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Bloom Baby Bloom!

The trees and tulips shouldn’t be the only things in bloom right now…your style should be too! We have just entered into the 4th month of what seems to be a year of colorful patterns. Up here in New England, the (mostly) warm weather and flowery landscape has us with a head start on the age old proverb, “April showers bring May flowers.” With weather like this, who wants to wait until May to see flowers? Especially since most of them are out right now. So set your style in full-bloom with some phenomenal floral fashions. Some of my favorite flowery finds are featured below. I am not the biggest fan of the TOMS trend, but how cute would #5 be with a pair of jeans and a pink t-shirt? As a bonus, for every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give one pair to a child in need. Since classy girls love giving back, get a pair and give a pair with TOMS! On another note, everyone in Connecticut knows umbrellas are a necessity for the month of April, so brighten up the sunless sky with #12! And remember, you can always find similar looks for less or you can even get creative and craft your own pieces. Hit up the fabric store this month, #9 would be a really fun project for any rainy day!

1. J.Crew, Flower patch bracelet in fresh mango, $68
2. Marni, Floral Printed Shorts in spring green, $509
3. Kate Spade, Japanese floral harmony, $328
4. Oasis, Floral Belted Dress, $90
5. TOMS, Corbel Women’s Vegan Classic, $54
6. Forever 21, Dainty Floral Floppy Hat, $8
7. Calypso St. Barth, Bounty Scarf, $250
8. Debenhams, Carved Flower Earrings in turquoise, $40
9. Marc Jacobs, Floral embroidered tulle skirt, $3,575
10. Christian Louboutin, Mini Loubi Lula Clutch, $895
11. Zara, Digital Flower Bikini Top & Bottom, $40
12. Mango, Flower print umbrella, $37

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Live, Laugh, Lilly

Who would have thought that a little lemonade stand would lead to one of the classiest fashion obsessions of all time? Lilly Pulitzer has created an elegant empire that brings out the socialite in everyone who wears it. There is a men’s and children’s collection too!

During UConn’s fall sorority recruitment this year, Delta Zeta dedicated a day to pink and green. A few sisters and I were proud to pose with our ΔZ letters while wearing our color coordinated Lilly Pulitzer dresses. The only thing that excites us more than bows and pearls is getting to wear our Lilly dresses… well, for me at least!

Lilly Pulitzer has completely revolutionized the way women wear pink and green. Delta Zeta is lucky enough to not only share its favorite colors with Lilly Pulitzer, but to have its own unique sorority pattern (shown below). Lilly Pulitzer has done an excellent job with the design, as it expresses what best represents Delta Zeta: pink and green, the killarney rose, the roman lamp, and the turtle.

Lilly Pulitzer currently features three other sorority patterns, with five more coming soon!

Although the Lilly season has just about come to an end here in Connecticut, we will be sure to remember the pretty prints and pieces that brought smiles to our faces all summer long. Lilly Pulitzer features various collections that compliment the colder months, but the summer dresses will have to hibernate for the winter. Not to worry…there are also everyday accessories, home decorations, and office supplies to fulfill your Lilly-loving needs year round.

Where do I get my Lilly? Splash of Pink in Westport, CT is my favorite local Lilly shop, which has an online component as well. Also, Lifeguard Press is an online site that I use to purchase Lilly stationary and gifts. Many department stores and boutiques around the country carry Lilly Pulitzer collections as well!

Here are my “Top 20 Lilly Pulitzer must haves” currently available for purchase:

1. Personalized Ice Bucket in White Zin, $49
2. Resort Chic Metallic Wedge Leopard, $198
3. Cocktail Shaker in Shaken Up, $39.95
4. Acrylic Wine Glasses in Cabanarama, $19.95
5. Tumblers in Floaters, $14.95
6. Acrylic Tumbler with Straw in Nice To See You, $14.95
7. Ink Pen in Patchtastic, $19.95
8. iPhone 4 Case in Bloomers, $24.95
9. Market Bag in Ten Speed, $9.95
10. It’s All About Me Diary in Elephant Hearts, $14.95
11. Opening Night Clutch in Black, $88
12. Circle Notes in Taboo, $15.95
13. Thermal Mug in First Call, $14.95
14. Strike It Hot! Matches in Yeah Baby, $3.95
15. Picture Frame in Have A Coctel, $18.95
16. Latte Da! Mug in Desert Tort, $14.95
17. Highlighters in Spring 2010, $9.95
18. Zippity-do Make-up Bag in Delta Zeta, $38
19. Melamine Bowl, $9.95
20. 2011-2012 Large Agenda, $24.95

And always remember to live, laugh, LILLY!

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