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Captain Wales Comes to Washington & One World Trade Center is Now 1776 Feet Tall

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday. We have a fairly newsy post this morning, tidbits we hope you might enjoy seeing. The first involves Prince Harry’s visit to America.

The young royal headed to Capitol Hill.

Kori Schulman/The White House

Kori Schulman/The White House

He made an unannounced visit to the White House Mother’s Day tea, surprising children of active military parents.

James Birtles, Sky News Twitter

James Birtles, Sky News Twitter

The tea party honored the HALO Trust.

James Birtles, Sky News Twitter Feed

James Birtles, Sky News Twitter Feed

Harry then joined Senator John McCain to view a new exhibit by the HALO Trust, “the world’s oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation.”

Kasie Hunt/NBC News Twitter Feed

Kasie Hunt/NBC News Twitter Feed

Harry is the Royal Patron of HALO’s 25th Anniversary fundraising efforts, below we see him visiting HALO Mozambique.

HALO Trust Flickr

HALO Trust Flickr

Some readers may recall Princess Diana’s involvement with HALO.

Mirror Photos

Mirror Photos

At a dinner last night Harry spoke about his mother’s work with the organization, this Express story has more:

“…at the dinner, he evoked the memory of Princess Diana’s ultimately successful campaign in 1997 to bring about a worldwide ban on landmines.

“My mother, who believed passionately in this cause, would be proud of my association with HALO.,” he said. In her special way, she adopted it as her own. She would join me – along with all of you, I’m sure – in praising HALO for the amazing work that it has done over the past quarter century….”

One of the more interesting aspects of yesterday’s events was the crowd of young ladies waiting to see Harry, more from UK reporter Richard Palmer:

Richard Palmer, The ExpressFrom the Evening Standard:

Harrymania…crowds of girls had screamed and cheered for the Prince in Washington DC on the first day of his official tour of the US.

This morning Prince Harry went to Arlington National Cemetery. He started his visit in Section 60, this is where those who have died fighting the global war on terror are buried.

Tim Ewart, ITV Royal Editor Twitter

Tim Ewart, ITV Royal Editor Twitter

For today’s solemn wreath laying ceremony he was in the ceremonial uniform of the Blues and Royals, that is his regiment. He also wore the Army Air Corps blue beret. Harry is an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner, he has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

James Birtles/Sky News

James Birtles/Sky News

There was an Army Full-Honors Wreath Laying Ceremony.

A visiting head of state will pay formal respects to the sacrifice of America’s veterans in foreign wars by placing a wreath before the Tomb. Similarly, other foreign ministers may also include a wreath laying here as part of their official itineraries.

While not a Head of State, Harry is the Queen’s representative in this capacity.

Via Peter Hunt/BBC Twitter Feed

Via Peter Hunt/BBC Twitter Feed

Back to the Evening Standard’s story:

The grave of US Army Specialist Michael L Stansbery Jr, who died in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on July 30, 2010, aged 21, was chosen at random out of the thousands of graves in Section 60.

The headstone of Spc Stanbery, a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, had six stones and glass beads placed on it by family members to mark their visits.

Harry visited John F. Kennedy’s grave.

Via Deanna Duray Twitter Feed

Via Deanna Duray Twitter Feed

He then moved to Arlington’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

UK in USA Tumblr

UK in USA Tumblr

Simon Perry of People magazine shared this photo, Harry saluting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Simon Perry, People Magazine Twitter Feed

Simon Perry, People Magazine Twitter Feed

The handwritten note that was with the wreath.

Via

Via

It reads, “To my comrades in arms of the United States who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom,” and was signed “Captain Harry Wales”.

The focus of Harry’s visit is supporting injured servicemen and servicewomen from both the US and UK, he will be visiting Walter Reed National Medical Center and attending the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. The Games are hosted by the USOC and include teams from the US Army, United States Marine Corps, US Navy and Coastguard, the Air Force and Special Operations Command.

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Our other news involves One World Trade Center.

Via WCBS880 Twitter Feed

Via WCBS880 Twitter Feed

The building is now at the symbolic height of 1776 feet, the spire atop the structure was permanently affixed by ironworkers this morning.

WCBS880 Twitter Feed

WCBS880 Twitter Feed

The skyline in this morning’s haze and fog.

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Anne Thompson, NBC News Twitter

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We leave you with a few of our favorite looks from the Lilly Pulitzer spring/summer line.

Bloomingdales

Bloomingdale’s

A better look at the Malibu Blazer.($198).

Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale’s

The contrasting peter pan collar on the Andria Silk Top ($138) is cute as can be, but the way the piece hangs just didn’t wow me.

Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale’s

You may have noticed the pretty pink belt in the photos, here is a better look at the Bow Tie Belt ($48).

Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale’s

With that Pretty in Pink we say g’bye until next time!

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The Vitals Preppy Guidebook & Another Preptastic Collaboration

Hello-Hello, welcome to a Wednesday here at The Prepatorium. One that started out with some unexpected excitement (more on that momentarily).

We are brief today, with only two tidbits to share.  The first involves something that somehow escaped me, a book called “The Vitals Preppy Guidebook“.

The Vitals Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

The Vitals Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

Once again we turn to our pal Skip over at the Alexander Grant blog, for more info:

Five years before Lisa Birnbach decided to update The Official Preppy Handbook with True Prep, Rosecrans Baldwin and co. of the now elusive Vitals magazine penned an updated version that still holds true today.

Skip shares scans in his post about the Guidebook.

The Preppy Guidebook via Alexander Grant

The Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

Vitals had a short tenure on the magazine rack, which was too bad, I remember reading several issues, it was a solid product. The Vitals Preppy Guidebook was published eight years ago, in the spring of 2005. No one will be surprised at the number of heritage brands shown in the Guidebook that remain with us yet today, like Nantucket Reds, Brooks Brothers, Barbour and others.

The Vitals Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

The Vitals Preppy Guidebook via Alex Grant

There were sections on “Where to be seen,” “Where to spend money” and other tongue-in-cheek topics.

"The Vitals Preppy Guidebook" via Alex Grant

“The Vitals Preppy Guidebook” via Alex Grant

Decor images included the Preppy’s Study.

"The Vitals Preppy Guidebook" via Alex Grant

“The Vitals Preppy Guidebook” via Alex Grant

From the description of one’s study, “It’s his solace and his right. It is, if given the option, where he’d be buried. In J. Press plaid.”

"The Vitals Preppy Guidebook" via Alex Grant

Photograph by Matthew Hranek – “The Vitals Preppy Guidebook” via Alex Grant

Does anyone remember this one…..? It looks like such a fun read.

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We also have another collaboration news to share, this time with a decidedly preppish slant.  Stationers Dempsey and Carroll and J. McLaughlin have partnered on a collection of correspondence cards.

Dempsey & Carroll

Dempsey & Carroll

As many readers already know, Dempsey & Carroll’s cards are simply wonderful. They’re all-cotton heavy stock with hand-bordered edges, accompanied with exquisite lined envelopes. There are three J. McLaughlin designs available: from left to right, the Marrakesh, the Olana (yes, after the Frederic Edwin Church home) and Moroccan Paisley.

Dempsey & Carroll

Dempsey & Carroll

The Correspondence Cards are $55 for a set of 10 cards and matching envelopes. There are also coordinating Gift Tags.

Dempsey & Carroll

Dempsey & Carroll

The tags are $7 each, $35 for a set of 5. The paper goods are available online at both Dempsey & Carroll and J. McLaughlin, as well as select J. Mac stores.

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Back to that early a.m. excitement, it involved this.

TPP InnterGalactic HQ

TPP InterGalactic HQ

Someone who shall rename nameless (although you could always touch base with The Consort) wanted to “sanitize” a dishcloth. How else would one do that other than popping it in the microwave for a full 2 minutes??? Did I mention it was basically dry when it went in the microwave?

Actually, there were lots of popping embers going, and no damage to anything other the dishcloth, so we’re in a major attitude of gratitude.

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Budget Prep Basics

Hello-Hello, happy new week to you!

We all know that no one loves a bargain better than preps, so I thought it might be fun to spend a little time this spring looking at alternatives to our standard haunts and brands, we’ll veer clear of Brooks Brothers, Talbots, J. Crew and the like.

We begin with a cursory look at JC Penney’s new brand for men, “Stafford Prep,” introduced last month. The troubled retailer continues to struggle, the new label is one of many created to upgrade Penney’s image, an extension of Penney’s Stafford line. Our first item from the collection is the Bengal Stripe Poplin Shirt, originally priced at $30 the shirts are now discounted to $22.50. (Yes, Penney’s is now back to a promotion-heavy pricing scheme with frequent discounts, specials and perhaps even coupons.)

