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Summer Weddings – Styles for Every Setting

Posted on June 18, 2012 in Party, Style by | 3 comments

We adore Summer weddings. What’s better than spending a beautiful evening with friends celebrating everlasting love?? (we’re saps, what can we say) And let’s be honest, we also love any excuse to buy and wear a new frock! (cocktails will be served, right?)

Speaking of something new… here are 3 looks for 3 different weddings we’re headed to this Summer…

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Sisterhood Spotlight – Kappa Alpha Theta at Southern Methodist University

Posted on June 8, 2012 in Party by | Comment

We are sad to be bringing our chapter of “Sorority Spotlights” to a close, but we’re excited to have saved the best for last! (well they were voted “Best Sorority on Campus” for the last 2 years! :) )  Today we’re featuring the Theta girls from SMU, and we’re excited to have one of their members as an intern here at the Pink Palace this summer!  We hope you enjoyed the 15 chapters we featured here on the blog- we LOVED shining the spotlight on these fabulous women and their dynamic organizations.  We’re always looking for fun ways to showcase our Lilly Lovers, so let us know you if you have idea for us here on the Colorful blog!  And now we bring you the lovely ladies of Kappa Alpha Theta!

1. School, Sorority & Chapter Name
Southern Methodist University: Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Sigma Chapter

2. Size of your Chapter and date/year it was founded
Theta has been on the SMU campus since March 10, 1929 and 175 Thetas currently call SMU home.

3. Quotables
“THINK THETA!!”

4. The 3 Lilly items from the Summer Collection you’ll surely find in our closets are:
1. Clifton Short: SMU Thetas are bold and bright! We love the new neon colors Lilly is offering, and these shorts are a necessity in the Dallas heat.
2. The Kolby Dress:  A balance of pretty and sass! It comes in white and navy, which are both perfect to wear on The Boulevard before a football game!
3. Keene Bandeau: We love hanging out at the SMU tanning pool after class or on the weekend! With this swim top, we don’t ever have to worry about getting awful tan lines.

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Cocktails in the Garden with Lilly!

Posted on June 7, 2012 in Party by | Comment

Tonight marks the first of four evenings in June that Lilly Pulitzer will be hosting “Cocktails in the Garden” at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with a dress code of “Lilly or Louder.” (the first 50 guests dressed in Lilly will receive a special gift bag!) June’s theme, “Hydrangeas & Honeybees,” will make for a beautiful cocktail party that includes a DJ, chef demos in their Edible Garden, and cultural performances. The event includes a specialty cocktail and dinner available at the MetroFresh cafe.

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The Opening of Phipps Plaza

Posted on May 30, 2012 in Party by | 2 comments

Our Phipps Plaza retail store in Atlanta, GA has been open for less than a week and the reaction we get from almost every customer who walks in the door is, “Wow- this is all hand painted?!?”  The answer is yes!  The Lilly print designers (yes… the same ones that bring you your favorite Lilly prints), also bring you an unforgettable brand experience in-store by hand painting what you see in our new (and now most) of our retail stores. The team is led by our Visual Director, Jose Cuadra, who is giving us a quick peek into the process of opening a new retail store, from sketch to store!…

The process has always been the same – trap the most creative people in the building (that always includes Janie and the print team), dose us all up with caffeine and pile up the chocolates and desserts and let the creativity flow! We always start the brainstorm with our goal in mind – to celebrate the city’s [where our retail store will be located] culture, lifestyle and people and infuse that with the fun and whimsy that is Lilly Pulitzer.  Once the brainstorm ends, the team creates illustrations (the sketches you see in this post) of the vision for the store and these are the guides used for the build out process. We started this process called Lilly-fication about 4 years ago and appropriately, it started in our Palm Beach Garden store!  And let me tell you, each year we get better and crazier – from printed animal heads on walls to swinging monkeys on chandeliers.

