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The Preppy Cardigan + Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren & Bobby Jones Go Pink

Weekend…? Did we hear someone say weekend?

Mike Segar/Reuters

Mike Segar/Reuters

Despite the oh-so-sunny weather (it is almost balmy!) in The Great Midwest, The Princess needs to remember Fall is here and that means sweater weather at some point in the future. The Los Angeles Times recently ran an outstanding article about cardigan sweaters although we were somewhat surprised the ‘preppy’ word cropped up several times in the story.

“The preppy classic can be worn buttoned up or dressed down, and this season, there’s a style that fits every budget.”

One of the sweaters shown in the article was this rugby stripe by Splendid; there would be no chance of a chill for TP because this looks ever-so- snuggly.

Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The article also shows this cardigan by Cardigan. Really, that’s the brand name. The ‘full name’ is Cardigan New York and while it’s a relatively new label, the designer is a pro: Lynne Hiriak designed for Michael Kors and Derek Lam. Below, the Classic Cardigan by Cardigan in wool, nylon, and spandex.

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We do know the brand was available at Lulu Brandt in Pasadena (stand clear everyone, Muffy Martini is probably on her way!) and you can definitely find Cardigan at Barneys and Nordstrom, along with eLuxury and Intermix online. Below, the nautical style stripe Elodie looks luscious, with a classic profile you will have for years.

In this photograph from the story, Bianca Palmerin wears Paul Smith and Andrew Miller is in a J. Crew sweater in another rugby stripe design. (Followed by shots of the sweaters at online retailers.)

Rick Loomis/LA Times

Rick Loomis/LA Times

The article also notes:

“For women, the cardigan is one half of the prim ‘n’ preppy twinset — a lightweight addition to any outfit and an easy way to add polish to any look.”

Are you feeling “prim” when you have on a cardigan? Do tell, we are simply dying to know.

Now it is time for a quick look at some fabulous fundraisers as part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness movement.

Polo Ralph Lauren has loads of tee shirts and other goodies in their Pink Pony line of merchandise.  Ten percent of proceeds from these products go to the Pink Pony Fund. “With a focus on breast cancer, Pink Pony supports programs for early diagnosis, education, treatment and research.”

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Bobby Jones has an outstanding pink pullover; 20% of the retail price goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

And the place to be Tuesday night?  Clearly, it was at the party thrown by Vogue and Lacoste celebrating the launch of the retailer’s Pink Croc Shop. The big do was at Lacoste’s Fifth Avenue store.

Lacoste Fifth Avenue

Lacoste Fifth Avenue

10% of proceeds from Pink Collection sales go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Nitrolicious.com

Photo: Nitrolicious.com

Several items from the line are available at Lacoste’s website, including this darling tote.

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Our favorite photo by Miss Nitrolicious was this one of the massive pink ribbon.

Photo: Nitrolicious.com

The next three days are stuffed full of functions, so we must fly and try to get organized! Do enjoy your weekend!

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Anya Hindmarch Target Collection Early Release, Just Not at Target

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Does the greeting card below remind you of anyone who calls you? We thought it might. It seemed appropriate to attempt humor again this afternoon, just in case the market craters again. The Princess is beginning to think she should start contacting friends, if only to leave messages on voice mail asking, “It’s 5pm…do you know where your trust fund is?”
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Here in the corner condo at InterGalactic Headquarters for the Preppy Princess we are thinking that if financials start to augur in right before our eyes we may need to change channels. It is unlikely The Princess Consort is going to be desirous of talking us off the ledge again.
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We do find the following story from The Hill interesting, although it would have been wise for editors to think through this particular title for the article:
House limits constituent e-mails to prevent crash

When we saw the title by itself we actually thought to ourselves “How can limiting email to the House of Representatives possibly prevent a crash on Wall Street?”  At any rate, the story explains the following:

“The House is limiting e-mails from the public to prevent its websites from crashing due to the enormous amount of mail being submitted on the financial bailout bill.

As a result, some constituents may get a ‘try back at a later time’ response if they use the House website to e-mail their lawmakers about the bill defeated in the House on Monday in a 205-228 vote.”

We feel validated; yesterday afternoon we thought our online activity was markedly slower than normal, and here in the office we are fortunate enough to have a T1 line. It didn’t make sense, but then, neither did most of yesterday.

