Tips on Shopping Lilly Pulitzer Online Sales

14 Aug

And so it begins.


Okay, so it’s not that serious, but here’s a round up of Lilly Pulitzer Sale Shopping tips that have helped me over the years.

What’s the big deal anyway?

Unless you live near an actual Lilly Pulitzer store or compete for the six dresses posted on Rue La La, chances are you don’t normally see Lilly Pulitzer on sale.  Like, anywhere.  There’s no sale section online (although, some of the online signature stores will have mark downs).

Twice a year, Lilly does a huge online sale on their main website here.  The prices are insanely low…even lower than the Warehouse Sale prices.  (See my write up here!)

Basically, these sales are the best.

Wait, prices are good?  How good are we talking here?

In the past, I’ve gotten Cassie dresses for $39.  Shoreline totes for $39.  Murfees for like $30.  I think the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought from the sale was a Let’s Cha Cha maxi dress for like $69.  (Yes, you read right.  A LCC maxi was at the sale.  it’s also where I got most of my You Gotta Regatta stuff!)

That’s insane.  So I can just roll over to the site and shop whenever?

You wish.  So, the sale will be starting this Monday at 8 AM EST, and will run until Thursday.  Normal people would think, wow, okay, maybe I’ll click around during my lunch break and pick up a few dresses.

You guys, this sale is serious business.  This is no casual, wonderful shopping experience.  Get ready for tears.  Frustration.  Site crashes.  Your dream dress selling out.

Here is my most important rule about the Lilly sales online:

All of the above will probably happen.  The site will crash.  You won’t be able to complete a transaction.  You’ll want to take to the Lilly FB page and vent about how you will NEVER SHOP HERE AGAIN BECAUSE I LOST OUT ON GETTING MY FAVORITE MURFEE EVER I HAVE SEVEN KIDS TO SUPPORT AND I DESERVE THIS.  (I’m serious.  Reading the Lilly FB page during a sale is pretty entertaining.  We should make bingo cards.)

Well, that’s dumb that the site crashes.  They should buy more internet and be ready.  I am very angry.

(Yes, I have seen ladies say that before.)  Without getting into a super big technical explanation, you can’t just “buy” more internet.  A website is hosted on a server (along with a lot of other websites), and if traffic surges to several times its normal amount, it overloads that server and the website goes down.

Think of it like if you had a kid tugging on your arm asking for something.  You can handle that.  Heck, you could probably handle three kids asking you for something.  But, if seven thousand kids suddenly start pulling on you to get something, you’ll probably get overwhelmed and curl up in a fetal position. (Or just take this quiz…)

This happens to sites all the time.  (Twitter whale, anyone?) 

So, chill out, and channel that anger into some food.

Okay, I’m chill now.  So, practically, what should I do?

Lilly actually put out a list of sale tips, but if it’s all tl;dr, here’s some of the most helpful things to keep in mind.

1.  Create an account ahead of time and upload your payment information.

2.  Wake up early (like before 7 AM EST) and log into the site.  

Once the sale begins, things will begin to sell out super quickly.  If you are already logged in and have payment information ready, you can do fast checkouts with just clicking a few times.

3. Have multiple devices going.  Sometimes the site will load on one, but not the other.  I’ll shop on both my phone and my laptop.  Last sale, I ended up doing most of it off my iPhone, while my desktop site refused to process.

4.  Check out a million times.  Shipping is free during the sale, and it’s better to make a bunch of little transactions rather than wait to do one big one.  JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING IS IN YOUR CART DOES NOT MEAN IT IS YOURS.  (Again, that is one of my favorite rants to read on the FB page.  “It was in my cart, it was mine, and now it is gone!”  No. Sorry.  It’s not yours until you pay for it.)  Last year, I had like four separate orders, some of which just had one item.

5.  Thoughts on Teamwork.  

Here are my thoughts on teamwork.

Things sell out so quickly that if you spend time looking for your cousin’s best friend’s favorite print, then you might miss out on your own deals.

I think teamwork is great in most situations (like if you are at the Warehouse Sale), but when you are fighting bajillions of girls online who are salivating over lobster prints, I think it’s better to stay focused on your own list.

