RIP Lilly Pulitzer- Anything Is Possible With Sunshine And A Little Pink

I was so sad to learn of Lilly Pulitzers passing. She was such an iconic figure and was able to accomplish so much. Lilly was one of my personal idols for many reasons but not for just her clothes, for the way she embraced life. Here are some of her greatest quotes and a little perspective from moi.

“Being happy never goes out of style.”

I learned a long time ago that whatever life throws at you, being happy is a choice. I have been through my share of tragedy and hard times. I have learned that life is hard. I am still cheerful and happy because that is what I choose. Being happy is like being a Love spreader. You make others happy. You have no idea how a kind word or funny moment can affect someone. It can turn their day around. Rose colored glasses are not a bad thing. They're pink!

“It's always summer somewhere.”

I grew up on the East Coast and absolutely hated the winter. I even hated the fall! Hated the leaves dying, falling off the trees, the whole thing really got to me. I was probably one of those people who needed to stare into a lightbox. Instead I turned up the heat to 80 degrees and slathered on Coppertone while listening to the Beach Boys every time my parents went out. Yes I got in trouble, but from this I learned that I had no other option then to go to college in Florida. Clearly I had my priorities straight.

“I was a gypsy, living a carefree life of ponies and tennis.”

Going to Rollins College in Winter Park Florida was a dream. I studied by the pool and handed in suntan oil stained papers to my Sociology teacher. I belonged to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and made some of the best friends of my life. Life was so carefree then and I am so grateful to have had that experience! I was introduced to Lilly Pulitzer in college and fell in love instantly. I never looked back. Seeing sorority pictures like this continue to pop up just makes me so happy!

“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”

If it weren't for my can do attitude I have no idea where I would be. Certainly NOT in California, where I always dreamed of living, and certainly not having my own business. I have always been a girls girl. I treasure my time with girl friends and all things fabulous. My two business partners are women and I love that too. Supporting other women, mothers, girls is always something important to me. I am raising Coco with this in mind. Here we are in our matching Lilly.

Tell me your Lilly Pulitzer experiences. When did you buy your first Lilly? Learn about her? I will always have Lilly in my heart. And on my back!


eas said...

Love your attitude towards life! As a native Californian I can see why you love it so.

Beth Dunn said...

Every hour is happy hour! I love all the little Lilly quotes and all things the brand represents. Great post

JR Mazur said...

live a colorful life :-)
great post!

Kate said...

What a wonderful tribute! I am still sad the store on Montana closed. I need to visit the one in San Marino!

suburban prep said...

I remember a dress I wore to grade school (it was the 70's) and it had giraffes on it. It was a corduroy dress and it had a belt. It was a mellow mustard yellow with orange. I know I had other items but this one outfit really stayed with me.
I have a few Bermuda bags too with Lilly covers that were from then as well.
I love to wear Lilly (even in winter here--I have the watches). Everyone needs some pink in their life. I have a young niece (22 months old and she was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome) ans she loves pink and she loves it when she is dressed up girly in her little Lilly outfits my sister has for her. (surprising since she has three older brothers who are all boy).