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Store of the Week – Persnickety Palm

Posted on October 24, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Of course Spring & Summer are high-times for all Lilly Lovers, but the team at Persnickety Palm loves a celebration any time of the year!  A perfect example of their we-know-how-to-have-fun attitude is the annual Halloween parade that happens every year (on Halloween day so mark your calendars!) – marching right past their shop!  What a perfect excuse to sneak shopping into your holiday celebrations!

Come Find Us!

Persnickety Palm
1 Loudoun St. SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
703-443-0948
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Persnickety Palm is located in a unique 19th century building in the heart of historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia. We (Linda and Peter) believe that resort chic is more than summers at the beach. It’s a style and state of mind for everyday life. It’s not only our ideal, it’s our trademark: Bringing Resort Chic to Everyday Life…All Year Long.™

Halloween is a special time of year for us because Leesburg’s Annual Halloween Parade is the longest running Halloween parade east of the Mississippi River – 54 years and counting. Who knew????? Costumed revelers, floats, horseback riders and marching bands strut their way right past our shop, passing out candy to the trick-or-treating crowds that line the street. It kicks off a great season of festivities for Persnickety Palm, with our own “Annual Turkey, Tinsel and Birthday Cake” celebration in honor of Lilly Pulitzer’s birthday, Thanksgiving, and an amazing Christmas season. And the Lilly jeep, with some of our favorite Minnies waving from the backseat, is always a huge hit in Leesburg’s annual Christmas parade. Don’t get us wrong, we L-O-V-E Spring and Summer, but the late-year holidays are a great opportunity for us to show why Resort Chic really is a year ’round way of life.

What else makes us unique? Maybe it’s our pink and green leopard print tissue paper. Or maybe the custom pink and green leopard print curtains. Why? Like Lilly we love animals, especially cats. (Psst – your four-legged friends are always welcome in our shop!) And is there anything more classically chic than leopard print (with a Lilly Pulitzer inspired twist, of course!)? Yes, we’re a little different than your typical Signature Store, from the historic building to the Harold Kraus paintings on the wall to the bamboo ladders showing off our Murfee scarves and vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabrics. But at Persnickety Palm we believe that being a little different is “Essentially Lilly.”

Please swing by when you are in our neck of the woods (about 40 miles west of Washington, DC, not too far from Dulles Airport), and show us how you wear your Lilly and strut your “Resort Chic” self all year long! ;-)

Store of the Week – Palm Village

Posted on October 17, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Our Palm Village store in the Historic Biltmore Village, is certainly one-of-a-kind and it all starts with their amazing location.  The setting is gorgeous and the store itself keeps up with those expectations as it includes beautiful pieces from the Lilly Pulitzer line of furniture and has lots of Lilly touches.  So how do we celebrate the uniqueness that is Palm Village? With a custom print, of course! (which you’ll find on Lexi Crews available for purchase!)  This store, village, and estate are certainly a must-visit Lilly store!

Come Find Us!
Historic Biltmore Village
One All Souls Crescent, Suite 100
Asheville NC, 28803
828-505-8140
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Palm Village opened its doors in July of 2010 to bring a dose of color to Historic Biltmore Village: a historic district directly outside the entrance of the Biltmore Estate and about 2 miles south of downtown Asheville, NC. Palm Village is a labor of love for manager, Eleanor Quinn and the other Lilly lovers that manage and work in the store as well as the partners that make up LMP Asheville. (the official “owner”) Asheville, a town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, is a town that is known for its diverse culture and arts, for being the home of the United States largest home, the Biltmore Estate, and for being a Mecca for local micro breweries having been named Beer City USA for the third year in a row. (we share that little nugget of info any chance we get!) Needless to say, Palm Village and the artistic Lilly Pulitzer works of art that we sell, took the town by surprise and the love is catching on like wildfire! We always get so excited seeing people all over town wearing Lilly Pulitzer – especially since it used to be hard to find!

At Palm Village, giving back is a core value and has been instrumental in getting the word out that we are here! This Thursday from 5-7pm, we are having a shop and share event and will be donating 10% of the event proceeds to the Mission Hospital Cancer Campaign as they are raising money for a cancer wing at the hospital. We are also excited to raise money for them by raffling off one of our Lilly Pulitzer printed cruiser bikes: all raffle tickets are $5!  Come join us!

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Cocktails, Anyone?

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

Fall arrives and everyone scurries back to school, planning their best studious & hayride outfits while we plan for Fall & holiday parties. That’s right, our sights are never further then the next excuse for cocktails on our agendas.  That’s why we’re here to help you load your closet with beautiful dresses that are right for any occasion!  And yes, you’re seeing that correct, we have BLACK! (though we’d never dream of being without our PINK!) Dress up and party down with Lilly.

