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Posted on October 18, 2010 in More Fun by | 1 comment

 

Have you snapped your little ones in Lilly yet for your Holiday card? It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again but starting December 1st we will be accepting all of your fabulous photo submissions. Each year we anxiously await your participation and now we offer paper and digital options to compliment your Lilly clad clan! Check out our favorite “green” options from our friends at cocodot.com. We Lilly girls love fine stationery and now we can send greetings to all of our friends with etiquette and the environment in mind. Our line at cocodot.com allows you to create beautiful online cards and invites using our original selection of fresh prints. Upload your favorite family pic, personalize and send. How easy is that?

If you choose to go the traditional route of stamping and mailing, Lifeguard Press also hosts a line of our favorite imprintable holiday cards as well as gift wrap and décor! Such fun!  Now you can throw a party to celebrate having completed your holiday card!

We can’t wait for your submissions…get going shutter bugs! And of course shop online to get the perfect holiday photo wardrobe for you and your minnies.

Xx

The Marketing Team

 

Stories of Inspiration: Maureen’s Story

Posted on October 11, 2010 in More Fun by | 2 comments

Happy Monday Lilly Land! There is nothing better than starting the week off on the right foot – and we know sharing the story of breast cancer survivor Maureen McElwreath will help you do just that. Her fabulous outlook, sunny disposition and clear embrace of “a colorful life” are extremely admirable. Thanks, Maureen, for reminding us of the importance to always remain positive!

Q) What is your breast cancer story?

A) I had a history of growing fibroids, but they never showed up cancerous. There was no history of breast cancer in my family, but my doctor asked me to get a mammogram to rule it out. I went for my first mammogram when I was 44 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer. My doctor recommended a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Today I am cancer-free, I get regular checkups, and go for my mammogram every year. Early detection is so important and the most important thing we as women can do for ourselves.

 

Q) You’re involved with the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® event. Talk about your experience.

A) The first time I went to a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure what to expect being surrounded by so many survivors. My hesitation immediately went away when I saw the thousands of people dressed in pink, walking with their friends, family members, and coworkers while uniting around one cause: creating a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Being around so many people who were walking because they love someone with or lost someone to cancer was an incredible feeling and the energy was contagious!

 

Q) Do you have any fundraising “secrets to success”?

A) Just ask! Everyone I approached knew about my reasons for walking and my involvement in Making Strides and they wanted to support me. You can’t raise money and reach your personal goal if you don’t ask!

 

Q) What was your first memory of Lilly Pulitzer?

A) I discovered Lilly Pulitzer during a “girls’ trip” to Florida in the 1970s. My friends and I always look for unique, fun clothes that we can wear during the summer months in New York. I bought a Lilly Pulitzer skort in shades of pink and green which I wore back up North.  Everyone’s reaction was “Where did you get that?!” My Lilly skort was a unique design and print that everyone loved.

 

Q) How does Lilly help you lead a more colorful life?

A) Lilly puts a smile on my face and I always receive compliments from my friends when I’m wearing something from Lilly Pulitzer. The clothes make me feel pretty and feminine and I have a very positive outlook when I’m wearing Lilly.

 

Q) And your daughter is a Lilly lover too?

A) Yes! I remember when my daughter was about 12 years old and she asked if she could get her first Lilly shift dress. We found her the perfect dress – the design had hibiscus flowers in shades of pink and green.

Under the Umbrella; a quick guide to staying chic in any shower.

Posted on October 5, 2010 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Today’s forecast? Cloudy with a chance of fabulous!

Some of fashions most unique accessories coordinate best with a few dark clouds and a chance for precipitation. Today we explore the top 5 things to keep you styling in a storm all day….

       1. The Lilly Umbrella. Wake up for work and say goodbye to boring black umbrellas! You’ll brighten up everyone’s day just by taking a stroll in the city with this one.   2.  Hunter boots. I’m pretty sure EVERYONE was wearing these at the office today. The perfect combo of color and comfort. We recommend you wear them over skinny denim with the Sabeline Coat.  3.  The Burberry Coat. A classic trench will last you years and keep you dry on rainy days. Yes, we know, it’s not bright pink.. But it’s okay to be khaki on the outside…if you promise to wear a colorful dress underneath! Try the Apple Dress!  4.  Doggy Rain Gear. You just got home from the office and your King Charles is dying for a walk.. it’s still raining so dress her up in this cutie. It will keep her warm, dry, and fabulous! Are you going to wear our yoga gear on that walk? You better!  5.  The Lilly Mug & Tea. Ahh.. you’re finally home, having survived the wet weather. You deserve a cup of tea, try Tazo tea from Starbucks! And now there’s even a way to take your tea in a Lilly Mug! Love it!

 Remember Lilly land… If you want to see a rainbow, you’re gonna have to deal with some rain, but that’s no excuse to let your style suffer!

Stay dry out there!

xx Steph from marketing 

Stories of Inspiration: Claire’s Story

Posted on October 4, 2010 in More Fun by | 4 comments

Today, we introduce to you Claire Zeppieri…an inspirational breast cancer survivor who loves color (and color therapy) as much as we do! Thank you, Claire, for sharing your story with us.

