How was everyone’s holiday weekend? Anyone else recovering this morning from a tad too much fun or sun? The Consort managed to fit in a late-breaking round of golf yesterday and TP is ever-so-excited to report she has finally seen Pride and Prejudice, 2005’s theatrical version. Digital bliss, truly.
As frequent readers are painfully aware, we are consistently inconsistent when it comes to reporting on all most things prep. We do focus on TV’s faux-prep program Gossip Girl with some regularity (despite its Fantasy Island qualities), in large part because of the fashions worn by the stars, both on-camera and off.
We have also chatted up newcomer NYC Prep. Recognizing that certain broadcasts require a certain suspension of disbelief, we still find ourselves becoming ever-more astonished when reading about the “reality show.”
PHOTO: Brian McDermott/Bravo
Having stumbled onto this recent story in the Times we thought to share a few morsels; they describe our reasons for scoffing at the term ‘reality show’ far more eloquently than we can:
“Only two episodes in, the show has set off a wave of outrage, contempt and sheer mortification among parents in the world of private schools in New York…”
Who’s Afraid of ‘NYC Prep’? aptly explains a fundamental precept that Princess readers are already familiar with:
“…contradicted an unspoken rule at many private schools: to be showy or prideful is not only culturally inappropriate, but also in supremely bad taste. To be showy or prideful on reality television appears to be even worse.”
Perhaps our favorite part of Julie Bosman’s story is the top:
“OH, God,” said one Nightingale-Bamford parent, groaning.
“Absolute garbage,” another said.
“Like a bad ‘Dynasty’ episode,” a third said…”
There you have it.
Also discussing the show this week, New York magazine, pairing it with The Real Housewives of New York City for a story by Vanessa Grigoriadis, The NYC Reality Freak Show:
“In NYC Prep, as in many low-culture products, the emerging picture of Manhattan is an upper-class farce.”
“The first episode, which attracted over a million viewers, sells it as a high-stakes drama about the “elite of the elite,”… but really it’s a comedy about the silliness of the rich. As you may or may not know, it’s deeply uncool, as a student at a New York private school, to be a fan of Gossip Girl—it’s too outsized, too camp, for kids who are living that life to enjoy.”
The marketing minds at Bravo must be overjoyed at the coverage and buzz surrounding NYC Prep.
All of that makes for fun reading, but it does detract from our main message of the day: Pre-ordering for the Lilly Pulitzer Fall Stationery and Gifts Collection is now available!
Lilly Pulitzer Circle Notes
Ideal as a gift anytime of the year, we love the new patterns for the Circle Notes, perfectly packaged and adorned with a grosgrain ribbon bow. (And you know how silly we are for anything with a bow!)
Pocket Lilly Pads, the mini-notebooks with their own pencils are now just $6.50!
Lilly Pulitzer Pocket Lilly Pads
The Magnet Boards come with six coordinating magnets, and at $18.50 are an outstanding value!
A definite for us come Christmas will be the Imprintable Boxed Holiday Cards:
Lilly Pulitzer Boxed Holiday/Christmas Cards
We love the vibrancy of the colors so much we’ll make this item our Pretty in Pink for today.
And while these are located in our ‘Holiday‘ category at the Princess, the Taboo Imprintable cards are such a delightful pink and green it is obvious they’ll work any time of the year.
Lilly Pulitzer Taboo Cards
There are several other patterns of imprintable cards available.
We expect to start shipping pre-orders the third week of July. Before moving on we must take a moment to say a very public “Thank You” to the always-on-top-of-things and beyond-wonderful Ashley at Lifeguard Press, the Lilly Stationery Mother Ship. Miss Ashley, without your assistance and guidance we would be helpless.
One last note, Lilly is retiring some of the patterns used in goods from this Spring’s launch. Look for the word “Classic” in our Lilly titles; when those Classic products are sold out they will no longer be available. If so inclined, it may be wise to pick up your favorites before they are merely fond memories!
Grins and giggles until next time!