Sun, sand and LILLY PULITZER. It just rolls off the tongue…which is why our Summer catalog shoot took us beach side. (you know what they say…when duty calls!) As soon as we got one glimpse of the Summer collection against the blue sky, we could not WAIT to share it with you! Now that it’s finally here, we are thrilled!
Along with the beach side pictures, you will notice a few festive back drops. From the nautical navy stripe, to the wall of beautiful shells…oh this season is just too much fun. Our models were absolutely gorgeous as they showcased the season’s hottest shades. And speaking of shades, we are looooving the glow of neon featured on our front cover!! Yes, brighter is better. (but our Lilly girl already knows that!)
So, grab your beach chair or at least your shades (May is almost upon us) and soak in what we hope will be one of your favorite beach reads! And don’t forget to check out our behind the scenes video for a sneak peek at the Lilly Pulitzer crew on set. HAPPY SUMMER! xx
Felicity / Rosemary / Delia / Marlisa
It’s definitely the time of year for some Vitamin D. And no need to rely on Mother Nature to bring the sunshine, these dresses bring the rays all on their own! Shine in Lilly this season!
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!
So these girls had us at hello – or more precisely “come look at these amazing pictures we shot on campus in our Lilly on our Pinterest board.”Admittedly we were taken aback by how adorable these girls are wearing their Lilly but then… we read on! They’re also SMART. Oh yeah, Lilly girls are multidimensional.
1.School, Sorority & Chapter Name
The George Washington University, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Pi
2.Size of your Chapter and date/year your Chapter was founded
164 sisters and February 24, 1922
“Boom, Boom, I want to the wear the white and blue,
Boom, Boom, and wear that diamond too.
Boom, Boom, I want to go ADPi, don’t you?”
4.The 3 Lilly items from the Spring Collection you’ll surely find in our closets are:
a.We love the Maybell Dress in Shorely Blue Pinwheel Embroidery!
b.The Original Tote in the Alpha Delta Pi Print because it’s perfect for toting our books and laptops around campus.
c.The Parker Dress in white would perfectly match our “We Live For Each Other,” blue stain ribbons for the Adelphean Processional at Grand Convention.
This time last week, 20 of us were rolling into work after a really
tough fun weekend in South Carolina for the 80th Anniversary of the Carolina Cup! The Lilly team flew in to Columbia, SC on Friday, meeting up at Pink Sorbet, one of the event sponsors, for a Carolina Cup shopping event. There were lots of last-minute shoppers looking for the perfect cup dress, matching bow ties for their beaus and a big ol’ hat to top off their look. They munched on adorable (and yummy!) cookies, had some lemonade, got some kisses from the store mascot and most were smart enough to pick up a Lilly-printed umbrella for the forecasted showers that awaited us. The Lilly team headed to dinner, gorged on pizza, and took guesses on which dress would “win” the Carolina Cup. A few of us grabbed some dessert at the YogHut on campus and headed back to our hotels for some last-minute preparations.
The Lilly team met at 6:30am in the lobby of our hotel & sleepily headed to Starbucks to get our day started. Needless to say, our Lilly-clad, 20 deep group got some looks (because let’s admit it- we looked super cute!!) but we grabbed out lattes, put on our boots and hopped in our cars to start the 45 minute caravan to Camden, SC for the day’s festivities! We pulled into the gates and descended on our tent to start the set up. The chilly, wet weather couldn’t dampen the fun as we blew up balloons, set out boxes (and boxes and boxes) of animal crackers and koozies and set up shop for our soon-to-be mobbed tent. The sprinkles didn’t keep people away for long – very soon after the gates opened, college girls (and their beaus) hailing from USC, Clemson, UNC, Duke, Furman, App State, and Davidson (just to name a few), made a bee-line to our tent, determined not to miss the Lilly freebies, a chance to talk to our designers, getting their pictures taken by our VERY excited team and watching (and entering to win!) a Lilly printed canvas come to life- painted by our Print Designer, Ashley. What they didn’t know, was we were making a video to capture the fun and Lilly-ness that IS the Carolina Cup. Check out this quick video that captures the spirit & energy of our girls at this festive event!
We had an absolute BLAST!! We were blown away by all the Lilly love and will practice our cooler dancing for 2013! Thanks for being great hosts, welcoming us with open arms and we promise to see you next year!
These KDs girls were obviously in love with sisterhood and so cute we just had to show them off in our Sisterhood Spotlight! Check out their fun Pinterest board and find out a little more about these BEAUTIFUL girls.
1. School, Sorority & Chapter Name
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), Kappa Delta Sorority, Alpha Alpha Chapter
2. Size of your Chapter and date/year your Chapter was founded
113 sisters, founded on November 29, 1924
“Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest.”
4. The 3 Lilly items from the Spring Collection you’ll surely find in our closets are:
• The Kappa Delta Original Tote or Wristlet
• The Franco Dress
• Murfee Scarves
Our Guest House has been quiet for a while so we’re excited to liven it back up with Kathy Magee, Co-Founder and President of Operation Smile. Some of you may know that we chose Operation Smile as our partner organization this year as we team up with Barnum’s Animals for our 3rd year of creating their special addition box. Operation Smile, who is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, has an incredibly worthwhile cause of helping people smile. Lilly knows a thing or two about that, so we thought it was the perfect organization to partner with to brighten people’s days. We wanted our Lilly Lovers to know more about Operation Smile so we kicked back with Kathy and asked her to fill us in…
1. Tell us a little bit about Operation Smile
Operation Smile is an international charity that works in more than 60 countries to provide free reconstructive surgery for children suffering from facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. We have mobilized more than 5,000 medical volunteers from over 80 countries to help us transform lives and heal these children’s smiles. We also are committed to training local doctors so that we can create self-sufficiency in developing countries. By building local medical capacity, we are able to dramatically increase access to safe surgery for vulnerable populations worldwide.
2. What prompted you and your husband, Dr. Bill Magee, to found Operation Smile?
Almost 30 years ago, Bill and I volunteered for a surgical mission to the Philippines. There, we encountered hundreds of children suffering from facial deformities. However, our team was only equipped to help a small number of those children. We vowed that we would be back to help those children we had to leave behind. It was this experience that drove us to establish Operation Smile.
Every three minutes, a child somewhere in the world is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. They often can’t eat, drink or speak properly. Our volunteers, donors and supporters are determined to help us make a difference for these children and heal their smiles.