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Best Hanukkah Cookies Ever & Nautically Inclined Gifts

Hello and Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating, we are going to be sharing some last-minute gift ideas this week, but first I have to share my favorite seasonal cookies this year. We’ve all heard about the ugly Christmas sweater, there are parties, pictures, all manner of fun associated with these. But what about the Ugly Hanukkah sweater?

Whipped Bake Shop etsy

Whipped Bake Shop etsy

Zoe Lukas of the Whipped Baked Shop in Philadelphia has this one covered, her Ugly Hanukkah Sweater Cookies are available via her etsy shop, $22.95 for the three shown above, or $87.95 for a Deluxe Set of 12, 2 each of the designs seen below.

Whipped Bake Shop esty

Whipped Bake Shop esty

On to our primary topic, gifts with a nautical inclination. One of my favorite things about blogging has been the truly swell people you get to meet along the way.  One such person we have enjoyed chatting with (in a cyber sort of way) and getting to know is the one and only Nautical by Nature. Miss NbN is an *amazing* resource when it comes to all things nautical, and has shared wonderful ideas this year, as she always has. We have borrowed just a few.

One fun set of cards: the 12 Days of Christmas from a nautical perspective, found in these cards by Shirley Bell Designs.

Shirley Bell Designs Etsy

Shirley Bell Designs Etsy

The Ahoy Rings via Five Knots, $30.

Ahoy Rings

Ahoy Rings

Urban Outfitters offers this Leather Anchor Key Ring ($18).

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Ralph Lauren’s Cosmetic Bag in Newbury Nautical at Bloomie’s for $35.

Ralph Lauren 'Newbury Nautical'

Ralph Lauren ‘Newbury Nautical’

A 3 Piece Kitchen Set offering 2 towels and a potholder, $28.99 at Linens & Things.

Linens & Things

Linens & Things

The Nautical Guest Towel at Lemon Daisy Designs on etsy.

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Another Nautical Anchor Makeup Bag, this version via etsy vendor SSKDesigns, it runs $21.

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SSKDesigns etsy

We also offer quite a few possibilities at the Preppy Princess.

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PreppyPrincess.com

Here are the goodies shown up above, in quasi-clockwise order:

Until next time, may all of your sails be full!

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A Very Cool New Product & Is Gossip Girl Look Here to Stay?

Hello-Hello, and Happy Friday!

Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday, you can imagine the frenzy that has overtaken the Prepatorium — yikes! But it is a good craziness, one that allows us to create loads of smiles, and that is fun indeed.

We begin with a sneak-peek at a fabulous new item we just added at the Princess, literally moments ago! Behold the Personalized Photo Clip Sheets from the fine design minds at Whitney English.

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A closer look at the new style, featuring any photo you select.

The personalized ClipSheets™ come in a stack of 75 atop a clear acetate clipboard that is just a little bit bigger, and are $38.50.  The photo you send us will be cropped to fit within the design you select.  We adore them, just think of the endless possibilities!

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The sheets also make an incredible gift, but a word to the wise for those thinking about Christmas: they can only be ordered through the 10th to guarantee that delivery time frame.  We’ll have more on these Monday, but simply had to share the news today.

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We also have a quick look at an online story: “Gossip Girl style is here to stay“. One of the most interesting parts of the story for us was about the author’s trip to the opening of a XXI, the upscale offshoot of Forever 21; she was looking for an item she had seen in the store’s window.

“Oh, that’s in the Gossip Girl section,” she said, as my jaw dropped, seemingly in slow motion.

“The what section?” I said, stunned.

“The Gossip Girl section,” she repeated. She explained that the store was divided into sections based on the most popular shows—mainly Gossip Girl and the revived-from-the-90s 90210.

Once one accepts that G2 fashions are not based in the reality of current dress codes at private schools, looking at styles from the show can be rather fun. Below we see Leighton Meester and Blake Lively.

Courtesy The CW

The piece ran on Culture Map, a Texas-based site:

“…the variety of styles on the show are appealing to many audiences. While some love Blair’s perfectly polished ensembles and flawlessly coiffed tresses, others covet Serena’s earthier style…”

Here are current looks from this season’s episodes.

