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Preppy Look “Stronger than Ever” Also, Preppy Pins? We Think Not.


It is rainy and cold, and one could almost believe Fall was hovering around the corner. But as we are living in denial, we know that isn’t the case.

However, we will acknowledge that a change of seasons brings a change in wardrobe for most of us as well, including the offspring.  To that end, we share from this story in the Montreal Gazette, “Prepping for School”:

“The preppy look is going stronger than ever into the high school years, with Gossip Girl blazers, plaids, knee socks, ties and headbands. (Of course, much of what these Upper East Side privileged private school students wear on the town would throw most parents into a tizzy, if not bankrupt them.)”

The story includes photos of  clothing, including this Fleece Blazer by Canadian retailer Joe Fresh:

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

The story continues:

“…. Gossip Girl has influenced those girls, with tweeds, bows, knee socks and ballet flats,’’ she said. That’s the urban preppy look….”


Montreal Gazette

The illustration above shows something called a TRie (spelled just this way, upper and lower case) from the Jonas Brothers line of clothing…? Is this a combination of the words ‘tie’ and ‘ribbon’ possibly, or are we just thicker than normal today?


Today we have the unfortunate task of adding to our “When Preppy Goes Wrong” gallery; the source of the fashion crime faux pass is what’s troubling us today: Fred Perry!

Fred Perry Preppy Pin Badges

You are looking at the Fred Perry Preppy Pins, a set of 4 enamel on metal pins.  We’re having flashbacks to our skating days and thinking we must be at a competition swapping pins.  In and of themselves they aren’t horrid, despite the raging case of LogoPhobia they are bound to trigger.  It’s just that we were still clinging to Fred Perry as one of a vanishing breed, a firm resolved to avoid wallowing in a world of gratuitous logos splattered everywhere.

And now this, something that belongs in the land of Hideopolis. Sniff.


We have decided to soldier on despite the tragedy detailed above, efforting cheery smiles via a number of Pretty In Pink items, how is that for therapy? First, the Girls Plaid-Trim Polo from the folks at Nautica.


At $12.99 an early withdrawal from the trust fund isn’t required, the top originally sold for $26. For Mom, the Varsity V-Neck Sweater is also offered at a lower price point, $37.99, marked down from the original selling price of $79.



For the furry member of the family, the ARFgyle Bones Toy, isn’t it cute?

t10109_group_062009fetchdogdotcmThe only challenge for us here at The Palace? We have to explain to the Tilly-Bomb:

“Not recommended for aggressive chewers”



Many readers may have already seen this next item, but we simply have to share it for those who may not have viewed photos of the lovely, lively LillyMobile.


This cute bug of a vehicle looks very much like any number of personalized golf carts buzzing around the course in Florida, and according to the Lilly Facebook page:

“We had a jeep last year but this November we’re “rolling” out an electric car!! It comes in white and pink!!Eeeekk! Stay tuned for more details and how to order one early!!”

There’s something to look forward to!


And finally in our Pretty in Pink category, we close with our brand new Preppy Pushpins!



These are from a new vendor whom we adore, Sara, at Kenwood Lane.  The pins are perfect for tacking up things on your bulletin board, and come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns.


Perhaps best of all they come packaged in cellophane accented by a pretty bow! We are already thinking they will be the ideal stocking stuffer for several friends and relatives.


With that lovely readers, we toddle off, back to work! May your days be filled with sunshine and smiles!


Filed under Argyle, Gossip Girl, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink, Sales & Savings, When Preppy Goes Wrong

Cyber Wednesday Sale at the Preppy Princess & Giveaway Update

It’s Cyber Wednesday at The Preppy Princess!


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!)


Rolling Snowman PreppyPrincess.com

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.)



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


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


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


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!


Filed under preppy, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle

The Olympic It Bag, Shoshanna, Ralph Lauren Rugby Update, Sale Updates: J. Crew, Saks, Barneys, Boden

Hello-hello and happy Wednesday!

Because we have dabbled in the Olympic Fashion world for a few days, we thought it best to step away from the Olympic uniforms and look at some of the additional items being marketed as tie-ins to the Beijing Summer Games. We finally came across some photographs of a bag we’ve been reading about for some time; the PUMA Olympic “It bag.”

Might we also add that hunting up the PUMA bags for this column was an eye-opening experience, albeit a tad mind-warping. As we don’t generally spend time blazing new fashion trails, we had *no* idea that the selection of bags PUMA offers is so broad! Heavens to Betsy! Below, the PUMA Olympic Ring Bag.

Below are bags that also won recognition in this year’s CSM (Central St. Martin) Design competition sponsored by PUMA, including the Medallion Bag designed by George Omerod in either Gold or Silver, as well as the CSM Elastic Ring Bag. The Princess applauds PUMA for supporting young, independent designers, but is somehow not in sync with the medallion bags. At all.

If you would like to read and see more on Olympic fashions and design, Forbes Life has an interesting story and along with one of their wonderful slide shows.


Many readers are familiar with The Princess’s disdain for inappropriate emotional displays, yet they have been witness to her inability to contain herself upon seeing the madras plaid swim separates by Shoshanna. It was dreadful, we were absolutely gaga and completely out of control, incapable of containing ourselves. (Below, the ever-so-preppy madras swim top at Nordstrom.)

