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Florida’s Natural

Posted on September 22, 2009 in More Fun by | 2 comments

Janie gives us the juicy details about Florida’s Natural and some life lessons too! Make sure to tune in later this week because I’ve finally crawled out from under the thousands of photo submissions for our Juice Contest and we’ve chosen the winners!

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Where in the World Are We Now?

Posted on September 18, 2009 in More Fun by | 7 comments

Marcy from the Merchandising Team heads off on a end of summer vaca. She always takes the best vacations! Last year she hiked the steps and navigated the little streets of Capri after city-hopping through Italy.  She sent us an update this year, do you know where she is?

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Janie Loves Rachel Zoe!

Posted on September 17, 2009 in More Fun by | 2 comments

She’s back! Janie weighs in on one of her fav stylists and a guilty pleasure :)

Hi again!

I just cannot tell you how much J’ADORE blogging AND facebook. It is so fun!!!!! LYTM!!!!!! (LOVE YOU TOO MUCH)

OK, I have an obsession I have to share with you. Obsession? Addiction? Fetish? NOT SURE of the right wording but I am completely fascinated by RACHEL ZOE. So, she is a big deal. B-I-G. Let me see…have known for years that she is the chicest stylist (since doing PR at Barneys in the 90’s). She popped back on my radar when HELLO – the greatest TV station ever aired her reality show. OH, and then there’s PIPERLIME. Piperlime is the TOPS

I count on them for shoes…and bags…and now CLOTHES. They are well edited and current and…I could go on. CLEARLY they are genius because they have asked RACHEL ZOE to give her 2 cents on what is HOT. What makes her B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

IF you have been watching her show you will get the BANANAS reference. OK, so let’s get to what I obsess over in relation to MRS ZOE.

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“Aqua Art”

Posted on September 15, 2009 in More Fun by | Comment

Janie dives in and shares some childhood memories and her love for the ocean. Stop by to chat with her and meet Chris Leidy tomorrow night at Lilly Pulitzer on Madison Ave!

Hi!

When I was little I spent holidays at my grandparents house on the island of Montserrat in the West Indies. Unfortunately, it all went to “ ____ in a hand basket” when the volcano blew-up, and we no longer have that family house. (You think I am joking but I’m not) My first trip was when I was 6 months old and from then on we went every Christmas and Spring Break for year and years…I learned to swim in those waters. Because the island was volcanic the beaches were black and we would always burn our feet running to the ocean. The waves were HUGE (or so they seemed to me). It was so exotic. We ate papaya and shopped in the local markets. The dress maker would come to our house and make dresses for my grandmother out of the crazy colored local prints. It was truly amazing…

My fondest memory was the ocean. It was beyond anything I could imagine. We would fly in a teeeeeny tiny plan onto the island and Iremember looking down at all the colors of the sea. The white caps…the different shades of blue and black (scary!).

When I was there my cousins, brother and I would spend all day in the water. LITERALLY ALL DAY. We would go to quiet alcoves and I would float under the water with my mask on, seeing the most incredible sights. Things that I could have never imagined…all in the most peaceful state until…the CRASH of the waves and the scene would change. I learned so much under there. It may sound silly, but to have that perspective is truly a gift.

When I saw the photographs of Chris Leidy it IMMEDIATELY took me to my own undersea adventures. There is a calm to the images and an intimacy that truly leaves you breathless. It’s almost as if for one second you can feel the peacefulness and the quiet of his undersea world. I have so many questions for him! Is it quiet? Do you ever touch those turtles or do the tarpon swish by you and send you reeling. Is it as peaceful as I imagine? HOW do you get those turtles to sit still and smile :)

The Lilly Pulitzer on Madison Avenue is very, very honored to be hosting Chris’ latest show…AQUA ART. Please come visit…or click for a glimpse into his world.

OH, and did I mention. He is Lilly’s grandson. I mean, AMAZING! Talent obviously does run in the family. And he is JUST about the cutest thing I have ever set eyes on ( I’ve only saw a snapshot thus far but I got the ‘picture’ so to speak).

