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What The Consort Has Learned While Riding The Blog Bus

Hello-hello, all.  The Consort here gliding effortlessly mikeside to entertain you while The (lovely and talented) Princess admires her gardening efforts.  I thought today would be perfect for a trip down memory lane.  We’ve been celebrating our 1,000,000th reader of this modest effort so I thought I’d share some of the moments that resonated with me.  Hang on tight; we’re going for a ride on the blog bus.

Our first stop is at the fabulous Royal Ascot for a little lesson in fashion headwear.

"My horse isn't real either."

Nothing says haute couture to me like a giant chocolate confection on your head.  Perhaps I’m a bit of a fashion simpleton but the point may be lost on me.  I do, however, appreciate the effort.  Many of our readers also appreciated my effort to expand my limited fashion horizons.  I certainly learned that our gentle readers have an infinite amount of patience with those of us who are less “fashion forward”.

Our next stop is back on this side of the Atlantic…

Yugo? No, not often.

I shared some thoughts on trading in the family car during the so-called “Cash For Clunkers” government program.  It seemed like such a good idea to cash in the ol’ Yugo for some vehicle that, well, functioned.  Not that there is anything wrong with a Yugo.  Certainly nothing that a date with a car crusher wouldn’t fix.  People seemed to connect with my efforts to upgrade the family ride.  Alas, I was too late to take advantage of the program.  The lesson here?   Move faster.  But I had no experience in moving swiftly.   The words “fast” and “Yugo” aren’t often seen in the same sentence.

Our next stop is a lesson in compassion.

Bradley The Bulldog

This is Bradley.  He was a little bulldog born with serious health issues.  This photo was taken as his foster family fed him a cheeseburger and chicken prior to taking the step that any compassionate pet owner hates to have to take.  You see, Bradley could not be saved.  Veterinarians told Bradley’s people that there was no way the little bull could be helped and his quality of life was declining.  When I wrote the original post I said that it was a blessing that Bradley spent his last moments in the arms of someone who loved him.  The lesson?  I learned that our readers are compassionate and have huge hearts.  Many of you rescue or foster animals.  I celebrate your willingness to give of yourself to help animals that are unable to help themselves.

We’re at the final stop on this ride.  But before we get off the bus I would love to hear which of the nearly 700 (!) Preppy Princess blogs is your favorite.  Come on, kids, dish.  There’s no one here but you and thousands of your closest friends.   This is my opportunity to say “thanks” for all the fun you’ve given me on this journey.  I’m privileged to have been exposed to some very creative people.  This world is a wonderful place because of people like you.  We never imagined so many people would be interested enough to read this blog.  We are overwhelmed by your willingness to share your time with us and we promise to keep the conversation going.

But now it’s time to say ta-ta.  I’ll leave you as I always do; take care of your waitperson because they’re working hard for you today.  The Princess will return Monday with some Memorial Day thoughts as she breaks out all her white clothes and seersucker for the summer season.  Now sit back and enjoy these talented young women with a message to tell.

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Weird, Wonderful & Wacky: the Top 15 Searches at The Princess

Hello-Hello, happy Tuesday!

We are blessed with a gorgeous day here at the Prepatorium and hope you are enjoying the same wherever you may be.

In yesterday’s post about making it (miraculously) to the million mark in blog viewers we promised to share the highest ranking search engine terms.  We’re going to share the Top 15, doing most of the list in a visual way and in reverse order.

We will start with the 15th and 14th most searched terms as they are so similar: Number 15 is “preppy blog” and Number 14 is “preppy style”, both equally difficult to describe with just one image.  The best we can do is share the brief back story on an ancient item of clothing, a basic turtleneck we purchased ‘back in the day’ when Abercrombie & Fitch stood for something worthwhile. When its name was Abercrombie and Fitch Country Clothiers. When the most one would see of a logo on anything carrying the brand’s name was this. Below left, the inside of said turtleneck and below right, the external tag at the hem of this piece of perfection.

For those interested in more on the topic (at least from our very early archives), we discussed the topic in Those Abercrombie Abs…Part One and Part Two, also probably the earliest mentions about our horrific case of LogoPhobia.  (Of course we still wear the turtleneck, it is in perfectly good condition!)

Number 13 is perhaps better explained by a map.

Fodor's

(The Hamptons.)

At Number 12,  a brand that once shone brightly in our little corner of the globe.

Lacoste

Number 11 covers a topic sadly featured in many posts, we’ll go with an image from The Snuggie at Fashion Week last fall.

