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The Nautical Look for Spring 2010

Hello and greetings on a sunny Tuesday!

We have heavy volunteer commitments today, so we are making it One Topic Tuesday! Our subject is a favorite topic here at the Prepatorium, the nautical look. From the trend-spotters over at Women’s Wear Daily:

“Anchors aweigh! Nautical-inspired looks are always springtime favorites, but this season, designers are adding an unexpected twist to the classics, from tops with playful sequin stripes to sexy strapless dresses.”

Included in the story, the Sperry Top Sider and a trench from Nautica. (NOTE: Many of these pieces are not yet available for purchase, we have tried to note those that are currently selling.)

nautical-trend07Nautica, nautical trench

Next, a look from Tommy Hilfiger on the left, and a Navy/Creme Knit Dress from Thread Social. (The entire Spring 2010 Collection is available for purchase now, here is the link.)

Handbags exhibiting nautical traits are always popular here at the Prepatorium.  Below left, Nautica’s anchor bag, and the Eric Javits Squishee Mini Shopper is on the right. (Don’t you simply love that name? It just rolls off the tongue!)


The Squishee comes in a fabulous selection of colors:

Also very appealing, the Rebecca Taylor sweater (L) and a Jones New York Signature sweater.

Jones New York Signature is showing a number of similar looks on their site right now for those interested, including the Nautical Stripe Sweater and the Rope Neck Tunic.

Not seen in the WWD story, this cute Condiment Set at Le Boutique Targèt.

And while finding it to be just darling, the Cute-o-meter might be peaking in the red zone with the Nautical Bath Collection at Target.

With that we say g’bye until next time!



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It’s All About the Pink….and Perhaps a Little Green.

Hello-Hello…did everyone enjoy their weekend?

We have not featured a collection of items in the color pink for some time, and today seems like the perfect day to do just that.  Let’s start with something The Princess covets: the Jeffrey for Sperry top-sider leather lace-up in a neon pink patent, also available in an equally vivid lime green. These run $138 at a fabulous little shop, Gimme Shoes.


If these are a tad too bright for wearing to your somewhat shy teenager’s field hockey game (You know, “Mother, I will die! If you wear those to my game, I will be so embarrassed I will just die, I will never forgive you” sort of wailing), how about this Pink Plaid pair, also perfect for sloshing around in the mud.  They come from the oh-so-talented Tamara Henriques, and are approximately $65-$70 depending on the exchange rate for the British pound.

Everyone has at least one cable sweater in their sweater closet. But do you have the cable clog? Here is an opportunity to acquire your first pair, shown in pink but available in many other colors. These are also from the very talented Ms. Henriques and also require what is a reasonably small investment, $65-$70.


In showing this next item we must acknowledge that it would seem a modicum of sanity has returned to Tiffany.  For those who did not have to endure the sad, sorry saga of The Princess and “The Store Formerly Known as Tiffany,” we’ll only say we were aghast at the commercial aspect the company’s merchandise was taking on, believing them to be imperiling the brand itself with some products that violated the fundamental tenets upon which the company was founded.

This is why we are pleased to see the return of a more subdued (and subsequently far more elegant) classic, the Tiffany Purse pen in sterling silver with its pink diamond-textured motif.

Tiffany Pen

Tiffany Pen

Thinking about the holidays and wondering about something a little different for the tree? How about a Lilly Pulitzer Glass Christmas Ornament in the pink “Toile of Two Monkeys” pattern?


Perfect for your little Princess, Best & Co. offers the pink Pleated Sweater Skirt for Girls Sizes 2-12. Remember if the Greenwich store isn’t convenient, you can always stop by the boutique inside Bergdorf Goodman.

Best & Co.

Best carries a matching cardigan with a sweet ruffle on the front. If it’s just “too-too” or “frou-frou,” then consider any or both of the pieces in other colors; they come in cream, brown, navy, or red.

Always an excellent gift, the Cabo Isabella picture frame by Kate Spade is sleek and elegant.

Of course, The Princess is fond of the Larabee Dot Tidbit Plate set, also from Kate Spade. It comes in several colors but you won’t be surprised to know the two we consider to be the “must have” colors:

Here in The Great Midwest we are feeling a little nip in the air; we know that Gap’s fabulous Pink Peacoat will make anyone look great while also warding off the chill.

And this Girly Peacoat in rich raspberry pink will brighten anyone’s day! It is also from Gap and available in Sizes 12 Months to 5 Years.

The variety of childrens’ shoes available in all colors, prices, styles, and quality levels is  overwhelming. We offer this pair from Cienta, in a fuchsia that takes no prisoners, it is that bright. (C’mon ladies, you know you can’t say no to the bow.) These are available in Toddler Sizes, made in Spain; the pair cost $55 at Zappos.

And for the Lady of the House, what could be more snuggly than this pair of pink Madras Igloo Mocassin Slippers by Reef? These are also at Zappos, they run $29 and shipping is free.

And for Mom, this darling pair of Ballerina Flats from one of our favorites, London Sole, a shoe meriting your acquaintance if you are not already fast friends.


On the home front, a perfectly useable style statement for from IKEA, the Snille Swivel Chair in pink.

If all of this isn’t pink enough, consider the pink rooms of the fifties, this one compliments of the cool folks at Crater Ranch.

Crater Ranch

Crater Ranch

Here at the Prepatorium we sometimes must remind ourselves that our worries are really very, very small. Images like this help us put things in perspective. I mean, who would expect to find this pink room in the middle of a battle zone thousands of miles away in southern Baghdad…?

The caption for the photo reads:

“In an odd twist of irony our sniper (SGT G) and his fearsome weapon (the Barett .50 cal) were housed in a pink room….”

God love the men and women in uniform who are looking out for us.


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