Lily of the Valley is such a delicate, pretty flower. Such lush green leaves with the cutest snow-white flowers dangling so gracefully from their stems. It’s one of our favorites to see bloom in Spring because it signals the beginning of all the pretty flowers and colors to come!
1. Resort White Valley Girl 2. Hotty Pink Just Love 3. Hoppin’ Down the Bunny Trail (available for Minnies next month!) 4. Emerald Green A Thing Called Love
• The Lily of the Valley is a woodland plant that has white downward dropping bell shape flowers and tiny red berries. The entire plant (flower and berries), if eaten, is very poisonous so don’t be fooled by its sweet smell!
• In France, May 1st is called “Lily of the Valley Day” where you are supposed to give this flower to loved ones. The week leading up to this day, you can buy fresh cut or potted lily of the valley flowers (called muguets in French) in every florist, supermarkets, and even on the streets! This tradition began on May 1, 1561 when King Charles IX was presented with a bunch of these flowers as a token of luck and prosperity.
Our latest favorite print (and yours!!), “Lilly State of Mind Patch”, is a print that reflects what our Lilly Lovers have always known – Lilly is not merely a brand or clothes with bold, bright prints – Lilly is a state of mind – a happy, colorful, state of mind! And what better way to represent that state of mind AND every state in the US of Lilly, than to create a Lilly patch of each state with attention paid to their flowers, themes and mottos?! No plane ticket, no GPS required- just some good ol’ USA pride and a love for all things Lilly!
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As we celebrate our theme for Spring, Full Bloom, we thought we’d share a little bit more about the petals that inspired us to create our Spring prints. We’re kicking off our first installment of “Fresh Petals and Prints” with the Cherry Blossom! Would we worship the Cherry Blossom if it weren’t pink? (some are white, you know) Well sure we would, but honestly, its pink blooms help make it a favorite around the Pink Palace. Here are some quick facts about this historical flower that beautifies Washington DC in the Spring and graces a number of prints in our first Spring delivery!
1. Bright Navy Cherry Mine 2. Hotty Pink A Thing Called Love 3. Bright Navy Cherry Picker 4. Bright Navy Cherry Wine 5. Resort White Flowers and the Trees
• There is a National Cherry Blossom Festival that’s held in early spring, every year in DC, to commemorate the 3,000 cherry trees donated by Tokyo in 1912 (the first 2,000 trees actually had to be burned when they arrived after being shipped from Japan because they were infested with insects & disease) There are now about 3,750 cherry trees in the tidal basin in Washington, DC.
♪ ♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year. ♪ ♫ Oh yes, the holidays are over but the past two years that we’ve asked YOU which sorority prints should be added to our collection, have been SO MUCH FUN!!! I’m not sure there’s much that can rival the spirit and pride a sorority girl has for her letters AND sisters. Well we’ve managed to wedge ourselves right in the middle of all that energy and we can’t help but grin from ear to ear and get excited WITH you ladies! With all the excitement has come some questions so we thought it might be helpful to pull together answers to some of the frequently asked questions we’re receiving. Here they are!
1. When is the entry period?
January 9, 2012 10amET – January 15, 2012 11:59pm ET for round 1
January 16, 2012 10amET – January 22, 2012 11:59pm ET for round 2
2. If I contacted Lilly Pulitzer prior to the start of this contest, will my “vote” count?
No. All e-mails, phone calls, posts to Facebook or other communications about prints for your sorority will NOT be included in the vote count for this round of the contest.
Every year, Pantone, the internationally known authority on all things color, has recently announced that 2012′s color of the year is… drum roll please…TANGERINE ORANGE! Oh boy did we relish in last year’s color choice of Honeysuckle Pink because duh- it was PINK, but leave it to Lilly to know EXACTLY what color is going to be fabulous and embrace it like no one else can.
Just you wait…it is going to be eeeeverywhere. Oh wait, it already IS here at Lilly! For our first delivery of the new year, coral (the Lilly interpretation of the color of the year) reigns supreme. Coral is incredibly chic AND flatters your complexion all year round. It’s just one of those colors that makes you look incredible and brightens you right up.
We just loooove what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says about this year’s color: “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
How can you not like the sound of that?! And really, how can you not want some of this?!
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!
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We admittedly have a jewelry addiction. It seems to follow a love of chocolate and an uncontrollable desire to buy excessive amounts of shoes. Listen, it is what it is. DO NOT let anyone tell you there is anything wrong with buying accessories with abandon. Bling makes the world-go-round… especially during the holidays!
Stacey, the designer of this bejeweled beauty, has hidden every cocktail ring you can imagine in this print so it’s just dripping in jewely-decadence. That old saying “Take one piece of jewelry off before you leave the house”… yeah, we aren’t buying it. Oh and we DARE you to try and find the Lilly in this print. That Stacey- she’s a sneaky one!
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Ummm, is this print genius or WHAT?! You have to admit it… you have been to Benihana and LOVED IT! Wasn’t there that time you went and got this BIG Buddha drink and everyone got a straw and then you fell off your chair laughing so hard? [Oh wait, that was Janie] Either way, there is nothing better than sharing, whether it’s a cocktail or a big bowl of ice cream, this is meant to be enjoyed with FRIENDS!
– Shop Scorpion Bowl –
We always love to show off our amazing print design team and how they bring our inspirations to life. Scorpion Bowl was designed by Paige Smith so she’s the star of our latest “Making of a Print” video. We took some behind the scenes pictures of the making of this video so we had footage from before Paige became a star – you know, so we could remind her where she started when she hits it big time
Watch the video now!
The over-sized banana leaves in this print are an obvious nod to a fan-yourself & dab-your-forehead jungle theme, but being subtle & sneaky is always a wee bit more fun. Which is why the print team snuck a suggestion into the print. (though in these colors & these styles, we think that’ll just happen!) And what’s Janie’s favorite part about this print?? That it’s available in Men’s swim trunks. Oh she’s funny like that…