One suggestion: do not even think about using email to contact your elected Representative in our nation’s capitol unless you enjoy the exploding brains experience. (Yes, it is quite tacky to have used such a expression but we are at a loss. No pun intended.)  We attempted to get to the main “Email Your Representative” page several times so as to better share the experience with you; not a bright idea.  Each and every time it froze our browser (using either Safari or Firefox on an iMac) and ultimately shut down the browser.

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We are hopeful the much-too-kind Europa Fox won’t deem this post inappropriate for a recipient of the Smile Award…especially when leading into discussion of such a fun topic!

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She is just too wonderful, bestowing upon us a SMILE award. You know Europa Fox, international style star and truly our eyes and ears on the other side of the pond.  More importantly, a wonderful mother to the completely adorable Caspar. In fact, when Caspar is of age in another 19 years or so The Princess Consort knows he is being replaced. It is simply understood. Now here are the rules for spreading the smiles to fellow bloggers:
  • Must display a cheerful attitude.
  • Must love one another.
  • Must make mistakes.
  • Must learn from others.
  • Must be a positive contributor to blog world.
  • Must love life.
  • Must love kids.
Rules when receiving the award:
  • The recipient must link back the the award’s creator
  • You must post these rules if you receive the award.
  • You must chose 5 people to receive the award after receiving it yourself
  • You must fit the characteristics of the recipient of the award, as posted.
  • You must post the characteristics of a recipient.
  • You must create a post sharing your win with others.
  • You must thank your giver.
So now that it is our turn to share the Award with others, here we go :
  • Preppy Pink Crocodile is a daily read for her fun and fabulous posts, not to mention the recipes, oh yes indeedy, those recipes!
  • Mom x 2: Exquisite taste and lots of fun, this is another must-read, and her recipes are also a smash hit here at the Prepatorium.
  • Preppy Lizard: Liz exudes elegance while remaining down to earth, a combo we find extremely hard to find. She also has extraordinary taste and has done Interior Design as a pro; the woman is a genius at this.
  • Fashion Herald: You could almost say the Herald shops for a living. And she has friends with names like ChristmasTime.
  • Tickled Pink & Green: A witty writer, Miss TP&G demonstrates her good taste day in and day out, and she can also write. Goodness, can this woman write!

Thank you Miss Fox!

Some readers may remember our post back in June about some of Target’s designer collaborations, part of their GO International initiative. New collections that launch next week (Sunday, October 12th) are handbags from Anya Hindmarch and shoes from Sigerson Morrison. However, visitors to the Hindmarch site can purchase the bags now.

Anya Hindmarch Target Look Nine

Anya Hindmarch Target Look Nine

Abve we show the Look Nine bag in navy and black. Below, Ms. Hindmarch’s Look Five for Target, already out of stock on her site.

For those not familiar with Ms. Hindmarch, she is best known for her “I am not a plastic bag” environmentally friendly tote, but she has designed handbags since the 90’s.

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We leave you with one more greeting card image from someecards, an online greeting card company. It is also a financially friendly site (our newest moniker for these trying times), as all of their cards are free.

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Target’s Next Designer Lines? It’s All About Accessories & Fab Cosmetics

EDITOR’S NOTE: The title of our post changed to accommodate the following comment:

Hello, I am wrting you concerning the name cool cosmetics/ You must remove this from your we-site and product I own the name by trademark.

If you do not remove you will leave me no choice but to turn this over to our corporate attorney’s.

Regina Swope

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We made the egregious error of using the words c-ol cosmetics in our title. Sigh.

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The Princess is a trifle scattered this bright and sunny Saturday. It’s possible we may have flung ourselves a little too enthusiastically into our favorite new sport, extreme gardening. We discovered this earlier in the week, and let us just say, why head to the Club when one can achieve the same (perhaps better) results right here at the Prepatorium.

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There is simply so much preppy and style news The Princess is tracking, we’re all atwitter! Would you be so good as to allow us to just ‘cut to the chase,’ as I believe the operative phrase states, and we’ll dispense with our more civilized “Hello,” and “How are you’s” if that is all right with you.

Target Logo

As part of their very successful and generally very cool Design for All program Target is adding three permanent cosmetic lines and they have also announced their next two temporary fashion collections!

The Boutique is planning their next special collections for the not too distant future, and accessory lovers will be celebrating, as it is going to be all about shoes and handbags! Sigerson Morrison will create Target’s 3rd limited edition shoe collection. We showcase a luscious yellow flat from the fab designing duo of Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison, and these just happen to be on sale at the pair’s own site.

