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The Princess Has a New Hero

Hello-Hello and happy Thursday!

Things here in the Corner Condo are crazy-busy, so our post is once again more fluff than stuff (translation: more photos than prose).

We start with a look at today’s story in the Times about a classic prep item, the needlepoint belt. “Belts That Spare Muffy the Heartbreak” is a delightful read; it begins with a bit of background on the phenomenon for those not as familiar with the topic.

“THEY used to call it the breakup belt. Women (and it has always been women) of a certain sort and class historically committed themselves to memorializing the bonds of a relationship by stitching a needlepoint belt for the Loved One.”

The focus of the story is Smathers & Branson, below we show a sampling of belts from the firm.

We simply adore the treatment Guy Trebay gives the topic, especially this sentence: 

“…despite the sartorial horrors visited on us lately under the guise of a preppy revival,

Thank you, thank you, thank you Mr. Trebay, you are definitely our new hero at the Prepatorium.  Frequent readers know of the incessant whining and caterwauling occasional concerns shared in this space about the merchandise passing for prep these days, and “sartorial horrors” is a perfect description.  Back to your story:

“… needlepoint belts are jaunty and casual but also so clearly handmade that they achieve an offhand formality equally suitable for wear with shorts or a summer suit. Anyway, the best ones do.”

We are fond of almost every style, but especially like the Islander, the Dark ‘n Stormy, as well as the Elephants with Martinis.

The company also offers a collegiate series.

Back to Mr. Trebay’s story, and his explanation for focusing on Smathers & Branson.

“Other labels were there already: J. McLaughlin, Vineyard Vines and the neo-preppy Tucker Blair all offer their own ranges of hand-stitched needlepoint products. But unlike the competition, Smathers & Branson both indulges the preppy clichés (burgees and Labrador retrievers) and takes a sly wink at them.”

The cummerbund, ample evidence of that wink.

We recommend reading the story in full, our synopsis really can’t do it justice.

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A story in today’s Post provides a clue on today’s other topic of note: “Why We Love Don Draper“. SPOILER ALERT: Do NOT click on the link if you don’t want to know about Sunday’s episode!

Below we see Don actor Jon Hamm at Tuesday night’s premiere of Mad Men Season 4 in Los Angeles.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Although the new season doesn’t debut to the public until Sunday night, a select few were on hand for Tuesday’s event, including Mr. Hamm’s costars Elizabeth Moss (L) and Christina Hendricks.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

We aren’t going to mention any names, but some friends are even counting down until the show is on the air.

Courtesy of the Divine Miss ATS&P

Perhaps the most catching image is that of little Sally Draper at Tuesday’s sneak peek.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

Actress Kiernan Shipka looks so different from last season!

Back to that story in the Post:

“So, what’s his appeal? Simple. Don Draper represents, in his repressed way, everything we’re either not supposed to do or are even allowed to do anymore.

He smokes fantastic amounts at work, in restaurants, at home and in the car with his kids.

He drinks at lunch, at work, at home and before getting into his car. He’d rather have sex than babysit.

His favorite food group is steer.”

Hmmm, it probably is a sensible theory. We aren’t exactly into all the analysis about why we watch, we just watch, proof positive that behind the moat and drawbridge, we’re just a couple of simpletons lolling about the Palace! (Heh, heh, heh.)

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We leave you with a Sales & Savings opportunity.

Courtesy Target

Le Boutique Targét is playing upon the Black Friday insanity, and doing an online only promotion, Back in Black Friday tomorrow.

Until next time, g’bye!

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LL Bean Signature, and an Unusual Launch for Brooks Brothers

Hello-Hello!

Today we have more pictures than prose (there’s a blessing!), hopefully images you shall find moderately appealing. We begin with an early look at fall styles from the recently launched LL Bean Signature line.

The new styles are featured at a delightful blog, N’East Style.

As difficult as it is to contemplate the possibility of a weather change in a few months, the pictures serve to remind us of fall’s inevitable arrival.

