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Party Dressing

Posted on December 8, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Cocktail Party
Whether you’re the host or simply partaking in all the fabulous fun, a bright flirty number is a MUST. Add the baubles, pour the bubbles and do what you do best – be the life of the party!

Agatha Dress • ClutchResort Chic Wedge

Girl’s Night Out
A girly girl get together requires cuteness.  It’s just us girls, why so cute? BECAUSE. What if you see [insert name of super cute boy you've been giving googly eyes to] shows up while you’re all giggling yourself silly over cocktails & Gossip Girl updates? Well then you mustn’t be dowdy – you must be darling! Dressed in Lilly, you’re always prepared to take the night up a notch!

Elsa Top MurfeeBelt • JeansClutch • Resort Chic Wedge

Work Party
Surely the Mr. won’t fret when you insist on a new frock for his company party.  He can nod at all the important stuff and laugh on cue when the head honcho tells a joke – you just look cute, smile big and enjoy all the libations.  After all, don’t we already know who will make the biggest impression? Lilly can help with that.

Helena SweaterDress • Shere Wrap • Clutch • Resort Chic Wedge

Profile of a Girly Girl

Posted on December 7, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

To try & describe the complexities and nuances of a Girly Girl would be an impossible task. See, the ultimate Girly Girl always keeps us guessing but we have a few things figured out about her…

(including what she would ask for from her Daddy, her Mom, her Nan, her big, her bestie and her boyfriend – Shop HERE for the Girly Girl on your list!)

Appreciates the full rainbow of colors but counts pink, pink and pink as her first three favoritesCannot turn down a second glass of champagneNails are likely the most delightful shade of pinkHas been known to spend afternoons getting lost in art museumsAdores big, beautiful bowsKnows the rules but is very comfortable breaking themLoves to pamper her loved ones with delightfully wrapped presentsCan watch “Father of the Bride” (1 and 2) over and over and over and over and….Delights in Baubles and all things sparkly – glitter is an obsession Is known in certain circles as the best gift giver e-v-e-r. (when in doubt, give something you want for yourself!) Makes her own holiday gift tagsThinks Cary Grant is dashingIs always prepared! Kitchen has hors d’oeuvres on hand for a spontaneous cocktail party of 8 to 80Swoons over colorful macaroons and the lovely boxes they come inKnows how to garnish a cocktail but beats all the boys at flip cup The L.B.D. in her wardrobe stands for Little Bright Dress • Has a mountain bike, a cruiser and an old 10 speed from the flea market…all can be ridden in a sundress, you know)Writes quite the thank you note and knows the US Mail is the ultimate vehicle to deliver her sweet messages on the chicest of stationery Always greets you with a smile with hugs AND kisses on top!

Store of the Week – Leapin’ Lizards

Posted on December 5, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Come find us!
250 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Store hours: 10-5 Monday – Saturday and by appointment
Check us out online and on Facebook!

Brief Store History: Leapin’ Lizards opened in Ridgewood, NJ in 2004. In June of 2009, store owners Gary and Jackie Nellis bought Leapin’ Lizards from the previous owners. “Gary and I figured it was the perfect opportunity for us for many reasons – I did not want to see my favorite local Lilly store leave the area (can you imagine?!) and it allowed me to work 1 mile from my home. I’m also excited about the fact that I can do more for my local community through Shop and Shares and contribute ideas for local fashion shows in a different forum.”

Their Lilly Story: My Lilly story started 15 years ago when my mother bought a home in Naples, Florida. I had always loved getting dressed nicely everyday but at this point I had 3 small children so fashion also needed to be functional for me. Walking down 5th aveneue in Naples, we went into the local Lilly store and I walked out with 3 new shifts and 2 pairs of printed pants. That was the start of my addiction!! Dresses that made me feel good about myself that I could wash and wear with no problem!! My friends got to the point where they understood how my dressing reflected my mood. If I was wearing black on any given day, they knew I did not feel well. To this day, if I am wearing black, I am asked if I feel okay!

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Be the Hostess with the Mostest – 10 Tips for Entertaining from Janie

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

Janie is the ultimate hostess. Stories from her parties are legendary around the office. Polaroids are either shared or destroyed – depending on the level of fun & how late that particular party guest left. And Janie absolutely abides by Lilly’s guide to entertaining – fetes should be all parts fun & no parts fussy.  While we all wait for an invite to Janie’s next soiree, we can have our own party to remember with her tips!

1. Ummm, duh…tip number one is to wear a JAW-DROPPING DRESS! Lilly usually has about a million to choose from. It simply guarantees that you will have a blast – even if you burn the roast, drop the platter of hors d’oeuvres or spill your champagne cocktail on the dog. The outfit MATTERS. Fun dress = happy hostess = elated guests.

2. Whether indoors or out, everything should be inviting. I love fancy, yummy smelling candles and an enormous bar. For some reason (hmmm, I wonder why) everyone seems to congregate around there. Smarties! Whether a Peach Bellini, a virgin daiquiri or a cherry coke, people want to chit-chat right next to the libations so make it comfortable. And it’s OK to linger.

