• Second Time Around

    Store Profiles  

    by Moses Y. Bension

    When you were in prep school you probably wore a Barbour or Bean sweater that wasn’t exactly new when you got it, especially if you were the youngest brother or sister in your family to attend said school (unless you had a university named after your great-great-great-great-grandfather). We’ve always borrowed (or stolen) clothes out of each others’ closets, so it’s about time there was an upscale thrift shop consignment shop that facilitated the tradition of that exchange.

    Second Time Around is that consignment shop. Since 1973, it has expanded from its little shop on Newbury Street in Boston to over 40 boutiques. It’s now known up and down the East Coast as the place to shop great second hand. Check out the women's "preppy" section at their Madison Avenue boutique. Brooks Brothers fleece blazers that still have the tags on them sit next to J. Crew cashmere sweaters in just as new condition...all for less than half of retail. How else are you going to get a hold of vintage Hermès? After all, new money is a concept that is relatively…well…new.

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    Laure left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 5:09 PM:

    You have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/


    Kathryn left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 12:23 PM:

    Thanks for sharing!  My special hand-me-downs define my style so much that I started a blog about them.  This sounds like a store I would love, and I’ll plan to visit when I’m in New York in a few weeks.


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  • The Preppy Cookbook

    Music & Books  

    If you're anything like me, you don't cook...often. Or, not really at all. Cooking for one in New York, it's an uphill battle! With arguably the best restaurants in the country and whatever your little stomach can desire available at the click of a mouse (disclosing Seamless and Grub Hub addiction here), cooking is a rare feat. But I like to think that if I did, I'd have some good material to pull from.

    The latest addition to my kitchen bookshelf is Christine E. Nunn's The Preppy Cookbook. As a talented chef at Picnic, her restaurant in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Nunn shares a raft of seriously good recipes. Like The Official Preppy Handbook's Lisa Birnbach, Nunn also grew up in the wonderful world of prep. And like Lisa, she writes about that world with deep knowledge and humor.

    The cookbook is organized by stations of the Preppy Life Cycle: The Formative Years (a highlight is the Thick-as-London-Fog Pea Soup...cook once and feeds for a week), Summer and the Living is Easy (bring on the lobster rolls!), Brunch is a verb (hello Hangover Hash Browns), Luncheons and Showers, and lastly, Home for the Holidays (Nunn's Butternut Squash Lasagna reads as delectable as it probably tastes). Pick up a copy for yourself, host a cocktail party (on a Saturday night, of course), and your closest friends will never be the wiser that you "don't cook" often.

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    George left a comment on 11/9/2013 at 6:21 PM:

    I have reservations that this is an attempt to capitalize on the word, “Preppy” in the title, surrounded by the cover colors. Anything for a buck. Next: The Preppy Guide to Labrador Grooming? From there, it’s over…like the “Dummies,” “Chicken Soup,” and any number of other so-called series or collections. I’ll reserve judgment of the thing until I actually read it, of course, but that’s what it feels like now. What’s that? Well, of course I’m going to buy it!


    PSP left a comment on 10/2/2013 at 6:59 PM:

    Triscuits, bloodys, toast points and the like.


    C.L.Y. left a comment on 10/2/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    “Preppy” food? What is that? I did not know such a thing ever existed!


    PSP left a comment on 10/1/2013 at 8:37 PM:

    A guy cook in NYC, other than grilling on roof, I think not.


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  • Blurred Lines

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    Noteworthy: chevron striped dress, smile.

    Aug 26, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 12:01 PM:

    @Clara—”...fashion photographer F.E. Castleberry has unwittingly become a pundit of the preppy aesthetic.” It’s right there at the beginning…f-a-s-h-i-o-n p-h-o-t-o-g-r-a-p-h-e-r.


    Clara left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 11:38 AM:

    How do you earn a living, exactly? ‘Preppy pundit’ doesn’t sound like a job.


