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What’s Your Short Story?

Posted on June 23, 2011 in More Fun by | 3 comments

I’m an open book & I love storytelling so I figured since shorts are totally the ‘it’ item this summer, I’d tell you my short[s] story…

Sooo….I am a Walsh. What does that mean? Well the Walsh is the 3” inseam (aka the shortest). Walsh = sassy. I wear mine with our Resort Chic wedge and an off the shoulder top. Lots of blonde hair and double the jewelry. Hello shorts to a cocktail party!

Now…this may be POUR MOI, but we have short POUR VOUS, and VOUS and VOUS.

Are you a Callahan? This is our best selling short. It’s a 5” inseam and can be worn everywhere…all the time. Really, I love to see it dressed up for cocktails but it RULES as a day-in-day-out go-to short. There are about a million prints to choose from. TDF.

Are you a Buttercup? I kinda want to be a Buttercup just for the name. The Buttercup takes the 5” inseam of the Callahan and does something oh soooo Lilly…adds a SCALLOP. Hello – amazing.

Are you a Resort short? A 10” inseam gives you coverage and room to stretch those legs…while showing off some print. I will be annoyed at you if you insert ‘conservative’ here…the resort short is a classic and takes on a whole NEW level of chic when paired with heels, a printed top and 900 gold bangles- not 1 less.

Sooo, what’s your story?? We want to know. Send pics! xx – Janie

From Streaking to Skinny Dippin’

Posted on May 19, 2011 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

So when the print team was in Winter Park last year, they were CHALLENGED by a customer (*ahem* Chris Richards- we’re looking at you!!) to bring back the Streaker print. (dare we say anything about the fact that it took a man to challenge us to bring back one of our naughtiest prints?!) All of a sudden, the topic of…being nude (in print, thank you) …was everywhere!

Emails came pouring in…please do the streaker print!; we love the streaker print! Ok, slight exaggeration BUT…Summer makes us so happy we want to throw ON our Lilly and then RIP IT OFF so we cannonball into the  [insert body of water here] pool, lake, ocean. Toiles have become a favorite around here and secretly the print team loves them because we can hide soooo many fun things in them!

So viola- the Streaker print reinvented! Look closely, you never know what you might find!

Party People Gathered ‘Round

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

Birthdays are a reason to have a party! It was just 5 years ago that I came to Lilly (I know, time flies- I feel like this has been my home forever!), and just 5 years ago that we opened our spectacular store in the King of Prussia mall.  To celebrate, we invited all our friends, gave away goodies, snacked on Capitol Grill yummies and popped quite a few bottles of bubbly.

A couple of years ago, the print team and I started visiting stores and painting watercolors for customers. It was new to show off our prints being done first-hand and everyone loved doing it; and I think you all loved seeing it!  Well celebrating Lilly Loves the Arts this year has brought an evolution to our artwork. A couple of months ago at the Ardmore opening, we decided to all paint one giant canvas- together!! (two at a time, rotating from painting to chatting with customers, to having a few toasts!) It is soooooo fuuun!  We have now mastered the art of painting giant floral prints!

Every single day, my team’s artistic talent knocks me off my feet. This is just another example of how special Lilly Pulitzer is. No one does what we do! The most amazing people love the individuality of the brand – it is just top-to-bottom, inside-and-out FUN.  This was absolutely evident at last night’s event.

Cheers to Darcy, Margaret, Clare, Nancy, Steph, Pat…every single amazing person in the “KOP” store (we love you so so so much). We are so proud of the store, thank you for always smiling and making Lilly what it is!

Behind The [summer] Music [prints]

Posted on May 5, 2011 in Inspiration by | 2 comments

Hi everyone! Summer has just shipped and I wanted to give you a little behind the scenes on how it all came to be. It’s a long one but preeety revealing (and funny!) Every season I start dreaming…what should the inspiration be? What colors do we want to be wearing? What do we want in the prints?!?!? What can we do that’s pretty…cheeky!?!?!?!

It was last year at this time that we started dreaming about Summer 2011. As we are celebrating Lilly Loves the Arts, Summer was planned to celebrate music and dance. Ummm, I am a huge dancer. Side note: Karen in our sweaters department just had to teach me how to Dougie. It’s a problem. Aaaaanyway… I have always loved music (right now I am listening to Pandora and have made my own Talking Heads station…awesome). I have a million and one stories about going to concerts, being obsessed with bands – I had a HUGE thing for John Taylor from Duran Duran in 6th grade. Doesn’t everyone have that ‘first concert’ story? Or the first slow dance with a boy? (Furman tennis camp. Madonna’s Crazy For You. Carter from Atlanta. Esprit dress.) So the print department wanted to get aaaalll the fun music stories from everyone in the Pink Palace so I sent the email below, COMPANY WIDE (it’s amazing sometimes that I don’t get fired) to get the real juice. And of course, it wouldn’t have been fair for me to ask for everyone’s music memories without giving my own…

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