(Now, if you are buying a murfee and you know a friend will like it, by all means, snap up two.  But again, this whole process is so quick, you won’t have time.)

6.  Don’t be that girl.

Seriously.  Don’t take to Twitter, FB, Instagram and whine about how the site went down or how you missed out on the limited edition PGA Tour Murfee that is SO SUPER SPECIAL BECAUSE MY OMGBOYFRIEND PLAYS GOLF AND HE WILL KNOW MY EVERLASTING LOVE FOR HIM IS REAL IF I WEAR A GOLF THEMED SCARF

This is all of our faces in response to that type of behavior:

At the end of the day, it’s all just pretty printed fabric.  I promise you, even if you stumble out of there with a only cute Murfette clenched between your fingers, it will be okay.

Hope that helps!  Feel free to leave any other tips or sale shopping stories below.

xo Tier


Taking Your Style from Summer to Fall

13 Aug

As someone who loves summer (90 degrees and blisteringly sunny?  bring it on!), sometimes I feel a little guilty that I like fall clothing so much.  Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for great marketing, but there’s something about riding boots and cozy layers that make me happy.

I have to admit though, I feel kind of silly buying fall clothing in the middle of August, so lately I’ve been looking at pieces that make an easy transition from summer to fall.

Some things to keep in mind:  fabric is everything.  Steer clear of heavy wool or thick material, and instead look for cotton that can be worn alone to stay cool, or layered to keep warm.

Talbots did some of the work for me:

I love this dot and striped sweater–paired with shorts, I think it’s really cute for cooler summer nights or air-conditioned offices.  Then once fall hits, layer it over an oxford to stay warm.

I really love this silk sleeveless dress from J.Crew.  (It also comes in navy and a gorgeous wine color.)  Silk can be hard in the summer, mostly because if you sweat AT ALL, it shows through.  But, I think this is cute if you wear when it’s not sweltering out or if you know you’ll be inside.  

Once temperatures drop, I would belt this under a long cardigan and add some riding boots.

Also from J.Crew is this mixed media sweater.  I rarely want to buy items full price from J.Crew, but I happened to be in the store this week, and actually stopped to contemplate taking it home.  I decided to take my chance and wait for it to go on sale, but I loved everything about it–the knit in the front, and the oxford material in the back.  Also the asymmetrical hem.

There’s not a ton of revolutionary styling tips for this–I’d pair it with shorts or a little skirt while it’s still summer, and then switch to jeans once it’s cold.

One item I’ll buy year round are sleeveless shells.  Again, nothing new here.  I layer with a cardigan when it’s cold, and wear alone when I’m hot.

I love this option from Vineyard Vines.

If you want something a little cheaper, I recently picked this one up from LOFT.  I love the peter pan collar and the navy/white contrast.

Pro Tip:  It’s currently $29 online, but I bought it in the store for only $20.

I’ve actually really started to like LOFT a lot more recently.  They have a lot of cute transitional pieces like this chambray shirt dress, a drapey halter top, and a sheer paneled sweater.

On to Lilly Pulitzer.  Lilly can be a hard brand to transition from summer to fall.  The prints are so bright and summery that you can feel silly taking your cotton dresses to cooler temps.  

There are a few options that could make the leap:

This GiGi V-Neck Tank is under $40 (what?!) and would be cute alone or under a navy cardigan or suit jacket.

A similar piece is the Porter Henley Top.  It’s made from a slubby cotton material, so it could work by itself or layered under a cardigan.

My last Lilly item is the popover.  It’s a little more expensive, but I’ve worn my popovers more than anything else this summer.  The cotton is super soft and light, and it’s perfect for nighttime.  Plus the fit is amazing.  It transitions to fall for obvious reasons.

If the print is scary, they also have solids!

Denim Shirt Dress from Gap


Leopard Dress from Nordstrom

Anything you love?  Or do you have any good finds for me?  Let me know!

Best of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

11 Jul

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year–where you struggle to rein in your excitement about fall clothes while sweltering in the summer heat.  Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is filled with leather, leather, and more leather, and I love it!

While it’s still in pre-sale only for cardholders, the sale opens up to the general public next week.  

I spent some time online and in the store looking over everything, and here are some of my favorite things!

I can’t resist a leopard sneaker!

