Get sassy and stylish with the Preppy Princess for the World Cup

Hey there all you fashion buffs, it’s the world cup and Preppy Princess is here to help you get outfitted with the latest, must have outfits for this theme.

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What’s in store?

With Preppy Princess, you don’t have to look any further as there is something for everyone. From head to toe, the wonderful array laid before you, is tantalizing and certainly meets its mark for creating the ideal look to step into for your world cup fun.

At Preppy Princess, there are so many styles that you can put together. Ranging from looking chic, right down to the natural and playful football buff trends, with this one stop site, you will not need to look any further. If you want to stand out and be noticed, then Preppy Princess is the way you want to follow.

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The World Cup apparel

Snug form-fitting outfits in bright colors will allow you to show your support for you teams in the most flattering style. There is no need to be fitted in the usual baggy shorts and jerseys like so many of the regular lines for world cup outfits. Here, the colors and style are specially chosen to show each proud Preppy Princess in the best light possible. Iconic designs will help you stand out and be noticed, not to mention getting you a huge amount of compliments on your current choice of style and color.

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“The New J. Crew?” & A Different Kind of Mayhem

Hello-Hello, and happy middle of the week to you.

Today we follow-up on a story previously discussed, the launch of a retail endeavor from two young women familiar with fashion, more from the Daily Mail.:

Fashion entrepreneur Chris Burch’s daughters, Pookie and Louisa, have struck out on their own this week with the launch of their label, Trademark.  The girls, 29 and 25, respectively, have been raised in fashion (they still call Tory Burch, married to their father until 2006, a stepmother).

Trademark

Trademark

That story is headlined this way:

Is this the new J.Crew? Chris Burch’s daughters Pookie and Louisa strike out on their own with Trademark – an affordable fashion label full of fun, preppy goods

More looks via Style.com.

StyleFile Blog

StyleFile Blog

There isn’t a huge selection of merchandise at this point, but you can certainly grasp the style aesthetic the young women are reaching for.  Below, the Wright Dress in navy plaid, also available in citronelle plaid ($168.)

Trade-mark

Trade-mark

Back to the Daily Mail story:

Part American preppy, part Japanese minimalism, Trademark offers pieces that have been created ‘to be worn as one’s own trademark,’ according to a statement issued by the label, which launched online yesterday following three years of development.

These modern art references manifest in Trademark’s color palette – an Albers-signature combination of natural tones like dark evergreen and rust, juxtaposed by brights and pastels including royal blue and pale yellow.

Trademark

Trademark

A touch of the blues the Daily Mail talked about: the Scuba Cardigan ($198) in royal blue, white, and turkey blue.

Trademark

Trademark

An unstructured jacket and skirt.

Trademark

Trademark

StyleFile’s story references the duo’s background and early exposure to fashion.

Trademark’s aesthetic is an extension of the pair’s own collective fashion experience, which includes summers spent in Nantucket searching for the consummate sweater; scouring Tokyo or other exotic locales for inspiration (much to Pookie’s dismay, as she hates flying); collecting Breton-striped shirts (Louisa); or even eavesdropping on Chris or Tory’s phone calls during car rides from suburban Philadelphia, where they were raised, to New York.

A few more pieces are shown below: on the left, the Koorsgaard Shirt ($128) and the same plaid seen above is used for the Saleci Skirt ($158). The skirt is available in solid colors as well.

Trademark

Trademark

Trademark has a crisp, casual vibe: there is very little clutter on the site and product images are hipper, clean of frou-frou embellishment.

Trademark

Trademark

Trademark offers some basic wovens: the Cole Shirt ($148) and Eliot Tee ($108) are both made of cotton poplin.

Trademark

Trademark

This is one of the stronger looks on the site, the Noddings Jacket ($188) and Mantinea Kilt ($168).

Trademark

Trademark

The Daily Mail article mentions something yours truly noticed:

One of the more distinctive things about the label, though, is how not one of the looks in its promotional images have been styled with heels.

