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A Preppy Idol Contestant? Felix Rey at Target Online Early!

Hello-Hello everyone, and Happy, Happy Friday!

We apologize for the lack of a post yesterday, but the ever-so-wonderful Consort took us out for a late lunch as a surprise, and then we both dawdled with the Brownie Bomb dessert we shared. It was really over the top delicious. Way. Over. The. Top.

We thought we might share a few rather mindless tidbits today, things that won’t tax anyone’s brain, as it has been a long week…oui?

We start with an outstanding invention, updated once again: the Kitchen-Aid 90th Anniversary Mixer, as seen in this slide from Business Week.


Courtesy KitchenAid via Business Week

The Business Week information says the Mixer is available now, but we could not locate it on the KitchenAid website. All we know is that we *love* the idea of the clear bowl!


Next on the hit parade, a question we have that will eliminate any doubts readers may harbor about residents of the Prepatorium being “hip.” We are asking if this young man is appropriately referred to as “preppy”?

Courtesy American Idol

Courtesy American Idol

Apparently he is a contestant on the wildly popular American Idol television show; following is a snippet from the LA Times blog American Idol Tracker:

“Nor will Anoop Desai’s survival…(be a )surprise… considering the wholesome heat the preppy pinup projects.”

Is he a “preppy pin-up” in your estimation?

Courtesy American Idol

Courtesy American Idol

Wholesome heat. Indeed.


WWD recently carried a story on the Fall 2009 collection from Nautica.

Photo By Asha Fuller

Photo By Asha Fuller

We love the location the company selected for their presentation of the collection: aboard the USS Intrepid.

Photo by Asha

Photo by Asha Fuller

A wise choice from a marketing perspective, as it may reinforce a belief that Nautica actually has seagoing roots, which it does not.

Because yours truly is such a selfish beast, we far prefer gazing at the brand’s apparel for women. How do you like their Boat Couture collection?



There is loads to love with this group, it is that simple. Now anyone who has spent any time on a boat knows “Boat Couture” is almost an oxymoron, unless one is planning to be a guest on an ELB (Extra Large, or Excessively Large Boat), but that’s not what this is all about. It is about goodies like the Cotton Cashmere Anchor Sweater.



Available in two colorways, machine-washable and only $78, this one merits consideration for your sweater collection. For a fun little top, the Pima Cotton Sail Tee is not only darling, but also fiscally-friendly.


There are so many other divine pieces, we may need to do an entirely separate post! We’ll cease our shrieking about the fabulosity by showing the little Girl’s Stinson Canvas Tote.



At only $19.50 we can overlook the twitches arising from a mild case of Logophobia, and instead sing the praises of the bow and the madras. A reminder: to the best of our knowledge Nautica no longer does women’s clothing for retail stores, they are only making it available online. (Sniff.)


A quick heads-up on the Felix Rey for Target Collection due in stores this Sunday, March 29.  Most of the Collection is now available online, twelve pieces are shown on the site.

Felix Rey for Target

Felix Rey for Target

Above we show the Envelope Clutch with Shell in blue. For more on this line, as well as a look at the soon-to-be-released Miss Trish of Capri for Target collection, just check this post.


Frequent readers are familiar with our Pretty In Pink feature, which is precisely as it sounds. While this next item is pink, personal taste prevents it fitting in the PIP category, so we’ll simply say “Here is a _____ in Pink.”

Courtesy Shuella.com

Courtesy Shuella.com

Yes, they are back: the Shuella shoe/boot covers are all ready for upcoming April showers.

For today’s actual Pretty in Pink we are ever-so-happy to feature two darling girls whom we have known for ages. Really. For. Ages.

Meet Pete and Wendy, two charming, bright, witty and beautiful dolls we more-than-adore. Wendy is the whiz behind The Princess website look, and Pilar is someone we have known since she was…. well, you just don’t want to know! (Her mother is TP’s closest friend after The Consort & The Queen Mother.)

Knowing they would be sending us photos of their days scampering about southern California, they dressed in their best Princess colors. (We could almost have this picture do double-duty as an Adventure in Argyle.)

In fact, we told Petey we didn’t care about her follow-through form, it was all about the wardrobe.

What a terrible message for us to send these young ladies, both still at an impressionable age…sigh.  Naughty Princess.

On that note, we hope you are able to enjoy some Pretty in Pink of your own this weekend!


Filed under Argyle, nautical, Prepalicious, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Pretty in Pink

The Preppy Plate has Arrived! Also, Michelle Obama in J. Crew

At this moment the downpours are so torrential, this is what The Princess really needs:

In case you don’t receive Daily Candy where these Shuella boots were recently featured, they slip on right over your shoes and can handle almost any size heel. Umbrellas for your shoes = Shuellas.

But the weather makes us neither glum nor gloomy because we have these bright and beautiful treasures to make us smile here at the Prepatorium!

We’re not entirely sure which of these is our favorite – that changes minute by minute! The preppy plates are from one of our very favorite vendors, Boatman Geller, a name we know you recognize and respect.  We think this one will be appealing for Kate over at Nautical by Nature.

The plates are melamine and measure 10″ in diameter; up to three lines of personalization are included in the $25 price. They are food safe, and dishwasher safe, but the microwave is a no-no.

For some reason we are just crazy about the monkey plate!

Okay, back to the down and dirty of politics. Sigh.

Actually, regular readers know TP doesn’t do the down and dirty.  We try and stick to the more pleasant and often frivolous topics like today’s: Michelle Obama’s on-trend selection of J. Crew for an appearance in Jacksonville, NC yesterday. Below, a photo of Ms. Obama in Crew’s Sketchbook Roses patterned Belle skirt, followed by the actual silk taffeta piece.

Chuck Beckley/AP

PHOTO: Chuck Beckley/AP

If this is a silhouette you are fond of, the cotton version of the skirt is available at varying price points online: $29.99 for the deep Atlantic blue, $39.99 for bright rhubarb pink, and $59.99 for the more sedate dark fog color and the same for the bubbly Buttercup color.

In more J. Crew news, last night the company store hosted a reading of their recently released book, “What a Man Should Know,” their light-hearted collection of 50 things on that topic.


Photo: Racked.com

What a Man Should Know

And even more J. Crew news: it seems aggressive discounting on merchandise will continue throughout the Columbus Day holiday weekend, at least at the company’s outlet stores.  From Oct. 9-Oct. 15 there will be 30 – 50% Off all Sweaters, and during the Columbus Day Weekend sale all shirts will be reduced 30 – 50%.

In our continued effort to help everyone stretch their wardrobe budgets, we have more updates on additional discounts and sales. Our good friends at Ann Taylor are helping out as well.

The Watercolor Rose sweater is available in both missy and petite sizes at $49.99.

The textured tweed Wool Jacket in black is $109.99, discounted more than 60% from its original price.

Whoops, we almost forgot to mention… on top of the existing markdowns there will be another 20% off. For example, this would mean the black jacket above would be $87.99 or so.

We will be back later with more bargains!


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