Friday, May 22, 2009

Meet Grace!

I love wedding season! I admit it…I am a total sucker for all things bridal. The dress, the vows, the bouquet toss, the happily ever after—sigh. So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that one of my closest friends, Anna, was engaged to be married (congrats, Anna & David!). The wedding was beautiful, from the first step she took down the aisle to the last shrimp skewer I polished off on the car ride home. (Yes, they were so delicious that I took some to-go!)

Anna, being the practical, yet sophisticated lady she is, wanted to make sure her makeup was perfect all night long, no matter how many relatives she kissed or Macarenas she danced. However, she didn’t want to carry around a bag that was bulky or a bag that clashed with her wedding colors. So, she found a bag that gave her both style and substance, Grace. This dainty clutch is ideal for special occasions, because it is the perfect size for just the essentials—compact, lipstick, keys and a credit card.

Anna opted for a Pearl Sateen exterior and a Dusty Rose ruffle to match her pink rose bouquet. The bridesmaids carried their own Graces as well, except their bags had a reverse color scheme—a Dusty Rose exterior and a Pearl Sateen ruffle. Each bridesmaid chose their own custom interior color so they wouldn’t get their bags mixed up in the hustle-and-bustle of the day.

Best Wishes to Anna & David!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Getting Ready for LILL Babies

The fun part of working with a mostly female staff is all the exciting life happenings that arise in our lives, such as weddings and babies! All at once, 4 women are expecting little ones due within a couple of month of each other. Jen Velarde welcomed Baby Grey Velarde into the world just this past March - St. Patty's Day to be exact! Next to be welcoming their babies are Emily R. and Amy F., both part of the Web Store Team! They are both expecting only days apart from each other. Here at LILL, we hosted a double baby shower for them to help Emily get ready for her first and Amy get ready for her second. LILL staff also wore pink and blue in honor of the moms-to-be.

Games included match the baby animal name to the parent (ie- kitten to cat) and a betting pool where LILL staff can choose a day and whether they think Emily is going to have a boy or girl. Winner wins the pot! Since Amy already knows she is going to have a boy, it takes most the fun out of the gamble.

Emily and Amy were also gifted lovely SUSAN diaper bags, each to match their personality. SUSAN is a great style for baby and for back to work so it was a great choice!

Amy's SUSAN features our Wild Zebra fabric with Sea Spray for a pop of color. Emily's SUSAN is a more girly combination with one of our most popular fabrics, Spring Fling, paired with Pretty in Pink Faux Suede and Yellowstone.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meet Paula!

Summer is right around the corner, which means longer days, breezy nights, and of course, vacations! I love to travel and get out of the city, even if it is just for a long weekend. However, I hate to be weighed down with luggage, and I want to able to pack quickly and not waste any time grappling with unwieldy suitcases. ‘Travel light’ is my motto, which is why Paula is the perfect bag for my weekend adventures.

This deluxe duffle bag offers the style and sophistication that typical duffle bags do not, while it is still soft enough to fold down and store. The zippered compartments are perfect for keeping my makeup and toiletries intact, and the detachable strap makes it easy to carry.

Of course, designing Paula is half the fun! I wanted my bag to be as bright and summery as the weather itself, so I chose Apricot Blossom for the exterior, and then I kept it simple and chic with a Pearl Sateen strap for the exterior accent. And the best part? No matter where I travel, I always recognize my very own personalized Paula from a mile away as she comes down the luggage conveyor.

Summer, here I come!