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Monday Musings, A Touch of Madras & Seersucker

Hello and Happy Monday! Or is that an oxymoron?!

We begin with something ever-so-fun in pink and green, TP’s favorite color scheme! It all started with this pretty box arriving in the mailbox.

Beautiful Box

As a rule, we are not prone to discussion of our personal wardrobe other than occasional generalizations regarding a retailer or designer, with an oblique mention of something being featured that we may own.  (What could be more tedious?) However, today we make an exception to share this:

Our new nightie by Lilly Pulitzer comes compliments of the delightful Mindless Musings; we were partners in the Pajama Swap organized by The Landlocked Mermaid.  For those of us fond of bows and grosgrain ribbon, look at the trim on this treasure:

The bows adorn each side of the hem, cute as can be. We send a giant ‘Thank You’ to Miss Mindless Musings, we love our Lilly, as it also has a high snuggle factor!

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Speaking of public ‘Thank You’ sentiments, we simply have to send an appreciative greeting to the one and only Muffy Martini.  Muffy is doing her final Official Blog Birthday Giveaway, and here is what you can win:

MuffyMartini.Blogspot.com

MuffyMartini.Blogspot.com

Muffy is giving away some Lilly Pulitzer goodies from our little shop, all of them in the Loco Patch pattern.  The Giveaway prize includes 9 items, from plates and napkins to matches and reuseable glasses, everything you need to host a summer soirée. We’ll stop nattering on about it so you can pop over and enter at Muffy’s blog!

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We have a few Sales & Savings reminders for those still working on wardrobe issues. The Land’s End specials end tonight at midnight; the company is offering 25% off swimwear and up to 40% off loads of other items. Shipping is complimentary with no mandatory expenditure.

Also, eLuxury is taking an additional 40% Off all Sale items.  And Designs by Paige is offering some excellent deals, with several styles of their amazing needlepoint shoes on sale, including the Pink Flamingo Mule, as well as the Hot Pink Ultra Suede Ballet Flats.

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Burberry continues their Friends and Family Sale with 30% markdowns on ‘select merchandise.’

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Since we are discussing pink and green, we must recommend a fun and fabulous site we stumbled into: Pink & Green Scene. Talk about Prepalicious – the site is just delightful, featuring a pink and Green item every day!

Erin does an excellent job searching out things in our favorite preppy color combo; such a great job the blog is part of a big mention in a story about decorating blogs that ran in the Financial Times.

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Those who follow us on Twitter may recall have already seen this, but we wanted to share a quick screengrab from SpreadTweet, the program that makes a Twitter screen look like a spreadsheet.

Created to protect those Tweeting at the workplace (gasp!) from possible detection and discipline.

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We thought the changing seasons dictate a bit of seersucker and madras; we begin with the madras polo from a preppish stalwart, Fred Perry.

Courtesy Fred Perry via HighSnobiety.com

Courtesy Fred Perry via HighSnobiety.com

However… this is more of a Madras Mistake than a “must have” item for yours truly.  The madras print (more of a faux madras IOHO) is actually applied to the fabric through a digital process. Our thanks to High Snobiety for the original tip on this, as well as a look at the 100th Anniversary Polo, seen below.

Courtesy Fred Perry via Hypebeast & HighSnobiety

Courtesy Fred Perry via Hypebeast & HighSnobiety

We like this model much more! Our *only* concern about the classic polo look is the logo, which appears to be on steroids. Or is that just our imagination?

Speaking of madras, how cute are the Polo Ralph Lauren shoes for little girls at Saks? The Gill Fisherman Sandals are sized for Infants, Toddlers and Girls.

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Springtime also has us thinking about seersucker here at the Prepatorium. We are simply gaga over the Florence Eiseman Infant shortall in seersucker with the matching tee.

We also love the clean, classic lines of the E. Land Seersucker Dress at Saks in Toddler & Little Girl’s sizing.

Frankly, it’s so sweet it qualifies as a Pretty in Pink for today. Also in the PIP group, one bright and beautiful car for the original Princess of Pink, Barbie.

Courtesy Photos via Luxist & Autoblog

Courtesy Photo via Luxist & Autoblog

Created in honor of Barbie’s 50th Birthday, Fiat and Mattel collaborated on the one of a kind dream machine and unveiled it last month.

We have a brief personal note today: Landlocked Mermaid lost her grandmother Friday and we wanted to let her know we are all thinking of her and keeping her in our prayers as we send her a big cyberhug.

With this we say G’bye until tomorrow!

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Lilly Pulitzer Stationery Giveaway!

Hello-Hello! Did everyone enjoy their weekend?

Spring fever hit hard this weekend at the Prepatorium; not only did we see the sun, but the temperature soared to 50+ degrees. (Yes, you are correct, it really takes very little to get TP excited.)

If you have toddled over to the Preppy Princess store, you may have noticed the message sharing the news that our Lilly Pulitzer Stationery line will be here tomorrow.  All those goodies land here in just one day! Whoo-hoo! (To everyone who pre-ordered, your merchandise will be turned around immediately, on its way to you on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning!)

