Saturday, December 20, 2014

Camera-Ready In A Tree Skirt

Good evening, dear friends.  It has been a whirlwind of yuletide excitement for the past couple of days.

Allow me to start from the very beginning.  My buddy, Dude, has an old college friend who is a producer at NBC.  She sent a copy of the infamous tree skirt/scape posts to her.  If you haven't read any of the posts on Dude's scapes you can find them here, here, and here.

In a matter of a few days, we were contacted by a lovely producer from the Meredith Vieira Show.  She informed us that the show was interested in doing a segment highlighting the versatility of the almighty tree skirt. The producer told us that they would be taping the show on December 19th.  She offered us VIP tickets and  asked that we come in our finest tree skirts.  


So, Thursday afternoon, I hopped in my car and drove three hours to Connecticut to do a pre-show warm-up and wardrobe styling at Dude's house.  Note to self:  I really must talk to Meredith about getting me a private jet for my next appearance.

I arrived at Dude's just in time for a glass of wine and some serious scape styling.  I brought 3 tree skirts with me - 2 from my beloved Homegoods and one that I ordered online from Restoration Hardware.  Due to Dude's long standing career in the fashion industry, I had full confidence in her ability to make our tree skirts into the must-have accessory of the season.  Never mind the season -- how about the whole year!

Here is the behind-the-scenes coverage of our evening of wine and scapes.

I told Dude that the pompoms made me reminiscent of my cheerleading days.  She gently reminded me that I was never a cheerleader.  That's the thing about old friends... they remember everything.

Dude - very comfortable in her scape.

This is where I tell Dude that I can't believe we are actually going through with this...

BTW... when and if you watch the show on Tuesday, Dec. 23rd, Meredith chose this little number to wear (see above).  It looked better on her than it does on me.

Dude showing off...

This is what I learned from Thursday night.  Just because a woman of 5'8" can carry off a tree skirt does not mean that a woman of 5'2'' with a less-than-willowy frame will have the same high fashion impact.  
Note to self:  in my next life, I want to come back with long legs.  I don't even care if my arms are short, my feet are big, or I have ears like Prince Charles.  Just give me the long legs.  It's that simple.

I do admit, we did have few disagreements over our attire.  I'm not saying how she got there, but Dude and her stupid long legs ended up in the tree.  

After a few hours of  pulling, tucking, styling, and tying, we decided on our scapes of the day for our television debut.  We then went out to celebrate our hard work and met up with some of Dude's friends who are a wonderful group of ladies. 

We got home early so we would get a good night sleep and wake up in time to catch the 6:36AM train to stardom NYC. 

If I haven't bored you to death, tune in tomorrow for more about Dude and me with our new bff, Meredith.

As they say in the business...

Ciao Baby!

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. I cant wait to see it! you are so hysterically funny! hope you have a happy happy Christmas!


  2. My my you have been quite the busy little beaver!! I knew it was only a matter of time before tree skirt craze caught on. I am still trying to prepare my house for company on Christmas eve while fighting off a cold (I'm lucky DH has pneumonia & you would like he would call in sick...NOT)! When I get the energy I will email you all the details. I will look for you & Dude on Tuesday. Almost forgot ...latest celebrity sighting DH's business...none other than Bruce Willis!!! I need to camp out there! xoxo, Dawn

    1. OMG So sorry about DH bout with pneumonia! At least he is in the right biz to fight it! Email me soon. Have a great holiday!! And love to DD! xx

  3. Oh, this is just too cute and gives me an idea that I may need to have "tree skirt party" next year. How funny! I'll have to record the show and watch you and Dude. Always fun to stop by!

  4. Love it!! Can't wait to watch it. My DVR is set!!

  5. So watching and recording this one!!!

  6. WHEN or IF!!!??? I'll be glued to the TV with a glass if wine (celebrating the season of course)! This is beyond exciting!! BTW I think a good seamstress is really what you need. A nip here, a tuck there. Easier to come by that the touted legs.

    1. No question about it... I need a nip and a tuck and I'm not talking about my clothes!!! Have a wonderful holiday, sweet Denise. I look forward to many fun lunches with you in 2015.

  7. I can't wait!!! It just so happened that I bought some sparkling celebration liquids today. Why save them for New Year's when I can celebrate on Tuesday? I knew you were destined for stardom. Next you'll be part of a new Housewife franchise and can sell your own line of scapes. Congratulations! (Did they card you to see if you needed parental permission to appear on the show?)

  8. That's so much fun! I just looked up when the show airs around here. Can't wait!! Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas.

  9. While sitting in the audience, I hope that you and Dude did something a little crazy that warranted some camera time. I'll be looking for you two. I hope that you wore the white tree skirt with the pom-poms - my fav. I'll be watching!

    1. Paige... Meredith introduced us and asked us a couple of questions!! Unless we ended up on the cutting room floor, you'll see us!! Have a wonderful holiday, Paige.

  10. I will definitely be watching tomorrow as you and Dude make your celebrity debut! How much fun and how exciting!

  11. I cant believe this may become a fashion trend, I think you're daughter something. too funny

  12. Oh what fun it is to don a tree skirt for TV...a friend of ours was a contestant on Who wants to be a Millionaire years ago when Meredith was host...I feel like I already know her...can't wait to hear more.

  13. This is sooooo funny. You are a true fashion pioneer, I love it!! Too cute, eat your heart out Anna Wintour, make way for the next round of fashion mavens:) Love it..and OF COURSE will be watching!

  14. Katie, how fun of an event to be involved with Merediths show!!
    Some of the tree skirts look like gorgeous capes!!

    Tis the Sunday before Christmas

  15. OMG . . . this is BIG! My DVR is set. Hope you’ll still remember us 'little people' when you’re a a big TV star! Merry Christmas! ~ Juliet

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  17. Bravo Katie! Would it be the beginning of a new career? I have never used tree skirts, I think I have never seen any in a French home, but I regret it! Your post is so interesting. I will try to view this show tomorrow on internet.

  18. Holy cow!!! I'm so behind in my reading that I had NO idea you and Dude were on your way to stardom!! I can't wait to read part 2! I'm afraid I have missed the show but hope I can find a clip of your segment online! Seriously - well deserved recognition of your fabulousness!!!

  19. I am just catching up with all the fun here Miss Katie! This is a hysterical post! I looked all over for one of those faux fur tree skirts and to no avail. We DON'T have a Homegoods here in Chico-kills me. :( Off to read the next post!
    xx, Heather


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