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“Wannabe preppy” & “Dressy-preppy-heritage”, to name a few

Hello cherished friends, and welcome to another gorgeous springtime week in The Great Midwest.

We begin with a few more looks at the preppish aesthetic from the far side of the pond, beginning with an in-depth piece on Tory Burch in the Telegraph.  Friday’s “Tory Burch interview: America’s new fashion sweetheart” asks: “… will her wasp style win over the British?”

Tina Tyrell/The Guardian

The story continues:

Tory Burch is an embodiment of her brand. It’s not just the physical attributes – though her very petite, very blonde, very pretty looks are certainly not a hindrance – it’s everything from her privileged background to her impeccable Upper East Side lifestyle, her ubiquity on the New York party circuit to her complicated private life, her Hamptons mansion to her much-photographed personal style.”

The article takes a solid look at the company and its success, a worthy read on a brand and designer we are fond of here at the Prepatorium.

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Another prep-style brand was also profiled this weekend; The Guardian has a stellar story in “Jack Wills: the Sloane Ranger Rides Again“.  Here is the subhead:

“Clothing brand Jack Wills is a raging success. It doubled its profits to £42m last year and turned British teenagers on to the allure of preppy dressing. But where did it come from, what does it want, and why is it so mysterious?

Many readers know that most consider Sloane Rangers to be England’s equivalent to our preps.  Yesterday’s Guardian story begins this way:

“You know what’s everywhere? Jack Wills clothing. Like Starbucks and Glee!, Jack Wills snuck up on us from behind and overwhelmed us without us really noticing.”

“Five minutes ago, our impressionable youth was a varied bunch. They were dark, distressed and emo, or a bit too tarty for their age…. Now they’re a sea of wannabe preppy – of branded jersey, stripy scarves and rugby-referencing detailing.”

Clearly this references the brand’s popularity in Britain,, not stateside.  But as discussed in our recent post, “A British Invasion Hits the Vineyard,” the company’s first US store has opened on the Vineyard, with more coming to preppish locales like Nantucket, Boston, part of the broader Wills expansion plan for growth on this side of the pond.

We liked the writer’s test of the brand; Polly Jordan actually tried on many of the styles.

Karen Robinson/The Guardian

And Ms. Jordan’s reaction to the styles?

“… how transforming. I do not look like me. Not at all….  I imagine myself inhabiting the bouncy, youthful world in which these clothes belong. A world free of the tyranny of high heels, middle age, underwire bras, hang- overs, tube commutes and the nine-to-five slog. I want in! And then… I take the clothes off. I am 38 years old and entirely subject to the tyranny of high heels, underwire bras and so on. I make my escape from the store.

We thought most everything looked splendid on Ms. Jordan.  There’s no denying that Wills offers some cute, enticing pieces:

As an expert interviewed for the story puts it:

“The collection is actually very relevant this season. The Jack Wills staples – the varsity jackets, the flippy skirts – it’s on the money for the sporty/ preppy trend.”

Toddle on over and read the article if so inclined, it is fun for anyone, but of special interest for students of marketing and public relations.

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We have one more lengthy newspaper story to share, there is also a recent article looking at a brand now openly committed to distancing itself from the ‘preppy’ moniker, J. Crew.  The San Francisco Chronicle story probes how J. Crew fits in with other mass-marketed menswear brands, ultimately deeming it the best of that genre.

I was in … for an informal tour of mass-market menswear. I skipped the department stores (apologies to Tommy, Calvin and Ralph), in favor of a spin through the stand-alone shops, the majority of which conformed to type almost perfectly.

I finished my tour with what is increasingly the best bet for fashion-conscious American men (and those who aim to dress as if they don’t eat in a dining hall), when it comes to mass-market, midpriced mall fare: J. Crew.”

Below we share  a look from J. Crew’s fall Men’s collection.

Courtesy Image via SF Chronicle

Kudos to Crew for the plaudits.

Additionally the story offers a brief overview of the just-launched LL Bean Signature and Lands’ End Canvas lines.

“Two other venerable catalog companies have recently introduced lines aiming for a bit of the dressy-preppy-heritage market. Could their success bring a fleet of brick-and-mortar stores, too?”

Below, two looks from the Signature women’s collection.

