in The Nanny Diaries or perhaps Factory Girl.  The WWD story shares a bit more about the designers-on-tv phenomenon:

“This isn’t the first time “Gossip Girl” has tapped real-life members of the fashion flock to appear on-screen — Nacho Figueras shot scenes in Greenwich earlier this summer for the show’s Sept. 14 season premiere, and Tinsley Mortimer had a guest spot last year.”

Both designers are can be seen in the October 5th episode.

Speaking of Gossip Girl… (how many times have we used this hackneyed phrase?) … it seems that the show’s marketing minds have come up with a Fall promotional campaign deemed by some to be more outrageous than those for Seasons 1 or 2.

PHOTO: Kurt Iswarienko/The CW

PHOTO: Kurt Iswarienko/The CW

As someone who has never watched a full episode of the faux-prep program, we do have to admit the still photos for this year’s marketing campaign really have a touch of elegance. However, we shall refrain from using the 3-letter acronym used in the promos that is the primary irritant, as it is vulgar.

Speaking of vulgar, we have this image courtesy of the next issue of Elle Magazine:

Courtesy Elle

Courtesy Elle

Have Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick gone goth? (Is that proper usage of the term…?) Or is it more of a look channeling the popular Twilight style?

Also, as we mentioned Tory Burch up above, we wanted to share this as well, arriving in this morning’s electronic in-bin:

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Looks like an opportunity to acquire some new looks at a fiscally friendly price point.

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A few more retail headlines for those following the comings and goings of certain preppish brands:

J. Crew’s new Crewcuts store has opened on Madison Avenue:

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

There are eight other Crewcuts stores, including NorthPark in Dallas (seen below) but this newly-opened shop is considered the flagship.

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The story points out one styling point about the kids collection:

“… none of the apparel or accessories would qualify as “mini-me” versions of items in the adult J. Crew collection…”

Mrs. Newlywed, are you smiling?)

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And with one last retail note, the new Stubbs & Wooton store has opened, also on Madison Avenue. This is not an additional store, it is a relocation for the brand from their previous spot on Lexington, in the old Sigerson Morrison spot ‘neath the Carlyle. (The other shops are in Southampton and Palm Beach.)

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Fashion Week Daily

There are loads of goodies on hand, including the flannel slipper with Pink Poodle, along with the firm’s classic needlepoint designs.

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But much as we love pink and green, we’re not sure we’re up for the new camouflage needlepoint.

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What do you think ladies? Is camo cool, whether it is in a slipper or a handbag? And if deemed fashionable, is it prep? (You know our answer.)

G’Bye for now, tune in tomorrow for a madly put-together post about another TV show premiering soon!

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Polo in the Hamptons, Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2009

Hello-Hello!

Goodness, what a wacky weekend. We allowed ours to be consumed in large part by this:

PHOTO: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

PHOTO: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Although we were crushed to see it end up in this fashion:

PHOTO: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

PHOTO: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

However, the fervor of our hopes that Mr. Watson might win must not detract from the ultimate outcome of the tournament, and the remarkable accomplishment of Mr. Cink. We know that Yellow Jacket fans are pleased to see the outcome; the Champion Golfer of the Year as decreed by the R & A is a Georgia Tech alum.

Mr. Watson is an original prep, attending Pembroke Hill in Kansas City before matriculating at Stanford. And while we acknowledge our fondness for Mr. Watson (not only because one of his sponsors is Polo Ralph Lauren), but thought both men conducted themselves with grace and dignity throughout the tournament.

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There were other sporting events this weekend, notably the kickoff to the polo season with the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge in Bridgehampton. Among those on hand were model/player Nacho Figueras, seen below.

PHOTO: Getty Images

PHOTO: Getty Images

The match brought a Gossip Girl star to the Hamptons, actor Chace Crawford was in attendance.

PHOTO: Ariel Ramerez

PHOTO: Ariel Ramerez

According to the Times Square Gossip blog Mr. Crawford and/or his entourage may not have conducted themselves as graciously as one would hope; this post has more.  Oddly we had just finished reading this story about Mr. Crawford’s plan for attending Wimbledon earlier this year, written with the classic snark one can frequently find in The Independent (the UK).

