We’re always quoting some of the fun things Lilly said during her time in building this brand, but the one quote that really resonated with her consumers; the one with more meaning for all of us is, “If you have no charity in your heart, you have the worse type of heart trouble.”
Based on Lilly’s belief in giving back to her community (and having fun while doing it!), the Lilly Pulitzer brand is always doing things, sometimes small, sometimes big, in supporting national and local organizations, events and communities. One of the ways we do this is through our corporate stores program called “Shop & Shares.” If you’re a fan on our Facebook page, you’ve likely seen us post something about these parties from time to time. Shop & Shares are a fun way to raise money & awareness about your organization while, in true Lilly form, throwing a great bash!
I went straight to our Dress Man, Abraham, for the details behind the stunning Battenburg lace — seen (for the first time ever!!) in the latest Summer delivery of cocktail dresses from Lilly. Here’s what he had to say about this gorgeous new fabrication …
Battenburg lace is lace created by woven tape that is hand stitched together into intricate patterns. Our pattern art work was hand drawn by Victoria Davis and I to create a truly Lilly Lace. Each panel is created by hand; giving each garment a truly unique, one-of-kind quality. The pattern was designed to flatter the figure and curve with the body. The new Marie-Kate style is a great figure-friendly shape and the Bowen is the ultimate strapless dress- we love it so much!
Abraham also gave us a quick Battenburg history lesson which sounded suspiciously similar to this. All you really need to know? These dresses are truly beautiful and will cause you to looooong for lace!
So when the print team was in Winter Park last year, they were CHALLENGED by a customer (*ahem* Chris Richards- we’re looking at you!!) to bring back the Streaker print. (dare we say anything about the fact that it took a man to challenge us to bring back one of our naughtiest prints?!) All of a sudden, the topic of…being nude (in print, thank you) …was everywhere!
Emails came pouring in…please do the streaker print!; we love the streaker print! Ok, slight exaggeration BUT…Summer makes us so happy we want to throw ON our Lilly and then RIP IT OFF so we cannonball into the [insert body of water here] pool, lake, ocean. Toiles have become a favorite around here and secretly the print team loves them because we can hide soooo many fun things in them!
So viola- the Streaker print reinvented! Look closely, you never know what you might find!
We love the name of this store as much as we do the store itself- don’t we all feel like barefoot princesses when we’re wearing our Lilly on the beach?!?
Location: 4 Watercolor Blvd S. #101
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Store hours: 9-7 Monday-Sunday!
Find us online and on Facebook and be sure to check in with us on Foursquare!
A little background: Barefoot Princess, owned by Robert and Lindsey Tidwell, has been here for 6 years and has been a hit! Located just one block off the beach at the beautiful Watercolor resort, our customers love to come see us after a relaxing day in the sun!
Our Lilly Story: We are a one-stop Lilly shop for the whole family! We love helping our customers pick out outfits for beach pictures, weddings, or just to stroll around town! We have everything from the perfect Clare dress and Murfee scarf to sunglasses, McKims, and more!
Our favorite product from the Summer delivery is… It’s too hard to choose! We LOVE the new Marisa dress and our customers are totally loving the Wynden top! And of course we are very excited that the Stuffed Shells pattern is back this season!
This Saturday, May 21st, is the Splash into Summer promotion! With a $250 purchase, receive a Kadeema paddle. With a $500 purchase, receive a Kadeema paddle and a cooler! Last year, we ran out of coolers before noon so get here early!!!!!!!!!!!!
Birthdays are a reason to have a party! It was just 5 years ago that I came to Lilly (I know, time flies- I feel like this has been my home forever!), and just 5 years ago that we opened our spectacular store in the King of Prussia mall. To celebrate, we invited all our friends, gave away goodies, snacked on Capitol Grill yummies and popped quite a few bottles of bubbly.