 

 

Q) What is your breast cancer story?

A) I was diagnosed with breast cancer about eight years ago, in my early 40s. My breast cancer was detected through my annual mammogram. The diagnosis came as a complete surprise to me, as my family has no history of cancer. My situation underscores the reality that anyone can get cancer. During my treatment, I tried to live my life as normally as possible; I continued to work and received the support of colleagues, friends, and family. One of the most difficult challenges in dealing with cancer was the loss of my hair through chemotherapy – an outward symbol of my condition. I decided to make the best of the situation through cherished memories of my grandmother and the exquisite palette of scarves she passed on to me, which I proudly wore (along with my Lilly!) during treatment. I was not afraid to seize life while undergoing my treatment – and through this endurance I’ve worked to inspire other people.

 

 

 

Q) What advice can you give to women about screening and early detection?

A) Don’t let fear and inconvenience step in between your regular screening exams. You only have one life and we’re all very fortunate to have early detection so easily accessible. Many women don’t think cancer is going to hit them or they let fear get the best of them. They don’t realize that modern science has fast-forwarded cancer survival rates, in large part to early detection, which is crucial. Advanced cancer is much more difficult to treat.

 

Q) How have you brought awareness to the breast cancer cause?

A) I shared my success story by participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® and Relay For Life® events in my community. The events were highly emotional for me because I was walking alongside fellow cancer survivors. The strength in numbers made me realize how many other brave people are going through similar survival experiences. The American Cancer Society events motivated me to add momentum to the cause of creating a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays – facilitating much-needed fundraising for research, advocacy, and patient service programs is essential.

 

 

Q) What is your favorite memory in Lilly Pulitzer?

A) So many … but for certain, when I was married on the beach in Nantucket wearing a favorite Lilly Pulitzer skirt in my signature color- pink

 

Q) How has Lilly helped you live a more colorful life?

A) Through color, you are able to channel positive energy and various moods.  Fashion outwardly expresses this joy to others; and quite simply, Lilly’s colors make me feel bright and cheery. The designs energize me with a smile; they’re like sunshine! Bright colors help inspire me to be more creative and light.

 

 

 

 

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 1, 2010 in More Fun by | 1 comment

And as all Lilly lovers know, we LOVE happy stories here at the Pink Palace. But sometimes life throws us a curve ball and it’s then that we really crave some comfort. So, we teamed up with the American Cancer Society to create a one of a kind design to brighten the most dreary of days since we know (and are very thankful) that Lilly Pulitzer prints have been lifting spirits of those who wear them for over 50 years. ACS knows about lifting spirits, too. This October, the ACS movement Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will bring people together to celebrate those who have battled the disease and empower others to join the fight with walks held nationwide. The best news is, even if you can’t get out for the event, you can still help this amazing cause. The limited edition print, designed exclusively by ACS, is available on our beloved Murfee scarf – featuring a stunning palette of soft pinks, greens and flecks of white. The pattern depicts lotus flowers, a symbol of beauty, strength and success.  The lotus flower, grown in the muddy swamps of India, symbolizes that even from the worst situation one can always pull through and make the best out of it. No matter one’s struggles in life, he or she will always survive.  Intertwined throughout the design are signature “Making Strides” breast cancer awareness ribbons, also in pink. Lilly Pulitzer is contributing approximately $5 from each breast cancer awareness scarf to the American Cancer Society to help save lives. To learn more and to see if there’s a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in your area, visit cancer.org/breastcancer. Pssstttconsider this a VERY good excuse to go shopping…

And since we love happy stories so very much, we were lucky to receive some from Lilly lovin’ survivors. Each Monday throughout the month, we will feature their stories right here on our blog. We know you will find these women as inspiring as we do. xx

Lilly Loves Lox Papers!

Posted on September 30, 2010 in More Fun by | 5 comments

We would like to introduce you to Jane Lilly Warren of Lox Papers. How perfect is her name? Jane is a wildly talented graphic artist  and fellow blogger living and working in New York City. We just love her take on inspiration boards and her ability to make a simple idea into a work of art. You can imagine our excitement when she agreed to do one of her pieces for us and it came as no surprise that she had an innate understanding of our brand and the Lilly lifestyle. We approached her just before her wedding and while honeymooning in Peru she was kind enough to keep us in mind. Like Lilly, she too is inspired by adventure and travel, it is evident in her work seen above. Visit her site and be prepared to stay a while! Thank you Jane for sharing your love and appreciation for Lilly!!

xx The Marketing Team

Polish Predicament

Posted on September 29, 2010 in More Fun by | 7 comments

I have been asking myself one question ALL morning – what’s my shade? So now, I’m asking you because who knows color better than fellow Lilly lovers? As the weekend approaches (can’t believe it’s already Wednesday), I am starting to pack my suitcase for a chock (and I mean CHOCK) full weekend of weddings…one on Friday evening and one on Sunday afternoon! Have I mentioned…I CAN’T WAIT because I get to wear two of my brand new dresses from our fall line (Shauna Tunic Dress & Giselle Dress)? Anyway, back to business. I LOVE the dresses but since I am wearing two dresses in one weekend…I need the perfect nail color! Nail polish is SO much fun. I truly feel it can be inspiring, like all color…picking out the right shade reminds me of buying a Lilly dress in my favorite print.