Many of the styles are enticing, we are eager to see the catalog.  Our thanks to the N’East Style blog; for an early look at Signature for Men, pop over here.

Perhaps of equal interest, the ongoing LL Bean Signature Sale, with solid markdowns.  This includes the Piped Sweater Jacket (now $64.50 from $129) in the Twilight colorway.

The Mariner Leather Tote (originally $285, now $198) has a more fiscally friendly price point, as does the Chambray Shirt Dress, although the latter is not as deeply discounted as the bag (the dress was $79, now $63.20).

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An even newer launch is now officially underway; Brooks Brothers is promoting its new Fleece line for children.

Courtesy Brooks Brothers

Frequent readers may recall our posts previewing the line, below we show two styles we like, the Cashmere Intarsia Dress, and the Velvet Sailor Dress.

The number of sleeveless dresses for winter is disconcerting (unless they are intended to be worn as jumpers), while many of the accessories are cute.

The retailer continues to leverage new media resources, including its Facebook page; Brooks offers all of its catalogs online as well.

Brooks Brothers is also using the internet in another way, debuting a new collection online, but not at its own website.

Gilt Groupe

The new line is being launched via online ‘members-only’ sale site Gilt.com. We should make that past tense, as the sale went live at Noon EDT.  (If in need of an invite to the site, simply click here.)


Here is the description from Gilt’s sale site:

Available from Gilt before it hits stores in August, Brooks Brothers’ new collegiate-inspired line — which culls inspiration from campus life during the Roaring Twenties as well as vintage advertising from the extensive Brooks archives…”

This will be more than intriguing to watch, not now, but in August when the merchandise lands in-store. Are the Gilt sale prices what one might expect to see in stores and online? Or are these ‘discounted prices’ going to be raised when the selling channel moves from Gilt to the Brooks Brothers brick and mortar stores?  We’ll let you know what we discover.

Gilt has done a stellar job expanding into a ‘full-service’ off-price site, now offering goods for men, women, children and the home, as well as gifts and travel opportunities.

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As we approach the upcoming debut of Mad Men Season 4 we can expect to see many of the show’s stars featured in other media; below, Exhibit A. We’re going to go out on a limb, and suggest that a few friends will be gaga find the August cover of W to be of interest.

Nathaniel Goldberg/W magazine

The August issue showcases what many are describing as actor Jon Hamm’s “smoldering look”.  Mr. Hamm is best known for his role as Mad Men’s Don Draper. He is joined in the magazine feature by actress Rebecca Hall, she co-stars with him in The Town, a film being released this September.

Here is one last photo from the spread; we happily recommend the other photos and accompanying interview, click here to see both.

Jon Hamm

Nathaniel Goldberg/W magazine

We apologize to our Facebook fans, as we already shared the cover photo on that site, we simply couldn’t resist.  Silly Princess.

On that note we say goodbye until next time!

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Lilly Pulitzer Bridal Gowns & Jon Hamm Does Daycare

Hello-Hello, and happy Wednesday!

We are really in the midst of a major rush of new products, much of it involving Lilly love! Today we have a sneak peek at the Lilly Pulitzer Bridal collection and in just a few days we will be showing the Fall 2010 goodies from our Lilly Stationery and Gifts line! But here we go with some of the soon-to-be-released dresses.

Lilly Pulitzer wedding gown

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer via A Splash of Elegance

Many readers may be familiar with Lilly’s Wedding Wear focus, and the existing dresses that are suitable for wear in that capacity.

The new dresses are by Designer Bride, a collection of gowns from four noted designers; in addition to Lilly the others are David Meister, Angel Sanchez and Carmen Marc Valvo. According to Women’s Wear Daily (subscription req’d.) there are twelve Lilly gowns in total.

“The collection featured signature Lilly prints done in “white on white” and the “Lilly lace” applied on a gown. Standouts were the short versions, such as a lace cocktail dress with cap sleeves and a grosgrain ribbon belt.”

