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A Lilly Year in Review

Posted on December 29, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Each and every year holds a bevy of beautiful memories here at Lilly and since we just love any excuse to party, we thought we’d pull together a list of some of our fave happenings from 2011 we think are worth celebrating. In no particular order, here goes!

1. 2011′s celebration of Lilly Loves the Arts through the launch of prints like “First Impression,” “It Can Be Arranged,” “Optical Confusion,” “Cherry Begonias” and “Standing Ovation.” Our print designers are artists in the truest form so 2011′s theme was certainly near & dear to their hearts.

2. The opening of the Lilly Pulitzer boutique at The Breakers in Palm Beach and the beautification and re-opening of our retail stores in Ardmore, PA, East Hampton, NY, Legacy Village, OH and Sarasota, FL. And 2012 kicks off with the opening of a new retail store in Charlotte!

3. Welcoming 5 new sororities into our Lilly Sisterhood of Greek prints! (and our Sisterhood is going to get bigger VERY soon!) ;)

4. PARTIES. We have our fair share of parties every year but they’re always worth a backward glance… We had small parties…our Shop & Shares with all of our charitable friends, our trunk shows, book signings, guest hosted events, tented parties (horse race season, baby!) and we had big parties… Oceana’s Fundraising event in the Hamptons, Legacy Village’s grand Re-Opening with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, a celebration luncheon for 200+ at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and TONIGHT – The Red Cross Beach Bash in Palm Beach!

5. The re-design and launch of our site, lillypulitzer.com. Shop by print, wish lists, videos, fit ratings & more – as if there was a way to make shopping for Lilly more fun!

6. Hosting our Lilly (and sale) Lovers at our new Warehouse Sale location after 19 (!) years in our first location — to great success! “We couldn’t have missed it with all the signs!” “We loved all the mirrors in the dressing rooms!” “The check out line ran so smoothly and quick!” – You said it & we were happy to hear it!

7. Celebrating a milestone birthday of the beautiful and young-at-heart, Lilly Pulitzer.

8. The launch of our Lilly Pulitzer catalog iPad app. (the combo of social utility + shopping mobility makes our heart siiiiing!)

9. Introduction of some fave new products like anything in slub cotton jersey, the agenda (large & small!), the Carded ID wristlet, the Reeve, Eryn Dress and Whitaker Dresses, and the McKims now at $88!

10. The creation of exclusive prints for friends and partners like Dark ‘n Stormy, The Junior League, Baltimore’s National Aquarium, Cape & Islands, Amani Foundation for Palm Avenue and MitoAction for In The Pink,

And perhaps there was some design to this list after all, because we’ve bookended our favorite happenings in 2011 with PRINT. We designed a bazillion prints this year, each by our own hand in our in-house print studio, and we look forward to creating new and completely original, HAPPY prints that will surely delight our Lilly Lovers in 2012. We promise, and somehow we think you’ll believe us when we say, 2012 will surely be another colorful year!

Now my ladies (and gents)… surely we left some wonderful happenings in the world of Lilly off this list – tell us, which events would you add to your own Lilly Year In Review??

Reef Me Up

Posted on December 28, 2011 in Inspiration by | Comment

Listen up, students. Who paid attention during art history class? Pop “Who Am I?” quiz, for you… Famous artist from the turn of the 20th century. Loved color. French. Little known fact – also a print maker. Anyone? Anyone?

OK, you all must have been s–l–e–e–p–i–n–g. Well lucky for you, we got the cliff notes. Paige, the print designer behind “Reef Me Up”, was highly influenced by the French modernist master MATISSE(!), for this beautiful, chic Lilly Pulitzer Resort fish–y print. No BA in Art History required!

Shop “Reef Me Up!”

Murfee Scarf Styling

Posted on December 22, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

The Murfee Scarf is one of the most loved Lilly accessories ev-er.  It shows off our prints so well and can be worn a million different ways for either just a pop of color to accessorize a solid outfit or to add even more print & color to a Lilly ensemble for a double shot of pizazz. Needless to say, on any given day you can take a jaunt around the Pink Palace and find a dozen Murfees usually styled in so many ways.  We thought we’d show you 5 of the most common ways we see it styled:

1. Doubled Up – This style is very similar to how people often wear their winter scarves.  Take your Murfee, fold it in half and wrap it around the back of your neck. Reach through the loop and pick up the other side of the Murfee ends and pull both sides through so they hang down in front. Adjust so it fits comfortably around your neck.  This can be worn on your bare neck or even over a turtleneck – so cute!

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Lilly Pulitzer 2011 Retail Store Holiday Hours

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

Hey there, Lilly Lovers! Whether you’re running around frantically gathering gifts to cross of your list or you’re spending the holidays how you like- SHOPPING, we thought it might be helpful to post the store hours of our Lilly Pulitzer retail locations. Many of them have extended hours over the next few days and ALL store locations will be CLOSED on Christmas Day.  Happy Shopping!

