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A Derby Dust-up? And Finally, Mission Accomplished.

Hello and Happy Day to everyone!

Has everyone been reading about the tiff brewing over upcoming Kentucky Derby festivities? It seems some think the annual Barnstable Brown Gala has become a bit…well, tired. This is the 20th year for the big do, long considered one of the parties at Derby Week.

Twin sisters Priscilla Barnstable and Tricia Barnstable Brown host the Gala, a fundraiser for Pediatric Diabetes research, and generally a tough ticket.

Courtesy Southern Seasons

Courtesy Southern Seasons

Apparently the criticism involves a guest list many find…lacking. Last year’s names included Joey Fatone, several football head coaches, Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt, chef Bobby Flay, Hugh Hefner, Edward Norton, and the Lachey brothers, to name a few. To be completely inappropriate, these are not exactly A-list celebrities. (Oooooh, the Princess is a Crankenstein!)

Courtesy Briar Rose Estate

Courtesy Briar Rose Estate

This year we have the horror of a competing another function simply titled the Briar Rose Derby Party, held on the historic Briar Rose Estate.

Courtesy Briar Rose Estate

Courtesy Briar Rose Estate

Held on the same night. At the same time. Hhhhmmm…. it seems we have dueling Derby dos.  In this environment we can only advise caution when picking one’s horse.  Trust TP on this one.

Indeed.

In other festivities, some may remember when we posted about the Derby Barbie a few weeks ago – now take at look at her celebrating Taste of Louisville!

Courtesy Lousiveille Courier-Journal

Courtesy Louisville Courier-Journal

(This photo comes courtesy the Louisville Courier-Journal.)

Of course, this year’s Derby also provides the backdrop for lots of other entertaining events, including another reality TV show debut: SOAPnet premieres its new docudrama “Southern Belles – Louisville” on May 21.

Courtesy Photo via Louisville Courier-Journal

Courtesy Photo via Louisville Courier-Journal

If interested in learning more about the Belles, just click here for the Courier-Journal’s story. And for those enjoying the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Southern Seasons offers their version of the real deal, as it were, in this month’s issue.

Courtesy Southern Seasons

Courtesy Southern Seasons

One more Derby note: J. Peterman, a southern gentleman by birth, has put together his own Derby Day party. That comes in the form of a sale with some wonderful markdowns on a well curated collection of Peterman goods, such as the Floral Spring coat.

J. Peterman

J. Peterman

As always with this savvy retailer, the writing doesn’t disappoint: “…watercolor shades of Pink and Green on Cream….”.  Lush, luscious, and ever-so-pretty. So much we are making it today’s Pretty in Pink.

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Next, a quick tip of the hat to the folks at Glamour magazine.  Why? Because as Jezebel points out in this story, the magazine actually uses plus-size models in their May story on swimsuits.

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Why do we care about such matters? Because to properly address diversity in fashion magazines, they must accurately reflect the cultures they serve.  (In the “Once Again, TP Reveals TMI” category, we are not a plus-size, nor do we consider being so a requirement for commenting on the topic. Harrumph.)

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We have a number of Earth Day related updates, starting with a reminder that Target has their new Loomstate Collection available online and in stores.

Courtesy Target via TheFrisky.com

Courtesy Target via TheFrisky.com

The pieces in this line are created from 100% organic cotton, and also carry reasonable price points.

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Also on the eco-friendly front, another player has entered the recycled sails market, 44 Knots.

Courtesy 44Knots.com

Courtesy 44Knots.com

The company is doing totes (as seen above) from the recycled sails, as well as scarves, something we’ve not yet seen in this material.

Next, we toot the Princess horn a little bit. While crazy about our Scout Totes, we have continued to search for a foldupable eco-conscious line of market totes, and finally….

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

We have liftoff!

It has taken us a long, l-o-n-g time to locate bags we felt merited your attention. Let’s face it: most people seem to understand the wisdom of using less paper & plastic and there are scads of eco-totes, grocery totes, market bags available now, but we had yet to see any we considered Preptastic.

Until we found the folks at RuMe Bags, which is essentially short for “Reuse Me”.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

Additionally we wanted bright colors and patterns, high quality goods that were machine washable (sorry ladies, but after multiple tours of duty traveling from the market to the Prepatorium, and back again … ewww…. let your conscience be your guide). If not originating in the US, we also required a Certified Fair Trade manufacturer. You can probably surmise why The Consort & yours truly struggled mightily when sourcing these! Oh, and on top of all this, the bags had to be reasonably priced.

