Store Of The Week: Persnickety Palm

Posted on February 23, 2010 in More Fun by | 2 comments

Persnickety Palm, a fixture of historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia since 2005, is now a Via Shop! That means… we have more Lilly than ever!!! Linda Morrison and Peter Gould took over the shop in May 2009 and re-energized it with a complete makeover, all new inventory, and fresh additions… including a distinctive collection of handpicked Lilly Pulitzer vintage pieces from the 1960s and 70s. This is something truly special.  Just eight great months later, the “new” Persnickety Palm is now a member of the Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop family.

Stop by next time you’re in the area they will be thrilled to welcome you in and show you around, you won’t be able to leave empty handed.

Persnickety Palm, bringing resort chic to everyday life . . . all year long.™

We’re located at:
1 Loudoun Street, SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 443-0948

Store Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday: 10:30 to 6:00

Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00

Closed Mondays

If you or someone you know is interested in owning a Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop please email

*Gasp* … Swimsuit Season!

Posted on February 22, 2010 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Hello Friends!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I went swim suit shopping. (*Breathe Janie, breathe*) Here’s the deal, I like chic swim. I wear jewelry to the beach. I like to have a different swim suit every day for an extended super long weekend in palm beach (I swear, I am WORKING, just want to check out what everyone is wearing by the pool for 6 days). I want my cover-up to coordinate with my swim suit. I want an enormous beach bag. I want towels to be provided by someone cute in a white uniform that periodically (or every 10 minutes) brings me something icy to drink. I want, I want, I want.

Most of all, I want to feel good in my swim suit.

So, the saga begins. You are in the fitting room, it is FEBRUARY, it has been snowing and DREADFULLY chilly for WAY TOO LONG. Who the heck decided this lighting was a good idea in this dressing room of torture? OK, breathe…

There are 800 suits lined-up to try on. I have pulled every brand under the sun, OF COURSE including oodles of print from Lilly Pulitzer.

So here’s the scoop. Here at Lilly we have redone all of our swim. We have made sure every piece fits. We have dripped them in the loveliest prints. You have to try them on, promise me you will.

SO, this is what I bought:

High Tide Tankini

High Tide Tankini Top

Since I am getting the tankini and not a tiny triangle top, I am going for the bitty bottoms – the surfs-up brief. ADORABLE. Hits at just the right spot with the tankini overlay.

LOVE this new print. I WANT the Kena Bandea too, but have to do some more crunches.

Cover-up: the over-sized Elliot in white. Looks great with a straw hat and the collar-up. DEF big sunglasses.


Lg Golden Basket

NEW from Spanx a one shoulder number that made me feel like a MILLION DOLLARS!

hmmm, not sure of the cover-up for this yet but will 100% wear with my Lilly aviator sunglasses.

Paley Sunglasses

OK, one more that I could not resist. I just think an animal print is soooooo chic and a bit racey, kind of fun to go a little wild:

OndadeMar Zebra-Print Bandeau One-Piece

Who needs a cover-up…I will just wear this with heels! Love the new embellished McKim wedge:

Mckim Wedge Embellished

OK, I have survived the swimsuit buying. PHEW!

Please, please, please, do not let me get wind of ANY OF YOU out there without sunscreen. My derm is Dr. Brandt and he is a genius. I just got his new SPF. No matter what you wear, do not forget this!!!!


Xx to all!


Go Gators!

Posted on February 18, 2010 in More Fun by | 3 comments

We are so excited to announce that Gainesville, Florida, now has its’ first-ever Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop! The Colorful Gator is open in Thornebrook Village, which is located just 3 miles from the heart of the University of Florida campus. What can be more fabulous than the combination of the spirit of a collegiate campus & Lilly Pulitzer? The Colorful Gator carries a full line of Lilly Pulitzer clothes, shoes and accessories…something for everyone of all ages and sizes.

The Colorful Gator is owned and operated by Susan Koren, who has been a devout Lilly Lover for years and wanted to share her vision with the Gainesville community. The name of her store was inspired by, of course, The University of Florida & Lilly Pulitzer’s slogan, “Lead a Colorful Life.” Leading a Colorful Life is exactly what Lilly Pulitzer (and UF) fans do best! Come and visit the shop, they can’t wait to get you in a Lilly!

They are located at:

2441 NW 43rd St.

Suite 7

Gainesville, FL 32606

p. 352- 255-3595

If you or someone you know is interested in opening a Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop please email !


Ready For The Big Game?

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

Janie dishes on the perfect dress to get your hubby’s eyes off the big game this weekend and a new beauty must-have!

