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Politics and Fashion Part 5, Real Yale Students Talk Gossip Girl

The Princess has landed. Or something. We enjoyed delightful times with our houseguest and are now returned to our standard workday with a tad more time for sharing wacky and whimsical things in our goofy blog.

We must acknowledge the good folks at Refinery 29 for the heads-up on our first item, these finger puppets by artist Melanie Howard.  Available on Etsy, the Republican ticket puppets with Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin in wool felt:

Wondering just what one does with snappy items like these?

“They are finger puppets and will fit most fingers, but would do well on pencils, pipe cleaners, chopsticks. Scrapbook them, stick them on your Christmas tree, sew them on to your favorite hoodie.”

Next, the Democratic ticket of Senators Barack Obama and Joseph Biden, also in wool felt:

As described by the artist:

“Details include Obama’s charming ears and Democratic dress. Biden sports a grin that would launch a thousand smiles and fabulous swept hair. Both are lawyers, both are fit, both are pleased to be your Democratic Ticket for the White House.”

Ms. Howard also has other fun figures memorialized in this fashion, including Karl Lagerfeld and Hillary Clinton.

Some readers may recognize the unmistakable style of our next item, knowing immediately they are by Hidalgo.

Courtesy Hidalgo

Courtesy Hidalgo

The stacked rings with candidate names carry the distinctive look the company is famous for; the Obama and McCain rings are each about $1350, while the gold and diamond ring guards shown above will add another $1,100 to $1,260. If you are looking for something a little less dated, you can play it safe and go for one simply showing your fundamental belief on the issue.

Both the Elephant and Donkey are $1100, the red enamel guards shown with them run about $475.

Of course, the names of vice presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden are also available from Hidalgo. For those not familiar with the brand, one can purchase only a single, ‘basic’ ring, or may acquire several. Ring guards (as seen above in red on either side of the Donkey) are fairly essential IOHO, designed to enhance the beauty of that primary ring.

The folks over at StyleList have put together a group of Hidalgo rings they think would be ideal for Cindy McCain. These include a ring bearing John’s name, the ring with her zodiac symbol (Taurus) and one stating the obvious.


Next on our political hit parade, one may dine on the candidate of their choice.

Many readers may have already seen these on their local news or in the paper, but we thought we would share them anyway. The “Obama O’s” come complete with “Hope in Every Bowl” while the “Cap’n McCain’s” promise “A Maverick in Every Bite.

If those cereals are too sweet and sugary for your morning, there is one with more bite: “Killogg’s Same Old Corn, Different Flakes.

It would seem the folks behind this creation are a bit more acerbic, but also non-partisan.  The box features leaders of both parties, adding “Now With Added Nuts.” Indeed.

Another non-partisan effort comes via Rock the Vote Red lipstick, available at Stila Cosmetics.

Part of the Rock the Vote, the voter registration effort, the lipstick is a rich red, offered at $17.

And finally today, real students at Yale weigh in with their thoughts on last week’s Gossip Girl episode, featuring a trip by the characters to New Haven as part of the school’s admissions process.  Below, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) in the fictitious New Haven.

In ‘Gossip Girl’ relies on Univ. stereotypes, an article in the Yale Daily News, actual Yalies share their thoughts on how the school and students were portrayed:

“Students interviewed said last night’s installment of Gossip Girl was especially erroneous in its portrayal of the Yale admissions process.

In the episode, three of the main characters met privately with the Yale dean of admissions, but the real admissions dean, Jeff Brenzel ’75, said such meetings could never have occurred beyond the realm of the television series.”

There were some “watch parties” on campus for the airing of the show, but few students had favorable reactions to the “New Haven Can Wait” episode:

“It didn’t bring out the Yale that we all know and love, but instead just used stereotypes about Yale,” Zimmerman said. “And all the characters were just focusing on getting in [to Yale].”

On the whole, she concluded: “It was kind of a failure.”

Anyone familiar with either Yale or Columbia immediately recognized that the show was shot at Columbia, conveniently located near other Gossip Girl shoots, with nary a foot of video from New Haven.

In reality, the Dean of Admissions does not send out exclusive invitations to ritzy early-admissions soirees. Skull and Bones does not tap pre-frosh. And under no circumstances do high school students approach Yale upperclassmen with romantic propositions.

But perhaps it’s still up for debate whether, as Serena put it, “Yale is for overachieving bookworms and preppies.”


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Politics and Fashion #6, Preppy Knitting, Paul Smith Bargain Store!

Hello-hello to everyone on a sunny afternoon. We hope you are also seeing the sun shining in your corner of the globe!

Following Monday’s post about Cindy McCain’s jewelry, we have another look at fashion and politics. Below, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin walking onto the stage for last night’s Vice Presidential Debate in St. Louis.

