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Touchy Feely Prints

Posted on January 19, 2012 in Inspiration by | Comment

Who would think that such a funny looking creature could look so darn cute in print?! Lilly does tend to have that effect on critters. Well we absolutely LOVE the the 8 legged friends that made their debut in our latest Resort collection.  Did you know that octupuses (yes, octopuses, not octopi, BTW!) are one of the most intelligent of all invertebrates? And won’t you look smart in our Touchy Feely prints?!  The Taytay Dress in Resort White Hands Off is a fan fave shift this season.

And we added a little fun to our Main Line jeans with some embroidered cephalopods (thank you, Wikipedia!)  And there was no way we’d leave these suction-cupped cuties out of our swimwear line! So be sure to check out our mini-Touchy Feely print in our string bikini, bandeau bikini, tankini, 1 piece and men’s trunks!

And don’t miss our Sloane Maxi Dress and Westerly Dress. More than 8 ways to wear our touchy feely friends!

The Lilly Love Bug

Posted on January 16, 2012 in More Fun by | Comment

Kisses and hugs from the Lilly Love Bug. This is one print you can’t help but fall in love with! Share the love with a…

Murfee ScarfLittle Lilly ShiftZippity-Do Make-up Bag

Lilly Loves Pinterest!

Posted on January 12, 2012 in More Fun by | 1 comment

OBSESSED. By now you’ve probably heard of Pinterest.  And if you haven’t, you will in 5…4…3…2…1 – someone will have mentioned it to you in the time it took to read that.  That’s because it’s an uber-fun, absolutely addicting, everyone-who-tries-it-loves-it, drool tool that you just need to know about. We’ve been using Pinterest since the lazy days of Summer and pin whenever we’re inspired! We’ve created quite a collection of pins over the last 6 months and we’re loving every wasteful colorful minute of it!

Let us paint a picture of Pinterest for you… Pinterest is basically an online inspiration board where you electronically “pin”, via a browser add-on or via the Pinterest website,  something to a “board” you’ve created.  It’s a great tool to collect ideas, recipes, photos, inspirations, etc, in an organized and very visual way.  And probably the best part of Pinterest? How incredibly easy it is to SHARE content. Your “home page” will constantly be flooded with new images from the “pinners” you follow and you can simply take it all in or you can “repin” to your heart’s delight, collecting all those new ideas on your own boards for later perusal.  That’s the basic idea but we think you’ll get a better idea of it if you just take a peek yourself. And here’s a quick peek of ours…

Of course, you can’t use Pinterest until you get an invite. Blergh. But… it’s not too hard. You can request an invite & wait or you can get invited through a friend who is already pinning!  Here are some great tips on taking that very first step to your newest addiction.

Oh and most important… make sure you’re following Lilly Pulitzer on Pinterest!! We hope to inspire and repin you!

Lilly at the Annual Red Cross Beach Bash!

Posted on January 11, 2012 in Party by | Comment

On December 29th, Lilly Pulitzer rang in the new year “Lilly-style” at the annual Red Cross Beach Bash at the Beach Club in Palm Beach.  Lilly has had a long relationship & ongoing partnership with the American Red Cross in Palm Beach and we’re always thrilled to be a part of this party!

This year the Beach Bash hit a record breaking attendance total of over 600 guests! The event theme was “Travel to the Bayou,” a Louisiana Mardi-Gras style soiree, complete with the jazziest of jazz bands, plenty of crawfish and of course TONS of Bourbon Street beads!

Lilly Pulitzer gifted “Travel to the Bayou” custom printed gift bags, loaded with Lilly Pulitzer goodies (I know, “where’s my invite?!“)  and the dress code for the evening was “Lilly or Louder.”  People came out decked in their favorite Lillys; some old, some new – all very fun and colorful!

All proceeds from the Red Cross Beach Bash support the lifesaving work of the American Red Cross, helping local residents prevent,prepare for and respond to emergencies. Across the Palm Beach region, every 27 hours a local resident calls upon the volunteers of the Red Cross to meet their immediate and emergent needs after a disaster, be it a fire flood or the aftermath of a devastating hurricane. Overall, the American Red Cross raised nearly $70,000 and as always, Lilly takes pleasure in being part of this amazing event!

