Friday, October 8, 2010

What is Your Quintessential Fall??

Hey there Lill followers! While this week of work and school has been lovely, the beautiful weather, changing leaves, smells of fall, and prospects of home have been grasping my attention most of all.

This weekend will be my first home since moving to this amazing city at the start of the semester. Other than a needed break from the hectic schedule, I am so looking forward to seeing the fall scenery in good ole' West Michigan. I thought that this week I would think about my favorite parts of fall and hopefully encourage you to reflect on your own!

Some of my favorite things include...
  • Walking through colorful, crunchy, fallen leaves

  • Being surrounded by the smell of bonfires

  • Picking apples and making pie
  • The Messines and deliciousness that comes with eating powedered sugar donuts and apple cider

  • Watching football games in the crisp early-evening air

  • The reemergence of dim-lamps and fleece blankets to cuddle into at night

How i could go on for days....but now it's your turn to relax, stop making to-do lists, and look out your windows; don't let this beautiful season just pass you by!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hot off the Press!!

1154 Lill has had quite the exciting few weeks in regards to press and upcoming publication opportunities! We wanted to share with you where Lill has shown up recently and where you can look for us in the near future.

Where we've been:
  • The Bachelor Pad's Tenley Molzahn loves her Lill! She has been spotted 3 times out on the town wearing her GRACE and ERINN.

Where we're going:

  • November's issue of InStyle will be featuring our super chic ERINN in Flocked Houndstooth.

Cross your fingers:

  • Good Housekeeping's "Goodlist": We sent out a variety of bags in beautiful teals, purples, and neautrals in hopes that Lill will get featured in their "Goodlist." So far they love them and shooting starts tomorrow so-keep your fingers crossed our bags get chosen!!

If you get a chance follow Lill and all the new happenings in the press via our Twitter account!

By the way...

We are thrilled to be featuring a bag for a good cause on our website, and now the ELLIE Beat Breast Cancer bag is on the Young Survivors Coalition site as well!! Check it out either on our site at 1154lill or on YSC's twitter .

Monday, October 4, 2010

Design Updates

If you're a true LILL fan you know we're constantly releasing new styles, and I'm happy to announce that on October 11th we have not one, but two new styles to add to the lineup. Their names are Betsy and Zoe, and we're sure you'll find them both to be a great addition to your LILL wish list.

Betsy is our smallest accessory and it's perfect for carrying around your essentials- some money, an id, some chap-stick and your keys. It's slim enough to slip in your back pocket, and a clear window on the front makes is perfect for flashing your i.d. or public transportation pass on the quick.

Zoe is our newest messenger style bag, and it's accented with your choice of a black or natural colored webbing for the trim and strap. The interior of Zoe is made with our standard black nylon, and offers three patch pockets perfect for slipping in your phone or iPod.

If you're a diehard LILL fan you know that all of our styles are named after actual people!....and Zoe happens to be named after the newest addition to my family, my brother's Aussie wife, Zoe Windeatt. We're happy to welcome her not only to the family, but to Chicago, with a new style named in her honor. Check out our name behind the bag questionnaire to learn a little more about Zoe...

What's your favorite LILL style?
The Audrey Jane! It's a close tie with the Grace, but since Audrey Jane combines both style and practicality, I can't not choose her. I am forever struggling to reduce the amount of stuff I manage to carry around with me and with this little beauty on my wrist, I think I'd do pretty well to keep everything in its rightful place and not have my arm drop off at the end of the day.

Tell us about a unique or funny thing you always carry in your bag.
I have a picture of my parents on their wedding day and $10 in Australian currency. The picture is pure sentimentality (plus my Mum hasn't aged at all) and the Aussie dollars are a nice reminder of home.

Why are you most excited to have a LILL bag named after you?
It's such a lovely surprise since I was only talking with a friend about LILL last night... I'm totally thrilled to live on forever in name at LILL and I hope everyone loves the bag as much as I do.

If you could visit one place in the entire world, where would you go?
That's a tough one! Europe for sure.

Any pets?
None at the moment, though anyone who has met me will attest that there is a 90% chance that when I'm 80, I will be the old lady who does nothing but feed squirrels all day. My husband Matt and I are planning on having a couple of dogs in a few years.. but until then, if you can't find me I may have wandered off to look at squirrels.

If you could have dinner with five people, living or deceased, who would they be?
I'd have to say my closest family members. I'd be too in awe of any famous people to be able to hold a decent conversation.

What's your favorite movie or TV show?
My guilty pleasures, Teen Mom and Cheaters. Living in America has done terrible things to my TV viewing preferences.

Who's your favorite celebrity? Ever met anyone famous?
I've never met anyone famous, but I'd love to meet the hosts of Top Gear.

What's a superpower you wish you had?
Super strong night vision - I am forever bumping into things, falling up and down stairs or tripping over my own feet. I am a walking bruise.

What's the last great book you read?
The Passage by Justin Cronin was incredible - a nasty bat virus from the South American rainforest + secret government research = mutated humans with row after row of needle sharp teeth and less than one hundred people left alive in the world.. and the power is going out. Yep, it's as creepy as it sounds.

Who would you consider to be your hero or mentor?
My mama.

Have a favorite food or recipe?
Salt & vinegar chips... and everything Italian!

Any hobbies?
My greatest vice is online shopping - and my most long-lasting hobby would be playing video games. I'm an only child, so I've always been able to entertain myself pretty easily.

-Mandy Rogic
Design Director