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More from the story:

“From J.Crew’s gorgeous feminine details in both their clothing and accessories to Forever 21’s droves of ruffled tops, dresses, floral headbands and preppy looks, Gossip Girl style is here to stay…”

Below, a look from Monday’s episode, The Debarted.

Courtesy The CW

The sartorial display isn’t limited to the ladies; below we see Ed Westwick. (Chace Crawford and Ms. Meester can also be seen in this photo.)

Gossip Girl style is about pushing the limits and combining prints, textures and accessories like never before—bright purple or yellow tights with an otherwise simple dress, an unexpected sparkly brooch in the hair for the evening, a great, chunky bracelet with a mini dress, layers of charm necklaces in varying lengths—the possibilities are endless.”

This brings us to our Question of the Day: in your estimation, is there such a style, and if so, is it here to stay?

One more tidbit about Miss Meester and another actress, someone frequently referred to in this space as an über-prep, Gwyneth Paltrow.  She will be starring in a film with Leighton Meester and Tim McGraw, “Love Don’t Let Me Down,’ with country music as the backdrop for the plot.

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We have decorating and shopping news to share , beginning with a peek at some of the White House decor.  Here is this year’s Gingerbread House, all 400 pounds of it.

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Our favorite part has to be the replica of Bo, the Obama family’s dog.

Alex Wong/Getty Images

It appears Bo is chewing on something, but we are unclear as to what that might be, unless it is a bone…? The confection also includes a replica of Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden.

Alex Wong/Getty Images

The unveiling of the annual Gingerbread House is always a treat; they are much larger than they look. Below, Laura Bush with the 2005 House.

Courtesy Life Magazine

With ‘visions of sugarplums’ in our head we say adieu and hope everyone enjoys a delightful winter weekend!

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New Collections at the Preppy Princess! (Oooh, more madras!) Plus Giveaway Winner!

Hello-Hello!  Things are bright and sunny here at the Prepatorium, oh-so-wonderful after all the dark and dreary days we have seen.

In fact, we are more than a little excited over new collections at the Preppy Princess, although we fear TSU (The Spousal Unit) would make the case we are closer to ‘completely ga-ga’ in our enthusiasm. And it goes without saying we have to share them with you!

We start with the Bermuda Madras Placemats, 100% cotton patchwork madras, reversible to a solid plaid madras on the other side.

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Accompanied by the Bermuda Madras Table Runner in the same patchwork and reversing to the plaid on the other side.

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PreppyPrincess.com

Matched by the Bermuda Madras Napkins, also 100% cotton.

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PreppyPrincess.com

Everything in this group is machine washable, like all of our linens. It would be simply insane to have to go to the trouble of taking things like this to the dry cleaners. We also have new napkin rings that complement just about any color in your linen closet!

Glass Napkin Rings

Glass Napkin Rings

The Glass Napkin Rings are solid with in bright, vibrant colors.  You just know what is going to happen with our dinner table:

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At only $2 each, they make an ideal stocking stuffer! The red and green would be fun and festive right now.

Now we also want to show you another new group, starting with the Blue Lagoon placemats in a classic blue, white, and yellow design.

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PreppyPrincess.com

Fun for perking up the table now, or perhaps while wintering in Florida, and absolutely ideal at the cottage this summer. The matching napkins:

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And we even have matching Blue Lagoon kitchen towels:

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The Blue Lagoon group is also constructed of 100% cotton and entirely machine washable.  A really fun Christmas or Hanukkah gift basket could be easily put together with any of these groups. And everything is fiscally friendly with placemats (place mats?) at only $8, napkins $4, the towel also $4 and the table runner $20.

Enough about us… let’s talk about you! We have a winner of this week’s Great Giveaway. Congratulations to one of the private blogs we enjoy, Well, I Do Declare! Amelia receives these goodies from the Princess:

The Classic Whales Guest Towels:

Classic Whales Guest Towels Set

Classic Whales Guest Towels Set

Our exclusive Have a Whale of a Holiday notecards…

"Have a Whale of a Holiday" notecards

"Have a Whale of a Holiday" notecards

And the Black Baguette market tote from a line we love, Bungalow Scout.