In fact, Trademark is solely offering two flat sandal styles (from $195 to $225) as its introductory footwear designs – each one appearing as tapered riff on classic Birkenstock styles.
Read more:

Below, the Pajama Sandal ($225) in brown, navy and honey. While not my cup of tea it looks über-comfy. The other shoe is the Cadiz Sandal, $195, not shown here.

Trademark

Trademark

The brand also carries bags and jewelry; we show a selection of bangles.

Trademark

Trademark

Referring to the company’s styles as preppy does a disservice to the brand. By and large the looks are not “preppy,” a term being used more and more to define a fashion interpretation far removed from its original loose definition.  Many items in the Trademark line may, and will, appeal to those who also appreciate a Brooks Brothers shirt. But the company really targets a trendier, more youthful clientele. There are wonderful wardrobe basics one can build an entire look around and the pricing doesn’t seem outrageous, presuming the quality is excellent. StyleFile addresses the quality issue:

Their stock will be replenished with new styles every month, and is comprised of beautifully constructed garments that reflect the girls’ reserve and practicality.

This one will be fun to watch.

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Also today, fashions created by someone much younger than the Burch sisters.

via

@2Sisters_Angie Instagram

Say hello to Mayhem, the 4-year old style child shown above. Here is more from the Huffington Post:

It became clear Angie’s daughter (she calls her “Mayhem”) was more interested in fashion than the average 4-year-old. Mayhem shunned her store-bought princess dresses and started wrapping herself with scarves and sheets creating her own styles.

Then one day Angie got tired of finding her clothes in Mayhem’s toy box and suggested they make a dress out of paper. Mayhem loved the idea and they haven’t stopped creating paper dresses since.

Writer Ilana Wiles of Mommy Shorts says the dresses started out this way, as relatively simple ‘fashions’ …

2Sisters_Angie

2Sisters_Angie

But they soon blossomed into far more complex designs.

Via @2Sisters_Angie Instagram

Via @2Sisters_Angie Instagram

As for the supplies Mayhem uses? Back to Ilana’s HuffPo story:

We use a lot of construction paper, but we also use tissue paper, wrapping paper, and gift bags. We have also used silk scarves, tulle, and aluminum foil. Basically, if we can find it laying around the house and it’s pliable, it’s fair game. Clear packing tape and glue are our adhesives of choice

Seeing these two frocks my immediate thought was, “Oh, dresses for St. Patrick’s Day and Mardi Gras”.

Fashions by Mayhem @2Sisters_Angie Instagram

Fashions by Mayhem @2Sisters_Angie Instagram

As for the question of how much is done by mom and done by daughter, the dress above right was created entirely by Mayhem with no help from her mother whatsoever.  Below, Mayhem at work.

Fashion by Mayhem

Fashion by Mayhem

The story about Mayhem that Ilana Wiles wrote for HuffPo brought an awful lot of attention to Mayhem and her family:

First, we can’t begin to tell you how humbling it is to have so many people reaching out to us and sharing that our story of making paper dresses has either touched or inspired them in some way. The kind words have brought smiles, laughs and at times, even tears (the good kind). I’m literally still shaking my head and saying “but we’re just hanging out at home making paper dresses…”.

Sometimes Mayhem channels a haute couture piece.

2Sisters_Angie Instagram via Huffington Post

2Sisters_Angie Instagram via Huffington Post

Mayhem’s mother wrote about the pressure of the notoriety:

…we put the brakes on. And stopped panicking about the hundreds of emails labeled “Urgent”, “Immediate Response”, “Oscars”, “Red Carpet”, “Exclusive” and “Extremely Time Sensitive”. We stopped answering the phone. And we started asking questions like: How do we keep Mayhem safe? How do we keep this fun? How do we maintain our integrity? How do we manage all this? Do we want something else to come from this? Which opportunities could we embrace and still have the kind of family life that is important to us? So we made phone calls and put some things in place to make life a little more manageable.

The Fashion by Mayhem site offers more than just photos of Mayhem in her dresses, there are tutorials and tips. Below, a look at the finished project for the “Anatomy of a Project Runway Dress“post.

