The Evolution of a Dress

Posted on September 9, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

We’re following up our Fannie dress post with a feature on another one of our our fabulous Fall frocks- the Fiona! The common thread of dress name beginning with the Letter F is not a coincidence – it’s a way for us to be reminded of some past best sellers. (the alliteration part is just plain fun!!) The Fiona dress is actually an evolution of two favorite dresses – the Jonah dress and the Finn dress. The Fiona is 1 part Finn dress block (for the great fit) and 1 part Jonah button detailing. We asked Abraham to tell us a bit more about this style…

“The color blocking trend is something we believe in and Fiona allowed us to do it more dramatically. Last Fall we did it in small touches (cuffs and reverse side of belt) but color blocking the entire front panel was perfect for our dramatic Fall theme. Scallops are always a feminine detail we love, so we combined all these things to create our latest ponte styles.”

So get Fiona while she’s hot! Who knows what the future versions will look like but the evolution of all these elements really make Fiona the “it” dress for so many occasions this Fall!

In the Guest House with the Sisters of Fashionably Bombed

Posted on September 7, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment


Janie discovered the sisters of Fashionably Bombed earlier this year and excitedly sent around their site to a bunch of us here in the Pink Palace. We all drooled over both the drinks and fashion fun they had on their blog weekly and just had to figure out a way to work together.  So we dreamed up the idea of having them wear Lilly for one of their over-the-top photoshoots and doing a giveaway of their outfits of choice.  We were very excited to be part Flannery & Katherine’s fun and we loved being featured on their glamorous blog.  We also know our Lilly Lovers LIVE at the intersection of fashion and fun and enjoy a good party [and cocktail!] so we knew we had to bring these lovely ladies into our Guest House and have them tell you a little bit about themselves… (and you’re going to love them too!)

[Be sure to check out their Lilly photoshoot & giveaway HERE!]

Creating Fashionably Bombed seems to be the MOST fun job in the world- how did you dream it up?

We are both extremely creative people. As little girls we would invent mocktails (pickle juice with Jelly Bellys was a favorite combo), create fashion videos, dress up our cats for photo shoots, etc… So when Katherine quit her day job, we seized the opportunity to combine our talents and energy and put them into a project. Believe it or not, our original idea was actually to start a fresh juice stand, just like Lilly! We wanted to have a glammed up mobile juice cart serving tasty and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetable juice creations. Unfortunately, we quickly learned that the life of a modern day mobile food cart operator is less than glamorous, so we went virtual and started Fashionably Bombed! It was an easy transition since Flannery was working as a fashion stylist at the time, and Katherine had been a bartender in NYC a few years before. We just combined our two favorite things!

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Store of the Week – Pink Boulevard

Posted on September 6, 2011 in More Fun by | 2 comments

The Pink Boulevard team was just with us here at the Pink Palace last week buying for Spring of 2012.  While they worked to bring their customers Lilly for the next Spring season, we got the scoop on Pink Boulevard & what sets them apart!

Come find us!
639 Freshfields Drive, Johns Island, SC 29455
Store hours: 10-6 Monday-Friday and 1-6 on Sunday
Online and on Facebook

A little bit about them… Pink Boulevard opened in April 2007 by owner, Kelsey Nichols. At the time of opening, Kelsey was a recent Clemson University graduate and was just 22 years old!  Her long-time love of Lilly and her mom’s experience and passion for being a boutique owner, gave Kelsey the confidence to go headlong into the world of retail and become a small business owner herself.  Just 4 years (and a Lillyfied wedding!) later, the store has been a great addition to the Freshfields Village (located at the Crossroads of Johns Island, Kiawah and Seabrook Island) where Kelsey describes her shop as the Cheers of retail.  They adore their customers and know [just about!] everyone’s name that walks in their door!

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A Fall Favorite – The Fannie!