“And then there was the US actor Chace Crawford (“Who?” we ask), whose “people” insisted he’d bring a magazine snapper with him to “give your tournament some publicity”.

Yikes.

Those who enjoy watching Mr. Figueras may be pleased to learn the polo player and model for Ralph Lauren is actually slated for an appearance on Gossip Girl; he will be on the show’s season premiere September 14. In a post on the WWD Blog Mr. Figueras talks about his reaction to being on the show:

“First and foremost, I thought it was a great opportunity to promote Polo and my team Black Watch. Second, and most important to my wife, was that I would be able to meet Chuck Bass [actor Ed Westwick].”

The polo scenes were shot at the Greenwich Polo Club.

Finally, in our six degrees of separation segment today we can share the following: golfer Tom Watson’s brother Marshall Watson designed one of the rooms in the Hampton Designer showhome; he had to make many a trip to the media room in that house this weekend to catch a few minutes of his older brother at Turnberry. At last that is the case according to this story on Newsday’s Long Island real estate blog.

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In retail notes, the Country Living home collection hits Sears and Kmart next month, both in stores and online. The new collection is inspired by Country Living magazine, and includes tabletop, home textiles, furniture and decorative items. We’re more than a little confused as to what this means for sister site The Country Living Store, as it features merchandise by name brands in all of the categories listed above and several more.

We are more than a bit tardy with this one, but the the Lilly Pulitzer Fall Collection has hit, with loads of fun designs.  In the Pink has the entire Collection online for your shopping pleasure. Here are a few items we’ll show very quickly, if only to display Lilly’s color palette for the fall.

First, the Paley Ruffle Cardigan in navy wool.

Next, the Burke Dress in one of three colorways.

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The Palm Beach Printed pants.

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And the Lulu Dress.

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Obviously, there’s no shortage of fun finds in the new collection.

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We close with a few goodbyes today. Two gentle men (that is not a typo), strong in ways we can’t comprehend, yet generous of spirit and compassionate in personality.

We are grateful to have had the opportunity to meet one of these extraordinary men.

Courtesy Arizona State University/Reuters

Courtesy Arizona State University/Reuters

Because most readers have been able to read or watch stories about Mr. Cronkite we shan’t bore you with tedious commentary from these quarters, other than to say he blazed a trail of incredible depth and breadth, setting an image and standards for many of us following in his profession.

We were not as fortunate in making the acquaintance of Henry Allingham; he passed away Saturday at the age of 113. Again, that is not a typo, this gentleman was the oldest man in the world.  He was also a survivor of WWI.  He was a founding member of the RAF in 1918.  A. Founding. Member.

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From an Associated Press story about this remarkable man:

He made it a personal crusade to talk about a conflict that wiped out much of a generation. Though nearly blind, he would take the outstretched hands of visitors in both of his, gaze into the eyes of children, veterans and journalists and deliver a message he wanted them all to remember.

Below Mr. Allingham is seen with his great-great grandson in June on the occasion of his birthday.

PHOTO: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

“I want everyone to know,” he told The Associated Press during an interview in November. “They died for us.”

PHOTO: Photo: Eddie Mulholland

PHOTO: Photo: Eddie Mulholland

What an amazing life.

We would be remiss if we neglected to mention Irish-American author Frank McCourt. Mr. McCourt is best known for writing “Angela’s Ashes,” for which he received the Pulitzer.

Until next time…!

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Kate Spade Sneak Peek & Gossip Guy in a Skirt (Honest.)

Earlier this week we promised to share a couple of the Kate Spade Fall 2009 looks, and then were derelict in our duty! As we mentioned previously, this collection is vital for the designer, as it includes her first foray into the clothing market.  NOTE: All photos by Kyle Ericksen & Women’s Wear Daily.

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Many pieces display the classic lines and tailoring associated with Kate Spade designs.

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The presentation used both models and mannequins to showcase the fashions.  From what we were able to glean there are hits and misses, as one expects in a first effort.

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In keeping with the Spade tradition, there are also outstanding accessories in this fall’s collection.

