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Lilly Pulitzer for Target Lookbook

26 Mar

When the news dropped that Lilly Pulitzer would be the next designer to collaborate with Target, I couldn’t have been more excited.  (One of my favorite things Target has ever done was the Jason Wu collaboration.)

I’m so excited to share the full look book (link here).  This collection is even cuter than I hoped for, and the pricing is amazing!

I’m not sure if it will help when the collection finally posts online, but you can click a little red heart on each item, and it seems to save to some kind of wishlist.  It may make checking out that much faster…especially with how this collection is going ot sell out fast.  Try logging in (or creating an account here) and then saving all your favorites.

Here are some of my must haves:

Button Down Shirt in Nosie Posie – $24

Satin Flounce Dress in Sea Urchin for You – $38

Shift Dress in Fan Dance – $38

Embroidered Clutch in Nosie Posie – $24

Gold Pineapple Sandals – $30

Halter Top in Pineapple Punch – $26

Shift Dress – My Fans – $38

Navy Cover Up – $32

Throw Pillows – $25

I definitely recommend you check out the full lookbook and start “hearting” your favorite pieces.

In the meantime, here are some of my tips to start planning your sale strategy.

1.  Make a List.  Write down all your must-haves.  It helps to have a game plan of exactly what you want.  It also helps to nail down your budget ahead of time so you can start saving.

2.  Buddy System.  Link of with friends (both local and out of state) and coordinate your attack.  This collection will probably be more popular down South, so if you have friends in Montana, they may experience a leisurely shopping time compared to your frantic grab and run.  It helps to share your lists, and then you can feel better knowing that even if your store doesn’t have something, your good old Montanan (sp? haha) buddy picked it up for you.

Buddies at the same store can help combat the resellers.  The Target resellers are probably some of the worst people on the planet.  They will shove you and take things from you and literally grab entire racks and stuff them in their carts.  (I once saw a woman bear hug an entire rack of dresses, yank them all off, and fill her cart.  It was gross.)

Personally, this year, I’m up to like an eight woman collective team.  We are intense about our Lilly.

3.  Shop Online!  The new collection normally drops around midnightish the day of, and it’s nice to be able to handpick all your choices without having to fight other bleary-eyed girls a few hours later.  Also remember that some items will only be available online.  That’s where your list comes in handy–you may have a BUY ONLINE list and a BUY IN STORE list.

4.  Ignore the Haters.  I have never seen a more snobbish backlash for a designer collaboration than with Lilly for Target.  (Just google Lilly for Target and a bunch of articles will pop up about the girls on Twitter whining.)  I’ve seen people lamenting the loss of quality to the loss of exclusivity.  Girls, you are seriously  making us all look like bratty, entitled women.

Do people now think of Liberty of London as a cheap brand?  What about Zac Posen?  Phillip Lim?  Proenza Schouler? Rodarte?  Alexander McQueen?  All these designers (and bunches more) have partnered with Target without any hit to their branding.  If anything, it’s cool to be able to afford a dress by Phillip Lim without having to drop a grand at Neiman Marcus.

As for quality, I guarantee most of the girls whining love to stroll through Target with their Starbucks in hand and stock up for spring break.  I don’t have super high expectations of my $24 Target sundress, but then again, I paid $24 for it.  (And honestly, I have dresses from Target that are years old that have held up just fine.)

I hope your mothers raised you right enough to live by that old Thumper adage from Bambi–if you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.


What to Buy in the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

5 Jan

So, the Lilly Pulitzer site may be down already, but the first thing I do is always open up a full list of every sale item and keep that open in case it does go down.

Here’s some of what I’m seeing on the site, if it helps you guys plan!  You can do a Google Image search to grab pictures of each item.

Travel Pants for $39 (Five Colors!)

Corine T-Shirt Dress in Paws Off and Escapades in the Everglades for $39

Sarasota Beaded Tunic in Navy (SO PRETTY!) for $39

Beckett T-Shirt Dress (four colors!) for $39

Those were the only items I had up….but here are screenshots of everything in the sale.  I’ll keep updating this post!