In reality, there is little from this designer that we don’t like, as her lines are simple, the cut is classic and the end result is always one that is sure to flatter every figure. In many ways it is a ‘preppy’ design aesthetic.

To the right of the swimsuit above, the Mosaic Belted Dress at Saks in a bright and brilliant shade of blue. (A quick FYI if you are still looking for swimwear, all of the Shoshanna swimwear separates are on sale at ShopBop, and there is an additional 20% off the sale prices.)

If you like Shoshanna’s designs you’ll want to pop over to Ronda Carman’s fabulous blog, “All the Best” for her profile of designer Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss (below).

Learn which handbag she carries the most, her favorite luxury in life and who her style icons are, plus you can become acquainted with the blog, a daily read for us here at the Prepatorium.

We also adore the Shoshanna Tuxedo Halter Dress at Nordstrom, with its cutaway top and pleated waist, and simply love the Stretch Jersey Cap Sleeve dress at Bluefly, despite the fuzzy-wuzzy photo.

Scoot over to Ronda’s when you have a minute to get a peek at the person behind the Shoshanna designs and meet Ronda, well worth the trip itself!


Natick Rugby Store

Natick Rugby Store

An update on last week’s post mentioning the upgrades being done to the Ralph Lauren Rugby website, including the added enhancement of being able to shop online at the site. The site is now open for business and you can actually shop the Rugby styles online!


Once again TP feels compelled to tiptoe around the issue of m****, a topic you know that we never discuss, certainly not in a public forum such as this. However, there are times when economics mandate that one does what they can to pinch a penny or two along the way to livin’ the Prepalicious! lifel And TP is here to help, forever seeking measures and means to keep your pocketbook healthy and happy. (You know what a horrid chore it can be when you are forced to call up one of the Trustees and detail your plight.)

It is in this vein we always suggest the ‘Buy Ahead’ method for supplementing one’s wardrobe, acquiring pieces now that will be simply divine in the future. You know the basic boys button-down at Hickey-Freeman that is on sale now is ideal for this fall and winter, and no one knows what season it is because it’s a classic item made with superb materials and craftsmanship. Or the vibrant (that is an understatement) plaid sportcoat Thurston will wear to this fall’s holiday ‘do,’ similar to this Holiday Plaid Style on sale at Hickey Freeman.

Hickey Freeman Men's Holiday Plaid Sportcoat (on sale)

Hickey Freeman Men's Holiday Plaid Sportcoat

And don’t forget the edgier Hickey store, with goods aimed toward a younger and hipper clientele than those at parent store Hickey Freeman. They too have some fabulous men’s merchandise at outstanding price points, especially since they added ‘Take an Additional 20% off” to the deal. We are particularly fond of this Linen/Cotton Blend Chambray Shirt, a basic that will last forever. We are, of course, completely and totally ignoring those shameful buttons (gasp!) and the little leaf logo.

Hickey Linen/Cotton Blend Chambray Shirt

Hickey Linen/Cotton Blend Chambray Shirt


Naturally there are loads of treasures at the J. Crew Final Sale that are simply perfect for everyone, but do be sure to check the markdowns on everything.

For example, the Cambridge cable crewneck sweater, a ‘must have’ basic available in loads of colors normally runs $74. It is now $69.50, not much of a markdown.

We are pretty excited about the Men’s Broken-in Madras Sneakers, now only $19.99, still available in a good range of sizes in both the Tidal Blue or the Montauk Patchwork.

Even getting the little ones properly clad for school can be accomplished in some cases at this sale! Probably not in the school days category, but still fabulous: these Callie Flats for the little princess in the family.

There is always the GIrls’ Polished Cotton Polo at $6.99, with lots of colors to choose from, or maybe the Girls’ Cashmere Argyle Cardigan, doesn’t that look elegant, yet über-snuggly for the Little Miss?

For the young master, how can you go wrong with a silk Lighthouse Tie that was $29.50, now $7.99, or the East Hampton polo shirt?

BTW, we’re just tickled that *finally* the New J. Crew store opened at the Galleria in Dallas. Only one store in a town that size was just silly.


One wouldn’t want to pass up the Summer Sale at their local Saks, or the online store with all manner of things marked down, including this Stephen Dweck Bronze Ring. There are other treasures like the classic St. John Sport Boatneck Stripe Sweater in a timeless wool and rayon knit you will wear for years (not shown). The Princess is also partial to the Ann Demeulemeester Suede Sneakers in black.


At Boden things are not discounted anywhere near the amounts shown above, but the there are savings to be had just the same, if you enjoy the company’s casual classics.


Now don’t forget to stop by Barney’s Sale online, unless you’re in the city in which case it would be criminal to not get yourself to the physical warehouse sale. Already underway in LA, the online sale features deep markdowns and runs through the 26th, while the warehouse sale has even better markdowns, and you get the experience of someone ripping that top you were just looking at right out of your hands! The physical warehouse sale goes through the 1st of September.

And on that crazy note, the Princess will toddle off for a nightcap and some Olympics viewing!


Filed under preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle