Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lilly Pulitzer Quote Sunday: A Tribute to the Icon

"Live every day like it's a celebration, and make every hour a happy hour"
-Lilly Pulitzer
This week, I decided the queen of prep deserved a proper tribute instead of SATC. 
I was completely shocked when I got the news today that Lilly Pulitzer had passed away at the age of 81, I guess I just thought she'd live forever. I actually found out from my brothers, who were kind enough to screenshot my reaction (boys, feel free to delete that at any point...). 
Today the world lost an icon. We lost the woman who taught us that being refined doesn't require a little black dress, and that prints at cocktail parties deserve a chance. She inspired people to take chances and brightened our closets, all because she opened a juice stand. 
Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau is a true icon. She shot to fame after dressing Jackie O (nee Kennedy) and was known for throwing fabulous soirees. There has never been a New York socialite more adored by southern ladies, and there never will be again. I am grateful to Lilly for making it acceptable to wear lions on my skirts (one of my favorites when I was little) and adding sunshine to my normally neutral wardrobe. 
Thank you for opening that juice stand in Palm Beach. Thank you for bringing so much joy to our lives. Thank you for your inspiration and your legacy. Lilly may have passed away, but her style will inspire forever.
Lilly at her shop in Palm Beach
"Jackie wore one of my dresses - it was made from kitchen curtain material - and people went crazy. They took of like the zingo. Everybody loved them, and I went into the dress business." - Lilly Pulitzer
my family understands ;)
If you missed it,  go check out the Lilly post I did on Friday!

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