From Mr. Britt’s story:

“Twill blazers rub elbows with gingham shirts; canvas pants in colors that won’t scare the locals and shawl-neck cardigans lend a breezy August-in-Kennebunkport vibe…. “

More from the story:

“Lands’ End’s Canvas line comes in a tick less pricey than Bean, but offers a similar look. Windblown American sportswear with a decidedly midcentury turn is the game here…”

Below, a Lands’ End Canvas style:

Lands' End Canvas

For the entire story, pop over here.

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We leave you with a very special Pretty in Pink.

Is this not the cutest gift bag ever? This pink and green faux Bermuda Bag arrived here at the Prepatorium filled with all sorts of long-distance love. And as much as we adore our goodies, we also went gaga over the bag, wishing we had a gazillion or so, we would definitely offer them to our Princess clientele!

On that pretty image we say G’bye until next time!

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That Back to School Preppy Look…?

Hello-Hello, and welcome to another edition of “Preppy is Everywhere, Version #4921”.

There are numerous and diverse references to what we’ll call broadly term ‘preppy fashion’ strewn about the media landscape this week. In yesterday’s post we discussed the merits, or lack thereof, of ‘sexy preppy’.

Today we turn to the Trib for “Preppy fashion takes on an edgy look,” offering a more egalitarian look at the task of clothing one’s offspring for the approaching (or already underway) school year.

“For most people, back to school does not mean a return to a pricey prep school.”

“But no matter what your age or station in life, prep school style is a classic.”

We actually concur with the majority of statements in that portion of the article outlining classic style. As frequent readers may be expecting, we do reach a point where TP’s opinions don’t sync with the author’s. In this case it is the point where the story suggests “replacements” for classic preppy styles. For example, the ‘Naughty nurse white stretch knee-highs’ replacing regular knee-highs? We think not. (Fear not, TP is not accessorizing her skirts with knee-highs.)

We also have “preppy collegiate” as described by Lands’ End and Parents magazine in a ‘ joint survey’ on back-to-school fashion, described in this post on a Plain Dealer (Cleveland) blog:

“… experts say girls and boys are tweaking their looks under themes they’ve dubbed “boho chic” and “preppy collegiate,” with loads of references from the 1980s — skinny jeans, tunic tops and sweaters, leggings and splashes of neon.”

For those of us having witnessed many of the looks mentioned above, we can only say this is frightening. Very, very frightening.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers the following in a similar piece, using an ad from Kohl’s as an illustration:

  • “Whether it be the rocker look or that Upper East Side preppy look … a lot of kids, especially teens, are taking their cues from celebrities…”
We’ll be sharing more on the continued association of the ‘preppy look’ with other styles in the next few weeks; it appears there is no shortage of material on the topic. We’ll end today’s conversation with a look simply referred to this way in OK! Magazine:
Ed Westwick and Sebastian Stan don their preppy best on the set of Gossip Girl…”

PHOTO: Joseph Giannattasio/PacificCoastNews.com

PHOTO: Joseph Giannattasio/PacificCoastNews.com

The Gossip Girl crew was shooting in Central Park yesterday.
What is your preppy best…?
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We actually have two Pretty in Pink items today, the first is our darling  Funkier Monkey Backpack from Four Peas, as seen in this recent story about Polo Ralph Lauren styles for back-to-school.  The story is a good read, as the styles are actually reviewed after being given a bit of a test drive by the kids.

About.com

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You can also see the Pink Funkier Monkey School Supply Holder, ideal for those pencils, crayons, and who-knows-what your little needs to carry. (Pssst: these are also ideal for cosmetics and other items!)

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Our second Pretty in Pink comes via The Peak of Chic in a post showcasing the many talents of boutique tentmaker Anne Girault; we thought the following would bring a smile to the soul.

Boutique Tents via The Peak of Chic

What do you think, is it something Silly Tilly needs for her collection of beds here at the Prepatorium? She already insists on riding ‘up front’ in the Princessmobile, the better to provide directions to the Consort.

Tilly & Daddy #1 August 2009

Of course.

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Was Mad Men Enough? Also, is NYC Prep Better Than Gossip Girl?

