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Spring Dreamin’ at the Preppy Princess

Hello-Hello, we are whining our way through yet one more experiencing another snowy day here at the Prepatorium. Truth be told dolls, we are in peril of succumbing to the glums, we are eager to see less snow and more sun. But because we are pure of spirit (ahem), we shan’t allow this to happen and are implementing drastic measures to combat our wavering spirits.

How drastic? Well, we going completely off the fashion and folderol grid. Instead we are looking at fun new goodies arriving (or already on hand) here at Princess InterGalactic HQ.  Watchwords for the day: bright, vibrant and Springtime-ish.

We begin with a simply divine new tote, the Greely.

Shown in Paris Paisley and Green Flair, we are making this today’s Pretty in Pink & Green. It’s likely TP will be appropriating test-driving one of these. (Sheesh, it is only out of concern and care for our treasured customers, you make it sound like I help myself to everything coming into HQ.)

The totes are oilcloth, making them very lightweight and also water-resistant, a definite plus in our mind.  The larger bag measures a more-than-healthy 14″ x 17″ x 8″, and comes with a matching wristlet* bag that is 5″ x 8″.  (*= we struggle with the ‘wristlet’ word, but not the concept, and must inquire: does anyone actually wrap the strap around their wrist?)

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Also heading our way, an outstanding Adventure in Argyle:

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This is one of our new gift items, the Soft Touch Manicure Set in four adorable argyle patterns.

Less than an inch thick, these are ideal for a young graduate, part of a bridesmaid’s gift bag, you name it. As we do love a bright pop of color, we have them in additional colors and patterns.

We like their $10 price point, just right for casual gifting.

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Another new bag here at the Princess, the Pink & Green Paneled Zipper Tote.

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The tote is also an outstanding buy at only $10; we’ll let the product description provide the other pertinent info.

“The bag has features normally found on a much more expensive tote such as an internal zipper pocket, an exterior pocket and zippered close.

This bag is up to your most demanding tasks because it’s made of an easy to clean poly material.  Each bag measures a robust 16″ W x 12″ H x 4″ D”

We love this one.

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One of the most popular items in our new Jonathan Adler line is something new for us:

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The Desk Dock Organizer is a fabulous little stand, helping one clear out clutter by providing handy places for pens, paper, and most importantly, the small electronics that seem to be taking over the Palace.

The Organizer is offered in two classic Adler patterns, the vivid Pink and Yellow Diamond or Green Greek Key.

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Also perking up our corner condo, the newest batch of Lilly Pulitzer File Folders.

We love this spring’s patterns (Desert Tort, Crabtastic and Patchtastic) as much as the classic designs, they all enhance the environment significantly.

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One of our favorite categories at TPP is the Preppy Pet. We are excited to be adding more patterns and ribbons to our American made custom dog and cat collars, like the Lilac & Green Argyle to go along with the Blue Argyle.

Silly Tilly enjoys sporting her custom harness in the pink and green paw print.

And we can say it has worked well with Tilly’s expanding… ah, Tilly’s ever-growing….girth.

She’s just big-boned. Really.

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And finally, in the ‘just because we want to’ category, we may plant a few of these on the desk until we see real flowers blooming:

These are the Lilly Pulitzer pinwheels, and they are cute as can be, available in Later Gator and Desert Tort.

This has helped boost our spirits a bit, hopefully it has helped yours as well! Until next time, may your days be sunny!

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Jill Biden Inauguration Dress on its Way, Brooks Brothers Cuts Prices on Black Fleece

Hello-Hello and Happy Friday everyone!

In all candor, sometimes we wonder about this proclamation of happiness for ‘the weekend,’ when in reality we frequently work on the weekend.  Both daze days.  Yet from a psychological perspective, things are a tad more relaxed here at the Prepatorium, and unless we have functions, we dress in business casual.  So we do greet the approaching weekend with a bit of a boost for the spirit; we hope you face yours with this sense of an anticipatory smile for your heart as well.

Today we start with the Black Fleece standalone store, now open in the Village.

