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Preppy Bits & Bytes for a Wednesday

Hello-hello, and welcome to a work week already shorter than most!

We begin with good news from a brand we adore, Toms, the company that donates a pair of shoes for every pair sold. Toms is now selling wedges in addition to their other styles.

We had not previously noticed the Tiny Toms, cute as can be! We recognize they do not provide loads of support for little feet, but think they are still great for a walk on the beach.

To learn more about the Toms movement, click here.

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We do love this company.

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As we were speaking about Tiny Preps, how cute are these umbrellas?

All of the umbrellas may be found here at Kidorable, where there are equally fun hats and hanger sets.

It seems a few of these might be stellar gifting items.

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In Sales & Saving news, a reminder that the Garnet Hill sale is underway.  This means that all Lilly Pulitzer Home collection for Garnet Hill is 20% off through June 22.

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Other Lilly Pulitzer is also on sale at Garnet Hill, including the Puff-Sleeve Knit Dress (now $34 from $48) and the Girls’ Scooter (also originally priced at $48 and now offered at $34).

Lilly Pulitzer for grown-up girls is also on sale at many establishments, including Saks, where one will find the Allegra dress now selling at $229, discounted from the original $328 price. On the right we show the Adelson Maxi Shift Dress, originally $298, now $208.

And Saks offers lots of Lilly at discounted price points right now; the darling Dress & Bloomer Set is $47.60 (originally $68), while the Toddler Boys & Little Boys Swim Trunks in Palm Print are $42, from the original $60 price.

Many Lilly shops are doing fabulous specials this week, there are scads of fiscally-friendly deals being offered!

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Here are two brief Bits & Bytes:

Luella Bartley via KidzWorld

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With that, g’bye until next time!

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It’s Pendleton, but is it Preppy? Also, the Latest Gossip Girl Item

Hello-Hello, and happy Monday/Tuesday!

We hope everyone is still savoring just a smidgen of Christmas and/or Hanukkah afterglow. Here at the Prepatorium we are grateful for time spent with family and friends, reminded again why we left the insanity of television for our own little corner of the world.

We begin with a look at the upcoming collection Pendleton has done with Opening Ceremony.

Courtesy Photo via High Snobiety

Perhaps not the style one automatically envisions when thinking Pendleton. Mention this brand and we generally have images of something like this:

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Or perhaps something like the item on the left, one of the company’s classic woolen blankets inspired by the Zapotec Indians.  On the right, Opening Ceremony reinterprets and updates the look.

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Pendleton’s plaids are also legendary. (We should have used these in last week’s post on preppy plaids.)

This heritage can be seen throughout the Opening Ceremony group.

More pieces in this classic pattern….

Plaid is equally evident in the men’s designs for the collection.

The collaborative line is slated to be in stores for spring/summer 2010.

Despite being far too old and decrepit (heh-heh-heh) to wear these styles, we do like this group, and can envision many of our younger friends sporting these pieces.

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Some items from the winter collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Pendleton are still available online; better yet, many have had markdowns taken from their original prices.

Speaking of Pendleton (you had to know this was coming), we glanced at a few items whilst pondering their site.  (Honestly, it has become an occupational hazard, there’s really nothing to be done for it save computer abstinence.) We learned a lot. Like the fact they have done a line with Jill Rappaport, and it includes items for the four-legged family members.

But then, we didn’t know who Ms. Rappaport was and had to look that up; we are woefully unhip. Tragically uninformed.  Below, an item we look at every time we are on the site.  Every. single. time.

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The Hand-crocheted Lamb Hat has the Cute-o-meter peaking in the red zone, it is simply adorable.

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We have news of another collaboration: contemporary designer Jodi Arnold is doing a collection for The Limited.  Below, two pieces from Ms. Arnold’s own line.

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Here are two styles from the upcoming Limited line, the photos by John Aquino accompany this story in WWD.

Style List has also posted about the upcoming collection.

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Dubbed “Craft,” the collection launches at The Limited in Mid-March.

