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Buttoned up & Ladylike

Posted on March 8, 2012 in More Fun, Style by | Comment

1/ Bibi Dress 2/ Adriana Dress & Camila Coat 3/ Parker Dress 4/ Adelia Dress & Alani Coat

Since Spring is all. about. pretty., we HAVE to talk about the trend of Ladylike dresses. Trend? OK so no- ladylike is ALWAYS in style and you can always count on Lilly to bring you those styles that make you feel feminine and flirty but also flatter your figure with full skirts, swingy styles and sophisticated textures that make you feel ladylike and… PRETTY!

Patterns and Prints, Prints and Patterns

Posted on March 1, 2012 in More Fun, Style by | Comment

One word: PRETTY.  We think that best sums up our latest Spring delivery. I mean, sure, we’re biased but c’mon, this delivery has all the makings… lots of pink (here, here and here), beautiful blossoming prints (here, here and here) and patterns that pop (here, here and here).  It’s just March 1st but February, January, December — they’re all HISTORY – Spring is blooming and we’re celebrating it’s arrival with Pretty Pink Perfection!

Lilly Pulitzer Chroniclers Program

Posted on February 28, 2012 in More Fun by | 5 comments

We are very excited to launch a new research program here at Lilly called “The Lilly Pulitzer Chroniclers.”  Our customers are some of the most passionate in the fashion industry and we absolutely love hearing from you.  Our customers also happen to have A LOT going on in their lives (the ultimate social butterflies, you are!) and we truly want to understand more about what your every day looks like.  We’re hoping you’ll let us take a peek inside your life by becoming a Lilly Pulitzer Chronicler! Find out more about this program and why you should apply today!

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The Making Of: Lilly Pulitzer SouthPark

Posted on February 23, 2012 in Inspiration, More Fun by | 2 comments

The last time we talked with Visual Director, Jose he was busy Lilly-fying The Breakers store. Now we’re catching him in the aftermath of the SouthPark store launch. We sat down with him (because he’s been standing for the last 4 weeks!!) for a quick Q & A session about our fabulous new home in Charlotte, NC. Here’s what he had to say!

1.When starting a new store design, how do you find inspiration? Where do you start? What’s your approach?

Well, it’s a team effort, that’s for sure. First I sit down with Jane Schoenborn (Design Director) and the Print Team to come up with creative and innovative store ideas. Let’s just say we are equipped with tons of coffee, sweets and for us dieters, water….LOL. We then dig into the history and culture of the city we’re moving to and pull themes, inspiration swipes and ideas together and see where we can carry out those themes inside the store. For SouthPark, we wanted to design a store that oozes Fun, Color and Lilly. When I think of Charlotte, I think southern belle, southern hospitality, pretty flowers and PINK. Oh did I mention something sparkly?! Ok glitter everything! (That’s more of the Janie infusion!) Those were the key words that popped into our heads when we started designing the store. Once we have the themes and ideas solidified we move on to what we call the “Glamification” process… it’s definitely the most fun! We take our inspiration and go crazy inside the store with paint, props, furniture.. And of course anything PINK. Our approach has always been to paint the town Pink…Kidding, not really….ok seriously, our approach is to celebrate the city’s fun, beauty and culture in a Lilly way. In Charlotte, we didn’t have to Lillify a lot since you gals are such Lilly Lovers already- we just needed to put a little bit more blush on your cheeks and add a little glitter in your step.

2. What are your 3 favorite features in the SouthPark store?

Really I can only pick three? (we knew he’d struggle with this one!) Hmm… Well let’s start with the windows! The windows are absolutely my number one! We’re constantly swimming in a fishbowl of fun at the SouthPark store. What do I mean by fishbowl? We’re surrounded by floor to ceiling storefront windows (we’re on a corner) and it’s fantastic. (probably because it allows us to enjoy all the excellent people watching!) We’re literally able to share our colorful fun with shoppers before they even enter the store.

