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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.

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Online Beauty Sales & When Logophobia Attacks

Hello-Hello and Happy Friday!

We are a tad crazed and dazed here at the Prepatorium, preparing to head to the spring market, getting the housekeeper/housesitter settled in (sadly, he is allergic to Tilly, so she gets to visit Grandma and Grandpa, it’s rather like spending her time at the Pooch Palace, honestly), attending to all of those details necessary to a good business trip.

We begin with an update to yesterday’s post about online ‘members-only sales’, where we offered suggested reading about the pricing practices at these sales.  Today WWD has an oustanding story about the proliferation of online sites offering deeply discounted beauty products.

Gilt.com Smashbox sale via WWD

The story looks at the increasing number of such sites and reactions within the industry. One of the websites mentioned is BeautyTicket.com, and we popped over for a quick visit.

Courtesy BeautyTicket.com

This shop does not require an invitation and they had an interesting mix of merchandise.  Bobbi Brown Lotion at $15.99 is nothing to sneeze at, nor is $32.99 for a Laszlo Face Mask easily ignored.

The YSL Highlighter Palette at $18.99 is an outrageous bargain, as is the Smashbox Lipstick Palette at $21.99

Other online options with a focus on beauty products include include Market for Drama and The Fairest.

The story exlains that many of the larger ‘invitation-only’ sites already offer beauty items:

“Some sites say they offer brands a more discreet outlet to sell their wares at a discount. In fact, Rue La La, an invitation-only private sale site with 1.2 million members, declined to discuss what beauty lines it has featured in its 48-hour sales.”

Happy shopping!

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Because we have been fairly restrained of late in our neverending whineathon occasional references to logos we thought it time for an update. Yesterday while perusing the Coterie Blog we discovered there is now a solution for those in need of a lifeboat for their larger watercraft:

Courtesy Photo via Coterie Blog

What a relief.  Not in the market? How about having one of these on hand for the next family reunion at the beach, you know that sooner or later there will be a game of touch football.

Courtesy Photo via Nitrolicious

We actually thought it was rather humorous when initially seeing the lifeboat, and reading about a few of the other items on varying fashion websites we follow. Aside from the fact Coco Chanel is doing the proverbial rolling over, it seemed like a small entry into this venue, perhaps an almost tongue-in-cheek effort.

Courtesy photo via Nitrolicious

After all, these aren’t the first sports-related items Chanel has offered, they have been doing any number of products in this genre for years. Then we realized the company has an entire mini-web area devoted to all manner of ‘sporting goods’ (yes, we use that word in the broadest possible sense). And upon reading more about the collection, we now understand the items are being carried in all of the boutiques, so Chanel is clearly serious about the endeavor. Indeed.

(For a look at all of the items head over an visit the always-on-top-of-things Nitrolicious.)

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We approach the weekend planning to park ourselves in front of the teewee for at least some portion of two events. The first is probably of interest to fellow skaters like Little Bow Prep.

Because this is an Olympic year the US Figure Skating Championships are of particular import as this is how our Olympic skating team is selected. Two contenders are shown above, Sasha Cohen (L) and Alissa Czisny (R).

The Mens and Pairs competitions were held last weekend, tonight and tomorrow the Ladies and Ice Dance competitions will play out. Below we see Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre (L) and Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto (R).

We are guessing A Crafty Mom had her eye on the Canadian Championships last week.  The European Championships are also underway this weekend in Estonia.

As is said about other sports… it is a matter of inches.

Reuters

Also happening, tonight’s Help for Haiti series of concerts.

May everyone enjoy a stellar weekend!

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