George Chinsee/WWD

PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

The new shop by Brooks Brothers features the full men’s and women’s collections created by TP’s favorite designer (ummm….not) Thom Browne.  We are now going to be completely crass in our discussion of things related to that nasty “M word,” and tell you that the bigger story IOHO is Black Fleece price points being lowered.  According to this column in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily):

“Prices for the Thom Browne-designed line have been dropped significantly — a men’s suit that formerly retailed for $2,700 can now be had for $1,900 and women’s prices have dropped in tandem — reflecting the “friendlier” exchange rate of the euro for the Italy-produced collection.

“There’s new pricing for spring,” revealed Claudio Del Vecchio, Brooks Bros.’ chief executive officer. “But we didn’t change the quality or the make of the men’s suits.”

We have been vocal in our fondness for several of looks in the current group, including the Navy Pinstripe separates.

Not all prices are changing: the men’s shirts and toes remain at $150 and higher. The Black Fleece collection is also being offered in an enhanced setting at the Brooks flagship on Madison Avenue, currently being refurbished.

George Chinsee/WWD

PHOTO: George Chinsee/WWD

Perhaps the best news in the story is that the company is not encountering the same wretched sales numbers as so many other retailers:

“We’re not a designer brand like Armani or Prada, we’re more of a family brand” with lower-than-luxury prices. “We feel we’re in the right place for when this is over. It’s a good time to be Brooks Bros.”

That comes from Claudio Del Vecchio, Brooks Brothers’ CEO.

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There is news today of another popular Inauguration look being made available to the masses.  The always brilliant Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan has the scoop at the Journal’s Heard on the Runway blog.  In her Thursday column Ms. Tan reports that Milly will re-introduce the dress worn by Dr. Jill Biden for the Inauguration and Luncheon.  Below, the dress is barely visible on the far left.

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PHOTO: Harry Hamburg/Pool

The Houndstooth Wool Dress is still available at Saks, with a broad range of sizes offered, at $360.

As this is one of TP’s favorite lines, we are ecstatic to learn price points are also dropping at Milly! According to Ms. Tan’s story, company founder Michelle Smith feels she had little choice in this area:

“… after major retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue slashed prices by as much as 70% to get consumers to spend.”

“It’s disappointing, it’s frustrating but, what can you do?” says Ms. Smith…”

We are not going to be disingenuous and pretend sadness at this action, for we do love our Milly!

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We have posted previously about the upcoming Alexander McQueen for Target Collection, most recently on Tuesday of this week, sharing a sneak peek at pieces from the line.  The line is receiving substantial buzz, not all of it laudatory.  Below, another look from the group, with thanks to the good folks at Nylon:

Courtesy Target via Nylon

Courtesy Target via Nylon

In this column yesterday for the Times, writer Eric Wilson asks “But How Will It Play in Tulsa?

“Tapping Mr. McQueen to design a collection seems a little odd even for Target, which has branded itself as a design maverick, given the times.”

Courtesy Target via Nylon

Courtesy Target via Nylon

Mr. Wilson goes on to say:

“The McQ clothes are on average more expensive, from $19.99 to $129.99, than Target’s prior fashion collaborations, and certainly not as cheerful as anything Isaac Mizrahi would have considered.”

Interesting points, indeed.  While the look is assuredly not for us, we say ‘good for the Boutique’ in reaching out to a different demo; we aren’t convinced the McQueen collection will be a strong seller, but hopefully we will be wrong on this front.

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We close with a “Pretty in Pink” for your perusal, another offering from the Lilly Pulitzer Stationery & Gift line due at the Princess next week.

Lilly Pulitzer at PreppyPrincess.com

Lilly Pulitzer at PreppyPrincess.com

Now if we could plant that in our Diet Coke (or other libation…heh-heh), our day would be infinitely improved!  The Drink Umbrellas are available for pre-ordering now!

On that cheery note, until next time!

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More Sneak Peek at Lilly Pulitzer Stationery & Gift Collection

Hello-hello and oh my goodness, thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful comments and emails on the new Lilly Pulitzer Collection of paper goods and gifts!

