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In the Guest House with Jane and Liz of Shopafrolic

Posted on March 30, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Our house guests are hosting us next Tuesday, 9pm ET, for a Twitter Party – look for more details about it on Friday!

You know when you have friends that you adore but have a tiny, tiny (in a Lilly way not a stalker way) bit of jealousy for them? I mean, they just dress cool and they’re funny – everyone wants to be around them and hear what their take is on everything. Well, two prime examples of this for moi are my friends Jane Wagman and Liz Lange. They have effortless style, they are HILARIOUS…and they always make me feel like I am running with the cool crowd. Jane taught me the magic of spray tans and an excessive worship of costume jewelry. Liz gives golden advice and introduced me to her TDF friend Jonathan Adler. These girls run in the fast lane and they take Lilly along with them. We are SOOOO excited to do anything with them…ever. SO, it is a natural DUH that we would want them housed permanently in our GUEST HOUSE. Welcome girls – share your chic wisdom! xx  – Janie

Give us the lowdown – what is Shopafrolic and why will our readers absolutely adore you?
Liz & Jane: Shopafrolic is a site/newsletter dedicated exclusively to fashion and shopping. I started it in partnership with my chic sister.  First I wanted to help women look fab when they were pregnant and now I just want to help them look fab ALL the time!  So if you sign up at shopafrolic.com you get daily shopping advice from us! Every day we email you 3 items that we can’t live without (a fashion item, an accessory and a beauty item).  We tell you why we like it/how to wear it and we link you to the website where you can buy it.  We don’t always post things we both like and we will always tell you why. On Thursdays we have famous guest editors do the picking; everyone from Tory Burch to Nina Garcia!

Earmuffs, Jane. Liz- what is it really like working with your sister??
Liz: Working with my sister is truly a dream come true (Jane – you can take off the earmuffs!) I actually asked her to be my partner back in the day when I started Liz Lange Maternity. She is the ONLY person whose taste I trust, the only person I can go shopping with… and she’s my best friend. As a matter of fact, we just got back from a trip to Paris together, one of the best shopping cities in the world!

What inspires your style? Any inspiration on your latest trip to Paris?
Liz: I would describe my style as being very upper east side chic (if I do say so myself!). Though I love to wear mini lengths and sky high heels, the silhouettes I choose to make my uniform are fairly classic: shift dresses, A-line skirts, slim pants, simple sweaters, fun blouses, trench coats, cardigans and pea jackets. No chunky platforms for me! That said, I do LOVE color (that’s what draws me to Lilly!!)

Jane: Liz is so consistent in her style while I can go a bunch of different ways – sometimes I like to be upper east side chic as well but I will usually throw in something unexpected like pink pumps or a huge vintage red lacquer cuff or a colored fur coat. I always like to look a tiny bit like I just escaped from the insane asylum. To me, like decorating, fashion is super fun and if you are not experimenting and taking risks, there’s no point! I’m sure I make fashion mistakes (or maybe not) but I don’t care!  And Paris was amazing. There were so many little boutiques of lesser known names. Liz and I wandered into an amazing shoe store called Minelli where every pair of shoes were under $100 and so uber chic. We both walked out with bugling shopping bags.

Surely your mom introduced you to Lilly at a young age – what’s your earliest memory of Lilly Pulitzer?
Liz: One of our mom’s favorite vacation destinations is Palm Beach (today we love taking our children there too) and when I think of mom back then, it is in a Lilly dress and Jack Roger “Navajos.”  She loves classic American brands.

Jane: Our mother always made us dress up. When I look at pictures of Liz and I as children on sunny family vacations, we were always matching; Lilly or Florence Eismann dresses with white cardigans and mary janes.

Do you don Lilly now? When/where do you tend to wear your Lilly?
Liz: I am in awe of Lilly these days! I have some vintage Lilly; particularly an original blouse in a kelly green print which I pair back to white jeans as well as more current Lilly dresses than I care to admit to! For warmth in Paris I took two Lilly cashmere ruffle wraps with me, one black and one red.  These days, Lilly is a family affair as I have been buying it for my 10 year old daughter since she was a baby!

Jane: I live very near the Lilly store on Madison Avenue. I am always stopping dead in my tracks to admire the new items in the window (and inside). I love how Janie and the entire Lilly team have maintained the integrity of the original Lilly sensibility while making it modern. It is so wearable for every age from infant to grandma. I don’t know any other brand that can say that. You always hear “mommy and me” but “Grammy and me”!?! I wear a ton of Lilly in the summer-my absolute favorite shorts are Lilly. I can’t get enough of the cute patterns- I love it all!

Any parting last words for our Lilly Lovers?
Jane & Liz: Even if for some crazy reason you are not a print/pattern type of girl and an iconic Lilly print is not for you, (how can that be???) today Lilly has gone beyond their signature prints. You can find the best shapes in fun solid colors and even in black. And I love the accessories, particularly the adorable flats and sandals and the great bags from clutches to totes.

You can find Jane & Liz shopafrolic-ing online, on Facebook and on Twitter.

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