Lilly Pulitzer Sationery at PreppyPrincess.com

Lilly Pulitzer Stationery at PreppyPrincess.com

In honor of this it seems only proper that we share the celebration with those who keep us going when our spirits are flagging: all of you!

Above, the prize for this giveaway: Lilly’s Mix & Match Stationery set.  Everything you could need is in this outstanding set: 16 sheets of writing paper in four coordinating Lilly patterns, 12 envelopes in matching designs, 2 sheets of fun Lilly stickers, all of it contained in this decorative folio (or folder), as seen above in the photo! This is such a cool set, you will love it!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment to this post to be entered once.
  2. To receive a second entry in the drawing, leave another comment giving the name of your favorite Lilly stationery item for sale at the Preppy Princess store.
  3. To be entered a third time, post this giveaway on your blog or homepage, and *please* be sure to to mention this in your comment.

The drawing is one week hence, Monday, February 16 at 10am. 

And of course, you can take care of all your stationery and gift needs online with our Lilly collection, now that we know it’s on its way! Not to mention gathering those fabulous party supplies!

Speaking of Lilly, have you ever visited My Blue Blazer? This delightful blog provides an interesting perspective, and in this post the topic is menswear from Lilly Pulitzer. His first critique involves the label’s navy blazer for men; he offers high praise:

“The cut of this jacket may be the most flattering you will ever see in a navy blazer.”

The blog’s author also looks at other Pulitzer classics for men, including a colorful pair of swim trunks:

“Lilly’s signature palette goes well on these Capri Trunks. The look has been copied, but there is no substitute for the original.”

For more insight, or to see the specific pieces he reviews, pop over to the blog.  How about the Gentleman in your life… does he wear Lilly?  

And in our final Lilly tidbit, the Rue LaLa Lilly Pulitzer Sale just started about an hour ago, running until 11am Wednesday, the 11th.  For those not familiar with Rue LaLa, it is one of the many “members-only” online shopping sites that seemed to sprout up everywhere the last year.  Hypothetically the free membership is by invitation only; if you need an invitation, just email us at ThePreppyPrincess@mac.com

Things are going fast, so we should all exercise prudence and not become overly excited. And in the interest of full disclosure, there is some formula giving yours truly $10 off a purchase contingent upon how many people we send invites to; we don’t know the formula because we have never used it.  Not knocking these mind you, we simply have not had time to shop lately.

If all the goodies are gone at Rue LaLa, or even if they are not, we suggest heading to The Preppy Outlet, an outstanding resource with preppy treasures from many lines, all at fiscally friendly prices.

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The Women’s Wear Daily‘s annual Accessories issue is out, and one of the photo features looks at accessories showcasing the French flag’s tricolor motif.  We share a few of their picks, starting with these shoes by Maloles; the brand is available online at Net-a-Porter but this particular design is not yet available.  Sniff.

 

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PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

Below, an Erickson-Beamon bracelet in red, white and blue grosgrain ribbon. Cute, but a little too frou-frou for TP.

 

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The stripes on the Lacoste watchband echo this theme; the Women’s Mainsail Chronograph is available on the Lacoste website.

George Chinsee

Photo: George Chinsee/WWD

The bracelet is by Erickson-Beamon a line favored by First Lady Michelle Obama, among others.  And a reminder ladies, the Erickson-Beamon for Target Collection is scheduled to hit stores next Sunday, February 15, as detailed in this post.  Below, one of the many pieces from the Target Collection:

Courtesy Target

Courtesy Target

Two more looks, the coordinating necklace and earrings in beautiful shades of blue:

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We will sign off using this pink & white striped version of the Lacoste Mainsail watch as today’s Pretty in Pink:

 

Lacoste Mainsail

Lacoste Mainsail

On that pretty note, until next time!

PS: Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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Obama Buzz Crashes J. Crew Website, Mrs. Obama Wears Next Target Designer

Hello-hello!

Exciting news everyone, on the Lilly Pulitzer Stationery & Gift Collection due February 1! The Princess Consort has made a very few goodies from the group available on our site for pre-ordering.

What is a pre-order? It simply guarantees your items will be shipped as soon as the merchandise is in the door here at the Prepatorium, moving you up to the ‘head of the list’. It is similar to putting a ‘hold’ on merchandise to ensure its availability.

Lilly Pulitzer Latte-Da! Mugs

Lilly Pulitzer Latte-Da! Mugs

The oh-so-fun Latte-Da! mugs are already a favorite, and they are one of two items available now.  The other is the Mix and Match Stationery set in the Bee’s Knees pattern.

Lilly Pulitzer Mix & Match Stationery set

Lilly Pulitzer Mix & Match Stationery set

We spoke this afternoon with the wonderful folks handling Lilly’s stationery line, and they still anticipate shipping to us February 1.  Translated? We then hope to be shipping goods to you by the end of that week.

