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That Special Lilly US Open Print & Of Tennis & Logophobia

Hello-Hello, happy middle of a June week to you!

We have just a few tidbits to share today, beginning with a look at the new limited edition print Lilly Pulitzer has created for the USGA (US Golf Association).

USGA

USGA

This year’s US Open is being played on the east course at Merion GC in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Top 100 Golf Courses Blog

Top 100 Golf Courses Blog

This is the sixth time the Open has been held at Merion, the Club is located on Philadelphia’s Main Line.  The course has a proud history, in 1916 Bobby Jones made his amateur debut at Merion when he was 14 years old.

USGA Archives

USGA Archives

Here we see Jack Nicklaus, he helped lead the USA to the 1960 World Amateur Team Championship.

USGA Museum

USGA Museum

Over the years it wasn’t always entirely serious during Championship matches at the course, here is Lee Trevino in 1971 during a practice round for the Open. The golfing great brought out a rubber snake he pretended to attack.

USGA Museum

USGA Museum

Back to the special print Lilly has created, in addition to the Tote shown above, there are also two Murfee scarves available in the special print.

USGA US Open Shop

USGA US Open Shop

Racked Philly has a delightful post sharing “Four Secrets Behind Lilly Pulitzer’s Limited Edition USGA Print.” A spokesperson shared specific elements with the shopping site.

  1. “Merion is famous for having wicker baskets top the pins as opposed to the usual flags, and they will be used in the US Open—so we put wicker baskets into the print.”
  2. “We included the historic clubhouse because you couldn’t have a Merion print without it.”
  3. “Tees are hidden throughout the print.”
  4. “We put the ninth hole in the print because it’s a Par 3. Rumor has it that there will be lots of birdies at this U.S. Open, and we’re guessing the amazing golfers are going to snag a birdie here!”
USGA US Open Shop

USGA US Open Shop

Now, yours truly couldn’t locate the wicker baskets to save her life, so we weren’t able to isolate that part of the image.  All three items are $78 for non-members, $75 for USGA members.

On a side note, Racked also has a story with “8 Tips for Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale“.

Lilly Pulitzer via Racked Philly

Lilly Pulitzer via Racked Philly

The sale gets underway tomorrow at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer

Savvy shoppers will note that Lilly is only doing one warehouse sale this year. My guess is that it’s far more cost-effective to continue disposing of discounted merchandise via flash sale site RueLaLa, as well as the brand hosting its own online sales.

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Our other morsel involves a recent story in the Wall Street Journal about tennis fashion, it seems timely with the French Open underway. Titled “After Lacoste,” the article looks at clothing originally designed for wear while on the court and its integration into everyday wardrobes, as well as how on-court fashions have changed.

It was Frenchman René Lacoste —one of the top players of the 1920s, nicknamed the Crocodile—who reinvented traditional tennis whites when he started wearing open-necked, short-sleeved cotton shirts on court. His trademark polo shirt, bearing Lacoste’s crocodile logo, is still the basis for modern men’s tennis wear—and a must-have among the young French BCBG set.

Below we see Victoria Azarenka, she has played her way into the final four at Roland Garros this weekend.

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Back to Tina Gaudoin’s Journal story:

But today, a sport that once prided itself on conservative turnout and color blocking has become an excuse for an on-court fashion extravaganza—a logo fest that could give Coke and Pepsi a run for their money.

I blame Björn Borg for polluting the tennis-wear gene pool. If only the player many believe still to be the greatest of all time had been possessed of a dress sense to match his peerless tennis, then we might not be in the garish, vulgar sartorial straits we find ourselves in today.

Below, Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic shake hands after today’s quarter-final match. Ms. Sharapova won in 3 sets.

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Rafa Nadal today after beating Stanislas Wawrinka.

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

The piece goes on to examine different players and their styles, along with some of the pieces created for them by sponsors like Nike, Adidas and Sergio Tacchini. It is an interesting treatise, concluding with some tips for those of us mere mortals on the court.

When in doubt, regular mortals should keep it simple by wearing loose-fitting, but not baggy, shorts and polos (collars, please), and as close to white as possible—though flashes of color are permissible on shirts, shorts or socks.

