for the love of lilly

I had started this post several weeks ago, before the passing of legendary designer Lilly Pulitzer. I publish this now in honor of her amazing style, cheerful spirit, and all of the happy she spread throughout the world! In memory of Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau...

It should be no secret that I'm a diehard Lilly Pulitzer fan. I've always been drawn to her bright colors and prints, as well as signature pink & green color palette. I adore her books on entertaining (with gorgeous coastal features -- get me to Palm Beach!), and her whimsical, fun fashions. I've loved her work since I was a little girl (and checked out her books in middle school!). Her signature Lilly style is still my absolute favorite, and evidenced by the laptop bag, iPhone case, every office accessory, and entire kitchen cabinet of Lillyware (as well as a significant portion of my side of our walk-in closet). OB-SESSED. (I also happen to adore the name Lillian and have plans to name my future daughter something along those lines, God-willing. ;)

As far as Lilly-inspired nuptials are concerned, I have a special place in my heart for them! {Our own wedding was pink and green and floral-filled! My matron of honor threw me a Lilly Pulitzer shower and I had a Lilly luncheon for my bridesmaids the day before we got hitched.} It's so fun and easy to throw Lilly themed parties -- throw some citrus, flowers, and punchy colors together and tada! Here are some of my favorite images from past Lilly parties, retail stores (they are works of art in and of themselves!), and tablescapes galore. Mega-swoon!

Aren't these just ADORABLE?! I love the candy chandeliers, the sea creature cookies, and I just love all the DIFFERENT ways you can tie in her classic prints! Beyond precious. Thank you, Lilly, for being such a fabulous inspiration!!