Lilly Pulitzer Sorority Prints FAQ

Posted on January 10, 2012 in Inspiration, More Fun by | 21 comments

♪ ♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year. ♪ ♫ Oh yes, the holidays are over but the past two years that we’ve asked YOU which sorority prints should be added to our collection, have been SO MUCH FUN!!!  I’m not sure there’s much that can rival the spirit and pride a sorority girl has for her letters AND sisters.  Well we’ve managed to wedge ourselves right in the middle of all that energy and we can’t help but grin from ear to ear and get excited WITH you ladies!  With all the excitement has come some questions so we thought it might be helpful to pull together answers to some of the frequently asked questions we’re receiving.  Here they are!

1. When is the entry period?
January 9, 2012 10amET – January 15, 2012 11:59pm ET for round 1
January 16, 2012 10amET – January 22, 2012 11:59pm ET for round 2

2. If I contacted Lilly Pulitzer prior to the start of this contest, will my “vote” count?
No. All e-mails, phone calls, posts to Facebook or other communications about prints for your sorority will NOT be included in the vote count for this round of the contest.

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Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show with Lilly!

Posted on January 9, 2012 in More Fun by | Comment

Runway shows are SO much fun…except when they’re over! Have you ever attended one and found yourself slightly sad that it all ended so fast? One minute the runway is bustling with the latest and greatest in fashion and the next, it’s over all too quickly. Oh come on, we can’t possibly be the only ones to experience the post-show let down. Well, a few weeks ago we can happily say we attended a runway show with zero post-show let down. That’s because it was the marathon of all fashion shows - Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show in Miami! Every minute of the ’round the clock show featured a different look – that’s 1,440 looks, accompanied by some amazing (and much needed during the wee hours) DJ beats, strutting down a 2 tiered, twisted South Beach runway! (Check out the show’s highlight reel here)

After a month of planning, we were ready to get to Miami for a day full of festivities. The show, that began at noon on Saturday, November 19th, was kicked off by Guiliana Rancic from E!. Lilly’s debut was set to happen during the “Sunday Brunch” time slot so there was plenty of time to kick back and enjoy the show before we had to get our game face on. The energy was absolutely contagious – with DJs spinning live, it was time to soak in the fashion…South Beach style! Ahhhh, can you say a fashionista’s dream come true?! All we could think about was how beautiful our colorful Lilly looks would look on the pristine, bright white runway the next morning…

So, here is the part where we’re supposed to say we stayed up for the ENTIRE 24 hours and did not miss any of the looks, right? Well, not quite. We had to head back to the hotel a little past midnight to get Mrs. Brynn [Harbert], Lilly’s spokesperson for the Cotton show, some shut eye so she could be prepared for our segment and her live (yes, LIVE! the whole show was streaming live on MTV.com) interview in the morning.

Sunday morning began meeting the fun & lively morning host, Cindy Taylor. (it didn’t appear she had stayed up all night either!) We chatted with her for a bit and before we knew it, Brynn was called up to take her place on stage. We were thrilled to be able to tell the show’s audience just how much Cotton means to our brand. As a brand born in Florida, it really always has been a tried and true staple in all of our lines for 50[ish] years. For our 2012 Resort line, some of our favorite pieces are Cotton so we were thrilled to have them included in the show. As they came down the runway, it was obvious why Lilly loves Cotton – it lends itself so beautifully to our vibrant prints. With the South Beach sun shining down and DJ Juan Mejia on the turntable, Lilly rocked the catwalk for a full twenty minutes!

Thank you to Cotton Inc. and MTV for a truly unforgettable experience – the amazing production went off without a hitch and we were thrilled to be a part of it! If you weren’t lucky enough to attend, don’t worry, we knew you wouldn’t want to miss it! Check out the full clip of the show and Brynn’s interview with Cindy here:

Embracing Tangerine Tango – Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year

Posted on January 5, 2012 in Inspiration, More Fun by | Comment

Every year, Pantone, the internationally known authority on all things color, has recently announced that 2012′s color of the year is… drum roll please…TANGERINE ORANGE!  Oh boy did we relish in last year’s color choice of Honeysuckle Pink because duh- it was PINK, but leave it to Lilly to know EXACTLY what color is going to be fabulous and embrace it like no one else can.

Just you wait…it is going to be eeeeverywhere. Oh wait, it already IS here at Lilly!  For our first delivery of the new year, coral (the Lilly interpretation of the color of the year) reigns supreme.  Coral is incredibly chic AND flatters your complexion all year round. It’s just one of those colors that makes you look incredible and brightens you right up.

