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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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Setting Sail with The OC Prep


Hey everyone!  I’m Savannah (The OC Prep), newest addition to the T & V staff and the first West Coast correspondent.  Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, I’ve grown up surrounded by all things prep: sailing, golden retrievers, cottages, art museums, yacht clubs, golf courses, monograms… I’ll be covering everything from weekends in Catalina (wine mixers, anyone?), to style spotting at Brooks Brothers on Rodeo Drive, to Duffy Electric Boat cruises in the Newport Harbor.  I’m more than overjoyed to begin my journey with loyal readers from all over the country and bring light to prep life in the West!


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Kim & Kanye Halloween Costumes – Are words needed?

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Is this one of the funniest letters to the editor ever?


July 25, 2012

To the Editor:

I am writing to share some observations with regard to my protest activities against the Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament last Saturday afternoon. Between the hours of 2 and 4 pm, I paddled my kayak with attached non‑confrontational signs throughout the harbor. My goal was to present the shark fishermen and spectators with the reality that shark populations worldwide have decreased by 90 percent over the past 40 years and that this tournament should become a catch and release event. Throughout my harbor protest, I remained respectful and courteous to all people I encountered.

Regretfully, this experience was reminiscent of my return from Vietnam some 40 years ago. Back then I was greeted with taunts and ridicule from a small group of protesters at the Oakland, California, airport. Yesterday, however, the good citizens of Oak Bluffs took taunting and disrespect to another level indeed.

During this two-hour exercise of my constitutional duty, I was subjected to the following: beer bottles thrown at me on three occasions, jet skiers attempting to capsize my kayak, verbal threats upon my life, being spat at, water ballooned, shot at with a water rifle, a constant barrage of profanities and expletives, called a “fat, unpatriotic slob” who should go to China, told that I have no right to be here and that I should be arrested. On the brighter side of this spectacle of decaying humanity, one kind boater offered his encouragement and a bottle of much needed water.

These verbal and physical assaults have been reported to the Oak Bluffs police and harbormaster. If anyone has video of these events, please contact the Oak Bluffs Police Department, as it will facilitate the prosecution of these individuals.

Steve Maxner

West Tisbury

I’ve been to MV for the Shark Tournament, and if you live on the island, you know what to expect. If you’re kayaking around telling people on yachts how to live their life, find something better to do. Maybe go for a swim off Monomoy and see if the sharks catch and release you.

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The Confessions of trueprep

Dear Readers,

I have a confession. I was trifling through my things getting ready to leave my house for a day trip and came to the realization that I have a serious problem. It’s called monogramitis. This terrible disease is basically the need to monogram everything one owns. From pillow cases to gym shorts to my backpack, I have my initials on practically everything. Not only is monogramitis a personal issue, but it is infectious and has caused many of my friends to start down its dangerous path. It has proven quite difficult for me not to adore things that are specifically mine and cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s so I have decided that, despite how risky this is, I need to share my love of monogrammed items with all of you. I have found Converse shoes, iPhone cases, virtually indestructible “Roadie” cups, and rain boots that can be monogrammed to your liking. (By the way, Vineyard Vines also has phone cases that make me happier than a five-year-old in Disney World.) If monogrammed things aren’t for you, that’s fine too. I discovered some classy knit bow ties to keep you/your guy’s preppy neck warm for the fall and winter and some tacky shorts to watch the London Olympics in. Enjoy!

Send in pictures of your favorite monogrammed item to the Twines & Vines Twitter page and you may be featured on our Instagram!

<3 Stay Preppy


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Don’t shoot the Goat Man

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man spotted dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats in the mountains of northern Utah has been identified as a hunter preparing for a Canadian archery season.

After a hiker spotted the so-called goat man on July 15 in the mountains above Ogden, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, wildlife officials said they wanted to talk to the person to be certain he was aware of the dangers as hunting season approaches.

They speculated he might have been an extreme wildlife enthusiast who just wanted to get as close as possible to the goats. A few days after the spotting, state wildlife authorities received an anonymous call from an “agitated man” who simply said, “Leave goat man alone. He’s done nothing wrong.”

This week, however, the mystery was solved.

Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said he received a call Monday from a 57-year-old Southern California hunter who explained he was merely trying out his goat suit in preparation for a mountain goat hunt in Canada next year.

What does this have to do with prep life or prep schools? Nothing at all, except that it made me think of this scene from “Dinner for Schmucks” with Middlesex School grad Steve Carell.

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4th of July Apparel

Independence Day, also know as the 4th of July is only 5 days away. Hopefully, you already have your most American apparel ready but in case you don’t, the staff at Twines & Vines wanted to put together a patriotic apparel guide. You don’t want to end up like the Boss, who a few years ago wore a Ferrari shirt on the 4th, which unbeknownst to him had a tiny Italian flag on the neck. People were not too happy with that move, Boss.






East Coast Lacrosse USA Shooting Shirt – $39.99 – Buy

This one is for the laxrats who love lacrosse just as much as they love America. This shooting shirt from East Coast Lacrosse will keep you cool on and off the field. String up your head with with some Stars n’ Bars Marc Mesh (totally worth the buy) and your ready for some lax. All you need now is W. cheering you on from the sidelines!

Brash Brothers DRINK ‘MERICAN- $25 – Buy
Brash Brothers AMERICAN ALL-OVER – $25 – Buy

Brobible’s new apparel site: Brash Brothers, has come out strong with these two patriotic tanks. Perfect for wearing to the beach during the day, these scream “My Country ‘Tis of Thee Sweet Land of Lets Kill Some Dirty Terrorists.” These are must buy if you find the sleeve monster visiting you often, or if you just love America and having a good time.

Chubbies ‘Merica -$59.50 – Buy

Although these aren’t being shipped till July 25th since the 4th of July stock is already sold out, these American flags shorts from Chubbies are a must for anyone with even an inch of Patriotism.  If you can quote Die Hard, you have no reason not to buy these bad boys.  Wear them around during the end of July and into August to support team USA in the 2012 Olympics!

Be sure to pick up your America Pride Clothing today, or go back to the Middle East!

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The Adventures of trueprep Start Now


Hey everyone! My name is Sarah and this is my first post as the newest T&V girl editor. I’ll be taking you all along with me on my summer adventures on the Cape, in the Hamptons, and anywhere else life takes me. I’m a preppy kid from the north *gasp* who loves Lilly, lacrosse, sailing, and boys in bow ties. I can’t wait to share my music, tastes, and lifestyle with you!

♥ Stay Preppy


I realize that there is a new Preppy Handbook called “True Prep” but that is purely incidental and I did not realize that was the name of the sequel until I had already adopted the name but feel free to check it out anyway.

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Would you order this $1,000 pizza?

From Yahoo! News:

There are gourmet pizzas. Then there are $450 pizzas. And now there’s a $1,000 pizza.

The Bellisima Pizza from Nino’s Restaurant in New York City features fancy toppings and a fancy price tag to match–order one of these pizzas and you’ll find your bank account $1,000 lighter. Why so much dough for the pizza? Is it baked by the ghost of Elvis?

Alas, no. Simply put, the pizza has some pretty pricey ingredients. The chief topping is six different kinds of caviar, which, according to the restaurant, runs around $820. So that leaves about $180 for the dough, sauce, and other toppings, including Maine lobster. Not to mention labor cost and possible profit.

The question isn’t really whether or not you would order a $1,000 pizza. The question is would you ever eat anything served by a guy who looks this creepy? Total creepshow.


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