Stafford prep Bengal Stripe Shirt

Stafford prep Bengal Stripe Shirt

The shirt is cotton poplin, clearly created to capture some of the “go to hell” styling favored by other prep brands. The Striped Poplin Shirt (originally $28, now $21) incorporates similar styling, it is available in two different colorways. One of the most appealing aspects of the shirts is the discreetly placed logo, small, just above the vent at the side seam.

Stafford Prep Striped Poplin Shirt

Stafford Prep Striped Poplin Shirt

Another basic from Stafford Prep, the Cotton Piqué Polo, comes in a broad selection of colors. Originally selling for $18, the shirts are now $13.50.

Stafford Prep Piqué Polo

Stafford Prep Piqué Polo

For the ladies at your palace, the Short Sleeve Polo shirt on the far left is $16, it offers updated styling with a slimmer fit and extended button placket, some versions are discounted to $11.99, including petite sizes.

JC Penney

JC Penney

Prices for Targét’s basic School Uniform Polo are only $6.48 to 12.99 in junior sizes, shown on the far left. No one is going to know it’s for a school uniform, and it is a durable garment from what friends say. Below center we show the Men’s Mossimo Polo, it also comes in a wonderful array of colors and is priced from $12 to $14.99. If seeking something for your little Master of the House, the Cherokee infant Toddler Boy’s Polo on the far right is $7.

Targét

Targét

For comparison’s sake we show the Double L Polo from LL Bean. The shirts are $15.99, and you do get the cute little Bean boot logo.

Premium Double L Polo

Premium Double L Polo

However, that is because these are on sale, the original price was $32.95. Other polos are on sale at Bean, and they are great buys. Non-discounted polos at Bean seem to start around $25, at Lands’ End it looks like they start around $24 or $25 as well.

Kohl’s also carries a number of basics, and like other discounters they use promotional pricing much more heavily than Bean or Lands’ End. Most (if not almost all) shirts appear appear to be on sale, we show the Croft & Barrow® Solid Piqué Polo, originally priced at $18, now $9.99.

Croft & Barrow® Solid Pique Polo

Croft & Barrow® Solid Pique Polo

A basic solid shirt can do yeoman duty, we share several more from JC Penney. On the far left we see a top from the retailer’s new Joe Fresh collection, brought on with much ballyhoo, the Voile Shirt comes in a number of colors. In the center, JCP’s Long Sleeve Oxford ($24.99), and on the far right, the Silk Sleeveless Henley Top ($39).

JC Penney

JC Penney

Shoes with a prep aesthetic aren’t always as simple to find, although reasonably priced flats seem to abound at most discounters. Below, Target’s Madge is offered in a range of colors and textures, at $17.99 they may not last forever, but they sure will do the trick in the short term.

Target Madge Ballet Flats

Target Madge Ballet Flats

Target’s Ona Striped Scrunch Ballet Flat is just $19.

Target Ona Flats

Target Ona Flats

There really is a solid selection of preppish basics available, including discount department stores.  It’s a matter of knowing what you want and keeping on eye on quality: is the construction solid? are seams finished well? are plaids matched at the major seams? Another thing to keep in mind, most of us prefer all natural fabrics: cotton, linen, wool. Polyester can make an otherwise wonderful piece feel entirely different, including making it uncomfortable in warm temps. Depending on the garment maintenance could be more involved; as a rule that has been worth the extra effort in the long run.

We leave you with some madras pieces we discovered at Target: the Women’s Merona® Lari Boat Shoes for $15, Men’s Shorts that are 50% off (now $12.48), Men’s Tie in Navy Madras Plaid at $19.99, and Womens Zulima Plaid Rain Boots, $29.99.

Target

Target

Until next time, may the sun be shining wherever you may find yourself today.

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A New King for The Consort’s People & Gatsby Premières

Hello-Hello, it is another glorious day here at the Prepatorium. I hope you are enjoying similar sunshine in your corner of the globe.

As readers may know, there were quite the royal happenings last weekend in Amsterdam. More from the New York Times:

To the cheers of tens of thousands of people crammed shoulder to shoulder outside the royal palace here, Willem-Alexander of the House of Orange-Nassau became the Netherlands’ first king in 123 years on Tuesday as his mother, Queen Beatrix, ended a 33-year reign with the stroke of a pen, signing the act of abdication in an ornate chamber at the palace.

Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan

Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan

Below you see the new King receiving a kiss from his mother following her abdication.

Jeroen Van Der Meyde/Dutch Royal House via the New York Times

Jeroen Van Der Meyde/Dutch Royal House via the New York Times

How it appeared to those gathered outside.

Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan

Embassy of the Netherlands in Jordan

We may have paid a little more attention than most because The Consort’s heritage is Dutch.  At any rate, there were multiple events, each entailing some very. serious. party frocks.

Via Hello! Magazine

Via Hello! Magazine

The new Queen wore a dress by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau, seen below with Máxima’s gown.

Jan Taminiau

Jan Taminiau

But Máxima wasn’t the only one exuding elegance, there were eye-popping ensembles from the guests.

Via Royal Order of Splendor

Via Royal Order of Splendor

Where does one go for sartorial insight at times like these? The Royal Order of Splendor, bien sûr. Especially if interested in learning who is wearing what uniform, and why.

The Royal Order of Splendor

The Royal Order of Splendor

Or who gets the “Best in Dutch Lace” award, or “Most Improved” medal.

Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor

Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor

But it wasn’t only pretty party dresses we saw, nay-nay. There was an abundance of shiny things, it was time to break out the bling.

Royal Order of Splendor

Royal Order of Splendor

We encourage a visit to the Royal Order of Splendor for all of the details on the glamorous goings-on in the Netherlands. Also meriting a visit, A Tiara a Day.

A Tiara a Day

A Tiara a Day

Hello! magazine has an online poll on who won the style stakes at the Investiture ceremony.

Hello! Magazine

Hello! Magazine

We were intrigued by the blue dresses worn by the daughters of King Willem and Queen Máxima.  Below you see the new heir to the throne, Princess Amalia of Orange (the oldest), and her sisters, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane.

Via NATAN Edouard Vermeulen Facebook

Via NATAN Edouard Vermeulen Facebook

They wore dresses from a brand I was unfamiliar with, NATAN, designed by Edouard Vermeulen. More from Expatica:

…designer Edouard Vermeulen was commissioned to design a dress for the king’s wife, princess Máxima, and her three little daughters. Vermeulen jumped at this honour even though he had never designed garments for children.

A closer look.

NATAN Facebook Page

NATAN Facebook Page

Back to the Expatica story:

The princesses could choose their favourite fabrics and styles. “And rightfully so. It was important for them to feel pretty and comfortable.” The girls were dressed in a similar style, but each dress reflected their individual taste.

“Máxima had no preconceived ideas about their outfits and neither did I, actually. The designs literally developed as we worked together, except perhaps for the colour, royal blue, which was pretty much established

Below, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane .

Via

Via

Earlier the young ladies were in dresses by an upscale Spanish brand, Pili Carrera.

Via Pili Carrera

Via Pili Carrera

A better look at the dress, this time all three wore the same style.

Pili Carrera

Pili Carrera

It is always fun to learn about new designers.

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Our other topic today, a very quick look at some of the events surrounding the opening of The Great Gatsby. Below, film director Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, Jennifer Meyer, Tobey Maguire, and designer Miuccia Prada at a cocktail party Tuesday.

Prada Facebook Page

Prada Facebook Page

More from the Hollywood Reporter:

Another day, another Gatsby exhibit. Albeit with dazzling dresses, A-list celebs and the non-stop flow of Champagne, this one would have surely made Jay Gatsby proud.

Dubbed Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada Dress Gatsby, the Tuesday night soiree — held at Prada’s Soho boutique — showcased 40 head-to-toe costumes that the evening’s headliners collaborated on for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film.

Last night was the film’s première. Below we see Carey Mulligan, she stars as Daisy.

Tiffany & Co. Facebook/Women's Wear Daily

Tiffany & Co. Facebook/Women’s Wear Daily

Ms. Mulligan looked almost incandescent in a Lanvin dress and Tiffany earrings. Leonardo di Caprio wore Prada, the label created several costumes for the film.

The Great Gatsby Facebook

The Great Gatsby Facebook

The actress was a good sport, taking pictures with some of the fans gathered to watch the ‘black carpet’ arrivals.

AFP

AFP via The Australian

Director Baz Luhrmann was in Brooks Brothers.

Lexie Moreland/Women's Wear Daily

Lexie Moreland/Women’s Wear Daily

Brooks created hundreds of costumes for the film. They have also just launched a Great Gatsby collection. Following the film there was quite the do at The Plaza, back to Women’s Wear Daily.

The over-the-top after party, where dancers dressed like flappers and hoisted 1921 vintage Moët & Chandon bottles, drew the film’s entire cast, although leading man Leonardo DiCaprio was protected from the masses by a number of beefy bodyguards. Other celebs were more accessible, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Amitabh Bachchan, Joel Edgerton, Sacha Baron Cohen (mingling with his wife, Isla Fisher) and Gabriel Byrne.

Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.com via Women's Wear Daily

Dave Allocca/Startraksphoto.com via Women’s Wear Daily

And then there’s this: I have never, at least not knowingly, posted a GIF (like an animated image) here on the blog. But it seems the time has arrived to change that.

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Clearly it doesn’t take a lot to get us excited here at TPP InterPlanetary HQ.

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Oh, That Beautiful Bride

Hello-Hello, and welcome to another springtime day at The Prepatorium, the kind of day when one’s thoughts might turn to…. weddings.

A very dear friend’s daughter is getting married in just over a month. The bride shared a picture with us taken when she was trying on The Dress and she. is. stunning.  We have known her since she was in grade school and she is a beauty, both inside and out. Tears will flow.

Looking at her photo again today made me think of Bridal Week, it wrapped up just a week or so ago. The dresses that were shown are for spring of 2014.

Oscar de la Renta Facebook

Oscar de la Renta Facebook

The exquisite dress seen above is by Oscar de la Renta Bridal, as are the following three frocks.

Oscar de la Renta Bridal

Oscar de la Renta Facebook

The spring collection for Mr. de la Renta included color.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Many styles had sleeves.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Silhouettes included ballgowns and mermaid styles, as well as peplums.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

There were styles for the younger members of the wedding party too.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

You can view the entire 2014 Bridal Collection on the Oscar de la Renta website, or on the brand’s Facebook page.

As always, Monique Lhuillier showed stunning dresses.

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

The handwork that goes into these gowns is nothing short of amazing.

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

As with the Oscar de la Renta collection, quite a few dresses provided more coverage. That was the case for Ms. Lhuillier with both long and short styles.

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

Ms. Lhuillier also showed what many have come to think of as basic contemporary wedding dresses.

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

It is always fun to see the runway models having fun, these young ladies are enjoying their enormous diamonds, “accessories” for the show.

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

I like this photo because it allows you to better see the fabrics.  Really.

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

Ms. Lhuillier’s shoe styles offered multiple styles and fabrics.

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

You can see all of the Spring 2014 dresses and shoes on the Monique Lhuillier Facebook page.

Carolina Herrera also showed short dresses.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Again, we saw a significant number of looks with covered shoulders.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Necklines were off the shoulder, bateau, and vee neck.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

More with covered shoulders.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

But there were also plenty of choices from Ms. Herrera for those desirous of a bare-shouldered look.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

The collection offered several styles that yours truly refers to as “fairytale princess dresses.”

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

As well as a number of gowns that can only be called ‘showstoppers.’

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

You can view all of the dresses for Spring 2014 on the Carolina Herrera Facebook page, as well as the Carolina Herrera website.  The latter site offers multiple options, like enhanced zoom views and dress details, such as fabric, embellishment information, and more.

It is nice to see more options offered for those seeking both elegance and modesty. Or those who simply don’t feel their neck and shoulders are their best features. The collections for next spring provide a broad range of styles and looks, there definitely appeared to be something for everyone.

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Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny Coolness

Hello-Hello, welcome to a sunny, springy (kinda’ sorta’, at least it isn’t snowing) here at The Prepatorium.

Today we begin with a dollhouse. No, not the Barbie doll versions but upscale, small scale dollhouses. Behold the a miniature New York Flagship Boutique for Monique Lhuillier.

Via Mini Modern Blog

Via Mini Modern Blog

A closer look.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Here we have a better sense of scale, the designer’s children, Jack and Sophia, are shown looking at the structure.

Monique Lhhuillier Facebook

Monique Lhuillier Facebook

Another look inside.

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Monique Lhuillier Facebook

That is just one of the incredible creations that were part of the Kaleidoscope Ball, a fundraiser for the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

How about a more modern look?

Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

The photos above and below show a contemporary beach house.

Chris Barrett Design Pinterest

Chris Barrett Design Pinterest

The interior decor is by Chris Barrett Design, I loved the table setting.

Chris Barrett Design Pinterest

Chris Barrett Design Pinterest

How lifelike is the house? From the Los Angeles Times story:

The exterior has a low-water garden made partly of air plants and designed by Stephen Block of Inner Gardens

The rock and air plant garden includes a living wall made of reindeer moss and lichen.

Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Chris Barrett Design Pinterest

Here we see Ms. Barrett working on the house.

