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Hayden-Harnett at Target Sneak Peek, A Gossip Girl on the Cover of W and ‘Prep Run Amok’

Good evening everyone!

Here at the Prepatorium we experienced several hours of white-out snow this afternoon.

It was Just. So. Dreary.

Therefore we decided a sneak peek at the Hayden-Harnett line for Target might provide a quick pick-me-up. Below, the Canvas Hobo in Multicolor; it will retail at $39.99.

Hayden-Harnett for Target
Hayden-Harnett for Target

A matching umbrella will sell at $22.99.

Hayden-Harnett for Target
Hayden-Harnett for Target

The collection hits December 28th, running through March 15.  Below, the Chain Bag in black, expected to sell at $44.99.

Hayden-Harnett for Target

Hayden-Harnett for Target

There are some utterly divine pieces available now at the Hayden-Harnett website.  We love the Capri glasses case, but this photo forces us to call for a reader response: is the fabric slightly crooked in the frame, tilting to the right? Or is TP more off-kilter than normal?

Courtesy Hayden-Harnett

Courtesy Hayden-Harnett

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Just when we thought the frenzy over all things Gossip Girl might be calming down, we read about the following on a gazillion websites:

Courtesy W
Courtesy W

G2 star Blake Lively, who plays Serena van der Woodsen on the hit show, has landed the December W cover, no small feat for a star on the small screen. The story by writer Dana Wood makes the contention:

“…Levelheaded Blake Lively is emerging as the buzziest (and busiest) of the Gossip Girl gang.”

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
Photo: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

The W Editor’s Blog has a fabulous brief about co-star Ed Westwick,

“…I couldn’t resist asking about my favorite Gossip guy: Ed Westwick, aka the sinister Chuck Bass. Sliming his way through every episode in one insane, prep-run-amok ensemble after another, he’s emerged as the show’s true fashion scene-stealer.”

Some readers may recall our post mentioning that Mr.Westwick is to be the new face of the K-Swiss advertising campaign.  Below, Mr. Westwick in photos of the shoot for those ads, courtesy of the Just Jared website.

Courtesy JustJared.com

Courtesy Just Jared

Courtesy Just Jared

Courtesy Just Jared

No mentions that TP noticed of the alleged Feud between Ms. Blakely and co-star Leighton Meester.

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We know that Kate over at the always wonderful Nautical by Nature will be clicking over to Refinery 29 faster than we can all say “bye-bye” to her; they have an entire post, “Life Aquatic – Nautical Themes Sail into Spring” that we think might appeal to her.

Courtesy Refinery 29
Courtesy Refinery 29

Above left is the Gathered Sweater by Steven Alan, and on the right, the Sailor Pullover, available at A.P.C. online. Not all of the featured items are ideal for the Princess, but one never knows until they look for themselves, so enjoy the window-shopping!

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Having already visited the Boutique Tarzshay today, we shall minimize our online surf time and share this men’s sweater for our Argyle Update.

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Most of you know of our obsession with adoration of bows. After all, our motto here at the Preppy Princess is “Because Life is Better with a Bow.”  And it is better, don’t you think? Below we offer one of our new favorites, the Betsey Johnson BJ7026 watch in blue, $67.50 at Zappos.

Betsey Johnson BJ7026

It is also available in red at Amazon for $73.50.

Betsey Johnson BJ7026
Betsey Johnson BJ7026

It is almost time to tune in for this:

Aaron Tomlinson/CBS News Handout/Reuters

Aaron Tomlinson/CBS News Handout/Reuters

We are talking about the CBS 60 Minutes Interview with President-elect Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.  We apologize, but we do not have a clue as to who Ms. Obama is wearing; we only know the story was shot last week at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Here is one exchange from the interview:

“… And I looked at him and said, ‘You are the 44th president of the United States of America. Wow. What a country we live in.'”

“How about that?” President-elect Obama added. “Yeah. And then she said, ‘Are you going take the girls to school in the morning?'”

“I did not,” Michelle Obama replied, laughing. “I didn’t say that.”

In a bit of political trivia, here are the Secret Service code names assigned to the Obama family:

  • President-elect Barack Obama: Renegade
  • Michelle Obama: Renaissance
  • Malia Obama: Radiance
  • Sasha Obama Rosebud

Mrs. Obama has had her name since January. Vice president-elect Biden is “Celtic,” and Mrs. Biden is “Capri.”

Many readers will remember the interest in the dress Michelle Obama wore for her White House visit last week; it turned out to be by designer Maria Pinto.  As an added FYI for the political fashionistas it turns out First Lady Laura Bush was wearing Carolina Herrera.

Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty

On that note, ‘night ‘night!

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Gossip Guys and Girls, Qee at Target

We probably should have seen this one coming, but it simply never occurred to us. Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and other Gossip Girls on magazine covers? Yes.  But Penn Badgely, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick on a cover together? (Below, Blake Lively on this month’s Cosmopolitan.)

And might we just show our fuddy-duddiness by commenting on how TQM (The Queen Mother) would never allow TP to set foot, nay, not even one toe in the house with Cosmo if the headlines were anything like those seen here. Not. Ever.

