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Lilly Loves Pinterest!

Posted on January 12, 2012 in More Fun by | 1 comment

OBSESSED. By now you’ve probably heard of Pinterest.  And if you haven’t, you will in 5…4…3…2…1 – someone will have mentioned it to you in the time it took to read that.  That’s because it’s an uber-fun, absolutely addicting, everyone-who-tries-it-loves-it, drool tool that you just need to know about. We’ve been using Pinterest since the lazy days of Summer and pin whenever we’re inspired! We’ve created quite a collection of pins over the last 6 months and we’re loving every wasteful colorful minute of it!

Let us paint a picture of Pinterest for you… Pinterest is basically an online inspiration board where you electronically “pin”, via a browser add-on or via the Pinterest website,  something to a “board” you’ve created.  It’s a great tool to collect ideas, recipes, photos, inspirations, etc, in an organized and very visual way.  And probably the best part of Pinterest? How incredibly easy it is to SHARE content. Your “home page” will constantly be flooded with new images from the “pinners” you follow and you can simply take it all in or you can “repin” to your heart’s delight, collecting all those new ideas on your own boards for later perusal.  That’s the basic idea but we think you’ll get a better idea of it if you just take a peek yourself. And here’s a quick peek of ours…

Of course, you can’t use Pinterest until you get an invite. Blergh. But… it’s not too hard. You can request an invite & wait or you can get invited through a friend who is already pinning!  Here are some great tips on taking that very first step to your newest addiction.

Oh and most important… make sure you’re following Lilly Pulitzer on Pinterest!! We hope to inspire and repin you!

Lilly Pulitzer Sorority Prints FAQ

Posted on January 10, 2012 in Inspiration, More Fun by | 27 comments

♪ ♫ 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.

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Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show with Lilly!

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

Runway shows are SO much fun…except when they’re over! Have you ever attended one and found yourself slightly sad that it all ended so fast? One minute the runway is bustling with the latest and greatest in fashion and the next, it’s over all too quickly. Oh come on, we can’t possibly be the only ones to experience the post-show let down. Well, a few weeks ago we can happily say we attended a runway show with zero post-show let down. That’s because it was the marathon of all fashion shows - Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show in Miami! Every minute of the ’round the clock show featured a different look – that’s 1,440 looks, accompanied by some amazing (and much needed during the wee hours) DJ beats, strutting down a 2 tiered, twisted South Beach runway! (Check out the show’s highlight reel here)

After a month of planning, we were ready to get to Miami for a day full of festivities. The show, that began at noon on Saturday, November 19th, was kicked off by Guiliana Rancic from E!. Lilly’s debut was set to happen during the “Sunday Brunch” time slot so there was plenty of time to kick back and enjoy the show before we had to get our game face on. The energy was absolutely contagious – with DJs spinning live, it was time to soak in the fashion…South Beach style! Ahhhh, can you say a fashionista’s dream come true?! All we could think about was how beautiful our colorful Lilly looks would look on the pristine, bright white runway the next morning…

So, here is the part where we’re supposed to say we stayed up for the ENTIRE 24 hours and did not miss any of the looks, right? Well, not quite. We had to head back to the hotel a little past midnight to get Mrs. Brynn [Harbert], Lilly’s spokesperson for the Cotton show, some shut eye so she could be prepared for our segment and her live (yes, LIVE! the whole show was streaming live on MTV.com) interview in the morning.

Sunday morning began meeting the fun & lively morning host, Cindy Taylor. (it didn’t appear she had stayed up all night either!) We chatted with her for a bit and before we knew it, Brynn was called up to take her place on stage. We were thrilled to be able to tell the show’s audience just how much Cotton means to our brand. As a brand born in Florida, it really always has been a tried and true staple in all of our lines for 50[ish] years. For our 2012 Resort line, some of our favorite pieces are Cotton so we were thrilled to have them included in the show. As they came down the runway, it was obvious why Lilly loves Cotton – it lends itself so beautifully to our vibrant prints. With the South Beach sun shining down and DJ Juan Mejia on the turntable, Lilly rocked the catwalk for a full twenty minutes!

