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Preppiest Couple West of the Mississippi

Hi all! Based on my incessant habit of Instagramming (we can make it a verb, right?) this week, some of you may have picked up that my senior year Winter Formal took place last Friday, February 1st.  I guest posted for Grace from the blog Preppy on the West Coast this week and talked about everything from asking my date, to finding a location, to what everyone wore.  Click over to her blog to read all about it!

Everyone knows that the best part of a school dance is taking pictures with your date and getting to post them everywhere, so I’m taking full advantage of that.  We hired a photographer and took pictures at Balboa Yacht Club, looking over Newport Harbor. These are the results:

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 We’ll pretend that the boutonniere didn’t poke him…

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On him: shirt, Vineyard Vines | bow tie, Vineyard Vines

On her: dress, Lilly Pulitzer | belt, Another Line |shoes, Steve Madden

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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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Power vs. Sail: The Great Debate

Having grown up on a harbor bordered by yacht clubs on every side, the rivalry between powerboats and sailboats has always been unavoidable.  Most clubs even host annual “Power vs. Sail” tug-of-war tournaments on their Opening Days.  On one hand, sailors consider themselves to be more “skilled” boaters; easily justifiable since sailing is more about the act of boating itself, with rigging and hoisting being the most important actions.  Whereas, power boating is more focused on arriving at a destination.

Personally, after a few childhood years spent in summer sailing camp, I much prefer power boating.  Coming from a family with a love for waterskiing and fishing, a sailboat seems to be an impractical choice.  However, I could not have more respect for the sailing culture—knot tying, tacking upwind, making sure the boom doesn’t knock anyone out…

Whether it’s an FJ or a catch, a picnic boat or a sport fisher, everyone has their own preference.  Which side do you identify with?

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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!

XO

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Helping the Not-So-Preppy Prepsters

It has come to my attention that there are quite a few prep school goers who have yet to master the prep school look. Out of their uniforms they are not up to snuff and to be frank, it upsets me. Either they are some serious GDIs or they just don’t get it but either way there is no need to fear, trueprep is here! (It sounded better in my head…) I was randomly on Washingtonian.com and I happened upon this lovely article highlighting everything you need to pretend like you had some basic knowledge of how to look the part of a prepster. Share it with your friends… or those poor souls you take pity on with your glowing presence.

<3 Stay Preppy

 

Your Cheat Sheet to Preppy Style

Let two of the most preptastic bloggers we know lead the way to yacht-club fabulousness. By Sarah Zlotnick

All photographs by Katie Warren.

When it comes to fashion, Washington has a serious case of split personality disorder. From the flannel-wearing hipsters in Columbia Heights to the slick suits on K Street, each neighborhood has its own look. And where would we be if we didn’t mention the pastel-wearing prepsters of Georgetown? With this style, there’s a fine line between fabulous and costumey—and no one walks it as impeccably as law students/platonic lifemates Lauren Wynns and Van Bloys, the duo behind the fashion and lifestyle blogNecessary & Proper. Read on for their ace tips for mastering the aesthetic without looking like a popped-collar tool.

 

Top five wardrobe essentials:

For women: colored pants (denim or tailored silk), trench coat, a silk blouse (bonus points for one with an unusual neckline or pattern), an equestrian-inspired blazer, and a colorful shift dress.

For men: A navy blazer, Cordovan lace-ups, gray flannel trousers, an oxford shirt, and a cashmere V-neck sweater.

Accessories no prepster should be without:

Women: large sunglasses, a piece of family jewelry, and a dog (any kind of retriever or hunting dog will do).

Men: A sterling silver monogrammed belt buckle, a good pair of polarized sunglasses, and a fabulous watch.

Three pairs of shoes every prepster should own:

Men: Tod’s driving moccasins, L.L. Bean Bean boots, and Cordovan tassel loafers.

Women: A nude pump or wedge, smoking slippers, and riding boots.

Style rules you should never break:

No socks with loafers.

Wear color. Everyone looks better with at least a little splash.

Style rules you should definitely break:

Minimalism. Have some fun—layer shirts, sweaters, jackets, and jewelry. You can keep a classic vibe going without going totally bare bones.

Nobody needs to look like they’re living in a J.Crew catalog all the time. Shake it up! Dress down!

Outfits that will never go out of style:

For women: A shift dress, pumps, and a cardigan; a bikini, an oxford, a straw hat, and thong flip-flops; and white jeans and vibrant tunics.

For men: Oxford shirts and cashmere cable knits; navy suits and repp ties; and Vilebrequin swim trunks and colorful Lacoste polos.

How to translate preppy style to the workplace:

The key is to not go overboard. Don’t wear a patterned sock with tassel loafers, suspenders, a bow tie, horn-rimmed glasses, and a pocket square. You’re not an extra on Gossip Girl. Pick one or two fun accessories and stick to that.