See you tomorrow!

September 11th

Posted on September 11, 2009 in More Fun by | 2 comments

We’re remembering heroes and loved ones today. Many of whom people within our pink walls and offices knew dearly. We are focused on the good times and fun each of these people brought to our lives, spending time celebrating them and everyone we cherish. Today is a particularly good day to dole out a few extra hugs. We tend to do it every day but there are many more today. We’ve made a pact to do something spontaneous today to give ourselves (and each other) a little lift…hope you’ll try it too.

XX,

All of us at Lilly Pulitzer

Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out

Posted on September 9, 2009 in More Fun by | 1 comment

TOMORROW~ Thursday, September 10th: you won’t want to miss out on this one. Especially after you READ all about what’s in store from Janie below. Come join the party!!!

Hi all…

Leave it to VOGUE. I mean, seriously. S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y. If you do not know every detail on FASHION’S NIGHT OUT please read on. This is a once-in-a-lifetime night for fashion and I don’t want you to miss it!!!!!

As you know I like to give a sneak peak into our world…how we do what we do. HOW ON EARTH are we lucky enough to be involved with Vogue on this amazing night? FASHION! Sooo, it was months and months ago. Can’t remember exactly, I am always hazy on details. I was in NYC doing something I am sure very important…and that evening I was meeting my very dear friend Sarah for dinner. Sarah is the queen bee of beauty at Vogue, meaning BEAUTY DIRECTOR. Insert into your thoughts here…she is MAJOR. She is funny, gorgeous, an amazingly talented writer, and a very old friend of mine. We met downtown at a yummy Mexican joint. Sideline…margaritas are one of life’s greatest joys. :)

So Sarah says to me, oh oh oh JANIE, you are going to have to get involved in this shopping night we have planned in September. I know she said SO MANY more fabulous things about it but this is what my brain took away…(remember before mentioned margaritas)

SHOPPING & COCKTAILS….

‘TIL REAL LATE!!!!!!!!!

So the gist is, Anna Wintour is a genius and recognized that fashion needed a shot in the pants. A little excitement! Something to rally around!!!! So for one night only, you get the designers. I mean, you really get the designers. If you are at Macy’s, there is Michael Kors. Bergdorf Goodman…Isaac Mizarahi. EVERYONE who is in NYC and has their own collection, big or small, will be celebrating fashion and shopping with you. When was the last time you had Carolina Herrera help you pick the perfect sheath? AHHHHHH.

It is ABOUT TIME we began to celebrate the following…

Silk cocktail tops that show all your important bits and GUARANTEE a second date…A dress that has a huge peacock printed on it – I mean WHO would do that?!?!?!
Irrationally embellished 5″ heels…earrings so big you could serve dessert on them.

From basic to extravagant, fashion is a passion. And we are going to celebrate it all night. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO, the most important question…WHAT ARE WE DOING AT LILLY PULITZER? Hold onto your hats. WHATEVER you have written in your datebook for tomorrow night…grab the white out.

In SHARPIE please write…

go to Lilly Pulitzer store and visit Janie!

This is what we have planned…PAINTING. With abandon. We are going to paint a wall or two (I am feeling like our Madison Avenue store needs a mural?)

We are going to paint the windows. Put our print right on the glass. And we are going to paint IN the windows. Set-up tables and paint right there so eeeveryone on Madison Avenue knows to stop in. And we are going to paint pictures for YOU. Spend $500 and you can sit down, design, and customize AAAAAAAAAAAAAAANYTHING.A Lilly Pulitzer print just for Y-O-U. Should we paint faces? I mean, cocktails WILL BE INVOLVED so who knows. Please envision this…

The print studio is MOVING to Mad Ave for the day. Music is good and loud. Cocktails in all shapes and sizes. Print designers helping you shop, painting the walls, painting anything we can get our hands on. THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN!!!!!

