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A Derby Dust-up? And Finally, Mission Accomplished.

Hello and Happy Day to everyone!

Has everyone been reading about the tiff brewing over upcoming Kentucky Derby festivities? It seems some think the annual Barnstable Brown Gala has become a bit…well, tired. This is the 20th year for the big do, long considered one of the parties at Derby Week.

Twin sisters Priscilla Barnstable and Tricia Barnstable Brown host the Gala, a fundraiser for Pediatric Diabetes research, and generally a tough ticket.

Courtesy Southern Seasons

Courtesy Southern Seasons

Apparently the criticism involves a guest list many find…lacking. Last year’s names included Joey Fatone, several football head coaches, Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt, chef Bobby Flay, Hugh Hefner, Edward Norton, and the Lachey brothers, to name a few. To be completely inappropriate, these are not exactly A-list celebrities. (Oooooh, the Princess is a Crankenstein!)

Courtesy Briar Rose Estate

Courtesy Briar Rose Estate

This year we have the horror of a competing another function simply titled the Briar Rose Derby Party, held on the historic Briar Rose Estate.

Courtesy Briar Rose Estate

Courtesy Briar Rose Estate

Held on the same night. At the same time. Hhhhmmm…. it seems we have dueling Derby dos.  In this environment we can only advise caution when picking one’s horse.  Trust TP on this one.

Indeed.

In other festivities, some may remember when we posted about the Derby Barbie a few weeks ago – now take at look at her celebrating Taste of Louisville!

Courtesy Lousiveille Courier-Journal

Courtesy Louisville Courier-Journal

(This photo comes courtesy the Louisville Courier-Journal.)

Of course, this year’s Derby also provides the backdrop for lots of other entertaining events, including another reality TV show debut: SOAPnet premieres its new docudrama “Southern Belles – Louisville” on May 21.

Courtesy Photo via Louisville Courier-Journal

Courtesy Photo via Louisville Courier-Journal

If interested in learning more about the Belles, just click here for the Courier-Journal’s story. And for those enjoying the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Southern Seasons offers their version of the real deal, as it were, in this month’s issue.

Courtesy Southern Seasons

Courtesy Southern Seasons

One more Derby note: J. Peterman, a southern gentleman by birth, has put together his own Derby Day party. That comes in the form of a sale with some wonderful markdowns on a well curated collection of Peterman goods, such as the Floral Spring coat.

J. Peterman

J. Peterman

As always with this savvy retailer, the writing doesn’t disappoint: “…watercolor shades of Pink and Green on Cream….”.  Lush, luscious, and ever-so-pretty. So much we are making it today’s Pretty in Pink.

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Next, a quick tip of the hat to the folks at Glamour magazine.  Why? Because as Jezebel points out in this story, the magazine actually uses plus-size models in their May story on swimsuits.

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Why do we care about such matters? Because to properly address diversity in fashion magazines, they must accurately reflect the cultures they serve.  (In the “Once Again, TP Reveals TMI” category, we are not a plus-size, nor do we consider being so a requirement for commenting on the topic. Harrumph.)

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We have a number of Earth Day related updates, starting with a reminder that Target has their new Loomstate Collection available online and in stores.

Courtesy Target via TheFrisky.com

Courtesy Target via TheFrisky.com

The pieces in this line are created from 100% organic cotton, and also carry reasonable price points.

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Also on the eco-friendly front, another player has entered the recycled sails market, 44 Knots.

Courtesy 44Knots.com

Courtesy 44Knots.com

The company is doing totes (as seen above) from the recycled sails, as well as scarves, something we’ve not yet seen in this material.

Next, we toot the Princess horn a little bit. While crazy about our Scout Totes, we have continued to search for a foldupable eco-conscious line of market totes, and finally….

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

We have liftoff!