Fashion by Mayhem

Fashion by Mayhem

Here are the elements of the dress.

Fashion by Mayhem

Fashion by Mayhem

Mayhem (with help from Mom) came up with a number of Oscar-related frocks this week.

Fashion by Mayhem

We’ll leave you with two more of my favorites: a pink and green style accompanied by this caption: “Because yesterday she learned what “flip your hair back” means ;)” The other just shrieks ‘spring,’ something desperately needed here in The Great Midwest and elsewhere.

Fashion by Mayhem

Fashion by Mayhem

That is one creative duo. If so inclined, visit Fashion by Mayhem or follow the Instagram account here.

 

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The Consort Has Seen Enough

Hello-hello, all.  The Consort here shuffling mikeside to dazzle and baffle you while The (Very Talented and Lovely) Princess engages in some retail therapy.  And therapy, in whichever form it takes, is a very welcome thing right about now.  Why? This.

Looking out the front door

This is the scene outside the front door of The Prepatorium.  The actual temperature is in single digits and the wind chill tonight is expected to hit -30° F.  That, gentle readers, is cold.  And I’ve had enough.  The snow and cold feel relentless this winter.  Last week we finally saw temperatures above freezing for the first time this year.  The balmy 40° weather lasted two days.  It was a tease and now we are paying the price for the folly of thinking Spring was nearing.  But what should I expect?  I was born and raised in this area.  You’d imagine I would embrace the winter weather and not go all whiny on you.  Maybe I need to change my point of view and find some opportunities.  Like these people.

Paul Harrison/SkyNews Twitter

The French ski resorts of Val Thorens and Les Menuires recently squared off in a snow rugby game.  I don’t know who won (don’t really care) but love the idea of thumbing your nose at the elements.  I can only imagine how much fun it would be to wash someone’s face with snow in the middle of a scrum.  Or maybe something less involved.

When was the last time you made a snow angel?  I can’t remember when I flopped down in the snow and created a work of snow art.  Maybe that’s part of the issue here.  I need to recapture that childlike sense of joy at seeing the snow. Go back to a time when a big snowfall meant a day off of school, making snowmen and angels.  And Mom going crazy when we left our snowy boots and mittens all over the house. Then enjoying the mug of hot chocolate she’d make to warm us up.

Time passes.  Responsibilities build and demands must be met.  Nuts to that.  I’m going outside to make a snow angel.

Thanks for indulging me today.  The Princess will return very soon with tidbits of information that will be much more important than my ravings.  Remember to take care of your waitperson today because they’re working hard for you.  Good-bye for now, everybody!

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H&M’s Preppy Push & The Latest on That Gwyneth/Graydon Spat

Hello-hello, what a wild week it has been already.  The Olympics have been amazing to watch, but we’ll save most of that for our Friday Fun. (Where else can we talk about the pants being worn by the curling teams?!)

At any rate, we have some brief tidbits to share today, beginning with what I’m calling H&M’s preppy push.

H&M

The Swedish retailing giant (whose full name is Hennes & Mauritz) is going after male customers interested in a ‘preppy’ look. Model Wouter Peelen is the face of the promotional campaign for the brand’s spring line.

H&M

H&M via The Fashionisto

More from the Fashionisto:

From well-cut blazers, to striped numbers and classic twill pants, H&M’s preppy inspired designs for the spring season play with basic colors, illuminated by bright tones and graphic patterns, like stripes or micro checks.

H&M via The Fashionisto

Items are available online and I believe in stores as well. We show the Fine Knit Sweater in a silk/cotton blend ($39.95), and the Waxed Cotton Jacket, not quite a Barbour, but not ghastly ($99).

H&M

H&M

This is not a specific collection, it appears to be more of a marketing plan, and a wise one at that. Two more styles.

H&M via The Fashionisto

H&M via The Fashionisto

(Is it me, or does Mr. Peelen have some serious veins in his forehead…?)

