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Earth Day at the Preppy Princess

Hello-Hello and welcome to another Earth Day!

We have mixed feelings about today’s post, as we are staunch proponents of abiding by environmentally responsible principles and policies every day.  A simple belief there is a big difference between doing things right… and doing the right thing.  Reducing, reusing, and recycling whenever and wherever possible. Sharing of your good fortune and of that which is most precious, yourself.

And we’re not crazy about discussing ourselves for many reasons, not the least of which is that we are a fairly tame (translation: b-o-r-i-n-g) collection of people and pets.  Nor do we find drawing attention to oneself to be good manners. But we are also dedicated to operating The Princess as transparently as possible, and as this blog is a big part of our public persona, we think people are entitled to know how we implement these philosophies in relationship to the shoppe.

For openers, we felt strongly about creating our Eco-Prep category of reuseable totes and market bags, believing that being green and being preppy should not be mutually exclusive terms.

EnV Bags at PreppyPrincess.com

We searched a long time for solutions to the “paper or plastic” dilemma that were also fun and fashionable. Above, our EnV Totes 3-bag set ($27)  and below, RuMe Individual Mini-totes ($8.50), all capable of carrying home loads from the grocery and also washable.

RuMe Totes at PreppyPrincess.com

The philosophy impacts the business in more ways than just offering a better solution to the market totes situation.  For example, all Princess brand stationery products are printed on 100% recycled paper. Below, some of our Note Card selections, $22 per boxed set of 10.

Additionally, we try to offer products Made in the USA, believing it is wiser to avoid shipping goods from overseas while also supporting independent businesses.  For example, our Custom Belts and Preppy Pet items are made in New England, and all items in our Preppy Home group are American Made in places like Boston and Pennsylvania and South Carolina.  Kiel James Patrick makes his accessories in Rhode Island, and Candi’s Ribbon Flip-Flops are created in Michigan.

We will soon offer a Made in America category so shoppers can search products with that specific trait.

Some readers know firsthand that we feel opening a package from The Princess should make you smile; every order is gift-wrapped at no charge. We use 100% recycled tissue paper for this.

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When appropriate we do use glossy paper from Lilly Pulitzer or Jonathan Adler.

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Additionally we are also able to recycle packing peanuts in most instances for shipping fragile merchandise. The question has been asked: “if you’re using recycled tissue and packaging, why do you then put things in a plastic bag?” Simply put, because we know it would be far more wasteful to have items damaged in shipping, returned, new product shipped, etc.

While not specifically Earth Day related, we also believe being responsible transcends conserving and protecting natural resources, it extends to sharing our good fortune and supporting other resources.  That is why we donate 5% of profits to two organizations: the Fisher House Foundation, supporting our military families, and Dogs for the Deaf; both are rated Four-Stars by Charity Navigator. To date our contributions are more than $400 to each organization.

As promised, a yawn-inducing tale, but information we think should be shared for those interested. Being good corporate citizens is important to us. And we think being good to the environment can also be fun, like Brittnee shows us with her Lilly Pulitzer Market Bags ($10) from the Princess.

Lilly Pulitzer Market Bags at PreppyPrincess.com

It’s up there with our belief that Life is Better with a Bow.

Happy Earth Day.

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The Ultimate Preppy Ribbon Flip-Flops and Belts!

You know, there may be no more universally recognized ‘preppy accessory’ than the grosgrain ribbon belt or flip-flops. In some locales it might be a tote or a headband, pearls in a more formal setting, but as a rule nothing says “preppy” like a ribbon belt or flip-flops. And here at the Prepatorium we have struggled as we searched high and low for grosgrain ribbon belts and flip-flops to bring to you, items that were different, a step above all the ‘usual’ or mundane examples, these had to be something better. They needed to be bright and vibrant with a touch of whimsy while retaining a sophisticated edge; it goes without saying they needed to be very well-made. We were about to give up.

And then it happened! We found these wonderful pieces practically in our own back yard, and we are ever-so-pleased to present for you the very new Princess Flip-Flops and matching Princess Belts.

A fabulous addition to the Preppy Princess, we think of them as the ultimate preppy grosgrain ribbon flip-flops and belts. These treasures are different from the majority of grosgrain ribbon belts or flip-flops we generally see, those that are all kind of similar in style with a single piece of ribbon as the decor. Our Princess Belts and Flip-Flops are made using several different pieces of vibrant ribbon, then those pieces are interwoven by hand for a unique and perfectly preppy style statement you’ll just love. (Well, if The Princess isn’t proud of herself for finding these treasures?)

Preppy Princess FlipFlops #1

The Princess is very fond of the ‘Bubblegum‘ flips seen below, after all, they’re made with interwoven grosgrain ribbon in ‘our colors’ of pink and green! They’re shown with the matching belt, and honestly, these are to die for, it’s that simple. To. Die. For.

Preppy Princess Cotton Candy Bubble GUm Flip-Flops w/ Belt

The next colorway just screams summer sun and beachy blues of water and sky. The only thing that could *arguably* be better than the grograin ribbons used in this pattern it’s the name: Lopsickle.

Preppy Princess Lopsicle Flip- Flops and Belt

This next pair is in the Cotton Candi colorway, that chic teal and chocolate brown, pretty cool to look at and like all of our flips, pretty comfortable as well, because they are made with an über comfy sole.

Cotton Candi Flips Pic #2

Preppy Princess Cotton Candi Flip-flops

Of course there is nothing like the timeless style of black and white to boost your wardrobe’s versatility and style; that’s a combo that will go with just about anything. We present the Domino pattern.

Preppy Princess Dominos Flip Flops & Belt Combo

There’s a little secret in the family that is now known by everyone. (By definition I guess that would mean it is no longer a secret.) At any rate the story is that while growing up I always took only the purple and the green gumdrops from the bowl and left the rest; we think perhaps that accounts for my love of this pattern appropriately dubbed ‘Gumdrop‘.

Preppy Princess Gumdrop Flips and Belt COmbo shot

For those of us wanting to get a little more formal, here’s an alternative: a classic Stewart plaid in red and navy with a touch of green.

Preppy Princess Flip Flops & Belt Combo Stewart

Preppy Princess Flips Stewart cu

We hope you love these as much as we do here at the Prepatorium. We’re proud to say they are made in the USA, and the soles of the flip-flops are a step above (no pun intended) most you see, cushier and conforming better to your foot a bit, unlike less well-made flips.

Because we know you will love them as much as we do, we are offering a special offer for our wonderful blog readers. You can receive 10% off your total purchase at PreppyPrincess.com, not just the flip-flops or belts, 10% off your entire purchase through midnight on Sunday, August 17th. The coupon code at checkout is FLIPDEAL, all one word.

We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them, even if you aren’t in the market for them! We simply adore getting as much feedback as possible. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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