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The “Preppy Triangle”, Queen of Prep & Royal Wedding Invites via Fax

Hello-Hello!

We have an amazing number of little tidbits today, so we jump right in with a look at a story we enjoyed reading in our Journal last Friday; Palm Beach: An Insider’s Guide is tied to the city’s upcoming Centennial anniversary, and offers a look at one of our favorite spots:

“It’s not for everyone, but if you’re tired, so tired, of the Twitter Age, it’s your Lilly Pulitzer bag: The rules of conduct abide, as does cocktail hour. And the “careless people,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald called them, keep their riches mostly un-embarrassing.

November to April is known as “The Season” in Palm Beach, Florida’s 16-mile-long Atlantic coast barrier island that completes the Preppy Triangle (Manhattan and the Hamptons also included).”

We have never heard that triumvirate of communities described as “the Preppy Triangle,” but it makes sense… no? The story by Peter Davis is a delightful read, although with the link we are using, for some reason one must scroll quite a ways down the page to get to the story and accompanying photos. While we have spent very little time in Palm Beach of late, we must say that the locale looks quite appealing at this time of year, gripped as we are by a cold spell here in The Great Midwest. Sigh.

Something else related to the Palm Beach 100th anniversary in April comes via Lilly Pulitzer: the limited edition Centennial Murfee scarf.

Jeffrey Langlois/Palm Beach Daily News

As explained by the Palm Beach Daily News, the pattern shows iconic Palm Beach scenes:

“Indeed, the Pulitzer house on South County Road, now on the market by the way, is one of several locations depicted in the toile-style pink-and-green print applied to the oversized silk-cashmere fringed scarf.”

Other landmarks shown on the scarf include The Breakers, C. Orrico’s PB store and Mar-a-Lago (ahem); it is available online at Lilly.

There are more wonderful posts from a number of our cyber-pals about their oh-so-excellent-adventures to the “For the Love of Lilly Exhibition” in Boynton Beach, the Preppy Pink Blondie as well as Preppy Panache recently shared news of their excursions.

Via The Preppy Pink Blondie

On a related note, we can’t remember if we previously posted this next tidbit or not, but the Palm Beach Daily News reports that Lilly Pulitzer has been dubbed the “Queen of Prep” by exhibition director Lori J. Durante.

“Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau is a legend in her own time. She created a Palm Beach look, featuring bright Key West fabrics, which has been a favorite with resorters since the fashions came out in 1959.

Re-Lilly’s Sue Trader shared her photos from the exhibit (she is seen with Lilly in the photo above) in an absolutely fabulous post about that shows many vintage pieces from the exhibit, including this box purse from the 1970s.

Via Re-Lilly Blog

The show runs through May 11, so there is still hope all those of us yet to make the trip.

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Our Twitter friends Miss Janice and Brown-Eyed Belle tipped us off to our next item, a quick royal wedding update, this one via our friends on the far side of the pond at the Daily Mail:

“The engagement was announced on Twitter and Facebook.

So perhaps it was fitting that Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding guests should receive a save-the-date letter from the Queen by fax.”

In reality, protocol dictates that other royals be given an early notice or invitation to events, The Telegraph has more:

“However, the full handwritten invitations, embossed in gold, will be sent to all 1,800 guests by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office next month.”

Our only point of confusion involves the lack of a fax here at the Prepatorium.

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Guess who has now branched out into children’s fashion? Milly!

The Milly Minis collection is now available, we love the sailboats on this coverup for toddlers and little girls, along with the green and navy Shift Dress. Cute treasures for the Princess in your palace!

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One final note about our contest giving away a copy of this:

Barnes & Noble

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?” is signed by best-selling author Pamela Keogh, and the big winner also happens to be an author, La Belette Rouge!  Miss LBR, if you can email or message us with your shipping information, we’ll have your book on its way tomorrow!

Until next time, g’bye!

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“Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?” & Bestselling Author Pamela Keogh

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday. This seemed like a long week, was it that way for anyone else?

We have a special treat today, a visit with bestselling author Pamela Keogh, most recently noted for writing this outstanding book.

Gotham Books

Are You A Jackie or A Marilyn? Timeless Lessons On Love, Power and Style is simply wonderful, far deeper than one may initially think.  Some Princess readers are already familiar with Ms. Keogh for many of her previous works, including Audrey Style and Jackie Style.