Okay… we start with follow-ups to our hasty posts on some of the Inaugural fashions seen on the First Family during recent events.

There is good news and bad news for preppy retailer J. Crew as a result of their products being showcased by all four of the Obamas this past week.  The good news is, of course, the favorable publicity for the J. Crew brand.  The bad news? The favorable publicity for the brand.

How so, you say? Below we offer Exhibit A for your perusal and consideration:

Yes, more of that problem; sadly, it has almost become ubiquitous. While pressure brought to bear on the site was created in part by these darling images….

Jae Hong/AP

PHOTO: Jae Hong/AP

… and these, of Sasha and Malia Obama in J. Crew’s Crewcuts line….

Chip Somodevilla/Getty

PHOTO: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

…the reality is that for many J. Crew loyalists this is simply MOTS (More of the Same) when it comes to the site’s inaccessibility.  Stories like this one in the Daily News drove even more traffic to the online store:

“Shoppers can pick up highlights from the custom-made outfits in the Fall 2009 line.

Party dresses from the pint-size preppie line run $158-$248 in sophisticated fabrics like silk taffeta and jacquard. Party shoes are $95-$128.”

To be fair, this kind of stress on almost any site would challenge their e-commerce operations.

But J. Crew customers are particularly sensitive to the problems because of the now lengthy history of the online store’s troubled performance, its less-than-reliable up times. And it almost always seems to occur when the retailer has specifically invited customers to come and shop at the site through aggressive email promotions:

One more cautionary word to those desirous of acquiring the J. Crew looks worn by the Obama girls, either yesterday (as seen above) or those worn Sunday at the “We are One” concert seen below.  J. Crew has now removed the red, white and blue congratulatory note to the Obamas on their home page, replacing it with a message explaining that:

“The pieces worn by Malia and Sasha Obama were designed exclusively for them – from the colors to the styles to the fabrics – and are currently not available.”

We presume this also applies to the Crewcuts Herbie Coats donned by the First Daughters (is that proper?) for Sunday’s concert.

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

J. Crew did share these sketches of the Herbie coats with Celebrity Baby blog (?):

Courtesy Celebrity Baby Blog

Courtesy Celebrity Baby Blog

In today’s “Caucus” blog post about the fashion frenzy, the Times solicited reaction from J. Crew exec Jenna Lyons:

“It was an incredible honor to be part of history,” J. Crew’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “We are grateful, let me say. We needed it and we’re thrilled to have it.”

BTW, President Obama also wore Crew for his Inauguration.  The President’s ivory silk bow tie was from the retailer, nicely complementing his Hart Schaffner Marx tuxedo. J. Crew does not currently make or sell silk bow ties in any color other than black, but may reconsider this at some point in the future.

We have had a few inquiries regarding the dress worn today by Mrs. Obama to a number of official functions.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

PHOTO: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

It is from none other than Tracy Feith, best known for his sun and surf-inspired designs.  As we first revealed in this post, Mr. Feith has been selected by Target for one of their GO INternational collaborative efforts.  His clothing lands in your local Boutique May 17.  We share his Inspiration board for the Target collection below.

Courtesy via WWD

PHOTO: Courtesy via WWD

For anyone interested in acquiring the look seen in yesterday’s post on the Isabel Toledo daywear worn by the First Lady…

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PHOTO: pool

… we have a little update: if you are fond of the ensemble, you will have an opportunity to add it to your walk-in come spring. At least that is what this story in the Daily News reports:

“A spring version of the dress – which will retail for around $1,500 – will hit Barney’s in March.”

We have been negligent in talking about the elegance of Dr. Jill Biden’s fashion choices throughout the festivities. Our thanks to Vicki for letting us know the  beautiful red gown worn by Ms. Biden for the Inaugural balls is a Reem Acra creation.

Gary Hershorn/Reuters

PHOTO: Gary Hershorn/Reuters

That same bright red was also seen during the swearing-in and parade in the off-the-rack Milly Fleurette coat.

“At the swearing-in ceremony, Biden went with an off-the-rack $360 Milly houndstooth roll-neck dress with a Fleurette coat.

Biden also didn’t cut any corners for the inaugural balls, buying a red strapless Reem Acra dress from a store—not the designer.”

And the boots seen on Ms. Biden during the swearing-in and parade?

Mitch Dumke/Reuters

PHOTO: Mitch Dumke/Reuters

They are from the Taryn line by Taryn Rose, known for their exceptional comfort and ease of wear. From Delaware Online:

“Kathy Savage, who owns the boutique… said the cushioned Taryn by Taryn Rose knee-high boots resemble leather, but are actually black nylon with black patent pull tabs and trim. The boots retail for $255.

“Jill loves a high heel, but they’re wonderfully comfortable,” Savage said. “Jill is not an extravagant person. She is conscious of everything she buys. She’s not frivolous at all.”

BTW, some reports have the cashmere overcoat worn by the President during the swearing in and parade coming from Brooks Brothers. When we find out we’ll let you know.

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