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Rafael Nadal as Beefcake? Oh My! New Stores for Tory Burch & the Vines, J Crew Sale Gets Better!

NOTE: The Princess must apologize, for she thought this post was published yesterday (Monday) and it was not. She is shamed and chagrined. Silly Princess. Our bad.


Well hello-hello everyone, and isn’t it a delightful Monday? A perfect August day marred only by the fact summer is drawing to a close, however desperately yours truly lives in denial of that reality.

We should have expected this I imagine, the Rafael Nadal and tennis fashion fascination, along with the Rafa is ‘hot’ as I believe it is said in today’s lingo? But you must remember The Princess is from a somewhat different era: members of the opposite sex are gentlemen (or nothing at all) and we most assuredly never referred to them as “Beefcake.” (Gasp!) Having said all that, TP has come to the conclusion that in an effort to be better connected to her customers at The Preppy Princess, not to mention her readers here at the blog, it’s time she learns all about Beefcake. (Double Gasp!)

At the very least we must force ourselves to become acquainted with the topic in terms of how it relates to tennis fashions, as that is something near and dear to our heart and a topic covered with some frequency on this blog. This week’s issue of New York has a fascinating story entitled The Beefcake in the BackCourt, written by the wonderful Ben Williams with a subhead that reads: “Another way in which ripped, raffish Rafael Nadal and his cardigan-wearing Swiss rival aren’t anything alike.”

And there is this:

TP is aghast. Horrified. Her face is aflame with a fuchsia color that would make the best Lilly Pulitzer print look washed out by comparison. She must make plans to go to confession as soon as she finishes this post. She simply cannot believe the photo on the right with Rafa looking so… ah…, looking so…, well, we’ll just say he looks rather intense. (Heh-heh-heh.)

The story is a splendid read, including the opening paragraph:

Take your time. It’s okay. That photo of Rafael Nadal on the back cover of this magazine is undeniably … what’s a polite way to put it? Arresting. The mussed locks curled just so above the shoulders. The biceps curved like a particularly ripe aubergine. The shadows playing across the deeply grooved abs. All demand extended scrutiny.”

When you’re done, ask yourself this: Would Roger Federer ever pose for a photo like that?

The pirate look Mr. Nadal wears so well was evident in at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

As was Mr. Federer’s more buttoned-up look.

The Princess must say reading about ‘ripped’ Mr. Nadal’s additional attributes made for an enlightening morning, albeit somewhat shocking. We’ll do our best to recover. Just knowing we could share it with you makes it all that more memorable! BTW, if there is anyone who can dish on the tennis fashion topic, Rich over at Down the Line Tennis is always on top of things.

We haven’t mentioned a number of store openings lately and wanted to cover just a few because they are of interest and/or more than timely. For openers, the Tory Burch store in San Francisco opens today on upscale Maiden Lane, a fab location. Here are a couple of the fall looks:

We aren’t wild about either one, but in the spirit of full disclosure TP has never done well with earth tones. They are very attractive to be sure, just not for us. The same can’t be said of the Hope Hooded Cardigan, very much for us, as it looks ever-so-snuggly. We acknowledge it’s not a bright and brilliant color, but when it comes to hoodies and their snuggle factor, color somehow ceases to be an issue for us!

A note on a name to watch: Katherine Fleming with news today she is launching her own line of handbags. At this point you are saying “This is all fine and lovely TP, and we’re quite Ms. Fleming is a wonderful human being and a great American, but why do we care about her handbags?!” Because fellow prep-heads, she is the designer responsible for much of the Tory Burch accessory line, as explained in this morning’s WWD story about her collection:

“…most recently Tory Burch, where she launched the brand’s accessories and was design director of accessories.”

Well, that definitely puts her on TP’s radar! Also opening a new store, but not until mid-November, is Vineyard Vines. They’ll be taking over the old Talbot’s Mens store in the Back Bay, and if there isn’t a lesson from the retailing Gods in that little scenario, wow. And that reminds us, you don’t want to miss out on the V2 Sale which is going full steam ahead.

We can’t pass up treasures like the Overboard Skirt, still available in a good range of sizes, or the Girls Boot Striped Polo, good to go in 3 great colors.

A decent amount of merchandise remains in the Mens and Boys sale areas as well as the Women’s and Girls, should this be of interest to anyone looking to snag a few things before the season is over.

