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Lilly Pulitzer Stationery Giveaway!

Hello-Hello! Did everyone enjoy their weekend?

Spring fever hit hard this weekend at the Prepatorium; not only did we see the sun, but the temperature soared to 50+ degrees. (Yes, you are correct, it really takes very little to get TP excited.)

If you have toddled over to the Preppy Princess store, you may have noticed the message sharing the news that our Lilly Pulitzer Stationery line will be here tomorrow.  All those goodies land here in just one day! Whoo-hoo! (To everyone who pre-ordered, your merchandise will be turned around immediately, on its way to you on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning!)

Lilly Pulitzer Sationery at PreppyPrincess.com

Lilly Pulitzer Stationery at PreppyPrincess.com

In honor of this it seems only proper that we share the celebration with those who keep us going when our spirits are flagging: all of you!

Above, the prize for this giveaway: Lilly’s Mix & Match Stationery set.  Everything you could need is in this outstanding set: 16 sheets of writing paper in four coordinating Lilly patterns, 12 envelopes in matching designs, 2 sheets of fun Lilly stickers, all of it contained in this decorative folio (or folder), as seen above in the photo! This is such a cool set, you will love it!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment to this post to be entered once.
  2. To receive a second entry in the drawing, leave another comment giving the name of your favorite Lilly stationery item for sale at the Preppy Princess store.
  3. To be entered a third time, post this giveaway on your blog or homepage, and *please* be sure to to mention this in your comment.

The drawing is one week hence, Monday, February 16 at 10am. 

And of course, you can take care of all your stationery and gift needs online with our Lilly collection, now that we know it’s on its way! Not to mention gathering those fabulous party supplies!

Speaking of Lilly, have you ever visited My Blue Blazer? This delightful blog provides an interesting perspective, and in this post the topic is menswear from Lilly Pulitzer. His first critique involves the label’s navy blazer for men; he offers high praise:

“The cut of this jacket may be the most flattering you will ever see in a navy blazer.”

The blog’s author also looks at other Pulitzer classics for men, including a colorful pair of swim trunks:

“Lilly’s signature palette goes well on these Capri Trunks. The look has been copied, but there is no substitute for the original.”

For more insight, or to see the specific pieces he reviews, pop over to the blog.  How about the Gentleman in your life… does he wear Lilly?  

And in our final Lilly tidbit, the Rue LaLa Lilly Pulitzer Sale just started about an hour ago, running until 11am Wednesday, the 11th.  For those not familiar with Rue LaLa, it is one of the many “members-only” online shopping sites that seemed to sprout up everywhere the last year.  Hypothetically the free membership is by invitation only; if you need an invitation, just email us at ThePreppyPrincess@mac.com

Things are going fast, so we should all exercise prudence and not become overly excited. And in the interest of full disclosure, there is some formula giving yours truly $10 off a purchase contingent upon how many people we send invites to; we don’t know the formula because we have never used it.  Not knocking these mind you, we simply have not had time to shop lately.

If all the goodies are gone at Rue LaLa, or even if they are not, we suggest heading to The Preppy Outlet, an outstanding resource with preppy treasures from many lines, all at fiscally friendly prices.

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The Women’s Wear Daily‘s annual Accessories issue is out, and one of the photo features looks at accessories showcasing the French flag’s tricolor motif.  We share a few of their picks, starting with these shoes by Maloles; the brand is available online at Net-a-Porter but this particular design is not yet available.  Sniff.

 

George Chinsee

PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

Below, an Erickson-Beamon bracelet in red, white and blue grosgrain ribbon. Cute, but a little too frou-frou for TP.

 

Thomas Iannaccone Thomas Iannaccone/WWD

The stripes on the Lacoste watchband echo this theme; the Women’s Mainsail Chronograph is available on the Lacoste website.

George Chinsee

Photo: George Chinsee/WWD

The bracelet is by Erickson-Beamon a line favored by First Lady Michelle Obama, among others.  And a reminder ladies, the Erickson-Beamon for Target Collection is scheduled to hit stores next Sunday, February 15, as detailed in this post.  Below, one of the many pieces from the Target Collection:

Courtesy Target

Courtesy Target

Two more looks, the coordinating necklace and earrings in beautiful shades of blue:

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We will sign off using this pink & white striped version of the Lacoste Mainsail watch as today’s Pretty in Pink:

 

Lacoste Mainsail

Lacoste Mainsail

On that pretty note, until next time!

PS: Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Return of the Prep School Look … Again. Ralph Lauren Kids Opens

Hello-Hello and Happy Day!