My number 2 obsession has to be the Dogwood flowers. I LOVE Dogwood flowers! So this flower is the North Carolina state flower, and it totally inspired the front rooms of the SouthPark store. Paige and Ashley painted the walls with these flowers in pink, green and turquoise. We added a 3-D effect (no 3D glasses required) of GLITTERED dogwoods…let’s just say when you are sitting on the sofa, you will be surrounded by glitter and sparkle and no Lilly girl can resist that!

Okay I’m going to play my interior design card here for number three. My third favorite feature of the SouthPark store are the RUGS! OMG. Seriously? I love them! Not only are they gorgeous and colorful but they totally tie the store together and they remind me of Lilly’s home in Palm Beach. Lilly always knew best how to partner printed couches with printed rugs, colorful chairs and eclectic accessories. She was so daring with her color and pattern choices and yet each room always looked amazing. I like to think the SouthPark store has a lot of truly authentic “Lilly” themes within it.

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Lilly Pulitzer Picture This! Photo Contest

Posted on February 20, 2012 in More Fun by | 1 comment

SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO HERE

Have you ever wondered who those drop-dead gorgeous ladies are in the photos that appear in our Lilly printed picture frames?? Well all those lovely ladies grace the boardrooms of our Pink Palace looking as lovely as they did on the day those pictures were taken. Oh yes, our team meetings are dressy affairs and we all get downright chummy. What?  You don’t believe us?  OK, well I maaaay be exaggerating a wee bit on how we all look in the office day-to-day, but those Lilly-loving beauties are all employees and now, they’re out of the picture – literally.  We’re prepared to say goodbye to those smiling faces and replace them with YOURS!!

We’re excited to announce that today, February 20th, kicks off our “Picture This! Lilly Lovers Photo Contest!”  Our Lilly loving friends can upload their photos to our online Photo Gallery and be entered in the chance to have their photo appear in our Lilly printed picture frames coming out in Fall!  Be sure to read through all the details so you understand how your smiling face can be seen by thousands of other Lilly Lovers!

- Round 1, the “Entry Period,” runs from Monday, February 20th – Friday, February 24th at 12:00pm ET
- You will have 5 days (until Friday at 12:00pm ET) to upload your photos to the Photo Gallery on lillypulitzer.com (HERE).
- When uploading your photos, please do the following:
- Upload the highest resolution and highest quality photos you have.
- Under “Tell us your Lilly Story” please include “Photo Contest” and how your photo entry best reflects the Lilly Pulitzer spirit of leading a colorful life!
- You may upload as many photos as you like for consideration but do not upload any single photo more than one time as this will not increase your chances of winning.
- At the end of Round 1, Lilly Pulitzer will choose [up to] 20 finalist photos to go into Round 2.  Decisions will be based on the following three (3) criteria: quality of the photo (clarity of photo and high enough resolution for printing & placement in packaging), the photo composition (use your creativity, have fun, and show your Lilly Love) and your Lilly story! (describe how your photo best reflects the Lilly spirit of leading a colorful life!)

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Introducing the Lilly Pulitzer SouthPark team!

Posted on February 15, 2012 in More Fun by | Comment

We are SO SO SO excited (almost as excited as you!) to be opening our Lilly Pulitzer store at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte this FRIDAY! We wanted to introduce our amazing team, led by Store Manager, Kristen Assell, so you could feel right at home when you come for a visit! Meet Kristen and her team and say hello next time you’re in Charlotte!

1. Tell us a little about yourself: I am a native Charlottean, and have lived here most of my life- I love this city! I went to Appalachian State and graduated with a Management and Marketing degree, and after a short stint in a “serious” job at a bank, I decided I just had to go back to retail- (my first love) I couldn’t sit behind a desk another minute! I have been married 6 years to my wonderful husband Billy, and we live in Weddington with our 2 doggies Roscoe and Ginger. I am just tickled PINK that Lilly is opening in Charlotte!!

2. What’s your Lilly story? I have always known about Lilly and their fun and colorful prints, but I didn’t really understand how amazing and talented they were until I saw the HUGE graphics go up on the wall when they began building the store in Charlotte. After that, I was obsessed! The gorgeous walls of color and prints captivated me and I sought out this opportunity- best decision ever!