Nike Free TR Connect 2 – $72.90 (after sale $110)



I finally got these after hearing Belle rave about them!

Zella Live In Leggings – $33.90 ($52 after sale)

Michael Kors Mixed Metal/Navy Watch – $166 ($250 after sale!)

Tory Burch Riding Boots – $299 ($495 after sale!)


Halogen Calf Hair  Pump – $59 ($89 after sale)

I actually bought these!  I tried them on, and the shoe is really gorgeous.  Plus the heel is low enough so I don’t feel too tall.  

Jolt Colorblock Coat – $64 ($98 after sale)

(These were really gorgeous in person, but they didn’t have my size handy.  My friend bought them though!)

Enzo Angiolini Cross Strap Pump – $79 (after sale $119)


Halogen Colorblock Top – $44 + Leather Pencil Skirt – $164

Faux Leather Skirt – $46

Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote – $126 ($195 after sale)

Michael Kors Leather Trim Cardigan – $65 ($99 after sale)

Kenneth Cole Leather Moto Jacket – $99 ($168 after sale)

Vince Camuto Lace Inset Dress – $78 ($118 after sale)

Lumberjack Sweater – $44

4th of July Sale List

3 Jul

Tomorrow is one of my favorite holidays of the year, and if you find time between grilling, swimming, shooting, and celebrating our great nation for a little shopping, here’s a list of some killer sales going on right now!

Anthropologie – Save an extra 20% off sale prices with code BUZZ20

Preppy Picks:  Chambray Shirt Dress, Striped Dress, Leopard Sandals

Modcloth – Select items 50% off

Preppy Picks:  Black Scallop Dress, Sailboat Dress, Sailor Dress

Banana Republic – 40% off with code BRJULY

Preppy Picks:  Striped Dress, Navy/White Dress, Oxford Shirt Dress

Nautica – Save an extra 50% off sale prices with code USA50

Preppy Picks:  USA Polo, Flag Sweater, Cropped Trench

Henry & Belle – 20% off with Happy4th  (These are my current favorite jeans!)

Preppy Picks:  Stretch Straight, Ideal Ankle

J.Crew – Save an extra 40% off sale prices with code SHOPMORE

Preppy Picks:  Field Jacket, Fish Swimsuit, Schoolboy Blazer

Joules – Save an extra 20% off sale prices (No code needed)

Preppy Picks:  Rainboots, Sneakers, Rainjacket

Deal of the Day – Barbour Beadnell Jacket via Tuckernuck

30 Jun

One item that’s been at the very top of my wish list for years has been Barbour’s Beadnell Jacket.  These coats are so durable that I once met a women who has been wearing the same jacket since the 1970’s.  (That kind of quality seems rare in the days of hole-ridden J.Crew knits and F21’s fast fashion.)

The price tag always made me a little hesitant though, so I was thrilled when I figured out how to get a brand new Barbour coat for less than what they sell used for on eBay.

Right now, Tuckernuck is offering an amazing deal through Gilt – if you spend $100, you can get a $200 gift card to their store.  (Or spend $50 to get $100.)

But, if you use this link to sign up, you can save 25% off your first order through Gilt, so you’re actually getting $200 to Tuckernuck for only $75.  (Disclaimer:  If you use that link, I get 25% off my next order too.)

If you apply that $200 credit to the Barbour of your choice (like the Beadnell), the price comes down to $179.

I think I’ll even get mine monogrammed!

(PS:  For a great review and discussion about Barbour, check out Muffy’s post comparing two different styles.)

Sarah from CGWP

From the Tuckernuck Lookbook

Kate Middleton!

The 2014 Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale Review & Tips

9 Jun

This past weekend, I was able to go to the Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

My dress matched the jeep!

(A quick background on the sale… While the brick-and-mortar Lilly stores have small sale sections, Lilly Pulitzer isn’t like most retailers where they have a constant sale section online.  Instead, they have several big sales each year–normally two online sales, one in January called New Year Cheer, and one in August called Endless Summer Sale.  Then, there is usually one-two warehouse sales in Pennsylvania.  However, this year, there’s only one warehouse sale.  In my opinion, I think it’s because they’ve started selling via Rue La La and don’t need two massive sales to move their clearance.)

