Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Sunday Style Guide

I like to consider Easter the biggest indicator of what trends will be popular in the upcoming Spring, and this year, the holiday is coming up faster than ever.  Luckily, you have this style guide to help you dress for any event that comes your way.  Regardless of your plans this Sunday, T&V wishes all of its readers a Happy Easter!
egg dyeing

Graphic Tee | Tennies | Chino Shorts | Satchell | Hair Ties
church

Dress | Blazer | Watch | Pearls | Bag | Kitten Heels

egg hunting

Dress | Sun Hat | Sandals | Bag

 

brunch

 

Dress | Lip Shine | Belt | Tote | Cuff | Kitten Heels | Sunnies

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America’s Cup “Cupdate”

Those of you who have followed by articles from the beginning know that I’m definitely more of a power boater than a sailor. However, since I hostessed the Governor’s Cup last summer (more on that in the next few weeks), I have been obsessed with the America’s Cup.  This last Saturday, Balboa Yacht Club hosted an informational dinner presentation describing all of the recent updates for the regatta.  As a faithful member and A-Cup enthusiast, I obviously had to attend.

Since its start in 1851 at the World’s Fair in England, the America’s Cup Regatta has become sailing’s pinnacle event.  New York Yacht Club had held the trophy for 132 years, until 1983 when it was won by Australia.  Since then, the Cup has been won by a multitude of yacht clubs in different countries around the world, and the regatta has taken place in a countless number of locations.  This year, the regatta will be held in San Francisco, smack in the middle of the bay (practically unheard of in the world of large scale regattas).

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The amazing part of all of this is the fact that it will be so easy to watch.  Sure, St. Francis and Golden Gate Yacht Clubs will be amazing places to watch the regatta from, but the City of San Francisco is also currently in the midst of building an entire “America’s Cup Village” and “America’s Cup Park,” which are projected to bring in nearly $1 billion in revenue over the 4 month span of July-October.  The village will include a 9200-person stadium, which will be fantastic for the musical events that are expected to take place.  Imagine Dragons, Train, Jason Mraz… the talent is endless!

america's cup village

Not only will viewing in person be made possible, but this will also be the first time the Cup will ever be aired on a major news network!  NBC will be showing full coverage of the races, with amazing technology to make it easier to track the races.  If you’ve ever watched a football game on TV, you’ve seen the digital “1st Down Line.”  Well, sailing enthusiasts have discovered a way to use the same technology to track the routes of the competing boats, making it easier for everyone to understand the races.

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Another piece of exciting news–this year, the boats will change from AC45’s to AC72’s, which basically means they’ll be a whole lot bigger.  These catamarans (boats with 2 hulls) are able to foil (rise out of the water with fin-like stabilizers keeping control, as seen here) with ease and speed (Team Oracle USA reached 42-knots in February, approximately 48-mph, as seen here).  The boats have a massive 40-meter (130-foot) mast, controlled by an 11-person crew.  I have to say, Team Luna Rossa of Italy will be sailing the most aesthetically pleasing boat… I mean, they are sponsored by Prada.

ac72-ac45-sailboats

If my words haven’t converted you to an A-Cup lover, let these videos do the work.  I could literally watch America’s Cup videos for hours everyday, and still never get enough.  The following is a promo from last year to get everyone excited about the regatta.  Needless to say, it succeeds.

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Another West Coast Prep

Hi! My name is Grace and I began my blogging adventures in August of 2012 on my own blog, Preppy On The West Coast. I am a girl living on the West Coast who dresses as though she lives on the East Coast. A few of my favorite things are: Vera Bradley, J. Crew, Pink and Green, Monogramming, and Lilly Pulitzer. I basically love all things preppy! However, since I am born and raised on the West Coast, I do add a bit of a twist to the classic preppy look, by including the laidback California style into my everyday outfits, so think of me as, The Prep On The West Coast.  Here are some fun facts about me:

1 – I will eat caramel with anything.

2 – J. Crew is my favorite store. 
3 – Tretorns are my go-to sneakers. 
4 – The Clinque Chubby Sticks are my favorite lip products. #DefinitelyCheckThemOut
5 – I live in fuzzy socks to the point that I sleep in them. 
6 – Starbucks is my addiction to the point where the people know my first name… #Whoops?
7 – I can ONLY write with ball point pens. 
8 – Instagram is by far my favorite app. #FollowMe – @westcoastpreppy
9 – If I could be anywhere in the world, I would be at the beach… (Specifically Naples, FL)
10 – I wear running shorts… all the time. 
11 – I am a reality TV show junkie and I watch reality shows ranging from Survivor to the Bachelor to The Real Housewives…

QUESTION TIME!!!

