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It’s Baaack – The Halloween Pooch Parade & How a Pumpkin Takes a Selfie

Hello-Hello and happy new week to each and every treasured reader who has stopped in for a visit.

For our Friday Fun post last week we enjoyed some rather preptastic Halloween pumpkins. Today we look at our four-legged friends, it was time for the annual Tompkins Park Halloween Parade. The dogs were ready and waiting as seen in this photo from Frenchie in the City.

Frenchie in the City Facebook Page

Frenchie in the City Facebook Page

It turns out we spend oodles of money on costumes for our furry family members. A CBS MarketWatch story says the total last year was $370 million dollars.

What’s behind the boom? In many ways, it speaks to America’s growing fascination with Halloween, which has gone from being a kid-centric event to almost a mini-Christmas, with all the attendant decorating, dressing up and partying.

The fascination with Halloween dovetails with our passion for pets. “Your pet is now seen as an extension of your family. And you’re going to spend on that pet like you spend on your son and daughter,” says National Retail Federation spokesperson Kathy Grannis.

Below, one of the participants from this weekend’s Parade.

Via Tsutomo_bw on Instagram

Via Tsutomo_bw on Instagram

More from the MarketWatch story:

The trend has gotten so big that a number of communities are hosting pets-in-costume parades or gatherings. Already for several years now, in New York’s Tompkins Square Park, hundreds of pet lovers have gathered for a dog parade, replete with “Best in Show” costume honors.

A look at the Tompkins Park crowds in this photo from Scott Lynch for Gothamist.

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Two more of those enjoying the Parade. (Any ideas….? Alice in Wonderland?)

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Scott Lynch/Gothamist

Matt Stopera posted photos on Buzzfeed of the 70 Best Costumes seen at the Parade, one of them was ChippenDog.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

And Dunkin DoDog.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

The hashtag dog was cute.

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

How about a Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Mastt Stropas/Buzzfeed

Matt Stopera/Buzzfeed

To see all 70 of Mr. Stopera’s photos from the New York Parade, click here.

This weekend was also time for a Halloween event a little closer to home, the annual Detroit Bulldog Rescue costume party.

DBR Party 2013

DBR Party 2013

Like so many rescue groups, DBR works incredibly hard to help bullies that have been abandoned, abused, neglected or surrendered because an owner can no longer care for the dog.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

It’s always a fun event, this guy was one of the most sociable dogs at the party.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Party

DBR Halloween 2013 Party

It wasn’t just the dogs that were in costume.

Detroit Bulldoge Rescue Facebook Page

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

Here we see Lilli and Madeline.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

Detroit Bulldog Rescue

All dogs were welcome, not just bulldogs.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook

There was even a stegosaurus. (Triceratops?)

DBR 2013

This is Potato, she is 13 years old. She is also blind and deaf, so she gets a cushy ride to the big party.

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

Detroit Bulldog Rescue Facebook Page

DBR is one of our favorite charities, you can immediately see your dollars in action. Below, two of Potato’s friends at the party.

DBR Party 2013

DBR Party 2013

Back to the MarketWatch article.

And individual retailers say they see demand only increasing in the years ahead. PetSmart points to the fact that it now carries 111 styles of pet costumes and accessories; it’s even starting to offer items for “small animals.”

“If you don’t have a cat or dog, you can still dress up your guinea pig,” says Dara Foster, resident pet-fashion stylist for PetSmart.

CBS MarketWatch

CBS MarketWatch

That’s the job title I think I want: Pet Fashion Stylist at the Prepatorium. We leave you with these two images.

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We wanted to share a few more preppish pumpkins, including this one from Susan Romano Trader, founder of the very popular Re-Lilly page on Facebook.  This year Sue went with a cat theme for the pumpkin, explaining that Lilly herself was a cat lover.

Susan Romano Trader

Susan Romano Trader

Here is one more Lilly offering, it was done by Tiffany Marie Vander Zanden, one of many such creations (as well as Sue’s) that are part of the Lifeguard Press Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Facebook.

