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Rafael Nadal as Beefcake? Oh My! New Stores for Tory Burch & the Vines, J Crew Sale Gets Better!

NOTE: The Princess must apologize, for she thought this post was published yesterday (Monday) and it was not. She is shamed and chagrined. Silly Princess. Our bad.

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Well hello-hello everyone, and isn’t it a delightful Monday? A perfect August day marred only by the fact summer is drawing to a close, however desperately yours truly lives in denial of that reality.

We should have expected this I imagine, the Rafael Nadal and tennis fashion fascination, along with the Rafa is ‘hot’ as I believe it is said in today’s lingo? But you must remember The Princess is from a somewhat different era: members of the opposite sex are gentlemen (or nothing at all) and we most assuredly never referred to them as “Beefcake.” (Gasp!) Having said all that, TP has come to the conclusion that in an effort to be better connected to her customers at The Preppy Princess, not to mention her readers here at the blog, it’s time she learns all about Beefcake. (Double Gasp!)

At the very least we must force ourselves to become acquainted with the topic in terms of how it relates to tennis fashions, as that is something near and dear to our heart and a topic covered with some frequency on this blog. This week’s issue of New York has a fascinating story entitled The Beefcake in the BackCourt, written by the wonderful Ben Williams with a subhead that reads: “Another way in which ripped, raffish Rafael Nadal and his cardigan-wearing Swiss rival aren’t anything alike.”

And there is this:

TP is aghast. Horrified. Her face is aflame with a fuchsia color that would make the best Lilly Pulitzer print look washed out by comparison. She must make plans to go to confession as soon as she finishes this post. She simply cannot believe the photo on the right with Rafa looking so… ah…, looking so…, well, we’ll just say he looks rather intense. (Heh-heh-heh.)

The story is a splendid read, including the opening paragraph:

Take your time. It’s okay. That photo of Rafael Nadal on the back cover of this magazine is undeniably … what’s a polite way to put it? Arresting. The mussed locks curled just so above the shoulders. The biceps curved like a particularly ripe aubergine. The shadows playing across the deeply grooved abs. All demand extended scrutiny.”

When you’re done, ask yourself this: Would Roger Federer ever pose for a photo like that?

The pirate look Mr. Nadal wears so well was evident in at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

As was Mr. Federer’s more buttoned-up look.

The Princess must say reading about ‘ripped’ Mr. Nadal’s additional attributes made for an enlightening morning, albeit somewhat shocking. We’ll do our best to recover. Just knowing we could share it with you makes it all that more memorable! BTW, if there is anyone who can dish on the tennis fashion topic, Rich over at Down the Line Tennis is always on top of things.

We haven’t mentioned a number of store openings lately and wanted to cover just a few because they are of interest and/or more than timely. For openers, the Tory Burch store in San Francisco opens today on upscale Maiden Lane, a fab location. Here are a couple of the fall looks:

We aren’t wild about either one, but in the spirit of full disclosure TP has never done well with earth tones. They are very attractive to be sure, just not for us. The same can’t be said of the Hope Hooded Cardigan, very much for us, as it looks ever-so-snuggly. We acknowledge it’s not a bright and brilliant color, but when it comes to hoodies and their snuggle factor, color somehow ceases to be an issue for us!

A note on a name to watch: Katherine Fleming with news today she is launching her own line of handbags. At this point you are saying “This is all fine and lovely TP, and we’re quite Ms. Fleming is a wonderful human being and a great American, but why do we care about her handbags?!” Because fellow prep-heads, she is the designer responsible for much of the Tory Burch accessory line, as explained in this morning’s WWD story about her collection:

“…most recently Tory Burch, where she launched the brand’s accessories and was design director of accessories.”

Well, that definitely puts her on TP’s radar! Also opening a new store, but not until mid-November, is Vineyard Vines. They’ll be taking over the old Talbot’s Mens store in the Back Bay, and if there isn’t a lesson from the retailing Gods in that little scenario, wow. And that reminds us, you don’t want to miss out on the V2 Sale which is going full steam ahead.

We can’t pass up treasures like the Overboard Skirt, still available in a good range of sizes, or the Girls Boot Striped Polo, good to go in 3 great colors.

