Sneak Peek at Target’s Next Jewelry Line & the Tale of a Tee Makes a Princess Weep

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Greetings from the soaked and sodden Prepatorium here in the Great Midwest!

We start with news we simply have to share because it is so fun: we are the lucky winner of a beautiful scarf given away by Coterie Blog! Coterie is a must-read for us, written with a delightful mix of elegance, wit and just the right amount of whimsy for a perfect blend, and we highly recommend it!

Here is a peek at the luscious scarf we won in Miss Coterie’s giveaway…

Thank You Miss Coterie!

As much as we love reading the Coterie blog, we are equally fond, if not more so, of her Coterie Books blog. We’re fanatical readers here at Princess HQ, it’s almost a sickness, really. It has been said about TP: “She’s never met a book she didn’t like.” At any rate, erudite verbiage and brevity are also hallmarks of the Coterie Book blog posts, and the recommendations are stellar. One of this week’s suggestions?

Toddle on over for a little visit, you’ll enjoy yourself at either spot, promise!


Back in April we shared news about the next jewelry collaboration from the wise minds at Le Boutique Targèt, this one with Anna Sheffield, perhaps best known for her Bing-Bang jewelry collection, popularized by the collection she did with Urban Outfitters, Bee 23.

The Collection lands at your local Tarszay August 30, but here’s a sneak peek at some of the pieces, starting with the Bow Necklace as featured in this month’s Teen Vogue:

Courtesy Teen Vogue

Another look at the necklace can be seen in this next photo, on the far left.

Anna Sheffield for Target

The Charm Bracelet seen below carries that same look of a simple, single stone, in this case accented by two charms. The bracelet will retail at $39.99

Anna Sheffield for Target

The Hoops and Thoughts Heart Charm Earrings will also run $39.99.

Anna Sheffield for Target

Here is another group of necklaces:

Anna Sheffield for Target

The necklaces will run $29.99 to $49.99. Also from the group, a cute little ring…

Anna Sheffield for Target

And earrings with a similar topic or theme:

Anna Sheffield for Target

Again, this Collection arrives at select Target stores and online August 30th.


In keeping with our tedious coverage continuing looks at fashions sported by the cast of Gossip Girl on-air and off, we share a few photos from this weekend’s Teen Choice Awards, starting with Leighton Meester.

PHOTO: Fred Prouser/Reuters

Also at the event, co-star Chace Crawford.

PHOTO: Frank Micelotta/TCA

Gossip Guy Ed Westwick was in attendance as well.

PHOTO: Matt Sayles/AP

Dolls, we are struggling with the appeal Mr. Westwick holds for so many; is the expression seen upon his face in the photo above supposed to make him endearing? Cute? Cuddly? Let’s give him another opportunity to show those qualities, shall we?

PHOTO: Getty Images

The best we can do is say this is brnging us back to the “weaselly” or “appearance of a well-fed ferret” comments of a previous post.  Are we just hopelessly out of touch? Do tell, as the sense of being an ignoramus is crushing. (Ahem.)

Oh, and the surfboards are evidently the prize given to winners. Guess that doesn’t quite fit in the carry-on.


We close with a SOTT (Sign Of The Times) about Brioni, the upscale and ever-so-stylish Italian fashion house. (Think about the exquisite black tie apparel sported by “Bond, James Bond,” among other things.) Word comes today via the Times that the firm is acceding to These Challenging Economic Times. They will be marketing a tee-shirt.

A tee-shirt.

The story better explains why this is a shocker:

“…it will be the first offering of its kind for Brioni, whose image — and bottom line — have been built on formal wear and dressing rich Town & Country-style men since its founding in 1945.”

And while the Consort’s evening wear is not from this company, we have long loved the firm, in large part because of its rigid adherence to custom and quality, the refusal on their part to move manufacturing to less expensive locations, like Mexico.  More from the Times story:

“… it’s a telling sign of how both the financial crisis and changing consumer habits are forcing even the most conservative, family-owned luxury goods makers to adapt to a new world.”

Here is a look at the item under discussion:

PHOTO: Justin Maxon/The New York Times

It is difficult to discern from the photo, but the images on the shirt are vintage Brioni labels from 1950’s and 60’s vintage apparel.  We love the way the company’s CEO discusses the shirt:

“It should feel different from Hanes,” sniffed Mr. Perrone, a soft-spoken, aristocratic heir who became Brioni’s first sole chief executive last month…”

For more on “A Suitmaker to Princes Adapts to the Financial Crisis” from writer Nelson D. Schwartz, it is an outstanding read.  Sniff.


And if you click on the bio link for the author in the paragraph above, you’ll learn where we found this darling Fiat, today’s Pretty in Pink.

PHOTO: Rafal Klimkiewicz for The NY Times

Until tomorrow!

  • LPC
    August 10, 2009

    Go Princess! We like it when you win things…

  • Petunia
    August 10, 2009

    Cute new stuff at Tarjay!
    I can only guess that it is Chuck’s bad boy image that makes him so appealing to women (unfortunately). ;-)

  • GingerSnap
    August 11, 2009

    I love some of the items you featured from Targets (or Tar-jay) new jewelry line! It reminds me of Juicy Couture a bit. Fun :) I hope they have some fun gold-toned pieces! I will definitely be checking this one out!…It’s better than the GO line that you featured before that comes out this September.

  • amanda dow
    August 10, 2009

    I looove the black ribbon necklace! Looks so cute! :)

  • Marissa
    August 11, 2009

    I am so ready for it to be August 30th!

  • Sher
    August 11, 2009

    That is the cutest little car!

    August 11, 2009

    The scarf seems to be so cool and soft!

    How are you diong my friend?
    Hope you are fine!

    Kisses and hugs!!

  • Legallyblondemel
    August 11, 2009

    I’m going to sail right past that Brioni nightmare and focus on the positive – LOVE that Leighton Meester dress. Love love lovity love. So fun seeing her in something both retro and age-appropriate, unlike some of her other recent choices. She’s a gorgeous girl, and now she looks it.

    Looking forward to checking out that Target collection in person; those are just my style, and Target is generally good at the inexpensive costume baubles.

    Congrats on your giveaway wins, by the way – couldn’t have happened to a nicer lady!

  • WendyB
    August 11, 2009

    That IS a luscious scarf! Nice.

  • mary anne
    August 11, 2009

    Ooooh, pretty scarf! So glad you won it (couldn’t happen to a nicer person)

  • charlotte
    August 11, 2009

    You have an award on my blog :)

  • QueenBeeSwain
    August 11, 2009

    oh E-W- please wear a button down!


  • Little Bow Prep
    August 12, 2009

    The color of the scarf is fab!

    I think Westwick’s appeal stems from Chuck Bass :P

  • Kate
    August 16, 2009

    I am so excited for the new jewelry!

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