Friday, June 1, 2012

A Lilly Pulitzer Problem

Hello, my name is Christy, and I am a Lillyaholic. (Oooh, that should be a blog title if it isn't already).

If you had told me five years ago how much Lilly Pulitzer 'stuff' I would own, I would have laughed. I had no interest in Lilly then whatsoever.

I don't know what has happened since...the move to Charleston...getting my first Lilly shift at a steal of a price from Rue La La...finding out they have so many cute prints...the fact that their sizes run big, so my size is smaller than in other brands (makes you feel skinnier than you are!)...realizing the quality...loving the fit of the dresses...better income so I can afford it....

...or perhaps just a combination of all of the above...

...but it's safe to say that now I am a full blown Lilly Pulitzer addict. Everytime my mom sees me in a dress, she usually says, "Let me guess...is that a new Lilly Pulitzer??"

Even my husband knows all about Lilly now. I swear if I hadn't already bought my (love!) Electra peacock beach cruiser, I swear I would own the stuffed shells Lilly Pulitzer beach cruiser.

My obsession is mainly with the clothes, and I now have a separate clothing rack in my guest room just for my Lilly Pulitzer dresses...which just got this new shift added to the rack. I love, love, love this new print...and I tried to resist it...but I was in Belks and it was right by the Clinique counter, just staring at me...whispering to me that it needed a home (told you I have a problem)...it looked so sad on the rack...with no one to wear it... so I walked over and thought "well, maybe my size won't be there...I'll just take a look..." And of course my size was there! And only one left. And somehow it popped off the rack and into my arms and to the register and finally to my Lilly Pulitzer rack at home. Sigh.


And today at work, I paused looked around and thought, "OMG...this is embarassing...."

I'm wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress...Lilly Pulitzer sandals...


...a Lilly Putitzer watch...

Nail polish is 'Watermelon" by Essie.
...And in my Lilly Pulitzer stuffed shells (FAVE pattern) purse, I have five...yes five...Lilly Pulitzer items. From a Kindle cover (made for a Nook, but fits my Kindle!), to a pen, a koozie, a (very dirty) camera case and sunglasses....geez.


All of this was not intentional at all...it just happened, and now I'm that girl that dresses head to toe in Lilly Pulitzer. I'm like a bonafide Charleston Girl now I guess...geez. And it only took three years of me living here.

Some of you reading this are thinking "wow, that's really sad" and others are thinking "that is awesome...Lilly lovers unite!".

At least I acknowledge I have a problem, I mean...the first step is acceptance, right?? Although, I don't have plans to go to the next step just yet. Especially since this gorgeous dress is on my wish list right now...but it's a little bit pricey for me, especially since I splurged on that other dress. So...this will be on the top of my birthday list this year. :)


I am, however, learning to sew and have taken a stab at my first shift with a gorgeous cotton fabric. I'm still finishing it up and it's definitely a 'rough draft'...but I'm hoping that with practice I'll get good enough at sewing that I can just buy great fabrics and make my own Lilly dresses...although I know they will never, ever, ever compare to the real thing.

Any other Lillyaholics out there like me? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?..................

8 comments:

Beth said...

my bff is having a HUGE lilly p on her online store website.

http://www.scsugar.com

Janna said...

I'm slowly but surely becoming a Lilly P lover! Love the way their dresses and shirts and shorts fit! Yeah- I'm getting to be a lillyaholic!

Magnolia Blues said...

Her prints are always so fun! Especially for summer.

Brooke Odom said...

You can NEVER have too much Lilly! I hope you're enjoying your weekend :)
xo Brooke

Kelly said...

You are not the only one! Charleston has had the same effect on me. Every time I walk into Belk, the first thing I do is drift through the Lilly section and dream about wearing all those dresses. I was just there yesterday and had to go take a look at a dress I've been coveting. If you haven't already, you should check out the Re-Lilly group on Facebook, it is my new addiction! It is a consignment website for all things Lilly (apparel, swimsuits, shoes, accessories, ect.) Everything is either new-with-tags or gently worn and FABULOUSly affordable prices. I can't help but feel that I'm adding fuel to the fire here, but I can't help but not let a fellow blogger in on a little secret :) Enjoy!

Pearls Go With Everything said...

I too am a relatively new Lilly Pulitzer addict. I started my Lilly collection in February 2010 and it is amazing how much I have accumulated in a little over two years time! Great sales and Rue La La have definitely helped me out!
-L
www.pearlsgowitheverything.blogspot.com

Megan said...

I don't have any Lilly right now. Maybe during my summer in Charleston, I will have to break down and buy something! I have always loved it!

Kim @ keller-creative said...

I NEVER wear my Lilly anymore. Let me know if you feel like adding more to your collection... I will sell them for cheap :)