We just loooove what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says about this year’s color:  “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

How can you not like the sound of that?! And really, how can you not want some of this?!

New Year Cheer Online Sale Shopping Tips!

Posted on January 2, 2012 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Lilly Pulitzer Online Sale shopping can be quite stressful. Oh sure, it’s fun- we smile and laugh and get giddy thinking about it but when it comes down to it, getting what we want is serious business. We get that… and we want to help! Below are some tips we’ve learned from our previous online sales-we certainly hope this helps you start 2012 with smiles and lots of Lilly!

Know how to get around. Preview the site the night before so you have a pretty good sense of how the site works. (we know some of you could checkout in your sleep!) There will be a designated SALE section during the 2 days. The sale section will have a drop down menu for each category on sale. Here are the sections we will have featured: Dresses, Tops, Bottoms, Accessories, Swim, Men, Kids and Murfees. Knowing this should give you a head start on where to kick off your shopping spree!

Start an Account. If you don’t have a lillypulitzer.com account, be sure to get one started before the sale starts tomorrow. This way your credit card & shipping information is “pre-loaded” which will save you time at check out. You’ll simply log into your account before you’re ready to shop and your information will be pre-populated during check out. This is also a great way to come back and check on your order status as you eagerly await your goodies! Get your account started here.

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Happy New Year!

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A Lilly Year in Review

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

Each and every year holds a bevy of beautiful memories here at Lilly and since we just love any excuse to party, we thought we’d pull together a list of some of our fave happenings from 2011 we think are worth celebrating. In no particular order, here goes!

1. 2011′s celebration of Lilly Loves the Arts through the launch of prints like “First Impression,” “It Can Be Arranged,” “Optical Confusion,” “Cherry Begonias” and “Standing Ovation.” Our print designers are artists in the truest form so 2011′s theme was certainly near & dear to their hearts.

2. The opening of the Lilly Pulitzer boutique at The Breakers in Palm Beach and the beautification and re-opening of our retail stores in Ardmore, PA, East Hampton, NY, Legacy Village, OH and Sarasota, FL. And 2012 kicks off with the opening of a new retail store in Charlotte!

3. Welcoming 5 new sororities into our Lilly Sisterhood of Greek prints! (and our Sisterhood is going to get bigger VERY soon!) ;)

4. PARTIES. We have our fair share of parties every year but they’re always worth a backward glance… We had small parties…our Shop & Shares with all of our charitable friends, our trunk shows, book signings, guest hosted events, tented parties (horse race season, baby!) and we had big parties… Oceana’s Fundraising event in the Hamptons, Legacy Village’s grand Re-Opening with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, a celebration luncheon for 200+ at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and TONIGHT – The Red Cross Beach Bash in Palm Beach!

5. The re-design and launch of our site, lillypulitzer.com. Shop by print, wish lists, videos, fit ratings & more – as if there was a way to make shopping for Lilly more fun!

6. Hosting our Lilly (and sale) Lovers at our new Warehouse Sale location after 19 (!) years in our first location — to great success! “We couldn’t have missed it with all the signs!” “We loved all the mirrors in the dressing rooms!” “The check out line ran so smoothly and quick!” – You said it & we were happy to hear it!

7. Celebrating a milestone birthday of the beautiful and young-at-heart, Lilly Pulitzer.

8. The launch of our Lilly Pulitzer catalog iPad app. (the combo of social utility + shopping mobility makes our heart siiiiing!)

9. Introduction of some fave new products like anything in slub cotton jersey, the agenda (large & small!), the Carded ID wristlet, the Reeve, Eryn Dress and Whitaker Dresses, and the McKims now at $88!

10. The creation of exclusive prints for friends and partners like Dark ‘n Stormy, The Junior League, Baltimore’s National Aquarium, Cape & Islands, Amani Foundation for Palm Avenue and MitoAction for In The Pink,

And perhaps there was some design to this list after all, because we’ve bookended our favorite happenings in 2011 with PRINT. We designed a bazillion prints this year, each by our own hand in our in-house print studio, and we look forward to creating new and completely original, HAPPY prints that will surely delight our Lilly Lovers in 2012. We promise, and somehow we think you’ll believe us when we say, 2012 will surely be another colorful year!

Now my ladies (and gents)… surely we left some wonderful happenings in the world of Lilly off this list – tell us, which events would you add to your own Lilly Year In Review??