ETA:  It looks like a lot has sold out already, but a bunch of other websites are jumping on board!

6PM has a ton of discounted Lilly that I didn’t see in the sale, and some of the prices are even better!

Westley Tunic – $39.20

Rogan Top in She She Shells – $55.20

Porter Top in Under the Palms – $27.20

Tate Skirt in Swim Lanes – $35.20

Marlisa Maxi in Let’s Cha Cha – $59.20

Elsa in Booze Cruise – $63.20

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!

Lilly Pulitzer Summer 2014 – The Full Line

25 Apr

Once again, Lilly Pulitzer has absolutely blown me away with their prints for Summer 2014.  I’m a girl who can’t resist a good nautical motif, and after this past spring where I was a little underwhelmed by their line, I’m so excited for everything for summer.

The first round of summer prints and styles are available now at Lilly Pulitzer, but I also have some of the sketches for what will be coming later this season.

Here are some of my favorite things:

Sarasota Beaded Tunic in Lobstah Roll print

Cordon Dress in Jellies Be Jammin

Eliza Dress in Jellies Be Jammin

Skipper Popover in Lobstah Roll

Mills Maxi Dress in Jellies Be Jammin

McCallum Fitted Dress in Sparks Fly (it glows in the dark! how cool!)

Now for the sketches!

Looks like summer will be the time when former Holy Grail prints, Let’s Cha Cha and Tusk In Sun, will be making reappearances in new colors!  Still following the nautical theme, there’s a lot more blue-hues.  I’m just taking a sampling so you can see all the different prints. As always, each print will be in multiple styles.  Personally, I love knowing what’s coming so that I can budget for the rest of the season.

Here is the Janice Shift in Let’s Cha Cha (Spa Blue)

The Shianne Dress in Montauk print

Sloane Dress in Oh Cabana Boy

Alden Tunic Dress in Northeast Hahba (look at the lobsters!)

Shore Dress in Quahog Chowdah

(I know Quahog is an actual place, but I still think of Family Guy every time I hear it.)

Rogan Top in She She Shells

Sarah Tunic Dress in Shape Up or Ship

I know this isn’t a print, but I think it’s just a gorgeous dress.  It’s the Sea Island Tuni

Parrish Dress in Sea and Be Seen

Dusk Maxi Dress in Shell Shacked

Lindamarie Caftan in Skipping Stones

Here it is!  The Eliza in Tusk In Sun.  I guess we did have a sneak preview with the January Elsa of the Month

Delia Shift Dress in Watch Out

Emmett Maxi Dress in Yacht Yard Engineered

Chowdah Necklace

Lilly Pulitzer/Vineyard Vines Spring 2014

29 Jan

Nothing like dreaming over the newly released spring lines to help you forget the miserableness that is the polar vortex.

Here’s some of the things I  loved:

Iona Shell in Gate Hopping

Delia Shift Dress in Gate Hopping

Robyn Short Sleeve Dress in Behind the Gate

Athena Crochet Sweater

Mainsail Dress

Waterfall Cardigan

Dream Job: Lilly Pulitzer Print Designer

23 Jan

Dream Jobs:  Lilly Pulitzer Print Designer

setting up shop

The Lilly Girls beautifying a new store

When it comes to dream jobs, hanging in the Pink Palace and conceptualizing the bright, cheerful prints that have cemented Lilly Pulitzer as a preppy staple would be at the very top of my list.  While any good brand knows that every single position (from service representatives to truck drivers) is vital to a company’s success, it’s hard to imagine Lilly Pulitzer without immediately thinking of her iconic prints.  (For more, visit the official Lilly blog here for some gorgeous pictures and stories about a day in the life of a Lilly Print Designer!)

I first met Caroline on Instagram (@carolinedoodles), when she commented on a shot of me wearing one of her (and one of my favorite) Lilly prints—Dockhopper.  I have to admit—I was a little star struck.  It’s not every day you get to talk to the person responsible for designing your clothes!  (Caroline also has designed jewelry!)

elephant necklace

One of the necklaces Caroline designed


One of Caroline’s prints-Dockhopper

animal crackers

Caroline’s Print for the Barnum x Lilly Special Edition Animal Crackers

            After a few months of trading comments back and forth, she agreed to answer a few questions about her position as a Lilly Pulitzer Print Designer and how aspiring artists can get their start working for the brand.