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And because too much is never enough, we have yet another installment on that incredible cultural phenomenon known as the Snuggie; behold the Nike version of this item.

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Called the Nike 6.0 Snuggie, here is a better look at the logo, downright discreet as these things go. There may be a reason for such understatement.

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We could not locate the orange marvel on the Nike 6.0 site, nor could we find one of these to purchase anywhere, raising the question: is it a counterfeit, yet another photoshopped creation? We do not know, but would certainly welcome input or guidance from someone in the know.  After all, we pride ourselves on keeping pace with all things Snuggie. (IOHO this is not an authorized product, but a creation of the internet and active minds.)

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And because we are nothing if not practical (despite occasional forays into the land of that which is anything but!), a note about fiscally-friendly opportunities at one of our favorites, Garnet Hill.  Like the company’s Cashmere Cardigans, now offered at $74.99; they were originally $188.

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The quality of GH cashmere is outstanding; trust TP on this one.  We also liked the Dot Baby Coat (rivaling the Lamb Hat shown above for cute overload), and the Baby Gripper Slippers (originally $24, now $14).

Also fun, the Multi-stripe Tights for Girls, and the Pattern Tights, both available in sizes 12 months to 14.

Back to Mom, the Cashmere Split-Neck Sweater has potential, especially now that it is $49. The Acorn Slippers look super-snuggly they are now $49, the orginal price was $88.

The bargains abound, and everything seemed to be available in a broad range of sizes as well. Happy hunting. :)

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Because we don’t want to let the week pass without yet one more moronic morsel of inanity a little Gossip Girl update, we bring you news of this:

Courtesy Photo via MTV

Yes, it is a Gossip Girl comic book, done in the manga style so popular today.  MTV has an exclusive preview of the comic books.

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From what we can glean these will run a bit more than the Archie and Veronica comics we read growing up; it looks like the price is going to be $8.99.  They also look a little racy, but that is probably more a reflection of our conservative outlook (TP’s motto? ‘Prudish and Proud” hee-hee!) than contemporary standards.

Called “Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only,” the comics will be based on the same series of books as the television series. But according to this MTV story, the comics will also provide:

“an original re-imagination of the girls’ senior year focusing on the lives of Blair and Vanessa.”

And on that comforting note, we say g’bye until next time! May everyone enjoy a little bit of holiday sunshine, be it in the skies overhead or in one’s heart.

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Headwear for a Princess, Prepalicious Sales & Savings

Hello-Hello, we hope it is cheery and sunny in your corner of the globe, it is simply beautiful here at the Prepatorium.

We switch gears a tad, taking a break from our dedicated coverage of the major Fashion Weeks, including the fourth and final week of designer shows now underway in Paris.  Fear not, we shan’t slight the incredible styles being revealed, and will focus on them in the next day or so.

We simply wanted to take a more lighthearted approach today, things or events that might prompt a smile, perhaps more appropriate to our Friday Fun category, but golly, TP is feeling wild and crazy, so we’ll just have some Friday-Fun-on-Thursday!

We start with a cute and creative way to transform those less-than-attractive helmets worn for protection into magical style statements. Behold, the Princess and the Frog.

CalliopeBoutique.com

CalliopeBoutique.com

For a closer look, here is a better photo of the Princess model, what a great way to stay safe under one’s helmet while also feeling fashionable and fun.  

princess-lgThese are constructed of fleece, so they are durable, and they’re available mid-October at the always-fabulous Calliope Boutique. For some reason The Consort is rather fond of this model:

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Should we be concerned?

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Next, a cosmetic update from the Times with their story For Lashes, Blue is Back

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Some readers may carry memories of colored mascaras from back in the eighties. Apparently the trend has returned, according to Hilary Howard’s story, and a plethora of colors awaits your discerning selection. Or not.

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Next, a few Sales and Savings opportunities for you to ponder.

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The Tory Burch Fall Sale is underway with some significant savings.