Skills every prepster should master:

Social grace. Write thank-you notes, buy hostess gifts, be cordial to everyone, and stay classy in the presence of those who are not. Bad manners and cattiness are so unbecoming.

Tying a bow tie. It’s like riding a bicycle. You’d never imagine how many men came into Ralph Lauren [Van used to work at the Georgetown store] on the night of a big event in a tux with an untied bow tie and asked a salesperson to tie it for them.

Grooming products to pick up:

For men: unscented Dove soap, Marvis toothpaste, and Kiehl’s Silk Groom.

For women: An Aveda paddle brush, Fresh brown sugar scrub, and L’Oréal Voluminous mascara.

Monograms—do or don’t?

Do.

Lilly Pulitzer—do or don’t?

Do. Balance it with non-Lilly accessories.

Popped collars—do or don’t?

Depends. This really got overplayed a few years ago. It’s practical if you’re playing tennis or out on the boat—nobody likes a sunburned neck. But if you’re just doing it for show, it can look a little contrived.

Blogs to read:

Put This Onthe Tradthe Love ListAn Affordable WardrobeOff the Cuff DC, andPretty Polished [a shopping blog Lauren runs with a friend].

Up-and-coming prepster brands you should be wearing:

Kiel James Patrick—whimsical, handmade accessories out of Rhode Island.

Sasha Lickle Designs—Floridian-style jewelry inspired by sea life and the beach.

Pierrepont Hicks
—An American brand with beautiful ties and bow ties.

Smathers & Branson—A Bethesda-based needlepoint belt company. You can even get a “life belt” custom made to match your personal interests.

Hugh and Crye—This Georgetown-based shirtmaker has slim cuts and great patterns. And we love our native DC designers!

The best hangouts in DC:

The bar at the Cosmos Club in Dupont. The building itself is incomparably beautiful. It has a very clubby, old-Washington feel. I love how you have to write up the tab yourself with a golf pencil.

Jetties, the sandwich shop in Foxhall. The sandwiches are the best in the city. I love the fresh carved turkey with either cranberry sauce or avocado spread and whole-grain mustard.

Other Georgetown/Glover Park favorites: Surfside and Town Hall.

The best vacation spots:

Palm Beach, Florida. It’s a winter spot that draws plenty of preppy East Coasters. It’s truly a paradise—beautiful weather, pristine beaches, palm trees. Everyone wears pastels 100 percent of the time.

Northern Michigan: The opposite of Palm Beach—everyone looks casual and laid-back. Think bathing suits, oversize polos, worn-in beach bags, colorful towels, and Patagonias.

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Always Polarizing

Utilizing the latest and most innovative lens technology, Yachtsea’s 8-base curvature lenses block yellow light to enhance vision, deepen colors, and sharpen contrast to an astonishing degree.  All of Scottie Hampton’s laser sculpted lenses include highly effective polarization which are specifically designed to eliminate glare therefore allowing superior visual clarity, definition, color transmission, and optical comfort.  Scottie Hampton lenses also incorporate anti-reflective coatings to improve visual acuity and reduce eye fatigue. Yachtsea’s injection-molded Grilamid nylon frame offers lightweight wear and high impact resistance for remarkable durability.  Each and every pair has been precisely crafted to deliver all day comfort whether you are flying, boating, driving or skiing.

Our newest advertiser Scottie Hampton makes some kick-ass shades. I’ve been a fan of Ray Ban Wayfarers for the longest time and thought they were the best shades around, but after trying out the Yachtsea, my eyes will never be the same. I kid you not, these are the best polarized lenses I’ve ever used. Usually Oakley is known for good lenses, but everyone knows Oakley frames are for hardos. The thing I like about Scottie Hampton is that their frames are both preppy and sporty. Based out of Palm BeachScottie Hampton offers the perfect shades for any prep school yachter.

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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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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

BY THE WAY

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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PPW Determination Tank + Discount Code

Prove People Wrong started off as a phrase. However, it has turned into something much more in the last year or so. To learn about their relaunch from a few months ago or how they got started, click here.

Look and feel great in this PPW tank top.  Emanating the quiet confidence that you have in your pursuit of success, this tank is ideal for everyday use and as a reminder of your determination to Prove People Wrong.

This tank runs for $17.99, but make sure to use this code for a discount at your checkout: jdbow34

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Prep Video of the Week

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(Warning: Profanity)

Here’s a new series of posts dedicated to brightening up your week. Need something besides facebook and twitter to procrastinate and avoid writing your research papers? Watch these videos!

This cover really reminds me of Wedding Crashers for some reason. 

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