Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

Set your alarm clock early for tomorrow morning because the annual Lilly Pulitzer summer sale, the After Party Sale (formerly known as the End of Summer Sale), begins at 8 a.m. EST! I know a few people who will be calling in "sick" tomorrow so as not to miss the big event. It is serious business for us Lilly girls, so much so that each year we crash the Lilly Pulitzer server! Popular and "Holy Grail" pieces (coveted, sold-out prints that resell up to triple their retail price on sites like eBay and Re-Lilly) sell at lightening speed. And remember, just because something is in your shopping bag, doesn't mean it is yours. You must check out early and often! For more tips on maximizing your After Party shopping experience, click here.

I have several items on my wish list, what about you? Good luck!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Barefoot Elegance in a Palm Beach Mediterranean Masterpiece

Recently I stumbled upon this incredible 1920s Addison Mizner-inspired Palm Beach home, featured in the 2000-2001 winter issue (December - January) of Florida Designs. It was decorated by Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors, her former partner Brooke Huttig, and lead designer Keithley Miller, and it positively exudes quintessential Palm Beach charm.

Their goal was to create a sun-kissed, old world design that reflects the island's tradition of barefoot elegance. Per the homeowner's request, they kept colors as soft as possible by blending a subtle palette of nature's hues including green, gold, yellow, and rose tones.

The outdoor trellis lanai provides a romantic setting to dine alfresco and enjoy the landscaping and fountain. 

Landscape architect Mario Nievera refurbished the grounds, creating a secret garden for the guesthouse/garage. Coconut and Christmas palms form a tropical canopy, while ginger, gardenias, begonias, orchids, bougainvillea, and other exotics bloom with color. 

Mimi McMakin is a Palm Beach icon.  She is fourth-generation Palm Beacher, who inherited her love for interior decorating from her mother and in turn passed it down to her daughter Celerie Kemble, another of my favorite decorators. You can see more of Mimi's Palm Beach Chic designs at The Gasparilla Inn on the island of Boca Grande,  a Palm Beach maisonette, and here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Marion Syms Wyeth Palm Beach Mansion for Sale

Marion Syms Wyeth was one of Palm Beach's most influential architects, so I always get excited when one of his homes goes on the market. Located on one of the most desirable in-town streets just south of Worth Avenue, 14 Golfview Road is a fine example of Wyeth's work.

Wyeth arrived in Palm Beach in 1919 and spent the next 60 years designing numerous mansions and projects including Mar-A-Lago and the Norton Museum of Art. His work is similar to the Spanish style of Addison Mizner, another legendary Palm Beach architect, yet it is reflective of his French training. Moorish ceilings, iron-grilled windows and balconies, courtyards, and tiled roofs are all signature Wyeth design features.

Built in 1928, this quintessential Palm Beach home retains original details including wooden ceilings in the living and dining rooms, pecky cypress doors, and gracious staircase. I am also in love with the murals which are so Palm Beach Chic.

This architectural gem is priced at $7.95M and features 6,229 square feet, four bedrooms, five and a half baths, and an elevator... all nestled within a romantic garden setting within walking distance of my favorite Palm Beach haunts. Click here to learn more. Now I'm off to buy a Lottery ticket!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Palm Beach Style Decorating Decoded

One Kings Lane recently decoded Palm Beach Chic decor, and I simply had to share... Here are a few hallmarks of this distinctly Floridian approach to decorating, with ideas sure to add some sunshine to your home. Most of these images come from Meg Braff's iconic West Palm Beach pied-à-terre... Let's check it out!

Lilly Pulitzer Palette 
The saturated hues and bold prints of Pulitzer’s shift dresses reached their popularity pinnacle when Jacqueline Kennedy donned one on the cover of Life magazine in the 1960s, but her daring color combos have never gone out of style. The key here is to keep your colors on a similar spectrum; think turquoise, lime green, sunny yellow, and coral.

Touches of the Tropics
Like nautical style, its Northeastern counterpart, Palm Beach style embraces all aspects of sea life—but with a distinctly tropical spin. Shells and coral are often-spotted elements, but palm fronds and the stately peacock chair, which is making a major comeback since its Swinging ’60s heyday, take the look to a more exotic place.