The Designer Bride line debuted to buyers last week. More from the WWD story:

“The first collection down the runway was Lilly Pulitzer, which showed 12 dresses inspired by destination weddings in resort towns such as Palm Beach, Fla.; Palm Springs, Calif., and Nantucket, Mass.”

Bridal is a wise move, J. Crew is doing very well with its wedding collection and new standalone bridal store.

The gowns will not be sold at Lilly Pulitzer stores or online, they will be available at 61 bridal boutiques late this year or in early 2011. Our next look requires a full shot to better show its lace overlay atop the layer of soft pink.

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer via A Splash of Elegance

This is probably our favorite dress in the shorter profile, you know how we are when it comes to bows!

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer via A Splash of Elegance

On the left, beading and/or other embellishment enhances the clean, classic lines. The style shown on the right, while not our favorite look, includes a tunic that alone would be stunning. And scandalously short in some circles.

The sharp wedding planners over at A Splash of Elegance posted these and we couldn’t resist sharing them, and they are also now available for online drooling viewing! Below, one final dress from the new collection.

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer via A Splash of Elegance

To give you an idea of some of the pieces currently on the Wedding Wear portion of the Lilly site, here are the Betsey dress (L) and the Layton dress (R).

Lilly Pulitzer Betsey Dress

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Today’s other item of note deals with our tedious obsession fondness for Mad Men.

Mizzou Magazine

Mizzou Magazine’s summer issue features a story on the show’s star, actor Jon Hamm.

Mizzou Magazine

We must thank MLD, her kindness in sharing the story is more than appreciated. Although we went to school in Columbia (Missouri), we did not attend the University of Missouri, matriculating instead at the women’s college located in that community, so we would not have been aware of the story.

One of the more interesting tidbits in the story? Learning that Mr. Hamm taught Daycare at an establishment in Columbia called Kids Depot, getting the job by suggesting the facility have more men on staff. The story also takes note of the actor’s popularity:

“Hamm’s name and image are ubiquitous: Hamm on People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive list. Hamm hosting Saturday Night Live. Hamm modeling menswear of the 1960s, in photos by Annie Leibovitz. Hamm featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Rolling Stone, GQ, In Style, Entertainment Weekly, Elle and most of the popular press.”

Happy reading.

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A quick Sales and Savings opportunity for fans of Vineyard Vines: ‘members only/by invitation only’ discount site Gilt is offering pieces from the popular retailer. For example, the Puzzle Whale classic tote shown on the left is on sale for $25, the Mini Murray beach tote is $22. A word of caution: these sales historically sell out of goods fairly quickly.

 

If interested in this, or future sales at Gilt, and in need of an invitation, simply click here.

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We leave you with a look at what Best Week Ever calls “The World’s Most Photoshopped Dog“. The pooch in question is found in Polo Ralph Lauren’s Camp Polo graphics.

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

Writer Dan Hopper points out it is “…the most poorly Photoshopped dog-in-a-shirt I’ve ever seen.” The site also offers this graphic:

Via Best Week Ever

Until next time, there you have it.

 

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Royal Polo, Watching a Mad Man & Lilly’s Latest Collaboration

Hello-Hello!  We are ever-so-happy to be back home at the Prepatorium, but we definitely enjoyed our little trip back east, hectic and frenzied as it was.

We begin with this year’s look at the Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Match this weekend, featuring HRH, Prince Harry.

David Goldman/AP

The competition pitted the Black Watch (yes, the team Polo Ralph Lauren sponsors) against the Prince’s Black Rock team. Below we see Black Watch team captain Nacho Figueras at the New York Stock Exchange last week to help promote the event. (You are not hallucinating, that is a horse seen in the background.)

Ben Hider/Getty

If Mr. Figueras looks familiar, it is likely a result of his work for PRL products, including the Double Black fragrance collection.

Courtesy Polo Ralph Lauren

The athlete describes how he relates to varying PRL fragrances in an interview today with AOL’s StyleList.

“The Polo Black guy is suit-and-tie, in the city, going to the theater, a museum; the side of me that goes to the Hamptons and to the beach with the kids is the Polo Blue side; and the Polo Green is the man with the horses and the farm.