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

These appear to be pretty much in keeping with previous collections, in lush, rich colors, along with a touch of whimsy.

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Clearly many items for serious consideration this fall!

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Most fashionistas know today is an enormous date on the fashion calendar.

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

The nation’s first Topshop is now open in Soho.

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

PHOTO: Kyle Ericksen

The often over-the-top emporium is an awful lot of fun to browse though, and we cannot wait to pop into this one, hopefully in May.  This story from WWD explains the retailer’s pricing strategy:

“In another break from retail tradition, Topshop will have none of the ubiquitous markdowns seen everywhere in retailing. The company stages only four sales a year and otherwise won’t price promote, though the store will be offering students a 10 percent discount.”

And for the men, there is Topman. The UK version of GQ recommends the nautical styles from Topman:

Courtesy Topman.com

Courtesy Topman.com

The trendy British store carries a very successful line from Kate Moss, who is in town for the opening. Below, Ms. Moss arriving at the store Tuesday.

PHOTO: Splash

PHOTO: Splash

Also taking part in festivities surrounding the store’s grand opening, teen actress Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl notoriety.

PHOTO: Evan Agostini/AP

PHOTO: Evan Agostini/AP

Observant readers may have noted the skirt worn by Ms. Momsen is not being showcased in today’s Pretty in Pink.  It seemed a trifle short for someone of TP’s advanced age and tedious taste.

As we appear to be awash in G2 news (and we’re not talking about London) today, has everyone heard that Chace Crawford is likely to take Zac Effron’s place in the remake of the film Footloose. It seems Mr. Crawford had a particularly solid audition for the role Mr. Effron decided was not right for him.

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Tracey Lomrantz at Glamour.com has a fabulous post about men in kilts, including another of the Gossip Guys, Chuck Bass.

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Of course we’re talking about Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick.  The occasion was the annual Dressed to Kilt fashion show hosted by with Sir Sean Connery; the event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Scotland.

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

PHOTO: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

We thought you might get a kick out of the Daily Mail comments on a wedding gown adorned with tartan plaid bows that was worn in the fashion show:

“While many of the stars suited their kilts, Miss Scotland Stephanie Willemse, 20, made a fashion faux pas with her catwalk outfit.

Strolling down the aisle in a white dressed covered in tartan bows, the beauty queen looked like a toilet roll cover with her huge skirt.”

AP/The Daily Mail

AP/The Daily Mail

The photo caption referred to it as a “Meringue Moment”.  That sounds a little harsh…no?

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A few sales at “preppy retailers,” we wanted to share, including the Polo Ralph Lauren Friends and Family sale.

Offering 30% off, the sale runs through April 14. To receive the discount use promo code RLSP2009 at checkout.  As we have been chatting about both Gossip Girl and Ralph Lauren, this seemed an appropriate item to highlight: the Cotton Cricket Sport Coat.

Another retailer whose classic lines many preps enjoy, Tory Burch, is offering up to 60% off original prices.

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Today we close with an Adventure in Argyle, as worn by First Lady Michelle Obama.

PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Oops.  Not a look we favor, but then, we are just stuck in our ways and cannot remember any daytime occasion where sequins might be deemed appropriate.

The press has been brutal in their comments on the asymmetrical argyle sweater by Japanese designer Junya Watanabe. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, TP is more than fond of many Watanabe creations, they are just fabulous.  Let’s take a peek at what the Daily Mail has to say:

“… a garish golf-style cardigan… would have looked more at home on the golf course, like the jumper worn by Nick Faldo in 1993…

Even the Huffington Post was negative, as seen in an unusually acerbic Bonnie Fuller column on yesterday’s look for the Buckingham Palace social call as well as the argyle sweater:

“Sadly, the First Lady’s first fashion messup wasn’t a random event. It now appears she’s on a losing streak. New photos of her in an argyle cardigan and hip-extending blue prom skirt on her second day in London indicate we have a nuch bigger problem on our hands.”

Ouch. All of this after two shocking events on Wednesday:

  1. The shocking etiquette breach when Michelle Obama put her arm around the Queen. (One doesn’t touch Her Majesty. Gasp!)
  2. Even more amazing than #1 is the fact the Queen then put her arm around Mrs. Obama! (Double gasp.)