Pursuing preps, or at least advertising styles that would hypothetically appeal to those with a prep aesthetic, is certainly not anything new for H&M.  Below, a look from the spring 2011 ‘Romantic and Preppy’ campaign featuring Jourdan Dunn.

H&M

H&M

These menswear ensembles are from spring 2012, featuring a decidedly nautical inclination. (Which is all anyone is doing this spring, or so it seems. More on that next week.)

H&M

H&M

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Today’s other item is an update on our October post regarding an escalating disagreement between über-prep Gwyneth Paltrow and Vanity Fair.  More specifically, the magazine’s editor, Graydon Carter.  Background via the magazine’s website:

In his Editor’s Letter from the March Hollywood Issue, Graydon Carter addresses long-running rumors that Vanity Fair has been working on an “epic takedown” of Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

This portion is directly from Mr. Carter’s Editor’s Letter in the March magazine:

In October, Gwyneth called me. We talked for about 20 minutes about the story and her reaction, or over-reaction, to it. At one point, she asked my advice as to what to do to get the “haters” on her side. I suggested putting on 15 pounds. I joked that it works for me. She replied I had put on much more than that. Which I thought was fair and funny.

One quote from Mr. Carter referred to Ms. Paltrow’s hypothetical mandate to friends that they ‘never talk to Vanity Fair again,’ saying “Kim Jong-un couldn’t have issued a more blanket demand.” Comparing someone to the North Korean dictator isn’t likely to win points from the person under discussion. But that actually is the point: Mr. Carter is very savvy. That kind of comment wouldn’t make it to print were its effects not contemplated at length by the editor.

Racked.com sums up where things stand now:

….a point that Carter doesn’t explicitly state but says nonetheless—that for whatever reason, he has decided to kill that story “for the time being.” So unless someone leaks it to the media, we’ll never get to read it. What a disappointment.

Hmmmm. Methinks we’ll hear more on this one.

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We leave you with this.

NOAA

That is a NOAA map showing the active watches, warnings across the country late this afternoon.  The winter-from-you-know-where marches on, making lives miserable in many parts of the country. We hope everyone can stay safe and warm.

 

 

 

 

 

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Letters from Sochi

Hello-Hello, happy Thursday to you. Hopefully all is well in your corner of the globe, and you have either dug out from the most recent snow, or managed to keep yourself from melting in those places that are much warmer than normal.

Well, here it is, Day One of competition in Sochi and yours truly has been somewhat flummoxed. After weeks of hearing how NBC would marshal its network of channels to televise the Olympics, I had visions of watching today’s team figure skating competition (teams? a team skating event?!) live, as it was happening. Silly Princess. I didn’t expect the competition to be on NBC, so I tried the NBC Sports Channel, to no avail. Then I tried MSNBC. Nope. On to USA network, with no better results. The final channel I dialed up was MSNBC, but they also remained in regular programming.

Next, I decided to pull up the NBC Olympics page. Once on this site I looked for the TV schedule; it was helpful, showing there wasn’t anything we could watch until tonight’s prime time broadcasts with taped coverage of the events.  But then the brainstorm hit: Canadian coverage!! Because we are so close to Canada (within an hour or so) we can see the CBC’s programming! Hallelujah, thank you CBC.

If looking for coverage beyond TV there are plenty of options. One of the easiest: a sport’s social media pages. We’ll use skating as our example. The USFSA (United States Figure Skating Association) Olympic section on its website offers all the information you could want, and more.

USFSA (United States Figure Skating Association)

USFSA (United States Figure Skating Association)

The organization’s Twitter account  and Instagram feed offer more coverage. Below, ice dance champions and medal favorites Meryl Davis and Charlie White meeting the media.

USFSA Instagram

USFSA Instagram

The best way to experience the Olympics is through the eyes of the athletes. Moving away from the governing bodies like the USFSA, and following the athlete’s social media feeds is the most informative (in my feeble opinion) method for getting an up-close version of things. Most governing bodies list the Twitter accounts of team members, the USFSA shares Twitter account information on the group’s Olympic page.

As for that team skating event, TIME has a good explainer piece here.