Another brand with preppish leanings, Kate Spade, has started its Friends and Family Sale.

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The promotional event extends a 30% discount off one’s entire purchase, it  ends Oct. 4.  To receive the discount use promo code FALLFF09 at checkout.

Another favorite retailer, Garnet Hill, has started their October Clearance, with markdowns taken throughout the store.

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Next, news that yet another interesting magazine cover has been landed by a Gossip Girl star. In this case, Ed Westwick is showcased on the cover of Arena Homme+ for their Winter/Spring 2009/2010 issue.

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Courtesy Arena Homme +

Arena Homme+ describes itself as “The World’s Leading Men’s Fashion Magazine” and while we were unable to locate a website for the publication, we did locate an Arena Homme+ Facebook page for those seeking more information. Additionally, Amazon offers the magazine. (It all looks a little odd to us, but then we’re not very familiar with the magazine.)

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We close with a treat discovered by our friends at the Pink and Green Scene, where their vigilance in seeking out all things in our favorite color scheme leads to such discoveries as this Little MissMatched Accent Pillow.

Courtesy Pink & Green Scene

Courtesy Pink & Green Scene

If interested in adding this to the decor at your Palace, it is now on sale at $19.99 right here.

Smiles and hopes of a buoyant day to everyone!

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Sales and Savings of a Preptastic Kind

Hello-Hello, we have a weekend edition today because of all the Sales and Savings opportunities we feel compelled to share!

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The Land of Nod almost never disappoints, and their Summer Sale offers quite a bit of merchandise, like the Everything’s Coming Up Roses bedding.

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The offerings at Barneys continue apace with their Clearance Sale. (That still sounds so odd, saying ‘Barneys’ and Clearance Sale’ in the same breath, let alone the same sentence.)

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If in need of cosmetics, all of the Vincent Longo appears to be discounted by at least 50%.

Kate Spade is taking an additional 25% off all sale items.

That means the hibiscus island baby stevie will be approximately $160; it was originally priced at $425.

Seen in the pink and poppy colorway, the bag evidently has 14-karat gold plated hardware. Honestly. We were about to say this might serve us very well for today’s Pretty in Pink.  Scratch that. (The sound you just heard? TP’s mind slamming shut.)

The sale at Kate Spade runs through the 14th.

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The Designer Sale at Saks ends this Sunday night, the 12th.

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There is a substantial amount of merchandise now discounted at the upscale retailer. Frankly, some of it deserves to be on sale. For your perusal, Exhibit A:

Burberry at Saks

Burberry at Saks

The Transparent Burberry Rain Slicker was originally $695. It is now being sold for $417. There seems to be a sufficient supply of these on hand from what we can ascertain. Indeed.

The Lilly Pulitzer Shandy Top initially selling at $198, the top is now $118.

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As much as we love this particular Lilly print, the ruffles make the top a little frou-frou for us, but it will be darling on most readers, we just know that for a fact.

Also at Saks, the Ralph Lauren Infant Patchwork Jumper in a madras we simply adore.

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The jumper (shown with a sweet little blouse) is now $22.45, the original price was $65.

BTW, a good part of the Sale merchandise at the Polo Ralph Lauren online shop is also reduced an additional 25%  making a visit there worth the investment of time should one be in need of apparel, accessories, or home goods.  For example, the Large Equestrian Canvas Tote is now$299.

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The original selling price was $695.

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Garnet Hill‘s sale runs through August 4th, so there is still a little time to look around.

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The online and catalog retailer has Hanky Panky unmentionables on sale, including the Lace Bralette.

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This item is selling for $29, it is usually $45.

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Many other retailers not shown here are offering substantial discounts. Brooks Brothers, is doing their Annual Sale, there is quite a bit of Black Fleece merchandise marked down. J. Crew and Tommy Hilfiger, and J. McLaughlin continue their sales as well.

We leave you another brand we are generally fond of, Lacoste, and their Carnaby Sneaker for Toddler, Little Kid & Big Kid on sale at Nordstrom.