Which brings us to one more preppy sale of note, the J Crew sale. Their merchandise is now an Extra 30% off, customers just need to use the code EXTRA30 at checkout. What could be easier than that?

We’ll chat more later. Happy hunting!


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Phelps Inspires Team USA, Federer Match, Serena & Venus Williams, I “Love” Michael Phelps T-Shirt

Hello and Happy Thursday….! Wow! First of all, a spoiler alert to protect anyone who hasn’t seen the outcomes of today’s tennis matches.


***The next portion of today’s post features photos and RESULTS from Tennis matches played today, Thursday, 8.14.08 ***

We don’t know where or if anyone can watch tennis from the Beijing Summer Games but just in case, we wanted to do our goofy little alert. We do apologize for the way this rather loud graphic message intrudes upon our serene and placid piece of the web. (Okaaaaay, when did The Princess decide to go all calm and caper-free?)

But you can imagine our amazement when we strolled in after a day of meetings for PreppyPrincess.com and we saw things like this on our desktop!

Roger Federer vs. James Blake

Roger Federer vs. James Blake

Which also translated in to seeing things like this:

Teams USA's James Blake after defeating Roger Federer

James Blake, USA

The upset of the current #1 player in the world by #8 ranked James Blake of the USA shocked the tennis world. It also has some wondering if the toll of being #1 for the last 4-1/2 years has finally caught up with Roger Federer. This is not to detract from Mr. Blake’s achievement today in the Olympic Tennis Quarterfinals. After all, this is someone who has only won one set in the 8 matches he has previously played against the champion.

Roger Federer, Switzerland vs. James Blake, USA

Roger Federer, Switzerland vs. James Blake, USA

It only took Mr. Blake two sets to dispense with Mr. Federer, but this does not include nearly 3-1/2 hours rain delay. Mr. Blake described his thoughts on scoring a major win against Mr. Federer:

“In a lot of the other matches, it has been a point here or there,” Blake said. “That’s why he was No. 1 in the world—he played those points better than everyone. Today I played them well.”

Indeed he did. The loss does underscore Mr. Federer’s lack of a win at any major this year, with only the US Open left to redeem himself. For more on this entire saga, you may want to read the excellent story about Mr. Federer’s current malaise by Selena Roberts on the CNN/SI site.

Her description of post-match responses from both players is poignant:

It was a life-affirming win for Blake, who kissed the American flag sewn into his shirt after the last point. It was devastating for Federer, who hurried off the court, slipping by tennis officials with red eyes.

Ms. Roberts goes on to ask a question many have pondered, especially since the epic battle at Wimbledon between Mr. Federer and Rafael Nadal.

…leaving Federer visibly discombobulated. He talked to himself, challenged calls he was obviously wrong about and seemed mad at his suddenly slow feet.

Who was this cranky man?”

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

“It’s a lack of practice; I haven’t had time to practice whatsoever since February,” Federer conceded after losing to Blake for the first time in their nine matches. “I blame myself the most.”

Perhaps the more rousing story is hearing what contributed to Mr. Blake’s drive:

“Just sitting there watching this morning, watching Michael Phelps set a world record, it was something that was special to me because it made me realise how many people are inspired by him, and that I’m now in the position to have that opportunity, to go out there and get a medal for my country.

“Today was hopefully the first step towards that.”

Roger Federer, Switzerland Congratulates James Blake, USA

Roger Federer, Switzerland Congratulates James Blake, USA

James Blake, USA and Roger Federer, Switzerland

James Blake, USA and Roger Federer, Switzerland

Congratulations to our James Blake, a remarkable talent with a remarkable story. Woo-hoo! The Women’s quarterfinals were not kind to Team USA’s players. Serena Williams lost her match to Elena Dementieva of Russia, and China’s Li Na beat Venus Williams in a very late-running match.

Serena Williams, USA vs. Elena Dementieva of Russia

Serena Williams, USA vs. Elena Dementieva of Russia

Venus Williams, USA vs. Li Na, China

Venus Williams, USA vs. Li Na, China

If you like the way Michael Phelps inspired James Blake and are feeling lots of love for him, you can always go through his website to get videos on swimming, like Michael Phelps-Beneath the Surface:

or cute tee-shirts like this one:

There are even posters to adorn the walls of one of the children’s rooms, if you allow that sort of thing.