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Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

One of the rooms was designed for music enjoyment.

Mark Bolster/The Los Angeles Times

Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

There was even some David Bowie on hand.

Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times

More from the Los Angeles Times:

A Paul Smith rug, curtains sewn from Missoni fabric, LED sconces strung with Swarovski crystals, even a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed cluttered with Rodeo Drive shopping bags — all small enough to fit in your pocket. These are but a few of the over-the-top luxuries decorating 10 couture play pads created for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase.

Those of us fond of pink will appreciate an homage to what many call the Pink Palace (with apologies to Lilly Pulitzer fans) the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Dering Hall Facebook

Dering Hall Facebook

A look at the house under construction.

Via Call of the Small Blog

Via Call of the Small Blog

Another exterior view.

Via

Via

The detail work on these would make me bug-eyed!

Mark Boster

Mark Boster/The Los Angeles Times

You have to love the miniature furniture.

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Mark Boster/The Los Angeles Times

No to mention the tiny perfume bottles from a dressing table and one of the exterior lights.

Mark Boster/The Los Angeles Times

Mark Boster/The Los Angeles Times

Some of the gardens were incredible.

Modern Mini Houses

Modern Mini Houses

These images come via the Mini Modern blog.

Mini Modern Blog

Mini Modern Blog

The event raised quite a bit of money for the hospital, more from Haute Living.

The charitable gala, was held in honor of UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Over $1.8 million was raised over the course of the evening.

I hope they do this one every year, these are just delightful.  To see more photos, here is a link to the story in the Los Angeles Times.

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Preppy Pack Rat Update & A 31-foot-tall Tiffany Gift Box

Hello-Hello, and welcome to a new week.

We are brief today, beginning with a note that this month’s T&C has another story about the ‘Preppy Pack Rat’.  From the Town & Country article:

Thomas Cary’s Upper East Side apartment is a preppy paradise, meaning it’s timeless, if not eternal. John Perona’s El Morocco Family Album lies just steps from a Chipp madras blazer out of the 1960s.

This photo accompanies the piece.

Town & Country March 2013

Tina Barney/Town & Country March 2013

Many will note the Lilly ‘go to hell’ blazer Mr. Cary is sporting, as well as other treasures, like the needlepoint pillows. We have previously written about Mr. Cary, most recently in June of 2011. Back to the T&C story:

Cary used to be a buyer for Brooks Brothers but now focuses on the Cary Collection, which he oversees out of his time machine of a one-bedroom apartment. (Companies like Kate Spade and Bergdorf Goodman are steady clients.)

This graphic illustrated the piece.

Town & Country

Photo: Pamela Cook/Studio D/Town & Country March 2013

That is an Asprey watch ($1,800), a Lilly Pulitzer jacket ($750) and a pair of Sulka slippers ($950), all from The Cary Collection.

If visiting Mr. Cary’s website there is no shortage of eye candy.

The Cary Collection

The Cary Collection

Yours truly was drawn to some of the Objets from classic nightclubs, like this piece from the iconic Stork Club.

The Cary Collection

The Cary Collection

I’m guessing The Consort wouldn’t turn down the Secret Agent’s Aston Martin Action Car.

The Cary Collection

The Cary Collection

There are such splendid treasures on Mr. Cary’s site, one can only imagine what seeing the apartment in person must be like.

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Our other tidbit is a quick look at last week’s ‘Tiffany Blue Book Ball,’ held at Rockefeller Center last Thursday. More from Women’s Wear Daily:

Tiffany & Co.’s signature blue box got a healthy dose of steroids at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center on Thursday night for the brand’s Blue Book Ball to toast its new Jazz Age collection tied to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

There is something fun about a giant Tiffany box. Below we see Sarah Jessica Parker in a vintage Vicky Tiel dress, Gwyneth is wearing Ralph Lauren and Kate Hudson is in a Reem Acra that is pretty darn close to that robin’s egg blue.

Steve Eichner/Women's Wear Daily

Steve Eichner/Women’s Wear Daily

Michelle Williams (L) and Doutzen Kroes (R) both dripping in diamonds from Tiffany.

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

Tiffany & Co. Facebook

If forced, I could give up my party invite (what invite???) and simply go for the sparklies.

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Carlton Davis/Tiffany & Co.

Below, Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Really, just the gems and I’ll be fine. Give those tickets to some more deserving soul.

David /Tiffany & Co.

Carlton Davis/Tiffany & Co.

On that note, g’bye until next time.

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