Tiffany

Tiffany Marie Vander Zanden

Much as everyone enjoys the spectacular pumpkins, there is a sizable group who generally prefer their pumpkins orange. I don’t think this is what they actually had in mind, here is one of the amazing carved pumpkins by Ray Villafane.

Ray Villafane/Villafane Studios

Ray Villafane/Villafane Studios

This one is also by Mr. Villafane, but not quite so creepy: a pumpkin takes a selfie.

Villafane Studios Facebook

Villafane Studios Facebook

I like this one, it’s much tamer, more of the “creepy but cute” genre.

Pinterest

Pinterest

There is a plethora of nautically-themed jack ‘o lantern motifs, like this whale from Quaint Living.

Quaint Living

Quaint Living

This group seen at Completely Coastal was made with free templates from Coastal Living.

Completely Coastal

Completely Coastal

When all is said and done, this is really more our speed.

True Couponing

True Couponing

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Lilly Pulitzer, 1931-2013 “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”

The world is a little less bright today. Lilly Pulitzer died this morning at her home in Palm Beach.

More from the Lilly Pulitzer Facebook page:

Early this morning, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau passed away peacefully in Palm Beach, surrounded by family and loved ones. Lilly has been a true inspiration to us and we will miss her.

In the days and weeks ahead we will celebrate all that Lilly meant to us. Lilly was a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world.

Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

Most friends here know how Lilly became a fashion entrepreneur, but I always learn something new whenever looking back at the amazing tale of Lilly’s life. More from Women’s Wear Daily:

In search of a hobby after suffering a bout of depression in her late twenties, Pulitzer at first opened an orange juice stand in 1958 and then began developing brightly colored and boldly patterned shifts and blouses to help hide the stains created by her new enterprise.

Via

Robert H. Houston/AP via The NY Times

From the NY Times:

Pulitzer’s dresses hung behind her juice stand and soon outsold her drinks. A boutique featuring the company’s dresses — developed with the help of partner Laura Robbins, a former fashion editor — soon replaced the juice stand.

Below we see Wendy Vanderbilt and a friend wearing their Lilly shift dresses in 1964.

Assouline Palm Beach viaPost

Assouline via Palm Beach Post

This offers a better view of a vintage Lilly dress.

nelsonbridge etsy

nelsonbridge etsy

The dresses became a big hit in Florida and other resort communities.

Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

Slim Aarons via People Magazine

From WWD’s story:

….the accidental designer began selling the dresses for $22.50 apiece and couldn’t keep up with demand, aided by a designing couple at Key West Fabrics who helped conceive the lively colors, tropical print themes and other bits of whimsy that would become the brand’s signature.

The fabric was made in Florida at Key West Hand Print Fabrics, TQM was fortunate enough to visit and watch textiles actually being created.

Florida Memory

Charles Barron/Florida Memory

Below we see a 1962 photo of a woman in a bespoke Lilly silk dress, in the background, Lake Worth.

Via Life Magazine

Via Life Magazine

Lilly in a seashell dress.

Henry Grossman/Timepix via Women's Wear Daily

Henry Grossman/Timepix via Women’s Wear Daily

But the famous frocks weren’t really a national phenomenon until Jackie Kennedy was photographed wearing one on the Cape.

LIFE Magazine

LIFE Magazine

Back top the Times story:

Pulitzer’s tropical print dresses became a sensation in the 1960s when then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who attended boarding school with Pulitzer, wore one of the sleeveless shifts in a Life magazine photo spread.

And things really took off. Below, some early ads shared by on the Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest page. At the bottom of the photo lower left you might just be able to see that fabric was available for $5 a yard.

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

Many early pieces were embellished with lace.

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This offers a more detailed view.

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Another example.

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I like this part of a 2008 W Magazine story describing how Lilly stuck to her guns:

Though Rousseau credits a confluence of timing and luck for her success—with the Kennedy clan vacationing in Palm Beach those days, “the light was shining in this spot”—an unflinching stubbornness clearly served her label well. Told by one retailer that she had to start making fall clothes, Rousseau replied, “Oh, but you don’t understand, it’s always summer somewhere.”

