Hello-Hello everyone, happy Tuesday!
We made a snap decision yesterday to play Blog Hooky, in part because it was the Consort’s Birthday. Who can resist spending the day with someone whose Mad Men avatar is this cool?
We can hardly believe it is less than two weeks until the show returns! We are loving the crazy popularity the avatars are enjoying, they have definitely invaded Planet Twitter! (If you would like to make your own 60’s era look, just sashay on over to the Mad Men Yourself page and make some trouble!)
It was a busy weekend in Water Mill (the Hamptons) with the Annual Super Saturday Sale at Nova’s Ark Project – think giant designer rummage sale with a carnival and other activities and you kind of get the picture. The event is a fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, this weekend marked the Sale’s 12th year.
Hosts included Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan, Ariel Foxman of InStyle magazine, and Gossip Girl star Blake Lively. Mr. Foxman can be seen with Ms. Lively in the photo above. Below, Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelo.
Also on hand, two outstanding designers, Charlotte Ronson and Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss.
Below we see Ms. Lively with another Gossip Girl actress, Kelly Rutherford.
In other G2 news, there is word that Tyra Banks will appear in an upcoming episode; the host of America’s Next Top Model will play an actress. And one last tidbit, another star from the show, Chace Crawford; he tells Glamour UK that he is already training for his big role in the remake of Footloose.
On a slightly related note, the Observer carried an interesting column: “Why Is No One Watching NYC Prep?” Ratings are worse than we realized:
“According to Nielson, the episode that aired on July 21, only had 751, 000 viewers.
To compare to other prime-time shows that same night—Hawthorne, the new TNT show with Jada Pinkett Smith, had 3.2 million viewers… and the most watched show was The Deadliest Catch, a documentary series about fishing boats, which had 3.4 million viewers.
…Gossip Girl, perhaps the closest in the genre, had an average viewership of 2.59 million in its first season, which was considered low.”
Well. This doesn’t sound promising. Darn. (Ooooh, snarky Princess!)
We have many little retail tidbits to share, starting with the FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) in another Talbots dress, this time on Saturday while in Norfolk. Mrs. Obama was there to speak to returning sailors aboard the USS Eisenhower, as well as the US Comfort battle group.
The First Lady wore Talbots’ Swirl Cotton Dress, available in the color seen above, as well as this:
The dress is quite the bargain, now selling at $39.99 as opposed to its original price of $139.
We simply must ask if anyone has yet confronted one of the hideous “Christmas in July displays or promotions? We were reminded of the phenomenon by a story in the WSJ Friday, “Twas 147 Shopping Days Until Christmas“
“America’s retailers are responding to the recession with Christmas in July. A number of retailers and toy makers launched Christmas sales and promotions this month…”
The story talks about Sears, as well as one of its divisions, KMart:
“…two retailers have invited shoppers to take a stroll down “Christmas Lane,” anchored by a “Holiday Décor Shoppe” and “Gift Shoppe,” while snowflakes drift over the scene and holiday music plays in the background. Customers are awarded free shipping if they pile up a tab of at least $60 on items ranging from holiday decorations to snowblowers.”
What are your thoughts?
We are blasting out the door with The Consort for a day at the museum, an exhibit called Cars and Guitars. That’s all he wanted for the big birthday, this exhibit and homemade brownies, how easy is that? TP is the luckiest Princess on the Planet, to be sure. Sigh.