Did you hear about the big party at Melly this weekend? If you missed out here’s Janie to dish on all the details!
I HEART MINNEAPOLIS
Hi. I have been allllllllll over the place and have not been blogging enough, shame on me! I did tweet about my latest adventure in MINNEAPOLIS, are you all following?!??!
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When I get a call (on the hot pink lilly phone) that I am NEEDED at an all day party to celebrate Protective Prints, the first word out of my mouth is YES then, WHERE. Minneapolis. Hmm. Slight pause.
I gotta tell you…we have had e-n-u-o-g-h snow this winter. Case in point? I asked the entire company what they wanted to see in SPRING 2011 prints and the answers were VERY CLEAR: penguins + polar bears OR…and this is funny, to recreate the STREAKER PRINT. So we have snow and…naked people on our minds. The snowy winter has clearly gone to our pink heads.
Back to Minneapolis…..
-THE most delightful store called Melly with the most engaging, gracious and chic owners
-Travel with my friend Jen at Lilly who is AWESOME and pulled together
-Spread the word on Protective Prints.
-Spend the day painting.
-Get lots of press.
Ok so the scales are tipped… I am packing my bags.
So let’s touch on the bag situation. I TOLD Jen that I only pack carry on. We were gone for 1 night. I brought a sandpiper, a shere, alternative outfit of tiger poncho and pants. Shere wrap. Prada heels. ONE PAIR OF EARRINGS (for me packing extremely light). Exercise clothes (including running shoes!). A million magazines. This was carry on people. JEN HAD TO CHECK HER BAG! I am clearly going to have to help her on the packing skills. She is forgiven because she is so fun to be with.
Arrive. Picked-up by Mary, one of two owners of Melly. SO HOSPITABLE to welcome us at the airport. The biggest surprise. A HEAT WAVE has hit Minneapolis! HOORAY! It was 50ish. It has been sooo cold in FLA/everywhere this winter, I think I may have been better off in MN!
Check into a lovely Westin, visit the store. Play with the clothes, make everything gorgeous, go back to hotel, order room service (grilled chicken salad) and order NINE on pay per view. I was dying to see this movie but it was a bit slow. I was o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with the 1965 Italian starlet…HAIR. Did you see Penelope Cruz’s hair?!??! Or KATE HIDSON. TDF. The hair was the highlight of the movie.
Up early, went running at the gym and then…EVENT TIME! The day was planned for 10am-4pm and I have to be honest, I was worried about painting that long. I got my watercolors all set-up (if you spent $500 you got an original painting by yours truly OR could choose from some of the print teams’ work I brought with me). Painted. People started arriving early! It was a BLAST. Lost of people. Lots of shopping. Lots of painting. Lots of treats.
What struck me most…how INCREDIBLY nice everyone was. I mean, of course right? I know, I know, it’s Lilly and a party I HOPE everyone would be nice…but it was more than that. The Minneapolis folks are just basically NICE, and KIND, and welcoming. Their warmth COMPLETELY makes-up for the 800 feet of snow outside.
The shopping was ruled by spring break. EEEEEveryone was getting away. Lots of people going to Naples, FL and a bunch going to Hawaii! What fun! The Spring Lilly Pulitzer collection filled every need. It was SO FUN to shop with them to fill their suitcases. AND, these smart “cold-blooded” people…almost every single purchase included a murfee scarf. These people are kind AND… incredibly smart
SO, a huge, huge, huge, thanks to everyone who came, to my lovely hosts Karin and Mary (their husbands, kids and the cutest sales girls going!). I cannot wait to visit MN again. I hear it’s GORGEOUS in the summer, wink wink.
MORE ADVENTURES to come this week. Headed to NYC for the LeSportsac launch on Thursday! Will tweet and blog. Promise.
OH WAIT, more on me and Melly! Here’s some of the great press from the event: