by Marisa Marcantonio

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Preppy redux: Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd take a tongue in cheek look at the evolution of preppy style and social mores in True Prep.

Neo prep, as I like to call it, combines vibrant color and pattern, tinged with a 7o's vibe. Today's brands are combining what they loved from the Preppy Handbook's heyday and putting their own spin on it.

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Fore! Monkey Golf Balls from Iomoi will keep you smiling when your shots end up in the rough.

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California girl Trina Turk worked with two other Cali girls over at Alice Supply Co. on a Ping Pong Set. The colors are divine.

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Change out your ho hum bed linens for summer. This boldly printed DwellStudio for Target Tulips Comforter Set is just the thing. The pattern is old Palm Beach and the price is right.

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Get in the game with a customized backgammon set from Preppy Cards.

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Is that my gin and tonic or yours? Make identifying your libation easy with these new monogram stirrers from Preppy Cards.

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Get a dose of color with a new version of old school enamel- the Zirconite Multi Colored Stretch Bracelet from Target resembles Jean Schlumberger.

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Herringbone frames from Two's Company are geometric prep.

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The zig zag pattern makes its way from the sofa to the skirt-- J. McLaughlin has this highly wearable Austin Print canvas skirt inspired by interiors.

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Carry stuff in style with Jonathan Adler's Blue Arcade Dutchess Tote in chic coated canvas. It is not just a rainy day bag, it is an every day bag.

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Tassels are a prep staple- from curtain tie backs to keychains and loafers, they are pretty much a staple. Stubbs and Wooton does an embroidered tassel that looks like the real thing. You never have to worry about them falling off.

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Love this. Whales and Nantucket go hand in hand. If you can't get to the cobblestoned streets of the Gray Lady, get nautical prep with these adorable hand - screened silk whale pillows by Lourdes Sanchez for West Elm.


by Marisa Marcantonio

The Preppy Handbook may be out of print, but you can still live by its monogram mantra.


The Jane Basket Queen Bee Studio means you can hit the beach and town in style over the weekend.

Then there is the Beach Basket, also from Queen Bee Studio, that will hold a towel and flops.

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The Half Moon Basket (Queen Bee Studio) is good for going from pool to party.

Morgan and Company
A Monogrammed Shell Necklace by Morgan and Company is cheap, cheerful and adorable for bridesmaids.

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16 ounce party cups are a summer monogram must have, order yours at So Luxe.

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Paper placemats are stress free for everyday meals. Dabney Lee has tons of fresh designs and monogram options to choose from. They come in a set of 25.


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Okay, so I have a thing for trays. What could be cuter than this for a summer visit to an old friend with a young family? This custom Double Elephants Tray from Iomoi is handmade of Lucite and the trunk is up, so there will be good luck involved.

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Rainy day project, incoming! Record your classic gazpacho and rhubarb pie recipes for generations in this adorable Red Tile Lucite Recipe Box from Jack and Lulu. There is no reason to have an old ugly one around that is splattered with tomato sauce, are you ready to upgrade?

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Car Couture monogram floor mats make a great uber- preppy gift, perhaps for Dad's set of wheels? From GG Bailey.


by Marisa Marcantonio

Oh tannenbaum! Tis the season to send something wonderful through the mail to those you care about. We all need Season's Greetings this year. So, here are some suggestions of what to send during the most wonderful time of the year!


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When image is all-important, send out the best of the best. That means a card by Bernard Maisner. At $34 a pop, you might be eating Saltines for every meal, but at least you sent the warmest of wishes to your near and dear.

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This stunning letterpress damask patterned card is an elegant way to send a greeting. For the interior designers that love a good pattern, check out Elum Designs

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Perhaps you are more of minimalist? Then the letterpress Birch is for you, from Elum Designs

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The block print is homey and warm, how about Trees at Night for the nature lover from Linda and Harriet?

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If you watched The Magic Garden on PBS as a child of the 70's and you are into growing and eating locally, this could be just the card. Letterpress on recycled paper from Egg Press. Greenie alert: printed on recycled paper.

Who can resist a gnome? Seriously, no one. The gnomes come out in force to send holiday greetings, also from Egg Press.

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Santa Claus is coming to town, courtesy of Vera Wang for William Arthur.

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Not too many new houses being built in this wacky economic downtown....pretend you did not put your ground up construction or renovation on hold and that your front door looks like this one. From William Arthur.

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For the traditionalist, a Poinsetta is a must. Classic and beautiful ye old motifs are plentiful in the Jonathan Wright Collection from LA.

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Time to send the cake to someone else...the best part of this card is what it says inside:“holiday wishes to you and your nutty family”, from Kate Spade for Crane.


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Rudolf never looked so good. Watercolor printed die-cut cards from Sarah LeClare are so detailed they are a gift to receive.

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For a bit of boho chic the turquoise and white swirly pattern is for you. Inventive photo cards that are not so trad are harder to find, so I really like this from Dabney Lee

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Who can resist Greek Key in red and white? Also from Dabney Lee.

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If you have little one's that want to get in on the holiday card festiveness, this is a good option for them to send. From Felix Doolittle.

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If you want to go global and just returned from India, send out this fun card from a favorite of mine, Iomoi.


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I had to show these wine bottle tags from Boatman Geller. They make the gift of wine even better when it bears a greeting.

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A gift for colleagues and friends will look extra thoughtful with a sweet label on it. Felix Doolittle creates tags, cards and other goodies with charming watercolors.

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Perfect for the kid's gifts, this sticker will make every teacher smile. From Felix Doolittle.

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This tag is easy to fill in, good for those short on time! From Felix Doolittle.

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Love the graphic pattern and script. Large sticker labels from Iomoi make a brown box from the post office look cheery.

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Use them or buy them for others, these elegant letterpress tags with brightly colored motifs from Sesame Letterpress are gorgeous.

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More to inspire...


I saw this way back when at the gift show and could not wait to write about it! This adorable wrap brings personalization to a whole new level, get yours from Fine Stationery.

Love the circle monogram, preppy will never die!