3. Candles are my best friend. Everyone looks prettier, more handsome, better, whatever…by candlelight. It is our ultimate goal in life to look pretty, right? (Well, among other things like world peace and putting an end to hunger but an array of candles might be a quicker fix) So light up! Lots of candles at different heights. Votives and big Moroccan jars filled with pillar candles. Smelly candles: bamboo and jasmine are my favorite. Candles…everywhere! Just don’t go to bed with out blowing them out!

4. Sit down dinners are special. OF COURSE any party is fun but I adore the intimacy of a sit down dinner. Last week I had 25 over and although that sounds like a lot, it feels festive AND intimate when you are all seated together. Place cards are critical. Sometimes I put little hearts next to peoples names or stars or !!!! if they are super-fun. Making toasts during a seated dinner is a great way to get everyone laughing and focused on FUN. Once I littered the table with joke books and everyone read them aloud…great for all ages.

5. Oh oh, fun entertaining tip…have a CUTE date. Sneaking a kiss during the dinner party makes it SO MUCH MORE FUN! Husband. Brother, adorable new neighbor, boyfriend…everyone gets a match. Although not essential, the mix of boy/girl and different people from different places and backgrounds makes for a lively group. Lilly was famous for her parties in Palm Beach, one reason being that she had everyone from the gardener to the heiress who just flew in from Monte Carlo. Life is a party and EVERYONE is invited. (note to self…I need a gardener and need to make friends with the new heiress that just moved in next door wink wink)

6. Serve Food. Does that count as a tip? Well, you need to give them SOMETHING to eat. I am no Julia Childs but WHO CARES. You can order in Indian and have a buffet of exotic tastes…you can have platters of fried chicken from the grocery store (I do this in the summer and tell everyone it is an old family recipe and they n-e-v-e-r know the diff, shhhhh)…one time I served everyone a take-out container of chicken lo mein and chopsticks. If you are in fact, Julia Childs…go nuts and invite me please.

7. An eclectic table makes me happy. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON (ever ever ever) to be perfect. So striped and floral napkins, mixed plate patterns, flowers in various shaped vases…more is awesome, different is better and when nothing goes together somehow…it does!

8. MUSIC and DANCING are…expected. BYOM- bring your own music! Have guests make mixes…my friend Lindsey is famous for her late-night dance mix. If we win the lottery we should all have a DJ that follows us around so we have ‘walking music’ and our own ‘theme song’ but until then…we’ll stick with Apple. After dinner the music should get louder. That hints to guests…time to either GO HOME or GET DANCING.

9. Let’s get back to the bar, shall we?  MAKE IT A SPECIAL BAR…like a martini bar! There can be different kinds of martinis with instructions and a ‘make your own’ vibe. Appletinis and Chocolate martinis and…oh oh…Cosmos. It always adds color and fun to the conversation!

10. An easy crowd pleaser…I always have a tray of hangover helpers by the door for people when they leave: aspirin, Alka-Seltzer, M&Ms, breath mints, vitamins. It says…I love you enough to make sure you feel as fabulous tomorrow as you do right now.

11. Was this supposed to be 10 tips??… I can’t help it I want 11 because this is the most important one! SMILE. Let nothing stress you out. Hug everyone tons. Kisses are encouraged. Let them know you are thrilled they came. Friends and family are a girl’s best friend and making a guest feel welcome is the most important tip of all.

Bling My Chimes

Posted on November 29, 2011 in Inspiration by | 2 comments

We admittedly have a jewelry addiction. It seems to follow a love of chocolate and an uncontrollable desire to buy excessive amounts of shoes. Listen, it is what it is. DO NOT let anyone tell you there is anything wrong with buying accessories with abandon. Bling makes the world-go-round… especially during the holidays!

Stacey, the designer of this bejeweled beauty, has hidden every cocktail ring you can imagine in this print so it’s just dripping in jewely-decadence. That old saying “Take one piece of jewelry off before you leave the house”… yeah, we aren’t buying it. Oh and we DARE you to try and find the Lilly in this print. That Stacey- she’s a sneaky one!

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Store of the Week – Pink Tangerine

Posted on November 28, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Come Find Us! PINK TANGERINE / 11 WESTERN AVENUE / KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE 04046 / T: 207 967-8308 / PTANGERINE.COM (coming soon!!)

We have a lot to be thankful for here at the Pink Tangerine in Kennebunkport. The Holidays are a very special time because it means that “Christmas Prelude” is upon us. This is also a special time for Pink Tangerine as we are about to complete our third year and many changes are in the works for the year to come!

Christmas Prelude is a week-long celebration of the Holidays that begins the first Friday in December. This celebration kicks off Friday evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree in dock square and includes Santa, arriving from the North Pole by lobster boat, (of course!) to orchestrate the proceedings. So, if you’re out at your local mall the first weekend in December and Santa is conspicuously absent, well, you’ll know where he is!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Lilly!

