Tag Archives: PreppyPrincess.com

“Penny Pinchers Go Preppy” & More Preppy Sales

Hello-Hello! Isn’t this turning into a busy week!

It is because of the slightly-controlled-chaos here at the Prepatorium that today’s post shall offer more pictures than prose, a circumstance we know you find heartbreaking. (Tee-hee.)

In today’s SOTTs (Sign of the Times) we refer to an excellent story on ‘preppy style’ from late last year. Yes, we somehow missed this one. We don’t know how this happened. We promise we shall never, ever let it happen again. Never. (Heh-heh. Silly Princess.)

The story, “Penny-Pinchers Go Preppy in Economic Downturn,” looks at how well retailers specializing in traditional clothing are faring.

“As trepidation over the economy takes hold of personal budgets and weighs on the minds of consumers, the timeless ethos of preppy has taken hold of the retail apparel sector…”

Prep style stalwart Brooks Brothers is mentioned, as are several other brands readers will recognize.  Anne Szustek’s story is a good read, found on a site new to us that we enjoy, Finding Dulcinea.


We have a few more nautical items we simply can’t resist posting, beginning with the Ship-Shape Area Rug from one of our favorite places for gifts and other goodies, and for window shopping (in a cyber sort of way), Blue Barnacles.

Blue Barnacles


There are pages and pages of just rugs in themes we all adore. There are bright and cheery themes like the Nautical Flags, as well as more sophisticated motifs, as seen in the Moray style.


If seeking something a tad more casual in dinnerware for the cottage, the Code Flags melamine is an outstanding selection.

There are scads of tableware designs from beach-inspired to nautically inclined to everything in between! We leave Blue Barnacles with a peek at the Sailboat Bookends.

Of course, if looking for a nautical gift that is monogrammed or personalized, here at the Princess we can help you with goodies like the Anchors & Nautical Flags plate!


Or the Anchor Stripes Platter, also loads of fun, an excellent wedding gift at $40.

Obviously the Boatman Geller Anchor notecards are a great fit, as are the Whitney English notecards.



Lots of store openings this last week, including the new J. Crew in Malibu. It’s official name is J.Crew-at-the-Beach, and it is not your average Crew. There are custom surfboards, and it’s a little different: no Men’s merchandise, and a ‘shop in a shop’ concept allowing special merchandise to be showcased. The new store is actually located in the Lumber Yard, brand spanking new outdoor mall. We shall count on Muffy Martini for a review the next time she heads to the beach!

Other retail-related openings? The new Barneys in Chicago (enormous from what we hear), Roberto Cavalli in Bal Harbour, and Palm Beach Garden’s Lilly Pulitzer.  For a amazing account of the Lilly opening, you simply must toddle over to visit Miss Janice; she has the most captivating photos. (Pssst – you do not want to miss her shots of the dressing rooms!)

And though technically open since last fall, Kenneth Jay Lane ‘officially’ celebrates his new store at the Plaza this Thursday. (You know, the somewhat challenged retail area at the Plaza….?)




We have a few sale reminders readers may find helpful; it seems every little bit helps in these challenging times, yes? We begin with Kate Spade now offering an Additional 20% Off Sale merchandise.

This is online only, and runs through April 24.  L&T is doing their Friends and Family event, with an “Extra 25% Off Almost Everything”.

The online promo code to use is FRIENDS. Also, J. Crew is running their Spring Sale.

And the folks at Bergdorf Goodman are also taking markdowns.



In closing we share a quote from a story in Sunday’s WaPo about singing sensation and internet superstar Susan Boyle. It seemed appropriate as a “Quote of the Day”:

“We’re all tired of 23-year-old models trying to sing on TV. Susan is a 47-year-old spinster who, by God, can sing,” said Michael Nicolson, 64, the bingo caller at the community center where Boyle has volunteered.”

Any readers unfamiliar with Ms. Boyle, click here and do stay for all 7 minutes; you’ll be glad you did.

On that fun note, may your days be filled with sunshine and smiles!


Filed under nautical, Prepalicious, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, preppy stationery, Sign of the Times

Memorial Day

Henry Kass Photo of the Sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown

On a warm and lazy day in the Midwest we stop and bow our heads. We are grateful family and friends are all accounted for on this day. We also ponder those who preceded us, especially those who gave their lives making it possible for us to thrive in a place that is more than blessed with abundant and great good fortune. We are reminded of the Dwight D. Eisenhower speech on D-Day, 1944:

WWII Memorial D-Day Ike Quote

“You are about to embark upon the great crusade towards which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower 6/6/1944

WWII Memorial at Night

The two photos above and next one immediately below (the top one of course, is Arlington) are from the stunning World War II Memorial in DC. (Washington, D.C., which happens to be TP’s favorite city in this country, bar none.) The Princess is more than mortified to admit she has never really done the Memorial in a proper way. As in getting out of the vehicle and walking around the Memorial. She is ashamed frankly, to publicly acknowledge this, but then isn’t there something about “The truth shall set us free” or some other pap…? Indeed. Actually, TP’s Father and Uncles all did WWII and she is something of a history buff on this war (although The War Between the States remains her very favorite war) and she is quite eager to see the Memorial; every time she has been in town since the Memorial opened there have either been torrential downpours or we simply have had to head to the airport to make a plane. Every. single. time.

WWII Memorial Wall

“War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime — forever young –
And a part of them is with us always.”

— Author Unknown

Arlington National Cemetery in the Fog


Houston James hugs Sgt. Mark Graunke

Some of you may have seen the photo above – it is from a Veteran’s Day ceremony in 2004. When we saw it while looking for other things online, it stopped us dead in our tracks. It was a no brainer – we had to learn more about the people involved, especially with one being a Pearl Harbor survivor. The caption reads: “Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas is overcome with emotion as he embraces former Marine SSgt Mark Graunke, Jr. of Flower Mound, Texas during the Dallas Veterans Day Commemoration Thursday at Dallas City Hall. SSgt Graunke, Jr., who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of last year.”

As best we can ascertain from the Dallas Morning News, Sgt. Graunke’s recovery has continued and he is now married with a daughter. He also talks to wounded soldiers, especially amputees, and recently was asked to select three beneficiaries of an upcoming charitable auction by a local Dallas builder. One of the organizations he picked is the Fisher House, and The Princess is ever-so-excited to read that! Fisher House is an absolutely outstanding group, with locations onsite at major military and VA medical centers where families can stay (just as Graunke’s did) for little or no charge. They are called ‘comfort homes’ and are located right next to or very near the hospitals where military personnel are being treated. We know statistics can make everyone’s eyes glaze over ( I know, how very dreary) but here’s a good one: each year Fisher House serves more than 10,000 families! How cool is that, The Princess asks? Yes, we’re a little bit biased; we are more than proud to say Fisher House is one of the two charitable organizations that PreppyPrincess.com donates 5% of our net profit to; the other is Dogs for the Deaf, equally deserving. (For those who may not have shopped with us yet, you get to choose when you check out – it adds absolutely nothing to your bill; if you don’t decide which of the two groups you would like the 5% to go to, then we just select one of the two at the end of the month.)


Filed under preppy