For Phipps, we started with the main sales floor and included lots of magnolia flowers – what can be more Atlanta and southern?! The magnolia flowers are made from lightweight cardboard, lacquered and painted with a matte finish that gives it an artsy but sexy and feminine look. But we are KNOWN for our extravagant fitting rooms and at Phipps, we truly stepped it up. Four fitting rooms with four different designs.

We always include the “Lilly Story” which has become a staple for us- it’s just how we do it that always changes & surprises our customers. This time, we told the “It all started with a juice stand” story through wallpaper designed by print designer, Ashley Begley. We topped it off with a hand painted watercolor inside a shadow box that will be hanging in the room. The toile dressing room (above-done by our toile master, Paige Smith) is hand painted with truly ATL landmarks and something nutty on the ceiling. And since golfing is pretty big in Atlanta, we let this inspire us to fill the room with colored golf balls & tees – ALL OVER!  The last dressing room we can describe as Resort Chic- shells fill this room and they pop off a bright pink background!

As you go towards the back of the store, you will see this vestibule that we call “Strike a pose” – we know people in ATL love to be photographed, so we have these real cameras lacquered and painted with the yummiest colors. You will definitely will be striking a pose when you see this room!

Even the bathrooms get Lilly-fied. The word Hotlanta was our inspiration, soooo we were inspired by anything HOT and fiery – you’ll see exactly what we mean when you step into this room!

Opening this store, and really every store, is a true labor of love for all of us. We are so excited that the doors are open and that we can now share the store with all of Atlanta. We sure hope you come see our whimsical, colorful, and printed store as only Lilly Pulitzer can do!  Be sure to plan a visit to this retail location if you’re ever in Atlanta- it won’t disappoint!

Photography courtesy of Deb Jansen Photography

Sisterhood Spotlight – Alpha Omicron Pi at Vanderbilt University

Posted on May 18, 2012 in Party by | 1 comment

The Vandy AOII girls impressed us with their 10,000 (10,000!!!!) hours of volunteer service just this year. (we love that at Lilly)  Yet… they still managed to maintain a strong GPA and better yet, have a GREAT time doing it!  Find out more about some of Nashville’s finest….and our first Alpha Omicron Pi chapter to be featured here on Sisterhood Spotlight!

1. School, Sorority & Chapter Name
Vanderbilt University, Alpha Omicron Pi, Nu Omicron Chapter

2. Size of your Chapter and date/year your Chapter was founded
170 sisters, founded in 1917

3. The 3 Lilly items from the Summer Collection you’ll surely find in our closets are:
a. The Callahan Short in Multi You Gotta Regatta - The Callahan short is a staple in any Vandy AOII’s wardrobe. Simple and fun, this short is so cute and this great nautical print brightens up any summer outfit!
b. The Lynnie Skirt in Resort White Mariposa – what better to brighten a summer day than an adorable, scalloped skirt? We can’t get enough of scalloping this summer, and this skirt is perfect for a weekend brunch or lunch date.  You’ll see our sisters sporting these all over our gorgeous campus.
c. Shauna Tunic Dress Crochet in True Navy Starboard Crochet - Our sisters love to wear the color navy- it’s a classic twist on the traditional black.  Combined with an adorable crochet knit, what’s not to love? We love to pair this dress with a great pair of Lilly wedges, making it perfect for a nice dinner with friends or a graduation ceremony.
d. We are also SO excited for our Lilly print to be available to pre-order this summer. It will surely become a staple on our campus!  I think every AOII’s iPhone case will soon be covered in Lilly’s AOII print!

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Sisterhood Spotlight – Delta Delta Delta at Southern Methodist University

Posted on May 11, 2012 in Party by | 1 comment

The Tri-Delts from SMU have QUITE the Sisterhood Spotlight Pinterest board – they say they’re involved in everything, we think this proves it!  These “southernistas” (love that!) are getting to redo their sorority house – dontcha think they need a Lilly-inspired room?? ;)   Find out more about these hell fundraisers from the lone star state!

1. School, Sorority & Chapter Name
Southern Methodist University: Delta Delta Delta, Theta Kappa Chapter

2. Size of your Chapter and date/year your Chapter was founded
SMU is home to 174 fabulous Tri-Deltas! We have been on campus since 1919!

