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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!


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.”


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.


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.”


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!


Filed under Gossip Girl, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Pretty in Pink

A Line Has Been Crossed: The New Tiffany Eyeglasses

There is much that can go wrong in this world and somehow, one finds a way to cope. There are everyday tragedies you learn to live with, like your neighbor on the Cape renting their cottage to absolutely hideous people. Or Ralph Lauren making their logo bigger than ever. (For those who are not regular readers, The Princess has been diagnosed as a Logophobic.) Or the caterer running out of the petit-fours you ordered for the League luncheon. Rain the day of your best friend Bitsy’s wedding at her home on the island. (Yes, the one she got in the divorce.) When these little tragedies occur, one simply soldiers on, no complaining, no whining, no PDGs. (Public Displays of Grief.)

But then you see this.

Tiffany 1837 Collection Tiffany\'s Eyewear

And this.

Tiffany Tortoise Glasses

The recently released Tiffany eyeglasses and sunglasses with a logo the size of Mt. Rushmore. Trust us, it is that enormous. Hopefully the next photos give you some sense of the scale.

Tiffany Sunglasses Tortoise logo

Return to Tiffany Sunglasses

It’s not the fact that Tiffany is making glasses, or to be more accurate, allowing someone else to make the glasses and put their name on them. It’s called licensing and everyone does it. In this case it’s Luxottica that Tiffany made the arrangement with; the partnership was announced with great fanfare last fall and The Princess has been almost sleepless since, living in fear of how the final product would appear. As regular readers will know, a licensing deal is not what’s causing TP’s blood pressure to go off the charts. No, you know better and are quickly emailing each other with the Red Alert Signal, internally shrieking “Dive, Dive, Dive.” You know the staff has already fled the premises in terror, including Cook, always the most loyal of employees. They even removed the pets.

Tiffany Glasses ad

Well, you can all remain calm. We’re upgrading from the Prozac Latte to a double Lithium Light. On the rocks. Are we hurting? Of course. You see, if there was one company we thought would not fall prey to the logoization of everything, it was this one. We really should have known better. Truly we should have, because all the warning signs were there. The growing number of products in the catalog in the Return to Tiffany and 1837 Collections should have tipped us off. (Below we show a Return to Tiffany charm bracelet and an 1837 Collection cufflink.) Do we feel a sense of betrayal? Of course.

Return to Tiffany Charm & Bracelet Tiffany 1837 Square Cufflinks

The majority of the glasses don’t appear to be completely wretched. It is the group styled after the Return to Tiffany collection with their massive sterling silver plates glued on the sides that are the worst offenders. LC (Lewis Comfort Tiffany, son of Tiffany founder Charles Lewis Tiffany) would absolutely stroke out if he saw these. Call TP crazy, but we sincerely doubt the Tiffany logo was, or is prominently displayed anywhere on the Vince Lombardi Trophy, commissioned by the NFL, and we doubt it is highly visible on the NASCAR trophy Tiffany’s was asked to create. But here we are with it on the glasses.

But you know what? TP will power down that Lithium Light and move on. Perhaps we’ll turn our attention to the must-see Whim Collection by Cynthia Rowley for Target. Now if you do find yourself intrigued by the eyewear, some of which is curious and some of which might be quite elegant, prices range from $330 to $1,150 and you’ll see everything from rimless to aviator styles. Happy Hunting.

Tiffany Glasses 3 Shot


Filed under preppy, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle