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How It All Began & Meet the “Olympic It Couple”

Hello-Hello and welcome to another week.

We have been derelict in our duties vis-à-vis some recent bloggage mentions, and we need to get back on track. We begin with the always-delightful Queen Bee; she included us in her Sweet Heart tag and we completely spaced out doing as requested: sharing how we met The Consort and ended up marrying him. We shall attempt brevity here, as little seems less interesting than two old fogies.

Yours truly was living in Denver and working at the ABC affiliate; TC was in town for several weeks with several other gentlemen installing the spiffy new computer system we were getting in the newsroom. One Saturday we toddled on in to the station, hoping to catch up on paperwork. The Consort was there and started chatting us up; we had a very-casual-conversation (casual in the extreme) that somehow resulted in plans to get together later that evening.

A little background: The notion of TP going out with anyone of the male persuasion was major news. We had sworn off men. Forever.  The old “Bitter, party of one” cliché understated the reality in our case.  Clearly there was some kind of mental incapacitation at play here, causing us to even agree to anything like meeting someone outside of the workplace. It most assuredly was not a d-a-t-e.

But we acted like it was. Some long unused female mechanism kicked into high gear and we dashed home, proceeded to tell our best friend all about it, showered, dressed and then literally sat by the telephone, waiting for the call that would finalize the evening’s plans.  To put things in context, this was before call waiting was invented; we wouldn’t speak with anyone who called that evening lest we miss The Consort’s call.  You know what call we’re discussing here, of course: The. Call. That. Never. Came.

Seriously. He did not call.

You can imagine the level of frosty disdain we displayed toward him on Monday. A chill in the air? You could have made snow for the Winter Olympics from the deep freeze radiating off our colder-than-cold heart that day.  TC and his entire computer crew left town two days later; we had not spoken to each other. There was no discussion, no apology, no explanation, nada, zippo, zero, zilch.


He did start sending cute little computer messages from New York. Again, this was back when instant messaging was new and oh-so-high-tech! (It also seemed like a safe distance as well. Not that it mattered. Cough-cough.) He would simply message little things like ‘hello,’ and ‘how are the computers working?’

We gradually upgraded to telephonic conversations, but only covering work-related issues. And then for some reason he called us at home (very, very scary) one night and we stayed on the phone for hours.  He called the next night, and the night after that and… yep. This went on for months until he actually came for a visit.

And as is often said, the rest is history. He is better than the best, but unfortunately, he can never live down standing me up for our first date non-date.


Also today, a big Thank You to Sweet Home Amy for gracing us with the Sunshine Award.

Thank You Sweet Home Amy!

Once the Award is received the rules are as follows:

1. Post the logo on blog.
2. Pass the award on to 12 fellow bloggers.
3. Link to the nominees’ blogs so others can get to know them.
4. Let nominees know they have won this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person you received this award from.
In the that spirit we send this award on to:

There are simply scads of lovely bloggers we enjoy reading; given enough time our list would number in the hundreds.


Finally today, we stoop to what could be a new low in our Winter Olympic coverage. It has nothing whatsoever to do with competition or uniforms or anything like that.

Getty Images

Yeppers, it has to do with off-the-ice activities. That would be skating Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek and gymnastic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin; the two are an item.  An LA Times blog has the story, originally confirmed by People magazine.

Some are referring to the duo as the “Olympic It Couple.” They first met in 2008 while taping the Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular for NBC.  This summer they attended the Espy Awards together.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty

Both athletes have Twitter accounts, below is a Tweet from Mr. Lysacek following his big win:

“@NLiukin So glad you were there!!! XX”

And Ms. Liukin posted this Twitpic:

BTW, we can be located on Twitter here, and Facebook here.

On that romantic note we say G’bye until next time!


Filed under preppy, Winter Olympics 2010

The Consort Goes All Olympic-manic & Here’s A Tip…

Hello-Hello, everyone.  The Consort skipping merrily mikeside while my beloved bride, The Princess, recovers from a long night of long-form skating viewing.  Let’s careen through some random thoughts, shall we?

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

I’m not much on ice skates.  The Princess has “mad skills” (as the kids nowadays like to say) but I’m basically a functioning idiot on skates.  Can’t turn, skate backwards or stop once I get moving.  But I appreciate the astounding exhibition of power and grace the men demonstrated in Vancouver.   Gold medalist Evan Lysacek of the United States, silver medalist Evgeni Plushenko of Russia and bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan treated the world to the equivalent of a staredown on ice.  The controlled power in the leaps, the dazzling footwork and restrained costumes added up to a delightful night of viewing.  Performance under pressure is always something wonderful to behold.

One of the challenges facing the Olympic venues is the warm weather.  Is melting snow why this guy showed up?

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Always good to see Michael Phelps in the house.  I imagine he’d be something to see going downhill on the bobsled run.  He’d probably medal at that, too.