3. Quotables
“From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it; From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.”

4. The 3 Lilly items from the Summer Collection you’ll surely find in our closets are:
1. Worth Straight Crop Jeans: Love these white pants!! Dress them up with Resort Chic Wedges, or dress them down with McKim sandals! Perfect for class, errands, or even a night out in Dallas!
2. Shauna Tunic Dress Crochet: Look at this chic crochet number! This is great for the boulevard tailgate, and it’s blue! (tri delta colors!…need we say more?!)
3. The Kolby Dress: Cannot get enough of this sassy white dress! Wear it to initiation, to the first “White-Out” football game of the season, or jazz it up with a clutch for formal. This is a DDD Must HAVE!

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Bloomin’ in Charlotte!

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Party by | 1 comment

The queen city has been treating us like royalty lately!   Last weekend, Lilly Pulitzer was a sponsor (along with Wells Fargo and our friends at Belk) for the Mint Museum of Charlotte’s Annual Fundraiser Gala. Over 200 of Charlotte’s finest turned out for a colorful evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. (Hot Sauce was playing, we couldn’t NOT dance!) The entire venue was completely Lillified including a pink carpet, an army of mannequins dressed in vintage Lilly as well current product, original floral paintings by Lilly print designers, as well as vignette’s scattered throughout the different rooms.

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Fashionable Friends Meet on Madison

Posted on May 2, 2012 in Party by | 2 comments

Last night we had an amazing time as we hosted some very stylish and sweet fashion writers from NYC at our Madison Avenue Store. Admittedly we were a bit giddy about meeting these women as we’ve been following their blogs for quite a while, but we were especially excited to share the Lilly story with them and hear their feedback about our Summer line.

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Sisterhood Spotlight – Alpha Delta Pi at University of Miami

Posted on April 29, 2012 in Party by | 2 comments

When the Alpha Delta Pis from University of Miami sent their Sisterhood Spotlight board in, we couldn’t help but rethink our own choice of college campuses.  College at the beach?!?  Ummm… shell yeah! Looks like the girls make the most of the sun and fun of Florida!

1. School, Sorority & Chapter Name
University of Miami, Alpha Delta Pi, Gamma Delta chapter

2. Size of your Chapter and date/year your Chapter was founded
150 members and we were originally founded in 1947 and we recolonized in 2004.

3. Quotables
Our chapter loves the cheer, Let me hear that Pi Spirit! We chant it at every Greek event. This is how it goes:
Let me hear that Pi Spirit
What’s that you say?
Let me hear that Pi Spirit
What’s that you say?
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Delta Pi
Woo ADPi

4. The 3 Lilly items from the Spring Collection you’ll surely find in our closets are?
a. The Original Tote in the Alpha Delta Pi print to always show that Pi-spirit around campus.
b. The State of Mind patch Callahans to colorfully beat the heat
c. The Felicity dress would be perfect as a great graduation dress.

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Sisterhood Spotlight – Kappa Delta at the University of West Georgia

Posted on April 23, 2012 in Party by | Comment

This week’s Sisterhood Spotlight is a few days late for GOOD reason.  The KD girls of UWG were in the midst of finals last week and opted for studying and maintaining their rep for having the highest grades of all the Greek Organizations on their campus for 5 years running – their parents would be proud. (A Lilly graduation dress maybe, dad?)  And with grades like that, there’ll be more green & white in their future ;)

1. School, Sorority & Chapter Name:
University of West Georgia, Kappa Delta, Delta Psi

2. Size of your Chapter and date/year your Chapter was founded:
87 Active Members, Founded April 3, 1971

3. The 3 Lilly items from the Spring Collection you’ll surely find in our closets are:
a. The Murfette Scarf is perfect year round, and we LOVED adding the KD one to our collections!
b. Scallop AND print? We can’t get enough of the Buttercup shorts!
c. The Aleesa dress is the perfect dress for all of the graduations, weddings, and get-togethers this spring!

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