Perhaps a magazine cover should be dedicated to Ms. Lively and her ‘real-life’ sweetheart, Penn Badgely, seen walking to the Gossip Girl set last week in New York.

Edward Opinaldo/Splash News

Photo: Edward Opinaldo/Splash News

Ms. Lively and co-star Leighton Meester both lent their name to a very good cause, the 8th annual Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Shoe Auction; the fundraiser supports efforts to develop a new test for ovarian cancer. Below, shoes that were up for auction from Ms. Lively, then Ms. Meester. September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

TP is mortified we didn’t run this story previously so anyone interested in bidding could actually do so; we apologize for being a dolt. Below, Ms. Meester doing some charitable work for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the Armory on September 20th.

Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Target collaborations continue apace; this one is really very cute, at least we find it cute.  Just 2-1/2″ tall, it is a limited edition Qee, the oh-so-cute toy designer toy figure you may already be familiar with. If not, you aren’t alone, and BTW, in the process of discovering Qees we learned the proper pronunciation is “key”.

The one in the photo above as well as below are both the result of a collaboration between TOY2R and Target, and both come equipped with their optional keychain attachment. Hopefully you aren’t overly fond of the little creatures, as unfortunately you can’t have one, and neither can we.

Apparently these were made only for select Target Team Members and unless you know someone… who may know someone… who really does know someone, then it’s unlikely the little creatures will be dangling from your Birkin. (This may be heresy to some, and we do apologize for disturbing anyone’s equilibrium, but TP actually does find this a whimsical accent to a Birkin bag, although we’re not seeing it with our Longchamps or Goyard.)

AP photo/Jason Bronis

AP photo/Jason Bronis

And to all our fellow Americans coping with gas shortages that are being incredibly under-reported, we hear your pain. Ouch! As an FYI, Forbes has a story on it.

The scenes over the past several days in places like Nashville, Tenn., Anniston, Ala., and western North Carolina looked like file footage from 1979 – with bags over empty gas pumps and quarter-mile long lines of cars waiting to fill up at stations that hadn’t run out.

We close on an up note with word that our neighbors to the north will be able to order from Saks.com this holiday season. The retailer has finally made arrangements for shipping to Canada; it is long overdue.

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Gossip Girls Haunt the Hamptons & Here’s One for the Military

Here in the corner condo at the Home Offices of the Preppy Princess Intergalactic (or Interplanetary, either will do) Headquarters, we are most definitely ready for a Friday. My goodness. Sheesh. We are aware it could always be worse – you could be sweltering in Southern California, and we remain hopeful we don’t have a Melted Miss Muffy Martini. (Was it really 106 in Burbank?) Or you could be at the brand-spanking-new Ikea stores that opened this week in Red Hook (Brooklyn) or Atlanta; talk about a zoo! In chatting with friends, it appears both locales have enjoyed scenes not unlike a party at an SAE house or feeding time at the great ape display at your local zoo!

Or you could be in Southampton looking at this.

Gossip Girl ed westwick Hamptons argyle

We hope you are fortunate enough to be reading this while sitting on the porch at your cottage on Nantucket or at the Cape or Macatawa, perhaps Pismo Beach or Half Moon Bay…. sigh. If you are reading it from the Hamptons, you may have already encountered Gossip Girl filming for their upcoming season. We have never, ever, actually known a human being who would get off the train attired like this. You are in a suit, or you are in khakis and a blazer, or you are wearing jeans and a button down, you know the routine. Three argyles all at once and spectators and the shorts…? No. Not even close.

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But hey…you’re at the beach. Literally and figuratively. It matters not. By the way, for those not quite in the know (The Princess included) this would be actor Ed Westwick, a Brit who plays a rather slimy fellow named Chuck Bass. There were other celeb sightings: we were told that any females in the vicinity of actor Chace Crawford tend to swoon, or get a bit giggly, as seen in the photo below. You know, teenage, pre-teen, post-teen, tweens, you name it, almost any female breathing in and out could be susceptible, at least from from what we understand.

Gossip Girls Hamptons Chace Crawford

Gossip Girls Chace Crawford #2

We move on to female co-stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester who play teens at the all-girls prep school the show revolves around. Both are seen on the set.

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Ms. Lively (this is where TP asks if that is her given name?) is often referred to as being possessed of a ‘preppy style’ or ‘aesthetic’, she is shown below in a Rag and Bone dress that we’re not finding overly ‘preppy,’ although we do love-love-love it. (Psst – it’s on sale too!)

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One interesting tidbit about the show shooting in the Hamptons comes from Lauren Le Vine’s story in The Cut Blog (New York magazine online): she reports that no one, as in nobody came to the open auditions for the show held at Pink Elephant last weekend.

We were told to come “dressed upscale and camera ready,” which had us a little nervous as to whether we’d be up to the competition — but then … there wasn’t any. The massive line of Gucci-clad teenage girls never materialized. Instead, the line maxed out at just four people (including us) and none of us were teenagers. We were amazed. How could only four people want to be on the BEST SHOW EVER?