Lilly Pulitzer Suburban Square – Ardmore, PA - Facebook Page
December 21st – 9am – 9pm
December 22nd – 9am – 9pm
December 23rd – 9am – 9pm
December 24th – 8am – 5pm

Lilly Pulitzer King of Prussia Plaza – King of Prussia, PA – Facebook Page
December 21st – 8am – 11pm
December 22nd – 8am – 11pm
December 23rd – 8am – 11pm
December 24th – 8am – 6pm

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Holiday Cocktails!

Posted on December 20, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Since Lilly girls fancy themselves as the Hostess with the Mostest, we thought we’d bring you a few holiday cocktails to add to your ever-growing list of libations that always make your fetes fanciful and fabulous!

We’ve partnered with one of our favorite blogs, Fashionably Bombed, for a 12 days of Christmas giveaway – they brought the drinks & we brought the goodies!  Katherine & Flannery are giving away our Shaken ‘n Stirred necklaces (ummm… this necklaces is PERFECT for them!) but there are only 4 days left to win!!  Be sure to visit their blog here so you can enter to win! (and visit every day through Friday for another chance!)

The ladies of Fashionably Bombed are always doing fun giveaways — by way of COCKTAIL RECIPES!  We’ve chosen 3 of our fav holiday cocktails from the lovely f-bombed girls so you can bring the sauciness to your next soiree!

 1.  White Chocolate Candy Cane Martini 2. Gingerbread Martini  3. Holiday Sangria (obv we included a cocktail with oranges!)

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t pass along the recipe to this season’s favorite drink – The Scorpion Bowl!  The holidays are all about sharing – may we suggest you & your GFs share a Scorpion Bowl?!?  Print & pour!

* Must be 21 to drink. Please enjoy these beverages responsibly & stay safe this holiday!

Decorating With Color – Tips from Janie

Posted on December 16, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

I moved over the Summer. WOW- I am literally still recovering. If you have ever moved you know what I am talking about: boxes…everywhere…for way too long. Despite being just about the happiest and most laid back person on the planet, I am a complete neat freak. So….moving threw me into a tailspin. INSTEAD of burying my head in bottle of veuve cliquot and ignoring the boxes, I decorated. AHHHHH, my sweet release-  it is so so so fun to decorate that it made up for all of the packing tape wrestling I’d been doing.

LUCKY FOR ME, my best friend is a decorator. This worked to my advantage for a couple of reasons…A) I have no self control and want e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g plus more, more and more  B) SOURCES. Interior decorators know every trick in the book and everyone in the book. So Wendy, please don’t be mad, I am sharing some of your insanely awesome words of wisdom. ;)

 First thing you have to think about is who you’re decorating for. So who’s my audience? Living in my little stone cottage are Sabrina (age 9), Tiki (age 7), Honey Bunny,  (age unknown but she’s one adorable bunny) and me (age being withheld for obvious reasons). I can speak for all of us when I say, our favorite color is o-b-v-i-o-u-s-l-y pink. And orange. And bright. And anything happy really. I promise I will give some normal ‘tips’ on how to decorate with color if you have a man in your life but let’s just pause for a moment to smile FOR ME that I can finally have a completely pink house. YAY! I am so lucky :) I work in a pink office building and live in a pink house. I recognize this is not normal but who else would you want choosing the colors and prints for Lilly Pulitzer?!?!?! Here are some fun ways YOU can use color as you decorate…

1. OK, believe it or not…choosing the right pink can be SO HARD! Let’s tackle light pink first. You don’t want it to be too baby pink and it gets purple really quickly. I have found that soft, soft pinks make you look like you are glowing- make you look prettier (than you already are). So light pink is a winner. I did my dining room in a super soft conch pink. During the day you can barely tell it’s pink – it’s that light, but during a candle-lit dinner party, it is a soft glow…

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Resort Goes Retro

Posted on December 15, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

We had some fun this Resort season introducing some Retro looks paired with the colorblocking trend we’ve been looooving since Fall.  Here’s a little bit more about 3 retro-tastic dresses we’re loving right now!

The Kris dress is our new iteration of Fannie from Fall. We took this great style and made it Resort chic ready. Instead of the whip stitch detail on Fannie, we’ve updated the colorblocking with a “Truly” Lilly scalloped lace running down the front. She’s sophisticated and fun and right on trend.

Marci is a dress that will make you stand out from the crowd. She is a “that girl” dress. Guaranteed to turn heads and be the talk of the party!
We were inspired by scuba trends (oh yes, there is such a thing!) and of course colorblocking! We added the exposed zip down the back to give Marci a little edge.