Photo Jim Bourg/Reuters

Photo Jim Bourg/Reuters

Below, the Alaska Governor is seen on Tuesday in Sedona, Arizona, prepping for last night’s debate with Randy Scheunemann, a senior policy adviser for the McCain-Palin campaign.

AFP/Getty Images

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

An intriguing story in Thursday’s WWD looks at an odd phenomenon: the unwillingness to comment on her apparel by fashion industry insiders.

“I am not commenting on this one,” Saks Fifth Avenue fashion director Michael Fink replied when asked about the $2,500 silk shantung Valentino jacket Palin wore to the Republican National Convention that was reportedly purchased at Saks. “We just can’t comment,” a spokeswoman for Valentino said when asked about any other pieces by the designer that the candidate had worn.”

Below, Ms. Palin in the much-discussed Valentino jacket worn the night of her acceptance speech at the Republican convention.

Paul J Richards/AFP?Getty

Photo: Paul J Richards/AFP?Getty

Other tidbits gleaned from the onslaught of editorial copy being devoted to the topic? The candidate has supposedly changed lipstick brands from Mary Kay to MAC, and much is being made of her shoes. In particular, the red Naughty Monkey brand shoes the Governor wore on August 29th when she was announced as Senator McCain’s running mate in Dayton, Ohio.

John Gress/Reuters

Photo: John Gress/Reuters

The shoes are garnering attention because (among other reasons) they are apparently a brand Paris Hilton is seen wearing. Ms. Hilton is of course, one of our first AntiPrep selections.

Below Ms. Palin’s shoes behind the podium at the debate.  At the risk of engaging in unbecoming behavior, we feel it necessary to point out that amazingly, we were unable to locate any photos of Senator Biden’s feet. Do you imagine we simply didn’t search hard enough?

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Much is also being made of the fashions worn by Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Below, the Senator and Michelle Obama at a campaign rally in Detroit earlier this week.

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP Getty

Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP Getty

Below, a photograph better showing Ms. Obama in another dress provoking commentary, an off-the-rack shift from H&M; the retail price for the dress is $34.95.

Alex Brandon/AP

Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Quite by accident TP stumbled across a site that is absolutely heaven-sent at this point in the process, Mrs. O.

The site is described in the following way on their ‘about’ page:

“The site hopes to be a central, ever evolving resource to chronicle Mrs. O’s look, while providing fashion commentary and information.”

Below, Ms. Obama on the cover of More magazine’s October issue.

2008 More magazine

2008 More magazine

The Huffington Post has a story from More’s Editor-in-Chief, Lesley Jane Seymour, detailing the behind the scenes machinations that went into the cover shoot.

“Her people had begun, days earlier on the phone, by ordering us not to bring any fancy dresses that “would look presumptuously inaugural.” I got that.”

“But then a second dictum arrived: Obama was going to wear a dark brown dress by H&M. We immediately sent an assistant uptown to get us the dress…”

“It took several more rounds of negotiations to bring the two businesses–selling magazines and selling a candidate’s wife–together. What won the peace prize: a bright pink Maria Pinto sheath, and as a back up, a navy satin Narciso Rodriquez shift (both dresses from Obama’s personal closet).”

Deeper into the article Ms. Seymour reveals once the pink Maria Pinto dress was on, the magazine asked her to remove the bow on the collar. It is clear from the cover what side won that point.

If you ever question why on earth you spend any time whatsoever reading our silly little blog, today we shall earn our keep. How? By alerting you to the Paul Smith store opening on the 16th in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn.  And this is important because…? The shop is carrying only merchandise that is on sale. Marked down. Discounted. By whatever word one elects to use, this makes it pretty much a must-see in many fashionistas’ minds.

Above, a Men’s shirt with fabulous detailing, and below, a hat and matching gloves for the ladies.

Below, two pair of their fabulous socks, for which we have long had a serious weakness.

That will become a new stop anytime we are in the city.

Now, compliments of Second City, how about this for a fabulous collection of penny loafers?

It comes via Second City Style and is more than fun to look at, with loafers from a large group of designers including Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Ferragamo, and Cole Haan. The Princess is quite fond of Second City, a delightful site always overflowing with good information.

TP must admit complete and total ignorance on the art of knitting; the total of our knowledge is the phrase “knit one, purl two,” and how we can even recite that much is a mystery.  However, if we were to take up knitting, it is possible we might attempt creations like the two seen below, discovered on the blog Learning from Chavah.

Oh, one more thing following up on Tuesday’s post about the incredible email problems the House of Representatives was experiencing mentioning the email backup. This tidbit from The Hill explains it now also applies to the telephone

To cap off our little news roundup, word that come next year A&W, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, will start posting calorie information. Do you want to know?


