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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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Brooks Brothers & the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?

Hello-Hello and happy start to the new week!

Let us ponder the relationship between the Brooks Brothers cashmere cardigan….

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

and the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?

Courtesy Good Housekeeping

Courtesy Good Housekeeping

But of course, silly Princess! We didn’t realize testing was done on cashmere sweaters by the folks at Good Housekeeping!  The Brooks Brothers sweater was described:

“…aced both the construction and fabric-weight tests…it’s one flaw: moderate pilling.”

Oops.  Testers appeared to favor the Ann Taylor V-Neck Cashmere Sweater:

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(Ummm… might we just interject that this Ann Taylor sweater is now running about $52?)

We get a teeny bit confused by the description of results for a few of the sweaters (Land’s End and LL Bean are included), not clear about the pilling on a few. Those categorized as Not-So-Good include Kohl’s Apt. 9 Cashmere Crewneck for Misses, a shame as their argyle sweater looked cute!

Also scoring poorly were two sweaters from Macy’s Charter Club.

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We have chatted previously about all of the fun events surrounding Barbie’s 50th Anniversary, most recently last Saturday. We neglected to mention the very grown-up cosmetic collection Barbie is getting as part of her anniversary celebration! Mattel has partnered with Stila Cosmetics; below, some of the products in the Foxy Doll collection:

Courtesy Mattel via WWD

Courtesy Mattel via WWD

Mattel did a Barbie collaboration with MAC cosmetics in 2007.  According to the story in WWD, this collection will be a limited edition, available at select Sephora stores and Sephora.com.  Four different dolls will be featured, including Ponytail Barbie from 1959, Foxy Doll, the first African-American Barbie, Malibu Barbie and Jewel Doll.  (Of course, discussion of anything related to Barbie is quite difficult for TP, related to the childhood Barbie trauma that we explained in this post; do scroll to the bottom if you glance at it.)

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Frequent readers may recall a post back in September, Another ‘How to be Preppy Guide,” featuring insight from the wise folks writing the Style section over at Complex.  In a Friday story they point out the attributes of the classic pea coat:

“…. “so-called “pea coats” have become associated with preppy blueblood types, but their roots are much more rugged. The classic American style is actually based on Britain’s Royal Navy Jacket, which was designed to help sailors withstand the brutal conditions of the high seas without getting tangled in the mess of sails and ropes. Before long, the American Navy adopted it as its own.”

Complex also shares info about a great deal, Schott NYC’s Melton Wool pea coat:

Schott NYC Pea Coat

Schott NYC Pea Coat

This fabulous creation is available in several colors, including black, grey, and navy. Schott is family-owned; all of their products are made in the USA, and they are outstanding investments.  Obviously this is an upgrade from the Isaac Mizrahi pink pea coat at Target we shared just a few days ago.

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We close today with a fun “revision” to the back cover of The Preppy Handbook:

House of Cassette

House of Cassette

It is difficult to discern the text, but the photos probably tell you everything you need to know. The “new back cover” includes some choice writing:

“Consider the ascendance of Gossip Girl’s upper east side snot Chuck Bass…and the steady resurgence of populist-prep label J. Crew…”

There are also mentions of Kanye West, described as ‘the Fresh Prince of Nantucket’, Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg, and preppy band Vampire Weekend.

We hope everyone enjoys a simply splendid week!

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