Scout Baguette Tote

Scout Baguette Tote

We will be posting information on our last fifth and final (at least until we are well into next year) Giveaway later today or early tomorrow.

Enjoy a splendid day!

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Preppy Princess Giveaway

We’re just popping in with a quick reminder about our Great Giveaway: be sure to leave a comment sharing one wish you have and you are entered!

Our drawing is scheduled for Wednesday morning, the 10th.  The prize package includes the Princess’s exclusive Have a Whale of a Holiday boxed note card set.

"Whale of a Holiday" Notecards at PreppyPrincess.com

"Whale of a Holiday" Notecards at PreppyPrincess.com

Also included in this week’s prize package, a set of our plush Classic Guest Towels in the Pink Whale motif.  These are just perfect when friends visit, or as a gift for the nautically inclined in your circle of friends.

Classic Guest Towels at PreppyPrincess.com

Classic Guest Towels at PreppyPrincess.com

Rounding out the goodies, the Black Baguette market tote from a line we love, Bungalow Scout.

 

Scout Tote at PreppyPrincess.com

Scout Tote at PreppyPrincess.com

 

 

This is really perfect for carrying things home from the grocery because it is *so* roomy, with more than enough space for a gallon milk to stand up at 12″ x 15″ x 12″, but also very lightweight and easily collapsed.

Here is a sampling of some of the comments we have already received:

The wonderful Winkie Houghton says:

“My wish is for every one to have a wonderful holiday with family & friends, no mater how little or a lot you give or receive this holiday season!!”

And the always-tasteful Nautical by Nature shares:

“I wish that the holidays would just get here already! I am so ready for a vacation )

We can echo that sentiment!

Just leave your wish to enter.  That’s it!  Scribble (in a cyber sort of way) a comment with one wish and you’re in!

We hope everyone enjoys a stellar Monday!

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Cyber Wednesday Sale at the Preppy Princess & Giveaway Update

It’s Cyber Wednesday at The Preppy Princess!

TAKE 20% OFF EVERYTHING!

Hello everyone — we must be brief as we are helping the Consort with orders at The Preppy Princess during our big Cyber Wednesday Sale! The sale gives you 20% off the entire site!

That means 20% off our Preppy Placemat™ collections, like these holiday placemats accented with our favorite grosgrain ribbon from the Christmas Candy Cane line:

 

Candy Cane Placemat

Candy Cane Placemat PreppyPrincess.com

Or our Holiday Snowman placemats.  These are all reversible so you get the value of two looks for the price of one, they are Made in the USA of 100% cotton, and they go in the washing machine and dryer! (Many consider this to be the best attribute, no dry cleaning for these upscale linens!)

 

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Of course you want to have matching napkins, also reversible in 100% cotton, Made in the USA and washing machine friendly. The solid red and green is a tad more sedate, but our preference is the whimsical red/greenstripe with a solid red or green on the other side. (You get to choose the reverse side color.)

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Knowing how much most preps love their flip-flops *and* their grosgrain ribbon, the Sale offers a wonderful opportunity to buy yourself a pair, or perhaps a ribbon belt as a gift …?

 

Ribbon Flip-Flops & Belts at PreppyPrincess.com

Ribbon Flip-Flops & Belts at PreppyPrincess.com

Maybe a collar for the Preppy Pooch in your world, done in that same great preppy ribbon:

 

Stewart Plaid ribbon Dog Collar at PreppyPrincess.com

Stewart Plaid Ribbon Dog Collar at PreppyPrincess.com

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Also an outstanding gift, the personalized Note Paper and Clipboard from Whitney English.

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TSU (The Spousal Unit) is rather fond of the Blue Madras set for a certain nephew.

The Sale runs through midnight tonight, and there is no need for a promotional code or other information; the savings are automatically deducted at checkout.