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Are These the Perfect Preppy Flats? That Cindy McCain Jewelry & the Preppy Word is Everywhere!



Because it is a Monday… and because the week ahead looks a tad treacherous… and because we are très triste about Paul Newman, we start with a pair of pink shoes to perk us up. Especially because of that dear man.

These are from Maloles and we pray everyone can see the grosgrain ribbon bows on the back. For those not familiar with the brand, the company is French, but we believe the shoes are made in Italy or Spain. This pair is available at Net-a-Porter. We think they are *very* close to being the perfect flat but for one shortcoming: the color is more salmon or coral than pink. Close. They are very, very close.

How do we feel about these for the little one? TP ranks them somewhere between “so-so” and “loathsome”. We are not however, anywhere near “deeply fond” of them for the young miss and we aren’t entirely clear why not. Perhaps it is because they look like something more appropriately worn by one of TP’s Madame Alexanders.

We have been queried of late about Cindy McCain’s jewelry, more specifically the rhinestone pins she is always seen wearing.

Justin Sullivan/Getty

Justin Sullivan/Getty

We apologize for not having better photos of the pins. One spells out “USMC” and the other “Navy,” representing the two lines of the service her sons serve in.

Jim Bourg/Reuters

Jim Bourg/Reuters

The pins are from one of the District’s more popular jewelers, certainly for this type of thing, Ann Hand.  Known for her patriotic jewelry, Ms. Hand’s creations have been worn by everyone from Betty Ford to Hillary Clinton.

The jeweler’s best-known piece is the Liberty Eagle brooch, seen below on the jeweler and in a close-up. The style is also offered in a plethora of other items, including earrings and cufflinks.

Ms. McCain has been seen occasionally wearing the “McCain 2008” pin created by Ms. Hand.

Outselling the McCain ’08 pin?  This candidate’s pin….

All of the candidate name pins are available at $45, quite a reasonable sum if one were to openly discuss that sort of thing. But that was before this particular item was introduced into the jeweler’s inventory:

We don’t know how popular the Biden pins are; the website shows a running tally on sales of all of these, but it seems to vary widely from the numbers shown in the windows of the physical stores. Naturally, there are many other opportunities to show your preferences.

If wearing your politics on your person isn’t your idea for proper costume jewelry, there are many other collections and media, including the Miss America line.

Ann Hand Miss America Pin

Ann Hand Miss America Pin

The Miss America Pave Crown pin shown above is available at $75; new items include the Glory brooch.

Ms. Hand also offers silk ties and scarves.

Ann Hand Silk Ties

Ann Hand Silk Ties

Next…. that preppy word is everywhere.

istockphoto image

istockphoto image

There are multiple recent uses of the word “preppy” we thought might interest readers. The first was in a Julie Salamon essay, Pink Shoes and Presidents:

Hillary Clinton had to justify sartorial as well as political decisions, while Barack Obama’s preppy anti-style is background, simply part of his general cool.

The piece looks at women in politics and their clothing, style, fashion, and asks: should it impact one’s vote? We found it good reading; it is on the WowoWow site. Of course, any opportunity to pop in and read everyone from Miss Manners to Liz Smith to Peggy Noonan is cause for us to toddle over!

The next reference is in a story in NY Magazine story this week, Yuppies in Eden:

“I looked up to see a young couple I myself would have characterized as “preppy” waiting to be seated. They looked as if they were visiting from the Upper East Side—all chinos and oxford cloth…. As a Williams alum, I knew all about preppies even before they’d gone mainstream with the publication of The Official Preppy Handbook in 1980. My younger brother, a Deerfield senior, was a preppy. Many of my classmates were preppies. But this yuppie thing was new to me.”

Our third reference is a term we’ve previously not seen, “Dungeon Prep,” used in reference to the runway show for Devastee, a French label. The review is brief and can be found on the Fashionista site along with photos of the Spring/Sumer 2009 collection.  We went to the line’s website; here are photos of their group for the Winter 2008/2009 group.

The name for the show was Embalming Party; regardless, we absolutely adore some of the pieces!

The fourth and final reference we mention today is not so whimsical. Not at all.  It is from Adam Bernstein’s obituary of Mr. Newman in the Washington Post.

“Brooding and sinewy, with luminous blue eyes and a husky voice, Newman resembled a preppy Greek God in his earliest screen roles.”

If he were to read this description, no doubt Mr. Newman would dismiss it out of hand as “nonsense” only he would use a more apt term we think.  “Resembled a what?! Oh horse—-!” He would far prefer a remembrance honoring the Hole in the Wall Camps. As noted on the Newman’s Own page:

Our company motto, “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good,” was Paul’s vision for Newman’s Own and it is a philosophy we are proud to continue.

Reuters/Warner Bros.

Reuters/Warner Bros.


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