Hello-Hello, welcome to a Wednesday here at The Prepatorium. One that started out with some unexpected excitement (more on that momentarily).
We are brief today, with only two tidbits to share. The first involves something that somehow escaped me, a book called “The Vitals Preppy Guidebook“.
Once again we turn to our pal Skip over at the Alexander Grant blog, for more info:
Five years before Lisa Birnbach decided to update The Official Preppy Handbook with True Prep, Rosecrans Baldwin and co. of the now elusive Vitals magazine penned an updated version that still holds true today.
Skip shares scans in his post about the Guidebook.
Vitals had a short tenure on the magazine rack, which was too bad, I remember reading several issues, it was a solid product. The Vitals Preppy Guidebook was published eight years ago, in the spring of 2005. No one will be surprised at the number of heritage brands shown in the Guidebook that remain with us yet today, like Nantucket Reds, Brooks Brothers, Barbour and others.
There were sections on “Where to be seen,” “Where to spend money” and other tongue-in-cheek topics.
Decor images included the Preppy’s Study.
From the description of one’s study, “It’s his solace and his right. It is, if given the option, where he’d be buried. In J. Press plaid.”
Does anyone remember this one…..? It looks like such a fun read.
We also have another collaboration news to share, this time with a decidedly preppish slant. Stationers Dempsey and Carroll and J. McLaughlin have partnered on a collection of correspondence cards.
As many readers already know, Dempsey & Carroll’s cards are simply wonderful. They’re all-cotton heavy stock with hand-bordered edges, accompanied with exquisite lined envelopes. There are three J. McLaughlin designs available: from left to right, the Marrakesh, the Olana (yes, after the Frederic Edwin Church home) and Moroccan Paisley.
The Correspondence Cards are $55 for a set of 10 cards and matching envelopes. There are also coordinating Gift Tags.
The tags are $7 each, $35 for a set of 5. The paper goods are available online at both Dempsey & Carroll and J. McLaughlin, as well as select J. Mac stores.
Back to that early a.m. excitement, it involved this.
Someone who shall rename nameless
(although you could always touch base with The Consort) wanted to “sanitize” a dishcloth. How else would one do that other than popping it in the microwave for a full 2 minutes??? Did I mention it was basically dry when it went in the microwave?
Actually, there were lots of popping embers going, and no damage to anything other the dishcloth, so we’re in a major attitude of gratitude.