Lilly Pulitzer is known for her parties and we are planning to really let it rip Thursday…we will start at 4pm-ish and pack-up at 11ish. You never know, you may find us there on Friday morning. Wink wink.

If you can’t be on Madison Avenue (boo hoo), look for other events on LillyPulitzer.com or tune back in Friday for the gossipy recap!

xx

Janie

Take A Look Inside The Shadow Box

Posted on September 7, 2009 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Janie’s popped in to give us a glimpse inside Shadow Box, our new fall patch print.  This story will make you go back and take another look at that Keating Dress or Rorey Top you bought and love so much.  Take a look…

 Hi guys!

So this season we started the design process with mini design boards of our favorite things. Each mini board was about 24” across. We had 16 of them! A lot. We filled an entire wall of the print studio. I find that when we make these little boards you kind of space out a bit…WHICH IS GOOD! I promise we do not live in la la land, but when you are designing print, spacing out is IMPORTANT. Maybe a better word for it is DREAMING. Yes, that’s it. Let me start over…

 When we are designing prints we are either all laughing and talking and sharing ideas…or we are all kind of quiet and painting and DREAMING. HMMM. Maybe I will stop trying to explain our creative process, makes us sound like fruitcakes. MOVING ON!

 Each print designer did a few mini-boards…some were just about feathers, others tassels, turtles, books…here are just a couple of examples…

  

BUT WHEN we put them all together it looked like a SHADOW BOX of special collected treasures. GOT US TO THINKING…or DREAMING…about how we could do a uniquely Lilly patch for Fall. Every every every time we do a patch print everyone loves it and wants to buy it. But a Fall patch could be…EEK. So we went about it like a shadow box. Each area had something special in it. We hid peacock feathers, our la la lilly script, mini flowers…and even the texture of a pineapple (go figure!).

 THEN you add the rich beautiful colors for fall, the oranges and the blues and pinks – it has all that dimension of a true shadow box. I promise, even if we are in la la land, it all comes together in the end! XX

 

 

LABORING BEFORE LABOR DAY!

Posted on September 4, 2009 in More Fun by | Comment


What ever will we wear this weekend? Janie’s been planning her weekend wardrobe all day and comments on her favorite early fall item and other things filling her head this Friday afternoon.

Hi all!  HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN EVERY YEAR, I swear September 1st hits and there is that glint. A shimmer of fall INSTANTLY descends on my lovely summer world. STOP! Lately I have been wanting to stop time. I don’t mean to brag, but I have the best life. J’adore my job and my family..the whole package. I am extremely lucky. CLEARLY I am the eternal optimist…but time is always flying by and it’s bugging me juuuust a tiny bit. I have told my daughters Sabrina and Tiki that they are not allowed to turn 6 and 8. They believe I have some kind of MOM power to actually not let them have a birthday, so I have kind of given in and told them that they can in-fact…grow up. BOO!

Let’s talk about Labor Day. I am in the best best best mood today because this week my friend Julie Naughton came to visit our offices. WHAT A TREAT. She is a doll and we had lots of laughs. She posted some semi-cute pictures of yours truly and you all made the nicest comment about my dress. I LOVE YOU. I wore a dress just to make Julie jealous. Hee hee. I knew she would love it and it is in our resort 09 line and not out till 10/25. I CRAMMED myself into a sample size. EEK.

OK, so bottom line is…I am working. It is the Friday of Labor Day and I am in the office…working. A little ticked fall has reared its chilly head into my super sunny world. And my kids are growing up. THANK GOODNESS Julie’s friends made nice comments about me on facebook or else I would be hiding in my office eating bon bons to ease the pain.

I promise I am working hard but I am ALSO planning a little cookout tonight poolside for THIS VERY EVENING. Walter my adorable husband is the chef. We are having some other families over – the kids will swim and play while the grown-ups chat, have some cocktails, eat a yummy dinner and catch-up on what everyone has done this summer. We have a great fire pit that we will huddle around as it gets dark. We have about a bazillion boxes of sparklers for the kids.