Thank you to Cotton Inc. and MTV for a truly unforgettable experience – the amazing production went off without a hitch and we were thrilled to be a part of it! If you weren’t lucky enough to attend, don’t worry, we knew you wouldn’t want to miss it! Check out the full clip of the show and Brynn’s interview with Cindy here:

Embracing Tangerine Tango – Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year

Posted on January 5, 2012 in Inspiration, More Fun by | Comment

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?!

New Year Cheer Online Sale Shopping Tips!

Posted on January 2, 2012 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Lilly Pulitzer Online Sale shopping can be quite stressful. Oh sure, it’s fun- we smile and laugh and get giddy thinking about it but when it comes down to it, getting what we want is serious business. We get that… and we want to help! Below are some tips we’ve learned from our previous online sales-we certainly hope this helps you start 2012 with smiles and lots of Lilly!

Know how to get around. Preview the site the night before so you have a pretty good sense of how the site works. (we know some of you could checkout in your sleep!) There will be a designated SALE section during the 2 days. The sale section will have a drop down menu for each category on sale. Here are the sections we will have featured: Dresses, Tops, Bottoms, Accessories, Swim, Men, Kids and Murfees. Knowing this should give you a head start on where to kick off your shopping spree!

Start an Account. If you don’t have a lillypulitzer.com account, be sure to get one started before the sale starts tomorrow. This way your credit card & shipping information is “pre-loaded” which will save you time at check out. You’ll simply log into your account before you’re ready to shop and your information will be pre-populated during check out. This is also a great way to come back and check on your order status as you eagerly await your goodies! Get your account started here.

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Happy New Year!

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A Lilly Year in Review

Posted on December 29, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Each and every year holds a bevy of beautiful memories here at Lilly and since we just love any excuse to party, we thought we’d pull together a list of some of our fave happenings from 2011 we think are worth celebrating. In no particular order, here goes!

1. 2011′s celebration of Lilly Loves the Arts through the launch of prints like “First Impression,” “It Can Be Arranged,” “Optical Confusion,” “Cherry Begonias” and “Standing Ovation.” Our print designers are artists in the truest form so 2011′s theme was certainly near & dear to their hearts.

2. The opening of the Lilly Pulitzer boutique at The Breakers in Palm Beach and the beautification and re-opening of our retail stores in Ardmore, PA, East Hampton, NY, Legacy Village, OH and Sarasota, FL. And 2012 kicks off with the opening of a new retail store in Charlotte!

3. Welcoming 5 new sororities into our Lilly Sisterhood of Greek prints! (and our Sisterhood is going to get bigger VERY soon!) ;)

4. PARTIES. We have our fair share of parties every year but they’re always worth a backward glance… We had small parties…our Shop & Shares with all of our charitable friends, our trunk shows, book signings, guest hosted events, tented parties (horse race season, baby!) and we had big parties… Oceana’s Fundraising event in the Hamptons, Legacy Village’s grand Re-Opening with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, a celebration luncheon for 200+ at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and TONIGHT – The Red Cross Beach Bash in Palm Beach!

5. The re-design and launch of our site, lillypulitzer.com. Shop by print, wish lists, videos, fit ratings & more – as if there was a way to make shopping for Lilly more fun!

6. Hosting our Lilly (and sale) Lovers at our new Warehouse Sale location after 19 (!) years in our first location — to great success! “We couldn’t have missed it with all the signs!” “We loved all the mirrors in the dressing rooms!” “The check out line ran so smoothly and quick!” – You said it & we were happy to hear it!

7. Celebrating a milestone birthday of the beautiful and young-at-heart, Lilly Pulitzer.

8. The launch of our Lilly Pulitzer catalog iPad app. (the combo of social utility + shopping mobility makes our heart siiiiing!)