Also, the Great Giveaway continues, with our next drawing scheduled for next Wednesday morning, the 10th. The prize package includes the Princess’s exclusive Have a Whale of a Holiday boxed note card set.

 

Whales Notecards set at PreppyPrincess.com

Whales Notecards set at PreppyPrincess.com

The winner also receives a set of our Whale Classic Guest towels, lush, plush and perfect for your guest bath!

 

Whale Guest Towels at PreppyPrincess.com

Whale Guest Towels at PreppyPrincess.com

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And we also include a tote from the frequently tough to find Bungalow Scout line. The winner receives the always-better-than-a-plastic-bag Black Baguette tote, ideal for trips to the market because it is so roomy inside.

 

Scout Black Check Baguette Tote

Scout Black Check Baguette Tote

To enter just leave a comment with a wish for the holidays. That’s it! Simply leave a comment with one wish and you’re in!

TPC (The Princess Consort) is giving us what is generally referred to as the “death stare” here at the Palace, so I’d best toddle on over to order fullfillment and get busy or he may take away my tiara! Oh No!

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Preppy J. Crew Takes Another 30% Off… if their site is up.

Hello-Hello and happy back-to-reality-day!

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Double blah-blah. There.  We said it. (This is just so unPrincesslike… could it be the evil twin is out and about today? Oh my!)

We apologize. This is clearly the result of some overindulgence on our part.  A bit too much gnoshing and not enough walking/running. But it is today’s harsh, cold reality here in the corner condo at the Preppy Princess InterGactic HQ.  Harrumph. Well, enough about us. How about you? Is anyone else experiencing a bit of a slump today?

One of our favorite retailers is most definitely experiencing more than a slump; it looks like an all-out crash at the J. Crew website. Here is what TP saw when checking the site throughout the day, and currently as of 5:30pm EST:

J. Crew 12/1/08

J. Crew 12/1/08

This has been the case since this morning, with the exception of one occasion when we saw the welcome screen. But that screen did carry an enticing offer:

  • CELEBRATE AN ADDITIONAL 30% OFF MARKDOWNS.
  • USE PROMO CODE EXTRA30 AT CHECKOUT

The offer is good through December 3rd, applicable only to Sale merchandise. We offer a humble “Thank You” to the fabulous Miss LBR, one of the first to let us know about her unsuccessful efforts to place an order on the site.

This represents something of an apocalyptic event for the retailer.  We were surprised when the additional 30% off promotion popped up in the lower left corner of the screen. While it is likely a planned promotion as the company continues cutting inventory, we did have a momentary thought it could be in response to the online debacle.

We clicked multiple times on the Additional 30% Off link, all to no avail. And then suddenly, we made it to this page:

J. Crew 12.1.08

J. Crew 12.1.08

And that page allowed us to then stumble upon this utterly divine jacket. We thought, oh-my-goodness, how-darling, how-very-Princess, we-simply-must-have-it! Now! We’ll take a chance this will work! We will order the Herringbone école jacket in Mediterranean blue.

J. Crew Herringbone école jacket

J. Crew Herringbone école jacket

We did not order the jacket. The. Site. Stopped. Working.

Again.

It is unlikely consumers or Wall St. pooh-bahs will respond kindly to the latest technical struggles. Keep in mind that J. Crew has already spent more than $1,000,000 on customers who experienced difficulties with their site, including many friends of the Princess (henceforth known as FOPs).  J. Crew CFO James Scully told stock analysts last week about some of those expenses:

“… approximately $1 million in customer accommodations related to the direct system initiatives in the form of free and upgraded shipping and other customer appeasements…”

We don’t know about you, but we would prefer being referred to as “accommodated” rather than being “appeased.” The latter makes us sound like some sort of whiny, perpetually unhappy individual who had to be placated.  What do you think?

Now we are wondering if this is one of the next things we’ll see…

J. Crew July, 2008

J. Crew July, 2008

However, we speculate the Call Center is working at 800-562-0258. Call us crazy, but we can’t imagine the preppy retailer hasn’t fixed this part of the operation.

