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About That Smartphone, Two More Target Collaborations

Hello-Hello, we hope everyone enjoyed a delightful weekend.

We begin today with an interesting topic, likely to initiate a bit of discussion: smartphone manners. Seriously. We won’t delve into the last two episodes on the road, driving behind the at-least-15-miles-under-the-speed-limit and veering-from-lane-to-lane drivers who were too busy texting to drive, nay-nay. (Ummm… it seems we just delved into it.)

No, we thought we would approach it in a more civilized fashion, with assistance from David Carr at the Times, his recent story on Digital Détente offers a few suggestions. First on his list of ten tips (and we’ll skip around a bit) is a suggestion that may seem obvious to many of us, or perhaps appallingly restrictive to others:

1. Go ahead, glance at your phone at an incoming text. And please excuse yourself to respond to one that will immediately advance your plot to take over the world. But do not type under my nose. It hurts my feelings.

If we seem a tad harsh, please remember you are chatting (in a virtual manner of speaking) with two individuals who live and die by the internet, and thus our smartphones. We are not insensitive to the need to conduct business on them whilst away from the Prepatorium, not at all. For example, this next point from Mr. Carr’s story makes perfect sense to us, although it may be of consternation for some:

2. Phones should remain put-away during dinner and lunch with friends, but it should also be permissible to ask for and take a mutual “phone break” if the meal goes on for longer than an hour.

It’s possible the bigger issue is what one’s definition of “in public” means.  For example, I can’t think of any private clubs (those requiring membership approval, not the local health club) that allow cell phone use almost anywhere on the premises. It is grounds for suspension at many, as it should be. (I’ll refrain from inserting the ‘rules are rules’ part here.) This next point involves an infraction we *have* committed, although only with permission/insistence of those whose company we are enjoying:

5. Do not think that tweeting about having a drink with me validates my importance. Having a drink with me validates my importance. Memorialize it later or when I am in the restroom.

Here is another good point:

6. Do not link all of your social media together. If I wanted to follow you on Foursquare, I would follow you on Foursquare. Finding out on Twitter that you are the mayor of the Boerum Hill IHOP doesn’t meet any current needs I have.

And one that makes perfect sense:

4. Staring at a smartphone in an elevator seems like a good deal for everyone. I mean, as opposed to what?

For those curious as to precisely what prompted our little tirade chat on the topic, part of it truly was the driving and texting incidents, but also this:

Thank you Hopsy!

We’re guessing that wasn’t part of the Times story because it is such an obvious infraction of basic courtesy it needn’t be noted. The way Mr. Carr closed his article created made us feel *much* better:

I break all of these rules, occasionally or chronically. But as they say in various recovery programs, it’s progress, not perfection.

We’re curious to know your pet peeves and suggestions on the topic…? (Oh, c’mon, don’t be shy!)


Next, word of Target’s next two collaborative efforts, the first with Albertus Swanepoel, a South African milliner who has created some amazing headwear. Below we show a 2009 creation and on the right, a collection he did with Stetson last fall.

According to Women’s Wear Daily there will be ten hats in Mr. Swanepoel’s collection, all priced at $19.99. WWD also broke news of a second partnership for the retailer, jewelery designer Dana Kellin will create a collection of earrings and necklaces, they will be priced from $9.99 to $49.99. Below left we show the designer, on the right, one of her necklaces.


We leave you with a picture of what is sure to be a big hit this September, our Lilly Pulitzer Eco Cups.

Lilly Pulitzer Eco Cups

We verified this morning the cups are dishwasher safe, they will be available in Navy Bloomers, Luscious, Nice to See You and First Call.  The image is from the Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2011 Gift Collection lookbook we have posted on our Facebook wall.  If there are loads of readers who aren’t Facebook members or fans and you would like us to do a post on the fall Lilly line, just let us know, that is easy to accomplish – we don’t want to leave out anyone just because you aren’t on FB. 🙂


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Sales & Savings of the Prepalicious Kind

Hello-Hello, welcome to an almost-weekend, we admit we are tickled at the prospect of even a smidge of calm as we slide into Saturday and Sunday.

We want to share some Sales & Savings opportunities, beginning with the Friends & Family promotion at Neiman’s Last Call.

Neiman Marcus Last Call

To receive the discount online use the code FRIEND at checkout for 30% off your entire order.  The promotion runs through March 28.

Prep stalwart Brooks Brothers has started its Preferred Customer event.

Brooks Brothers

Shoppers using their Brooks charge will receive 25% off their total purchase, those using any other method of payment receive 15% off.  This runs through April 7.

The Tory Burch Private Sale is underway, it also runs through the 28th.

Before we get to the savings now on offer at LL Bean we want to share the news that has Bean customers smiling ear to ear.

LL Bean

In case the print is hard to read, Bean announced yesterday that shipping will always be free, with no minimums and no special requirements.

Bean is also having a sale, with some fairly solid markdowns and then some that are just so-so.  One of our favorite casual dinnerware designs is on sale, four place settings in the Vacationland pattern are now $47, marked down from $59.

Also in the home store, a fabulous deal for those interested in a nautical touch, the Maine Isle Throw Pillows are significantly discounted to $8.99 from$29.50.

For those fond of Bean’s Seacoast Skirt, it is now $10.99, that is a 75% reduction in price from $44.50.

There are even solid basics on sale, like the women’s Pima Cotton Tee ($10.99 from $22) and the Oceanwashed Polo Shirt (also $10.99 from an original selling price of $22).

The children’s section offers a variety of things, including footwear.  The Plaid Canvas Sneaker is roughly 50% off (now $14.99) and the Puddle Stomper Boots are discounted by 25%, they are now $21.99.

Not to be left out, Lands’ End is promoting savings as well.

Lands' End

They also have discounts on wardrobe basics, the Long Sleeve Polo on the left is $19.99, originally $34.50. There are savings on the more upscale Lands’ End Canvas line as well, the Heritage Polo seen on the right is only $14.99 in last season’s colors, and there is a broad selection of sizes and colors.

There are scads of sales underway of interest to all denizens of the Preppy Planet, far too many to list. Happy hunting for those on the prowl!


We are guessing that many readers are already weary of the hullabaloo surrounding The. Wedding.  And while arguably we are contributing to WFS (Wedding Fatigue Syndrome,) hopefully our coverage can be categorized as relatively tame, not reaching the insane levels seen elsewhere.

This next item is neither sane nor tame.  Behold the GE Royal Wedding Refrigerator.


Because nothing says wedding celebration like a 6-foot image of Prince William and Kate Middleton grinning at you as you reach for that cold slice of pizza. (With apologies to our FB fans for the repetition, we couldn’t help ourselves.)

However… some things are actually rather sweet. Cath Kidston, the UK-based retailer, has added several Royal Wedding items to its lineup.  The Tea Towel is cute as can be, and the all cotton Reusable Tote is also fun.

It is the whimsical art that is so appealing, here is the Coffee Mug.


Finally today, news for those fond of the Lilly Pulitzer Agendas for 2011 – 2012.


Because of the level of interest and volume of inquiries following our initial mention of this August’s Agendas, we are now taking pre-orders for both the Large and Pocket size Agendas.  We want to be responsive to the number of customer requests, but do note these will not ship until at least mid-July.  Once again these are 17-month Agendas, running from August 2011 – December 2012, and the new patterns are as shown above, Luscious, Docksider, Navy Bloomers and Nice to See You.

On those cheery images we say Goodbye until next time, may your weekend be bright and happy!



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