From Day to Night, Beach to Dinner!

Posted on June 13, 2012 in Style by | Comment

Summer is ALL about easy dressing.  Being as relaxed as possible while still looking fabulous is our goal! (OK this is ALWAYS our goal but it’s an absolute MUST in Summer)  We’re always looking for great dresses that easily take us from day to night with a little help from accessories and a brush (hair & make up!!).

Here’s one of our easiest pieces from our latest delivery (out TODAY!) – the Libby Dress.  Dress it down during the day with McKims and a beach tote and dress it up at night with wedges, a chic clutch and a bauble!

So many of our Summer dresses are all about being great transition pieces that take you from sand & sun to sauvignon & scallops!

PLAY: Explore our new Lilly Pulitzer Phipps Plaza store!

Posted on June 11, 2012 in More Fun by | Comment

View and print our game here!

If you haven’t yet visited our colorful and chic new home at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, it’s time you plan a trip! Stop in and play our fancy little game, “Explore our Store.” It’s super simple and fantastically fun game for Lilly Lovers of all ages!

Here’s how to play: Visit our new store at Phipps Plaza & ask for a game card (or print one out from the link above). Look closely at the images below and see if you can find these shapes, textures, patters & prints throughout the store! When you’re finished, find a sales associate and they’ll reward you with a lovely little Lilly surprise!* (prizes for the first 50 players)

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

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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Featured Favorite Print- Sailor’s Valentine

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Shop Sailor’s Valentine (in pink AND blue!)

1. What inspired this print?
My husband Jack & I (yes, THAT Jack) always love visiting the beach every summer. It reminds me of when I was a little girl. We love to collect shells on the beach and go antiquing at the shops in the little beach towns. The ornate shell art that we’ve found in the vintage shops and the shells we have collected from our walks on the beach, were my inspiration for the Sailor’s Valentine print. I thought configuring the shells into a pretty pattern would make for a wonderful and fresh looking print for our Summer Collection that our girl would absolutely love!

2. How did you come up with its name?
Sailor’s Valentines are seashell mosaics that were created by sailor’s in the late 1800′s from the shell treasures he collected during his journey at sea as a gesture of love to their sweetheart.

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A Mix & Match Menu for Summer!

Posted on June 5, 2012 in More Fun by | Comment

This past week, we launched a fun new features on our site – Shorts & Tops Mix & Match.  It’s a great tool to see which tops go best with which shorts.  It won’t necessarily narrow down your selection because we think you’ll find LOTS of tops go with LOTS of shorts but it will definitely help you find your faves.

Select from our Summer tops:
Trophy Polo / Sunday Top / Cleo Top / Island Polo / Kit Top / Wiley Tube Top
and our Summer bottoms:
Walsh Short / Buttercup Short / Resort Bermuda / Callahan Short / Grace Short

A smart way to stock up for Summer!

Brighter is Better!

Posted on June 4, 2012 in Style by | Comment

Lilly’s ALWAYS been aaaaallll about color so when NEONs took center stage, we toasted the trend and dove in with both feet. We couldn’t wait for our Summer brights to hit the floor and neither could our Lilly Lovers.

Here’s a list of our NEON (Pink & Ginger!) brights that you’ll want to add to your wish list:
Makena Tank / Clifton Short / Worth Skinny Mini / Gale Tank / Trophy Polo / Wiley Tube
/ Camie Dress / Cassie Dress / Beach Pant

We’re so excited for neon’s moment in the sun!

Janie & Sarah Take On India

Posted on May 31, 2012 in Inspiration by | 5 comments

Janie takes us through her most recent trip to India with Sarah!

HOLY SMOKES — I recently got back from a trip to India. It was truly one of the most amazing experiences of – my – life. I appreciate and love my life so completely but going on such an adventure made me realize, so much more, how lucky I really am. (so lucky in fact that I was able to have this opportunity on a work trip!)

Because living in tunics is a way of life for our customers, we set out to make tunics with the world’s experts. From cotton casual tunics over our swim suits to fancy silk tunics over pants, they are a wardrobe essential. But first things first- we wanted to make sure started with the right fabric and found the most perfect place to print our gorgeous artwork!

Sarah Dupre is my partner in crime. She handles all fabric development and she is quite simply one of the loveliest women I know. I love it when I get the chance to travel with her. So we were OFF! A direct flight – 15 hours later we land in Delhi, India. We stayed at The Imperial which is amazing. An amazing, amazing old word hotel – gorgeous but simple.

DAY 1:
The most hysterical start to the day… Sarah and I come down to breakfast in…the same outfit. TRUST ME – this happens at Lilly a lot. But, the same neon orange pants? In India? I changed -but not before a picture!

Delicious breakfast and then a day spent in a tunic factory. The embroideries, the embellishments… we are in love. The company’s owner hosted us in his office for lunch and we had the most delicious homemade (by his family!) Indian meal. My favorites were DAL (lentils) and GOBI (cauliflower- grown on his farm!).

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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

Featured Favorite Print – High Tide Toile

Posted on May 29, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

Shop High Tide Toile

1. What inspired this print?
There are few times when I am happier than when I am on the beach. I love spending the day on a big beach towel, surrounded by friends, laughing about the events from the night before. Armed with iced tea and tons of magazines, we get warm in the sun and cool off in the water. I am usually desperately trying to get a tan but if I had a cute striped umbrella like the ones in this print I might be more responsible about staying in the shade…

2. How did you come up with its name?
The tide looks like it is coming up in this print. There is a lot of movement. You can almost see the waves breaking on the sand.

3. What secrets are hidden?
Sunbathers are hidden all over this print, many of them inspired by friends and family! “Lilly” is hidden all over the place, you can find it in the waves, fences, tents and grass.

4. What materials (watercolors, acrylic, block print…) did you use or combine to create the artwork?
I created High Tide Toile with pen and watercolor.

5. What does this print say about the Lilly girl wearing it?
That summer is her favorite time of year and she adores the beach!