While we’re going downhill… Thom Browne unleashed his vision on Fashion Week in NYC.  Let’s look at some of the highlights, shall we?

(Courtesy: The Fashionisto)

This might surprise you but I like his salute to Elton John’s 1970’s look.  The pillbox hat works well and carrying a groundhog tops off the outfit.   You’ll have to agree Mr. Browne’s spin on outerwear is breathtaking.  Or makes you choke a little bit.

(Courtesy: The Fashionisto)

I can’t resist the urge to tell this guy that there are raccoons crawling up his dress.  He’s probably aware of that and is handling the situation very well.  Remember that “performance under pressure” we discussed earlier?  Well, here you go.

(Courtesy: The Fashionisto)

Now I really like this look.  The shades of gray look lush and flow together so well.  I’m serious.  Look at the lines on that coat.  Okay, the hat and muff are a bit over the top for me but those are accessories.  Mr. Browne is an artist of immense talent.  We need people with vision who are unafraid to take risks.  I think he’s great.  You won’t be seeing me in his designs but that’s probably a good thing for many reasons.

Rather than comment on the Tiger Woods controlled media propaganda event news conference I will let you fill in your own punch line.  There is no shortage.

So on that open-ended thought I will say good-bye for now.  The Princess will be back next time with another look at Fashion Week and Vancouver events.  I remind you to treat your waitperson right because they’re working hard for you tonight.  I’ll leave you with words of wisdom from a Motown giant who had some issues of his own.


Filed under Posts by the Princess Consort, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, Winter Olympics 2010

Those Wacky Figure Skaters & J. Crew Spring

Hello-Hello and happy snow day. The Consort minions handled clearing a path to the castle, the sun is shining and it is beautiful. We wish it were so everywhere, as we mentioned in a comment over at Vogue on the Range, there is no rational explanation for the snowfall seen in many parts of the country… and are about to see again.

We begin today with a topic we shall visit frequently in the next few weeks.

The Vancouver Olympics kick off on Friday and we must confess to a level of anticipatory excitement here at the Prepatorium.  We have an addition to our many uniform updates (most recent Polo Ralph Lauren post here, USA Hockey & Snowboarding uniforms are here.); this is the oh-so-cool look Under Armour created for our bobsled team.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

That definitely has an über-tech style that we love.

US athletes picked up their official Ralph Lauren uniforms on Tuesday. Below we see the Gold Medalist in Pairs Figure skating, Jeremy Barrett, being outfitted.

Matthew Stockman/Getty

Next, his partner Caydee Denney tries on her uniform.

Matthew Stockman/Getty

While not uniformed on the ice, fur is flying about figure skating costumes, pun intended. After gold medalist Johnny Weir wore this outfit at the US National Championships in January…


… the folks at PETA and other organizations requested/demanded the athlete switch to faux for his Olympic performances.  Mr. Weir initially refused but has since indicated he’ll be in faux fur. (Let’s make a little side agreement to avoid the entire topic of fur on skating apparel, shall we? It will go easier for all of us.) For more on the faux vs. real tempest, click here.

Fashion site Refinery 29 has a fascinating look at “Johnny Weir’s 8 Craziest Fashion Moments” you may find entertaining.

Sundance Photos via Refinery 29

Boring is not a word we use in describing Mr. Weir.

Continuing the focus on mens’ outfits in Vancouver, we look at Vera Wang’s designs for US Silver medalist Evan Lysacek.

Rick Bowmer/AP

As a former skater Ms. Wang knows what works on ice, and what doesn’t; below, one of her sketches for the skater.

Courtesy Image via WWD

Another Wang creation for Mr. Lysacek.

Photo: AP

Full disclosure: TP skated for years, and ‘back in the day’ we never really used the word “costume,” it was always “dress”. However, we have no recall whatsoever on how we referred to the mens’ apparel.

We leave the topic for now, confident there shall be more fodder in the days ahead. Below, the Olympic rings near Medal Plaza.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters


Next, a look at spring fashions from J. Crew.

Courtesy J. Crew

Many readers are familiar with the latest catalog, shot in Portugal. Some things we like (the khakis), others (the jeans), not so much.

JCrewaholics included the jeans in their “Questionable Items from J. Crew New Arrivals” post.  Below, more styles from the spring catalog.

And a few more.

We like the Sperry Topsiders above right, but the only ones we see on the site are men’s.

We do like the Gingham Checkered Shirt, as well as the Swing Coat.

Some of the new flats are appealing.

We shall probably pass on the zippered effect, although it looks eminently wearable.

Overall the palette is more muted than we anticipated, and a spot of vivid color would be a welcome addition.


We close with a few Pretty in Pink items, the first a look at Sarah Jessica Parker’s ad for her new fragrance, SJP NYC.

Courtesy Photo via Nitrolicious

Until next time!


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