At $8.50 and $9.50 (and this includes complimentary shipping!) we finally feel like we found the ideal market bags.

PreppyPrincess.com

PreppyPrincess.com

They are big enough to carry a lot of groceries, 50 lbs. worth if need be….

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These also needed to be small enough for easy portability. Celebrity endorsements were not a requirement, but hey, we are not complaining, especially if its a preppy repp tie stripe Miss Ritchie is fond of!

After more than a year, we can finally say mission accomplished! Bright preppy colors and patterns do not have to exist separately from eco-friendly market totes. Hallelujah and good night.

:)

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Carolyne Roehm for Best & Co., Sketches from the new Gwyneth Paltrow Line

Hello-Hello and welcome to another wild week at the Prepatorium!

We start off with a heartfelt ‘Thank You” to the inimitable Queen Bee Swain, and her generosity in bestowing upon us the Friendship Award!

Thank you Queen Bee Swain

Thank you Queen Bee Swain!

Per the rules: these blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

Here we go with a quick eight names!

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Many readers know that here at the Prepatorium we simply adore the children’s clothing carried by Best & Co.; this spring the retailer has added something special, a line designed by none other than the über-talented Carolyne Roehm.

Courtesy Best & Co.

The Collection won’t be in stores until Mother’s Day, but one can preview the group online right here.

Courtesy Best & Co.

The dresses are simply darling, with the understated elegance one expects from both Ms. Roehm and Best.

Courtesy Best & Co.

Courtesy Best & Co.

There’s no need to be concerned about anything over-the-top, no pieces covered in any frou-frou details or embellishment.  We have long been fond of Ms. Roehm’s design aesthetic; she is possessed of an exquisite eye, and also likes TP’s favorite color combination, blue & white.

Courtesy Carolyne Roehm

Courtesy Carolyne Roehm

In fact, the designer’s newest book is entitled A Passion for Blue and White.  A look behind the scenes at inspiration boards for the Best & Company collection reveals Ms. Roehm’s attention to detail:

There isn’t a piece in the Collection we aren’t in love with.

Courtesy Best & Co.

And all are done in a timeless navy and white, or variations thereof. Sigh. How long until we see grown-up girls sizes, puh-leeze? (Silly Princess.)

Courtesy Best & Co.

Ladylike little dresses are even available for toddlers.

Courtesy Best & Co.

Courtesy Best & Co.

The entire group is simple and sweet, in designs and fabrics that will long stand the test of time, the styles are that classic.  (Now remember dollfaces, these pieces are not available until Mother’s Day.) To read more about it, visit the At Best blog for a nice read!

As we are already at Best, we share a different clothing group: delightful sweaters in Boys sizes.

Best & Co.

Above, the Lighthouse Sweater in a plush cotton knit, and below, the Nautical Knot sweater, also for the Young Man in your house.

Best & Co.

There is also the Boy’s Anchor Sweater, as well as many others we are not showing here.

Best & Co.

Best & Co.

Unfortunately, similar offerings for the Young Lady of the house are not as nautically inclined.  This is the only seafaring-ish we could find, the Sailor Sweater in Girls sizes 2-12.

Best & Co.

Best & Co.

If shopping at the site, for 25% off the prices shown, enter the word CATCH at checkout.

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We haven’t yet made time to post anything at all about the news that oh-so-preppy Gwyneth Paltrow is releasing her own clothing line. The actress announced the line will be done in collaboration with Zoe Tees, a French company. The official name is said to be ZOEtee’s Loves Gwyneth, and proceeds will benefit Kids Company in London.

Women’s Wear Daily showed sketches from the new line in a story today.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

According to the story, the pieces will include cashmere blends along with other fabrics, and will have a bit of a 70′s look.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

The entire collection is to be released sometime this week. TP is ever-so-curious to know your thoughts on these looks…?

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We are ever so happy to be adding more items to the shop, including this treasure:

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The Ahoy Coir Door Mat is made of 100% coconut fiber, and comes from the fabulous design minds at Scout, makers of some of our fave totes!  On the left we have the bright blue Stripes Away, and on the right, the pink Poolside Stripe tote.

 

 

These are the perfect solution for those seeking an alternative to the plastic or paper question when at the market; they measure 19 x 15 x 10, plenty of room for the foie gras and Brie! Besides, the , Bungalow Scout bags and sunny color combinations bring an enormous smile to our face!

On that note, we shall say ‘Bye and look for you tomorrow, back here at the Prepatorium!

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