In our first post on the new line we did promise to get some more photos of the line posted; we start with the Mix & Match Stationery sets.

Lilly Pulitzer Mix & Math Stationery

Lilly Pulitzer Mix & Match Stationery

Above, the Bees Knees Patch set: 16 sheets (4 sheets each of 4 designs), 12 patterned envelopes, and two sheets of darling stickers.

Next, something we think is simply perfect as a gift, the Latte Da! mugs:

Latte Da! Porcelain Mugs

Latte Da! Porcelain Mugs

The mugs will be sold individually at $15 each; they come in wonderful boxes, making them even easier to use as a gift!

The collection will also carry office and desk supplies to brighten up your day, like the “Take Note Mouse Pads,” mouse pads with a pad of paper on top.

Also in the line, file folders (lower half of photo shown above) guaranteed to bring smiles to your desk in delightful patterns like Animal Crackers, Bees Knees Patch, Cabanarama and Mumsie.

And we’ll end tonight’s sneak peek at the line with just some of the designs in the blank stock that will be offered:

Lilly Pulitzer Blank Stock

Lilly Pulitzer Blank Stock

As always, the names of the patterns are almost as much fun as the motifs themselves: Dazed and Confused, Havana Good Time are just a few examples.

Everyone can start ordering their Lilly Stationery and Gifts from the Preppy Princess starting February 1!  In the interim, don’t forget to sign up for our Lilly Stationery Email Updates list if so inclined!

Back tomorrow dolls… happy trails ’til then!

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Preppy Princess Special Announcement: Lilly Pulitzer on its Way!

Hello-Hello everyone, and isn’t it a glorious morning?

Yes, we are well aware it is snowing.

Again.

And the temperature is 4 degrees and headed lower as we type, as opposed to higher.

But it might as well be sunny and 75 here at the Prepatorium, as we have an exciting announcement for you:

LILLY PULITZER STATIONERY WILL BE HERE SOON!

On its way!

On its way!

How fabulous is this? We must acknowledge spending a good portion of the evening drooling looking over the catalog; we could not be more favorably impressed.

What exactly is in the line? How does ‘everything’ sound? For personal correspondence needs we will be offering:

  • Divine Lilly designs in notecards, flat cards, notepads, foldover notes and more
  • Stunning Lilly blank stock to be personalized per your wishes
  • Sets of Mix & Match stationery, Note Card Books
Party Plates in 'Taboo'

Taboo Tableware

Naturally the Party and Tableware also carries that classic Lilly style: lush and luxurious with a healthy dose of whimsy!

  • dinner and dessert plates, cocktail, luncheon and guest napkins
  • tumblers and place cards
  • TP’s personal favorite: little pink and green umbrellas for your favorite cocktail that are just TDF
  • wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift bags
  • invitations, party favor bags, pom pom decorations

Let’s not forget all the other treasures in the line:

  • picture frames, photo books and journals
  • file folders, mouse pads, note pads, sticky notes,
  • address & phone books
  • porcelain mugs in gift boxes you will adore

Honestly, we are just giddy! (Oh… you could tell?)

My, what a nice crown you have!

Needless to say, the atmosphere here in the Corner Condo of Princess InterGalactic HQ is absolutely giddy.

The Princess Consort seems a tad concerned that orders will be taken starting on February 1st; he thinks this might allow us too much time to ponder all the goodies in the catalog for our own personal order! “Not to worry” we said, everything is priced *very* reasonably!

So there you have it: you can order your Lilly treasures through us beginning February 1, just a little more than two weeks from now! To ensure you are in the Lilly loop for all the latest on Lilly Stationery and Gift news, sign up for the Lilly Pulitzer mailing list on our site. Just click here and scroll down ’til you see this…

…and put a check in the box.  (A reminder: we *never* sell or otherwise share your information with anyone else, just so you know.)

We must fly, but promise to share more photos from the line soon. (And how about that Princess crown…hhhmmm?)

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