3. Introduce us to your team: I am so lucky to have a wonderful and talented management team. My Assistant Manager, Debbie Meyers, who recently moved back to Charlotte from NYC, is a retail pro and an energetic and fun addition to our team! We are also thrilled to have Katie Driscoll as our Associate Manager. She has a long history with Lilly having worked at the Lilly signature store, Miss Priss when they were in Charlotte, and her talented mother Kristin, owns a monogramming company that will be doing our monogram work at Lilly SouthPark. Victoria Cable, also joining us as an Associate Manager, has worked for Lilly for 3 years. She started with Lilly in our Sarasota, FL store part-time while in college, and now that she has graduated, she’s been promoted and moved to Charlotte to join our team here and open this new store! How lucky are we?!? We have 6 part-timers who LOVE Lilly and can’t wait to meet all our Lilly fans in Charlotte!

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For the Love of Lilly!

Posted on February 9, 2012 in More Fun by | Comment

1. Estelle Sweater / 2. Little Lilly Shift / 3. Whinnie Dress / 4. Lottie Dress / 5. ANYTHING in Hotty Pink A Thing Called Love / 6. Cherry Blossom Earrings

There’s a lot to love about Lilly in Spring from our oh-so-flirty dresses to our cuddle-with-me sweaters; our smile-inducing prints to our playful and pretty accessories.  Drop some hints this holiday so he can show you the love and then we can make you shine!

Behind the Scenes Style

Posted on February 8, 2012 in More Fun, Style by | 4 comments

Just like Lilly, our Lilly Lovers loooove the details – and not just Lilly details – every detail. Questions like “what shade of lipstick does your model have on in the picture of the Whinnie dress?” or “what color nail polish is the model wearing in this catalog shot?” come up all the time. Questions like this inspired us to partner with our on-shoot stylists from Ford Artists to create a series here on the blog about how you can get the looks we’re featuring.

All of our tips are from Shannon Grey Williams, a Lilly girl herself (she panicked when she realized her headshot featured her in black! *gasp*), who loves working on the Lilly set creating fun, happy and pretty styling for our models.  She’ll be providing the step-by-step on how to get these looks yourself all the way down to WHAT products she uses for styling. This week she’s sharing her know-how on creating the fishtail braid- an adorable look she used on Elsa here!  We hope you enjoy this new series and stay tuned next month to get our next look!

Razzle Dazzle with Spring Bling!

Posted on February 7, 2012 in More Fun, Style by | 1 comment

1. Spring Garden Necklace 2. Critter Earrings 3. Critter Ring 4. Critter Ring

A fresh Spring wardrobe means new accessories, STAT!  From earrings to bracelets, rings to necklaces, we’ve got the freshest, prettiest baubles for Spring.  Layer it up with bangles and charms or keep it simple with studs and a ring.  And you must- must, must, must- check out our Wet My Whistle Necklace- it DEMANDS attention in more ways than one!

1. Wet My Whistle Necklace 2. Cherry Pop Necklace 3.  Love U Bracelet 4. Bamboo Bangles

Silhouettes in Bloom

Posted on February 2, 2012 in More Fun, Style by | Comment

 This Spring, some of our long-adored dresses have bloomed into new silhouettes.  All your fave dresses + all our fave trends = everyone’s new must-haves for Spring!  The Lottie, Blossom’s little sister, has the same structure with a bit more simplicity- it’s the perfect body style to let the print do the talking! Our darling Clare has transformed into Cherrie with some added shirring detail at the empire waist for shaping but minus the ruffles at the neckline.

And the HOT, HOT, HOT love affair with our cool, cotton slub jersey just got hotter with the introduction of the Somerset in Spring! Same body style with an added ruffle for femininity & whimsy! And Whinnie is the love child of the sassy, one-shouldered Whitaker and the ruffled, flirty Wynn top – win-win-whinnie!

Don’t worry, your fab-fun-favorites will still be around to help you come alive with color in the coming months!