A couple of years ago, the print team and I started visiting stores and painting watercolors for customers. It was new to show off our prints being done first-hand and everyone loved doing it; and I think you all loved seeing it! Well celebrating Lilly Loves the Arts this year has brought an evolution to our artwork. A couple of months ago at the Ardmore opening, we decided to all paint one giant canvas- together!! (two at a time, rotating from painting to chatting with customers, to having a few toasts!) It is soooooo fuuun! We have now mastered the art of painting giant floral prints!
Every single day, my team’s artistic talent knocks me off my feet. This is just another example of how special Lilly Pulitzer is. No one does what we do! The most amazing people love the individuality of the brand – it is just top-to-bottom, inside-and-out FUN. This was absolutely evident at last night’s event.
Cheers to Darcy, Margaret, Clare, Nancy, Steph, Pat…every single amazing person in the “KOP” store (we love you so so so much). We are so proud of the store, thank you for always smiling and making Lilly what it is!
We have an absolute crush on these gals. They are the epitome of effortless chic. This summer, we’re bringing you the easy and versatile slubby cotton jersey in dresses, tops and wraps- all to help you look fabulous from beach to shopping; pool to cocktail hour. These beauties bare everything from prints to ruffles to ruching- details that take you from plain to pretty!!
Have you met the girls yet? Let me introduce you to…
The Emily Crew Dress
The Lexi Crew
The Lana Top
The Cassie Top (and dress from Spring)
The Katia Wrap (printed & solid)
The Wynn Top (printed & solid)
Flirty, fun & fashionably fabulous – how can you not fall hard for them?!?!
It was just as we thought today on Facebook; a lot of you already know what a QR code is. Quite simply, a QR code or quick response code, is a readable or scannable bar code that you can use, usually with an app, with your smartphone that will take you to an online destination. For those of you who may not have noticed these before, you will now see them EVERYWHERE. They really are popping up in all sorts of places; in magazines, on the back of cereal boxes, on home for sale signs, on restaurant menus, even on tombstones (ok, well that’s in Japan but you see where I’m going with this)
Wear them instead! Seagulls get such a bad rap. Perhaps they deserve it, they can be quite a nuisance at the beach, but right about now, I’d take that summer sound over the white noise here at the office! So let’s celebrate the seagull this season with two splashy, summer prints – Flock of Seagulls (above) and Ride the Wave (below)!
Check out Flock of Seagulls in our hottest summer dress- the Marisa, as well as Delia dress with the Hotty Pink embroidery.
Ride the Wave comes in one of our Summer favorites, the Sullivan dress as well as the oh-so-cute Avery skirt with a Hotty Pink contrasting belt.
(seagulls making their mark on your dress in print is waaaaay cuter then the alternative!!)
Virginia is for Lilly Lovers. (we thought Virginia’s state slogan was missing a little something) And that’s why Ocean Palm’s owner, Janet Lane-Robert’s, opened her first Lilly Pulitzer signature store- so Virginia Lilly Lovers had a place to buy their Lilly! We’re happy to feature her original location as this week’s Store of the Week…
As we mentioned before, choosing the “best,” Mother’s Day was pretty much an impossible task. The stories were circulated throughout the Pink Palace & we all talked about this one and that one but we kept coming back to Devon’s amazing story and her wonderful photo of 3 generations. You could feel the love in the photo and in the story and we just had to make it our choice. I called Devon to let her know she won and she was delighted! I asked her if she’d like me to send her the story back to her through e-mail so she could look it over once more before I posted it here and she told me to just go ahead and post it- she said it was written straight from the heart & she wanted it to be read that way. She had made a copy of her submission and intended to give it to her mom on Mother’s Day – won’t her mom be surprised to hear there’s a 4 foot x 6 foot piece of original artwork to go with it?! Giving that prize to Devon and her family made our day and we hope today, all of you got to spend the day with your beloved mothers, daughters, grandmothers and best friends. Now here is Devon’s story…