While frustrated we are superstitious enough to not say anything hyper-negative about J. Crew’s ongoing difficulties. Why? Because we are so incredibly paranoid have a little karma concern and do not want to arouse the wrath of the cybergods. Negatory. Nope. Not us.

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You know how much the Princess loves her preppy dishes: Boatman Geller’s plates…along with the the platters and trays and the preppy plates from Preppy Plates…

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TP is sends a big “congratulations” to Preppy Plate CEO Molly Hamilton, for this stellar story in Sunday’s Washington Post; it included a cute shot of Molly and her children.

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PHOTO: Keith Barraclough

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For today’s Pretty in Pink we offer the following for your perusal:

This is at Target, and only available online. The outrageous Sceptre Komodo 23″ 720p LCD HDTV is $298.

And on that cheerier note, we say adieu; we shall return with a shopping update!

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Cartier & Saks Light Up, Ultimate Preppy Girl’s Christmas Sweater

Hello busy blog friends!  We’ll simply share a few ‘quick hits’ today as we are off shortly for an all-afternoon volunteer shift.

In a Pretty in Pink special we just fell onto this darling sweater at Best Dressed Child.  Are you ready for the full name of this sweater? Meet the Glorimont Girls Hot Pink Preppy Christmas Trees Cardigan.

The sweater is available in toddler sizes, and imagine this: the trees are removable so it can be worn much longer than most holiday-themed clothing! Bets of all, it is on sale for only $27, marked down from $54.

Best Dressed Child

Best Dressed Child

If seeking something special for the young master of the household, how is the Glorimont Boys Green Check Longall?

Here at the Prepatorium, we are simply ga-ga over the vintage station wagon that adorns this little outfit.

If the name of the shop sounds familiar, it is one of the retailers TP suggested readers check with if hoping to buy the Biscotti Precious Jewels Christmas Dress worn by Malia Obama on election night.  (If still desirous for information on the Biscotti dress and/or the Gerson & Gerson dress worn by Sasha Obama, click here.)

Fun, fun, fun last night as Tory Burch helped Saks turn on the holiday lights for the season at their Fifth Avenue store.

Scott Gries/Getty

PHOTO: Scott Gries/Getty

The designer along is seen with her two boys at last night’s annual Snowflake Spectacular and window unveiling, accompanied by designer Zac Posen.

Also unveiled to the public yesterday, the Cartier windows. A rotund fellow named Santa was assisted by Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos in unveiling the windows.

Peter Kramer/AP

PHOTO: Peter Kramer/AP

All of the excitement is a good reminder for us to remind you about entering the Great Preppy Giveaway contest, with free goodies from PreppyPrincess.com! Just leave a comment on this or any post and tell us something you are grateful for…that’s it! You’re in!

Here is a sampling from a few we have already received:

Jessica at the oh-so-fun Gifting Gumshoe shares:

“I am thankful for my wonderful husband, family, friends and sweet Shar-Pei, Gilligan!”

From Amanda:

“I am thankful that my 87 year old grandmother is still alive and kicking and that I get to see her in January.”

And the irrepressible McMommy wrote:

“I’m not gonna lie to you, Princess….. I am thankful for my vino every evening.

I love, love, love this giveaway!!!!!!! You have no idea how much I’ve been craving a new apron!! I’m hoping and praying I win!”

We have learned what Brooks Brothers is planning for Black Friday: 15% off all purchases, and we are told this even includes Black Fleece items from TP’s favorite designer, Thom Browne.

If seeking substantial markdowns, we recommend heading over to the Brooks’ website to look at the Black Fleece merchandise currently on sale, as there is quite a bit. For example, the Women’s Cashmere Morning Coat that was $2900 is now $840, and the Men’s Cashmere/Cotton Canvas Reversible Coat is discounted by almost 75%, now $1050 from the original selling price of $3500.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more on J. Crew’s situation and the rest of the Black Friday information.  (We are receiving so many inquiries about J. Crew or Banana Republic Black Friday info that is currently posted, just click here if you need it.)

Until later!

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