Thus she introduced what just may have been one of the first resort collections, a year-round summery lineup that grew to include men’s, children’s and swimwear…

Two vintage menswear pieces.
First Dibs

First Dibs

A 1968 ad for the men’s line of clothing via Lilly Pulitzer’s Pinterest.
1968 Advertisement via Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

1968 Advertisement via Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

From a 2003 piece in Vanity Fair titled Palm Beach’s Barefoot Princess:
The Lilly Pulitzer product grew like a family. A Lillyputian version of the shift called “the Minnie,” named for Lilly’s elder daughter, was made for little girls—a great marketing move. Clothes for men took off, too: pants, swim trunks, ties, and a line of batiste nightshirts….”

Square with Flair

And what men liked their Lilly? People magazine’s story has an answer.

Men, too, got Pulitzer-ed, among them: author George Plimpton, comedian Bob Hope and football star Joe Namath, in wildly flowered pink-and-blue PJs (Pulitzer Jeans).

Vintage Lilly menswear continues to be popular even now, this is a March post by the Necessary & Proper blog.

Necessary & Proper Blog

Necessary & Proper Blog

But it was the womenswear that fueled the company, this is from a 1977 catalog.

Lilly Pulitzer via Pink Pelican

Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest

Lilly surrounded herself with color.  Rich, vivid, vibrant colors.

Via

Via

That remained true for womenswear, be it bell bottoms or a mini-dress.

First Dibs/Chictopia

First Dibs/Chictopia

Despite Lilly’s relatively high profile she preferred life out of the spotlight. From Vanity Fair:

Lilly is private. Even her closest friends complain of how tucked away she keeps her feelings—“a sphinx,” one calls her. “Scorpio” is what she calls herself. “They do everything in excess,” Lilly explains, “but keep things very close to the chest. I’m not into horoscopes and all that, but it is telling. Scorpios hold everything in.” Just like the Lilly. When that whimsical shift is on, you can’t tell what’s happening underneath.

The Pink Pelican has a wonderful Vintage Lilly Pinterest board.

Pink Pelican Pinterest

Pink Pelican Pinterest

The business grew for many years but then things started to slow down, we return to W Magazine’s story:

By the early Eighties, however, the working-girl wardrobe and a neutral palette had taken over fashion; sales were flagging, and Rousseau shut the whole thing down in 1984.

And then in 1993, the year her husband died, Rousseau was visited by Philadelphia businessmen James “Brad” Bradbeer Jr. and Scott Beaumont. There had been a generational shift, says Bradbeer, and the daughters and granddaughters of Lilly lovers were eager for those snappy prints and flatter-every-shape frocks.

The love of Lilly did pass from one generation to the next. This photo from a 2009 Vanity Fair story shows Kathleen Kennedy and Rose Kennedy (L) in their Lilly, on the right we see Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s daughters Kick and Kyra Kennedy in Lilly’s “Not So Crabby” print.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Lilly remained an active part of the re-launched brand, providing consulting services to the rejuvenated label.

Lilly Pulitzer 2004 via Palm Beach Post

Lilly Pulitzer 2004 via Palm Beach Post

Lilly’s design ethos speaks to her approach to life. Back to the Times story:

“I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy … fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks! I entered in with no business sense. It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy,”

“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live,” Pulitzer said in 2004.

Via

Via

Lilly loved spending time with family and friends. Below, we see the entrepreneur in 2004 with her granddaughters, (l to r) Lilly Leas, Charlotte Pulitzer, and Emma Pulitzer, after presenting the brand’s 2005 spring runway show.

Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times

Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times

Today the colors remain rich and spirited as seen in a group of Lilly Murfee scarves.

Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer

From today’s coverage in Women’s Wear Daily :

“Today we celebrate all that Lilly meant to us and come together as Lilly lovers to honor a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world,” James B. Bradbeer Jr. and Scott A. Beaumont, who bought the Lilly Pulitzer brand in 1992, said in a statement.

James Bradbeer Jr., president of Lilly Pulitzer, noted, “Lilly would always say, ‘It’s all about happy.’ There aren’t many places in our industry where happy is at the core. That has transcended time and generations, and it tells you a lot about the kind of special person that Lilly was.”

