Yes, it is true - I wear Lilly every day. The only exceptions are when I have an event at the University of Florida and need to don my orange and blue. Luckily, Lilly makes a lot of Gator blue that I can accent with orange.
Do you plan your outfits in advance or do you just walk inside your closet and put one together on the spot?
I usually plan my outfits in advance. It all depends on the day's events, the weather, and what strikes my fancy. On those days that don't plan ahead, I usually run late. So many choices...
Would you share with my readers your all-time favorite Lilly possession?This is a tough question as there are many. The Lilly item that I use the most is my Lilly Pulitzer low speed vehicle that is street legal (golf cart). It is just too much fun! My dog, Lilly loves to go riding in it. I especially enjoy picking up to go food with curbside delivery and when they ask what kind of vehicle you will be arriving in, I answer a pink and green golf cart.
Love, love, love Mary's Lilly Pulitzer golf bag!
Other items that I covet are a vintage Lilly tennis ball, a Lilly golf bag, some original Lilly paintings, a beach umbrella and beach chairs (not from the Target line), the Lane dress from the Resort Collection, and the Lane skirts from many years ago. I also treasure a pair of patchwork jeans from many years ago that were a limited edition and numbered! My first visit to the Pink Palace was for Lunch at Lilly. On this visit, we got to design a dress and that too is one of my favorite items. It is a simple shift in the Cabanarama print. I also treasure a Lilly palm tree and a few other items from some of the older stores. One of my guest bedrooms was painted by one of the Lilly designers. It is my happy place and one of the best
auction items ever scored.
How fabulous is the Lilly artwork painted in one of Mary's guestrooms?!
Mary's sweet pup Lilly was even remembered!
Some of the most treasured Lilly possessions are the friends that I have made through Lilly. Many of them are lifelong friends that I just adore. I can think of no other brand that has brought so many people together--a special sorority of sorts.
Is there by chance a Lilly piece that got away from you…one that even the “Lady with the most Lilly” is still in search of?I love all of the older Lilly pieces and there were several items from the white label that I do not have. Believe it or not, there was a time when there were not corporate stores and online shopping was not available. One item that I never could find was a pink and green striped cashmere hoodie that was adorable.
If you had to choose one, which is your favorite Lilly season…Resort, Spring, Summer, or Fall?Oh, I love them all! I never met a collection that I did not like.
Do you shop for LP at Lilly stores and Lilly’s online site exclusively?I mostly shop at Lilly corporate stores and I am a fixture in the Winter Park store. One of the things on my bucket list is to visit them all. This is becoming a challenge as they are opening so many stores now. I also shop online too. When I am traveling and there is a signature store in the area, I will stop in for a visit. Each store has its own unique personality and decor which is fun to see. When I am in the North East, I enjoy visiting the In the Pink stores. When at the University of Florida, I like to stop in and see the girls at the Pink Narcissus and of course, when in Palm Beach, no trip is complete without a trip to C Orrico.
Do you keep an inventory of your Lilly possessions?I really should and I used to keep a list but I have not kept up with this. I do keep all of the Look Books and catalogs and mark the items that I have.
Did you shop the “Lilly for Target” sale and what are your feelings about that collaboration?
The excitement over the Target collection was just too much to bear so I hopped on a plane and went the launch in Bryant Park in NYC. It was fabulous and in pure Lilly style. My hotel room had a balcony that overlooked Bryant Park and I woke up several times throughout the night to see if a line was forming yet. Heather and I were one of the first in line that wrapped around the block and had so much fun shopping the event. To our dismay, you could only purchase 5 items and they were not selling the hammocks or beach umbrellas. We did manage to get some great items. The launch was so successful in that it sold out in the afternoon, well before the slated time to close.
The view from Mary's room of the Lilly for Target launch.
Shopping at the launch party...
LOVE the Lilly for Target shopping bags!
The launch party in Bryant Park was complete with a juice stand and handsome waiters serving orange juice. The water in the fountain was dyed pink, there were hammocks and beach chairs everywhere as Lilly models strolled through the park in "Lilly for Target" fashions. The Lilly artists were on hand painting, manicurists were polishing nails in "Lilly for Target" polish and you could play a game of ping pong on a custom painted table. I never wanted to leave as it was a perfect spring day.
Mary and the Juice Bar Bartenders
The pink fountain in Bryant Park
Mary with a Lilly artist...in my next life I'm coming back as a Lilly artists!
Before the launch party, I was confident that the line for Target would have quality products. I mean after all, Lilly's name was on it. I was even more impressed when I actually got to see everything in Bryant Park. The home goods were a brilliant idea as these were items that the Lilly stores probably did not have the space to merchandise. The fashions were designed so that they could still be chic but more affordable.
Mary relaxing in style on the coveted Lilly for Target hammock.
With all of the excitement at the launch party in NYC, I knew the online sale and the sale in the stores would be huge! I had to have the hammock and umbrella, so I actually pulled an all nighter. I had my blanket and pillow in my study alongside of my computer, phone, and iPad. Facebook friends were chatting and giving each other tips. Friends were texting one another in the wee hours of the morning. By about 5 am, I had secured the elusive hammock and beach umbrella. There was just enough time to shower and get dressed to line up for the opening of the Target store. Once again, there was a strategy and Team Lilly was in line. We all had our assignments and within 10 minutes there was nothing left in the store. We did score a few items that each wanted.
Overall, I think the collaboration with Target was a great idea. It was an opportunity to introduce Lilly to those that may have not been familiar with the brand or able to purchase Lilly in their local area. It gave some the chance to own their first Lilly and hopefully created a lot of new Lilly Lovers.
Will you share photos of your closet full of Lillys?
Football season is upon us and I know you are a huge Florida Gators fan. Would you share your favorite Gameday outfit?
For most of the games, I am fortunate to be in a suite so I can dress up for the game. I am usually in an orange and blue dress with a pair of Gator Jack Rogers to complete the attire. How great is it that this year, Lilly made a gator cuff, earrings, and necklace! These will be great accessories for Gameday.
Mary is a Lilly-loving Gator!
If you know, how many Lilly Pulitzer pieces do you own? (Don’t be shy!)I have never counted how many pieces of Lilly that I own as it just keeps growing. Plus, if I counted and knew the answer, it might scare me. I would guess there are several thousand pieces in my collection.
Do you ever sell or donate pieces from your collection?
I have never sold any pieces from my collection as I just cannot part with them. Maybe one day I will but not now.
Thank you so much Mary for sharing your pink and green Lilly world with us. Social media is so much fun...it's a great way to peek inside the lives of those who represent what you love. Mary posts photos daily of her outfits of the day. Even though I would love to have her wardrobe, never once have I felt that she overshares or is bragging about all the Lilly that she has. It is fun watching her jet here and there and sharing bits of her colorful life with her followers.
Follow Mary on Instagram to see her fabulous wardrobe.