Ashley’s Questions
1. If you could have any piece of clothing item, what would it be?
Hmmm, definitely a hard choice – I guess, since spring and summer are right around the corner I would have to go with a fun summer dress… I LOVE this one from Kate Spade {click here}! It’s definitely a classic dress with the nautical stripes and the white/navy combo!
2. Where is your favorite place to be?
The beach… #CaliforniaGirlProbz
3. How did you start blogging?
I had a blog my fresman year in high school, which was privated, for only myself and my family to see, and I thought it was so much fun to document things, and have my posts actually be “published”, so last August (2012), I chose to make this blog which ANYONE could see!
4. What are your favorite stores?
I LOVE J. Crew, Nordstrom, H&M and Forever 21 for the occasional find!
5. If there is one thing about yourself that you could change, what would it be?
Hmmm… I guess that I could be mroe flexible/pull cool gymanstics tricks! #WhoDoesn’t
6. Why do you love blogging?
The friends I’ve made! Due to blogging I have made tons of new friends which I most likely never would’ve met otherwise!
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A doctor.
8. If you were to be granted one wish, what would you wish for?
Shhh, I can’t tell!
9. What is your favorite way to spend a rainy Saturday?
With a cozy blanket, cup of tea, watching Netflix, blogging, or online shopping! #QuelleSuprise
10. What is your favorite book and why?
I don’t know! I love so many different kind of books for different reasons. It’s hard to choose one single book!
11. What is your favorite type of tea/coffee to have?
Tea – Any sleepytime/peppermint tea or Earl Grey!
Coffee – Definitely changes, especially when I am at Starbucks! #MyAddiction
dWa’s Questions
1. What is your ideal Spring Break vacation spot?
Anywhere with a beach!
2. What is your favorite online boutique?
I’ve recently been loving Hope’s – which I found out about through sarahbelle93x! They have so many cute new things being released for the spring time!
3. If you could have any type of dog what type would it be?
Weimaraner.
4. Hot coffee or cold coffee?
Hot coffee… UNLESS, it is a frappachino or Iced Vanilla Latte from Starbucks!
5. Jeans or dresses?
Recently, especially I’ve been loving dresses since they are so versatile and can be worn all year around!
6. Would you rather wear your hair straight or curly?
Curly.
7. If you were a boy what was your name going to be?
Grayson or Griffin. My mother apparently had a thing for “G” names, given that my name is, Grace.
8. Favorite color combination?
A girl in my French class the other day wore mint jeans and a purple, slightly flowy top, which I thought was a really cute combination!
9. What is your favorite part of blogging?
Meeting new people I probably would’ve never met otherwise!
10. If you were heading to college, what color would your comforter be? (I need y’alls help!)
Hmmm… Maybe a bright pink to help you perk up after a long day of classes, or a mint color?! You can also never go wrong with white and add lots of fun accent pillows or a blanket?
11. Favorite Blog Post you’ve written?
Hmmm… This is definitely a tricky one! I guess, I would have to go with my post about my Top 5 Favorite Starbucks Drinks, because I definitely think it is a different sort of post in contrast to others’, and it really shows my obsession that I went to the extent of actually doing a post… #SorryNotSorry
So excited to be blogging for T&V!
XO Grace

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The Etta

It seems that lately everyone has been obsessing over J. Crew’s new shoe, The Etta.  With so many styles to choose from, there’s no questioning why.  This J. Crew On Film video just makes my obsession grow even more.

289 pairs?!  If only we were all so fortunate.  Here are my top picks for J. Crew shoes!

Etta glitter-heel pumps in hummingbird floral

Sassy

Etta cap toe leather pumps

Classic

Etta canvas stripe pumps

Casual

Comment below with your favorites!

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The Beach is Calling

With the winter term coming to a much needed end, most of us prep’s are headed to the airport for a mental breather. Some of us say au revoir to America and head to Europe for a dose of cultural indulgence, while the majority of us head south clad in our favorite preppy outfits: Nantucket red shorts, Sperry’s, and Raybans; nothing is better. Every preppy boy and girl needs the summer staples when heading south, and because most of us have forgotten due to the cold winter weather. I’ve taken the liberty of thinking of a few for you.

 

Don’t even worry about the bikinis, and the shorts yet any good girl knows the first thing to pack is shoes. If you remember three shoes for your spring vacation, I promise you will be more than pleased. Sperry’s, Tory Burch sandals , and Wedges. Sperry’s are a must, and if I have to give an explanation why then you are fooling yourself by thinking your preppy; just pack them. The beautiful thing about Tory Burch sandals and wedges are that they go with anything. You can dress up both, or wear them casually either way they’re fabulous.

Now that shoes are taken care of you can worry about clothing. First thing; Lilly Dresses. Any Lilly Dress is perfect for dinner after a day at the beach with their bright colorful prints you’ll attract all the preppy boys. For the beach, a big, worn oxford is the perfect cover up that always looks adorable. J.Crew Chinos are a must as well, and the brighter they are the better. Nothing beats Chinos and a vneck for a simple laid back look.

