Hello-Hello! Or should that be Ho-Ho, Ho-Ho?! (Insert goofy grin.)
Lilly Land is as much an attitude as a selection of here’s and there’s—Nantucket, Bryn Mawr, La Jolla, Grosse Pointe, Scottsdale, Greenwich, Short Hills, Far Hills—anywhere that rich women want to dress as if they have imaginations, as if they are “interesting,” to use the word the way some women do, as the opposite of “mousy.”
A quick refresher for anyone who may not be familiar with the recently published book, the official title is “Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend,” written by Kathryn Livingston.
Henry Allen penned the review, he is a Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism and knows the world of which he writes:
To my surprise, I learned that I kind of like her. Surprise because I grew up with my nose pressed to the window of Lilly Land, but I was looking out, not in, seeking freedom from Connecticut cocktail hours, rich people complaining that they were broke (“totally stoners”), mixed doubles in tennis, and porch parties where women wore hair pulled back as tight as the silk on Christmas-tree balls. Once in a while a man would wear a necktie as a belt, a Brooks Brothers buccaneer.
Mr. Allen diplomatically references the lack of Lilly’s involvement with the book, “There’s no sign that Ms. Pulitzer sat for an interview with Ms. Livingston.” Another portion of the review, this portion talking about Lilly customers and readers:
They should be warned that it gives short shrift to Lilly Pulitzer herself. Is the problem that she is not all that interesting? What they’ll get instead is a book that’s half society history—28 pages that take Miss Porter’s School back to 1843, 21 pages on the history of Palm Beach, and 53 pages taking the McKims, Pulitzers, Phippses, Guests, Carnegies and so on back to the 18th century.
Yours truly has yet to read the book, but I very much enjoyed the review. Click here to read it in its entirety, it’s well worth the short investment of time.
Today’s other topic, we offer a few gift ideas for the MOTH (Man Of The House) at your Palace.
We show (from upper left):
- The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs at Bas Bleu, $45
- 2 pair Men’s Wool-bend Ragg Wool Socks at LL Bean, $18.95
- Katahdin Iron Works Insulated Sweatshirt at LL Bean, $89.99
- Stormy Kromer Original Flexible Fit Cap at Stormy Kromer, $39.99 (Consort Recommended)
- Swedish Cordura Dipped Travel Kit at Jack Spade, $165
- Mini Camp Lantern at LL Bean, $24.95
- Wicked Good Moc Boot Two Slippers at LL Bean, $79
- Daniel Boone Bracelet at Kiel James Patrick, $58
- Wool ‘Kevin’ Pant at J. McLaughlin, $185
- Wool Blanket in Gordon Dress Tartan at Sid Mashburn, $145
- Christmas Themed Belt at J. McLaughlin , $48
- Custom Grosgrain Key Fob at the Preppy Princess, $6
- Jonathan Adler Thermal Travel Mug with Silicone Sleeve at the Preppy Princess, $14
If helpful, all of the links up above go directly to the product and they all appear to be in stock. One item that didn’t quite fit in the Polyvore montage, another Consort suggestion, a Screwdriver Set at MOMA that he has, it has come in handy on more than one occasion.
Our final offering today: a flash giveaway. (Is that even a term…?) At any rate, we just got these in yesterday and I love them.
What better stocking stuffer than… stockings? Socks actually, knee socks from Sloane Ranger. Available in Scottie Dogs, Nautical Anchors, Whales and Owls, these are really cute as can be and $12. (Let us know if you would like them gift wrapped for no additional charge.)
Pop over to the shop and peek at our Sloane Ranger collection, then come back and leave a comment telling us what item you would most like to receive or give. We’ll take comments until midnight Thursday and pull a winner Friday morning, with an announcement in Friday’s post.