We did our homework and studied some great vintage Shirtdresses from Lilly’s past. From there, we updated her with colorblocking, cut her in our most favorite knit fabrication, ponte, and added some great details in the buttons, belt and cuffs and voila- we have Loreen!  Looks chic and easy and is super comfortable to wear – and we love that!

Lilly Pulitzer iPad app!

Posted on December 14, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

IT’S HERE – an app that has EVERYTHING a Lilly Lover needs…and by everything we mean COLOR, VIDEO, FUN and EASY BREEZY SHOPPING right at your fingertips! Don’t delay – download the [free] Lilly Pulitzer catalog app from iTunes so you can experience and shop our Resort 2011 collection!

We’re pretty proud so we’re going to show off some of our fave cool features…

Search for the app in the App Store for “Lilly Pulitzer” – you’ll find it in the “Lifestyle” section. Bingo! Now that you’ve found our pretty little icon, simply click to install and you’re ready for the fun to begin!

Shop the app by simply clicking on the “tap to shop” button located in the upper right hand corner of your screen. All items featured on that page will appear and from there, you can simply add them to your cart. (uh-oh – are we making it too easy?!?) If you’d like more info on a particular item, you can click through to see more details on lillypulitzer.com.

Explore the app by clicking on the “tap for color” button located next to select items. This is pure shopping MAGIC and has to be our fave feature. Say you’ve been eyeing the Vicki dress for your holiday get togethers but can’t decide on a color. (we get it- they’re all gorge) This feature will show it to you in coral and black! (oh and note how her accessories change color too!) Hope you were twice as nice this year because we’re sure this feature will make your wish list even longer.

Have fun with the app by clicking “play video” on the opening screen. Enjoy watching our print designer Paige bring “Scorpion Bowl,” one of our most fun Resort prints, to life before your eyes! (and keep your eyes peeled for the end when they bring out the straws and enjoy a Scorpion Bowl in the Print Studio!)

Let the app take you there! (There being a Lilly store, of course!) Tapping isn’t enough?! If you want to touch & try on all these goodies, simply tap on the screen outside of the catalog and boxes will appear at the top including “favorites,” “shopping tote” and “find a store.” Tap on “find a store” and you’ll receive GPS coordinates to get you to the closest Lilly Haven – talk about instant gratification!

Connect with Lilly through the app by perusing our Colorful Blog, Facebook page and Twitter. All three icons are located in the top right hand corner of the screen…how’s that for convenience?! And if you are not our friend on Facebook, (shame, shame!) be sure to like our page because we only let friends in on all these cool insider tips ;)

Scoot- get to downloading! And tune in on December 26th where we’ll be asking for your feedback and entering you to win a Lilly iPad cover!  Stay tuned on Facebook for more info!  Tap…tap..tap…

Store of the Week – Palm Garden

Posted on December 13, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Beverly & Mark Cook, owner’s of Palm Garden in Wilmington, North Carolina, tell us all about their store in “Hollywood East” & what part they played in the Lilly spotting on the new show Revenge ;)

Come find us!
Mayfaire Town Center
6804 Main Street, Wilmington, NC 28405
Store hours: Mon-Sat-10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun-Noon-6
Find us online and on Facebook

Brief Store History: Palm Garden opened in 2002 and we just love being a part of the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area. We have so many Lilly Lovers in the area plus many, many more that come visit us while they’re vacationing here. In fact, we love being able to serve all of Southeastern North Carolina. Two years ago, we moved to a new shopping center and it has been the best decision we’ve ever made!

Our Lilly Story: The first time I wore Lilly was on my honeymoon. After that, I was hooked. I thought Southeastern North Carolina was the perfect place for a Lilly store, so I took the plunge! I just love wearing bright colors and no matter what, wearing Lilly and being around the clothes brightens my day!

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Party Dressing

Posted on December 8, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Cocktail Party
Whether you’re the host or simply partaking in all the fabulous fun, a bright flirty number is a MUST. Add the baubles, pour the bubbles and do what you do best – be the life of the party!

Agatha Dress • ClutchResort Chic Wedge

Girl’s Night Out
A girly girl get together requires cuteness.  It’s just us girls, why so cute? BECAUSE. What if you see [insert name of super cute boy you've been giving googly eyes to] shows up while you’re all giggling yourself silly over cocktails & Gossip Girl updates? Well then you mustn’t be dowdy – you must be darling! Dressed in Lilly, you’re always prepared to take the night up a notch!

Elsa Top MurfeeBelt • JeansClutch • Resort Chic Wedge

Work Party
Surely the Mr. won’t fret when you insist on a new frock for his company party.  He can nod at all the important stuff and laugh on cue when the head honcho tells a joke – you just look cute, smile big and enjoy all the libations.  After all, don’t we already know who will make the biggest impression? Lilly can help with that.

Helena SweaterDress • Shere Wrap • Clutch • Resort Chic Wedge