It has taken us a long, l-o-n-g time to locate bags we felt merited your attention. Let’s face it: most people seem to understand the wisdom of using less paper & plastic and there are scads of eco-totes, grocery totes, market bags available now, but we had yet to see any we considered Preptastic.

Until we found the folks at RuMe Bags, which is essentially short for “Reuse Me”.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

Additionally we wanted bright colors and patterns, high quality goods that were machine washable (sorry ladies, but after multiple tours of duty traveling from the market to the Prepatorium, and back again … ewww…. let your conscience be your guide). If not originating in the US, we also required a Certified Fair Trade manufacturer. You can probably surmise why The Consort & yours truly struggled mightily when sourcing these! Oh, and on top of all this, the bags had to be reasonably priced.

At $8.50 and $9.50 (and this includes complimentary shipping!) we finally feel like we found the ideal market bags.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

They are big enough to carry a lot of groceries, 50 lbs. worth if need be….

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These also needed to be small enough for easy portability. Celebrity endorsements were not a requirement, but hey, we are not complaining, especially if its a preppy repp tie stripe Miss Ritchie is fond of!

After more than a year, we can finally say mission accomplished! Bright preppy colors and patterns do not have to exist separately from eco-friendly market totes. Hallelujah and good night.

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Kentucky Derby Barbie, Michelle O. Does Talbots, J. Crew Sale

Oh dolls, what a beautiful day it has been, outside as well as in, warm and sunny is the mood for the day!

We must share a number of things we can only refer to as Preptastic! First we thank the more-than-generous Kristin Pearce, for offering this gorgeous necklace in her blog giveaway last month!

Kristin Pearce Jewelry

Kristin Pearce Jewelry

We were fortunate enough to win, and the necklace arrived in our mailbox and to say it is stunning would be an understatement.  Kristin is one talented lady who has fantastic treasures in her etsy store; she also creates custom jewelry pieces. This beauty makes its debut Easter Sunday; thank you Kristin!

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For today’s Pretty in Pink we share our love for this amazing artwork from the one and only Fifi Flowers, an excellent print we bought last week.

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Pink Luggage by Fifi Flowers

Fifi is insanely talented and you will adore her artwork, as well as her boxed note cards, equally bright and beautiful!  They are available in Fifi’s etsy shop, all of them Preptastic IOHO.  And Miss Fifi has a wonderful blog we love to read on a daily basis.

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Also making the Preptastic List this holiday weekend, the Kentucky Derby Barbie.

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Appropriately attired in a floral dress with coordinating chapeau, Barbie wears a strand of pearls.

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As one might anticipate, bargains abound with Spring/Easter/After Easter/etc. sales and clearance events. J. Crew launched theirs several days ago:

J. Crew

J. Crew

There is a good assortment of merchandise across a spectrum of sizes, like the Avignon Peep-toes, originally $328, now $149.

J. Crew Avignon Pump

J. Crew Avignon Pump

Or the Cotton interlock promenade dress:

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The casual knit is sized Small-XL in black and bright pacific, now $49.99, marked down from $75. TP is happy to vouch for the versatility of Crew’s lightweight knits, they are outstanding.

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In what may be a boost for Talbots, First Lady Michelle Obama wears a Talbots dress on the cover of May’s Essence magazine.

Essence Magazine

PHOTO: Timothy White/Stockland Martel

The First Lady’s mother, Marian Robinson, is seen in the cover shot as well.

Essence Magazine May 2009

It appears Mrs. Obama is wearing Talbots Rose Print Silk Dress.

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The dress is shown in the ‘Lagoon Blue’ colorway. 

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On a related note, there is word the Obama family will spend their summer vacation on the Vineyard according to this story at the Cape Cod Today website.

Courtesy CapeCodToday.com

Courtesy CapeCodToday.com

The article says the First Family plans a two-week stay in the East Chop part of Oak Bluffs. We have always been fond of the East Chop Lighthouse.

And on that pretty picture, we’ll say ‘night!

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