Hello-Hello on this Tuesday morning!
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We are still catching up from our little weekend getaway to a family wedding.  We had the most fun, seeing relatives and visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for the first time. The wedding and reception were just delightful, the latter held in the The Terrace Club at Progressive Field, home to the Cleveland Indians. The best moment had to be the newlyweds going to home plate for photos, it was all wonderful fun, a lovely party and celebration.
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We begin by thanking the fabulous Park Avenue Princess for her generosity in bestowing upon us the Sparkles Award! To quote from her post:
“The Splash Award is given to alluring, amusing, bewitching, impressive, and inspiring blogs.”
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Here are the stipulations accompanying the Award:
  • Put the logo on your blog/post.
  • Nominate & link up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.
  • Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.
  • Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash Award.

And this award goes to the following…

(Ladies, we understand if you are crazy busy with the summer wrapping up, school and other obligations getting underway, we merely want to let you know how highly we think of you! If there’s no time to post about or pass on the award, not to worry!)
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Again, we send our gratitude to Miss Park Avenue Princess for including us!
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We have a few tidbits related to the comings and goings of certain television programs, starting with this look at the season finale of NYC Prep. The piece ran on the LA Times Show Tracker blog and in addition to asking readers if they want to see a NYC Prep Season 2, writer Enid Portuguez offers the following:

“It’s yet to be seen whether “NYC Prep” will get another season to prove itself. If it does, we’ll get treated to more of Sebastian’s hair flips, Kelli’s eye rolls and, hopefully, a set of new and improved prepsters. If not, we’ll just have to observe the Upper East Side through the eyes of “Gossip Girl,” which is completely fine with me.”

The story is essentially a synopsis of the show’s final episode in case anyone missed (that’s a liberal use of the word) it.

Also talking about the show, Newsweek’s Pop Vox blog with a post entitled “7 Reasons NYC Prep Tops Gossip Girl“.  Speaking from the perspective of one who has seen not a frame of NYC Prep, and less than 20 minutes of G2, it is an interesting post:

“… NYC Prep actually trumps its scripted predecessor, Gossip Girl, in terms of quality guilty-viewing pleasure. Despite its flagging ratings, the series is actually more entertaining than the show from which it was born.”

One reason we love the piece? Because the writing peaks well into the red zone on TP’s Snark-O-Meter. Here is a sample:

“Reason #5: That entitled cadence. You can give an actor all the speech lessons you want, but there’s just no aping the actual singsong, privileged speech patterns of the Upper East Side native.”

There you have it.

As far as Gossip Girl goes, People (and a host of others) is posting some details about the upcoming season’s plot lines.

SPOILER ALERT CAUTION SPOILER ALERT

Giovanni Rufino/THE CW via People
Giovanni Rufino/THE CW via People

(Before proceeding, we must say the photo above makes us think of a giant ice cream cone piled high with different flavors of sherbet, it is simply yumalicious.)

Back to People’s story, the magazine interviewed the show’s producer about what fans can anticipate this season:

“”Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) are definitely going to be a couple and stay a couple this season…”

“We have our big Polo match in the first episode, we go to Sotheby’s for an auction in the third episode and in the fourth episode, we have a big movie premiere at Ziegfeld (Theater),”

For TP the most intriguing G2 item on the People site had nothing to do with the approaching season, for more of that information click here.  Rather, it is this photo of Mr. Westwick from the mid-1990s, part of the magazine’s bio on the actor. (Note the argyle.)

Courtesy People.com
Courtesy People.com

Additionally, Ms. Meester has taped a version of the Broadway classic “Tonight” from “West Side Story,” it is part of a promotional campaign for the upcoming MTV VMAs

Courtesy MTV
Courtesy MTV

We think the young star looks stunning.

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And then there was Mad Men on Sunday night. We enjoyed it immensely here at the Prepatorium, and it appears we were were not alone: the show drew record ratings with 2.8 million viewers. Those are more-than-significant numbers for a ‘cable show’ as some still refer to original programs on the “smaller networks”.

Courtesy Vanity Fair

Courtesy Vanity Fair

All day Sunday (which started in Cleveland and ended back here at Princess InterGalactic HQ) the two of us were uncharacteristically neurotic concerned about somehow forgetting to watch the program, going so far as to set an alarm. What a relief yesterday to learn a friend experienced the same anxiety!

As for the show itself, it was one of the more cerebral episodes, delving into some psychological areas not frequently visited on other popular television shows.  It seemed a little racier than we remember Seasons 1 and 2 being, but that could simply be our tendency to ‘enhance’ history for those things we look upon with affection. Or it might have been more liberal use of vulgarities, we really cannot say.

Once again we cite the Newsweek Vox Populi blog for their review of the show in Mad Men: Was it Worth the Wait?

