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In the Guest House with Gordon Russell

Posted on April 29, 2011 in More Fun by | 6 comments

Today we are featuring Gordon Russell, Owner of “In the Pink,” a collection of Lilly Pulitzer Signatures Stores across New England, here in our Guest House.  We’re so excited to feature Gordon, pictured above with one of his sons, because he’s doing some amazing work to support MitoAction and we’re proudly partnering with him and MitoAction for their upcoming, 2nd annual Sandra K. Russell Derby Day benefit.  Sadly, Gordon lost his wife, Sandra who was also his business partner, after she battled with mitochondrial disease.  At Lilly Pulitzer, we lead a colorful life, and COLORFUL takes on a lot of meaning in our world.  Sandra, a long-time Lilly lover, set a wonderful example for so many in leading a colorful life, reminding us how color can be therapeutic in all of our lives. Gordon has since joined MitoAction as a board member and gratefully gives his time and energy to support this wonderful organization who helps families like his.  And of course, we’re happy to spread the word about the great things Gordon and MitoAction are doing and get the word out about their upcoming Derby Day (buy tickets here!) to honor Sandra and raise awareness and funds for MitoAction. Here is Gordon to tell us a little bit about how this all got started…

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A Royal [Wedding] Gift For You!

Posted on April 28, 2011 in More Fun by | 2 comments

Ah yes, the event of the decade (as some are saying) has arrived and if you work in a Pink Palace, you can’t help but get excited!!  And sure, a Royal Wedding is something to get excited about but let’s be honest, we’re suckers for love and marriage- royal or not!  Tomorrow’s noble nuptials are a very good excuse opportunity for us to talk about all things wedding- how about YOUR wedding??   You’re always sharing your own fun, beautiful and inspiring wedding photos so why not let your photos WIN you something?!?

We think this restored antique Parigine chair is befitting a Princess and since a one Ms. Kate Middleton will likely have a wedding present or two to spare, we want to share this gift with YOU instead!  Here’s how you can win:

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Lilly Pulitzer Welcomes Kylee, Fashion Designer for the Day!

Posted on April 27, 2011 in More Fun by | 7 comments

Lilly Pulitzer has been helping Lilly Lovers lead a more colorful life for over 50 years. Last week was no exception. In partnership with our friends at the Make a Wish Foundation, Lilly Pulitzer welcomed 6 year old aspiring Fashion Designer, Kylee, for a magical visit to the Pink Palace. Kylee and her family joined us for a day of print, painting, designing…and of course SHOPPING!

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Lilly Celebrates Music… with Summer Style!

Posted on April 26, 2011 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

As we hit our third season of Lilly Loves the Arts, we get to a crowd favorite. Get ready to SHAKE IT, sing along, and camp out for tickets…Summer 2011 is all about MUSIC AND DANCE. For Lilly Lovers, Summer is certainly the time to get a little loose. (wait…that may be all the time, oh well!)  From outdoor music festivals to fireworks exploding over crashing waves, Summer music makes us smile- just like wearing our Lilly does. We have all been thinking about the sound track for summer 11…might there be a little summer lovin’?…some beatles playing in the background?…how about a reggae festival? The theme is TURN IT UP!  Hot Fun in the Summertime and that means we are going to let the Lilly flag fly in classic styles dripping or swimming or dancing in color print and pattern.

We kick off summer with a delivery dubbed “Walking on Sunshine,” that is devoted to all of the contemporary music of…well…recently! Summer music is laid back and relaxed but filled with surprises. Color is happy (isn’t it always?!) with bright Summer pinks, greens and blues popping off of clean whites.  Summer is the time for white to take center stage- it allows all of our Lilly’s to look fresh and Summer snappy!

Hello Ocean! Hello Beach! and Hello Blues! This is a sneak peak of our late May delivery we’re calling “Under the Boardwalk” for reasons that are obvious and reasons we might not want our mother’s to know about. Just sayin’!  Hang in there another month when we unveil our shimmyy, shelliest prints that help celebrate the amazing months spent on the coast!

Summer debuts on lillypulitzer.com this Thursday and hit stores the end of this week.  Make a point to stop in and see our greatest hits from our first delivery!

Store of the Week – The Pink Door

Posted on April 25, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

This week we’re headed to the deep south where The Pink Door staff’s warm and welcoming southern drawl is backed up by their customer service and family-friendly store…

Once upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to have a pretty dress, just like the one her mommy wore. So, her mom brought her to The Pink Door in the heart of Memphis, where they met the store’s owner, Mimi Taylor, and Mimi’s daughter, Semmes Humphreys, the Store Manager. After trying on several Lilly dresses, the little girl emerged from the dressing room and proclaimed, “I like this one, Mommy, because it reminds me of you.”

“Press #1 to hear about our newest fashions” is something you will never hear when contacting The Pink Door. Our focus is on that little girl, her mom, and on customer service, whether on the telephone,online or in person. We know our customers quite well and our employees are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all things Lilly! We often host special events at our store to introduce our customers to the latest Lilly fashions and accessories. Many ladies love to come in with their girls (of all ages) to dress them in the latest Lilly. And for the “littlest ones” who need to be entertained while Mom shops, we even have a toy box stuffed with toys just for them.