Let’s get down to brass tacks. This is the kind of weather where we will literally be swimming during cocktails and chilly after dinner. Not easy on the wardrobe. I am planning to have many outfits for the evening…but my favorite part will be my SHERE COAT for the firepit. White jeans, probably the Bidi Tank from summer…and the DEEP CYAN SHERE COAT (which is the perfect hybrid of sweater and coat…tonight it will be playing the part of sweater). Enormous gold earrings. OK, I am blogging and dreaming of 9pm. We will make s’mores too! AHHHHH. FUN.

You have nooo idea how much work I have to do before I get to enjoy the above noted fabulous moment. So I have to go. Love you too much. I will write more Monday to let you know how the party goes…

WAIT I have a PS. Yesterday we met with the smartest, most well-spoken and GORGEOUS ladies from The Ocean Conservancy. You are going to FREAK when you see what we have cooked up with them. More to come…but for now. Please please please clean-up after yourselves when you are on the beach this weekend. Every tid-bit we can do to keep our beaches sparkling is essential. xx

AND PLAY THIS SONG IMMEDIATELY! Labor Day by the Black Eyed Peas. L-O-V-E

http://www.last.fm/music/Black+Eyed+Peas/_/Labor+Day+%28It%27s+a+Holiday%29?autostart=1

You Guys Crack Me Up!

Posted on September 1, 2009 in More Fun by | 3 comments

Janie stopped in to give us an insider look on how our print team comes up with this stuff! Here she is weighing in on some of our beautiful new Fall prints hitting the floor right now. Enjoy :)

P.S. Do you have a question for Janie you’d like to see her answer on the blog? Email blog@lillypuliterzer.com!!!

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Notes From the Print Studio

Posted on August 27, 2009 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Hello again everyone!! Wanted to catch up and let you know some fun things I’ve been gaga over this week…

A couple nights ago I went to see Julie & Julia with my good friend and neighbor Patrice. HI PATRICE, are you reading? Patrice wears Lilly everyday and is one of the most awesome gals I know, but more on that in another posting….

JULIE & JULIA! I had read the book and liked it, good light summer read. To be honest the blogging girl got on my nerves a tid-bit but I looooved that she worshipped Julia Child because SO DO I (so does Jeremy in our design dept and we just got giggling thinking about what a nut-ball she was). When I was watching the movie there were some things that I knew needed to be said outloud, please repeat after me:

1. Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci are GENIUS. Love love love them so much I could barely stop smiling while watching them together.

2. Julia Child was a LILLY GIRL. She was fun-loving, very very funny, extremely down-to-earth and a HOOT to be around.

When I was little, my brother Ben and I would watch reruns of her cooking show and get in hysterics watching her throw things all over her kitchen. (Let us not forget the blowtorch!) It reminded us of the chef from the muppets (Miss Piggy is also a Lilly girl, just a different kind. J’Adore her too!!!! We are MFEO).

Sooooo, I strongly encourage you to see Julie& Julia. If nothing else, movie popcorn is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Get the x-lg, lots of napkins and think of me.

On another note……

I’m sure by now you’ve heard we’ve gone a bit “SCREWY” this Fall in the men’s dept???  Extending Summer….
We are all buzzing about fall and the leaves changing, but I am secretly crying in my office because I am not ready for Summer to be over!! The tag line on our website was ‘extending summer since 1959’ which I ADORE. I have never been good with Fall, I remember packing to go back to Groton when I was away for high school (my parents sent me veeeery far away J) and I DREADED IT. Nothing against school, I just wanted to LIVE on the beach or the lake in the sun…indefinitely. This feeling has not gotten much better, in fact every year my husband and I through a HUGE party the weekend after Labor Day to celebrate our distate for summer have the nerve to leave us!

My longing has been quelled this year however. With a great new print for men.  I had had had to buy all of our uber-cool screw-pull men’s pants! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I love them so much I could die. My husband is adorable and sweet and will look SO CUTE in the red ones – or the yellow – can’t decide!

Cheers!

Janie