    Emily left a comment on 9/21/2013 at 12:44 PM:

    what a great shot. I think the dress is from The Limited.


    Steve left a comment on 9/17/2013 at 9:38 AM:

    absolutely stunning


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 12:44 AM:

    “Hey Hey Hey”


    Lauren left a comment on 9/15/2013 at 11:08 AM:

    Love this chevron dress! Great look!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/


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  • 29th Annual Harriman Cup

    Top Drawer | Culture | Sports  

    Those who go, know. The Harriman Cup is all about the tailgate. More importantly, how you tailgate. Awards for this stuff are handed out you know (along with Best Outfit, Best Dog, Best Hat, and a few awards for actual sporting achievement). Maximillian Sinsteden knows this. In fact, he's banking on this (he was snubbed last year but still walked away with Best Outfit). Max arrives with a U-Haul carrying his beloved beat-to-hell Oriental party rug, ten box hedges he rented from a company in New York, five crates of liquor, two bartenders, and an open bar.

    Now it's a party.

    Adam Klopp of UVA picks his poison

    Swirl striped paper straws, wicker beer pitchers, and mason jars with your initials written in wax pencil were only a few of the details that made The Party Carpet Tailgate so fun

    Otis, the German Short-Haired Pointer who took Best Dog, with his owner

    Max being sprayed with Champagne at the announcement for Best Tailgate

    After blowing out his entire backside before halftime, Adam Klopp taped what he could together and kept riding

    The annual polo match between Yale and University of Virginia alumni is a bittersweet reminder summer is on its way out. Most everyone is four or five in by the divot stomp just to cope with oncoming summer separation anxiety. You don't have to be an alum to enjoy the festivities though. Harriman has always seemed to embrace "the more the merrier" ethos—just come in your Sunday best. This, of course, means not a single thread of madras, seersucker, or linen is left on a hanger within a 100 mile radius. If you're a lady, points for donning a hat. Sponsors, including JP Crickets, my friend Karen Klopp's What2WearWhere.com, Harpoon Brewery, and Frava (caffeinated juice...brilliant when you think about it), line the safety zone alongside games of ladder toss, croquet, and a grip of tailgates.

    Three hours later, Max humbly accepts the award for Best Tailgate...while being doused in Champagne.

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    Ize left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 4:00 PM:

    UVA!


    Tyrone left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 10:38 AM:

    Those pants are from vineyard vines


    J left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 7:37 PM:

    Any idea who made the geometric colored pants?


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:24 PM:

    @Bradford—Unfortunately I do not know who makes that white oxford.

    @Cam—Best Outfit went to a young man named Dean.


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    Fred, do you know who makes that oxford? Been looking for it for a while. Thanks


    scaleworm left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 1:29 PM:

    Horses.
    Polo.
    Summer.
    Drinks.
    Sun.
    What is not to love?


    cam left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 10:41 AM:

    fun event…who won best outfit?


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  • Tight Croquet

    Top Drawer | Dress Code  

    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    Noteworthy: silk head scarf (on her), the gentleman's look is absolutely perfect.

    Aug 21, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    Leith left a comment on 9/13/2013 at 11:53 AM:

    I absolutely love her look!  Classic yet fun :)
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    Steve left a comment on 9/12/2013 at 1:45 AM:

    Loving the Hermes scarf. Crocket and Jones on the gentleman? They both look stunning!


    Alicia left a comment on 9/12/2013 at 1:43 AM:

    @Lauren the scarf is by Hermes and @chapeau the sunglasses are definitely Persol


    Lauren left a comment on 9/11/2013 at 9:03 PM:

    Love the head scarf!

    Lauren,
    http://atouchofsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/


    emjkmj left a comment on 9/11/2013 at 7:47 PM:

    @Chapeau, he is wearing Persol sunglasses.


    chapeau left a comment on 9/11/2013 at 6:47 PM:

    What glasses is the gentleman wearing? Also, the jacket? Perfect look. The young lady also looks stunning.


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