Hello there Lilly Land!

Am I perfectionist? Hmmm, about somethings I guess. I don’t micro manage as long as things are absolutely flawless! Is that a perfectionist? When I throw parties I am loose and free-wheeling as long as I have prepared everything in advance and don’t have a care in the world. Although sometimes I have forgotten to serve dinner because the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are way too much fun.

Main image - Multi This Blooms For You

The one thing I am psychotic about is nail polish. If it is chipped you really should not go out of the house! Think of this, you are wearing your new Spring 2010 Lilly Pulitzer Claire dress in the This Blooms For You print (my current favorite **hint, hint**), your gold Lilly wedges, a shere wrap around your shoulders, a gold clutch, some breathtaking earrings and a dash of rosy-coral lipstick! Your nails…looked fabulous 4 hours ago – really they did. Then one chip and you picked, you did some dishes…it is a very slippery slope! Frankly, your once dashing neutral or coral or red nails are now simply…an embarrassment.

“Ah Ha” moment coming.

Have you tried the new gel manicure from OPI!?! Eeeeeee. It is supposed to last 2 weeks!!!! It is dry the second they finish applying. It is a tid-bit more money, but did you read…. it-lasts- TWO – WEEKS!

Ok, so I got it. I splurged because I wanted to wear my Claire Dress in when I going in Palm Beach this weekend with all the ecoutremont mentioned above. No time for a mani before the trip. CAN my new opi gel mani make the cut? Well, I am wearing the Claire tomorrow. My nails are 8 days in and they are (drumroll please!) Perfect. Perfect, Perfect, Perfect. Hee hee. I am giddy.

I promise I am not some vapid designer that stares at her nails all day when typing on her blackberry (oh wait, except for this little millisecond). I am a working Mom who travels a ton (yes to resort chic destinations with the best job on the planet) and fitting in the gym or a mani or anything for ME can be really hard, so I have to say – this new opi revolution is working so far. Bring on the Claire!



Panda Express!

Posted on February 4, 2010 in More Fun by | 1 comment

FedEx Express is donating their services to transport two of America’s Giant Pandas back to China today. Per a contract with China regarding the loaning of their parents to the zoos these two must be returned to live in China and help further grow the panda population.

Mei Lan a 3 year-old female born in Atlanta and Tai Shan a 4 and a half year-old male born at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, DC will be flying in style today as they set off on a fourteen and a half hour flight from DC to Chengdu, China.  (On a custom-decaled plane no less!)

Mei Lan

Tai Shan as a baby! So cute!

The pandas will be transported to the airplane by FedEx trucks in specially designed travel containers. They will also have caretakers making the journey alongside them. Once in China Mei Lan will be going to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Pandas Breeding and Tai Shan will be headed for the China Wildlife Conservation Association’s Nature Reserve in Sichuan.

We wish them both safe travels and a happy new life in China. They will be missed dearly!!

We’re Back In Bethesda!

Posted on February 2, 2010 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Oh how we’ve missed you all!! We’ve been so busy these past few weeks and the time has flown by!

We just had to stop in and share how excited we are about the new store opening of  Pink Palm in Bethesda, MD! Owner Lizanne Jeveret has done an amazing job with the space transforming it into a beautiful Lilly oasis.

They officially opened their doors yesterday to a crowd of Lilly Lovers who couldn’t wait to welcome Lilly back to the area.  Pink Palm has an outstanding location on the Shops on Bethesda Row (right across from the Apple Store!) Come stop by and meet store manager Amber, she’ll be happy to help you. The new Spring prints and colors are sure to cure any case of the winter blues…we promise!

Pink Palm Bethesda

4867 Bethesda Avenue

Phone: (301) 913-9191

Open:  Monday- Saturday 10am-7pm

Sunday 12pm-5pm

Lizanne and her husband David also own Pink Palm locations in Charlottesville, VA, Mclean, VA and Richmond, VA.  All absolute stops on any Lilly Lover road trip.

If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the Lilly family by opening your own store please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We’d love to hear from you at

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These…

Posted on January 12, 2010 in More Fun by | 2 comments

Janie could not wait until tomorrow to tell you about the Garnet Hill new bedding collection so here’s your sneak peak! (We’re having some issues with adding images so check our Facebook Page for a special new album!) Read More

American Red Cross Beach Bash!

Posted on January 4, 2010 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Greetings from Palm Beach and Happy 2010!