But in terms of forward momentum, this was only a slight improvement from last season’s opener. Some viewers are bound to become exasperated and move on. I, however, won’t be among them. I’ll be the first to admit that the glacial pace wears on me at times, but there’s also something charming in the way Mad Men demands that you let its story unfurl at its own pace. It’s television as an old-fashioned courtship: true love waits.”

We do have one question for readers who watched: were we the only person on the Preppy Planet hopeful, despite fully knowing better, that Don’s philandering ways might end, if only temporarily while Betty is in her last trimester?

Sigh. Silly Princess.

We are back again tomorrow, hoping your today is fabulous!

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Return of the Prep School Look … Again. Ralph Lauren Kids Opens

Hello-Hello and Happy Day!

In anticipation of The Big Vote (now officially dubbed TBV here at the Prepatorium) we share the following fashionably patriotic accessories, compliments of today’s WWD.

Thomas Iannaccone

PHOTO: Thomas Iannaccone

The style statements are from a variety of designers, including:

Courtesy Jennifer Roulette

Courtesy Jennifer Roulette

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And believe it or not, the headline on the post is correct; it would seem that the Preppy or Prep School look has returned. Again.

This time it is compliments of our neighbors to the north, more specifically in an article entitled “Return of Prep School Look” from the Regina Leader-Post. One apparel line mentioned in the story is Canada’s Jacob Connexion.

“The attitude behind Connexion for fall ’08 is casual with a certain level of chic, a very put-together, yet worldly preppy feel,” said Jacob creative director Karen Pornillos. “It is Parisian ‘bon chic, bon genre’ with a tad of East Coast Ivy League flavour.”

The Ivy-league style blazer is seen below.

Jacob Connexion

Jacob Connexion

Here are a few more looks from the company’s fall line:

The story also says “…navy blazers, kilts, and knee-highs” have been spotted lately, and “…not just on the posh Upper East Siders on TV’s Gossip Girl….”

“The prep-school look, once reserved solely for uniforms and naughty Halloween costumes, has become the trend for fall among both students and young professionals, as crests, bows, and ruffles take over mannequins and store racks at retailers across the country.”

The following illustration accompanies the story:

Photos Phots Courtesy The CW; Graphic Design by Linda Rea-Rosseker, Leader-Post

Photos: CW Graphic: Linda Rea-Rosseker, Leader-Post

The Jacob Connexion line is spun off from the Jacob Collection, offering several more looks we find appealing. Very appealing.

In keeping with the style under discussion here, word today from the good folks at Racked that the Ralph Lauren Children’s store is now open on Bleecker Street.

This is the store that previously carried the Women’s Collections.

A quick update on the J. Crew cardigan mentioned in our previous post about Michelle Obama wearing J. Crew fashions on the Leno Show: the sweater surfaced over the weekend at a rally in Columbus, Ohio.

Emmanuel Dunand/Getty

PHOTO: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty

Here is a closer look at the ‘Crystal-button colorblock cardigan‘ from J. Crew.

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

Our argyle updates wouldn’t be complete without a few treasures we fell over online, including the Paul Frank Argyle 3-pack.

And from the CrewMutts collection at J. Crew, the Argyle dog sweater in lambswool.  A reminder, this is one of those items available only by catalog and online.

Courtesy J. Crew

Courtesy J. Crew

BTW, does anyone know the reasoning for the Crewmutts merchandise falling into the Women’s section on the website?  It is merely curiosity that prompts the query.

In closing, today’s Pretty in Pink comes to us via LL Bean.  Below, Bean shows a creative use of a preppy standard, grosgrain ribbon. In this case the retailer uses it to adorn their Maine Isle Slipper.

Courtesy LL Bean

Courtesy LL Bean

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That is it for today. A reminder in the best Chicago tradition, “Vote Early and Vote Often!” We are thinking many of our fabulous Chicago bloggers (Momx2, Lipstick at the Mailbox, Third Coast Preppy, Tres Poshe Preppy and more!) recognize this saying!