Sigerson Morrison Flat

The next limited edition handbag designer will be from dynamic British designer Anya Hindmarch; below we show a Hindmarch embellished satin clutch from the Vivre site. Both lines launch October 12th.

As usual, the collections will be available at select Target stores nationwide and at Target.com, in this case through December 26. The dates have The Princess wondering if, at least on the handbag side of things, there is an expectation of holiday gift buying with this particular group, as they are selling essentially for the month of November through the day after Christmas? An expiring mind would so love to know.

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While it is no surprise Target is making the big moves on the cosmetics front, we didn’t know they were signing up such big names, especially Jemma Kidd.

Jemma Kidd Image

Aussie Napoleon Perdis is also a big get for Target, although the Princess must admit this isn’t a name with which we were familiar. Perhaps one of our favorite bloggers of a prepitatious persuasion, Nautical by Nature, who is wrapping up her Australian Excellent Adventure, can enlighten us on Mr. Perdis (seen below).

Napoleon Perdis at Work

The third new cosmetics name for Target comes from Petra Strand, one of the founders of niche British cosmetics brand, Pixi.

Pixi Cosmetics Home Page

It sounds as though the retailer is going to be very smart about this, spending up to $15 million just on the first six weeks of the new products’ launch. Target is going to continue its relationship with Sonia Kashuk, the company’s first entrant into their Design for All line in cosmetics.

Arguably the biggest thing Target is doing in the cosmetics department is this: they will have testers for these new lines that will play a big role in getting customers introduced to the new products! (If you’re one of our gentlemen readers or unfamiliar with the earth-shaking nature of this announcement, let it simply be said that for years Target has been strongly criticized by customers and industry insiders for their refusal to use testers, a backbone of department store cosmetic departments.)

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Unusual Sales at Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom; Shorts at J Crew, The Usual Sales at Vera Bradley, etc.

You are aware The Princess is loathe to discuss the “M” word (as you know, it’s just so crass and, well, common), but it seems that economic realities are forcing the issue, at least if we are to let you know about some unusual sales and higher-than-normal markdowns at a few of our favorite retailers. Let’s start with Brooks Brothers which has so many ‘specials’ running, it would be incredibly tedious to list them all, so here are a few highlights:

Online Only, Ending Sunday June 8 (until they extend it again…or not) markdowns to 60% Off, somewhat unusual for Brooks, LOADS of Father’s Day specials and Women’s Shoes & Handbags are 25% off.

Brooks Brothers Home Page 60% Off Online Only Sale

One quick little promotional announcement from The Preppy Princess that is also of the saving variety, a reminder to use the code BLOGDEAL to receive 10% off the PreppyPrincess.com site until June 30, including these fab aprons (can you say great hostess gift?):

Me Too Apron Teal/Chocolate Preppy Princess Meadows Apron

Over at Vera Bradley, that Sale continues as well, with 25% off Retiring Colors, and you know how quickly these can fly out the door. (Or off the site, so to speak.)

Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley Capri Blue Cosmetic Purse Vera Bradley mesa Red eyeglass case

The Princess has always been partial to Capri Blue, and may snap up this little cosmetic case in that pattern. Or the Mesa Red eyeglass case? There are oodles of other sale items, including decorative accessories, lamps, and more soft goods like the microfiber lightweight luggage pieces, including this Garment Bag. There’s also tableware and stationery items, like the Citrus Loose Notes shown below.

Vera Bradley Microfiber Luggage Vera Bradley Loose Notes Citrus

One of the more unusual sales is found at Nordstrom, where there are two oddities from TP’s perspective. The first is that the Shoe Sale and Apparel Sale do not cross paths. As of now however, they do, which brings us to oddity number two, the amount of the discount or markdown: it is generally no more than 40%, but now it is 50% online & in store on select women’s apparel & shoes. More power to them. (In reality it would seem that it is more power to you and your Nordstrom card.)

J Crew Shorts sale

The J Crew Sale continues apace with one addition: selected summer shorts are 25% off, please note this is online only. Now we thought we might take this opportunity to remind everyone the J Crew sale includes their absolutely to-die-for Crewcuts line for children and the Boys and Girls sizes as well.