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

I like Kathie Orrico’s description of this one of a kind treasure:

“She sprinkled fun and pixie dust everywhere she went and was joyful right until the end,” said Kathie Orrico, a partner at C. Orrico, the specialty retailer that operates three Lilly Pulitzer stores and carries the line in its other four stores as well. “I saw her just last week and, just like always, she had cute phrases and words that inspired us to be bright and happy.

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

Via Pink Pelican Pinterest

That seems fitting, fun and pixie dust.

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New & Cool at the Princess *and* On Sale!

Hello-Hello, welcome to a new week and our 5th Annual “I’m no Fool” Day here at The Prepatorium.

It’s a good day for us to share some of our new and cool treasures, because *everything* is 20% off. We begin with some nautically inclined items. Below, our personalized layered Anchor Keychains ($33.95, $27.16 today only).

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

With graduation, weddings and Mother’s Day on the horizon, a stellar gift idea: Personalized Engraved Pendants in multiple color combinations. Because so many of us already have too many chains to keep track of we offer the monogrammed pendants without the chain at $24.95 (today only $19.96), you can add a chain for $18 (with the discount today it runs $14.40).

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

You get to choose what color you want for both the background and the actual monogram, there are twenty-two outstanding color combinations.

Sticking with the personalization theme, this is just a sampling of items from our Fornash collection.

Fornash Personalized Jewelry at PreppyPrincess.com

Fornash Personalized Jewelry at PreppyPrincess.com

Two of my favorite giftables from Fornash are today’s Pretty in Pink (and green!), they are the Monogrammed Rings ($35, today only $28) that stretch to fit any size finger, and the Monogrammed Discs ($19, today $15.20), they come in such a broad array of color combinations you’re sure to find colors you’ll love putting together. The discs are ideal with the Fornash Charm Bracelet.

Fornash Jewelry at PreppyPrincess.com

Fornash Jewelry at PreppyPrincess.com

You know we’re going to mention our exclusive Preppy Planet Phone Cases, our Bottom Line version is regularly priced at only $24.50, $19.60 with today’s discount. Below, more Pretty in Pink and Green.

Preppy Planet Phone Cases

Preppy Planet Phone Cases

For those prone to dropping their phone, our Xtreme Tough Case offers a fabulous solution. A happy customer shared pictures of her pink chevron tough case.

Personalized Phone Cases at PreppyPrincess.com

Personalized Phone Cases at PreppyPrincess.com

Another great gift idea? Matching a monogrammed iPad/Kindle/Netbook/Phone case with one of our Tech Cleaning Cloths priced at $10, today just $8.

Preppy Planet Cases

Preppy Planet Cases

Of course we have the season’s latest Lilly Pulitzer treasures, including the Spring 2013 Drink Huggers (aka Koozies) in all the new prints, just $6. (That means they’re less than $5 on sale!)

Lilly Pulitzer Drink Huggers at PreppyPrincess.com

Lilly Pulitzer Drink Huggers at PreppyPrincess.com

Those same popular patterns are also available in Lilly’s spring iPhone 5 Cases ($28, just a bit more than $24 with today’s discount).

Lilly Pulitzer iPhone Cases at PreppyPrincess.com

Lilly Pulitzer iPhone Cases at PreppyPrincess.com

Many of the spring prints come in the iPhone Case with 2 Card Slot, regularly $27.50, with today’s 20% discount, $22.

There are several hostess gift ideas with the spring Lilly, including Coasters in Chiquita Bonita and Lucky Charms.

Lilly Pulitzer Coasters at PreppyPrincess.com

Lilly Pulitzer Coasters at PreppyPrincess.com

The coasters coordinate with spring’s new Tumbler Sets (with a third pattern in the mix, Chin Chin). At $15.50 the reusable (top rack dishwasher safe!) tumblers are already a great buy, at $12.40 with today’s special pricing you can’t miss.

Back to the personalization theme, all of our Clairebella goodies are 20% off, including the brand new Stadium Cushions, only $27.20 today.

Monogrammed Clairebella Stadium Seats

Monogrammed Clairebella Stadium Seats at PreppyPrincess.com

Next, a sampling of more monogrammed giftables. The Acrylic Monogram Earrings are just $39 today, the Personalized Pillows run $33.60 today and the Filigree Earrings start at $78, today only.