PHOTO: Jason DeCrow/AP

Number 10: This individual is mentioned in multiple posts, but here (more than 2 years ago) we officially confer Anti Prep status upon her. And yes, we are aware the young woman has undergone some significant image rehabilitation, but official Anti-Prep membership carries lifetime status.

(Kim Kardashian, famous for being Kim Kardashian.)

Number 9 comes to us from TSU (The Spousal Unit, aka TC), in his post titled The Consort’s Version of Cash for Clunkers, or Carpe Auto:

Yugo? No go.

This one came as a surprise to us, here is Number 8:

Via Two Barking Dogs

The search is just one word, “fireworks”, not a term we would associate with the Princess blog, this oddity addles our little brain.

Very similar to Numbers 15 and 14, at Number 7 we have “preppy” and rather than search for one comprehensive or spectacularly preppish photo we shall take the wimp’s way out and simply show the full image from whence we found our avatar.

PHOTO: TQM

It would seem our affection for madras is deeply rooted.

Number 6:

NYC Prep Cast

Courtesy Bravo TV

This image may be one of the least familiar to our readers, it is the cast of NYC Prep, the one-season wonder chronicling the lives of ‘real prep school students’. Ahem.

Number 5 (from multiple posts on a Princess favorite, Goyard):

Courtesy Goyard

Number 4 (from multiple posts):

Kris Connor/Getty

Number 3 from Why There is no Preppy Princess Post Today:

The actual search term is iPhone, again – utterly baffling. Why on earth would anyone come here for that topic?

Coming in at Number 2:

Andrew Eccles/The CW Network

(Actor Chace Crawford in a publicity still from the inaugural season of Gossip Girl.)

And now (drum roll please) we share Number 1:

Andres Eccles/The CW Network

Our Number 1 most searched term also hails from the cast of Gossip Girl: Blake Lively.

As of this writing 19,538 searches for Blake Lively have brought people to the blog. Is anyone else troubled by this fact? Especially when we confess to never having seen a full episode of G2?

With that, we must solicit your thoughts: did any of these surprise you?

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The Consort’s Version of “Cash For Clunkers” or Carpe Auto

Hello-hello, all.  The Consort boldly stepping mikeside to entertain you while The Princess enjoys quality time with The Queen Mother.   Meanwhile, I beg your indulgence for a few moments as you ramp up your weekend festivities.

I’ve been watching this so-called “Cash For Clunkers” program with some interest.  It seems like the perfect opportunity to upgrade the family transportation.

Yugo? No go.

Yugo? No go.

Sporty… sassy.  No, we’re not talking about this car.  The best thing about the Yugo was the heated back windows.  Kept your hands warm when you were pushing the car during the winter months.  Bombing the production factory during the Balkan War was not the negative it might first appear.  So let’s get involved in this wonderful “Cash For Clunkers” program, shall we?  Let’s go green and save the Earth.  I’m thinking electric here…

Tesla Roadster

Tesla Roadster

Now the $100,000 price tag for the Tesla Roadster is a bit of a stretch but with my “CfC” money I should be golden.  This little electric-powered beauty goes from 0-60 in four seconds.  The Yugo does 0-60 in four days.  I like the direction in which this is heading.  But this snappy little two-seater doesn’t solve the “Tilly Transportation” problem.  Perhaps I need to expand my vision.

50's Woody

50's Woody Photo: examiner.com

Now we’re talking family transportation.  Room in the back for Tilly to roam.  Real wood panels.  Captures the essence of Preppy Lifestyle.  This would really look nice pulling into the Piggly Wiggly during our weekly shopping excursion.  Perhaps with all the money I get for the Yugo I can get both the Woody for The Princess and a little something for me to sport around town.

1951 Mercury

1951 Mercury

I’ve always considered a Mercury to be a “grown-up” ride.  Smooth, dignified, classy.  Of course the bright red convertible conveys a subtle message, wouldn’t you agree?  I’m not going to add the fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror because that would be… well, too much.

All this is possible because of the governmental wonder that is the “Cash for Clunkers” program.  I can hardly wait!  What?  Out of money?  A government program going over budget?  How can that be?  Just go ahead and get more money!  But am I too late?  Are my dreams shattered?

Ah, life.  It’s not always fair but it’s always entertaining.

Thanks for your careful attention these past few minutes.  The Princess will be taking her usual place in your computer and I’ll return at some point in the future.  Until we meet again remember to take care of your waitperson tonight; they’re working hard for you.  Try the chipped beef on toast; it’s excellent.  Now sit back and enjoy the unique stylings of four young fellows who might have a future in the music business.

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