Well if Friday hasn’t finally made its presence known at long last, at least that is the case here at Intergalactic Headquarters for the Preppy Princess. The prospect of some quiet time looks particularly appealing this weekend, although we’re not quite sure why this is the case.
But before we do anything else, we want to stop again and gaze for just a moment at the wonderfulness that was last evening’s gymnastics at the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing.
Nastia Liukin Team USA
Shawn Johnson, Team USA
Yang Yilin of China
Did it not seem as if they all had the ability to not just fly and spin and churn through mid-air, but now they have the capacity to stop time for a nano-second as they hang, suspended, by nothing but their skill, in the middle of nothing. And everything.
And then the waiting…..
And the waiting….
And even more waiting, perhaps especially difficult for such close, close friends…
Shawn Johnson (R) & Nastia Liukin embrace as Valeri Liukin looks on
And even harder for a Father and a Coach who was also an Olympic Gold medalist in gymnastics not so many years ago…
Valeri Liukin embraces daughter Nastia
And then finally news of a Gold Medal 16 years, multiple citizenships and continents in the making. “Wow” does not begin to describe the magic these girls made in China last night.
Nastia Liukin, Team USA embraces her Father & Coach Valeri
Nastia Liukin (C), Shawn Johnson (R), Team USA & China
And afterwards, the stress, strain, aches and pains all rolled up into one day finally show just a little bit.
Nastia Liukin, Gold Medalist
Silver medalist Shawn Johnson Team USA after Medal Ceremony
Good gravy… TP would be a gelatinous mass of nothingness on the floor. We did love that Miss Liukin’s mother finds it too stressful to watch and is most definitely *not* in the arena, requiring a phone call from Nastia as soon as results are known.
Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin Calls Mom
Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin (L), & Silver Medalist Shawn Johnson (R)
All too fun to watch and much too late for someone at our advanced age! And to think that Michael Phelp’s race isn’t until 10:10pm tonight Princess Time!
Speaking of beautiful, how lovely does this look? Yes, there was *finally* weather favorable to sailing today.
USA in Star Class Competition
Johnny Lovell, Charlie Ogletree Team USA in Tornado Class Sailing Competition
Behold the new uniforms for the ubiquitous NBC pages, classic in style, created by Brooks Brothers. The Princess was amazed to read the uniforms were selected by viewers in an online poll.
Brooks Brothers NBC Page Uniforms
We were also surprised to learn that former pages include Ted Koppel and Regis Philbin, who looks back fondly on his days in that position:
“I have very vivid memories of my page uniform,” Philbin told The Post. “I had just traded in my naval officer’s uniform – I was a lieutenant JG – for my page uniform, so I basically swapped one outfit for the other.
“And I thought the page uniform was pretty sharp. We used to have an inspection every day.”
Mr. Philbin says he likes the new grey plaid look. Not everyone is crazy about it, but TP likes them; the pages look more professional. And for the first time in NBC history, female pages can choose between a skirt and slacks. (Be still my beating heart.) We’re confident you find the new style superior to the outfit worn by these NBC ‘Guidettes’ as they surround an NBC Page in this 1960s photo. Personally, we favor the knee socks on the Guidettes.
NBC Page & 'Guidettes'
BTW, did everyone receive this in their virtual inbox today from Brooks Brothers?
Not a bad look, is it?
Look what we found! Pictures of a pink furniture collection that was auctioned off last fall for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Initially when we saw the photo we thought it was dollhouse furniture, miniature replicas of classic pieces. MOMA has sold some of those mini-chairs for years and they are simply divine. But these are all full-size, quite real and that is pink leather you are looking at!
The collection included the classic Swan Chair by Arne Jacobsen, just below….
Arne Jacobsen's Swan Chair
the Eames Chair, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair and the Florence Knoll Bench seen below.
Florence Knoll Bench
Florence Knoll Bench
Über-modern DWR (Design Within Reach) partnered with each company to make the auctions happen. That must have been a very cool endeavor, and loads of fun for a good cause, as all of the auctions were fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Of course, to find that one place besides DWR with the real deal, actual pieces from the fifties and sixties stop by our friends at MassModern and see what they have in stock, you never know what treasures you may discover!
And now word that Mrs. Fields has field Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Honestly. That just crossed our desk so we typed it like an automotan, in some sleeplike robotic fashion! Well, we’ll just leave it there as a warning to Cook that her weekly output in that department is going to be increased. Significantly. And it just can’t happen as we’re not prepared to deal with life sans these.
On a much brighter, and far more fun note (albeit entirely selfish), word today that Lilly Pulitzer is launching her new fragrance line. That is a lush and luscious look, isn’t it?
Lilly Pulitzer Fragrance Collection
We can’t get too excited yet, as they don’t hit retailers until November. There are three different scents all launching at the same time, apparently an industry version of “That simply isn’t done” sort of thing, something TP found quite interesting. The three different scents are described in today’s WWD article:
Wink, a flirty floral named for one of Pulitzer’s favorite sayings (“wear pink and make the boys wink”); Squeeze, a reference to the juice stands at which Pulitzer began selling her first shifts to friends like Jackie Kennedy, and Beachy, inspired by Palm Beach.
Well, it all sounds like great fun to us and something to look forward to; naturally TP will keep you informed of any updates as soon as they happen. We’re off to a function… we hope you are about to embark on a splendid weekend!