I’ve had a lot of girls ask me via Instagram and email whether or not the Warehouse Sale is worth it.  (There’s also a good deal of discussion on the Relilly and Shifting Lilly Facebook groups.)  A lot of girls seem to think it’s not worth it because of the reduced amount of inventory and increased amount of shoppers.

Here’s my opinion.

If you live close enough to Pennsylvania to make the drive in a reasonable amount of time, I think it’s worth a visit.  I live in Northern Virginia, and I was able to leave on Thursday around 12 PM and make it to PA by 4 PM to shop before the sale closed.  I knew I didn’t want to drive back that night, so I got a cheap hotel room under $100 nearby and spent the night.  Then, I shopped Friday morning, and then got home by 6 PM on Friday.  (Quite a whirlwind 24 hours!)

What I packed for my trip!

A lot of the press for this sale comes from the fact that some Lilly lovers are willing to start camping out earlier in the week in order be one of the first let into the sale.  (By camping out, I mean people pitched tents and had air mattresses and slept outside for a few days.)  I have to be honest–as much as I love Lilly, I think the only way you’re getting me to sleep outside for days is to guarantee I get a bajillion dollar gift card for free.

Are there perks to camping out?  Yes.  See, the best part of the sale is a section called Samples and Seconds. This is where the best deals are found on items that have been returned, samples that never made it to production, or clothes used in visual displays.  This section has a lot of treasures, but it never gets restocked.  Being the first person to start digging would definitely have its perks.

But, do you have to camp out to get the deals?

Not at all.  I arrived at the sale around 4 PM on Thursday.  After waiting in line outside for maybe ten minutes, I got my giant pink bag and went inside.

The first few seconds is definitely a little overwhelming–there is SO MUCH STUFF and SO MANY PEOPLE.  I took a moment to get my bearings, and then dove into the Sample section.

At this point, I started grabbing anything in prints I liked or my size.  This is not the time to agonize over each selection, but instead, take now, and analyze later.  After about ten minutes, my bag got so heavy that my shoulder was aching, but I didn’t want to lose my spot.  I kept filling it until I’d made it through all the different sample boxes, and then I retreated to a quieter corner to sort.

Things I found?  The best were the Elsa blouses for $15 and $20 (both printed and solid).  I also grabbed a shell-printed maxi for $20 for a friend who was coming later that night, and a hot pink lace dress for $30.  Murfees for $30, and then a Shoreline tote for $34.  There was a Loopy tunic for $40, and a silk Escape Artist top for $30.

Once I finished the samples, I spotted a Daylin dress in Bubbly print.  (The navy with white octoupuses.  Octopi?)  Right as I started going over to get, another girl grabbed it and stuffed it into her bag.  The very competitive part of me wanted to try to snatch it back from her, but then I calmed down and realized I shouldn’t freak out over printed fabric.

In the corner, an older lady was guarding a big pile of clothes, and I saw the dress hanging near her.  So, I went over and asked her if she was going to be keeping that dress or if I could have it.  She was very sweet and said she was going to keep it, but that she would keep her eyes peeled for me and grab my size if I saw it.  (That was another thing about this sale–I didn’t have a bad experience at all.  Most people are very kind if you treat them with kindness first, and this lady checked in with me a few times to see if I found it yet.)

After checking the entire gigantic room for my Bubbly Daylin dress, I finally realized that there was a big, curtained off section where associates were hanging clothes back up and bringing them back to the floor.  If you are looking for something specific, this is a great place to wait.  (As each rack came out, girls would descend on it like locusts.  It was pretty funny to watch.)  Finally, I got a little tired of waiting, so I asked an associate if she wouldn’t mind checking for my size for me.  She said she really wasn’t supposed to, but then smiled and said she’d do it.  A few minutes later, she emerged with my dress!  (Again, I think being kind just gets you places.)

lilly haul

(My Haul from Day One!  I’m going to estimate that everything here was about $400 total.  The total retail value was close to $1600!)

At this point, it was close to 6:30, and I knew I needed to leave to go meet Caroline for dinner.  (See my interview with her here!)  The line for checkout seemed really long, but it moved quick enough.  I was out by 7 PM.

lilly line

After dinner, I got some sleep and planned to be up early to shop on Friday.  We got up around 5 AM to grab coffee, and then was in line for the sale at 6 AM.  We were in the first group to be let in when it opened at 7 AM, and again, we beelined right for the sample section.

