Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ringing in the New Year

Happy New Year’s Eve, preps!  Tonight, we celebrate new beginnings, new experiences, and new adventures.  If you don’t have a party lined up yet, you’re just in luck! Here’s my guide to throwing a totally last minute Great Gatsby themed New Year’s party:


Outfits | This is the night to go all out with dressing up…and there’s no decade classier than the 1920’s.  Tell the gals to dress in flapper attire; long pearl necklaces, short dresses, hair pieces.  Guys shouldn’t be admitted without proper suits and bow ties.


Decor | It’s last minute, so don’t worry too much about having to buy flowers and do place settings.  However, this most definitely is not a night to use red solo cups. Bring out the champagne flutes, hang a “HAPPY NEW YEAR” banner, pick up some noise makers at the grocery store.


Have Fun | Throw on the Carson Daly Countdown, kick back with your friends, and have fun.  Don’t stress over little details because everyone will already be grateful for your hospitality.

Hope you all have an amazing New Year!


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What to wear this New Year’s Eve

One prep’s New Year’s Eve plan is often different from the next. A night in Boston is much different from a night in NYC. A party in Wellesley, MA is completely different than a night in the city. In NYC our contributing editor WHolley is pushing the borders of metro and the unknown with his immoderate velvet ensemble. A typical New Year’s Eve for preps in Boston will be spent outdoors on the streets of Back Bay, particularly on Newbury Street. Patagonia jackets and Vineyard Vines Cords are ubiquitous. Travel a few dozen miles southwest of Boston and you’ll find yourself in the affluent suburb of Wellesley. Half prep schoolers, half public schoolers, each group knows how to dress as well as the other. As far as dress code goes, the “Dub” is known for their themed parties, so text friends in advance before planning an outfit.




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Happy Holidays!

Attention prepsters everywhere:

No matter what you celebrate, this should be a throwback for all of you. Enjoy.

Happy Holidays from the Twines & Vines Staff!

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Last Minute Gifts for the (Almost) Forgotten

Every year in my house, it seems, there’s always one person my family has forgotten to get a gift for until the last minute before Christmas.  “Did you get something for the next door neighbor?” “Yes.” “The manager of the yacht club?” “Uh huh.” “Field hockey coach?” “Done.” “Uncle Peter?” “…Oops…”

Here are some ideas for spur of the moment gifts from our friends at Vineyard Vines!

last minute gifts

1. This cover is the perfect accessory for the iPhone your parents bought the nanny this year. $38

3. When the country club bartender is feeling low, surprise him with this holiday bow tie that will make him the talk of the town! $45

4. Even though you forgot Hanukkah ended on the 9th, your attorney’s wife will still adore this bangle. $48

5. This lazy pants set is perfect.  I mean, the cleaning lady wants to be cozy too… pants $65 top $49.50

6. Get this tumbler for your SAT tutor who’s on that juice cleanse. $16.50

7. Forgot there was a gift exchange tonight?  Pick up this reindeer whale ornament on your way to the party! $22.50

8. Don’t forget Fido! This patchwork leash is the best.  The handle has a buckle to easily attach your pup to the cafe table at lunch or the lamp post at Starbucks. $42


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Rugby by Ralph Lauren — Going Out of Business

Rugby by Ralph Lauren announced recently that they will be closing all store locations by next February. The high priced preppy clothing line, didn’t end up catching on amongst the private school crowd as much as once envisioned. In my opinion the clothing line was quietly inspired by Gossip Girl, the popular upper end NYC prep school drama.

From rugby styled polos to classic suiting, the classic Ivy/Prep School look comes with an urban twist. The discounts coming with the closing of this high end brand are definitely a steal.

I can’t speak for the ladies here, but guys: if you’re going for the Chuck Bass look (not necessarily his attitude), Rugby is the place to spend your $.

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I stumbled across this dude a few days ago and to say the least, I’m pretty impressed. I’ve only listened to his “Henry on The Rocks 3: King John Ill” mixtape but it was enough to get me hooked. Here’s one of my favorites off the tape, enjoy.


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Chinese Apocalypse Balls

I saw this on Barstool a few days ago and I don’t really know what to make of this. It’s kind of cool, but a little extreme and impractical. Nonetheless a cool idea from the Chinese. Hopefully they won’t have to use these, or else I’ll look pretty stupid.



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Entertaining for the Holidays

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that there’s nothing I love more than planning and throwing parties for every occasion.  Call me domestic, but I just love entertaining!  Christmas parties are easily my favorite.  Below are some ideas for the best holiday parties you’ll ever throw!

The Secret Santa/White Elephant Exchange | The easiest way to check multiple people off your guest list in one night.  Set a budget (anywhere from $15-50 is acceptable, depending on who is attending) and everyone brings a wrapped gift.  When each person arrives, a sticker with a number is placed on their gift.  Once everyone is there, each person draws a piece of paper from a bowl.  The number drawn should correspond to the gift that person receives.

The Cookie Exchange/Gingerbread House Making Extravaganza | The most stereotypical housewife Christmas party you will ever attend.  Everyone brings a tray of cookies to share as they frost and decorate gingerbread houses.  When hosting this type of party, I always ask each person to also bring a gift valued at $10+ to donate to a local homeless shelter.

The Christmas Movie Marathon | My favorite to host for a group of 10 or so teenage girls.  Can easily be combined with either of the above ideas.  Best movies to watch include Elf, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, The Santa Clause, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony | The ultimate combination of bringing people together and making your family the center of attention.  How many tree lightings have we been to for shopping malls and performing art centers? I’ve been to three this year alone.  Invite all of the family friends over for a dinner party and tree viewing.  While eating dinner, explain to the crowd how much of an honor it is to see your tree being lit for the first time all season.  Once lit, make sure to give the background information about each and every ornament.  “See that Santa Claus? That’s the Radko that Great-Grandmother Briggs handed down to me.  It was hung on her tree in the fifties.”

Last, but certainly not least…


The Christmas Boat Parade Viewing Party | What better way to combine an amazing holiday with the prep culture?  Honestly, I’m not sure how many cities host boat parades around Christmastime, but I can promise that Newport Beach’s is one of the best.  Going into the 104th Annual, it never disappoints.  Plus, there are so many viewing places where this party can take place: the yacht club, the bay front homes, or from the boats themselves!  Stay tuned to see pictures and details from the boat parade parties I’ll be having this year!

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You Want Game?

Game’s new album is unreal. I’m a huge fan of his flow, but I see you all out there who don’t listen to him. He’s a little hard I admit it.  Check this song though, it shows a different side of him for sure. Plus you got Cole to balance him out. Enjoy!


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And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

…Benicio Del Toro of Mercersburg Academy. Bet you didn’t see this one coming!

Benicio Del Toro was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Pennsylvania when he was young. He bossed on the hardwood as a hoops star at Mercersburg. From there, he went to UC San Diego and started acting, landing a part as a bad guy in the James Bond film License to Kill.

I watched Savages this weekend, and Del Toro pretty much stole the movie. He was great in Traffic too, but he was awesome as Franky Four Fingers in Snatch.

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