Posted on September 1, 2011 in More Fun by | 3 comments

Lilly does color – always has, always will.  We have to say, we absolutely loooove it when trends fall in line with what we do best.  Colored denim – CHECK! Colorblock – CHECK!  (The ever-fashionable Abraham is embracing the trend in his designs and his wardrobe)  Colorblocking is a trend we’ve been seeing since spring & it has no plans to leave us in the dark anytime soon.

Abraham & Erin, two of our finest dress designers, inspired by a very chic vintage Lilly dress [dating back to the mid-60's!], designed one of our favorite fall dresses, the Fannie, with the colorblock trend in mind.  They fell in love with the whipstich detailing and incorporated the body style of our best-selling Finn dress to create a versatile knit dress that goes from end-of-summer bare to early-winter layered!

The Fannie comes in three colorways – Brazilian Brown Combo & Pink Tomato Combo – available now and a Bright Navy Combo available in our September delivery.  Adorbs in every color!

2011 Fashion’s Night Out with Lilly

Posted on August 31, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

It’s that time of year again! (Dare we say the most WONDERFUL time of the year?!) The one night.. actually week that you can celebrate fashion and treat yourself to the newest delectable fall styles! Fashion’s Night Out, originally established in 2009 by Vogue Magazine as a way to stimulate the retail economy in New York, has been embraced by fashion lovers worldwide.  This year “FNO”  runs September 1st through September 8th culminating in national & international events on September 8th- including parties at 13 of our Lilly Pulitzer corporate retail locations!

But Lilly is giving you an entire week to join in on the fun!  Starting tomorrow, September 1st, until September 8th, you can pick up this exclusive Lilly printed collectors tote when you spend $250 or more at any Lilly Pulitzer corporate retail location!  So celebrate fashion with Lilly all week and plan to join us next Thursday at one of our participating party locations!  And be sure to “check-in” with us on Facebook Places or Foursquare for an added Fashion’s Night Out bonus goodie from Lilly!

Crazy for Colored Denim!

Posted on August 30, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

Colored jeans is a Fall look Lilly can definitely get behind. (we just feel like jeans & behind belong together in the same sentence- don’t you think?!) We love it when trends fall into line with what Lilly does ALL the time- creating fashionable pieces in bright, happy colors! It doesn’t hurt to see all the celebs taking part in this cheerful trend either. Lilly’s always known that Fall doesn’t have to be drab & it’s exciting to see other designers getting on board with color as well.

It’s a no-brainer – if you’re a Lilly girl, our colored denim is for you- it matches everything you’ll be adding to your Lilly wardrobe anyway – if you don’t consider yourself a “Lilly girl” (shame, shame but we’ll forgive you), then give our colored denim a try and we know you’ll be hooked!

Lilly’s colored denim in Pink TomatoCameo WhiteAzelea Pink

Study in Style!

Posted on August 26, 2011 in More Fun by | Comment

1. Cupcake paperclips (who cares what the papers say!)
2. Waste *ahem* recycling basket
3. The-we-need-extra-seating-in-this-room-pouf
4. Jade Lamp
5. Bubblicious wall mirrors
6. Totes cute shower totes
7. Lilly Pulitzer for Garnet Hill- Sisters Floral Bedding
8. Jonathan Adler whale of an eraser eraser

Oh moms & dads, going back to school when you’re in college just isn’t the same as grade school. No longer are you simply stocking up on Justin Bieber folders, Hello Kitty pencils and the latest in locker gadgets – oh no, we’ve taken it up a notch. Sure, you still need the basics for studying & such but now we’ve moved from composition books to cosmopolitan looks for our dorm rooms & college apartments.  Stocking up has never been more fun! (and more expensive but really, more fun!)

Here were some goodies a few of us found as we were daydreaming back to our years in college saying “ooohhh, if I was going back to school, I’d totally need these!!”  (I bet JC would’ve liked these too)  Good luck in college ladies & be sure to send us pics of your Lilly-inspired rooms & apartments!