Posted on November 23, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Scorpion Bowl- A Print to be Enjoyed with Friends!

Posted on November 21, 2011 in Inspiration by | Comment

Ummm, is this print genius or WHAT?! You have to admit it… you have been to Benihana and LOVED IT! Wasn’t there that time you went and got this BIG Buddha drink and everyone got a straw and then you fell off your chair laughing so hard? [Oh wait, that was Janie]  Either way, there is nothing better than sharing, whether it’s a cocktail or a big bowl of ice cream, this is meant to be enjoyed with FRIENDS!

Shop Scorpion Bowl

We always love to show off our amazing print design team and how they bring our inspirations to life.  Scorpion Bowl was designed by Paige Smith so she’s the star of our latest “Making of a Print” video.  We took some behind the scenes pictures of the making of this video so we had footage from before Paige became a star – you know, so we could remind her where she started when she hits it big time ;)

Watch the video now!

Lilly Pulitzer Opens at The Breakers

Posted on November 18, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Tomorrow is a big, big day here at Lilly. A day we’ve been waiting for and now can hardly believe has come!! Saturday, November 19th, marks the opening of our Lilly Pulitzer boutique in Palm Beach’s legendary resort, The Breakers. I had the chance to speak with a breathless Jose Cuadra (still lots to do before the doors open tomorrow!), Visual Director here at Lilly, about his experience working on this store and how he felt about opening in The Breakers. He hesitated and then said “In one word, we are… Home.”

The build out of the 864 square foot boutique, situated in the exclusive Palm Courtyard, was a collaboration between Jose and Janie, Fashion Director, with the support of our amazingly talented print team. The goal in designing The Breakers store was to reflect the authentic Palm Beach lifestyle where the brand was born and bring in the fun, color, and irreverence that our Lilly Lovers have come to know & adore about us. Janie & Jose also really wanted to emphasize the playground that is Palm Beach – the sun, sand & surf. (Insert Jose gushing about the starfish dressing room they created with stardust sand that just “twinkles!”) Besides the abundance of shells and coral, there’s a map of Palm Beach, the story of Lilly Pulitzer and a timeline of the brand- all beautifully hand painted by the team. (while wearing Lilly & looking adorable, I might add!). The store also has bright punches of the gorgeous Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa fabric that makes us all swoon every time we see it.

And while our Lilly boutique and The Breakers itself is amazingly chic & emanates a Resort lifestyle of people’s dreams, it’s also a warm, down-to-earth, and family-oriented location – and that just might be the most special thing about opening here. It feels like home to us because it feels like Lilly herself- cool in every way, unique & inspiring in everything she did and welcoming to each person that walked in her door. And when the doors open in this iconic, Lilly location tomorrow, “this hidden jewel is going to shine throughout the courtyard” and we can’t wait to welcome each and every one of you… home.

Looks like you’ve got your next vacation plans ;) Come visit us!
Lilly Pulitzer at The Breakers | One South County Road | Palm Beach, Florida 33480 | 561.653.6360

Photography by: LILA PHOTO

Lilly Hits Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show!

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Miami, here we come!  [hear: Cuban music playing & ice cubes clinking]  This Saturday, starting at 12:00ET, Cotton Inc. is hosting a 24 hour (yes, ROUND-THE-CLOCK) runway show featuring 1,400 looks.  Twenty of those looks are brought to you by yours truly!  (Would it have been a true Florida runway show without the fabulous frocks of a one Lilly Pulitzer?!) That’s why we jumped at the chance to be part of this fashion extravaganza streaming LIVE, all 24 hours, on MTV.com, eonline, and fashionetc.com.

OK so clearly we’re excited for this weekend because it’s a Runway Show! and it’s in South Beach! and it’s on MTV! and have you seen who the host is?! (Guiliana Rancic! ) BUT… we are actually even more excited about being a part of this great event with our long-time partner, Cotton Inc.. Lilly Pulitzer is a company built on cotton-based fabrics – it’s in our roots and continues to be a very important fabric in everything we do. (stay tuned for Summer-exciting stuff to come with Cotton!)

Lilly also loves green, so we love that Cotton is a natural, Eco-friendly fabric that oh, by-the-way, prints BEAUTIFULLY, is low-maintenance and is easy to wear – perfect for the Resort Chic lifestyle our Lilly Lovers embrace. We like to say “if it’s cotton, you’ll know it’s green – even if it’s Pink!”

We can’t wait to show off our beautiful, cotton apparel on the runway Sunday while supporting our friends at Cotton Inc. because they’ve helped Lilly, help you, look ahhhhmazing over our 50[ish] years! Be sure to tune in during the 9:00am hour and watch us strut our stuff in South Beach! (pictured above & linked below are 4 looks we’ll be featuring!)

1. Jenelle Dress in Island Coral Tropi Lace
2. Cassie Slub Dress in Bellina
3. Sunshine Dress in Turquoise Garden Lace
4. Callahan Shorts in Jungle Glam Toile

 Be sure to follow all the happenings on Cotton’s Facebook page & Twitter stream!