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Nautical Notes, Lilly Warehouse Sale Info & Hamster Shoes

Hello-Hello, we hope everyone is enjoying their Tuesday.

We’re in that much-too-crazy zone created by TP’s the social secretary’s challenging time-management plan. (AKA insane over-scheduling.) Thus, another One Topic Tuesday, albeit something of a variation: the post is all images, but they’re unrelated other than by our fondness or fascination with them!

We are nothing if not nautically inclined here at the Prepatorium, so we begin with a few more treasures we have stumbled across of late, the first several items are from Elegant Baby.

If not concerned about matchy-matchy:

The Nautical Patch onesie from Old Navy made us smile, the socks are also cute.

The Sailor Dress is suited to more formal occasions; we think it qualifies as a Pretty in Pink, don’t you?  The dress is also available in navy.

Moving on to grown-up items, we share the Nautical glasses from Up2Code.com

Up2Code.com

Next, another Pretty in Pink…and Green; meet the Candy Stripe Tote by Dooney & Bourke.

No one will be surprised to learn we are rather fond of our own Scout Totes ($30), also perfect for a trip to the beach.

Our Uptown Totes ($21.50) are equally big and roomy, the heavy-duty nylon takes a beating.

Uptown Tote

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Moving away from the beachside theme, we have two tidbits that may be of interest, the first is an update on this spring’s Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale.

The fun begins at 5am June 9th at the Valley Forge Convention Center, click here for more info.

And a quick note about another Gossip Girl star on a magazine cover:

PHOTO: Mario Testino via Vogue.com

This is the second Vogue cover for Blake Lively; quite a coup. There is also a sizable photo feature, below the actress in a Versace dress.

Mario Testino via Vogue.com

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And finally, a Help Us Understand candidate that didn’t make it into this post.

If Shoes Could Kill

There are no words.

On that bizarre note, g’bye until next time.

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A.P.C. Madras Collection, Target’s Online Only Nautical Fabulosity

Hello-Hello and Happy Almost Weekend! Yippee! The sun and warmer temperatures have never felt better, and we hope to finish our work in time to be outside enjoying the springy weather.

At the risk of violating personal TMI standards, we share the following only because we must apologize for yesterday’s hideous post. Our only excuse? We were coping with another one of these:

Fortunately it has departed, and we are now merely dealing with the daily frenzy that is standard here at the Prepatorium. And we must tell you, we are simply awash in new merchandise! While it is loads of fun, it can also be borderline overwhelming, or as GAM (Great Aunt Molly) might say, my goodness-gracious-sakes-alive! (We promise, we will share one of the new items in a bit, from a great new line that we are ever-so-excited about!)

Now, many readers may already be aware of this tidbit, but if not, we bring good news – TheOutnet.com is online and open for business!

TheOutnet.com

TheOutnet.com

Created by Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter, the new site “…will offer previous-season items from more than 200 designers, with steep discounts of up to as much as 80 percent…” In fact, we’ll use a couple of Outnet items for today’s Pretty in Pink.  For your perusal on the left: the Milly Dress (originally $355, now $177.50), and on the right, Chloé’s Ines Clutch (originally $1380, now $690).

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New merchandise is scheduled to hit the site every Tuesday and Thursday – happy hunting!

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Next, our thanks to the always-on-top-of-things High Snobiety for tipping us to the new Madras Collection at A.P.C.

Once again the line offers outstanding choices with clean lines and .

A.P.C. Madras Collection

A.P.C. Madras Collection

The entire collection is made in India, and is top-notch in terms of quality.

Just another reason we are grateful that A.P.C. ships to the US!

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For madras that inflicts a tad less damage to one’s pocketbook, we turn to our good friends at Target. Below, the Merona® Patchwork Madras Skirt in blue, now offered at $19.99.

Merona Skirt at Target

Merona Skirt at Target

Also in plaid at Target, the Women’s Zulima Plaid Rain Boots are a great value at only $24.99.

They look like a lot of fun, oui?

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Yesterday we shared a few of the nautically-inclined treasures we discovered online, but did not get  anywhere close to posting them all. Next, this Anchor Necklace from the fine design minds at Giles and Brother.

Giles & Brother

Giles & Brother

We are guessing the one and only Nautical by Nature is well aware of our next item, Target’s Nautical Shaped Plate Set.

Target

Target

Initially we thought these would be melamine, but upon reading the description discovered they are actually earthenware; they are also dishwasher-safe.

This next line is so delightful we are tempted to add it to our china closet. Seriously. The Nantucket Cocktail Plates are only available online, and at only $19.99 for the set, we are guessing the set of 4 porcelain plates will go quickly.

Nantucket Cocktail Set

Nantucket Cocktail Set

In fact, that plate set just might qualify as Prepalicious. What do you think dolls…is it out of this world enough?

Our final nautical item also hails from the Boutique (Target); we offer the Nantucket Floating Whale Salt & Pepper.

Nantucket Whale S&P at Target.com

Nantucket Whale S&P at Target.com

A word of caution: don’t look for this item in stores either as it is another online only item.

