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Lilly Lovin’ – A Summer Fashion Icon

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Newly married, 21 years old, and living in Palm Beach, Lillian Pulitzer opened a juice stand and little did she know, that would be where it all started. Working at a juice stand, she found that squeezing fruit came to be a very messy job. In order to disguise the stains on her clothes Lillian designed a simple dress made from bright and colorful printed cotton. Soon after, she found that her customers loved her dresses so she began producing more to sell alongside her juice. Eventually she was selling more dresses than juice and she decided to redirect her focus from juice to design.  The bright, colorful dresses became extremely coveted once her classmate, Jaqueline Kennedy was spotted donning one of Lilly’s infamous shift dresses on vacation.  It was then the Lilly Pulitzer brand was officially born. A mass of celebrities and preppy ladies hopped on the band wagon when Jackie was once again spotted sporting a Lilly dress, but this time on the cover of Life magazine. Nowadays, her prints are recognizable from miles away. They are unmistakable, everyone knows a Lilly when they see one.

Although,  I am well aware that these bright patterns may not be for everyone, I have been a fan since I was a toddler. I am also a huge fan of color so I paired my bright printed shorts with a pair of pink and orange Hadleigh’s shoes, a navy Lilly bow belt and a bright orange Katanya sweater. Lilly’s signature is bright patterns, but there are also ways for those who are not a fan of very colorful clothes to bring a little Lilly into their lives. There are pieces that are on the simpler side, like my white linen pants. They are a personal favorite! They are simple so you can pair them with a printed top to add a little color, or a solid color and it looks just as good either way! Most of her pieces speak for themselves and need little accessorizing, and for that reason I paired the navy sequin Lilly dress with a simple pair of white Chanel sandals.  Lilly Pulitzer has been a fashion icon for over 50 years and still continues to be today. It just goes to show that the simplest of beginnings can lead to grandest adventures. DSC_0361DSC_0369DSC_0371DSC_0377DSC_0372

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Me in my Lilly bathing suit in Bay Head, NJ 

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Shorts:  Lilly Pulitzer  | Belt:  Lilly Pulitzer | Sweater: Katanya| Shoes: Hadleigh’s (Pink and Orange) Chanel Sandals (See Shoe Page) Pants:  Lilly Pulitzer | Shirt: Aqua (Navy) | Bike: Lilly Pulitzer | Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer | Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Swim Wear: Lilly Pulitzer |

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The Must Have Invisible Accessory

What is the one accessory no one should leave home without? While it will be noticed and appreciated by those around you, and will even be associated with you by many, this accessory will never be seen by any. Those close to you will most definitely be aware you’ve left home without it. What is this invisible must have accessory that flawlessly coordinates with no matter what you are wearing? A signature fragrance is that one accessory everyone should own. It may be a process, and take time to find the perfect one that suits you, but it is well worth the effort! Finding that perfect fragrance is a bit like finding love, you find it when and where you least expect it. Take it slow, but be persistent in your mission. Begin by asking store for samples at your favorite department stores and try a new one each day. When you find one you like, wear it for several consecutive days to see if it really suits you. When you think you feel like you have the one for you, then purchase a small bottle. You will most likely desire a light scent and the choices are infinite.

The scents can be Earthy, Floral, Fruity, even Floral Fruity! While creating fragrances is very scientific, the selection process is very personal and works on a trial and error premise. Be open-minded, patient, and have fun! It will be well worth it when spritzing yourself as you finish “getting ready”. It just makes you feel good. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Signorina By Ferragamo

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Flora By Gucci

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Flowerbomb By Viktor & Rolof

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Bonbon By Viktor & Rolof