Heartstrings Monogrammed Pillows & Earrings

Heartstrings Monogrammed Pillows & Earrings

With Father’s Day just a bit more than 2 months away it doesn’t hurt to at least start thinking about giftables with a masculine slant.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

We show:

Our Ready To Go cases for iPhone 4 and 5 are just $14.80 with today’s discount.

Preppy Planet 'Ready To Go' Cases

Preppy Planet ‘Ready To Go’ Cases

And one final gift idea.

Pink Pineapple Jewelry at PreppyPrincess.com

Pink Pineapple Jewelry at PreppyPrincess.com

The ever so nautical jewelry from Pink Pineapple.

We want to share a look at our complimentary gift boxing.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

We are also happy to wrap packages at no charge, with any style paper you like, from Lilly Pulitzer to Jonathan Adler to more conservative papers.

That’s it for today’s shameless self promotion, happy day to all!

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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.

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

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 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.

 

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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Target’s Gossip Girl Line & the Rumors, A Preppy Mish-Mash

Hello-Hello everyone, welcome to our wild Wednesday. It has been insanely busy here at the Prepatorium, so we are going to be mercifully brief today!

We begin with a rapid rundown of the big to-do that isn’t, this one involving the much-discussed Anna Sui Gossip Girl line for Target due to debut September 13.

Courtesy Target

Courtesy Target

Evidently the rumor mill was peaking in the Hysteria Zone Monday with a story that the ‘rambunctious activities’ (our phrase) of the characters on Gossip Girl were so mature and non-family-friendly that Targèt was not going to move forward with the line. Clearly that would have been lunacy with merchandise this close to being shipped to stores. Honestly.

Here are a few more looks from the line.

Courtesy Target via

Courtesy Target

In fact, a Target spokesman told StyleList:

“We are moving forward as planned with the four principal leads of ‘Gossip Girl’ as our creative muses.” And added, “Unfortunately, there was misinformation passed around and we are still very excited about the collaboration.”

Courtesy Target

Courtesy Target

It seems the retailer is more than pleased by their association with the hit television show; the StyleList story also explains Target is the official sponsor of the G2 season premiere September 14, the day after the collection launches.

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Next, a peek at a few of the looks on tap from Talbots for the Holiday and Resort seasons. We start with an oversized tartan plaid on the button-front dress seen below.

Courtesy The Fashion List

Courtesy The Fashion List

Talbots will also offer a rich black trench for their Resort line.

Courtesy The Fashion List

Courtesy The Fashion List

Our thanks to the folks over at the Fashion List for their insightful post on the upcoming Talbots styles, as well as thoughts on the store’s direction:

“The Holiday 2009 collection… made the case loud & clear that Talbot’s was not choosing the typical slippery slope of reduced prices (aka reduced quality) that so many companies mistakenly follow when times get tough, but rather looking at their existing customer (50+ year olds)… embarking on a mission to attract the generation before these ladies (the 35 to 50 set) & creating offerings that would give them a reason to walk through the company’s trademark red door & walk out happily…”

What are your thoughts, can Talbots regain the under-50 shopper? We believe they can garner some, but it is going to be a tough sell shedding what has become a dowdy, frumpish image.

Whilst speaking of Talbots, a quick reminder: don’t forget their Summer Sale and Clearance continues with an additional 25% off already reduced merchandise.

Also continuing their Final Sale, J. Crew, saying they have added more merchandise to the sale.

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Next, a look at a lush silk organza dress from the Milly Holiday Collection; while much too fun and young for this oldster, but we do find that oversized bow rather adorable.

PHOTO: Talaya Centeno/WWD

PHOTO: Talaya Centeno/WWD

Our thanks to Women’s Wear Daily for this image.

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We have a few items for our Pretty in Pink today, our first is from  with the Kate Spade Fairmount Park Jori Dress.

KateSpade.com

KateSpade.com

One reason we wanted to showcase Kate Spade is the fact they are taking an additional 40% off already reduced Sale merchandise.  This makes the cost of the dress shown above approximately $156; the original selling price was $345.

