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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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Divine Duos!

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

Our Mommy Lilly Lovers always get excited when a new season rolls around so they can check out all the fun outfits they can put together to coordinate with their Minnie.  We put together 4 looks that would be perfect for whatever Fall parties come your way.  And holiday card photo sessions are just around the corner so when you’re planning your family portraits, we hope your plans include Lilly! 

Lolly Dress & Dominica Dress in Bravissima

If you’re not up for matchy-matchy, choose a complimentary look instead. While your Minnie’s monkeying around, you can look casually cool in our printed Lexi crew!

Addie SweaterLexi Crew in Dress Rehearsal

And the weather is finally cooling off- cool enough for a sweater dress for you and your little sweetie!

Odile Sweaterdress in Hotty Pink GiraffeyConnie Sweaterdress in True Navy High Seas Stripe

Dress up in drama with skirts, dresses or silk- something for each in a family of Lilly Lovers!

Bella Skirt & Little Lilly shift - Elsa Top – all in Follow the Pink Road

In the Guest House with the Kleiers!

Posted on September 28, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

We are very excited to have the Kleiers from HGTV’s hit show, Selling New York, in our Guest House today.  This real-estate powerhouse trio (mother & daughters) are Lilly Lovers and loyal shoppers of our Madison Avenue store.  They tell us that they love the vibrant colors of Lilly because they translate so well onscreen. (good to know!)  They are always upbeat & fun when they stop in and shop and we love tuning in on Thursday’s at 9pm to see them donning their recent purchases.  Of course, their first love is real estate which is another reason they love Lilly – they adore that our Madison Avenue store is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side (where they sell most of their properties) and that the store is a two-story historic townhouse complete with original details including crown molding & a marble entrance.  Which is why it’s the PERFECT place for them to host a book signing of their newly released book called “Hot Property!”  Make plans to meet these Lilly-loving New Yorkers in person this coming Monday evening at our Madison Avenue store!

 We wanted to know a little bit more about these lovely women so we asked them to answer some of our questions. Here’s what they had to say!…

Q. “Working with my mom/daughter is ______________”
A. A dream come true! (we all surprisingly agree on that!)

Q. If you could be selling real estate in any other city, which city would it be?
A. Impossible! We would never leave New York.

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Store of the Week – E A Davis

Posted on September 26, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

We had the pleasure of seeing the E A Davis team here at the Pink Palace a few weeks ago for our Spring buying meeting.  We love this family-owned, one-stop-shop for all things Lilly because of their rich history (their store was originally a dry goods store in the early nineteen hundreds!) and their adorable college town and the northern locals are just as crazy about them too.  The team is excited to be featured as Store of the Week & they shared a little bit more about their history & what makes them unique!

Come find us!

579 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA
Store hours:
Monday-Saturday 9.30-6 Sunday Noon – 5
Check us out online (where you can get a virtual tour!), on Facebook and on Twitter!

Brief Store History: E A Davis has been defining style since 1904. We were established by a woman, Emma A Davis, who was a Lilly Lover before her time! In addition to the finest fashions for the entire family, E A Davis has an award winning interior design studio for your home too!

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