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Nautical Goodies, Liz Sneak Peek, Jimmy Choo & Hunter Wellies are BFFs

Happy Weekend!

Today we start off with a few brief headlines, all of them SOTTs (Signs of the Times), none of them bringing a smile to the Prepatorium.

  • Say goodbye to Country Homes magazine; it is going the way of O at Home and Cottage Living. Waaaahhhhh!
Country Home magazine

Country Home magazine

  • The retail earnings data came out yesterday and it is beyond dreary. All of TP’s favorite retailers struggled, along with a not-so-favorite establishment, Macy’s.  The arrogant dolts that blew off the proud heritage of Marshall Field’s company announced they are closing eleven stores; click here for the list.
  • eLuxury.com will stop selling online within the next sixmonths, instead switching to a “magazine format” specializing in luxury goods.

But will we allow these headlines to drag us down here at Princess HQ?  Not on your life.  In fact, we are going to share a few nautical goodies that have caught our eye of late, starting with this Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper at Saks.

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Next, and in honor of the inimitable Nautical by Nature we present the Rogues Gallery Sailing polo at one of TP’s favorite online haunts, Gargyle.

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Here is a piece we absolutely adore from a line we love, the Nantucket Rainbow Fleet Collection:

We know that if another water baby, the Landlocked Mermaid, were buying the plates, she would also include the mugs. She’s just that way – if you are going to do something, then do it properly, of course. (Tee-hee!)

You can gaze at these pieces, and more, by toddling over to visit L’Ile de France, aka the French General Store.  All of their Quimper is simply gorgeous.

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Many Isaac Mizrahi fans are just starting to cope with the harsh reality of his departure from their local and online Boutique Tarszhay stores. With goodies like this Melton Coat in Pink Glow at Target, how could we not be depressed by his move to Liz Claiborne?! (We’re also considering this as today’s Pretty in Pink offering.)

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

We admit to being curious about his new designs for Liz; today we share a few early looks as seen in this story in WWD earlier this week.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

Above, a look we’re just kind of so-so on, but then we have never been big on orange, even at the beach.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

We do find the more tailored designs more appealing than the casual pieces.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

If going the beach route, we probably would do Lilly Pulitzer rather than the blue and white design below, despite the higher price point on the front end. TP believes the Lilly look would outlast the Claiborne dress…oui?

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

In all candor, we have not purchased Liz in we-don’t-know-how-long, so it would take a great look to coax us back to the line.  It doesn’t mean we are opposed to seeing the new designs, as we do adore Mr. Mizrahi.

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Still looking for the perfect pair of wellies for stomping about the estate? If you are a Jimmy Choo fan, you are in luck. Hunter Boots is partnering with the renowned shoe designer, and Vivre Magazine shows us the result below.

Courtesy Vivre

Courtesy Vivre

They are Jimmy Choo’s first entry into rainboots. We think we’ll keep the ones we have.

But when it comes to dress boots, we think the Ninol in black patent has merit. We fell onto them (in a cyber manner of speaking) at the Jimmy Choo site – on sale at 50% off!

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Knowing the trauma inflicted upon the Third Coast Preppy household as a result of their proximity to a certain person occupying a certain Gubernatorial position (well, he’s still there as of this writing), we thought it important she learn a little more about her neighbor and his hair styling prowess.  (Heh-heh-heh.)

Now this is not brand-new information, and it really shouldn’t be referred to as news, for you do know what we used to say back when doing teevee news…? “If it’s news, it’s news to us.”

So here is the inside scoop on how Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich handles that hair….

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

PHOTO: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

… compliments of this story in the IHT (International Herald Tribune):

“… Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late to almost everything… cursing and erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the brush ‘the football,’ an allusion to the ‘nuclear football,’ or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president.”

Aha – the Paul Mitchell brush! There you have it. f course it’s too soon to tell if today’s impeachment vote will impact his personal grooming habits. (Ewww…!)

And on that note Prepettes, we say adieu.

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The Preppy Cardigan + Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren & Bobby Jones Go Pink

Weekend…? Did we hear someone say weekend?

Mike Segar/Reuters

Mike Segar/Reuters

Despite the oh-so-sunny weather (it is almost balmy!) in The Great Midwest, The Princess needs to remember Fall is here and that means sweater weather at some point in the future. The Los Angeles Times recently ran an outstanding article about cardigan sweaters although we were somewhat surprised the ‘preppy’ word cropped up several times in the story.

“The preppy classic can be worn buttoned up or dressed down, and this season, there’s a style that fits every budget.”

One of the sweaters shown in the article was this rugby stripe by Splendid; there would be no chance of a chill for TP because this looks ever-so- snuggly.

Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The article also shows this cardigan by Cardigan. Really, that’s the brand name. The ‘full name’ is Cardigan New York and while it’s a relatively new label, the designer is a pro: Lynne Hiriak designed for Michael Kors and Derek Lam. Below, the Classic Cardigan by Cardigan in wool, nylon, and spandex.

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We do know the brand was available at Lulu Brandt in Pasadena (stand clear everyone, Muffy Martini is probably on her way!) and you can definitely find Cardigan at Barneys and Nordstrom, along with eLuxury and Intermix online. Below, the nautical style stripe Elodie looks luscious, with a classic profile you will have for years.

In this photograph from the story, Bianca Palmerin wears Paul Smith and Andrew Miller is in a J. Crew sweater in another rugby stripe design. (Followed by shots of the sweaters at online retailers.)

Rick Loomis/LA Times

Rick Loomis/LA Times

The article also notes:

“For women, the cardigan is one half of the prim ‘n’ preppy twinset — a lightweight addition to any outfit and an easy way to add polish to any look.”

Are you feeling “prim” when you have on a cardigan? Do tell, we are simply dying to know.

Now it is time for a quick look at some fabulous fundraisers as part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness movement.

Polo Ralph Lauren has loads of tee shirts and other goodies in their Pink Pony line of merchandise.  Ten percent of proceeds from these products go to the Pink Pony Fund. “With a focus on breast cancer, Pink Pony supports programs for early diagnosis, education, treatment and research.”

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Bobby Jones has an outstanding pink pullover; 20% of the retail price goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

And the place to be Tuesday night?  Clearly, it was at the party thrown by Vogue and Lacoste celebrating the launch of the retailer’s Pink Croc Shop. The big do was at Lacoste’s Fifth Avenue store.

Lacoste Fifth Avenue

Lacoste Fifth Avenue

10% of proceeds from Pink Collection sales go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Nitrolicious.com

Photo: Nitrolicious.com

Several items from the line are available at Lacoste’s website, including this darling tote.

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Our favorite photo by Miss Nitrolicious was this one of the massive pink ribbon.

Photo: Nitrolicious.com

The next three days are stuffed full of functions, so we must fly and try to get organized! Do enjoy your weekend!

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