BTW, tennis fashionistas can now shop a goodly collection of clothing, hats and all sorts of other things at the official US Open online site, including tees and hoodies like these.

Now that site does not include the Polo Ralph Lauren US Open Collection, now available at the Polo site. That site has been fairly well filled out with items like the US Open Court Hat, US Open Metallic Tote, or the US Open Metallic Big Pony Tee

Big Pony Tank Dress

Polo Ralph Lauren US Open Court Hat

Polo Ralph Lauren US Open Court Hat

US Open Medium Logo Tote

US Open Medium Logo Tote

A rather patriotic red, white and blue look up above, isn’t it? We’ll show more of the Ralph Lauren US Open fashions in the next week.

Here is something fun for those who like the quirky side of life, compliments of WowOWow. If you want a glance at the contents of Miss Manners’ icebox, or want to see what is next to the Snickers bar in Liz Smith’s fridge…

then you simply must pop over to wOw Scenes: Our Refrigerators. Here’s a little tease from TV Anchor/Reporter Cynthia McFadden:

(The lady at the checkout counter the other day did ask me if I ran a day care center. Excessive? I like to think merely prepared …)

We don’t know about you, but we’re simply dying to go peek at Judith Martin’s (Miss Manners), aren’t you? Besides, they have a fabulous story about Madonna turning 50!

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President Bush at the Olympics, Rafa & Roger do Tennis, the Lancome ‘Whoops’, Manly Makeup?

Hello-Hello and Happy Monday to everyone! We do hope all enjoyed their break from the weekday world, be it at home or away at the coast, the cottage, the cabin. Even if only in the mind, an escape is so vital.

So much has been going on at the Olympics *and* elsewhere, it is hard keeping track of it all, at least for The Princess! Has anyone seen any of the photographs of President Bush in Beijing at the varying functions and then the actual sporting events? From an etiquette perspective, it would appear that being Commander-in-Chief is fairly easy at most venues. As always, the First Lady is perfectly attired, gracious and graceful.

President Bush Opening Ceremony

President Bush Opening Ceremony

First Lady Laura Bush

First Lady Laura Bush

President Bush & USA Softball Team

President Bush & USA Softball Team

It occurs to us however, it’s tough looking Presidential when you decide to do the Beach Volleyball appearance. Did we mention it was the Women’s Team?

And then the difficulties grow exponentially when it comes time for the picture-taking, for you know everyone wants their photograph taken with the President. Oh dear. This is where we ask, just who in the Protocol office thought this would be manageable?

President Bush with Kerri Walsh (L) & Misty May-Treanor

President Bush with Kerri Walsh (L) & Misty May-Treanor

President Bush with Kerri Walsh (L) & Misty May Trainor (R)

President Bush with Kerri Walsh (L) & Misty May Treanor (R)

Okay, the President with women in bikinis, not frequently seen, but acceptable. Until this.

President Bush & Team USA's Misty May-Trainor

President Bush & Team USA's Misty May-Treanor

You can tell by the look on his face and awkward placement of his arms he knows this is going nowhere good.

President Bush & Misty May-Trainor, Team USA Volleyball

President Bush & Misty May-Treanor, Team USA Volleyball

Not. A. Good. Idea. Life’s a beach. Indeed.

We also had tennis today. After yesterday’s disastrous weather conditions.


***The next portion of today’s post features photos and RESULTS from Tennis matches played today, Monday, 8.11.08 ***

Let’s talk a little tennis shall we? They have just been dropping like flies when it comes to the Women’s Singles Tennis competition at the Beijing Olympics with yesterday’s withdrawal of top-seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia because of an injured right thumb.

In a news conference announcing her withdrawal Ivanovic said she hasn’t even hit a ball since arriving in Beijing. Her withdrawal comes in addition to those of Russian Maria Sharapova (seen below in Montreal below prior to withdrawing from that event) and American Lindsay Davenport (below, 2nd photo), the 1996 Gold Medalist. Ms. Davenport, an original prep by birth (First clue? Dad’s name is Wink), is still hoping to play in the Women’s Doubles Championship.

Lindsay Davenport, Team USA Tennis

Lindsay Davenport, Team USA Tennis

American James Blake won his first match, but the rains delayed most others yesterday, including Roger Federer’s opener. Mr. Federer made up for any lost time today, handily beating Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-2.