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We promised to share an item from our new line; below, the Personal Size Boat Tote.

Boat Totes at PreppyPrincess.com

Boat Totes at PreppyPrincess.com

At 12″ x 9″ x 5″ these are an excellent size. One feature we really liked when initially considering them was the detachable matching strap one can use to convert the tote to a shoulder bag, a bit of versatility we thought was a nice addition to make this just a step above the basic tote. These are heavy cotton canvas that can really take a beating, equipped with a zip top to safely keep things inside, another plus as ‘handbag mishaps’ are not unheard of for TP.

Best of all? We managed to price the bags at only $15. This is the smallest of the sizes we are carrying, thus the ‘Personal Size’ moniker; we promise the larger size bags will be equally outstanding values. We are proud of the fact we have found a way to offer our totes at prices that are better than those of the two big guys! (You know who we mean.)

With that, we are off and out the door, sending smiles your way and hopes your weekends are spectacular!


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Carolyne Roehm for Best & Co., Sketches from the new Gwyneth Paltrow Line

Hello-Hello and welcome to another wild week at the Prepatorium!

We start off with a heartfelt ‘Thank You” to the inimitable Queen Bee Swain, and her generosity in bestowing upon us the Friendship Award!

Thank you Queen Bee Swain

Thank you Queen Bee Swain!

Per the rules: these blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

Here we go with a quick eight names!

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Many readers know that here at the Prepatorium we simply adore the children’s clothing carried by Best & Co.; this spring the retailer has added something special, a line designed by none other than the über-talented Carolyne Roehm.

Courtesy Best & Co.

Courtesy Best & Co.

The Collection won’t be in stores until Mother’s Day, but one can preview the group online right here.

Courtesy Best & Co.

Courtesy Best & Co.

The dresses are simply darling, with the understated elegance one expects from both Ms. Roehm and Best.

Courtesy Best & Co.

Courtesy Best & Co.

There’s no need to be concerned about anything over-the-top, no pieces covered in any frou-frou details or embellishment.  We have long been fond of Ms. Roehm’s design aesthetic; she is possessed of an exquisite eye, and also likes TP’s favorite color combination, blue & white.

Courtesy Carolyne Roehm

Courtesy Carolyne Roehm

In fact, the designer’s newest book is entitled A Passion for Blue and White.  A look behind the scenes at inspiration boards for the Best & Company collection reveals Ms. Roehm’s attention to detail:

There isn’t a piece in the Collection we aren’t in love with.

Courtesy Best & Co.

Courtesy Best & Co.

And all are done in a timeless navy and white, or variations thereof. Sigh. How long until we see grown-up girls sizes, puh-leeze? (Silly Princess.)

Courtesy Best & Co.

Courtesy Best & Co.

Ladylike little dresses are even available for toddlers.

Courtesy Best & Co.

Courtesy Best & Co.

The entire group is simple and sweet, in designs and fabrics that will long stand the test of time, the styles are that classic.  (Now remember dollfaces, these pieces are not available until Mother’s Day.) To read more about it, visit the At Best blog for a nice read!

As we are already at Best, we share a different clothing group: delightful sweaters in Boys sizes.

Best & Co.

Best & Co.

Above, the Lighthouse Sweater in a plush cotton knit, and below, the Nautical Knot sweater, also for the Young Man in your house.

Best & Co.

Best & Co.

There is also the Boy’s Anchor Sweater, as well as many others we are not showing here.

Best & Co.

Best & Co.

Unfortunately, similar offerings for the Young Lady of the house are not as nautically inclined.  This is the only seafaring-ish we could find, the Sailor Sweater in Girls sizes 2-12.

Best & Co.

Best & Co.

If shopping at the site, for 25% off the prices shown, enter the word CATCH at checkout.

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We haven’t yet made time to post anything at all about the news that oh-so-preppy Gwyneth Paltrow is releasing her own clothing line. The actress announced the line will be done in collaboration with Zoe Tees, a French company. The official name is said to be ZOEtee’s Loves Gwyneth, and proceeds will benefit Kids Company in London.

Women’s Wear Daily showed sketches from the new line in a story today.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

According to the story, the pieces will include cashmere blends along with other fabrics, and will have a bit of a 70’s look.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

The entire collection is to be released sometime this week. TP is ever-so-curious to know your thoughts on these looks…?

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We are ever so happy to be adding more items to the shop, including this treasure:

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

The Ahoy Coir Door Mat is made of 100% coconut fiber, and comes from the fabulous design minds at Scout, makers of some of our fave totes!  On the left we have the bright blue Stripes Away, and on the right, the pink Poolside Stripe tote.

Scout Totes at PreppyPrincess.com

Scout Poolside Stripe Tote at PreppyPrincess.com

These are the perfect solution for those seeking an alternative to the plastic or paper question when at the market; they measure 19 x 15 x 10, plenty of room for the foie gras and Brie! Besides, the , Bungalow Scout bags and sunny color combinations bring an enormous smile to our face!

On that note, we shall say ‘Bye and look for you tomorrow, back here at the Prepatorium!

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