The Pink Door is located at 4615 Poplar Avenue in the popular and upscale Laurelwood Collection Shopping Center. Come visit us anytime in person, on our website or on our facebook page and we’ll help you find something that reminds you of how much fun Lilly can be!

Printed Eggs

Posted on April 22, 2011 in More Fun by | 2 comments

1.Colorwheel 2.& 3.Butterflies 4.Blue eggs

We love anything printed and are particularly fond of this collection pulled by our talented graphic artist. Have you dyed or decorated any yet? Make sure you send us your favorites! Wishing you a wonderful weekend filled with lots of Lilly. Spring is finally here!

Wearing White but Feeling Bright!

Posted on April 21, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

1. The Reeve Dress in Classic White Papillon Lace 2. A Boutonniere for your date 3. Essie Nail Polish 4. Eau de Parfum in It’s Delicate 5. The Ali Dress Eyelet 6. Lipstick Compact 7. Hand Embroidered Handkerchief 8. Headband by twigs & honey

We always hear that wearing Lilly makes every occasion feel like a special one but we also know that white is reserved for some of the most (or THE MOST!!!) special occasions and events in our lives.  And you know we never want to miss a good party so we’ve invited ourselves to yours with our spring collection of white dresses!

From the littlest ones making their First Communion and Confirmation to the Cotillion and Spring Fling girls all the way up to the oh-my-gosh-when-did-you-get-so-big girls in their graduation dresses- we have a dress that will make you absolutely dazzle.  Sorority girls- white dresses are a must-have for Greek affairs from rush to bid-day to initiation so be sure to add one (or two or three!) to your collection.  And it goes without saying, one of the most important days in any woman’s life is their wedding day and Lilly can be a part of that too!  Down by the sea or the garden variety, these dresses will make everyone smile as you walk down that aisle!

So will you be darling, daring or drop-dead in our LWDs??

Guest House with Molly Andrews of Chairloom

Posted on April 20, 2011 in More Fun by | 6 comments

This week we are so proud to host Molly Andrews in our Guest House. Molly is the creator of Chairloom, a local Main Line design service that specialises in the reinvention of antique furniture by reupholstering pieces with fun, fresh fabrics. We love her creative vision, her passion for reusing and reinventing and her childhood memories of Lilly clothing. She used to watch her Lilly clad grandmother rescue injured pelicans with her bare hands and walk them gently to the vet. Now that’s a woman to be admired! With Earth Day this Friday we thought her story was the perfect focus. A few weeks back, we gave Molly some of our left over Summer 2011 fabric, she provided a chair that she found while sifting through a thrift store and we headed to her upholsterer. It was amazing to watch the chair’s transformation. Upholstery is a true art and now one of our lucky readers will be the proud owner of the finished product. Entry details will follow soon but in the meantime check out our q&a to learn more about Molly Andrews and Chairloom.

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Placing the Perfect Print

Posted on April 19, 2011 in Inspiration by | Comment

Special. Unique. Dare we say…Extraordinary! As you know we design every print, every pattern, every stripe, every embroidery in our SPECIAL UNIQUE EXTRAORDINARY print studio. Most of the time, we make these print what we call ‘all over’. So it’s just a print (ummm, as if ‘just a print’ could ever describe a lilly print but that is a topic for another day!). Lately, as you may have seen, we have started making our prints even more SPECIAL UNIQUE and EXTRAORDINARY by taking bits of them out of the “all over” setting and placing them on the dress. It just makes them MORE SPECIAL UNIQUE and EXTRAORDINARY. I mean, we are always wanting to delight you. And for us, MORE is exactly as it sounds…DELIGHTFULLY MORE. Then somehow by making it less of an all over print, these become even more special. How can that be? Let’s chalk it up to the magic of the print studio.

Store of the Week – The Palm on Park

Posted on April 18, 2011 in More Fun by | 5 comments

Back to the islands we go for our Store of the Week- this time it’s Boca Grande!  The beautiful island of Boca Grande, FL is home to The Palm on Park, a small shop is a small town- both with great big hearts! They admit their store isn’t a “lets-just-stop-by” kinda place but after reading this and seeing their Lilly pink nightly sunsets (pictured above), you’ll definitely want to drive out of your way to say hello and shop with these ladies!

Location: 444 4th Street, Boca Grande, FL

Store Hours: 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday, year round!

Find them online or connect with them on Facebook

A little background… Our store owner is Jennifer Burch and I’m Kris, Boyden- the store manager. We were one of the first accounts to sign up with Brad & Scott when they bought Lilly from Lilly! The brand never went out of fashion here-  ladies were always trying to find it- mostly in thrift stores at the time. When the brand started up again, we started growing with it! We started in a little corner of Ariel LTD and quickly outgrew that spot, moving into a separate store thus becoming “The Palm on Park” in 1998.  We are now selling to our fifth generation of Lilly lovers!!! More than one grandmother reports to us, after picking up their visiting grandkids from the airport, the first question the little ones ask is “When can we go to the Lilly store???? We want to go to the pink and green store!!!!!” It’s such an honor for us to be a part of their yearly family traditions.

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