We just couldn’t wait until New Year’s Eve to uncork the champagne and bring in the band! On Wednesday, December 30th (yes, New Year’s Eve’s Eve) Lilly Pulitzer celebrated the wonderful work of the American Red Cross at The Beach Club, in Palm Beach. Guests were greeted with “Pink Lilly” cocktails and fire dancers (why not!), and were even offered the opportunity to pose with real live mermaids, upon entering the ocean-side   venue (yes mermaids are real in our world). The dress code for the “Beach Bash” was Lilly or Louder, and guests did not disappoint! From well worn and long loved, vintage Lilly’s to beaded chiffon maxi dresses from our current collection, the clothes were clearly the hit of the evening! We want to thank our friends at the American Red Cross for all their amazing work and dedication!

Wish you were there? Now you can relive every moment! Later this week we’ll be posting video footage from event along with tons of party pics. We’re even going to play a little game of “Who Wore It Best” and you get to vote!

Fear not, if you were unable to attend this ahh-mazing Palm Beach event we’ve got another one headed your way the end of this week. Lilly Pulitzer’s grandson Christopher Pulitzer Leidy will be wowing the Palm Beach Gardens Lilly Pulitzer store with his breathtaking under water photography.  See our facebook event section for all the details!! Hope to see you there.


“A Sea Change” With Ocean Conservancy

Posted on December 21, 2009 in More Fun by | 1 comment

Good Morning! We hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday season thus far! We can’t wait to hear about your plans and adventures. Today we thought we’d reflect for a moment about why our Resort line is so special to us this year. Vikki Spruill the CEO of Ocean Conservancy wrote in to tell us just a little bit more about what she does and why she loves Lilly! Enjoy and come in to “sea” the collection soon! (couldn’t resist that one)

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Janie Flys South

Posted on December 8, 2009 in More Fun by | 5 comments

I have been on the best TRIP EVER. There is so much to tell you about that I am going to have to break it up. This is how it will roll…

TODAY I am going to chat about my hotel and how much I worship staying in fancy hotels.
TOMORROW I will gush about the Palm Beach Gardens Bloomies and the PB ZOO.

Then I will go on and on about our visit to Santa in the PB Gardens mall and our vist to the Lilly store.
Right after that a full installment on vintage shopping in PB and a wonderful visit to C. Oricco.
THEN, if I haven’t decided to move to Florida permanently I will write about my vist to our newly decorated Boca Raton store that is TDF.

OK, HOTEL. Not to be spoiled but…maybe I am a teeny tiny bit spoiled when it comes to hotels. Admittedly, when I was in boarding school, the Ritz in Boston was my “Eloise moment.” I would take the train into Boston and check into the Ritz on Newbury Street. My Dad would fly in but I would aaaalways get there first and order:

hot chocolate
humongo bowl of clam chowdah (love ya boston)
a virgin (wink wink) bloody mary
a cheeseburger

Hmmm, had QUITE a stomach ache after that. My Dad would come off the elevator and be able to find my room from the room service tray (and the techno beat as I had a rager with my friends and almost got us kicked out of the hotel. HOLLA!)

ANYWHO, I am Miss Hotel. I love room service more than life. I have lovingly passed this passion/genetic predisposition onto my daughters and we are all more than happy to MOVE in to a hotel for the weekend and only visit the spa, watch millions of movies and order tray after tray of room service…

So THIS WEEKEND, I have been staying at The Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, just north of Palm Beach. LOVELY. It was newly acquired and revamped by Marriott and is 5-star all the way. My idea of heaven.

It just so happens that we are doing a pretty insane PACK FOR PARADISE promotion that, if you haven’t read about it already, please please please get your head out of the clouds and get on this. Ladies! Lilly Lovers! This is right up our alley. NOT TO BE MISSED. You see, it’s a weekend getaway giveaway (say that 5 times fast) to a new fabulous resort every single month for a whole year! So put it in your calendar now to pop into the Lilly Pulitzer store or your favorite Via Shop and enter for these each month. December’s Paradise: Four Seasons Palm Beach…one my favorite places on earth, amazing for a trip with the kids but even better for a retreat without.

NOW…EEEVERY once in awhile you’ll find an extra chance to getaway with one of our department store friends who will send you to a different exclusive resort paradise…today I’ll tell you about one of those chances. It’s the incredible Marco Island Florida Resort & Spa also by Marriott. Judging by the stay I am having at Singer Island, we have outdone ourselves with this prize! YAY. ENTER. You can find this at many participating Dillard’s doors around the country so check with yours to see if they are one. Must enter before the end of the year. I want a full report on the spa-ing and the room service EXCESS. Please feel free to invite me as your plus one. (I’m not kidding.)