There’s Nothing Sweeter!

Posted on August 23, 2011 in Inspiration by | Comment

We have a thing for candy… and it just so happens, we have a thing for diamonds too (duh!)  So our print designer Jeff, created this jacquard print that combines BOTH!   A trick of the eye – those with a sweet tooth might see the candy and those who are sweet on a man in their life might see the diamond ring.  Either way, we want it!

See it in the Evie Dress (a customer FAVE!) and the Vanessa Dress.

Store of the Week – Palm Place Manasquan

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Up this week for our Store of the Week is a jersey shore favorite – Palm Place of Manasquan!  The beautiful beach town of Manasquan is exactly where Lilly Lovers enjoy spending their summers & weekends – it’s still Summer at the shore so make plans to visit Palm Place as you enjoy your final days soaking up the sun!!

Come find us!
161 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Store hours: M-S 10-5, Sunday 11-4
(extended seasonal hours during the summer as well!)
Find us online and on Facebook

Our Store History:  Ted Smith, owner of Palm Place, opened his first store in Shadyside, Pennsylvania back in 2003 when he and his wife, Eileen moved to the Pittsburg area. Turns out, Ted was actually born in Pittsburg many years ago (he said this, I swear we’re not calling him old!) but hadn’t returned since he was a tot and he was excited to bring the Lilly brand and story westward.  Shortly after the Shadyside location opened, another Palm Place opened in Sewickly, PA. Manasquan was actually the 3rd location Ted opened in 2005.  Last year, Ted & Eileen made a bittersweet decision to return to their old haunts of the Jersey Shore to be closer to friends & family. (Ted is going to be a first-time grandfather very soon!) As they settled down in New Jersey, they opened their newest location in Princeton!

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Meet our new Fall BFFs!

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

“Slub” – definitely not the best name we’ve ever heard for a fabric but boy oh boy, when you give our cotton slub jersey pieces a try, you’ll absolutely fall in love!  For those of you who like to geek-out about all things fashion, here’s a little more info about cotton slub: (and for those of you who already love it & want to know what’s available, skip this and read below!!)  Cotton slub is a fine jersey combined with slub yarn that creates the ultimate texture for any knit garment.  ”Slubbed” or nubby yarn is yarn that has soft lumps (areas where the yarn is bunched or wider than it should be) and was initially seen as a defect caused by the automated process of spinning yarn but because of the textures that nubby yarn can create, designers began to create slub yarn purposefully to add interest and texture to garments and upholstery.  Best of all, it PRINTS fabulously. (an absolute MUST for Lilly- obv!)

OK, so maybe a little too much detail for you but here’s what you really need to know:  these pieces are absolutely adorable and completely effortless.  Throw on a printed tee (short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve & long sleeve for any weather) and a pair of jeans, accessorize and you’ll steal the show without a second take.  LOTS of options including the Cassie Dress for those who want to take the drama up a notch!

Cassie Top: now available in Cameo White Thrill of the Chaise and Bright Navy Standing Ovation; available for pre-order in Starry Blue Drama Queen and Bright Navy Heel Yeah
Lexi Crew: now available in Bright Navy Standing Ovation, Pink Tomato Standing Ovation, Cameo White Thrill of the Chaise and Multi Big Dress Rehearsal; coming soon in-stores in Starry Blue Drama Queen and Bright Navy Heel Yeah
Mandy V-Neck (long sleeve): now available in-stores in Bright Navy Dress Rehearsal and Pink Tomato Standing Ovation; coming soon in-stores in Starry Blue Drama Queen and Bright Navy Heel Yeah
Cassie Dress: now available in Cameo White Thrill of the Chaise and Multi Big Dress Rehearsal; coming soon in Bright Navy Heel Yeah
The Lexi Crew & the Cassie Top is also be available in True Navy, Hotty Pink, Classic White solids.

So there you have it – a textile lesson that makes perfect fashion sense!