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Another ‘How to be Preppy Guide’

Hello and a good day to all… we hope you are able to get out and enjoy it. Or stay in and enjoy it, whatever your preference.
Today we bring you another example of the as-yet-to-be-named viral infection sweeping Manhattan. Likely an airborne virus, this mutant strain appears to take over writers’  and editors’ thought processes, frequently resulting in columns on “How to Be Preppy.”  Our latest example comes via this column at website Complex, a site TP visits every now and again for research purposes only. Honest.
Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders

In explaining how one accomplishes Prepdom (our word), Complex awards Band of Outsiders its designation as “The Brand,” presumably “the” preppy brand.  Above we show the apparel and accessories illustrating Band of Outsiders’ designation as “The Brand”: their trenchcoat in a Blackwatch plaid, accented by the ‘trapper hat’ trimmed with raccoon. Below, our selection of this look with David Beckham in the company’s cashmere tartan sweater vest.
Band of Outsiders Cashmere Sweater Vest

Band of Outsiders Cashmere Sweater Vest

The rapid spread of the virus shows no signs of abating; we hear it is frantically being tracked by the CDDC (Centers for Design Disease Control) in an effort to maintain some, any sartorial standards. Below, our selection of Penn Badgely in a Band of Outsiders’ blazer and grosgrain wrapped loafers, from GQ’s August issue.
GQ August 2008

GQ August 2008

Many readers not ‘sur intime avec’ Band of Outsiders may remember them for their collection with Sperry Topsiders that debuted this past spring, the company’s first collaboration with an outside entity.
But we digress. The Complex Guide continues with pointers on ‘The Drink‘ (a Hendrick’s Gimlet)…

… as well as The Tie and The Shop (if you recognize the photo below, please award yourself ten extra Preppy Style Points, a currency we regret to inform you that is utterly without foundation or value, other than our holding you in the highest of esteem).

Now, you know exactly where this is going: The Shoe (of course), The Restaurant (appropriately situated on the UES,) and more. We must stop at this point to provide readers with full disclosure: we actually adore much of what Complex publishes, and quite love this little treatise as well, so there, our secret is out. We hope you don’t think less of us.

Until next time….

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Gossip Girls Haunt the Hamptons & Here’s One for the Military

Here in the corner condo at the Home Offices of the Preppy Princess Intergalactic (or Interplanetary, either will do) Headquarters, we are most definitely ready for a Friday. My goodness. Sheesh. We are aware it could always be worse – you could be sweltering in Southern California, and we remain hopeful we don’t have a Melted Miss Muffy Martini. (Was it really 106 in Burbank?) Or you could be at the brand-spanking-new Ikea stores that opened this week in Red Hook (Brooklyn) or Atlanta; talk about a zoo! In chatting with friends, it appears both locales have enjoyed scenes not unlike a party at an SAE house or feeding time at the great ape display at your local zoo!

Or you could be in Southampton looking at this.

Gossip Girl ed westwick Hamptons argyle

We hope you are fortunate enough to be reading this while sitting on the porch at your cottage on Nantucket or at the Cape or Macatawa, perhaps Pismo Beach or Half Moon Bay…. sigh. If you are reading it from the Hamptons, you may have already encountered Gossip Girl filming for their upcoming season. We have never, ever, actually known a human being who would get off the train attired like this. You are in a suit, or you are in khakis and a blazer, or you are wearing jeans and a button down, you know the routine. Three argyles all at once and spectators and the shorts…? No. Not even close.

Gossip Girl Hamptons shoot two ed westwick argyle

But hey…you’re at the beach. Literally and figuratively. It matters not. By the way, for those not quite in the know (The Princess included) this would be actor Ed Westwick, a Brit who plays a rather slimy fellow named Chuck Bass. There were other celeb sightings: we were told that any females in the vicinity of actor Chace Crawford tend to swoon, or get a bit giggly, as seen in the photo below. You know, teenage, pre-teen, post-teen, tweens, you name it, almost any female breathing in and out could be susceptible, at least from from what we understand.

Gossip Girls Hamptons Chace Crawford

Gossip Girls Chace Crawford #2

We move on to female co-stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester who play teens at the all-girls prep school the show revolves around. Both are seen on the set.

Gossip Girls Blake Gossip Girls Leighton Long Island

Ms. Lively (this is where TP asks if that is her given name?) is often referred to as being possessed of a ‘preppy style’ or ‘aesthetic’, she is shown below in a Rag and Bone dress that we’re not finding overly ‘preppy,’ although we do love-love-love it. (Psst – it’s on sale too!)