A decent amount of merchandise remains in the Mens and Boys sale areas as well as the Women’s and Girls, should this be of interest to anyone looking to snag a few things before the season is over.

Which brings us to one more preppy sale of note, the J Crew sale. Their merchandise is now an Extra 30% off, customers just need to use the code EXTRA30 at checkout. What could be easier than that?

We’ll chat more later. Happy hunting!

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The Mascara Wars: Chanel Fires a Shot, Take an Extra 20% Off Sales (Lots!)

Now you can call it a coincidence that the following arrived in our electronic Inbox this evening from our good friends at Chanel,

just hours after a similar email from a Chanel competitor arrived, but we think not. Following the link takes you to a lush-looking site, where you can watch all manner of short films about the company’s new line, Exceptionnel. Not to be confused with their earlier fall makeup release, “Strike Gold” which is as it sounds, all gold-based in colour, this new group is very dark and smoky, and not all of it is available in the USA.

It seems a good part of the Exceptionnel marketing weight is being thrown behind the “Exceptionnel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara.”

But the most entertaining thing about the Chanel mascara chatter is what beat the Chanel email to our Inbox by a few hours; we’re talking about The Turbolash email from Estee Lauder!

So it would appear we have the opening salvos fired in the Mascara Wars! Oh no! Of course, TP would like to think we broke the Turbolash story on the Princess blog (oh dear, she is back to talking about breaking stories, not a good sign) and naturally we’ll keep you posted on all details related to this important and exciting topic! (Heh-heh-heh.)

Moving on to something that may actually serve a purpose in your life, a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for the J. CrewTake an Extra 20% Off” Sale. Until they decide to extend said Sale. Or do it again. Neiman Marcus also wants you to take an additional 20% off their Sale prices, but unlike J. Crew, they do not show an ‘end date’ for the markdowns. If you are interested, there are an awful lot of handbags available for your viewing pleasure, including this Kate Spade from the Stevie group.

Not to be outdone, Hickey Freeman invites you to take an additional 20% off the Sale price on their merchandise, like this über-elegant Charcoal Striped Suit.

The same wonderful ‘Take another 20% Off the Sale Price‘ discount applies to both Men and Women’s Club House merchandise at the Bobby Jones site through July 31st.

And at the oh-so-hip Hickey (that’s not a typo folks, it’s just plain Hickey) site as well, look for an extra 20% off Sale prices through July 31st.

We made the mistake of doing a bit of surfing at the Hickey site; this rapidly led to trouble. Look at this wool & cashmere men’s sweatshirt and you will immediately see why. You just know the snuggle factor is going to be off the chart, and if you have that, what else matters?! The Princess is in love.

Garnet Hill is also having it’s Sale and Clearance, where goodies like this Cotton Henley sweater abound!

Our next-to-last Sale mention this evening is the J Peterman Summer Web-Only Sale.

If The Princess Consort were here he would personally vouch for the quality and workmanship of the J Peterman Vintage T Shirt, of which he owns several. He has also been quite pleased with Peterman’s Father of All T Shirts.

And everyone probably already knows about this one, but just in case you don’t,

the good people at Vineyard Vines are doing their part to help stimulate the economy, and lord knows, we appreciate their contribution! It is tough to keep that MonsterCard in the wallet when there are offerings like this Girls’ Overboard Flip Flop.

Or the Girls’ Boot Striped Polo

How about these cute Boys’T-Top Boats Chappy Swim Trunks?

There are also plenty of items on hand for Mom and Dad if you are still thinking about broadening your summer wardrobe selections, or ‘buying ahead’ for Christmas gifts or next year’s summer wardrobe.

Almost wrapping up our Sale selection tonight is eLuxury, where there is again an additional percent off the already discounted Sale price. But look closely and you’ll note the extra percent off is 25%, a better deal than any of the sites previously showcased!

Do remember that Lilly Pulitzer is on sale everywhere, and if you aren’t able to shop Lilly in person, there are loads of online locales you can try. A Splash of Pink, The Peppermint Palm, The Village Palm, or In the Pink are generally viable alternatives.

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