Tierney:  Hi, Caroline!  Thanks so much for talking with me.  First off, tell me a little about yourself.

Caroline:  Well, I’m a girl who’s obsessed with art and animals and fashion (in no specific order). Since I was a kid, I’ve had an interest in art. My mom is an artist, so she used creative projects to keep me busy. I just kind of never stopped making things. I grew up drawing and painting and cutting paper, and when I graduated high school I decided to attend an art college. I decided on Ringling College of Art and Design as an illustration major, the school is in Sarasota, Florida which was also a major plus. It made me love the warm weather and resort life. My senior year, Lilly Pulitzer came recruiting at Ringling and they offered me a full time spot on their print design team and that’s where I’ve been ever since!

Tierney:  What did you hope to be when you grew up?

An artist!  When I was 5 I saw The Lion King and went home and asked my mom to teach me how to draw that. That movie made me want to draw and just play with color, it still does. I almost majored in animation, but my passion is really just drawing and creating.

Tierney:    Were you a Lilly fan before you were hired?

Caroline:  Of course! Though I have to say, my sister was a much bigger Lilly fan than I was (now we’re a little more equal though).

Tierney:  She was probably over the moon when you got hired then!

Caroline:  When I called her to tell her, she was with her roommate, they both just screamed into the phone.

Tierney:  Can you share a little bit about the application/interview process?  Any tips for aspiring applicants?

Caroline:  I should clarify, I started as an intern after graduation, but was offered the full time position before my internship ended. Lilly LOVES hiring their interns! It wasn’t difficult to apply since they were recruiting at my school. I had my interview and showed my portfolio. We had a very candid conversation and went through the usual questions of an interview. Everyone who interviewed was asked to create two prints each, one animal (a Lilly animal print, think Chin Chin, not leopard print haha) and one floral that could fit in with the other prints at Lilly. I did a fox print and a citrus orange print. The design team back at the Pink Palace reviewed everyone’s work and liked mine a lot. It was on Spring Break when I got the email offering me the internship. After graduation, I started, and two months later they offered me a permanent position on the team!

fresh squeezed

Caroline’s Fresh Squeezed Print

foxies print

Caroline’s Foxies Print


Tierney:  Can you walk us through a print from start to finish?  How much direction do you guys get?  (Like, does someone sit down and say…”HEY!  I’m thinking Llamas.  Llamas are going to be HUGE this spring” and then people start working on llama prints?  Or is there a lot of independence when it comes to print designs?)

Caroline:  It’s kind of a mix of both! We concept what our delivery for each season will be, and brainstorm motifs. We research trends, pull tears, and get inspired. Some prints are just inspired while others are suggested trends, like jungles or cats!

Tierney:  What’s your favorite print?

Caroline:  Chin Chin. It was designed by Jeff, and I’m pretty sure I bought everything it came in (he makes fun of me for it too, but he gave me the original drawing and I love it). I just love the colors, and how could you not love elephants?


Chin Chin Print

Tierney:  Is your favorite animal an elephant then?

Caroline:  My favorite animal is a fox! Everyone on the team knows it, anything with a fox on it I pretty much need.

Tierney:  What’s your favorite piece of Lilly?

Caroline:  This always changes, but right now it’s the blossom dress in the skinny dipping print. I wore it to the Palm Beach Bash which Lilly throws after Christmas, before New Year’s in Palm Beach for the Red Cross every year. The print designers were there live painting, and I pulled that dress out. It’s so cute and fits so well, plus with some blingy jewelry it’s really pretty.

red cross party

Caroline (middle) in her dress at the Palm Beach Bash

Tierney: I fan girl so hard over that party.  Really, I just want to walk on top of the pool.

Caroline:  It’s super fun, and walking on the pool top is surprisingly scary.  It rained a little this year, so it got really slippery. But it’s REALLY fun to walk across it.

Tierney:  Describe your typical day.  Do you spend most of it painting foxes?

