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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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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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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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Life’s a Party, Dress like it!

When she opened her Juice stand in Palm Beach in the 1950’s, Lilly Pulitzer had no idea how far a juice stained shift dress would take her in life. Born into a high class New York City family, Lilly attended Miss Porters School with her close friend and future first lady, Jackie Kennedy. She graduated in 1949, and after a year in college, she eloped with the grandson of the well to do publisher Joseph Pulitzer.

After the couple married they moved to West Palm Beach where her husband, Peter Pulitzer, opened a number of Orange Groves. It was on these groves that Lilly opened her infamous juice stand. To her dismay, Lilly found that making the juice left colorful stains all over her clothing. In attempt to cover up the mess, she decided to make brightly colored cotton shift dresses just as any innovative preppy women would.

Soon, her costumers began to want the dresses, more than they wanted the juice. Lilly ended her tenure in the juice industry and focused on her budding fashion career.

The story goes that once her friend, Jackie Kennedy, was seen on vacation wearing one of the vibrant print shifts women couldn’t get enough of them. By 1959 Lilly was the owner of her very own company, outfitting preppy elites such as the Kennedy’s, Vanderbilt’s, and the Rockefeller’s.

Despite the fact that the company has been bought, Lilly is still involved in every aspect of the company. Her legacy of fashion lives on through the vibrant prints which will always be a preppy stable for any girl. You know you’ve made it big when your company is mentioned in ‘ The Official Preppy Handbook’ as being a must have for preppy women.


In honor of Lilly Pulitzer‘s birthday today, embrace some colorful summer prints, despite the chilly weather.

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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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4th of July Video Montage

From ACK & MV to the Hamptons to Myrtle Beach, here are some of the T&V staff’s favorite videos. Have a safe and fun 4th.

(Warning: Some videos contain profanity).

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No better beach gathering than Nobadeer.

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Wish my pool parties were that cool.

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Gotta love the lead actors in the most American movie of the century being Aussies.

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Love the mayor’s coat.

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Kenny f*ckin’ Powers.

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The hub.

Send us your 4th of July photos and stories! Rep the prep!

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