9. Introduction of some fave new products like anything in slub cotton jersey, the agenda (large & small!), the Carded ID wristlet, the Reeve, Eryn Dress and Whitaker Dresses, and the McKims now at $88!

10. The creation of exclusive prints for friends and partners like Dark ‘n Stormy, The Junior League, Baltimore’s National Aquarium, Cape & Islands, Amani Foundation for Palm Avenue and MitoAction for In The Pink,

And perhaps there was some design to this list after all, because we’ve bookended our favorite happenings in 2011 with PRINT. We designed a bazillion prints this year, each by our own hand in our in-house print studio, and we look forward to creating new and completely original, HAPPY prints that will surely delight our Lilly Lovers in 2012. We promise, and somehow we think you’ll believe us when we say, 2012 will surely be another colorful year!

Now my ladies (and gents)… surely we left some wonderful happenings in the world of Lilly off this list – tell us, which events would you add to your own Lilly Year In Review??

Murfee Scarf Styling

Posted on December 22, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

The Murfee Scarf is one of the most loved Lilly accessories ev-er.  It shows off our prints so well and can be worn a million different ways for either just a pop of color to accessorize a solid outfit or to add even more print & color to a Lilly ensemble for a double shot of pizazz. Needless to say, on any given day you can take a jaunt around the Pink Palace and find a dozen Murfees usually styled in so many ways.  We thought we’d show you 5 of the most common ways we see it styled:

1. Doubled Up – This style is very similar to how people often wear their winter scarves.  Take your Murfee, fold it in half and wrap it around the back of your neck. Reach through the loop and pick up the other side of the Murfee ends and pull both sides through so they hang down in front. Adjust so it fits comfortably around your neck.  This can be worn on your bare neck or even over a turtleneck – so cute!

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Lilly Pulitzer 2011 Retail Store Holiday Hours

Posted on December 21, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Hey there, Lilly Lovers! Whether you’re running around frantically gathering gifts to cross of your list or you’re spending the holidays how you like- SHOPPING, we thought it might be helpful to post the store hours of our Lilly Pulitzer retail locations. Many of them have extended hours over the next few days and ALL store locations will be CLOSED on Christmas Day.  Happy Shopping!

Lilly Pulitzer Suburban Square – Ardmore, PA - Facebook Page
December 21st – 9am – 9pm
December 22nd – 9am – 9pm
December 23rd – 9am – 9pm
December 24th – 8am – 5pm

Lilly Pulitzer King of Prussia Plaza – King of Prussia, PA – Facebook Page
December 21st – 8am – 11pm
December 22nd – 8am – 11pm
December 23rd – 8am – 11pm
December 24th – 8am – 6pm

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Holiday Cocktails!

Posted on December 20, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Since Lilly girls fancy themselves as the Hostess with the Mostest, we thought we’d bring you a few holiday cocktails to add to your ever-growing list of libations that always make your fetes fanciful and fabulous!

We’ve partnered with one of our favorite blogs, Fashionably Bombed, for a 12 days of Christmas giveaway – they brought the drinks & we brought the goodies!  Katherine & Flannery are giving away our Shaken ‘n Stirred necklaces (ummm… this necklaces is PERFECT for them!) but there are only 4 days left to win!!  Be sure to visit their blog here so you can enter to win! (and visit every day through Friday for another chance!)

The ladies of Fashionably Bombed are always doing fun giveaways — by way of COCKTAIL RECIPES!  We’ve chosen 3 of our fav holiday cocktails from the lovely f-bombed girls so you can bring the sauciness to your next soiree!

 1.  White Chocolate Candy Cane Martini 2. Gingerbread Martini  3. Holiday Sangria (obv we included a cocktail with oranges!)

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t pass along the recipe to this season’s favorite drink – The Scorpion Bowl!  The holidays are all about sharing – may we suggest you & your GFs share a Scorpion Bowl?!?  Print & pour!

* Must be 21 to drink. Please enjoy these beverages responsibly & stay safe this holiday!