In anticipation of The Big Vote (now officially dubbed TBV here at the Prepatorium) we share the following fashionably patriotic accessories, compliments of today’s WWD.

Thomas Iannaccone

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone

The style statements are from a variety of designers, including:

Courtesy Jennifer Roulette

Courtesy Jennifer Roulette

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And believe it or not, the headline on the post is correct; it would seem that the Preppy or Prep School look has returned. Again.

This time it is compliments of our neighbors to the north, more specifically in an article entitled “Return of Prep School Look” from the Regina Leader-Post. One apparel line mentioned in the story is Canada’s Jacob Connexion.

“The attitude behind Connexion for fall ’08 is casual with a certain level of chic, a very put-together, yet worldly preppy feel,” said Jacob creative director Karen Pornillos. “It is Parisian ‘bon chic, bon genre’ with a tad of East Coast Ivy League flavour.”

The Ivy-league style blazer is seen below.

Jacob Connexion

Jacob Connexion

Here are a few more looks from the company’s fall line:

The story also says “…navy blazers, kilts, and knee-highs” have been spotted lately, and “…not just on the posh Upper East Siders on TV’s Gossip Girl….”

“The prep-school look, once reserved solely for uniforms and naughty Halloween costumes, has become the trend for fall among both students and young professionals, as crests, bows, and ruffles take over mannequins and store racks at retailers across the country.”

The following illustration accompanies the story:

Photos Phots Courtesy The CW; Graphic Design by Linda Rea-Rosseker, Leader-Post

Photos: CW Graphic: Linda Rea-Rosseker, Leader-Post

The Jacob Connexion line is spun off from the Jacob Collection, offering several more looks we find appealing. Very appealing.

In keeping with the style under discussion here, word today from the good folks at Racked that the Ralph Lauren Children’s store is now open on Bleecker Street.

This is the store that previously carried the Women’s Collections.

A quick update on the J. Crew cardigan mentioned in our previous post about Michelle Obama wearing J. Crew fashions on the Leno Show: the sweater surfaced over the weekend at a rally in Columbus, Ohio.

Emmanuel Dunand/Getty

PHOTO: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty

Here is a closer look at the ‘Crystal-button colorblock cardigan‘ from J. Crew.

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

Our argyle updates wouldn’t be complete without a few treasures we fell over online, including the Paul Frank Argyle 3-pack.

And from the CrewMutts collection at J. Crew, the Argyle dog sweater in lambswool.  A reminder, this is one of those items available only by catalog and online.

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

BTW, does anyone know the reasoning for the Crewmutts merchandise falling into the Women’s section on the website?  It is merely curiosity that prompts the query.

In closing, today’s Pretty in Pink comes to us via LL Bean.  Below, Bean shows a creative use of a preppy standard, grosgrain ribbon. In this case the retailer uses it to adorn their Maine Isle Slipper.

Courtesy LL Bean

Courtesy LL Bean

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That is it for today. A reminder in the best Chicago tradition, “Vote Early and Vote Often!” We are thinking many of our fabulous Chicago bloggers (Momx2, Lipstick at the Mailbox, Third Coast Preppy, Tres Poshe Preppy and more!) recognize this saying!

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Politics & Fashion Part 12 and J. Crew Seizes the Moment!

Finally. We have managed to gather what’s left of what passes for an adult mind as we effort this update to the ongoing ‘Politics and Fashion’ saga.

We start with a fun story, Michelle Obama once again sporting classics from J. Crew.  In this instance Ms. Obama wore the clothier’s duds Monday night while appearing as a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Kevork Djansezian/AP

PHOTO: Kevork Djansezian/AP

The top is the Italian Deco Shell, a silk twill tank that is now on sale at J. Crew for $99.99 in certain colors.

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

The skirt is Crew’s Pembridge-dot pencil skirt in a silk and nylon blend, fabric that is described as a “shimmery jacquard.”  The skirt is nothing short of stunning when seen in person. It retails at $148.

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

Completing the elegant ensemble was the Crystal-button colorblock cardigan in a wool/nylon/cashmere knit.  TP suspects the brooch at the neck was another Erickson-Beamon creation.

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

Crew also has this piece on sale, now reduced to $89.99.  If it holds any appeal for your walk-in, we recommend running, not walking, to the online shop, or dialing up your personal shopper at the local level.  Somehow we don’t think many, if any of these items will be around after a few hours.