1. Sage Dress
2. Naomi Dress
3. Julianna Dress
4. Julianna Dress
5. Jeannette Dress
6. Dominica Dress

1. Celina Dress
2. Blossom Dress
3. Eryn Dress
4. Naomi Dress

In the Guest House with Christie Leigh Mueller of Gridiron Belles

Posted on October 12, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

So it’s not a secret that Lilly Lovers love Fall for more reasons than the beautiful foliage and all the excuses to eat yummy food – we love Fall because we love football!  Weeeellll… ok. Let’s be clear – we love tailgating.  Sure, we eventually go inside and watch the game but our true love is the tailgate party, looking cute and having fun with all of our friends.  Perhaps the reason we don’t get as excited about the game as we do about the pre-game is because we don’t know enough about football to appreciate the finer points.  Which is EXACTLY what Christie Leigh Mueller thought when she authored the book, Gridiron Belles; A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie.  Her passion is SEC football. And though she absolutely counts herself a Lilly Lover, she actually loves the game as much as she loves to party! (shocking, we know.) Her book celebrates what it means to be a southern Belle on Saturdays in the Fall and forces the rest of us to give up our excuses and join in the mania that is SEC football!  In Christie Leigh’s words…

What made you write the book?
I was growing restless watching football with just guys. I wanted my sister and sorority sisters to enjoy Saturdays in the fall as much as I do. Not to mention, there is a huge overlap of etiquette and SEC football… and since I’m passionate about both, it was a perfect combination for a book for women!

Where did you go to school and what is your favorite football team?
I went to Rhodes College, a small liberal arts school in Memphis, TN. While Rhodes College has my money, the Auburn Tigers have my heart and loyalty.

How many games have you been to? Have you ever missed a tailgate?
I never miss a tailgate if I am going to a game. I always schedule at least 4 to 6 hours to tailgate, that way I have time to relax, visit other fans and catch other SEC games on TV.

Describe a typical game day outfit- what should it be?
My typical game day outfits consist of dresses, pearls and a team tattoo on my cheek! The South and its Belles are so beautiful, we love our wardrobes to match so nothing less than your best with team flare is what I encourage on game day in Dixie.

The biggest revelation I had during my days of research was_________.
Not all Belles know about college football or want to know about college football, but generally speaking, Gents want their Belles to know at least a little bit about college football!

Without a doubt, my absolute favorite thing about football in the South is________.
Escaping reality 12 Saturdays a year and being surrounded by something bigger than myself. I also love being surrounded by Gridiron Belles; they are passionate, strong and involved in all of the glory that is Saturdays down South.

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Garnet Hill Bedding Giveaway

Posted on October 11, 2011 in More Fun by | 20 comments

ENTER TODAY!

We believe that your bedroom should be your sanctuary. A place where you can relax and recharge. A place that brings you peace and happiness. So in designing our new “Don’t Be Koi” bedding with our friends at Garnet Hill, the goal was to create something that’s the perfect blend of chic luxury and pure delight. Did we do it?!

If your bedroom could use a little help in the “sanctuary” department, look no further!  We’re giving away one “Don’t Be Koi” bedding set!  One winner will receive a Queen set of the Don’t Be Koi bedding including duvet, sham set, sheet set and pillow covers.  The contest runs Tuesday, October 11, 2011 (today) through Tuesday, October 18th at 12:00pm ET.  Enter here and review complete contest rules here.

Sweet dreams!

Store of the Week – Ocean Palm Williamsburg

Posted on October 10, 2011 in More Fun by | 2 comments

Ocean Palm is located in historic Merchants Square in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Whether it is the changing of the leaves, the grand illumination or simply a perfect spring day, The Square is always bustling and full of life. We couldn’t think of a better place for our cheerful, colorful Lilly Pulitzer brand, could you?!

Where to find us:
411 W. Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 229-3961
Visit us online and on Facebook

Our history: Some years ago now, Janet Lane-Roberts, a British Lilly Lover, moved from northern Virginia where she owned a children’s store, to Virginia Beach. Janet’s daughter Emily, had always wanted her to open a Lilly store, and thought, what better time than the present?! That could be where this story ends happily ever after, but… the store took off and just as Lilly did many years ago, Janet found her self ready to expand. At this point, customers were traveling hours to get their hands on the sassy pink and greens of Lilly that brought smiles to their faces. So when the opportunity to open a second store came up, Janet jumped at the idea and here we are!  This Fall marks the beginning of our fourth amazing year here in Williamsburg. We are now making our own colorful mark on this historic town!

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Ten Days Around the Globe

Posted on October 6, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Dress Designer Abraham recently took a trip around the world, 10 stops in all, in search of inspiration. His trip took him on a multi-city tour from Philly to New York (Fashion’s Night Out pit-stop!) to LA to Finland to Denmark to Sweden to London to New York and back to Philly, where an exhausted but inspired Abraham, got to work on capturing all the amazing designs he saw. We wanted to share a few pics of the Nordic inspirations he found along the way and of course, we couldn’t NOT share pics of some of the fun & good eats he had too! Here’s Abe in his own words about his world tour…