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This cutie is discounted in all sizes.  And don’t forget the Nordie’s Anniversay Sale beginning next week.

Enjoy!

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Help Me Understand, Lilly Pulitzer Calling Cards & Address Labels

Hello-Hello everyone! How are we all doing now that we’re approaching midweek?

Today we really aren’t covering much of anything one might consider preppy. Not really. Not unless one considers our first topic borderline preppish, only because the subject is affiliated with a certain faux-prep school television show we continually natter on about.

Okay now.  Not to sound like a crankenstein (translation: stand by for complaints peaking the Crank-o-Meter in the red zone, honestly, what a whiner), but upon seeing photos of Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester in this… ah, wearing this… well, we are clearly lacking nouns by which one could refer to such a… umm, such a garment. How’s that?

Before seeing the photos most relevant to our decision that this episode be officially classified as a “Help Me Understand,” we want to share a few other images to make the point that we find the actress to be absolutely beautiful.  And we thought Ms. Leighton looked stunning.

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From the neck up.

PHOTO: Kevin Winter/Getty
PHOTO: Kevin Winter/Getty

And perhaps even from the side… kind of, sort of, maybe.

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PHOTO: Matt Sayles/AP

However, these first photos don’t actually reveal the depth and breadth lacking in said garment.

WARNING: The following photos are NSFW.

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PHOTO: Jason Merritt/Getty

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PHOTO: Jason Merritt/Getty
PHOTO: Jason Merritt/Getty

The Garment was worn to Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards; the photos prompted PTDD (Post Taumatic Dress Disorder) flashbacks, eerily reminiscent of the Blake Lively Romper Episode.

We recognize we’re not exactly the demo sought by the MTV pooh-bahs. Nor are we anything remotely resembling hip or slick or cool or stylish, but we didn’t think we had gone over to the dark side, you know, the dreaded old fuddy-duddy part of the planet.

Is it us, dolls? Our upbringing? Our age? We implore you: help us understand.

On a side note, we are ever-so-excited this morning because we finally learned what NSFW means! The Spousal Unit explained it once he collected himself after hearing TP trying to sort it out solo. A few guesses we actually thought were possibilities before crumbling and asking for assistance:

  • Not Safe for Women
  • No Situations for Work
  • No Sly Favors Wanted
  • National Sillies from Women (?)

Please don’t laugh until we’ve left the room, we already feel utterly uncool and clueless. Sigh.

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In other fashion news, word today from Wal-Mart they will be carrying a new line just in time for back to school shopping. It will be created by…

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PHOTO: Courtesy Wal-Mart/PRNewsFoto

teen superstar Miley Cyrus and Max Azria, perhaps best known for his BCBG line.  This news comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement by the Disney Channel that Hannah Montana returns for Season 4 this fall.  In the photo above Ms. Cyrus is wearing pieces from the new collection.  From the Walmart snooze release news release:

“The line will arrive in all Walmart stores and on Walmart.com in early August, and includes tops, pants, graphic tees, shoes and accessories, all priced less than $20.”

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A quick couple of Sales & Savings to pass along:

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Garnet Hill is offering loads of markdowns in their Childrens’ department, and eLuxury is promoting an Extra 40% Off and complimentary shipping for orders totaling more than $100, but the eLuxury promotion ends tonight at midnight.

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Brooks Brothers is pushing deeper discounts at their online only clearance; J. Crew is touting the addition of more merchandise to their sale section.

Additionally, Lands’ End is offering “Save 20% to 40% Off Dresses, Pants, Skirts, & Shorts,” while competitor LL Bean is promoting “Savings up to 60%” on their site.

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In honor of today’s kickoff at the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale we’ll share one of this week’s best additions to the Princess Shoppe, the Lilly Labels and Calling Cards!

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The calling cards are printed on thick card stock, very posh IOHO. There are so many fabulous designs it is impossible to select just one favorite!  We adore the navy blue and hot pink used in Cloud Nine, so much so we will dub it today’s Pretty in Pink.