CEO Mickey Drexler and and the rest of the marketing minds at J. Crew had to be ecstatic upon learning what Mrs. Obama was wearing for the high profile appearance. And the company was wise, investing in a paid advertisement in Google search results. Below, copy from the ad, clearly linking the company and the candidate’s wife:

    1. Michelle Obama in J.Crew®

      Get the Look Michelle Obama Wore on
      The Tonight Show Only from J.Crew.
      http://www.JCrew.com

Inevitably the conversation turned to the controversy surrounding the wardrobe of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin. In the course of the conversation host Jay Leno asks “What is it, about $60-grand? $60, $70,000 that outfit?” and Ms. Obama answered, “Actually, this is a J.Crew ensemble. You can get some good stuff online.”

Kevork Djansezian/AP

PHOTO: Kevork Djansezian/AP

Mrs. Obama was gracious in her comments about the Palin wardobe issue:

“A V.P. pick, it’s like being shot out of a cannon. All of a sudden you’re at the center of attention, and you want to look good,” said Michelle Obama, adding she has never met Palin. “You’re living in your home, minding your business, and all of a sudden you’re on the national stage and everyone’s watching.”

We refer of course, to the news last week that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 on clothing and accessories for Ms. Palin and her family.  Those expenses include $49,425 at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in St. Louis and New York, as well as $75,062 at the Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis. Other purchases were made at the Gap in Minneapolis and Lord & Taylor.  A story in WWD has more:

“While the FEC records do not identify whether the purchases were made by McCain or Palin, the McCain campaign has not disputed the news reports that the vice presidential nominee and her family made the purchases along the campaign trail, stretching from Minneapolis to St. Louis to New York.”

PHOTO: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty

Above, Governor Palin in Minneapolis at the Republican National Convention.  In previous coverage WWD has said Ms. Palin favors Escada, and has purchased items secondhand in Anchorage.  Many have suggested the black suit worn by the candidate for the vice presidential debate was by Elie Tahari.

In a follow-up to their original story, Politico.com interviewed a number of stylists and image consultants:

“She is dressing appropriately for the job she is going after,” said Lauren Rothman, a Washington stylist and the principal in the fashion consulting firm Styleauteur.”

The Politico story also includes this quote from Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan columnist:

“In the narrow confines of political style,” Givhan wrote last month, “the accepted rule is to dress in a manner that implies empathy for one’s constituency — so don’t wear anything too expensive — but also conveys authority. Palin has embraced the former and utterly ignored the latter.”

Senator McCain responded to the outrage on NBC’s “Meet the Press“:

“She lives a frugal life. She and her family are not wealthy. She and her family were thrust into this and there was some — and some third of that money is given back. The rest will be donated to charity…”

Steve Pope/Getty

PHOTO: Steve Pope/Getty

Arguably one of the comments that meant the most to us the past several months came from the wonderful Miss Kate, aka Nautical by Nature. In response to our post “Politics and Fashion Part 5, Real Yale Students Talk Gossip Girl” earlier this month she wrote:

“I love how you always show products from both parties ) Very honorable”

Perhaps it is all the years we spent in broadcast journalism, perhaps it is because we were raised in a culture where one’s honor essentially trumps all else, perhaps it is because we simply believe in being fair in what we write here.  But whatever it is, we didn’t post earlier on the Palin wardrobe issue because we couldn’t find ‘the other side’ to include in the post.

We believe Ms. Palin and family suddenly found themselves in a situation where it was painfully evident everyone needed new apparel. All one needs to reach this conclusion is look at photographs and video of the family the day of the announcement, let alone the days before that announcement.  What worked well in Anchorage would not play positively on a national stage. So we take no issue with the acquisition of new wardrobes for the family.

And we understand the immense difficulties inherent in attempting to procure this type of merchandise for high-profile individuals. One simply cannot walk into the nearest Macy’s with their Secret Service detail and start trying on suits, if for no other reason than the Service won’t allow it. Period. Our struggle is with the folks at the RNC who know better, who know how poorly this sort of thing plays on Main Street. One need not have completed their courses at American University’s Campaign Management Institute to know the impact this sort of thing has on the electorate. Honestly.

In conclusion, we have finally come to the reality that there really isn’t “another side” to the issue in a textbook sense. So we will attempt to lift the mood by sharing links to two stories related to our post this afternoon. The first is at a site called Jezebel (a tad raw for our taste, but there you have it), a delightful piece with some fun fashion selections, all from J. Crew:

“What if we headed to J Crew.com and picked clothing for Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, Sarah Palin and the kids? We went on a shopping spree and chose election night outfits and inauguration day ensembles for the ladies…”

Courtesy J. Crew & Jezebel.com

Courtesy J. Crew & Jezebel.com

Above, a collage from Jezebel showing their picks for Sasha & Malia Obama; for more selections read the rest of the post.