White, White, and more White 
The perfect foundation for this style’s bold hues: bright white, of course! Walls up and down Worth Avenue, Palm Beach’s answer to Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, are coated in white, and it often pops up in upholstery as well. A few other noncolor elements to be on the lookout for when living this look: glam mirrored surfaces and Lucite.

Motif Mash-ups
Where else are you likely to see fretwork combined with an aviary print, plus some canning and maybe a Greek key or two thrown in? It’s this fearlessly fun approach to decorating that makes this style one of our favorites. Sticking to a limited palette is an easy way to make a mix of motifs feel connected.

Bits of Bamboo, Rattan, and Wicker
If it’s bamboo, rattan, or wicker, it’s Palm Beach—with extra points if it’s lacquered in white or turquoise. Even though these pieces bring with them the escapist aura of the beach, designers have time and again proved that they work just as well in urban interiors.

Something Serge Roche
The 20th-century French designer’s use of shell and palm motifs in his sought-after white plaster sconces, torchères (a fancy way of saying floor lamps), and tables cemented his pieces as a staple of this style. Collectors and designers are always on the hunt for originals, but stunning pieces “in the style of” Roche are readily available to the rest of us.

Images and captions from One Kings Lane. Shop the look! Last week, Aerin Lauder debuted a Tastemaker Tag Sale on OKL, offering some incredible Palm Beach inspired decor and accessories. If you missed it, don't fret! OKL, is having another Palm Beach Chic sale through next Friday. I'll take one of each, please!! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bananas for Lilly Pulitzer's Fall 2014 Collection!

Lilly Pulitzer unveiled its fall line today, and as always... I want one of everything! Of particular interest is the new "Under the Palms" collection, featuring a bright bold palm frond/banana leaf pattern. You know I'm bananas for banana leaf! Here are all of the items available in this print:

Under the Palms also comes in Sunkissed Pink! 

I definitely need something in this print, and I'm leaning towards the Elsa and/or the Sanibel terry dress. I also adore the Little Lilly shift... I wish Lilly would bring back the classic shift for ladies! Which is your favorite? What else are you loving from Lilly's fall 2014 collection? I'm also eyeing this elephant cuff bracelet

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Aerin Lauder's Palm Beach

My girl crush Aerin Lauder is having a Tastemaker Tag Sale over at One Kings Lane, and let me tell you... I want every single item she has curated! Aerin has been coming to Palm Beach since she was a little girl (click here to tour the Lauder's oceanfront Palm Beach manse), and she knows all the best spots for amazing vintage furniture and jewelry shopping. Below is a small sampling of items available through Aerin's sale...
Click here for availability, and hurry... everything is one of a kind is moving at lightening speed! 

Aerin is also sharing her Insider's Guide to Palm Beach with One Kings Lane, and it is not to be missed! Here are a few highlights... 

A sandy stroll along the beach... 

Shop and people-watch on Worth Avenue!

Check out the cool tilework, a hallmark of Palm Beach style. 

Get starry-eyed over the display of blue and white porcelain at F.S. Henemader

Purchase colorful handkerchiefs at Groovy Palm Beach Vintage, a favorite stop for iconic style-setters including Iris Apfel and Betsey Johnson.  

Stop by House of Lavande, a gem of a jewelry shop not to be missed!


 at Bistro Chez Jean-Pierre for a little bit of Paris in Palm Beach. This always-lively, art-covered bistro is a locals’ fave and one of the spots Aerin was most excited to bring our team to. Everyone had a blast swapping stories over the eatery’s mouthwatering French fare.
…at The Breakers’ Beach Club restaurant for ocean views and can’t-miss conch fritters (one of Aerin’s must-orders).
…at Sprinkles for what might just be the best ice cream cone you’ve ever had. Aerin always gets coconut with rainbow sprinkles, the same sweet treat she used to order as a little girl.