I didn’t get as much on Friday…mostly because the sample section was looking pretty depleted.  I did snag a Coraline dress for my friend for like $40, and in return, she found me a silk Loopy tank for $20.  (One that I really wanted when it was full price–glad I waited!)  I also found one more Elsa for $20.

I also got these pants for like $20, but I’m a little terrified to actually wear them.

When you check out from the Warehouse Sale, you receive a coupon to be used at the Lilly Pulitzer King of Prussia Sale.  So, we headed over, and because I had a little bit of leftover money, I got a Riley Infinity scarf in Tusk In Sun print and an Eliza Dress in the Spa Blue Let’s Cha Cha.  (Weirdly, neither one is available online, but if you call the store, they should be able to get it for you!)

It was quite a Lilly filled weekend, that’s for sure.  If I had to leave you with any final advice, it’d be:

1.   Manage Your Expectations.  (This is actually great life advice too.)  If you go to the sale and hope that you score your holy grail dress for $20, then you will be disappointed.  For me, I went hoping to snag a few pieces at a great price and have a good time.  I was not disappointed.

2.  Know Your Lilly.  I’m a wee-bit obsessed with Lilly, mostly because I spend a lot of time researching prints and buying/selling used pieces.  When you are digging through boxes at light speed, it helps to know the intrinsic value of things.  I grabbed certain pieces because I recognized the print, or because I know a certain style is hard to find.  I actually started laughing at one point.  My shopping buddy and I are both very educated in the art of Lilly, and at one point, we had a few ladies following us around and waiting for us to sort through our  bags so they could have the leftovers.

3.  Know Your Size.  If you have any modicum of modesty, trying things on here can be nightmarish.  There is a huge communal dressing room where everyone just strips down and tries items on, but people were also just stripping on the main floor.  (In front of Dads!  And Boyfriends!  Ugh, I’m like cringing thinking about it.)  The dressing room wasn’t so bad, but the line to get in was super long.  I shopped super quick because I pretty much know what will fit me and what won’t.  (I also wore a very light knit dress that I could wear underneath anything I tried on over my clothes.)

4.  Use the Buddy System.  I was lucky enough to have a few ladies I’m already friends with that I knew would be at the sale.  (One of them was one of the first hundred camping out in line!)  Bless her heart, she took some time Thursday morning to snag me FOUR Elsas for $20 each.  (I didn’t end up loving every single color, but I know I can resell those on eBay pretty quickly!  Nothing like making back the cost of your trip!)  I also shopped in person with another friend, and we pulled things for each other.  Two sets of eyes are better than one!  It also helps to let your buddies know your sizes and favorite prints.

5.  Know Your Budget.  It’s always smart to go in with a budget, mostly because it’s easy to start freaking out and wanting to buy everything because it’s cheap.  Being able to sit in the corner and objectively sort through my bag and figure out what I actually wanted and what I wanted just because it was on sale was important, and it helped me not make impulsive decisions.

Meeting some fellow Lilly Lovers!

Did anyone else go to the sale?  Did you get anything good?  Or do you have any other tips that could help people next year?  Let me know!

Nordstrom Semi-Annual Sale – Preppy Picks!

21 May

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year – the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

Here’s some of my favorite picks from the sale:

Tory Burch Miller Sandals – 33% off

Michael Kors Watch – 40% off

Nautical Striped Cardigan – only $29

Northface Grizzly Pack Jacket – 25% off

Diane von Fursternberg Wrap Dress – 40% off  (More of an investment piece!)

Jack Rogers Navajo Sandals (in a few colors) – 33% off

Halogen Bow Pumps – 33% off

Sperry Katama Flat – only $40

Vince Camuto Striped Maxi – 40% off

Robbi & Nikki Ruffle Front Tank – only $44

MY FAVORITE SKIRT OF ALL TIME IS ONLY $35.  If you buy anything, get the Vince Camuto Midi Tube skirt.  It’s amazing.

Ralph Lauren Skirted Trench – 40% off

Felicity and Coco Maxi Dress – $52

Ted Baker Stretch Dress – $116

Tahari Scallop Shift – 40% off


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