Below we see Mr. Figueras and his family at Sunday’s function, the 3rd Annual Veuve Clicquot match.

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

The event is a fundraiser for one of the Prince’s charities, the American arm of Sentebale, an organization the Prince founded to help AIDs-stricken children in Lesotho.

Despite being an expert horseman, HRH did take a spill.

David Goldman/AP

These two are perhaps the best known polo players in the world.

Chris Jackson/Getty

As mentioned earlier, Polo Ralph Lauren sponsors the Black Watch team. Merchandise in this collection features Mr. Figueras’ number “2”, below we see the Women’s Black Watch Big Pony polo as well the Men’s version.

It wouldn’t be the Veuve without celebrities, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner were on hand, as was Gayle King. (Photos by Steve Eichner, WWD)

Designer Rachel Roy and actor Josh Lucas also headed to Governor’s Island for the afternoon’s activities.

As did model Carol Alt.

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Actor Val Kilmer was in seersucker.

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Many dress for the festivities.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

As with Royal Ascot, hats are encouraged.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

In this photo one can see HRH Prince Harry (4th from L) and Nacho Figueras (2nd from R) as they pose with teammates after the event.

Stephen Lovekin/Pool/Getty Images

The Prince wasn’t the only royal taking part, HRH Princess Beatrice was also at the match.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Of course the activities are not limited to Sunday’s play, there are other functions one must consider, the Princess also attended Saturday’s Veuve Clicquot reception at Greenwich CC. Again, she is with Mr. Clark.

Chris Jackson/Getty

If you missed this weekend’s events, no cause to fret, they do play July 24-August 8 at the Bridgehampton Polo Club; click here to see the schedule for those matches.

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Also today, we know a few readers are excited about the July return of Mad Men; something we are totally gaga over occasionally remember if others bring up the topic. (Ahem.) We thought some might enjoy seeing images from this weekend’s Omega Watches launch of its re-designed Constellation line, as Don Draper actor Jon Hamm took part in the celebration.

Courtesy Photo

Also at the party, Adrien Brody, Twilight’s Anna Kendrick and Zhang Ziyi; below we see Ms. Ziyi and Mr. Hamm.

Courtesy Photo

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Another relaunch to share, good news for fans of the much-missed Domino magazine: the newly re-done Brides.com site will feature the entire Domino archive.

Brides.com via ShelterPop

Many articles are already up on Brides.com.  Since saying goodbye to Domino 16 months ago we have become very attached to Lonny, an outstanding online shelter publication, but we are happy to learn of this additional resource’s availability.

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We have advance warnings reminders about Lilly Pulitzer goods at two different ‘members only’ discount sites.  RueLala will be offering merchandise from the Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill collection beginning at 11am tomorrow (Tuesday, 6/29). Should you need an invitation, simply click here.

Courtesy Garnet Hill via RueLala

One Kings Lane will be offering Lilly merchandise as well, starting at 11am EDT; if seeking an invitation to that site, click here.

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We have a look at the latest collaboration for Lilly Pulitzer.

Courtesy Barnes & Noble

The firm has partnered with Barnes & Noble, creating exclusive Lilly totes and covers for the company’s Nook e-reader.  The totes come in Buena Vista (above) and Secret Garden, below.

Courtesy Barnes & Noble

The totes are nylon with braided handles and they have a clear vinyl pouch for one’s e-reader, priced at $69.95.  These are available now online and at Barnes & Noble stores.  Below we show the not-yet-released Nook cases by Lilly.

Courtesy Barnes & Noble via Shopping Blog

These will be available August 5, or they may be reserved here starting July 12; the cases run $49.95 and $59.95.

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We cannot leave without sharing a bit about our ever-so-wonderful-evening with one of our favorite partners, Kiel James Patrick.  Kiel and Sarah couldn’t have been nicer hosts Friday evening, arranging a fabulous dinner in the Massachusetts Whaling District.  Some of the lovely setting can be seen in this photo.