J Crew Crewcuts sale

Speaking about children’s clothing reminds TP that one of our favorites, Garnet Hill, is having their incredible Semi-Annual Kids’ Sale and Clearance. If you have shopped this before, then you already know. If not, then stop reading and get going, because the merchandise is better than top notch, the styles are beyond delightful and the prices are killer. There are several pages of Kids’ items below $10, always helpful for the pocketbook. Of course, The Princess is always helpless before a bucket hat, especially when it’s for a child and on sale for $6, and Alligator Sandals for Toddlers and Little Boys from ECCO are just too cute, not to mention good for their feet.

Garnet Hills Kids Bucket HatGarnet Hills Kids ECCO Alligator Sandals

Moving away from the ‘standard’ or annual/semi-annual type sale to the rather unexpected, we move to the Neiman Marcus situation. Mind you, as we write this we are not complaining whatsoever about the opportunity to save a few pennies whilst making our contribution to the bigger economic picture, not at all. We just dislike an unhealthy economic outlook from a global perspective.

In a story published in yesterday’s Dallas Morning News, CEO Burt Tansky said that business was so rough last quarter Neiman’s did some unusual things, like extending markdowns from a “One Day Only” Men’s Sale into a second day. Ouch. And he also told the paper the company is buying less Fall merchandise, somewhat unusual in and of itself. But here’s what shoppers want to know: he also told the newspaper the store will be adding more sales in upcoming months, and they are going to have to be more promotional. “More Promotional” is code for sales, or more aggressive markdowns, or both and this is sounding like both to us. At any rate, their Designer Sale is in its ‘Final Days’ at 35% off, and at the Last Call Online Clearance the bargains continue with discounts up to 65%.

Neiman marcus Designer Sale

Neiman Marcus Last Call

While we’re talking upper end department stores, how about Barneys? Yikes! This is unheard of!

Barneys New York Sale Jpg

Really. This just doesn’t happen. The Princess realizes that if you don’t have cause to follow the retail scene or shop here, this truly is one big yawn. Understood. However, it ceases to be a yawner when one gazes upon that hideous orange and realizes that Barneys is doing 40% markdowns, and then furthers gasps, saying, oh my, they’re including Men’s, Baby, Shoes, and Home! I mean, look at this darling little Malina dress for Infant Girls of some of the softest 100% cotton you will ever (I mean, ever) feel. There are some good to great deals on Men’s Zegna dress shirt, A couple of FYIs on the online sale: There is a lot of men’s merchandise, including a lot of Prada, Zegna, while we would recommend skipping the Home Gift section unless desperate as it is slim pickings – in store offerings are much better on that front from what we are hearing.

Barneys New York Malina Infant Girls Dress on sale

PRADA Degrade Ballet Flat at Barneys Sigerson Morrison Mirror Metallic Sandal

Additionally, there is a significant group of Women’s Sale Shoes, with something for everyone (trust The Princess on this), with a good number of Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Miu Miu, Lanvin (including the Satin and Flower Ballet Flat!), Marc by Marc Jacobs, CO-OP by Barneys New York, Robert Clergerie, Fendi, Chloe, Jil Sander, Derek Lam, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Michel Cazabat, Sigerson Morrison, and Henry Cuir. We show the Prada Degrade Ballet Flat way above on top, and the Sigerson Morrison Mirror Metallic Sandal, way above on bottom. Now here is what’s known as a tease: you may want to make particular note of the Sigerson Morrison sandal, as our next post will involve Sigerson Morrison and your favorite discount store. Yep. Promise. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle…um, never mind.

Essentially, everyone is having a sale, including Chanel, with their private sale running through tonight, and then their one-day public sale running tomorrow. Talbots has taken an additional 20% off their clearance merchandise online only, so click here if it tickles your fancy, although TP has found very little there of late to get excited about. Net-a-Porter continues their Spring ’08 Sale, with new reductions taken.

Ann Taylor Special Capri eal

We start to wrap up with J. Press, continuing with their sale both online and in their stores, always worth a stop, and then we have Ann Taylor with a Deal of the Week with 25% off Select Pants & Capris Online Only, as well as their ongoing Clearance with prices starting at 19.99. Ann Taylor Loft is offering 30% off select dresses & skirts online only and also 25% off maternity + free returns; use code JUNEMOM for the free returns. Also at Ann Taylor Loft their Clearance continues with new markdowns as well as other deals too numerous to mention.

That is as many as we have time for…happy hunting!


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