We understand if you feel the urge to flee this site and head over there, no hurt feelings whatsoever, exigent circumstances do arise in retail, and we fully understand. (Ahem.)

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Also continuing their sale (but not with such steep discounting), Brooks Brothers.

BrooksBrothers.com

BrooksBrothers.com

The image above references the markdowns on Brooks’ Non-Iron shirts; we can attest to the fabulosity of these, the shirts really are divine. And at these prices, the opportunity to stock up on a basic is really very tempting. Even for TP. (Sssshh.)

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We close with our other Pretty in Pink item,

The Container Store

The Container Store via Pink & Green Scene

We were tipped to this treasure by the always-on-top-of-things-folks over at Pink and Green Scene, where it was mentioned in Monday’s post.

This Just In – a Quote of the Day from The Consort: “If this is ‘mercifully short’ then I’m afraid to see what painfully long would be.” Ouch. But then, he is correct. Quite so.

Until next time, may it be Prepalicious everywhere you are today!

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More Lilly Pulitzer Sneak Peek & “When Logos Attack”

Hello-Hello everyone, happy Thursday!

We are ever-so-pleased to finally be composing our little post today, because it means that electrical service has been restored to the Prepatorium. Honestly, this is the sort of thing that causes us to question the wisdom of that moat around the Palace, you all know the perils of raising the drawbridge when lacking electrical power, the minions are just so cranky on this issue.

And frankly, the timing is classic, as we had such grand Bloggage plans today, coordinated in advance with Miss Misadventures Herself (aka Misadventures of a Newlywed) as we were covering the same topic, and we were both going to send our readers to each other’s site to “see more pictures.” Pictures of what, you ask?

Why, it’s time to share more from this fall’s new (and exceptionally fabulous) Lilly Pulitzer Stationery and Gifts Collection, arriving here at the Princess within weeks!

We start with the new Lilly Holiday Ornament Sets.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

These are offered in our favorite color combo, natch, and will run $17.50 for a set of three.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

We have moved up the start of pre-ordering, it begins Monday, the 6th!

Next on our hit parade, the Lilly Highlighters Set, an ideal gift for any time of the year, definitely perfect as a stocking stuffer.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

Also new on the horizon, the Lilly Cocktail Shakers, more-than-fun IOHO, sure to make any beverage tastier.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

Shaken Up and Juice Bar, left to right respectively, are the patterns for the shakers, retailing at $39.50.  And Juice Bar will match all of the other Lilly Juice Bar and Juice Stand tableware for an even more stylish table.

Also on the beverage front, new Thermal Travel Mugs.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

The patterns are Vintage Patch, Private Property and Trouble Hibiscus; these are $15.50. We have more images of the Paper Doll Book:

Preppy Princess

Preppy Princess

Does anyone else recognize a familiar piece of clothing or two…? These look like loads of fun for your Tiny Prep.

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We cannot believe how quickly our IT Department (cough-cough, IT Dept = The Consort) has created the new web pages for everyone to use to pre-order, he is just Mr. Speedy!

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This next item is so incredibly fabulous we absolutely had to include it today, despite it making the post even pokier than usual.

It’s the collaboration between Lacoste and Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana, creating polo shirts for the preppy retailer’s 4th Holiday Collector’s Series.

Courtesy Lacoste via Dezeen.com

Courtesy Lacoste via Dezeen.com

How remarkable are these?

Courtesy Lacoste via Dezeen.com

Courtesy Lacoste via Dezeen.com

There will be 20,000 of the limited edition polos available, and while much-too-cool for yours truly, we adore their spirit.

There will also be a “Super-Limited Edition” (ahem) of the shirt seen below, created entirely from the little Lacoste Alligator logos.

Courtesy Lacoste via Dezeen.com

Courtesy Lacoste via Dezeen.com

There are to be only 12 men’s and 12 women’s in this version; here is a closer look, via Yatzer.