Roger Federer vs. Dmitry Tursunov

Roger Federer vs. Dmitry Tursunov

The fan favorite said afterward to a UPI reporter:

“This tournament is the one I base my year around so I hope I can play well here,” Federer said. “It would mean as much as winning a Grand Slam. I’ve won so many Grand Slams and the Olympics only comes around every four years. I love playing for my country, so this is a great start.”

After the match Federer was congratulated by one of the spectators, LeBron James from Team USA Basketball. Rafa Nadal did not have as easy a go of it, dropping one set to Italy’s Potito Starace, but still winning his match. One of the spectators watching his match was Prince Felipe of Spain.

Rafael Nadal, Spain

Rafael Nadal, Spain

In a story in today’s Times (NY) it’s clear the weather had an impact on the Spaniard:

Nadal was far from comfortable in the clammy air. After the match he was asked the standard question about pollution. “The problem is the humidity,” he said, “I haven’t felt the pollution.”

The big surprise was Andy Murray of Great Britain being upset by Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan in the first round. In Women’s Singles, American Serena Williams made it to the second round besting Olga Govortsova 6-3, 6-1 in a match that was interrupted on Sunday because of the rain.

BTW, the ITF evidently has a heart, or at the very least a thermometer. ITF President Francesco Ricci Bittis announced this weekend that if the weather reaches “… an unacceptable level” players can take breaks.

“The conditions are not the best, but our players are very strong. What is important is the health of the player.”

Currently the ATF does *not* allow male players to take breaks either regular tour or Grand Slam events. As is so frequently the case, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. We are already wilting.

Because of the Olympic news usurping so much space in the blog a number of things have been languishing out there in the virtual ‘Pending” file, so we’ll share a few. We start with the following email we received from Lancôme:

Oh. Well then, never mind. In the event you don’t have your name on the list to be notified when the Lancôme Oscillation Mascara is back in stock, just go to the page and provide your email… if you don’t mind being updated on all other things Lancôme in the interim.

Gentlemen, as we are speaking of mascara, TP wants you to know we don’t discriminate here at Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ, no sirree! (No, that is not the misspelled name of a toddler.) Here is your chance to pop on over to the other side of the pond and grab your own tubeof the aptly named “Manscara” from the good folks at Superdrug.

“‘Manscara’ an eyelash and brow gel for men. With it’s totally clear formula, manscara gel subtly defines lashes and tames wayward brows.”

This, of course, is not a joke, nor is it something we made up and asked The Princess Consort to Photoshop for us in his spare time. We only wish we could name the blog where we originally saw this mentioned in order to give proper credit where it is due. At any rate, if the Manscara doesn’t do it for you, or if you want to enhance its effects, then you should go for the Guyliner. By all means, don’t hold back on account of the exchange rate, buy both. At only £4.50, you can do it, c’mon.

This soft, smooth kohl pencil can give an accurate, subtle defined look to the contour of the eye, making them appear larger, more distinct and seductive, is he or isn’t he wearing it? Or smudged, it can be more dramatic for a grungy rock-star look.

Indeed. This one is peaking the AntiPrep-O-Meter in the red zone and TSU (The Spousal Unit, aka TPC, The Princess Consort) has broken out in hives.

BTW, there is some not insignificant chatter about the Ralph Lauren Polo pony logo on the Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms. We’ll be back later with a bit on that….until then, grins & giggles.

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**SPOILER ALERT** Olympics Opening Ceremony Coverage Special Edition



***Today’s post features photos and editorial copy of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies***

Hello, Happy Friday and welcome to a special edition of the Preppy Princess!

This will surprise no one that is a regular reader: The Princess Consort found multiple live feeds of the events going on over on the other side of the world. He also also took the “Sharing is Caring” sentiment to heart. Concentration is impossible. Therefore this post will be short and hopefully a bit better than bittersweet after yesterday‘s tirade measured comments about the air quality in Beijing. It will however, be about the Opening Ceremonies, so if that is something you don’t even want to hear about, you should skedaddle away until they have aired this evening.

First off, a few shots of the Ralph Lauren Olympic Summer Games Parade Uniform as worn today by our athletes in Beijing at the Opening Ceremonies.

Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay

Shortly after this international Parade of Athletes aired on the Consort’s computer in real time, we received email correspondence from Polo Ralph Lauren “Presenting the Official Parade Uniform of the 2008 US Olympic Team.” If interested in purchasing pieces from this Collection, you can head to the Polo site through the links in the previous sentence or use the USOC’s site for most of the Opening Ceremony items.

The Princess learned several lessons today whilst working:

1) Silly girl! Trying to sit and write a blog and conduct other business with the Opening Ceremonies going on one desk over is futile. Utterly pointless. Cease. The Preppy Princess will survive while for an hour until this ends, so stop. Now. Give it up and go watch. (Take Kleenex.)

2) As discussed on other blogs last night, for reasons unknown to us, human spectacles like the Opening Ceremonies provoke an emotional response. (Yes, I know, how very dreary.)

3) The US Team looks very sharp in their uniforms. As anticipated, the Ralph Lauren designs are stellar and the Chinese execution of them also outstanding. The caps, or berets, are a nice touch and not at all foppish as some feared.

Looking at each nation’s uniforms is a blood sport for some, but not TP. That however, does not prevent a running commentary on the looks worn by other countries, enhanced only by the fact these are being viewed on a 24″ inch iMac monitor, not a large television. Thoughts? Japanese-snappy. Argentina-casual. Great Britain-this one is a TBD, requiring further attention. Bolivia-elegant. France-disheveled. Canada-slightly wacky motif that needed better definition

Parade of Athletes - Japan

Parade of Athletes - Japan

Parade of Athletes - Argentina

Parade of Athletes - Argentina

Parade of Athletes - The UK

Parade of Athletes - Bolivia

Parade of Athletes - Bolivia

Parade of Athletes - France

Parade of Athletes - France

Parade of Athletes - Canada

Parade of Athletes - Canada

The NY Times Olympic Blog had some fabulous fashion commentary. We don’t have pix to pick up on their critiques of certain looks, so you will simply have to watch the television tonight or go hunting on the internet if you want photographic references to their commentary.

The Lithuanian team, led by flagbearer Sarunas Jasikevicius of the basketball team, is clad in shockingly lime-green polo shirts.

While some teams look like they have wilted a bit in the heat, the Spanish team, oh so colorful in their yellow and red suits, came in waving their Panama hats to the crowd.

Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol, however, is not waving but chatting on his cell phone.

The women of Hungary’s team are unfortunately dressed in skirts and jackets that appear to have been doused in splotches of red paint.

The Cuban team, always surprisingly large for such a small country, comes in wearing khaki suits, followed shortly by Burkina Faso athletes in pointy straw hats and Burundi women wearing grass headdresses and carrying spears.

It is a small miracle those got through security.

For more commentary, all of which is simply excellent, go to Lynn Zinser’s Olympic blog at the Times online site.

It seems no one can execute ceremonial occasions on a grand scale with the precision the Chinese can, with the possible exception of the Russians. Majestic barely describes some of this, and we only saw about forty-five minutes of the event.

(Yes, that was Kung-Fu in the photo above.) As we mentioned we really only viewed perhaps forty-five minutes or so of online 4″-frame-on-the-screen video and it was dazzling. We have elected not to show you more photos, of which there are hundreds, because they really would be “spoilers” in our humble opinion, detracting from one’s spontaneous reactions to the events as they unfold on NBC’s taped broadcast this evening.

We can tell you some of our favorite tennis players were on hand:

Parade of Athletes - Roger Federer Carries Swiss Flag

Roger Federer carries the Swiss Flag

Parade of Athletes - Rafael Nadal

Parade of Athletes - Rafael Nadal

Mr. Nadal looking slightly more relaxed than he when he was swarmed by media upon arriving at the Beijing airport; such a throng formed that some referred to it a stampede.

Truly one of the most emotional images of the day, and one part of the ceremony you probably want to be sure you’re watching, is the moment when Chinese flag bearer Yao Ming enters the stadium. Because Yao leads the athletes from the host nation, they are the last in the Parade of Athletes to make their entrance.

Parade of Athletes - China

Parade of Athletes - China

It becomes immediately evident he is accompanied by a child; it turns out the child is a nine-year-old boy who saved the lives of two classmates during the killer earthquake that rocked Sichuan province a few months back. When this giant of a man (he is 7′ 6″ tall) reaches down to take the child’s hand your heart may skip a beat in wonder at the sight.

And on that extraordinary image, we will leave you for the time being.


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