Courtesy Kiel James Patrick

Umm, that cocktail in the picture? We’ve nary a clue how it got there. It must be an arm from someone else’s table, yes, that must be what happened. (Heh-heh-heh.)  We extend our thanks to both Sarah and Kiel for an absolutely delightful evening, they are bright, charming and gifted young people.

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Another Royal Wedding on Tap and National Pink Day

Hello-Hello, and Happy National Pink Day!

This is perfect timing, coinciding nicely with the big news of the day for royal watchers: word that Monaco’s Prince Albert is engaged to Charlene Wittstock of South Africa.  Below, the official photograph released by the Palace accompanying the announcement.

Amedeo M.Turello/Palais Princier Monaco via Getty

The official announcement may be viewed here.  Ms. Wittstock is a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa; from the news release:

“Ms Charlene Lynette Wittstock is of South African nationality and was born on 25 January 1978 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Before settling in Monaco, Charlene Lynette Wittstock was a youth worker.”

We saw many photos of the couple over the weekend in our posts on the Swedish royal wedding of Princess Victoria. Here are two more pictures from this weekend’s festivities.

We are sure no one will care about this silly bauble, but we’ll include the photo of Ms. Wittstock’s engagement ring anyway. (Heh-heh-heh.)

Amedeo M.Turello/Palais Princier Monaco via Getty

Today’s happy news lets us segue properly into our primary topic, a celebration of our favorite color here at the Prepatorium. We begin with an image of the famed royal residence.

In the photo above the Palace in Monaco appears rather more pink than it actually is, but a lovely sight nonetheless.  Other pink structures we stumbled across include this rental home not far from the white cliffs of Dover in the UK.

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Many are familiar with the Royal Sheraton in Hawaii.

Via Global Graphica

While the Monaco residence is considered an icon, others think of this when hearing the ‘Pink Palace’ moniker.

Via Classic Katie blog

From Chess City in Russia.

Via Chess Base blog

The pink highrise was photographed in our former hometown, Denver.

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If a pink building isn’t on the horizon, an interior in these tones is always a possibility.

Matthew Millman via HGTV.com

The pink and green room seen below was designed by Steven Miller Design, originally viewed here.  Our next Pretty in Pink room is from designer Jennifer Frank.

PHOTO: via HGTV.com

A more formal setting is found in this living room by designer Grace Sielaff.

HGTV.com

This room might be more conducive to sleep.

NewsHouseDesign.com

Locating furnishings in our favorite color is nowhere near as difficult as it was in TP’s day. Below, PB Teen’s Cushy Lounge Love Seat.

PB Teen

One would want a large space to house this Bruehl piece.

Bruehl via NewsHouseDesign.com

Some may recall this post with our bespoke pink chair from Squint.

Squint Ltd.

Surely locating a pink vehicle is far more challenging than doing a room in the color, no?

Who can ignore this adorable electric car from Lilly Pulitzer?

Lilly Pulitzer

The pink Mini is destined to stand out.

As will the pink Corvette, sure to attract attention.

Who can forget Barbie’s pink Fiat for her 50th anniversary?

Sadly, many readers may remember this monstrosity and the AntiPrep flaunting it.

Our treasured readers won’t be surprised to read that we definitely like the Estate Wagon pedal car.

We are rather fond of the pink Pedal Plane.

The notion of pink aircraft is troubling.

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Many of us have spent far more time on an Airbus A-320 than we want to remember, but never on this one.

Via Airliners.net

Nor on this one.

Via Airliners.net

Pink ships are also baffling.

Via Donegan Landscaping

Let alone a pink freighter.

Via Ugly Ships blog

Surely the pink bulldozer is an anomaly.

Via New Zealand Pictures

The Pink Toe Truck has us nonplussed.

Via Art Car Central

Some things simply should not be pink. Car interiors would be near the top of that list; this is clearly a Crime Against Pink.

Other things that shouldn’t be pink?

Four-legged family members.

Via Siderite Blog

We are not surprised by pink uniforms, merely the number of people wearing them in this image.

We admit to being taken aback by this image.

Via Eternally Cool

More men in pink on the job.

Via EternallyCool.net

The vintage PSA Airline uniforms and aircraft raised our eyebrows.

Via Jaunted

(We highly recommend Jaunted’s entire History of Pink Airline Uniforms, it will make your day.)

Below, more people in pink as part of a breast cancer awareness initiative, these folks are getting ready for a fundraising walk in Kuala Lumpur.

Via CloveToo.com

There are things we never considered, like a pink-clad chain gang; below, inmates from the Maricopa County jail.

Via Trendhunter

Nor did we envision a hot air balloon shaped like a pink house.

While we shudder at the specter of pink boats….

Via Moods of norway

We are on the bubble when it comes to the Pink Flamingo Pedal Boat.

Here is one pink watercraft we like, this one rowed by the women of Cape Cod Rowing as a reminder that one in eight women develops breast cancer.

Courtesy PinkBoat.org

The pink hay bales have a whimsical appeal.

Via Trendhunter

There are all manner of pink drinks.

Via Brenda's Wedding Blog

We have never experienced pink Jello in person.

Via PenangFaces.com

When it comes to food, what could be better than these yummies?

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And who could resist this stunning creation from Pink Cakebox?

Via PinkCakebox.com

Or these treasures via It’s a Piece of Cake?

And this is something we could never turn away from, also by Pink Cakebox.

Pink Cakebox

By far the strangest pink item we discovered is this:

Via His Nibs blog

The 200-foot bunny lives on the side of a hill in Italy; as described on His Nibs, the site where we discovered it:

“Viennese art group Gelatin designed the giant soft toy and say it was “knitted by dozens of grannies out of pink wool”.

From another angle.

Via FootlooseMoose.com

Back to the HisNibs post:

Group member Wolfgang Gantner said: “It’s supposed to make you feel small, like Gulliver. You walk around it and you can’t help but smile. And Gelatin members say the bunny is not just for walking around – they are expecting hikers to climb its 20 foot sides and relax on its belly.

The giant rabbit is expected to remain on the mountain side until 2025.”

A final look, with thanks to PhilNeeds on Posterous:

Via PhilNeeds Posterous

Clearly a prime candidate for inclusion in our You Can’t Make This Stuff Up category.

Indeed.

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We also have to share just one more thing, with thanks to our dear friend Julie for sending it along last night, creating quite the tizzy.

Courtesy AMC-TV

The fun begins on July 25.

May you enjoy a wonderful day of pretty pink things wherever you may travel!

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS:

  • REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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It’s a Happy-Happy Monday!

Hello-Hello, and Happy Monday!

It is exceptionally happy today because…

… the always fun and gracious Pink Cupcakes and Tab tagged us with the Happy 101 Award! Thank you Miss Tammy, yours is one of the very first blogs we ever read. We still love reading it, although we don’t comment nearly enough, shame on us.

Here are the Rules for the Award:

1. List 10 things that make you happy.
2. Tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day.

We’ll start with the first item, ten things that put a smile on TP’s face:

  • The Consort: our always-and-forever love
  • Silly Tilly, our rescued bulldog

  • Tilly’s sibling, Scooter-the-Wonder-Cat

  • The Queen Mother, absolutely the best parent anyone could hope for, and then some
  • Mad Men, especially Don & Betty Draper
  • Our blogosphere friends, all so kind and witty and generous
  • Almost anything in pink, let alone pink & green!

Courtesy Lilly Pulitzer

  • Time spent at the Large Lake, where the family has summered since the late 1800’s

  • Life here in the Corner Condo at Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ, allowing us to do something we *really* love, with absolute the best customers in the galaxy
  • Being able to read all of the fashion trades as part of said job.

Courtesy Women's Wear Daily

We are ever-so-blessed, the list could be endless, but as we’re not terribly comfortable nattering on about ourselves (too much TP is too dreary), we’ll stop here.