Caroline:  It depends where we are in the season. In the beginning I spend most of it painting, then once we decide on the prints for the season, we all get to cleaning the prints and preparing to send them to be printed on fabric. We spend most of the day painting and creating, and sometimes we field other things that come across our desk like store design plans and things like that!  As with any job, there are some non-creative aspects like preparing art to be sent, but it’s 98% creative work!

Tierney:  Do you have any cool side projects?  Where else can we find you online?

Caroline:  I always work on my own stuff. As you know from my ‘gram I have a serious problem, I can’t stop cutting paper. I’m always dreaming up some new illustrations! They end up on my etsy, and my website. It’s a really unique medium and i love people’s reactions to it. I’ve started doing a few street fairs here in Philly too. I’m just always making things and posting things on my instagram and tumblr!


Some of Caroline’s paper cuttings!  sun tan art cockatoo party lil mermaid pony

tumblr; http://carolinedoodles.tumblr.com/

webby; carolineboyk.com

instagram; carolinedoodles or http://instagram.com/carolinedoodles



Etsy Love: Preppy Pink Shop

28 Oct

Between the hours (and hours) of overtime I seem to be putting in at work, the random trips to Florida, and the time I’m spending writing/editing for a new project, I seem to keep neglecting this poor blog.

Here’s what’s been happening lately, and some love for one of my favorite Etsy shops!

Life Updates:

I went on an impromptu trip to Disney World last week!  If you know me, you know how much I love Disney.  (Real talk:  I cry about sixty two times while there.  It’s just like…your childhood, man.  Right in front of you.  Nostalgia overload for the kids who grew up during Disney’s power era of Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Lion King.  I saw all those movies IN THEATERS.)

One of the best parts about going to Disney in October is that if you attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom, you’re allowed to wear costumes!  (Normally, adults are NOT allowed to wear costumes in the park.)

I had planned on going as Snow White…

But my new costume didn’t come in time, so I resorted to my back up plan…

Belle’s village costume from Beauty and the Beast!

It was probably one of the most fun nights of my life, mostly because little kids kept screaming “MOM! IT’S BELLE! BELLE!” every time they saw me.  I’ve played princesses before, so it was so fun to stay in character and talk to the kids I met.


I also met Gaston!  He was pretty hilarious.

I’d love to go back next October and do it all over again!  I’d probably do Snow White this time…now that I actually have my costume.  (It was delivered one day late!  Grr..)

Shopping Updates:

I am now two coats richer.  Coats are my favorite thing to buy–mostly because I get so much wear out of them!

I’d been saving a J.Crew giftcard for when this little beauty went on sale…

And I love layering it over everything.  The J.Crew field jacket is incredibly versatile, and I know it will last me years.  (It’s also 25% off right now!)

I’d also been loving the quilted barn coats, but I hadn’t found one I really liked.  On Saturday, we had dinner at Tyson’s Galleria, and I browsed through J.Crew afterward.

There, I found the perfect barn coat at an additional 30% off the sale price!  It’s an army green, rather than the navy showed below.  If you look online, I only see it in a dark maroon (which is also pretty!)  I had bought some spending money to Disney to hit the Tory Burch outlet in Orlando, but much to my dismay, the outlet prices were maybe $20 cheaper than the actual store prices.  (Just how is that a better deal?)  I ended up not buying anything, and I was glad I had the extra $$ when I went to J.Crew!

J.Crew Quilted Tack Jacket

Okay…moving on.  I also recently connected with Pink Preppy Shop on Instagram.  She makes adorable, affordable skirts, and I’m quickly starting a little collection!  (She also teaches in the same small New Jersey town my mother grew up in–and where I spent some very happy summer vacations!  Small world.)

I recently started beefing up my collection.

Here are some of my other favorites from her shop:

The perfect plaid skirt for Christmas!

Probably the most sought after Lilly Pulitzer print of the last few years– Tusk in Sun!

Lilly Pulitzer Get Nauti skirt

Nutcracker!  I love this!  How cute would it be layered with some thick stockings and a cozy navy cardigan for a Christmas party!?