Spin the Bottle – A Playful Print for Summer!

Posted on May 31, 2011 in Inspiration by | 3 comments

Admit it! You played Spin the Bottle. School was out, you were in someone’s basement, attic, closet, guest cottage or boat house. Parents were…I don’t know, doing something cocktail-y. You and your Summer friends got the brilliant idea to play…Spin the Bottle. And Jim Macumury was there and you were just p-r-a-y-i-n-g that when it was your turn, you would get to kiss him. (Eek, wait. You can tell when Janie writes the print description because she just looooves to reminisce!)

Aaaaanyway, don’t you have those memories? Ray Bans, cherry Chapstick, playing quarters or kings or whatever old game- eternally barefoot and just trying to get into a little trouble.  Sound familiar?? Well this print is for you!

Store of the Week – Barefoot Princess Sandestin

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

Yet another Barefoot Princess as our Store of the Week – this time in Destin, Florida! As part of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Barefoot Princess is the perfect place for ladies to yell “Score!” while the men yell “Fore!” on the golf course!

Barefoot Princess – Sandestin
Located at The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West
Destin, FL 32550
Store hours are 10 am – 9 pm daily

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Dark and Stormy – Perfect for Happy Hour!

Posted on May 27, 2011 in Inspiration by | 2 comments

We all know that Lilly prints are constantly inspired by the sea…and sand…and sun. And what’s better than sitting on the beach and soaking in the rays with a fun beverage in your hand? (with those little pink drink umbrellas, of course!)  Well the print studio always gets a liiiiittle kookier during Summer line planning, (as beach vacays, fun drinks, food and friends are what they think about) so it’s no surprise that we looked to our friends at Gosling’s for some inspiration for our Summer ’11 line.

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Lilly Pulitzer Transforms the Congressional Luncheon

Posted on May 25, 2011 in More Fun by | 2 comments

First Lady Michelle Obama was feted as the guest of honor at the annual Congressional Club luncheon held last Wednesday at the Washington Hilton, hosted by spouses of Members of Congress. At the bi-partisan luncheon, Mrs. Obama spoke to the guests about her Joining Forces campaign, and danced to the tunes of Latin pop icon Gloria Estefan.

More than 2,000 guests attended the three-hour Florida-themed affair, including spouses of Cabinet members, the US Supreme Court and the leadership of the Senate and House. During her remarks, Mrs. Obama honored members of the armed forces and their families. The event was chaired by Mrs. Pat Mica, wife of Rep. John Mica of Florida. Each year, the event theme is inspired by the state where the event chair lives. How fitting that Mrs. Mica would think of Lilly Pulitzer to carry the Floridian themed luncheon!  (We think it was a fabulous idea!)

Lee Jofa, our soon-to-launch fabric partner, provided the table linens so guests could dine at Lilly Pulitzer tables.  Every guest, including The First Lady, received a Lilly Pulitzer printed gift bag. Lilly Pulitzer also provided the white dresses seen on the lovely attendants! Guests had a fabulous time and the beach theme had everyone wishing summer would come just a little faster.  We were honored to have been a part of the event and want to thank Mrs. Mica for including Lilly!

Karlee Sparkles****

Posted on May 24, 2011 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Well we think our whole cocktail delivery sparkles but we wanted to highlight one of our best selling beauties. We luxed up the shift and her name is Karlee!  She is the perfect dress for that summer party with jazz! Or — dress her down with your McKim’s and sprinkle just enough sparkle to a summer brunch! (already sold out online!) Karlee’s floating jewels (a design trend we’re looooving!) creates a look that requires no extra jewelry- shimmer & shine included!

Not sure you can pull off the sheer panel adorned with beading detail? (we think you absolutely can) Fear not. Grace your summer party with Crystal, Julianne, Daphne or Kelley!

Janie’s Got Baggage

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One of our favorite Pack for Paradise partners over the last year has been JetBlue.  They’ve partnered with us on several occasions to fly our lucky winners to paradise (it’s easy to love them when they deliver you to heaven!)  So when they reached out to us and asked about Janie’s baggage, we thought it was a liiiittle personal but we listened. Turns out they put together a fun program promoting the fact that they offer customers a first checked bag-free all while raising money for children in America.  We love JetBlue and we thought it sounded fun so we got on board by donating a Janie-signed Originals Carry On! (complete with an autographed headshot of our favorite blonde along with a signed luggage tag!)

JetBlue does a better job describing the program so here are the details straight from them!

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Store of the Week – Pink Palm Bethesda

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

Our Store of the Week this week is Pink Palm Bethesda who is just one year young and their store is definitely a pretty young thing- it’s absolutely beautiful!

Owner’s Names: Lizanne Jeveret and Dave Holmes own four Pink Palm locations in Maryland and Virginia!

Come find us!
Store street address- 4867 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Store hours- Monday-Saturday 10-7, Sunday 12-5
Find us online or on Facebook
We also have three other locations in Charlottesville, Richmond, & McLean, Virginia

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Shop, Share and Support!

Posted on May 20, 2011 in More Fun by | 2 comments

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!

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Lilly Lovers Loving Lace

Posted on May 19, 2011 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

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!

From Streaking to Skinny Dippin’

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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!