…at the House of Lavande for incredible vintage pieces sourced everywhere from Parisian flea markets to Beverly Hills estate sales. Our team morphed into giddy little kids when they started opening its color-coded drawers!
…at Circa Who, a quirky-cool vintage shop full of Palm Beach-style pieces—think vibrantly colored accents, seashell and coral motifs, and plenty of rattan, bamboo, and chinoiserie. It reminds Aerin of her grandmother Estee’s aesthetic.
…at Lilly Pulitzer for their signature beyond-bright clothing. To Aerin, this shop embodies Palm Beach style with its vibrant florals and wildly contrasting colors.
…at the Church Mouse, the thrift store of your dreams, where locals flock to score big-name brands at prices that won’t break the bank.
…at Cashmere Buffalo for vintage everything from mid-century furniture to gorgeous old linens.
Click above to see Palm Beach through Aerin’s eyes and get the scoop on her can’t-miss shops.

Check out One Kings Lane for more of Aerin's tips, and hurry over to her Tastemakers Tag Sale, because everything is selling like hotcakes! Also, click here to learn more Aerin's book, Beauty at Home. It is one of my absolute favorites! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach

Last month, my husband and I took a mini vacation to Palm Beach.  Off season (May through October) is my favorite time to visit Palm Beach, as the island turns into a quiet, sleepy little getaway with the year-round population dwindling to roughly 10,000 from its seasonal high of 30,000 (according to Wikipedia). In addition, hotels slash their rates 40 percent or more in order to attract visitors, and there are some fabulous deals and sales that allow you to take advantage of all Palm Beach has to offer at a fraction of the seasonal cost.

Our favorite place to stay in Palm Beach is The Brazilian Court Hotel, which was ranked the #1 hotel in the state of Florida by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards in 2013. Built in 1926, the Brazilian is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Historic Homes of America.

One of the many reasons we love The Brazilian is because it is pet friendly, offering a $100 non refundable fee per stay. Our pet sitter was unavailable for this trip, which meant the girls - Marilyn Monroe, our Labradoodle, and Phoebe, our Chihuahua - came with, and they had a fantastic time! The staff at the Brazilian offers such impeccable service... they really know how to make you feel pampered. When we arrived at our room, we were met with this delicious plate full of macaroons, chocolates, and treats...

I forgot to take a picture of our room before we unpacked, but it looked a lot like this... Staying on the first floor allows easy access to the courtyards and side streets, where we walked our doggies. It truly felt like home! 

Phoebe and Marilyn Monroe relaxing in the courtyard.

One of the best things about the Brazilian is it's convenient in town location. You can walk just about everywhere, including Worth Avenue, which is just a few blocks away.

Marilyn Monroe at the Dog Bar on Worth Avenue

Here are more pictures we took of the hotel and grounds...

This quiet lounge was located just outside our room.

Love the original Pecky Cyprus on the ceilings, a Palm Beach classic!

While in Palm Beach, one simply must partake in the Happy Hour specials, and Happy Hour in The Lounge of Café Boulud at the Brazilian is one of my favorites. They offer half price drinks and yummy $8 small plates daily from 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. While not on the Happy Hour menu, I am also a big fan of the White Cosmopolitan... I'm kind of obsessed with the orchid ice ball.

The Brazilian is also a very popular wedding destination. While we were there, we saw two adorable brides-to-be touring the grounds.  It reminded me of this Lilly Pulitzer inspired wedding photo shoot from Southern Weddings last year...

The Brazilian is also a fantastic location for a ladies' luncheon or shower. Palm Beach Lately recently featured this adorable luncheon at Café Boulud they hosted for Three Jane, a company that specializes in unique map necklaces.

The fabulous Palm Beach Lately sisters... You can read more about them here!

On my wish list is the Palm Beach map necklace with the Brazilian Court, available through Palm Beach Lately

We cannot wait to go back to Palm Beach! Next time we will take advantage of the Brazilian's "Wine, Dine & Stay" package, which starts at $259 a night and offers a four course menu for two at Boulud Sud, a pop-up restaurant based on Chef Daniel Boulud's Manhattan-based location of the same name, and a glass of rosé per person. This package is available now through October 1, 2014.

Please stay tuned for more on my favorite things to do in Palm Beach! 
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