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Modern Preppies & Their Values + Olympic Manicures

Hello-hello, and welcome to a new week.

Susan Cheever’s Newsweek/Daily Beast piece grabbed our attention, I thought you might be intrigued as well; it looks at ‘old school’ WASPS and values.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast

The column uses summer as a jumping-off point to compare (and contrast, very much so) previous generations with today’s WASPs.

Summering used to go with trust funds and prepping at St. Paul’s and double-barreled names that ended in Roman numerals. These days summer at the beach has become an American right that we hold to be self-evident. We are an intensely WASPirational society. Things that were once associated with the Protestant establishment—vacations; golf and tennis and fly-fishing; boats; schools like Andover, Harvard, and Yale; Lilly Pulitzer shifts and flood pants from L.L.Bean—are now what almost everyone seems to want.

A 1962 Lilly Pulitzer ad.

Lilly Pulitzer via Fashiontent

It was John D. Rockefeller who famously said: “Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” Below, the Rockefeller’s Seal Harbor cottage, one of several places where family members summered.


Back to Ms. Cheever’s column:

…they were also often raised in a tradition of service—noblesse oblige it was called—that led them to give away lots of their money and to behave in ways that helped those who had less. John D. Rockefeller famously spent more time at the end of his life giving away money than earning it.

Below, Andrew Carnegie’s former summer cottage in the Alleghenies.

Patricia Lowry/Post-Gazette

More of the column:

He (Rockefeller) was not alone: the Carnegies, the Vanderbilts, and more recently the Roosevelts all established foundations that made the world an extraordinarily better place. When John Jacob Astor IV gave up his seat on a Titanic lifeboat, he was acting out of a tradition of gallantry and service that was rare then and is even rarer now.

Below, John Jacob Astor IV’s country retreat in Rhinebeck.

Via Luxist

Ms. Cheever does not gloss over the sins of old school WASPs.

The old-line WASP aristocrats were flawed in spite of their Harvard and Yale degrees and ability to set a spinnaker. They had little sexual tolerance, they thought women shouldn’t have careers, they were anti-Semitic, they named their children after themselves with sometimes hilarious results, and they often drank too much.

Nor does she ignore contemporary philanthropists like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and others, concluding the essay with a hope for future behavior.

Perhaps the old WASPs we are so slavishly imitating deserved to be overthrown, but they had an attitude about the world that it would be nice to adopt when we put on our pastels and belts dotted with whales to head for the beach.

The notion that certain traits have largely disappeared, like gallantry, generosity, courtesy, responsibility (the list could go on and on) has a ring of truth. To read Ms. Cheever’s entire piece, click here.

Thoughts everyone…. overly harsh or sadly accurate?


Also today, a look at some of the manicures being sported (pun intended) at the Olympics. The Journal did a fun story today on the vivid nails being see at the London games.

Flag-inspired nail designs are showing up on the fingers of swimmers, runners and just about any athlete whose hand appears in a TV close-up. That’s partly because, for the first time, Olympians have a place to get theirs nails done.

Salons have been built inside Olympic Village for athletes to take a break from their grueling training regimens, and another in Central London also serves athletes, friends and family. All the treatments are free and include manicures, hair styling and facials.

The online version of the story offers quite a few photos, below, a look at Britain’s Laura Robson last week at Wimbledon.

Via Wall Street Journal

And archer Aida Roma of Mexico.

Via Wall Street Journal

French basketball player Emmeline Ndongue shows her colors during a game.

Wall Street Journal

Manicure specialists CND also shared photos from London.

CNN Twitter

Micheen Thornycroft, a rower from Zimbabwe did a patriotic pedicure.

Karen Murray Twitter Feed

Another rower, Australia’s Emma McCarthy added a little glitter to her look.

Via Jeni Smith Twitter

And last week we showed you US swimming sensation Missy Franklin’s red, white and blue manicure.

Via WN.com

Until next time, may your manicure remain unchipped!


Filed under preppy

More Friday Fun of the Olympic Kind

Hello-Hello, and happy weekend. We are *very* brief today, business is crazy (no complaints, we love it!), we’re just crushed for time.

As always, watching gymnastics this week has been fun. Below we see Team USA members celebrating after Aly Raisman’s floor exercise, they knew her performance clinched a gold medal for the U.S.

USA Gymnastics Facebook

This is Aly Raisman on Tuesday.

John Cheng/USA Gymnastics

And individual Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas.

Team USA Facebook

The Gold Medal team.

John Cheng/USA Gymnastics

Here we see Gabby Douglas with her very own Corn Flakes box, soon you will be seeing them at your local grocery store.

USA Gymnastics Facebook

In this day and age you can surf online and find all sorts of things, Gabby’s website has earlier photos of her, like these from 2007 (L) and 2008.


For those who remember the Magnificent Seven from the 1996 Olympics, NBC is running a special about them tonight at 8pm EDT.

USA Gymnastics Facebook

(For those needing a refresher on the Team members, they were Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Dominique Dawes, Kerri Strug, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden, and Jaycie Phelps.)

Below we see Gabby with Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin.

USA Gymnastics Facebook

The talented young woman has been tweeting from the Games, and re-tweeting (re-posting) what others have tweeted/said at her or about her, including this congratulatory comment from a rather well-known swimmer.

Gabby Douglas Twitter Feed

She also shared this tweet from a winter Olympian, Kristi Yamaguchi.

Gabrielle Douglas Twitter Feed

Amid all the hoopla, Gabby’s twitter feed also shows how she remains centered.

Gabby Douglas Twitter Feed

And how about all of these Medal Moments shared by Team USA on its Instagram account?

Team USA Instagram

Of course, there have been a few issues with NBC, prompting the “NBC Fail” news coverage, blog stories and twitter posts, like these.

Via The Blaze

Remember that IOC-run Olympic Athletes “Hub” I shared last Friday, the one designed to show all the social posts from athletes? There’s been a bit of an issue with bandwidth, not from athletes tweeting, but the public, more from Reuters.

(Reuters) – Sports fans attending the London Olympics were told on Sunday to avoid non-urgent text messages and tweets during events because overloading of data networks was affecting television coverage.

The IOC spokesman conceded that asking people not to send messages at key moments “may not have an awful lot of effect”.

We leave you on a more fun note, gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin’s patriotic manicure.

Team USA Facebook

Here is a better look.

Via WN.com

We leave you with a few Team USA fans that are *really* into the spirit, and a few links that may be of benefit:

More Than The Games


Filed under 2012 Summer Olympics, preppy