A Lilly Book Review, MOTH Gift Guide & Flash Giveaway

Hello-Hello! Or should that be Ho-Ho, Ho-Ho?! (Insert goofy grin.)

We’re back with a few tidbits today, the first: “Greetings From Lilly Land,” a lengthy review of the new Lilly Pulitzer book that ran in the Wall Street Journal last Friday.

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.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

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.


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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.

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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.

Sloane Ranger at PreppyPrincess.com

Sloane Ranger at PreppyPrincess.com

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.


Filed under nautical, preppy, Preppy clothing & brands, Preppy Fashion, preppy lifestyle, Preppy People

21 responses to “A Lilly Book Review, MOTH Gift Guide & Flash Giveaway

  1. Tabitha

    I am loving the Scottie print! Especially the knee socks! The horse print wristlet is absolutely adorable as well and perfect for a girl like me in horse country 🙂

  2. emily rose

    I love those scottie dog socks!

  3. Shannon

    Of course the anchor wristlet! How darling and perfect for all of my friends here at college. Perfect accessory to carry all of our cards and chapsticks!

  4. I love those Scottie socks!

  5. Maureen

    I like the scottie dog. It looks like a dog my family had when we were growing up.
    But a good second is the Anchor sock pattern.

  6. Shana

    I love the Sloane Ranger Whale tote!

    shanahattis at gmail dot com

  7. BroncoMom

    If I had the chance to tell Santa what Sloane Ranger item would be perfect for me….hmm, the Sloane Ranger Scottie Dog tote would be on my wish list. So perfection would continue with the Scottie Dog knee socks 🙂
    Thanks Preppy Princess!

  8. I love the Anchor or Plaid Tote and Anchor Knee Socks!

  9. I had a pair of Scotties for years, so anything with Scotties makes me smile!

    2012 Artists Series,

  10. mona

    Would the anchor socks and anchor wrap bracelet be too matchy-matchy?

  11. Kristi

    I love the Scottie Dogs! (My college mascot!)

  12. Lindsey

    i like the knee socks with the anchors 🙂

  13. wendy sue

    love the whale coin purse!

  14. TCP

    I adore the socks (natch) but I have also had my eye on a wrap bracelet for a while now…

  15. Lauren

    I was rather disappointed by the Lilly book review, as the book is currently wrapped and under my Christmas tree. Oh well.

  16. Ansley

    Love the whale knee socks!

  17. Those Sloane Ranger socks are beyond adorable. Those Scottie Dogs are kind of perfect. Thanks for sharing! I might scoop up a few for Christmas presents (or for myself!)

  18. Joan

    Love, love, love the whale laptop bag

  19. Joanna A.

    Ahh love the socks in the whale print! Too cute!

  20. Anna J Tonarely

    My father was very thin in college and wore very large, round tortoiseshell glasses which dwarfed his face. His fraternity brothers nicknamed him the “Owl-Ly Owl”, both for the way he looked in those huge glasses and his studious nature. At that time, he was a Biology major planning to be a doctor then heard a different kind of calling as a junior. He found his vocation as a clergyman and followed in his Father’s footsteps; attending Seminary and becoming ordained. But the “owl” nickname stuck. He now has a collection of over one hundred different owls in many different media mostly figurines. My Dad is still a tremendous reader and intellectual. Those Owl socks would make the perfect surprise gift! I can hear him laughing now and wearing them under his robes on Sundays! What a great addition to the more serious present of yet another book that he requested himself. Christmas gifts should be about surprises, not getting exactly what you asked for! But clergy are hard to buy for when you consider they wear the same thing all the time!

  21. Love this giveaway! Sloane Ranger has some of the cutest stuff out there. I’d love to gift the tablet cases; I have one and use it ALL the time!

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