Blake lively Preppy Style Rag and Bone dress Gossip Girls

One interesting tidbit about the show shooting in the Hamptons comes from Lauren Le Vine’s story in The Cut Blog (New York magazine online): she reports that no one, as in nobody came to the open auditions for the show held at Pink Elephant last weekend.

We were told to come “dressed upscale and camera ready,” which had us a little nervous as to whether we’d be up to the competition — but then … there wasn’t any. The massive line of Gucci-clad teenage girls never materialized. Instead, the line maxed out at just four people (including us) and none of us were teenagers. We were amazed. How could only four people want to be on the BEST SHOW EVER?

Gossip Girls \'casting call\' lauren levine ne mag The Cut blog

They were casting for an “old-money, glamorous, White Party” in the Hamptons, and were looking for people with “upscale looks and wardrobes … Upper East Side high society, conservative prep-school teenagers, elegant bourgeoisie.”

Let’s take a moment to think about this…. would you have gone?

We thought not. So we’ll move on to our next topic if that is acceptable to you…?

Christopher & Banks Khaki Drawstring SkirtChirstopher & banks Stripe Boat Neck Tee

The Princess would like to take a moment for a ‘shout-out’ (… it’s a term we have heard previously and we do hope we have the appropriate usage here) to the folks at Christopher and Banks. The retailer has announced they will provide military personnel a 10% discount every day, starting tomorrow, June 23rd. This is EVERY DAY for active and retired military personnel and their families. How cool is that? Personnel must show a military ID and be in person to receive the discount, which makes sense to TP. Are you familiar with Christopher & Banks? We weren’t, so we were forced to find out more. Above, the evidence. A khaki skirt for about $25 and striped knit tee for $19.97, both of which looked perfectly presentable to us.


Christopher & Banks Intarsia Boxes CardiganChristopher & Banks Pink Tee

Above you see the company’s Intarsia Boxes Cardigan at $45.50 accompanied by the Everyday Fit Tee for $15.50. To kick off the military discount, Christopher and Banks and CJ Banks stores will boost the discounts to 20% for a two-week period from June 23rd – July 6th, and make it 30% if personnel bring a friend to the store with them. For more information, TP recommends reading a copy of the snooze release here or contacting a store near you directly. The Princess was amazed to read there are 500+ Christopher and Banks stores (serving Missy sizes 4-16), 250+ CJ Banks stores (serving sizes 14W-24W), and 39 Acorn stores catering to a “… more affluent customer.. a distinct shopping experience for women who prefer upscale, boutique fashions…(sizes 2-16)…for women who seek spirited fashions..” The Princess will not snarkitize the beauty of what the company is doing for the military with any comments about their description of their Acorn stores division.

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OMG! Gossip Girls & Deadliest Catch

Giovanni Rufino/THE CW ©2008

Not to make this look like the TV beat, but it probably is gonna’ look like the TV beat today, perhaps with a Preppy twist. Yawn. (Oh dear, I *am* sorry, that was quite rude.) As many readers know, social secretaries all over the country have been forced to plan around Monday evening’s Gossip Girls” broadcast on the CW network. In case you are somehow not up to speed on this scintillating issue, the show is all about the racy happenings at a fictional UES (Upper East Side) private school, the Constance Billard School for Girls. (Which everyone knows is based upon Nightingale-Bamford.) But, as Blair Waldorf might say, “Game over” for those planning to catch up on this year’s G2 shows at the CW’s site. Beginning with next Monday’s show, that party is over. While the network did allow people to see the series’ initial twelve episodes at CWTV.com, they want to drag people away from their computer and to their TV, especially that coveted demo, ‘young women’. For those worried about Serena’s nasty, naughty behavior, or finding out which character is gay, it’s time to learn how to use your Tivo. Or to call your very BFF and beg them do it for you. Having not seen Gossip Girls, the suspense is simply killing us. It appears we too shall be re-arranging the Monday night calendar.(Photo credits for the pix are Giovanni Rufino/THE CW ©2008 & Timothy White / The CW © 2007)

BTW, if your sweetie is one of the guys who flirts with utter rapture when watching ‘Deadliest Catch’ you may want to think twice about sharing this little tidbit: it appears the reality show may not be as real as they pretend to be. At least not every episode. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for getting some production notes, word is out that footage from two different days was edited together to make it look like one very dangerous day on the ship. Whoops. Well, we must run; we’re off to see if Cook will be on hand Monday to do the popcorn for us!

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