 

These are only a few things that are a must have while south of the Manson-Dixon Line. Yes, sun tan lotion is really important and all, but I’d rather be burnt and well dressed, then pale and out of style. Remember, its spring break its mandatory that you cut loose, but relaxation doesn’t imply that you neglect your style.

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

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Prep School Fashion Blogs

We were surfing along Google trying to find a new cover photo for the Facebook page when we stumbled upon The Exeter Dress Code, a student run blog focused on “street style” found on the Exeter campus.  You would expect to see this kind of blog focused on NYFW, not New England prep schools, but alas with some further digging we were able to find a number of these blogs.  Without further adieu here is a list of prep school fashion blogs.  If you run one, or your school runs one which is not featured on our list, please comment so we can add you to the list!

With no given bias, the men of St. Paul’s really seem to be stepping up their fashion this winter.  Keep it up; we are impressed.

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Cufflinks

With Spring Formals and Proms right around the corner, a lot of preps are looking to spice up the traditional cufflink game.  Seeing as all proper tuxedo shirts make use of French cuffs, cufflinks are a must. 

Lanvin Knot Brass Cufflinks

$226 – Purchase Here

Paul Smith Bugs [Wasp] Metal Cufflinks

$160 – Purchase Here

Burberry Gold-Tone Dog Head Cufflinks

$275 – Purchase Here

Miansai Knotted Cufflinks

$19 – Purchase Here

Salvatore Ferragamo Double Ganici Cufflinks

$250 – Purchase Here

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St. Patrick’s Day Style Guide

Irish Linen Regular Fit Sport Shirt — Brooks Brothers ($98.50)

 

Striped Flex Cap — Borsalino ($109-179)

 

Embroidered Shamrock Pants — Orvis ($59)

Clover Needlepoint Belt — Smathers and Branson ($165)

Driver Mocassin with Gancio Bit — Salvatore Ferragamo ($595)

Kokkari Ascot Tie — Ceravelo ($120)

 

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Prep Basics for Him and Her

Spring is quickly approaching, which, as we all know, means it’s time for a wardrobe update.  As we all head off on our shopping sprees for the upcoming season, remember that one can never have too many of the following items. Yes mother, I really do need a fourth pair of TB flats!

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1. Vineyard Vines Polo

HisFrom Classic to Slim-Fit, from Solid to Striped, from Cotton-Piqué to Jersey, Shep and Ian have all of their bases covered when it comes to their polos.

HersWith the Classic and Shoreline cuts in just about every color imaginable, picking out the perfect polo is easier than picking out what sweetener to put in your iced tea.  Which has less calories: Splenda or Equal?

2. Monograms

HisWhile girls like to monogram just about everything they own, these cuff links are a simple and subtle way to integrate the monogramming trend into any closet.

HersI consider myself a monogramoholic, living my the words of Reese Witherspoon: “If it ain’t moving, monogram it.” I’ve put my monogram on everything from totes, to cardigans, to pockets on pants… even my car! This bracelet is the perfect starting point.

3. Boat Shoes

HisHers

I cannot stress enough the importance of a good boat shoe.  Sperry has mostly resorted to outsourcing the manufacturing of the majority of their shoes; however, their “Handcrafted Original Boat Shoe by Made in Maine” (which is available for both men and women) could be the best quality boat shoe I have ever seen.  I can’t imagine walking on the bow of the boat without a pair on–they really do grip to slick surfaces.  Plus, have you seen anything more adorable than a Sperry ad?  But Daddy, I need a golden retriever to go with my new shoes!

4. Beautiful Bows

HisI hope that any prep, when confronted with the decision to choose between a neck tie and a bow tie, would choose the bow tie every time.  I always recommend an American brand that’s proud of their fun patterns–Southern Proper, Vineyard Vines, and High Cotton all make high quality bows for bros.

HersWe all love Kiel James Patrick and seriously envy Sarah Vickers.  Since she released her “Vicker’s Bow Collection” (which I also wrote about here), it has become easier to be just like our adored idol. This “Scarlett O’Hara” bow is one of my favorites.

5. The Frat Collection Frocket

His | Hers

The Frat Collection could be one of my favorite brands of all time.  If you don’t have one of their shirts yet, I highly suggest purchasing one!  Basically, you pick out a pocket (they have a ton of patterns!), the color of your shirt, and whether you want it to be long sleeve or short sleeve.  They’ve also now come out with sweatshirts, tanks, and men’s sport shirts. My favorite part?  They donate 10% of each purchase to the charity of your choice!

6. Sweet Sunnies

His | The Ray-Ban “Wayfarer” shape is probably the most iconic in sunglass history.  There is no basic more necessary, especially as the weather gets warmer.

HersAviators are great for any face shape and any outfit.  This gold color works great for blondes, like me, but if you’re looking for something darker, Ray-Ban also makes them with dark brown and black frames as well.

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