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Ladurée Does…Cosmetics? Also, Santa’s Preppish Traits

Hello-Hello, Happy Hanukkah to our friends who are celebrating, and Merry Almost-Christmas!

It’s wonderful to be back blogging. Between business obligations and other commitments it has been more than a little crazy here at The Prepatorium, a big “Thank You” to The Consort for his kind contribution Tuesday.

Once again we are brief, sharing a few tidbits we hope provide a modicum of entertainment, beginning with word that everyone’s favorite macaron company is planning an expansion; Ladurée will be launching a cosmetic line. Women’s Wear Daily has the story:

….the collection centers on 20 different blush colors in the form of cameos. Also in the line are liquid foundation and lip color.

The collection will debut in Japan early next year, prior to a European and US introduction.  It really isn’t that big a departure from the brand’s existing lines, they already offer the Ladurée Beauty collection: candles, bath salts and other goodies.


We always enjoy even the tiniest taste of the company’s macarons, and the packaging is always exquisite – how pretty is the new Houndstooth collection?!

Via Secrets of Style

We call that ‘bliss in a box.’


Our other item also comes via WWD (subscription req’d.), and it deals with a familiar character.

You see, every week the publication selects a Man of the Week and dissects his style; to be honest, the critiques aren’t always flattering. But today’s feature looks at someone who is a household name and applauds his timeless look, here is a snippet from Man of the Week: Santa Claus.

  • He’s ahead of his time: Beards are the “It” trend in men’s grooming.
  • He rocks the red velvet leisure suit.
  • Faux fur trim is the must-have of the season, but Santa has known it all along.
  • White gloves are a little debutante, but necessary to keep his fingers clean after eating all those cookies.

It almost sounds as if Mr. Claus has some prep in his background: timeless style, practical apparel and accessories, a refusal to be dictated to by the fashion crowd….hmmm. You know what that sounds like to me…!


We leave you with today’s Pretty in Pink, the American Retro Estate Wagon.

American Retro Estate Wagon at Barneys

We found this one at Barneys in the Girls department, clearly a classic.



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The First Family Does Talbots & J. Crew, Our New Nantucket Collection

Hello-Hello, and apologies for the lack of a post yesterday! We can only  attribute it to loads of Princess personalization ordering and the Lilly pre-orders, yikes!
Sadly we start with something transcending a fashion faux-pas dollfaces, more like a fashion disaster In Our Most Humble of Opinions.  Sigh.  Behold actress Hayden Panettiere Monday on her way to tape the David Letterman show.
While we understand Ms. Panettiere’s need to promote her new film, is the sheer Caroline Seikaly dress even remotely appropriate for someone not yet 20 years old?  This is eerily reminscent of the dress (seen here) worn by Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester at an MTV awards show in June. Harrumph!
Speaking of television shows featuring fashions of a preppish nature, NY Magazine has an in-depth review of last night’s NYC Prep for those following that train wreck. (As many readers have referred to it.)
On a more upbeat note, the marketing minds at Talbots must have been thrilled to see First Lady Michelle Obama in their rose print dress again, worn this Sunday when boarding Air Force One on the way to Moscow.
Photo: Luis M. Alvarez/AP

Photo: Luis M. Alvarez/AP

BTW, the Talbots Clearance Sale now offers an additional 25% off already reduced prices, making the dress seen above $89.99; it was originally priced at $169.99.

Once arriving in Moscow Sasha and Malia Obama exited the plane in J. Crew.
PHOTO: Sergei Guneev/AFP/Getty

PHOTO: Sergei Guneev/AFP/Getty

Malia was wearing the Silk Taffeta Trench ($298) and Sasha wore the Girls Crushed Twill Trench (now on sale at $129.99).  Both girls also wore ballet flats from Crew; Sasha in the Printed Minna Flat (left, $98-$108) and Malia in the Womens Black Satin Flats with Contrast Trim (lower right, $98).

And a reminder that J. Crew is also doing a Clearance Sale, with an additional 20% off already reduced merchandise; use promo code EXTRA20 when checking out to receive the discount.
Remember Hadley-Pollet, the firm doing reversible ribbon belts, as well as totes? If you are a fan of the brand and in the Boston area, the company is having their first sample sale in years this Friday and Saturday.
The place to be for the bargains is 230 Newbury St.
We close with something ever-so-fun, a new collection at the Princess! Our Susan Wallace Barnes line features scenes from one of our favorite spots, Nantucket! Below we share an image from the Susan Wallace Barnes 2010 Desktop Art Calendar:
Susan Wallace Barnes at PreppyPrincess.com

Susan Wallace Barnes at PreppyPrincess.com

We love the bright, vibrant colors and seashore scenes, they just make us smile, and smiles make us happy, happy, happy. (We know, it doesn’t take a lot, does it?!)
The Note Cubes are loads of fun too, and a delightful hostess gift. (At only $14, they are also fiscally friendly.)
Nantucket Notecubs at PreppyPrincess.com

Nantucket Notecubes at PreppyPrincess.com

These come finished with a beautiful blue grosgrain ribbon bow, a really cute touch.  The Boxed Note Cards have more island scenes, including an adorable pink station wagon!
Susan Wallace Barnes at PreppyPrincess.com

Susan Wallace Barnes at PreppyPrincess.com

We’re so ga-ga over that vintage wagon with the wood panels we are takiing executive action and making it today’s Pretty in Pink.

Susan Wallace Barnes at PreppyPrincess.com

Susan Wallace Barnes at PreppyPrincess.com

We shall leave you with that cheery beach scene, hoping your afternoons are filled with summer splendor!


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