Audrey Style @ amazonJackie Style at Amazon

The author was kind enough to fit us into her busy schedule for an interview, so we move back to her latest work with a snippet from the publisher’s description of the new book:

“Any woman who has aspired to Marilyn’s sultry allure or Jackie’s unstoppable elegance (or who wants to balance sexy and serious) will love these entertaining lessons on channeling your inner Jackie or Marilyn in any situation, from throwing a dinner party to penning a love note.”

The volume begins with a quiz (more on this shortly) and then moves into more detailed looks at everything from how the two cultural icons approached fashion and personal style, to interpersonal relationships.  The book isn’t limited to comparing and contrasting the two women, there are also surprising tidbits, e.g., we had nary a clue that Jackie Kennedy Onassis donated money to help fund the Ms. magazine launch in the early 1970s, or that Marilyn Monroe was a big fan of the hand-written note.

Ms. Keogh is more than well-suited for the task, as she is herself attended Vassar like the former First Lady.  In addition to chatting about the book, we asked the author how she felt the two women would handle today’s electronic and technological intrusions into every facet of one’s life.

“Jackie would have loved Facebook for the JFK Library, and would have used it to keep in touch while also keeping everyone at bay. And she would have shopped, absolutely, at sites like Net-a-Porter, Gilt, Chanel. But her email address would be like the nuclear code, probably three people would have had her email address.

“They both had somewhat addictive personalities, Marilyn would lose a lot of stuff, probably leave her phone in the back of a cab. She would use Facebook to stay in touch with her fans, she had an obsessive need for publicity, Facebook would have been perfect for that.”

The two women are transcendent in stature and continue to influence today’s culture; we asked Ms. Keogh how she thought they would fit into a society obsessed with celebrities. (The talented author’s response even referenced one of our original Anti-Preps!)

“Their attractiveness came from their accomplishments.  They were both very dignified women, they would *not* have done reality shows. Neither one of them would have done endorsements of things, unless maybe Marilyn Monroe was asking people to donate to something like the ASPCA.

They both also had mystique and you don’t have mystique when you’re followed around by TV cameras. [Marilyn] wasn’t like Kim Kardashian.”

One of the nicest things about the book has to be the exquisite illustrations by Meg Hess.

If the style looks familiar, it may be because Ms. Hess has also done covers for all of Candace Bushnell’s books, among other commissions.

We also spoke of designers the women might favor should they still be with us today. Ms. Keogh believes Jackie Kennedy Onassis would still be sporting Oscar de la Renta, perhaps Ralph Rucci, others creating classic, good-looking fashions.  She thinks Marilyn Monroe would be wearing Alexander McQueen were she twenty years old today, but in reality, probably more dignified labels like Valentino.  As with other assertions made during our conversation, her observations in this arena were spot-on.

The conversation on fashion delved into the issue of sizing and how we perceive ourselves relevant to that topic:

“American women get so obsessed with a number on a scale. A number is a number, it doesn’t give you beauty, or humor, or grace.”

Ms. Keogh again spoke of a vital element woven throughout the lives of both women, something sadly missing from the resumes of many or today’s most idolized individuals:

“What holds us to them is what they did, their grace and style, the way they kept going in spite of what was going on in their lives, their indomitable spirit.”

We can only offer an amen to that sentiment. Perhaps the most amazing thing we learned in our conversation with the author is that prior to her death Jackie Kennedy Onassis spent hour after hour in front of her fireplace, burning correspondence, piles of it. That is one way to ensure that private matters remain just that.

Back to the quiz mentioned above, Vanity Fair carried a copy of the questions – here is a small sample.

1. DURING TIMES OF STRESS, YOU …

a) go for a walk on the beach.

b) meditate.

c) pour gin in your tea.

9. IN YOUR OPINION, MONEY IS …

a) everything.

b) no, we mean it—everything.

c) not that important—as long as you have a roof over your head and Veuve Clicquot in the fridge, you’re cool.

Click here for the quiz and you can start exploring which woman you most closely resemble.

Gotham Books

We are excited to offer one of our treasured readers an autographed copy of Pamela Keogh’s book, via a special giveaway. For one entry leave a comment saying which woman you think you are most similar to. For a second and/or third chance to win, become a fan of the Preppy Princess FB page (if already a fan just let us know that) and/or the Jackie or Marilyn FB page, and for more entries follow us on Twitter, or follow Pamela on Twitter.

We want to extend an enormous “Thank You” to Pamela, for she is not only talented and gracious, but also delightful, much more fun than one might expect from such an esteemed writer.

With that we say g’bye until next time, and hope everyone enjoys a splendid weekend!

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