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But then, we’ve always been a little crazy for Loco Patch too. (Ahem, it would appear that Silly Princess somehow got out today.)

Lilly Pulitzer Loco Patch

Lilly Pulitzer Loco Patch

And there are another twenty-plus divine designs on the site, there really aren’t any we don’t like. Decisions, decisions. Sigh.

Smiles dollfaces, we are way too far behind in our duties here at the Prepatarium, we must scramarama! Don’t forget to share your wisdom on The Garment issue, we have an expiring mind dying to know!

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The New Tiffany Concept Store, Luxury Magazines Update

Hello-Hello!

Most readers have struggled with the challenge of shopping at upscale jewelry boutiques, in particular the inability to pick up an item and examine it more closely unless assisted by an employee.  And for those who prefer looking at things sans a sales associate, the new Tiffany is a dream come true.

Located in the Americana at Brand complex in Glendale (if the name sounds familiar we did a little preview before the shopping/condo complex opened), the shop showcases a new concept store for the company – the items are not locked away or inaccessible.  As an article in Monday’s edition of WWD explains:

“… a comfortable, airy environment meant to exemplify the opposite of buttoned-down selling. Customers are encouraged to try on the jewelry, with entry and middle price points ranging from $80 to $42,000 and averaging $200 to $5,000. Engagement rings and statement pieces, the steepest-priced category, aren’t available.

Jewelry is openly exhibited on mountings, under glass that’s not fully enclosed and in drawers that customers are invited to open. “What it becomes is an evolution of the jewelry box,” said Canavan.”

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According to the story, Tiffany even considered re-naming the store something other than the standard Tiffany; it was referred to within the company as “collection store.”

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TP has noticed some new additions in the catalog, like the Elsa Peretti bangle bracelets.

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We just know that Muffy Martini, with her finger on the pulse of all things shopping and style in SoCal, will be able to provide us with an update on the store in the not-too-distant-future. And it goes without saying that she will also be able to tell us about the new St. John store that just opened.

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PHOTO: Courtesy St. John

You may recall our earlier post showcasing some of the merchandise for the new St. John concept store. Located at the fabulous South Coast Plaza, the store is actually called St. John SoCa.  Here is the Colorblock Stretch Cotton Dress at Nordstrom.

The second ‘SoCa’ store will be in Palm Desert, but merchandise landed in most stores on Friday.  Retailers expected to carry the line include Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Below, the Beaded Jersey Shell, also at Nordstrom.

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Is the current economic situation a challenge for magazines that cover high end and luxury brands? According to Folio magazine:

“While they aren’t recession-proof, necessarily, the super luxury segment tends not to take as big a hit in tough economic times as other magazines do.”

But apparently there is a rumor the ultra-lux Robb Report is about to sold.

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Robb Report

However, word today that 02138, the magazine targeted at Harvard alumni, is folding. (The number is the school’s zip code.)

The magazine’s publisher, Manhattan Media, released a statement Friday:

“Manhattan Media has decided to suspend publication of 02138…. the current economic environment has made it too difficult to proceed at this time… “

According to a story in the Yale Daily News, Manhattan Media planned to expand upon the 02138 concept:

“The publisher of 02138, Manhattan Media, had hoped to start a similar magazine at Yale, but the idea has now been suspended indefinitely …”

And finally, a few quick updates from our ongoing efforts to keep wise shoppers to date on markdowns and sales. First, the Neiman’s sale continues:

Even Frette, one of the great luxury brands, is having a sale on their lush linen offerings.

Also, the good folks at ShopBop are thinking of your pocketbook!

In fact, today’s Pretty in Pink photo we share the Coconut Lips tote by Tory Burch, now on sale in a shocking pink cotton canvas print.

The wacky print of two-tone lips and large logo combine to make this one a bit over the top for us, but it is fun nonetheless for one more youthful and relaxed in outlook.

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