Unless you are a county player or above, no Nadal-type kerchiefs. No baseball caps unless your name is Andy Murray and absolutely no black socks. Ever. The only reason for wearing sweatbands is if the temperature rises above 20 degrees Celsius.

The entire story may be read here.

G’bye until next time!

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Social Climbers, Polished Preppy, New Tory Burch Eyeglass Line

Hello-Hello everyone….

With Mother Nature dictating TP spend more time inside than out, we thought we might solicit input on a few books to see if any of our cherished readers recommend them.  We’ll start with Social Climbers:

This is the first novel from author Beth Dunn, described on the book’s cover this way:

“Beth Dunn grew up and attended Etiquette school on Philadelphia’s Main Line. At 18, she’d changed from a private girl’s school uniform into a debutante ball gown.”

“Sick of cliques, cruelties and mean girls grown up, Beth Dunn was motivated to write about them.”

The book is self-published through AuthorHouse.  Ms. Dunn has two blogs, Social Climbers, dedicated to promoting the book, and then what looks like a more personal site, Social Climbers Blog. The first shares a good bit of information on the book, chapter titles, tips on being a social climber, etc. Has anyone read this one yet? Is it time well spent?

Our other inquiry involves a book released several years ago, Fashionistas.  Reading the news that a movie based on the book is now confirmed, we were  reminded we never read it!

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With everyone still bundled up in their warmest clothing, comments on this look for Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick caught our eye:

Photo Source: US Weekly

“Ed is wearing a gorgeous Italian Cashmere over coat over his suit. He exudes confidence and has a great sense of authority.  The black gloves are of course more for function than style but he manages to really make the look flow.  His pink shirt and tie offer a burst of color which really compliments the grey.  He should have incorporated his trademark scarf with this look, though this is still one look to gossip about.”

That philosophy comes via PhatGuru, a site probably much too cool for TP!

Speaking of places far too hip for The Princess, retailer Aeropostale has teamed up with DoSomething.org for this year’s Teens for Jeans campaign.

The marketing whizzes working behind the scenes managed to get Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford to be the face of the campaign. Here is how it works:

“Just drop off any pair of your gently worn jeans to any Aéropostale store between January 26th and February 22nd and we’ll make sure they get donated to a local homeless shelter or charity. To say thanks, Aéropostale will give you an additional 25% off your next pair of jeans.”

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We have news today that teen singing star Taylor Swift is launching her own line of clothing.  WWD reports in this story that Ms. Taylor has signed an agreement to do a collection of sundresses.

“The result is a one-season collection of colorful cotton spring dresses called L.E.I. Sundresses by Taylor Swift, shipping to Wal-Mart stores on Feb. 1.”

Talaya Centeno

Photo: Talaya Centeno

The sundress is a signature look for the star, worn frequently onstage and in videos.  The sundresses will come in three styles, all priced at $14, bound to be a hit with shoppers.  Not TP’s look, but we are so fond of Ms. Swift, and find her so talented, we just had to mention the story.

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Tory Burch fans will be no doubt be pleased to learn the designer is launching an eyewear collection. This tidbit also comes via WWD (in this story), with retail price points running $145-$190.  The line will include prescription frames and sunglasses. Ms. Burch explains some of her reasoning in planning a launch at this point in her brand’s lifecycle:

“I feel people are drawn to accessories now in general, and it’s a category we want to continue to evolve and develop,” Burch said. “With what’s going on in the economy, it’s something new and exciting and it’s opening at a specific price point that will be accessible. Plus eyewear is an easy way to update a look.”

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We’ll close with two pink items, the first an exercise in “When Pink Goes Wrong,” from French designer Romain Kremer’s runway show.

We really can’t say anything that will add to your viewing experience, so there you have it.  However, on a “Pretty in Pink” possibility for you, we offer the MSI Microstar Windbook:

MSI Microstar Windbook in Pink

MSI Microstar Windbook in Pink

Not only is this available in a splendid pink, it is only $430 at J&R online. And while we are all about the iMac and Apple products here at the Palace, when it comes to electronics we have long stated it is also all about the cute factor.

Grins and giggles!

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