There has been some rough sledding in Sochi, many readers have probably heard about the housing challenges encountered by members of the media. Some facilities haven’t been entirely finished, others have plumbing problems and there are hundreds of stray dogs that roam Sochi.

The stray dogs meandering around this city have been as common a sight as the Olympic rings — trotting alongside transit buses, ambling outside the figure skating venue, even wandering into a hotel room or two.

But international concern for the strays is growing as Sochi cleans itself up for the games, which formally open on Friday night. Animal activists say hundreds of them have been killed in the days before the Olympics.

More from the Daily News.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, said his company is involved in what he described as the “catching and disposing” of dogs. Sorokin refused to specify whether they shoot or poison dogs or say where they take the carcasses.

NBC reports there are two shelters now open to temporarily house some of the dogs, but one doesn’t even have running water.

USA Today shared this picture on Twitter.

USA Today Twitter Feed

In its accompanying story USA Today explains that any solution at this point is only temporary.

And what happens after the international media leave and the spotlight on Sochi’s stray dogs fades away is very much a point of contention, even amongst those volunteering to take care of them.

Apparently there are also stray cats, this photo was taken in the Media Center.

Dave Schwartz/KARE11-TV/Minnesota Hockey Magazine

Greg Wyshynski, editor of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy hockey site, posted a photo of a sign in a restroom. It has, as is said, gone viral.

Greg Wyshynski

Greg Wyshynski

Stacy St. Clair writes for the Tribune and is part of the paper’s team in Sochi. She tweeted about the water in her room

Stacy St. Clair Twitter Feed

Stacy St. Clair Twitter Feed

Ms. St. Clair has a sense of humor.

Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune Twitter feed

Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune Twitter feed

In her next Tweet Stacy noted an upside to the water problems: “I just washed my face with Evian, like I’m a Kardashian or something.” Today she shared a photo of Sochi, tweeting that “Sochi is more than unfortunately colored tap water. In fact, it’s stunning in some spots.”

Stacy St. Clair Twitter Feed

Jo-Ann Barnass shared this photo on Twitter, the sun setting over the Black Sea.

Jo-Ann

I don’t think we’ll be chattering about the lodging issues beyond tomorrow. Once the Opening Ceremony is underway attention will return to the appropriate topic, the athletes. That’s where the stories will be, when actual sporting events will triumph over lodging problems. As Bill Plaschke put it in the Los Angeles Times:

While no Olympics in recent memory have begun under such a cloud, these Games can still be saved as other troubled ventures have been saved, with great athletic performances and triumphs of the spirit.

Will the Russian hockey team bring homeland glory to fans who will surely fill the Bolshoy Ice Dome? Will South Korea’s popular Yuna Kim defend her Olympic figure skating title against Japanese rival Mao Asada? Will the Jamaican bobsled team have a cool run?

Below, images from today’s competition, via the Sochi 2014 Twitter feed.

Sochi 2014 Twitter Feed

If you needed a sign that the athletics will eventually overcome other issues, here it is: Jamaica has a bobsled team again. Below, the team’s brakeman, Marvin Dixon, at the Olympic rings.

Twitter

Twitter

If not familiar with the Team’s story, this story in the Tribune offers background. (It was written by Ms. St. Clair, whose tweets we showed earlier.)

The Jamaican bobsledders – whose inaugural appearance in the 1988 Calgary Olympics inspired the movie “Cool Runnings” – qualified for the Games earlier this year but did not have the money to travel here to compete. They took their plight to the Internet, where a crowdfunding campaign raised $178,000 in just a few days.

“We had to hold a press conference to ask people to stop,” Watts said. “We are not greedy people. People want us to achieve and they had not seen us for a long time in the Olympics. They were so overwhelmed and wanted to help us.”

The team is not expected to medal, team members say it’s about competing, that is their focus.

The torch is on the way.

Sochi 2014

Team USA Has chosen its flag bearer. (I’m not saying who it is, merely showing the photo.)

Team USA

There is coverage on NBC tonight from 8p-11p.

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Here are some links that may prove helpful:

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