I started my trip in NYC for Fashion’s Night Out where the streets of New York became runway shows. Everyone was out to see and be seen and absolutely dressed-to-impress. It’s always great night to be inspired by all the Fashionistas of the city. (Sadly, I couldn’t party too much since I had to catch an early plane with my coworkers to LA) Once in LA, we took a trip to the monthly market at the Rose Bowl (d)- a must-stop for vintage shopping. (check out those vintage Lillys (a) we found!). After three short days there, I jumped back onto a plane making a quick stop in Finland (even the airport (b) itself was beautiful) before heading to Denmark. Copenhagen is a city very much like LA ( the LA of Scandinavia) and the vintage shopping, bike rides, boat tours and galleries (e) really got my creative juices flowing. Before I knew it I was back on a plane to spend three days in Stockholm. The Swedes really know what classic dressing is all about. (examples- check out those window shots! (c)) I could not get over the beauty of the city and the people. Ten days later I was back at the Pink Palace of Philly (not to be mistaken for the Pink Palace of Copenhagen (f)) armed with so many ideas for our Fall ’12 and Resort ’12 collections. I can’t wait to see all the new dresses in stores and on our customers!

In the Guest House with The Breast Cancer Charities of America

Posted on October 5, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Last Friday we introduced our partnership with The Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) for the month of October.  And today, we are very excited to have them in our Guest House so they can tell you a little bit more about themselves.  Fortunately there are a lot of organizations that have an active role in fighting breast cancer and the toll it takes on our lives but sometimes it’s hard to understand who does what.  Which is another reason we wanted to feature more about BCCA because we really believe in the role they’re playing right now (with their aptly named “Help Now Fund“) in the lives of women affected by breast cancer.  We really encourage you to read more about this wonderful group and get involved to help make a difference.  Here’s Erica…

Can you give us a brief understanding of what The Breast Cancer Charities of America is all about?

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is the only non-profit bringing the “integrated cancer care” message to the women of America, where the care ‘program’ involves every aspect of body, mind and spirit treatment to the cancer prevention, treatment and recovery effort. Integrated cancer care is employed in addition to, not in place of, orthodox medicine as many studies show that techniques like diet, exercise, and social support can be as powerful as drugs and surgery. Through our iGoPink: Fashion Fights Breast Cancer campaign, BCCA brings a fresh approach to finding the cure.

BCCA exists to deliver this message to women with breast cancer and to educate healthcare providers with this news. The result: we will change medicine and we will save lives.

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Store of the Week – Lady Bird

Posted on October 3, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Pam Halferty and Emily Smith, owners of Lady Bird, have been “besties” since the first grade (don’t you dare ask them how old they are!) and though they hail from California, they both spent time on the east coast and fell in love with the Lilly Pulitzer brand.  Lucky for the ladies of San Marino, California that they decided to bring Lilly to the west coast and open up a Signature Store in March of 2010.  They knew the Pasadena community would love Lilly as much as they did and they were right!  They have great customers and Pasadena loves having a local Lilly shop where they can see all the goodies in person!  Here’s a little bit more about how these friends made Lady Bird a west coast Lilly Lover’s favorite!…

Come find us!
2556 Mission Street, San Marino, California 91108
phone: (626) 441-4550
Store hours- Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

About your town/shopping center: We are located in Mission Village, a very charming part of the San Marino/Pasadena area. The shopping center has a wonderful array of clothing boutiques, gift shops, salons and eating establishments- perfect for spending a full day enjoying everything Mission Village has to offer!

Our store is unique because… We are the exclusive area retailer of Lilly Pulitzer. We love to help our customers feel pretty and feminine in the latest Lilly styles. When you stop by Lady Bird, be prepared to stay awhile to chat and have some fun!

Our favorite product from the Fall ’11 delivery is… We LOVE the latest Fall delivery – especially the Augusta dress and the Ciara tunics! Leave it to Lilly Pulitzer to create such beautiful prints using navy and pink… We’re also loving all of the black cocktail dresses. The Jeanette Dress is a knock out for sure!

Upcoming events: We are so excited for our Resort Trunk Show on Thursday, October 27 from 6-8 pm, which will be co-hosted by Nicole Couture from Lilly Pulitzer! We’ll be showing a sneak peak of the Resort line to our customers. Email or call us if you’d like to attend!

Favorite Customers: We love working with brides-to-be! We’ve helped some lovely ladies get prepped for showers, rehearsal dinners and even the big day! Bridesmaids, too!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – We [also] Go Pink in October!

Posted on September 30, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Check out Breast Cancer Charities of America online, on Facebook and on TwitterDonate to their Help Now Fund today!

Lilly herself always said “if you have no charity in your heart, you have the worst type of heart trouble.” That is why we continue her legacy through all of our philanthropic partnerships and dedicated product. This October, we want to bring awareness to a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts and to a growing organization that is bringing integrated cancer care to women, nationwide. We would like to introduce you to our friends at the Breast Cancer Charities of America, bringing together breast cancer authorities from a variety of healthcare and allied professions who are dedicated to ending breast cancer. (And really, how can we not support an organization with a campaign called “I Go Pink?!” Lilly Lovers go pink every day!!) They also work to promote nutrition, exercise, mind, body, and social support to bring cancer prevention to women. As a women’s apparel brand, highlighting such a great organization is truly a pleasure.

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