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In the Guest House with Kathryn Deane, Author of “Bermuda”

Posted on November 2, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

When Kathryn M. Deane, long-time Lilly Lover and co-author of “Bermuda“, approached us about doing some events at our Lilly stores to promote her new book, it was a quick “Yes, of course!!” How could we resist helping spread the word about a book that talks about one of our favorite Resort destinations all while giving 100% of the proceeds back to the island through 4 wonderful organizations?!? (well exactly, we couldn’t!!)  Of course we wanted to know a little bit more about Kathryn & what inspired her to write the book (and just how she got Michael Douglas to write the foreward!) so we invited her into our Guest House to fill us in!  Here’s a bit more from Kathryn…

1. What do you love most about Bermuda and why did you choose to do a book about the island?

To me, Bermuda is such a timeless place. I see photos of my parents sailing on their honeymoon in Bermuda in the 1950s. I remember exploring the island with my brothers and sisters in the 1960s and 1970s and bringing my children there in the 1990s. And now they are in college and love to come to the island to be with their family and friends. Bermuda has an enduring beauty both in the beaches and the water and in the life and vibrant culture. That’s what we tried to capture in the book—how Bermuda is such a great community made up of extraordinary people. It’s a place that truly has it all and the photographs we put in the book show how much there is to do and see there. There are incredible artists, business people, politicians, visitors & locals, museum curators, children & families, and scientists, all going about their lives in this place of breathtaking natural beauty.

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Store of the Week – C. Orrico Naples

Posted on October 31, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

To say that C. Orrico Naples is a bit of a fairy tale place to shop for Lilly is not a stretch & stepping foot inside this store will surely make you feel a little like a princess- a Lilly princess, that is. The Orrico Sisters know their treasure of a store will delight Lilly Lovers & anyone who lives a Lilly lifestyle!

Come find us!
255 13th Avenue S.
Naples, FL 34103
239.435.4565
Check us out online & on Facebook!

The Start
Our Naples gem of a store came to life in November 2001 – we had finally become bi-coastal. We are tucked in a beautiful spot- a street off of the famous Third avenue in historic Naples. The old world charm of this quaint section of town has now been lit with the pink and green flame. The C. Orrico Naples Signature Store was the first to carry the entire lifestyle line in all of Naples and the west coast of Florida. Being the pioneer store in that area we have grown to be quite an established destination.

The Look

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Resort 2011 – A Glam Start to a New Year in Lilly!

Posted on October 25, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

The start of the Resort season is a big deal around here.  See… it’s in our DNA as a brand- we were born into the Resort lifestyle so we absolutely cherish this time of year.  It signals the best times in life with family & friends – it’s ageless, effortless and colorful (of course, Lilly kind of invented that part of it)  And while everyone else starts their year in Spring, of course we start ours with Resort.  Would it make sense any other way?!?

The best part of  starting a new year is kicking off a new, fun theme.  Our theme this year is “Lilly in Bloom.“  Each season, which also has it’s own guiding theme, we’ll be tipping our hat to the colorful florals that make us all so happy (and look so darn pret-ty!)  Resort 2011 starts us off with “Jungle Glam.” 

Our theme (read: obsession) is resort chic gone Jungle Glam.  It’s all about colors that make you smile, dresses that FORCE you to stay out all night, and sweaters that demand to be stacked, then gifted, restacked… but never regifted.  Tunics are a girl’s best friend because they are worn over teeny bikinis, over jeans, over resort white pants, over EVERYTHING!  Prints are clutch-your-stomach, make-your-eyes-pop, have-to-have frenzied! And tinsel (aka: big baubles!!) should be hung from everything!

Our cheeks are pink with the glow of an all-out, jungle-glam, lilly-filled EXCESSIVE holiday!!  Resort product hits store shelves and online FRIDAY!

Store of the Week – Persnickety Palm

Posted on October 24, 2011 in More Fun by | 3 comments

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
Like us on Facebook!

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
Like us on Facebook!

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!