To be honest, the Palace has made it clear no one is disturbed by the ‘breach.’  We’re thinking Europa Fox and/or Queen Bee Swain will be able to shed more light on these developments.

And on that note dolls, we’re off!


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Brooks Brothers & the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?

Hello-Hello and happy start to the new week!

Let us ponder the relationship between the Brooks Brothers cashmere cardigan….

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Brooks Brothers

and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?

Courtesy Good Housekeeping

Courtesy Good Housekeeping

But of course, silly Princess! We didn’t realize testing was done on cashmere sweaters by the folks at Good Housekeeping!  The Brooks Brothers sweater was described:

“…aced both the construction and fabric-weight tests…it’s one flaw: moderate pilling.”

Oops.  Testers appeared to favor the Ann Taylor V-Neck Cashmere Sweater:

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(Ummm… might we just interject that this Ann Taylor sweater is now running about $52?)

We get a teeny bit confused by the description of results for a few of the sweaters (Land’s End and LL Bean are included), not clear about the pilling on a few. Those categorized as Not-So-Good include Kohl’s Apt. 9 Cashmere Crewneck for Misses, a shame as their argyle sweater looked cute!

Also scoring poorly were two sweaters from Macy’s Charter Club.

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We have chatted previously about all of the fun events surrounding Barbie’s 50th Anniversary, most recently last Saturday. We neglected to mention the very grown-up cosmetic collection Barbie is getting as part of her anniversary celebration! Mattel has partnered with Stila Cosmetics; below, some of the products in the Foxy Doll collection:

Courtesy Mattel via WWD

Courtesy Mattel via WWD

Mattel did a Barbie collaboration with MAC cosmetics in 2007.  According to the story in WWD, this collection will be a limited edition, available at select Sephora stores and Sephora.com.  Four different dolls will be featured, including Ponytail Barbie from 1959, Foxy Doll, the first African-American Barbie, Malibu Barbie and Jewel Doll.  (Of course, discussion of anything related to Barbie is quite difficult for TP, related to the childhood Barbie trauma that we explained in this post; do scroll to the bottom if you glance at it.)

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Frequent readers may recall a post back in September, Another ‘How to be Preppy Guide,” featuring insight from the wise folks writing the Style section over at Complex.  In a Friday story they point out the attributes of the classic pea coat:

“…. “so-called “pea coats” have become associated with preppy blueblood types, but their roots are much more rugged. The classic American style is actually based on Britain’s Royal Navy Jacket, which was designed to help sailors withstand the brutal conditions of the high seas without getting tangled in the mess of sails and ropes. Before long, the American Navy adopted it as its own.”

Complex also shares info about a great deal, Schott NYC’s Melton Wool pea coat:

Schott NYC Pea Coat

Schott NYC Pea Coat

This fabulous creation is available in several colors, including black, grey, and navy. Schott is family-owned; all of their products are made in the USA, and they are outstanding investments.  Obviously this is an upgrade from the Isaac Mizrahi pink pea coat at Target we shared just a few days ago.

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We close today with a fun “revision” to the back cover of The Preppy Handbook:

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House of Cassette

It is difficult to discern the text, but the photos probably tell you everything you need to know. The “new back cover” includes some choice writing:

“Consider the ascendance of Gossip Girl’s upper east side snot Chuck Bass…and the steady resurgence of populist-prep label J. Crew…”

There are also mentions of Kanye West, described as ‘the Fresh Prince of Nantucket’, Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg, and preppy band Vampire Weekend.

We hope everyone enjoys a simply splendid week!

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Hayden-Harnett at Target Sneak Peek, A Gossip Girl on the Cover of W and ‘Prep Run Amok’

Good evening everyone!

Here at the Prepatorium we experienced several hours of white-out snow this afternoon.

It was Just. So. Dreary.

Therefore we decided a sneak peek at the Hayden-Harnett line for Target might provide a quick pick-me-up. Below, the Canvas Hobo in Multicolor; it will retail at $39.99.