The other is a story by the good folks at The Cut blog from NY Magazine in which they show “How to Spend $150,000 at Saks and Neiman Marcus.”

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Collage: NY Magazine, PHOTOS: Getty

We will leave things here and trust readers to understand our efforts on this one.

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2 More *Big* Designers to Target, Gossip Girl Casting Call

Hello-Hello and happy day!

Oh my goodness, the witty and wonderful “Well I Do Declare” has been ever-so-kind and dubbed The Princess a Kreativ Blogger! Whoo-hoo!

While feeling utterly undeserving, we say “Thank You” and share 6 blogs that make our day brighter and better.

Tickled Pink & Green is always fun, especially her photo of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin in their Dancing with the Stars debut.

Mom x 2 is an outstanding writer who shares the wit and wisdom that help us keep things in perspective.

Lipstick at the Mailbox somehow (and we don’t know how) manages to find the time to create posts that are sheer bliss to read.

The Jewish Girl in WASPS’s Clothing is an extraordinary writer with insight usually found in much older individuals. We think she has an old soul in a young body. In our dreams we write like this.

The Southern Social is planning parties, sharing social activities with readers, and loving life in Atlanta.

Muffy Martini is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face while also providing some perspective on preppy life on the west coast.

We need to get ourselves updated here at the Prepatorium. We have fallen woefully behind on reporting some of Target’s newest collaborations, as they are blockbusters. Both are by what many in the younger generation would call ‘hip’ designers, both are worn by a certain Presidential candidate’s spouse, and both will hit the Boutique Tarzjay smack-dab on a holiday.

The clues are in the photos that follow; in the first Michelle Obama wears a dress by Designer Number One.

Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

His name is Thakoon Panichgul and Michelle Obama wore his creation (seen above) on the final night of the Democratic convention in Denver. She also wore a Thakoon design to the presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in September. Below, the Floral Inside-Out dress as seen on Ms. Obama and then at the eLuxury site, available for purchase for $1250.

Emmanuel Durand/AFP/Getty

Emmanuel Durand/AFP/Getty

The sportswear collection actually hits Target stores on Christmas Day, an odd choice to debut a collection, in our humble opinion. And how was it working with Target? In a story last week in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily):

“They were very easy to work with,” Panichgul said Saturday in Dallas. “They wanted a lot of prints, and I chose silhouettes that have done well in the past.”

Now, in this next photo she has on jewelry from Designer Number Two….

Rick Wilking /Reuters

Rick Wilking /Reuters

The Erickson-Beamon brooch is front and center on Ms. Obama’s dress (seen with daughters Sasha and Malia) worn at the Democratic Convention in Denver. BTW, the dress was one of the pieces worn by Ms. Obama from Chicago-based designer Maria Pinto. The brand, named for designers Karen Erickson and Vicki Beamon, is only the fourth partner selected for a jewelry collaboration with Target.

Here we show the Erickson Beamon Flower Brooch in blue, available at Blue Bee for $303.

As for Erickson Beamon, their collection hits on Valentine’s Day next year, a day that is probaly a little more manageable for most in terms of shopping.  Here we see a more elaborate piece from the “I’m with the Band!” Collection, featuring crimson leather intertwined through the 22″ triple chain.

This is available at Electric Couture for $658. Next we show something Ms. Obama is probably more likely to gravitate toward, the Gold Leaf Cuff at Net-a-Porter for $525.

Moving on from the wacky world of politics to the bizarre land inhabited by Gossip Girl.

CW Courtesy Photo

CW Courtesy Photo

Perhaps the Gossip Girl production company has all of the extras they require for the  big party shoot this week… but perhaps not. If you are looking for some pocket change, the New York Craig’s List has an ad for extras to shoot Gossip Girl party scenes this week. The compensation is $85 for a ten-hour day, but one is required to BYOW, Bring Your Own Wardrobe.

“We are currently seeking women who can portray Upper East Side types between the ages of 18 and 28 with formal gowns in cool “icy” colors such as ivory, silver, light grey, slate, ice blue, ice violet, etc. We are also seeking gentleman who can portray 18-28 y/o with full traditional black tuxedos with ivory or buff colored vests.”

We’ll be looking for you on the little screen.

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