Next, our list of 10 bloggers that brighten our day:

1) All Things Southern & Preppy (aka Preppy 101)

2) When Pigs Fly

3) Queen Bee Swain

4) Princess Freckles

5) Preppy Pink Crocodile

6) Nautical by Nature

7) Muffy Martini

8) Lipstick at the Mailbox

9) The Pursuit of Techyness

10) Whale Flip-Flops aka Prep in the Big Apple

There are many (MANY) more than these ten, but we would be posting all night if we actually listed all those that we enjoy.

Thank you again Miss Pink Cupcakes & Tab, you put a smile on our face too! For those not familiar with Tammy, pop over and say hello, she is recuperating from serious foot surgery and has somehow maintained her same great attitude throughout the entire ordeal – she is amazing.

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Sneak Peek at Isaac’s Line, Lilly & Kate Online Only Sales

Hello-Hello and welcome to the mayhem that is the Prepatorium today, in large part because yesterday we were a tad under the weather. We thank The Consort for stepping in and penning the blog, what a dream of a spouse he is!

We are so woefully behind in personal and professional obligations we fear our pointy little head is about to explode!  Therefore our bloggage will be brief.  We begin with a sneak peek at a line from a designer we adore, Isaac Mizrahi, for a television shopping channel we had never visited, QVC.

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John Aquino/WWD

It seems the talented designer is using many of the classic design lines he employed at Le Boutique Targèt. Above: the Wool blend duffle toggle coat, $198; cashmere sweater, $88, and taffeta skirt, $60; shoes, $70. We aren’t crazy about this next look; the word ‘matronly’ comes to mind, oui?

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John Aquino/WWD

We’ll use this next item as today’s Pretty in Pink; the leather Drawstring Bag is expected to be $200.

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John Aquino/WWD

The Patent Leather clutches are going to be in the $75 range.

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John Aquino/WWD

Mr. Mizrahi’s collection is also going to include housewares. Below left, the set of Three Vases are going to retail at $75 (the candy dish price isn’t available) and the Bow Plates will be $40 for a set of four.

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The talented designer is also going to offer a wide variety of tartan products, including the Cotton Pajama Set, $67, and the Plaid Throw, $49.

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A new and nifty option for storage? The Tartan plaid boxes in two sizes at $55 and $70.

For an entirely different look at the popular plaid motif:

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John Aquino/WWD

Yes indeedy, that is an edible tartan: the cheesecake will be offered at $40, and the plaid platter at $40.  Yumalicious! Below, Mr. Mizrahi and a model in his Gold paillette tank and silk pants.

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John Aquino/WWD

Target still hasn’t ‘replaced’ Mr. Mizrahi as far as we are concerned, they have yet to procure a stellar talent as an in-house designer, although they claim to be content with the status quo in this respect.

The collection launches on QVC December 4 – we may actually tune in for the unveiling.

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A few quick Sales & Savings opportunities we must pass along, the first already underway….

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The Kate Spade Sample sale is generally worth a visit, with things like the Bon Vivant zippered Chrissy only $81.

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An upcoming chance to enhance one’s walk-in starts Thursday (the 12th), this one courtesy of the good folks at Lilly.

JubileeSaleThis is the first time Lilly Pulitzer is doing an online-only sale; if interested in being able to get a head start on shopping, Lilly Facebook fans will be able to start browsing and buying at 7am Thursday.  Those who subscribe to the Lilly newsletter may begin at 8am, and the sale opens to ‘regular shoppers’ online at 9am.

It seems the success of the online sale might have a direct impact on what is available at the Lilly Warehouse Sale next week, the 19th – 21st.

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Finally, we are struggling in our efforts to adapt to life without our dear friends Don and Betty Draper Mad Men every Sunday evening. Below, Jon Hamm and January Jones on the set.

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Courtesy AMC-TV

A season that started with such promise ends with the couple having “the talk” with their children.

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Courtesy AMC-TV

We shall have to wait until next season to learn about the family’s future, including how little Bobby and Sally Draper handle Daddy’s absence from the family hearth.  Sigh.

For those fond of Ms. Jones, she is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. On that note we say g’bye until next time!

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