Courtesy Photo via Yatzer.com

Courtesy Photo via Yatzer.com

If wondering about our Logophobia, we can only say “non, non, non, ce n’est pas un problème,” for these appear to be done with an artistic eye, yes, but an outlook accompanied by a touch of whimsy.  They do not appear to take themselves too seriously. Very, very witty.

Now, if seeking furniture, the brothers are also noted for their Alligator Chair.

Courtesy Yatzer.com

Courtesy Yatzer.com

Indeed.

Grins and giggles until next time!

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Lilly Pulitzer Fall/Holiday 2009 Stationery & Gifts Preview

Hello-Hello, and happy Thursday!

Has anyone melted into a little puddle with the high temps and almost-as-high humidity? Does everyone have regional phrases when it gets like this? A classic in The Great Midwest is rather coarse, but we’re claiming a pickled brain today so here it is: “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.” What are some of the local comments you are fond of when meteorological circumstances hit these extremes?

Next… we do a 180-degree turn to engage in the publication of this completely commercial message from the Prepatorium.

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Yes, despite the weather outside, it is time for TP to think fall and winter and holidaze holidays! Believe it or not, we shall soon be getting new Lilly Pulitzer Stationery and Gift merchandise into the shoppe.

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Above, Fa La Lilly and Berry, the new gift wrap patterns. There are also two different ornament sets, along with Fireplace Matches in two patterns.

The new Note Card sets are outstanding, we especially love the updated Dress Notecard designs. (BTW, our stock of Dress Notecards is down to 8 or 9, and that’s it, the end, as a new group of shift dress patterns is being introduced.)

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PreppyPrincess.com

While we don’t yet have the images, there are also several patterns of Imprintable Holiday Cards that we think you will find irresistible.

New for the Collection? Thermal mugs, something we desperately need here at the Prepatorium. (Not that anyone ever knocks anything over. On the desk. Or the Keyboard.)

Those who bake will love the next addition to the Lilly line: cookie cutters.

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We are already planning on these as the ideal gift for a number of friends.

Now, regular readers are aware of our annual struggle, always involving two irreconcilable beliefs:

  1. The entire merchandising and marketing of the season is out of control, a horrid practice that has moved so far beyond commercial tackiness it defies description;
  2. The petulant capitalist query: “Why are they not doing a better job executing holiday marketing strategies?”

Clearly we never get these dueling concerns in sync. We never will. But as a merchant (ooooh, that has such a rugged, un-Princess-like sound, doesn’t it?) it would be deceitful to say we don’t enjoy sharing new things with everyone, as we do. We find it an utterly delightful way of spending time.

Perfect for any season IOHO, having a little Lilly on hand for the cocktail hour is a plus, no matter what we’re celebrating!

Possibly the item we have been hoping for the most….? A Lilly Pulitzer  Calendar! Yes, we are more-than-gaga for the 2010 Wall Calendar seen below right….

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Not to mention the desktop Calendars we’ll soon have available, they are absolutely wonderful as well; there are also Planning Agendas in both standard and pocket sizes.

Knowing how popular the Lilly Activity Book for Minnies is, we expect the paper dolls (below left) to also be in high demand.

And did you see the Magnet Board on the right in the picture above? We get so many requests for these, we’re ecstatic to see them!

Ordering for the new Collection will be done much as we did the initial Lilly launch: we will start taking pre-orders on July 8th, possibly sooner if at all possible. A pre-order means that once we receive our shipment of goodies from the Lilly folks, your merchandise is shipped first.  You are not charged *until* your order is filled, it is rather akin to reserving one’s items. We plan on sending out the first shipments to our customers at the very end of July, or the first week in August.

Another way to stay on top of all things Lilly here at the Palace, sign up for our Lilly Pulitzer email list at Preppy Princess. (Scroll down and it is on the bottom of the righthand column.) Not to worry about privacy if one should elect to sign up, we never (never, ever) give anyone your information, we are what you might call hypersensitive to that sort of thing.

This in no way covers the gamut of new products for the line, nor does it include the *new* line of paper goods we are adding to the mix later this week or early next week. We’ll be a horrid little human, merely saying everything has a Nantucket theme!

Thanks for popping in dollfaces, we do love spending time with you! Have a simply terrific afternoon and evening!

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