 

And just as it’s important to try on our dresses, it’s important to try on nail colors. The OPI website has the coolest tool to help you find your match! And we all know there’s nothing better than a match made in heaven. I promise, it solves the salon conundrum of not knowing what color to choose and standing at the “polish” wall for hours. Seriously, how many times has that happened to you? I can’t count.

 

Just a few hues we can’t get enough of to get your wheels spinning, your color wheels that is….

Try “Shorts Story” with the Wayles Dress.

Why? This pink reminds us of our roots.

 

Try “What’s With the Cattitude” with the Blayney Dress Ruffle.

Why? You’ll feel anything but blue.

 

Try “California Raspberry” with the Colby Dress.

Why? We’re crazzzzy in and for coral.

 

Try “Mimosas for Mr.& Mrs.” with EVERYTHING.

Why? Okay, the name got us…

 

So, check out the cast of colors at OPI and let me know what you think! With SO many to choose from, I can’t do it on my own. What shade will look equally chic with both the Shauna & Giselle? I trust you!! Immensely.

 

Xx, Brynn from Marketing

Rainy Day Rentals

Posted on September 28, 2010 in More Fun by | 5 comments

It has been raining cats and dogs all day outside of the Pink Palace. It’s the kind of afternoon that makes you want to curl up on a cozy sofa, wrap yourself up in cashmere and watch a great movie. While hard at work, we might not be able to watch movies but we can certainly talk about them, not to mention get inspired by them!  Here is a list of our all time favorites and how you can look like your own leading lady!

 

Funny Face. Our print team loves to sing and dance to the Think Pink song…you must watch the trailer immediately!

 

Our hard working marketing intern Steph loves Rear Window saying “it’s the perfect mix of suspense and style.”

 

 

Our Graphic Artist Kathleen chose the Royal Tenenbaums because “it manages to capture short-comings and imperfections of character with such elegance that I find myself envious of failure.”

 

I chose Summer of 42 for its effortless, timeless style. When I wear a classic cable crew I imagine that I am Dorothy walking home from the market, bag in hand with a fresh baguette and pink tulips peeking out from the top.

 

Janie watched the classic Treasure Island for inspiration when designing the Resort 10 line (shipping in November) Did we mention she loves pirates?

 

A few more we love…

Madagascar for funny animals

Auntie Mame, a good girly fashion flick

Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow. She is just TDF.

Best in Show for all our dog lovers

You’ve Got Mail and Father of the Bride 1and2.

The Notebook and Grease –two great decades of style

What are you watching??

Fall Favorites

Posted on September 27, 2010 in More Fun by | Comment

Fall has officially arrived! Don’t you just loveee the smell of the crisp air? Here at the Pink Palace in Pennsylvania, the cooler weather and our 9.25 delivery seemed to coincide perfectly. But the best news is – no matter where you are – these pieces can work for you, too. We promise – updating your fall wardrobe has never been this easy…or this fun.

 

So, what are our must-haves? Other than EVERYTHING, right NOW we love….

 

 Shere Sweater Coat

 Hello must-have! The colors will match back to so many outfits and remind us it’s not quite summer – in a good way. Throw this on with our Aida cords and you’re instant day-time chic (that was easy). Heading out at night? Grab your Shere for a dress topper and ta-da! That’s our kind of magic.

 

Babs Cable Wrap

Talk about wrapped up! Bring one with you ALL season – anywhere, anytime. Wear it with shorts, cords, jeans…boots or flats. No occasion required but we can totally envision you (and us) in the Babs watching football. Let’s all put our team affiliations aside and cheer for this one.

 

Shauna Tunic Dress

We know you are looking for dresses at this time of year and we wanted to give you plenty of variety – from strapless to full length sleeve, casual to dressy. This is hands down one of our current favorites. The cotton sateen is the right weight for fall and we adore the eye catching color selection: black and brewster blue. Plus, our printed option is black with a twist…a Lilly twist. The three quarter sleeve enables the Shauna to be worn as the weather turns slightly more chilly (think October and beyond). Still not warm enough? Add tights and one of our Weslee wraps to turn up the heat.

 

 

By now you’ve got the idea – Lilly has you covered no matter where you find yourself this fall. And, remember, as we like to say – too much is never enough…especially during layering season.

xx

 

The New Age of Print Designers!

Posted on September 14, 2010 in More Fun by | 6 comments

 

 

 

Future Print Designers? Perhaps! We were thrilled, not to mention touched, when we received an email from a passionate art teacher from Potomac, Maryland. Cyndi McClave, who used Lilly prints as inspirations for her sixth grade art class, got the idea after watching Janie on The Martha Stewart Show last year. Using nature and animals, this young crew of Lilly Lovers produced amazing results and we just had to share their work with all of you. Our message for 2011 is Lilly Loves the Arts and we couldn’t think of a better way to prepare for our upcoming season than to feature designs from our talented future generation. Thank you Cyndi!