Gossip Girls \'casting call\' lauren levine ne mag The Cut blog

They were casting for an “old-money, glamorous, White Party” in the Hamptons, and were looking for people with “upscale looks and wardrobes … Upper East Side high society, conservative prep-school teenagers, elegant bourgeoisie.”

Let’s take a moment to think about this…. would you have gone?

We thought not. So we’ll move on to our next topic if that is acceptable to you…?

Christopher & Banks Khaki Drawstring SkirtChirstopher & banks Stripe Boat Neck Tee

The Princess would like to take a moment for a ‘shout-out’ (… it’s a term we have heard previously and we do hope we have the appropriate usage here) to the folks at Christopher and Banks. The retailer has announced they will provide military personnel a 10% discount every day, starting tomorrow, June 23rd. This is EVERY DAY for active and retired military personnel and their families. How cool is that? Personnel must show a military ID and be in person to receive the discount, which makes sense to TP. Are you familiar with Christopher & Banks? We weren’t, so we were forced to find out more. Above, the evidence. A khaki skirt for about $25 and striped knit tee for $19.97, both of which looked perfectly presentable to us.


Christopher & Banks Intarsia Boxes CardiganChristopher & Banks Pink Tee

Above you see the company’s Intarsia Boxes Cardigan at $45.50 accompanied by the Everyday Fit Tee for $15.50. To kick off the military discount, Christopher and Banks and CJ Banks stores will boost the discounts to 20% for a two-week period from June 23rd – July 6th, and make it 30% if personnel bring a friend to the store with them. For more information, TP recommends reading a copy of the snooze release here or contacting a store near you directly. The Princess was amazed to read there are 500+ Christopher and Banks stores (serving Missy sizes 4-16), 250+ CJ Banks stores (serving sizes 14W-24W), and 39 Acorn stores catering to a “… more affluent customer.. a distinct shopping experience for women who prefer upscale, boutique fashions…(sizes 2-16)…for women who seek spirited fashions..” The Princess will not snarkitize the beauty of what the company is doing for the military with any comments about their description of their Acorn stores division.

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Hottest Bachelors: Preppy Gossip Guys, James Blake, SATC and Patricia Field on HSN

Yesterday’s blog readers were subjected to the most dreadful discussion of Paris Hilton’s hair extensions and their ‘hotness.’ The conversation then took a turn for the worse, degenerating to the The Princess’s ‘unhotness.’ Let us just say that if you were waffling between reading the rest of this or heading out to the Nantucket Film Festival (now through the 22nd), we would strongly urge you to attend the Festival. A choice between the Phillip Lim store opening in West Hollywood or plodding through this? Not even a conversation; Lim, hands down. Trust TP when she tells you this is gonna’ go south in a hurry.

You were warned. We now turn to Hottest Bachelors 2008 as determined by People magazine. More accurately, we glance at the ‘preppy’ elements in the ‘Hottest’ group, commencing with this unfortunate trio from Gossip Girls.

The stars of Gossip Girl  Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick and Chace Crawford

BTW, if you would like to cast your vote in an online poll at the People magazine website on which of the three Gossip Guys you would like to date, here’s where you need to be. And if that feels good, you can do the same thing for Hills heartthrobs (we cannot believe we just wrote that) Stephen Colletti and Brody Jenner.

James Blake

Another preppy on People’s oh-so-hot list is tennis star James Blake (IV), whose story is really more like a made-for-TV movie. Blake went to high school in Fairfield (CT) and attended Harvard before joining the tennis circuit, and did he run into some rugged times. In an effort to raise the tone of today’s post, we point out that Blake co-authored a biography that is supposed to be very, very good. And we do know his journey has been nothing short of remarkable.

James Blake Book

Moving away from the tennis court and into the retail world, we offer a reminder:

Charles Tyrwhitt Sale

As you may recall reading here in a previous post, The Princess and The Princess Consort (aka The Spousal Unit) are both *huge* fans of British shirtmaker Charles Tyrwhitt for their incredible fabrics, fine designs and outstanding attention to detail. They too are having a semi-annual sale of some kind and it is well worth your time should you choose to pop in.

Finally, for those unable to find enough goodies from Sex and the City designer Patricia Field, stand by for more. The has made a deal with HSN (the Home Shopping Network), for a collection of sportswear, dresses, denim and accessories. A *very* big launch is expected; the line will sell for five days straight, starting on Sept. 23. New York Fashion Week will be used as a springboard to showcase merchandise that week just prior to the the launch. Word is that Field’s famous Flower Dress will be available to HSN shoppers along with many new designs.

Flower Dress


Patricia Field Coke Bottles

Above you see the limited edition colorful Coke bottles designed by Field, below, a few looks from the upcoming HSN group.

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The Princess may be a bit out of touch the next day or two. It is more than likely time to say goodbye to the family pet, a thought we’re struggling to get our minds around as her deterioration was extraordinarily rapid. Tomorrow brings with it the potential for a big, bad, owie.

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