Hayden-Harnett for Target
Hayden-Harnett for Target

A matching umbrella will sell at $22.99.

Hayden-Harnett for Target
Hayden-Harnett for Target

The collection hits December 28th, running through March 15.  Below, the Chain Bag in black, expected to sell at $44.99.

Hayden-Harnett for Target

Hayden-Harnett for Target

There are some utterly divine pieces available now at the Hayden-Harnett website.  We love the Capri glasses case, but this photo forces us to call for a reader response: is the fabric slightly crooked in the frame, tilting to the right? Or is TP more off-kilter than normal?

Courtesy Hayden-Harnett

Courtesy Hayden-Harnett

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Just when we thought the frenzy over all things Gossip Girl might be calming down, we read about the following on a gazillion websites:

Courtesy W
Courtesy W

G2 star Blake Lively, who plays Serena van der Woodsen on the hit show, has landed the December W cover, no small feat for a star on the small screen. The story by writer Dana Wood makes the contention:

“…Levelheaded Blake Lively is emerging as the buzziest (and busiest) of the Gossip Girl gang.”

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Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

The W Editor’s Blog has a fabulous brief about co-star Ed Westwick,

“…I couldn’t resist asking about my favorite Gossip guy: Ed Westwick, aka the sinister Chuck Bass. Sliming his way through every episode in one insane, prep-run-amok ensemble after another, he’s emerged as the show’s true fashion scene-stealer.”

Some readers may recall our post mentioning that Mr.Westwick is to be the new face of the K-Swiss advertising campaign.  Below, Mr. Westwick in photos of the shoot for those ads, courtesy of the Just Jared website.

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Courtesy Just Jared

Courtesy Just Jared

Courtesy Just Jared

No mentions that TP noticed of the alleged Feud between Ms. Blakely and co-star Leighton Meester.

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We know that Kate over at the always wonderful Nautical by Nature will be clicking over to Refinery 29 faster than we can all say “bye-bye” to her; they have an entire post, “Life Aquatic – Nautical Themes Sail into Spring” that we think might appeal to her.

Courtesy Refinery 29
Courtesy Refinery 29

Above left is the Gathered Sweater by Steven Alan, and on the right, the Sailor Pullover, available at A.P.C. online. Not all of the featured items are ideal for the Princess, but one never knows until they look for themselves, so enjoy the window-shopping!

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Having already visited the Boutique Tarzshay today, we shall minimize our online surf time and share this men’s sweater for our Argyle Update.

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Most of you know of our obsession with adoration of bows. After all, our motto here at the Preppy Princess is “Because Life is Better with a Bow.”  And it is better, don’t you think? Below we offer one of our new favorites, the Betsey Johnson BJ7026 watch in blue, $67.50 at Zappos.

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It is also available in red at Amazon for $73.50.

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Betsey Johnson BJ7026

It is almost time to tune in for this:

Aaron Tomlinson/CBS News Handout/Reuters

Aaron Tomlinson/CBS News Handout/Reuters

We are talking about the CBS 60 Minutes Interview with President-elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.  We apologize, but we do not have a clue as to who Ms. Obama is wearing; we only know the story was shot last week at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Here is one exchange from the interview:

“… And I looked at him and said, ‘You are the 44th president of the United States of America. Wow. What a country we live in.'”

“How about that?” President-elect Obama added. “Yeah. And then she said, ‘Are you going take the girls to school in the morning?'”

“I did not,” Michelle Obama replied, laughing. “I didn’t say that.”

In a bit of political trivia, here are the Secret Service code names assigned to the Obama family:

  • President-elect Barack Obama: Renegade
  • Michelle Obama: Renaissance
  • Malia Obama: Radiance
  • Sasha Obama Rosebud

Mrs. Obama has had her name since January. Vice president-elect Biden is “Celtic,” and Mrs. Biden is “Capri.”

Many readers will remember the interest in the dress Michelle Obama wore for her White House visit last week; it turned out to be by designer Maria Pinto.  As an added FYI for the political fashionistas it turns out First Lady Laura Bush was wearing Carolina Herrera.

Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty

On that note, ‘night ‘night!

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